FRICTION FRIDAY

Friction Friday is Portland, Maine’s Premier BASS music monthly. If you are a fan of Jungle, Drum & Bass, Dubstep or Garage then this is the Friday night for you! Good Vibes great drinks and BIG BASS every third Friday in Portland, Maine.

To check out who’s playing each month follow the Friction Friday Facebook Page.

21+ with ID no exceptions. Suggested $5 donation (for djs and worthy causes)
FLASK LOUNGE 117 Spring Street Portland, ME

SWEAT featuring SLATER HOGAN

SWEAT featuring guest DJ Slater Hogan, co-owner of The Patron Saint Nightclub and founder of KID Presents, an entertainment conglomerate out of Indianapolis, IN.

Support by Phaded

Grade A techno and house music from open to close!

21+ w/ ID
$5 entry

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.:Traveling to cities near and far, Slater has been living somewhere between the DJ booth and first class. He’s rocked parties from Paris to London to Sydney and Chicago- with a flavor of love for the party and the party goer. So grab and drink, lace up your dancln’ shoes and get ready for a night of toe tappin’, booty shakin’ madness on the dance floor. Slater has been a major player in the international House Music scene for 15 years with over 75 singles and remixes with some appearing on major Mix CD compilations from Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, and Yousef. He has toured the world extensively, performing in over 14 countries and most major U.S. Cities, while headlining events with Fat Boy Slim, Groove Armada, Carl Cox and many more internationally known DJ’s:.

https://www.facebook.com/djslaterhogan/

https://www.instagram.com/slaterhogan/

http://kidpresents.net/

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Check out Slaters latest mix here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/slater-hogan-indianapolis/felonious-punk-live-at-the-patron-saint/

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Phaded

www.soundcloud.com/phadedchicago

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Flyer design by Dereloid Tapley

Embrace the Bass Tour!

$5 donation at the door ~

Here is our lineup!

🎶 Meet DJ Oyez! Bass Face’s rage king! Hitting the decks with some absolute wubs and dubs. Coming all the way from Northern Maine.
Check out his soundcould below!!
https://m.soundcloud.com/oyezmusic

🎶Meet Psyk! Bass Face Production’s house DJ. Maine based but born in Massachusetts. He really makes our own house shake with his house mixes!
Check out his soundcloud https://m.soundcloud.com/psykdjbelow!! ⬇️

🎶 Meet DJ Gremlinz! An original DJ from Boston bringing his old school skills and making them as bassy as possible. Bass Face Production’s Gremlin!
Check out his SoundCloud below! ⬇️
https://m.soundcloud.com/gremlinzmuzik

🎶 Meet DJ Stepenhauz of Bass Face Promotions. Wooking is out from the start. Can always count on him to bring our bass faces out!

Check out his SoundCloud below! ⬇️
https://m.soundcloud.com/stepenhauz

FRICTION FRIDAY

Friction Friday is Portland, Maine’s Premier BASS music monthly. If you are a fan of Jungle, Drum & Bass, Dubstep or Garage then this is the Friday night for you! Good Vibes great drinks and BIG BASS every third Friday in Portland, Maine.

To check out who’s playing each month follow the Friction Friday Facebook Page.

21+ with ID no exceptions. Suggested $5 donation (for djs and worthy causes)
FLASK LOUNGE 117 Spring Street Portland, ME

Flask Lounge 12 Year Anniversary Party

Flask Lounge 12th Anniversary!
8pm – 1am || 21+

$10 Online Presale
$15 Day of Show
Sliding scale tickets available upon request until November 7th. Please email jessica@flasklounge.com to inquire.

Our Resident Lineup!
DJ COUGAR – Karaoke & 80’s Retro Night
CORBIN – Friction Friday
DAZE INN – Sundaze & Future Classic
JAMIE O’SULLIVAN – Love
MR. DERELOID – Foundation Friday

Ticket sales are split 50/50 with DJ’s and Flask. Flask’s portion of ticket proceeds directly supports sound system and entertainment upgrades. We’ve had 12 amazing years. We wouldn’t be here without you.
We thank you.

 

There’s Just One DJ Cougar

DJ Cougar has been DJing 35+ years and has been a Karaoke DJ for 18 of those years. He’s played 1,822 shows (not including private events), and yes, he keeps track! Will we ever know the truth behind his DJ name and staple bandana fashion? Wayne Smith, aka DJ Cougar, shares tales of what it takes to be a Karaoke DJ, the most popular and dreaded song requests, and how Karaoke can boost your confidence. 

There’s Just One
DJ Cougar

At last! Tell us where, when, and how Wayne Smith became DJ Cougar? And when did your infamous fashion staple, the bandana, become a tradition?

The name DJ Cougar was bestowed upon me while I was in the Army stationed in Washington, DC. There are many stories behind the origin of the name. My favorite is that I won the lawsuit against John Cougar Mellencamp and got my name back.

The bandana originated in high school and returned in the early/mid-’90s while working in a kitchen in Raleigh, NC. I ended up with what was known as the Budweiser collection, which I referred to as my corporate sponsorship. After moving to Boston in ’96, Harley Davidson replaced Budweiser. The bandanas with my logo finally came in 2008.

There are many people afraid of karaoke. Do you think karaoke helps self-confidence? Do you have any stories of a shy person evolving into a confident, karaoke superstar?

Once you start with karaoke, you’ll either love it or hate it. Most people get hooked after doing a couple of songs with friends and then go solo. It’s an adrenaline rush when the crowd cheers for you. I would say that yes, karaoke does help with self-confidence. I’ve watched a few people through the years go from timid and shy on the mic to belting out songs you wouldn’t imagine them trying. Nobody has risen to “Karaoke Superstar” status, but some have become extremely good. The “Superstars” usually have a musical background (high school, theater, etc.) by the time I meet them. Regardless of singing capabilities, my shows are for everyone to have fun.

Karaoke is perfect for holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion.
Book a karaoke night here.
Photo credit: Old Port Pub Run captured by Chelsea Peterson.

What are the top 3 most requested songs? What are the top 3 most dreaded songs requested?

The most requested songs change over time. Currently, it’s Mr. Brightside – The Killers, What’s Up – 4 Non-Blondes, and Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen. The dreaded 3 for me are anything by a boy band, Piano Man – Billy Joel, and Love Shack – B-52’s.

Do you think people assume being a Karaoke DJ is easy? Take us through a busy night and share just how much skill, work, and patience it takes to be successful in this particular genre of entertainment.

Most people think it’s easy, and they don’t realize how much is involved with running a show. We are averaging 54 songs during a 4-hour show at Flask, which is high speed. Most hosts would lose their minds trying to handle the large rotations. I’ve been doing this for so long that it has become second nature to me, although I do admit to having meltdowns.

Once the show starts, it’s not unusual for people to turn in requests all at once. I try to keep them in order while adding songs to the queue and bringing singers to and from the stage. Add in trying to keep audio levels balanced between music and microphone and lining up bumper music (songs between singers). And of course, having conversations with people to make sure everyone’s happy. 

It’s not unusual for us to have 18-30 singers in rotation (90 – 150-minute wait to sing). Figuring out the rotation and explaining how long the wait is can be overwhelming. If you want to sing early, I always suggest arriving early to shows. I do keep a list of courtesies in front of my songbook (containing 45,000 songs to choose from) to explain how the show runs and how people can help keep it moving, but nobody reads it. 

Has karaoke changed over the years? If so, how?

The popularity of karaoke usually runs in 2-3 year cycles. We’ll have groups of regulars that come out for that period of time and then fade away, but typically a new group is already coming in when that happens. The most significant change in the past decade has been the move from CDs to digital (laptop). I remain old school with the use of paper slips. It saves me from trying to hear names and requests in a lively environment.

Do you envision retiring from karaoke or DJing in general?

I semi-retired in the early ’90s but ended up DJing again regularly by the end of the decade. It would be nice to retire from karaoke (I enjoy DJing too much to leave it behind), but it’s been paying my bills for more than a decade, and I don’t envision retiring anytime soon.

What’s something few people know about you, including friends and family?

The real story behind my DJ name. There are a couple of people who have figured it out, but if I told you, it would no longer be a secret. 🙄

How can people connect with you?

Facebook | djcougar.com | Instagram

Upcoming Events:

BLOGS CURATED BY JESSICA LEA NOLETTE.

FRICTION FRIDAY

Friction Friday is Portland, Maine’s Premier BASS music monthly. If you are a fan of Jungle, Drum & Bass, Dubstep or Garage then this is the Friday night for you! Good Vibes great drinks and BIG BASS every third Friday in Portland, Maine.

To check out who’s playing each month follow the Friction Friday Facebook Page.

21+ with ID no exceptions. Suggested $5 donation (for djs and worthy causes)
FLASK LOUNGE 117 Spring Street Portland, ME

FRICTION FRIDAY

Friction Friday is Portland, Maine’s Premier BASS music monthly. If you are a fan of Jungle, Drum & Bass, Dubstep or Garage then this is the Friday night for you! Good Vibes great drinks and BIG BASS every third Friday in Portland, Maine.

To check out who’s playing each month follow the Friction Friday Facebook Page.

21+ with ID no exceptions. Suggested $5 donation (for djs and worthy causes)
FLASK LOUNGE 117 Spring Street Portland, ME