Deejay Wam Bam Ashleyanne is an architect of handclappin’ good times, spinning a vinyl-only mix of girl group gems, classic soul grooves, and other rump-shakin’ delights at the Bay Area’s luckiest clubs. It only made sense that we capture her at Rooky Ricardo’s, a fine purveyor of dusty soul, R&B, and golden age of rock ‘n’ roll records located in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district. (If you’re a fan of analog photography like we are, you may be interested to know that Glass Key Photo and its stock of new and used cameras, film, and other accessories makes its home in a corner of the shop.)
We tailed Ashleyanne as she dug through the bins, sampled the wares, and danced in the aisles. (Did we mention she’s a winner of New York Night Train’s Soul Clap and Dance-Off? Yes, this girl’s got moves.) Afterwards, we couldn’t resist buying a few singles for our own wedding playlist: Richard “Popcorn” Wylie’s “Wedding Bells” and Ian Whitcomb’s “You Turn Me On” (you’ll find both songs at the end of this post). We had a blast and hope you’ll be compelled to hit your nearest record store or oldies dance party after perusing these photos.