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6/23 LOS ANGELES! JazzIsDead IV

» This is our fourth installment of the #JazzIsDead movement, and we are happy to bring you a first look at our newest group #TheMidnightHour featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge w/a 20-piece orchestra LIVE in #LosAngeles on Saturday, June 23rd @lodgeroom w/ Special Jazz DJ set by 9th Wonder. Opening sets by Sacred & Al Jackson of #JuJu & Wyldeflower. Hosted by Dr. Todd Boyd.

» Get your tickets now at The Artform Studio or online via artdontsleep.com » #harlemrenaissance #blackexcellence #linearlabs #linearlabsmusic

“So Amazing” is a re-imagining of Luther Vandross’ 1986 single. Ali and Adrian took Luther’s original vocal stems and composed new music, as if they were in the room with Luther originally. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special.

ArtDontSleep and #JazzIsDead are proud to present:
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
(Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge + 20 piece orchestra)

Special Jazz DJ Set:
9TH WONDER

JUJU Soundsystem:
AL Jackson + Sacred

Opening Set by:
Wyldeflower

Hosted by:
Dr. Todd Boyd

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The Midnight Hour is Black excellence: an ode to the cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance established for its people. The Midnight Hour is comprised of Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, alongside a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra. The album has features from CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane, Karolina and more.

Adrian and Ali began working on this album back in 2013, but put the project aside as they would score the hit Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage (the two even perform in an episode of the upcoming second season). The Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip hop producers in the 80s/90s. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra, to analog tape.

One of the seminal compositions, “Questions,” originally began as an unfinished Midnight Hour demo with Cee-Lo Green. However, Kendrick Lamar heard the track and wanted to sample portions for his GRAMMY-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly (the song ultimately made it to Kendrick’s 2016 compilation Untitled Unmastered as “Untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.”). The full, completed version of “Questions” is now the lead single on The Midnight Hour.

“So Amazing” is a reimagining of Luther Vandross’ 1986 single. Ali and Adrian took Luther’s original vocal stems and composed new music, as if they were in the room with Luther originally. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special.

The 20 track, full length double album, will be released on Linear Labs and distributed digitally by INgrooves and vinyl will be distributed by Traffic Entertainment, world wide on June 8, 2018. For more information, please visit www.linearlabsmusic.com.

06.01.18 HIGHER! Sly Stone Tribute

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Music Director/Producer: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Bilal, Joi, Novena Carmel, Godfrey At Large, Jimetta Rose, Jack Davey, Rayburn Waltz, Dexter Story, Mark Cross, Lonnie Marshall, John Bigham | Guitar: Molly Miller | Keys: Mark Cross | Drums: Phillip “Fish” Fisher | Percussion: Dexter Story | Bass: Lonnie Marshall | Hammond B3 Organ: Jack Maeby | Alto Saxophone: Geoff “Double G” Gallegos | Tenor Saxophone: Matthew DeMerritt | Trumpet: Brandyn Phillips & very special surprise guests*

Higher! The Psychedelic Soul & Genius of Sly and The Family Stone (1966-1983)

Celebrating the ubiquitous ‪Sly Stone,‬ his musical cohorts and the funky sounds of liberation. Exercise your freedom to be Fresh, to Dance to the Music and to Stand by joining us on a trip through some of the most magical and influential music in history.

Friday, June 1st, 2018 | Los Angeles | 8pm | FREE

Music Director: Dexter Story
Producer: Rocio Wyldeflower Contreras
Co-Producers: Dexter Story & Novena Carmel
Host & Creative Consultant: Nelson George
Visuals: Señor Quiza (Museum of Traffic)
Poster Design: Rani de Leon

-RSVP on Facebook

Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071

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CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND IN PALM SPRINGS!

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Co-founder of LA’s monthly vinyl record potluck, #nueve, Rocio “wyldeflower” Contreras is constantly celebrating music lovers in all ways. A well-known event & concert producer, record collector and music connoisseur, her collection, in revolutions of nine, will effortlessly peak any top playlist, challenge shazaam and uplift even the most somber of spirits. Rocio is praised as a music selector inspired by discovery, always digging deeper to connect and explore. Catch Rocio behind the turntables clearing space and setting intention with her coveted vinyl collection.

dublab is a non-profit radio station dedicated to the growth of music, arts and culture broadcasting from Los Angeles since 1999. Their mission is to share freeform radio transmissions with an international audience. dublab’s programming has expanded to include production of art exhibits, films, events and record releases as well as affiliate stations in Germany (dublab.de), Japan (dublab.jp) and Spain (dublab.es).

Celebrating Luther on 4/19

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Luther Vandross is a HUGE part of our lives! Ali actually recorded for Luther for one of Luthers records. Adrian is the most die hard fan of Luther I have ever met. This is something close to these guys and they have something very special to hare with you.

Los Angeles Luther fans! Join us for a Celebration of the Life and Birthday of Luther Vandross on Thursday, April 19th!

TICKETS

Special All Luther DJ set by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Opening DJ Set by Moni Vargas of Friends We Love and hosted by Aaron Byrd from KCRW.
This Thursday, April 19th, 2018
ArtDontSleep presents:
A Celebration Of The Life And Birthday Of:
LUTHER VANDROSS
Featuring A Special All Luther Vandross DJ Set By:
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD & ADRIAN YOUNGEOpening DJ Set By:
Moni Vargas (Friends We Love)Hosted By:
Aaron Byrd (KCRW)

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A little known fact, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad are HUGE Luther Vandross fans. A year ago, we all had the opportunity to meet the Luther Estate and the guys all hit it off. So, on Luther’s birthday this year, Adrian and Ali are doing the first ever Luther Vandross Party, on the eve of Luther’s birthday! Come sing happy birthday to possibly, the greatest male vocalist of all time.

 

Queens Fest 2018!

ATTN LA:
The Queens are back in town!

QUEENS OF THE NEW AGE: 
“Festival of Extraordinary Women”

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018
California African American Muesum

featuring live performances by 
KING
ILL CAMILLE
LINAFORNIA 
AMINDI K. FROST
KONA  |  AKUA

with DJ sets from
MISS JACK DAVEY
NOVENA CARMEL
MONI VARGAS
ALIMA LEE
WYLDFLOWER 

and spoken word 
YAZMIN MONET WATKINS

plus DJ workshops 
GIRLS MAKE BEATS

Sip + Paint workshops 
EYE HEART ART 

& delicious food trucks 
Peaches Smokehouse
ABEAUTIFULLIFE
Ralph & Richies

Plus a host of amazing locally sourced vendors.

All women, All day, All ages, All FREE!!
RSVP: QUEENS.LA

#QUEENSFEST18

” LA’s first all ages, all women’s music festival for the people. ”

A full day of light beaming featuring DJs, live performances, food trucks, beer garden, powerful discussions, sip+paint workshops and hands-on DJ workshops.

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SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018 | 12PM
CAAM, EXPOSITION PARK
600 State Dr. CA 90037


 

02.13.18 | JAZZ IS DEAD & Ayalew Mesfin

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JAZZ IS DEAD is back Los Angeles!


TICKETS & DETAILS: ARTDONTSLEEP.COM

On Valentines Eve, One ticket gets you into two incredible shows: Jazz is Dead upstairs at The Echo & The Return of 70’s Ethiopian Funk God, Ayalew Mesfin w/ Debo Band  downstairs at The Echoplex • Will be one for the books! •
The love is real, Los Angeles ❤

Details below*

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The Return of Ayalew Mesfin, The 70’s Ethiopian Funk God!

February 13th, 2018
Vinyl Me, Please., Now Again Records and ArtDontSleep present:
The Return of Ayalew Mesfin w/ Debo Band

With opening performances by:
Wondem and Ethio Cali

DJ sets by
Egon
+ Special Surprise Guests

Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA. 90026
21+ tickets @ $20

From the album Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, coming January 23. Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of a 1970s Ethiopian funk era whose music was forced underground by his country’s government. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history.

*TICKETS: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1625818

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 We’ve been working really hard on this and we are excited to be presenting it to you.
If you purchase entry into one of the events, you will be granted entry into both events. This is a very special one time happening and only going down in Los Angeles!

12.14.17 | Jazz is Dead | LA!

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JAZZ is DEAD, LOS ANGELES
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 2017 | 8PM
TICKETS

Live Performances By:
Keyon Harold and Friends (NYC) w/ surprise guests

Josef Leimberg Astral Progression Ensemble (LA)

DJ Sets by:
Adrian Younge (Linear Labs/Artform Studio)
Sacred (Juju)
Wyldeflower (Nueve)

Tix avail at www.artdontsleep.com
Physical Tix avail @ The Artform Studio

An ArtDontSleep Production
Support from Mass Appeal, Legacy Recordings and Sid The Cat

Keyon Harrold x Gerogia Anne Muldrow x Jermaine Holmes: