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REBEL NIGHT
HULA ROCK VOL 2

  • Dance! Rockabilly Rebel Night Hula Rock Vol 2, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly 1950's vintage women's fashions, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender attendees photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly partygoers photographed on the Hula Rock Vol 2 dance floor in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Japanese rockabilly dj's at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Burlesque performers photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Trio of rockabilly ladies in vintage fashions, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies wearing Hawaiian leis at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Jukebox Jodi photographed at Rebel Night NYC weekender by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly onlookers photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beauties photographed in vintage Hawaiian fashions, at the Hula Rock Vol 2 Rebel Night weekender in New York City. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies in vintage Hawaiian dresses, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Beautiful and stylish ladies snapped at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies jive on the dance floor at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in Brooklyn, NY. Photographed for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly couples kiss at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shots of pin-up girl tattoos, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 rockabilly weekender in New York City. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • A rockabilly couple on the dance floor in Brooklyn, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly ladies in vintage 1950's fashions, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photos by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Wild zebra men's shoes on rockabilly performer Will Lizarraga. Photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women pose for photographer Alexander Thompson at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly dancers bop on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Katie Bickert and dj Dirty Dan photographed at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly dancers snapped on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in Brooklyn, NY. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Rockabilly couples photographed in Hawaiian clothing at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly singer Jukebox Jodi, photographed on the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful blonde Katie Bickert takes the dance floor at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers photographed at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • The incredible Will Lizarraga, lead singer for rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers, photographed onstage at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Will Lizarraga, lead singer for rockabilly band Will & The Hi-Rollers, photographed onstage at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly drummer Ricky McCann photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photograph for Ponyboy magazine by Alexander Thompson NY.
  • Rockabilly jive dancers in full skirts, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful young rockabilly women in vintage clothing, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly couples in vintage clothing, photographed at Rebel Night NYC weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women in vintage fashions, photographed at the Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs for Ponyboy magazine NY by Alexander Thompson.
  • Rockabilly women in vintage dresses, snapped at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Silvertooth Loos & The Witch lead singer Almon Loos photographed onstage at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Detail shot of guitarist/singer Almon Loos tattooed hand, photographed onstage at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Vintage spectator shoes worn by rockabilly singer Almon Loos, at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Ricky McCann, rockabilly drummer for Silvertooth Loos & The Witch, photographed at Rebel Night Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender in New York City. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly guitarist Josh Jove photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly women in Hawaiian print dresses, photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in New York City. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly men photographed at Rebel Night NYC Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly men photographed at Hula Rock Vol 2 in Brooklyn, NY. Photographs by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rockabilly sensation Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim photographed onstage at Rebel Night NYC Hula Rock Vol 2. Photo by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Talented rockabilly musician Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim photographed in New York City by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim onstage with his guitar at rockabilly weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim snapped backstage in New York City at Rebel Night weekender Vol 2. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Rebel Night members photographed backstage at Hula Rock Vol 2 weekender. Photograph by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Wild Records rockabilly performer Will Lizarraga photographed in New York City at Rebel Night weekender Hula Rock Vol 2. Photography by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.

REBEL NIGHT

HULA ROCK VOL 2 WEEKENDER

Rebel Night, the long standing New York City rockabilly monthly dance party, celebrated it’s ten year anniversary this past July in Brooklyn with a weekender dubbed “Hula Rock Vol 2.” We’ve long been fans of this fabulous party, which was started in 2005 by four Japanese music lovers. Passionate for 1950’s-60’s rock ‘n’ roll, the four friends drank, spun 45’s, and did their wild Japanese twist ’til the wee hours. We were lucky enough to attend the very first year, gawking at the sharply dressed jive dancers in vintage fashions. Of course, we became regulars of this extremely entertaining gathering, camera in tow!

In 2010, the Rebel crew, which also included the lovely Katie Bickert, hosted their first live music event held at the Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This was quite monumental to greasy New Yorker’s, as it was the first rockabilly weekender in New York City. And this summer’s 2015 Hula Rock weekender was just as fantastic with some of our favorite musicians including Will & the Hi-Rollers and Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim. Take a look at the photos below and share in the fun time had by all! Photography by Alexander Thompson.

ROCK DOLL
KATIE BICKERT

  • East coast rockabilly beauty Katie Bickert photographed in vintage womenswear for Ponyboy magazine in New York by Alexander Thompson.
  • Blonde beauty Katie Bickert, photographed by Alexander Thompson in a vintage hat, top and shorts, for Ponyboy magazine in New York.
  • Katie Bickert wears a 1950's horse print dress, photographed by Alexander Thompson in NYC for Ponyboy magazine.
  • Katie Bickert models a vintage swimsuit for Ponyboy magazine, photographed by Alexander Thompson in New York City.
  • Rockabilly beauty Katie Bickert photographed with a vintage poodle scarf by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Katie Bicket photographed in a vintage 50's watermelon dress by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Blonde Katie Bickert photographed in a vintage swimsuit by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful Katie Bickert photographed in a vivid vintage skirt by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine NY.
  • Beautiful Katie Bickert wears an oversized vintage hat, photographed by Alexander Thompson for Ponyboy magazine New York City.

ROCK DOLL

KATIE BICKERT

Ponyboy loves a blonde! We photographed our favorite East Coast rockabilly gal, the lovely Miss Katie Bickert from New York City’s Rebel Night dance parties. Katie, also known as RockDollNYC on instagram, is always dressed to the nines in beautiful mid-century vintage fashions at the fabulous events that she throws with her boyfriend DJ Sei and the rest of the Rebel Night Crew. No one can deny that Katie is the “face” of this party, with her trademark glowing smile and fabulous rockabilly jive moves on the dance floor. http://www.rebelnight.nyc  Photography by Alexander Thompson.

PONYBOY:  Katie! Where were you raised?

KATIE BICKERT:  I was raised in New Hampshire.  I grew up partially on a farm where my dad raised emus and horses.  I’ve been living in New York for the past eight years.

PONYBOY:  What brought you to New York City?

KATIE BICKERT:  I came to New York to pursue an education and career as a hairstylist. There’s not much opportunity in creative fields or diversity where I was raised, so New York offered all of that, plus the excitement of events, music and the chance to meet and work with new people.

PONYBOY:  When did you start getting into vintage clothing?

‏KATIE BICKERT:  In my late teens I was really getting into the vintage aesthetic, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York in 2007 that I started lusting after more and more beautiful vintage dresses. And it’s evolved from there! I collect everything from fun dresses and prints (that are perfect for wearing out dancing), to older workwear, motorcycle sweaters and even little boys vintage clothing that I can fit into! Ha! Ha!

PONYBOY:  How long have you been dressing in 1940’s-50’s clothing?

‏KATIE BICKERT:  Well, when I was eighteen years old living in New Hampshire, the choices for vintage shopping were few and far between. There was an antique mall in my town that a vintage vendor had opened up. I wandered in one afternoon while she was there and she looked at me and said, “Now that’s the kind of girl who should be shopping at my store!” We became instant friends. She taught me a lot about clothing, and got me started on the addiction that I have today, which still continues to grow.

PONYBOY:  Where do you find all of your fabulous clothing?

‏KATIE BICKERT:  I find my vintage clothing at lots of places! Ebay, of course, and other online venues. I also shop at local boutiques and flea markets. I think most people would assume that it’s hard to find affordable good vintage in a city like New York; but it’s here, you just have to dig for it a bit. I’m lucky to have a great friend with a car, and we travel to places outside of the city often, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Long Island to hunt for treasures. Half of the fun of collecting vintage for me is finding it, as well as the memories you make along the way. We’re planning a road trip to the “World’s Longest Yard Sale.” I can’t wait!

PONYBOY:  How long have you been involved in the Rebel Night party?

KATIE BICKERT:  I’ve been attending Rebel Night since the moment I turned twenty-one! Ha! Ha! And I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. I feel that the party is really something special. I was so shy to learn how to dance, but the Rebel Night host DJs literally dragged me onto the dance floor and I was totally hooked. There’s a very small community of people who dance rockabilly jive in New York City, and Rebel Night is definitely the place to go to dance! I started getting really involved with the party in 2005, when we created the Rebel Night Weekender. I had to take a much bigger role at that point, since it required constant communication with venues, bands and attendees.  Our host DJs are all native Japanese speakers, so this was much easier for me to take the roll on.

PONYBOY:  Your next weekender is approaching soon. Tell our readers about this event.

KATIE BICKERT:  It’s this upcoming weekend, July 17th-19th in Brooklyn. We’re celebrating Rebel Night’s ten year anniversary! I think that’s quite a big accomplishment for any party to last ten years in this city. It’s taken a lot of dedication and tight friendship from all of us involved. Friday the 17th is at the Grand Victory in Williamsburg. And we have The Bothers playing, as well as Silvertooth Loos, who are flying in from Los Angeles. Then the record hops will go on until 4am.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s events are at The Shop, a newly opened BBQ place/live music venue in Bushwick. It’s called “Hula Rock” and it’s a Hawaiian themed event featuring Johnny Farina, who is famous for his 1959 hit with Santo and Johnny, “Sleepwalk.”  We’ll also have two Wild Records acts performing, Will & The Hi-Rollers andJosh Hi-Fi Sorheim, as well as more local bands playing surf, garage and rockabilly. All kinds of other fun stuff is planned, including guest DJs from as far away as Germany, burlesque, a pig roast, limbo contest, photo booth, tiki drink specials, etc. It’s a labor of love, but we’re all so excited for the big day to be here this Friday!

PONYBOY:  How does this event compare to the your first weekender a few years back?

KATIE BICKERT: Our weekender in 2010 was the first live show Rebel Night had ever done. I’m not sure how many people even know that! We went from doing only record hops, to a three day live music event with bands and DJs from all over the world. We probably should have worked up to it first, but it was a fantastic time. And we still have people that come up to us at other weekenders and tell us how much they enjoyed ours. This show will be different in some ways; however, as we have a lot more experience now and have used that to create events that absolutely anyone can enjoy. Not only are there live bands, DJs and dancing, but also other treats and visual things happening at the same time!

PONYBOY:  What performers are you especially excited to see?

KATIE BICKERT:  I’m really excited to have Will & The Hi-Rollers back at Rebel Night, as they’re really celebrating their anniversary, too, and are one of our favorites. We loved The Clams last year at Hula Rock Vol 1, as well. I know Johnny Farina will blow us away! Also, our friend Jodi Ham is debuting her band’s new line up at this show. I guess that’s the best part about doing the booking, you’re excited about every band on the line up!

PONYBOY:  We bet you’ll be dancing all weekend!

KATIE BICKERT:  Oh, you know it! We try to make ourselves as organized as possible before the show, so that we can relax and enjoy the music while we’re there.