DJ Phonogray at the East Side Show Room

This adorable 1930s dress came from Charm School Vintage here in Austin. The bone white tstrap shoes are by Dollhouse, and are from a trip to Providence, RI, a few years ago.

The East Side Show Room has become my most favorite spot in Austin to have a cocktail and listen to music. With all of the phonograph units Reese and I have been accumulating, and all of the time we spend listening to records together, I suggested that he start doing a DJ’d happy hour before his regular piano set at the Show Room just to show this love to the public.

With our two suitcase models, a 1925(?) Puritone and Silvertone (1950s), he played hot jazz for three hours while patrons continually approached us to see what in the world we were doing up there. I worked on embroidery while Reese flipped the records.

Here’s a close up of the portable Puritone phonograph from the mid-20s. Isn’t it cute!! Reese has completely restored it to full working order, and it sounds very good – and pretty darn loud for a portable. There is a certain charm in listening to the 78 RPM records of the era on this machine. It just sounds meant to be.
I love the Fleur de Lis detailing on the reproducer. Inside the lid is a box to keep records in while traveling. There is a man playing saxophone in the middle and a couple dancing on the outside. If you look really close, you can see nipples on the lady. Oh! Oh! Oh!
If you’re in the Austin area, please come out to see Reese play! He’s at the East Side Show Room on Mondays and Thursdays.


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