While karaoke captivates uninhibited songsters on the top floor of Tommy Doyle Wednesdays, its basement is home to a whole ‘nother jam. The last Wednesday of each month, DJ Forty D spreads the dank gospel of the Wu—as in Wu-Tang Clan—while people casually drop nods to that Wu beat and mingle in the dark-lit bar.
Wu-Tang Wednesdays used to be a weekly phenomenon in Harvard Square, and then it vanished into the Cambridge ether. After a three-year hiatus, Ben Coburn, Franky Figueroa (DJ Franky Needles), and Dylan Rykerson (DJ Forty D) managed to bring back the tradition for the last Wednesday of each month. The reduced frequency has done nothing to dampen the culture, though; in fact, it’s never been more potent. Figueroa recently relocated to San Diego where he’s launched a bona fide Wu movement. His goal is to have Wu-Tang Wednesdays in every major city, and to promote them through this website. He’s been in touch with Jimmy Kang, VP of Wu-Tang Management, who loves the idea and could help get the network off the ground. Regardless of national permeation—which we’re all rooting for—Boston can rest easy that Tommy Doyle’s will continue to host Wu-Tang Wednesdays indefinitely.
Rykerson spins the jams at Tommy Doyle’s these days, and Coburn heads promotional efforts to ensure that the Wu continues to thrive. He’s helped maintain the avid cult following that was conceived in the early days of the event, and when each night ends in Triumph, who wouldn’t come back? Check out the next chapter in the saga of the Wu next Wednesday. It’s the day before Halloween, so wear a costume, or don’t wear a costume—it doesn’t matter as long as you squeeze another anthem and hold it for ransom with all the rest of us.
Essential info: October 30th, 9am - 1am, 21+, NO COVER!