Part 2 of interview at the botom of the page
Sheila McNeil goes 1on 1 with Earl Rush
PART ONE OF THREE PART SERIES
Asking all the tough questions
Sheila McNeil: Everybody goes to your site to see what's happenng in the DC Area . Are you illiterate? You cannot spell to save your life . Do you need me to show you how to use spell check?
Rush: I know it's a problem, I am not illiterate, I am just lazy.
Sheila McNeil: I have provided a lot of photo galleries, saved your tired little web site with my Betcha didn't know column and I am a all around ambassador for StuckOnSalsa . I know you are very tight with your cash and I don't know about any body else but I want to know when are you going to start paying me?
Rush: That' s too tough a question can I get back to that one?
Sheila Mc Neil: Wow a week before the StuckOnSalsa All-Star Salsa Cruise www.allstarsalsacruise.com Are you excited ?
Rush : I am extremely excited about the cruise and about the Pre -cruise Pre Salsa Rueda Congress party at the Radison Hotel in downtown Miami. My people tell me the electricity will be back up by next week and if not, it is going to be electric anyway with all of the people coming down early for the cruise the night before and looking for something to do. I think it was great for Billy Fajardo to ask StuckOnsalsa to be a part of the biggest party in Miami this year. It will be a chance for people who are there for the Salsa Rueda Congress and those of the All Star Salsa cruise to meet and greet.
Mc Neil : How did you go from having a 4 week stint at Maxim's to having a party with Billy Fajardo, Henry Hererra, Katy Marlowe, Renee Gueits and Albert Torres the number 1 salsa promoter in the world?
Rush : Billy Fajardo asked me to participate and he along with the others are associated with the Salsa Rueda Congress. It's not like Albert Torres picked up the phone and said yo GoGo Earl we need StuckOnSsalsa to throw a party. I don't think he has ever heard of StuckOnSalsa
McNeil: Okay enough of the infomercial about the cruise let's get to the tough questions. I promised my readers some good stuff..
Besides yourself and Maribel Soto who would you take from DC to go into a salsa battle with ? I will give you 5 to 7 names
Rush: Kara Cheatham, Cecilia Villallobos, Karen Aguilar, Rona LeBlanc, PsyonMauricio, Shaka Brown. Orlando Machuca. Kelvin Harris and Rukus Esi of Clave Kazi in no particular order. I know that's 9 but you already know that I cannot spell but now you know I can count. Also I would take Stracy Diaz and Tony Hernandez but they are not from DC .
McNeil:What about your top 5 to 7 Djs.
Rush : Again in no particular order here we go , Dj Emily DJ Bruno, Dj Elvira , Dj Andy , Dj Nancy Alonso, Dj Azucar, Dj Mike Morales , Dj Chris. He no longer plays but when he did Piero Gonzalez of S.C.A.M was my favorite. He was a great dancer and he knew how to play for a dancer crowd. I miss him terribly.
McNeil : I see you know a lot of of the Djs but you don't use some of them a lot , What's the deal with that? There are a couple in particular that I know you are good friends with but they don't play at your gigs ?
Rush: First of all Kelvin and I have to have a certain kind of DJ to play at the StuckOnSalsa parties and we cannot have any one that has off and on nights. We have worked hard to build our reputation of always having a slamming salsa Dj that plays great salsa consistently. Our crowd is the hot dancers and we cannot afford to have some one play some obscure old shool song that no one can dance to. Sometimes some people who you don't see play a lot at our parties have other engagements that night. So it's not like we have not tried to get certain djs. But to be honest with you Sheila if I may, I personally don't like the same thing all the time so I try to steer away from some of the djs that play weekly and try to use Djs that you don't hear on a regular basis, that keeps it fresh. There are some places that you know everybody is going to during the week , they might not be inclined to go out and hear the same dj on a weekend , they may or they may not , I don't think I would. But that's just me.
McNeil: Who are some of your favorite groups in the area? You know me, who ever is hot , that's who I roll with. Right now I am definitely rolling with Stracy Diaz and Tony Hernandez, PsyonMauricio and Suzanne Swadner, Azucar Moreno, and ClaveKazi is scorching right now.
McNeil: Better than the Karate ClaveKazi group?
Rush : Two different types of groups . And again honestly you cannot ask me anything like that because the Karate group was particularly special for me. It was a special group of people at a special salsa time for the city. I am too involved with everybody in that group to not be biased.. My boys Tracy and Terrence were in that group The ClaveKazi out right now is very tight and can certainly hold their own . They are very classy. Shaka and Irene Holtzman have done a tremendous job with the group We are giving a DVD release party with Shaka , and Ismael Otero on December 10, 2005 Maybe we can get Shaka to hold a ClaveKazi reunion ? Maybe we can have a dance off with the Karate routine and the current routine and then Shaka and PsyonMauricio the original ClaveKazi can do to their thing. Wow that would be hot ! I would pay for that and everyone knows I don't pay to go anywhere.
McNeil : What happened at Club Mate "
Rush : Obviously nothing. We could not overcome the location. Every one thought the neighborhood was too dangerous. . We didn't have any pull over in Baltimore so we had to get support from elsewhere . The opening night Gardel's had 1,000 dollar dance contest and TriniJungke juice in Philly had a big affair . The opening night was light and I decided just like in poker you have to know when to hold them and when to fold them
Mc Neil: What happened to The Music Box ? I thought that was going pretty good
Rush : Every body thinks I shut down the Sunday social because I did not get any support the weekend of the DC Salsa Congress? That was not the case at all. , the management at the Music Box wanted to change the agreement of our deal in mid stream and that is not the way I roll. I told her she could go from having 1oo people to back to having her regular 8 people she usually had on Sundays .
McNeil : What dancers are up and coming in your opinion ?
Rush: The Azucar Moreno girls Janice Woodward and Kim Yates are both up and coming . Christina Chauca , Socorro Reyes, Stephanie of Tumbando , Lonny Bramzon and Rukus Esi of ClaveKazi actually these two guys are not up and coming they are there already .Tony Nardolillo and Ronald Rios have improved a lot. . I think too many guys and gals spend too much time trying to be like some one else instead of developing their own style.
Tomorrow Part 2