Thursday nights at Jilly's.

Fat Sal and Señor Oz Soundsystem 

Thursday nights at Jilly's.

Though no one has really complained, we think it's probably time to take a break from Kabal -- at least for a week -- and turn our attention to a weekly party presided over by some of the working-stiff DJs who provide booty-shakin' sanctuaries to people who find themselves suddenly and inexplicably drink-in-hand on a weekday night. In contrast to big dance towns such as Miami and Chicago, with their seething, oily club nights, Kansas City's casual-dance scene covers everything from the foxtrotting gray to the go-go-dancing gay, Somewhere in between lie fun-loving cats like Fat Sal (Pat Alexander) and Señor Oz (Oz McGuire, pictured), whose Soundsystem pumps out eclectic, funky dance mixes from way off the radio dial every Thursday night at Jilly's. Best of all, it only costs a couple of bucks to get in, unlike the steep cover that the big clubs have to charge to bring in nationally recognized names. Once inside the bar, patrons notice that the place is so small that it's impossible to get jiggy without being in view of everyone in the house. Rather than become wallflowers, though, adventurous Midwesterners still clinging to college youth pummel their inhibitions with booze and dance the night away. What else are DJs for?

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