There are clubs that promise to spin funk and soul records and then there's the Good Foot, the monthly Long Beach dance night that has set the standard for nearly two decades. Founded by resident DJs (and serious crate diggers) Dennis Owens and Rodi Delgadillo in 1998, the all-vinyl affair, formerly held at dive bar Que Sera, amassed a legion of regulars with a sweat-inducing mix of familiar favorites alongside deep cuts from their personal collections of experimental jazz and Latin funk. Even when Delgadillo moved to Japan for a while and Owens put the club night on hiatus for two years, the annual Christmas installment of the Good Foot continued to draw crowds. Now, Owens and Delgadillo (their obsessions with rare vinyl no less intense) are back at the tables every third Friday of the month, this time taking over Alex's Bar, a much larger venue that has allowed them to make Good Foot even better. Expect guest DJs like Bobby Soul from Boogaloo Assassins and Jacob Peña from San Francisco's Sweater Funk, plus occasional live performances from bands holding down the genre, such as The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Brazilian funk group Os Zagueiros.
Credit: Patrick Miller