If only I was in Chitown – 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra

 In honor of the infinitely great Sun Ra – we celebrate his 100th on this plane –

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– Act like You Know – NPR –

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MdCL’s CHURCH : Live Launch LA

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the countdown is on! just over two weeks until my new album CHURCH will be released worldwide on CD+digital, with double vinyl coming a month later. it’s been a super fun process getting the album together, and now i can’t wait to unveil it to ears far and wide 🙂 

to celebrate the new album, i’m doing TWO nights of live launch shows at our favorite LA spot, THE BLUE WHALEMAY 24 + 25, memorial day weekend. there’s a great cast of guests joining me, and as well as pre-sale discount tickets, you can pre-order the CD now and pick it up and get it signed at the show – before it even gets released.

invite your friends and be ready for two great nights of music – see you there!

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MARK de CLIVE-LOWE’s CHURCH

LIVE ALBUM LAUNCH

SATURDAY 24 + SUNDAY 25 MAY @ THE BLUE WHALE

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012

doors 8pm / first set 9pm (seated) / second set 11pm (standing)

guest DJs J Rocc, Jeremy Sole + Ghost

$15 discount presales / $20 at the door / $12 pre-order CDs

DISCOUNT PRESALE TICKETS LINK

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

featuring MARK de CLIVE-LOWE with guests:

MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON (Suite for Ma Dukes) | JOSIEL PEREZ HERNANDEZ (Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle) | JOSH JOHNSON (Thelonious Monk Institute) | BEN SHEPHERD (Kendrick Lamar/ScHoolboy Q) | JAMIRE WILLIAMS (ERIMAJ/Robert Glasper) + NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common) | LOW LEAF (Fresh Selects) * Saturday only | DJ JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/TheLIFT) *Saturday only | DJ J ROCC (Stones Throw) * Sunday only | DJ GHOST (Paris, France)

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celebrating the launch of Mark’s new album CHURCHout worldwide on CD+digital May 27  (Mashibeats/Ropeadope Records)

digital pre-sales from May 13 via iTunes

2LP vinyl out in July

KENZO SS14 “Dawn in Luxor” by Kahlil Joseph

Nueve record potluck w/ Nix & Scenery~

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nueve – a monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) we bring together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final (vinyl) friday. join us!

friday, 4.25.14*
hosted by: Nix Glass & Scenery Samundra!

~Over the last 14 months or so Nix and Scenery have selected their 9 records and made their way over to The Virgil to share them with us. Each time they share their selections they’ve taken us on amazing, rare, gem filled audible journeys, this month they are hosting and bringing a few sets of 9 to share! Join us for drink and sound specials, every final friday of the month in LA!

7pm-11pm
no cover | drink/sound specials | rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029
RSVP on FACEBOOK

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

more info: http://weflyink.com/nueve

*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

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Nueve: 45 Edition | hosted by Danny Holloway

nueve – a monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share (for this specific nueve we’re encouraging folks to bring 45s in particular) or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final (vinyl) friday. join us!

friday, 3.28.14*
SPECIAL 45 EDITION
hosted by: DANNY HOLLOWAY aka Smokinvinyl!
https://twitter.com/smokinvinyl

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials | rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029
RSVP on FACEBOOK

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

more info: http://weflyink.com/nueve

*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

Thundercat: “Evangelion”/”We’ll Die”

Thundercat: “Evangelion”/”We’ll Die” Video
Directed by: Mochilla

Nueve turns One 2.28.14 w/ Heartbreak Radio!

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

» in honor of the month of passion, the season that makes scorpios and my love for sad songs we invited some pro’s at this love song game to join us!

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final (vinyl) friday.

friday, 2.28.14*
HEARTBREAK FRIDAY EDITION
hosted by: DJ Phatrick and Lady IMIX of Heartbreak Radio!
http://radiosombra.org/category/heartbreakradio/

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials | rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

RSVP ON FACEBOOK*

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*
*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

NUEVE Friday 1.31.14 hosted by HouseShoes!

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

final [vinyl] fridays*
Friday 1.31.14  @ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

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RSVP on FACEBOOK

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

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Nueve: a monthly vinyl potluck | Friday 12.27.13

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7pm-11p (or until the last record spins*)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets
Friday 12.27  @ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, 90029
final [vinyl] fridays curated by: wyldeflower

RSVP on FACEBOOK
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Motown Mondays 11/18 w/ DJ C-Minus & Houseshoes

celebrating my bornday at midnight with a group of stellar folk! see y’all on the dancefloor LA! ❤
wyldeflower

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CHURCH LA: Sunday Service!

MARK de CLIVE-LOWE presents:
CHURCH LA: Sunday Service

Sunday 10 November 8pm-late @ The Virgil

4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 [map]
$10 at the door + Kickstarter donations welcomed!

Celebrating 3 years of CHURCH, the final few days of the CHURCH album Kickstarter campaign and my 5 year anniversary of moving to LA, this Sunday we’re doing it up the way we do at The Virgil for CHURCH LA: Sunday Service.

Surprise guests and CHURCH regulars will be joining me for an epic live set, and the guest DJ lineup is a collection of my favorite LA selectors and spinners in two rooms: Anthony Valadez (KCRW), Damon Turner (GREEDY City), DJ Destroyer (Umoja/Strictly Social), DJ House Shoes (Street Corner Music), Jeremy Sole (KCRW), Sean O (Dublab/KPFK) and Son ZOO (Ethio Cali). I might even jump on the decks later in the night after the live set myself 😉

-MdCL

FACEBOOK EVENT | FUSICOLOGY | wepresentCHURCH.com
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The GLK Experience | LA 11.07.13

Thursday November 7, 2013
The Gaslamp Killer and ArtDontSleep present:
THE GASLAMP KILLER EXPERIENCE

Featuring Special Guest Performances by some of The Gaslamp Killers favorite bands and Producers as well as the unveiling of The GLK Experience.

Doors Open at 7pm
The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles CA., 90015, (213)
746-4674

For More Info: Thegaslampkiller.com

Admission is free with a donation of any kind. Pay what you can afford and help Gaslamp Killer eliminate his medical bills.

This past July 8th, Gaslamp Killer (GLK) had a near death accident that resulted in an emergency surgery. For the past few months, GLK has been healing and making new music, getting ready for his return. This event is a benefit to help GLK get back on his feet and eliminate his hospital bills. We are very happy that GLK survived and recognize the vital role he plays, not only in our Los Angeles musical Community, but in the world wide musical community where he is known and loved. Join us as he makes his return in as grand of a way as you have ever seen him. Experience, The Gaslamp Killer.

In the spirit of community, we are making this event free to the public, with a donation. Anything you can afford is fine by us and if you cannot afford anything you will not be turned away. We want everyone to experience the amazing event we have in store. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve at the venue on the day of the event.

If you would like to be guaranteed entry, we are offering a special gift pack for a donation of 50$. The gift pack includes one guaranteed admission, plus a copy of GLK’s new “Lavender AM” mix cd and your choice of a liited edition t-shirt or screen-printed poster. Visit thegaslampkiller.com to purchase gift pack and secure your entry and support GLK in his recovery.

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www.thegaslampkiller.com

Syndromes, LIVE | Sunday, Nov3rd!

ArtDontSleep wants to make sure that everyone understands how special Sunday nights show is going to be. To our knowledge, this has never been done and we couldn’t be happier about who we chose to present such an amazing and incredible project. Get your tickets here: https://syndromes.eventbrite.com

Here is a sneak peak of some of the sounds you will be hearing:
https://soundcloud.com/artdontsleep/j-rocc-syndromes-remix

Here is a great example of The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1dCWYyyEw8

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
ArtDontSleep presents: Syndromes, LIVE
The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble feat J.ROCC

Ensemble:
J.ROCC (turntables)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Viola)
Chris Lea (flute)
Mike Rocha (trumpet)
Gavin Templeton (alto)
Kamasi Washington (tenor)
Garrett Smith (trombone)
Woody Aplanalp (guitar)
Cameron Graves (keys)
Gabe Noel (bass)
Gene Coye (drums)
Dexter Story (percussion)

21+ | Doors Open at 6pm
Tickets: https://syndromes.eventbrite.com

The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015, 213) 746-4674

In 1996, J.ROCC released a mix tape called Syndromes. We didn’t come across it until 2001, but once we did it forever changed our lives. ArtDontSleep has been profoundly influenced by The Funky President of the Beat Junkie collective known as J.ROCC. Fast forward to 2013 and we thought it would be amazing to bring this mix tape experience to life by one of our favorite arranger composers today, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Miguel is one of the few people on planet Earth that can take a masterpiece like syndromes, a piece that is un-conventional in nature, and elevate it to the next level. Bear witness to one of the freshest concerts happening in all of 2013. Something so unique and original that we actually don’t have a precedent to show you as an example.

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J.Rocc was kind enough to edit a portion of the Syndromes mix tape and allow us to pass it on to you for free download. Please spread it around as far and wide as you would like: https://soundcloud.com/artdontsleep/j-rocc-syndromes-remix

NUEVE – Scorpio Edition 10.25

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This month at Nueve we are celebrating all Scorpius energy.
Some pretty musical/magical scorpios and scorpio aficionados have been invited to share nine of their favorite records on what happens to be the 9th nueve this year! synchronicity and alignment at the top of the season. can’t wait to share/reveal the selectors, see y’all there!

△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation.

Audible Weekend Highlights*

This weekend is a heavy one in Los Angeles, some sure-shot reoccurring and major heavy acts are settling on the commencement of autumn to grace us with their audible magic… beautiful live performances making one want to split atoms, finding a way to experience/celebrate it all. Music is medicine and we all need a little healing, sometimes… find the time, see you on the dance floor.

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Los Tres Marks — Nu-MARK, Money MARK + MARK de Clive-Lowe

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a triple-special SUBSUELO featuring three of LA’s most innovative + playful musicians … “Los Tres Marks”

Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5... performing his infamous “Toy Set” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb4etMWgEyU

Money Mark of Beastie Boys… doing whatever he damn well pleases. Check him out on Yo Gabba Gabba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1E0DrAbN2I

Mark de Clive-Lowe of Tru Thoughts… bringing his amazing live remix performance :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoER97o-bP8

Experimental electro-analog wizardry, circuit bending, rhythm reimagining, sound looping, ch-ch-ch-chopping and general weirdness from 3 one-of-a-kind one-man-bands. Geniuses the lot of ’em.

and of course the SUBSUELO crew: Canyon, Gozar, Ethos, Gazoo, Farah, Tigresa, Juxli, Gerardo and … YOU!

Preorder = $10 ($15 at the door) http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/382067

more info: http://www.subsuelo.org/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/243388962475860

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CELEBRATING THE WONDER OF STEVIE!
FRIDAY, OCT 11TH IN LOS ANGELES!

4hr Tribute Set By
DJ SPINNA
Playing All STEVIE WONDER Exclusives, Covers, Samples & Remixes!

Opening set: MONALISA
Hosted by: COGNITO (Frolab)
LIVE Screen Printing by: Family Industries

@ THE ARENA: 6655 SANTA MONICA BL., LA 90038
9PM-2:30AM | 21+ |  $20 Door | Plenty of $6 Parking

Advance Tickets: WANTICKETS.COM/WONDER8
$12 TICKETS: Amoeba Records 6400 SUNSET BL.

Table Reservation/Bottle Service:Info@footlongdevelopment.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/195350063971716

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As much as we love the sun, the surf and the sand here in Southern California, we cannot wait for autumn. Come October 12th, we get to watch the leaves fall down while artists from around the world come together to play at this year’s Culture Collide at the Echo [1822 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90026]!

To get you ready for what’s to come, we’ve gathered a bunch of details on the bands that will soon grace our stages, prepping you for when the world converges in LA. Remember: no passport needed!

Alice Russell’s intense vocals and catchy jazz accompaniment are sure to draw an enormous crowd at this year’s Culture Collide. The UK artist sings with raw emotion and fervor that is difficult to match, so we don’t want to miss a moment of it!

– See more at: http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/news/entry/culture_collide_pocket_guide_alice_russell#sthash.e5wcALYN.dpuf

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On Saturday October 19th Our good friend Joy Trible is Celebrating her bornday!

Higher Connection – Sly Stone vs George Clinton party

It’s a funk party! Sly Stone vs George Clinton party!
Great music, awesome DJ’s, good drinks and NO COVER!
So come thru and dance with us!

DJ’s Kaleem, Monalisa, Houseshoes and special guests!

Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10pm – 2am

@ The Bronson Bar
5851 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

*Also celebrating the birthdays of Silvia Rashad and Amad Jamal*

https://www.facebook.com/events/589330291131555

NUEVE – final vinyl fridays 9.27

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their collections in revolutions of nine.

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△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation. see you there!

friday, 9.27.2013
Located @ The Virgil.
RSVP on Facebook
weflyink.com/nueve

DIRTY SCIENCE: Emanon, Blue & Exile & More!

ArtDontSleep is excited to share this unveiling of sorts with you. Emanon, a long time favorite group of ours, is premiering new material and pretty much everyone on this line up is presenting new material! From the Dirty yet Scientific mind of Exile, we bring you the following event:

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
ArtDontSleep presents: DIRTY SCIENCE

Live Performances by:
Emanon
Blu and Exile
Fashawn
Dag Savage

Special Guest Appearances by:
Med, Thurz, CO$$, Blame One, Choosey, Denmark Vessey, Jimmetta Rose Smith, ABJO and more!

Hosted by:
Quelle

Dj Sets By:
House Shoes and Dj Day

18+
The Echo: 1822 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/359081?utm_medium=bks

Milk&Honey w/ CohenBeats + Alter + Pbdy & special guests!

a sweet blend of beats, rhymes & everything in between…

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MILK&HONEY
jam x beat session
8.31.13

Footsie’s Bar
2640 N Figueroa St  Los Angeles, CA 90065

w/ beat sets by:
Peter Alter
CohenBeats
Paul Preston aka PBDY
& special guests!

*celebrating CohenBeats & all his awesomeness before he ventures back to his other home, listen up:
http://cohenbeatsaredope.bandcamp.com/releases

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/182238505288701

Nueve: vinyl potluck 8.30 hosted by Shafiq Husayn

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△9 » here is the ‘vinyl potluck’ science: there is a sign up sheet by the turntables when you walk in… bring records & sign up if you wanna play. now, here is the math: 9 records at aprox 2min each is a 18-20min set, allowing 3 folks an hour. Nueve is from 7-11p that’s about a 9-12 person record potluck rotation (we usually always go over haha) see you there!

8.30.13 hosted by :: Shafiq Husayn*
RSVP on Facebook*

7pm-10pm | no cover | drink/sound specials
curated by: wyldeflower | rotating monthly hosts*

final fridays :: 8.30 | 9.27 | 10.25 | 11.29 | 12.27 +++
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

more info: http://weflyink.com/nueve
host link(s): https://twitter.com/shafiqhusayn

*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

Mia Doi Todd & Dexter Story | Friday Aug 9th

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Mia Doi Todd & Dexter Story with DJ sets by dublab

Songstress Mia Doi Todd will win you over with her warm & delicate vocals and jazz musician, Dexter Story, will perform a collection of his best jazz compositions.

Free / All Ages / 6:30-8:45pm

FOOD COURT
– DDs Chick and Catshack
– 7ate9
– Hatties
– Lemonade Brigade

VENDORS
– Belongals

levittpavilionpasadena.org
dublab.com

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Memorial Park
85 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA

Crash & Burn | Los Angeles | Saturday 7.27!

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Annual Summer party “CRASH+BURN” this Saturday, July 27th at The Echoplex.

Don’t miss Very Special Live Performances by:
SUMACH
HOLY SMOKE [Jeremiah Jae & Zeroh]
CRIMEKILLZ
ZACKEY FORCE FUNK
GNAR
ESGAR
CHITLINS
opening Dj set by PBDY

revelations, proclamations & lightning bolts to your brain throughout the night courtesy of our Host Emcee SUBTITLE.

THE HIT+RUN CREW will be screenprinting live all-night-long with 15 exclusive designs by MIKE C, SUMACH, MAGO, KUTMAH, COTO, THE CHAIN GANG, CRIMEKILLZ, MARK OF THE BEAST, TAR, ZACKEY FORCE FUNK, CHITLINS, A1R, BLACK JUNGLE SQUAD & H+R CREW.

Be one of the first 100 people through the door and receive a FREE CREW goodie bag with mystery stickers (courtesy of Sticky Rick), 1″ buttons (courtesy of Hutch LA), Cds & a blank t-shirt to customize with HIT+RUN.

Purchase your tickets now to guarantee no-line admission & gift bag:
http://www.theecho.com/event/314161-crash-burn-sumach-holy-los-angeles

The Fela Kuti Celebration with Tony Allen, Rich Medina & more!

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If you Love Fela Kuti and Live in California, this is your chance to be a part of a truly special celebration of Afrobeat. If you live in San Francisco, Fresno or Los Angeles, please be sure to be part of one of these epic and legendary nights.
more info on all dates: artdontsleep.com
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ArtDontSleep presents
A Celebration of Fela Kuti

Live Performance By:
TONY ALLEN (Fela Kuti) W/Najite and The Olukon Prophecy

Special Guest DJ:
Rich Medina

Opening Performance by:
Moses Sumney

Local Djs:
Jeremy Sole

Doors Open at 7pm
The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015, 213) 746-4674

Presale Tickets: www.ArtDontSleep.com
15$ Advanced | 20$ General Admission

Presale Ticket Location:
http://theartformstudio.com/
701 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90013
213) 613-1050
&
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400

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TONY ALLEN:
Today living in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of it’s most influential musicians, the man who with Fela Anikulapo Kuti created Afrobeat – the hard driving, James Brown funk-infused, and politically engaged style which became such a dominant force in African music and whose influence continues to spread today.

Allen was playing with the Western Toppers when he met Kuti in 1964. “Fela had been presenting a jazz records programme on NBC (Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation) on Friday nights. He decided he wanted to form his own jazz band and play the music himself in the clubs. He’d tried out several drummers, but none of them were what he was looking for. He began to think there was no-one suitable in Africa. Then someone recommended me to him. I auditioned – and he asked me if I’d learnt to play in the USA! I had the style he wanted. We played strictly jazz together for about a year, as the Fela Ransome Kuti Jazz Quartet, before we started Koola Lobitos.”

Koola Lobitos, formed in 1965, played a mixture of highlife and jazz. A few years later, at the urging of funk musicians including Bootsy Collins and other members of James Brown’s band they met on tour in the US, Kuti and Allen simplified things further. “One idea, one song” became the Afrobeat paradigm).

Koola Lobitos’ nascent Afrobeat would have been nothing without Allen’s innovative bass drum patterns, which were unlike those used by any other kit drummer working in Lagos at the time. His bass drum dealt a double whammy, b- boom, b-boom. Where other drummers would play a single beat, Allen made it a double, giving Afrobeat its trademark forward thrust. “The bass drum patterns are unique to me,” says Allen. “I’d never play one, one. Any drummer can play that straight beat. But that’s just like putting a metronome in there.”

In 1969, Koola Lobitos made an extended visit to the US, where they lived a hand to mouth existence. “The living conditions were rough,” says Allen. “We started on the east cost, where there were lots of Nigerian students, and we did well there. Then we went west, via Chicago, to San Francisco and Los Angeles.” Audiences, which were still largely composed of Nigerians, grew smaller. “Fela got fed up just playing to Nigerians. He said if we were going to play to Nigerians, we might as well do it in Nigeria where there were a lot more of them.” The Koola Lobitos album The ‘69 Los Angeles Sessions, made on the hoof towards the end of the tour, documents the emergent Afrobeat style of the band.

Kuti’s political consciousness, nurtured by his politically active parents back home – and soon to become a defining feature of Afrobeat – was sharpened in the US, where he befriended a black American woman called Sandra Isidore. A member of the Black Panthers, Isidore introduced Kuti to the ideas of such people as Malcolm X, Angela Davis, the Last Poets, Stokeley Carmichael and Eldridge Cleaver, all of whose thinking played some part in the development of Kuti‘s own political philosophy, Blackism.

Once back in Lagos, Kuti renamed the band Africa 70 (it had in the US briefly been Nigeria 70, and was later tweaked to Afrika 70). With Allen forging the music’s vibrant signature rhythms, and Kuti its incendiary lyrics, the duo had, within a few years turned Afrobeat into a style rivaling the then reigning juju and highlife in popularity.

“Fela said I sounded like four drummers,” says Allen. “I was the only one who originated the music I played.” Fela used to write out the parts for all the other musicians. If Allen sounded like four drummers, it could have been because, in his mature Afrika 70 style, he was drawing on four different styles – highlife, soul/funk, jazz and traditional African drumming. A unique and mighty sound. (In 1970 when James Brown played in Nigeria, his arranger made careful study of Fela’s band and Allen’s drumming in particular, as did Ginger Baker, another disciple).

In 1975, Allen recorded his debut album, ‘Jealousy’, the first of three made with Afrika 70 and produced by Kuti. ‘Progress’ followed in 1976, ‘No Accommodation For Lagos’ in 1978. But by 1978 he was ready for a change of scene, and a year later he parted company with Kuti. The touring entourage had grown to outlandish proportions and there was talk of him not getting due respect or recompense for the contribution he had made to the creation of Afrobeat and the success of Afrika 70. “It’s not a big story,” says Allen today. “I was tired, I’d just had enough.” His final studio collaboration with Kuti was on an album made with American vibraphonist Roy Ayers, ‘Africa Centre Of The World’ (released in 1981). In 1979 he formed his own band, Tony Allen and the Afro Messengers, and recorded his first album away from Kuti, ‘No Discrimination’.

“Music is my mission,” says Allen. “I never get satisfied and I’m still learning from others. The musical world is very spiritual, and I don’t think there’s an end to it. As musicians, it’s our mission to keep going.”

Nueve – a monthly vinyl potluck | 7.26 hosted by :: DJ Shiva

nueve – a monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) the rotating host brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*nueve_square_djshiva

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7.26.13 hosted by :: DJ Shiva
RSVP on Facebook*

7pm-10pm | no cover | drink/sound specials
curated by: wyldeflower | rotating monthly hosts*

final fridays :: 7.26 | 8.30 | 9.27 | 10.25 +++
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

more info: http://weflyink.com/nueve
host link(s): https://twitter.com/iamDJShiva

*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

Young, Gifted, and Nina

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FREE summer concerts in the heart of Downtown L.A.

This evening hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel

We are particularly honored in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.

Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:

Dwight Trible
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Jimetta Rose
Joi Gilliam
Patrice Quinn
Sonja Marie
Waberi Jordan
Alan Lightner – percussion & steel pan
Carlos Nino – percussion
Jacques Lesure – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
Joey Dosik – alto saxophone, aux keys
JP Maramba – acoustic & electric bass
Ron Bishop – piano
Steve Nalepa- visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian- piano, synthesizer

+ Jeremy Sole KCRW- special invocation DJ set & narrative

and surprise guests

Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated and produced by Jonathan Rudnick.

*Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza

For more info: www.grandperformances.org

Keep in touch:
@grandperfs
#grandperformances
#NinaSimone

KING ~ Every Monday in June

Mondays in June

@weareking
@mosessumney
@foldsilverlake

Nueve York 5.30 hosted by Boogie Blind & Sucio Smash & LA 5.31 hosted by Monalisa | May, 2013

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) the rotating host brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

final fridays (&one nyc thursday this month!)
7pm-10pm | no cover | drink/sound specials

curated by: wyldeflower | rotating monthly hosts*

Thursday 5.30.13 NUEVE YORK hosted by :: Boogie Blind & Sucio Smash NYC Edition* @ The Fat Buddah :: 212 Avenue A (between 13th St & 14th St) New York, NY 10009 | RSVP on Facebook

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Friday 5.31.13 (LA)
hosted by :: Monsalisa*
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029 | RSVP on Facebook

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*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

more info: weflyink.com/nueve

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

Bridges w/ DJ Exile | May 11th | LA

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Saturday, May 11th | Bridges | L.A. | Details/RSVP :
https://www.facebook.com/events/447622435324825

https://www.facebook.com/events/447622435324825

EthioCli LIVE at the Blue Whale | 4.14

551390_433358103421666_1815810099_nHello friends! We’re excited to be back at The Blue Whale sharing the music we hold close to our hearts. We’ll be performing some classic Ethio-Jazz standards and debuting some new compositions as well.

Join us for a transportive night of music.

Featuring:

Todd Simon – (trumpet, music director)
Kamasi Washington – (saxophone)
Randal Fisher – (saxophone)
Mark de Clive-Lowe – (piano)
Alan Lightner – (steel pan)
Damon Aaron – (guitar)
Patrick Bailey – (bass)
Steve Haney – (percussion)
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – (percussion)
Dexter Story – (drums)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

$10 cover

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

Soul Slam 9 | LA

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2013

FOOTLONG_DEVELOPMENT & KEISTAR PRODUCTIONS
PRESENT: The Original Prince & MJ Party….

SOUL SLAM 9

Celebrating The Life & Legacy Of Our Greatest Icon!
THE KING OF POP!

MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009 R.I.P)

& Honoring Our Most Prolific & Influential Artist

PRINCE

4 HOUR TRIBUTE SET BY: DJ SPINNA (WONDERWAX,BBE,BK/NY)

OPENING SET BY: MONALISA (KPL ALL-STARS,UMOJA HiFi,LA)

HOSTED BY COGNITO (FROLAB)

LIVE PRINCE & MICHAEL JACKSON INSPIRED TSHIRT SCREEN PRINTING BY: FAMILY INDUSTRIES

ARENA NIGHTCLUB: 6655 Santa Monica Blvd

(2 BLOCKS EAST OF HIGHLAND)

Los Angeles, CA 90038

9PM-2:30AM  21+

ADVANCE TICKETS: WANTICKETS.COM/SOULSLAM9

$20 @ THE DOOR

We are now offering $14 advance tickets. Get’m here–> TICKETS
We’ve also added an outlet for you to buy physical tickets….AMOEBA at 6400 Sunset Bl. in Hollywood is now selling tickets to SOUL SLAM!

PLENTY OF $6 PARKING AND STREET PARKING AVAILABLE

EARLY ARRIVAL SUGGESTED!

BOTTLE SERVICE & TABLE RESERVATIONS: mistymansouri@gmail.com

LIVE PAINTING FROM :: www.samiraidroos.com ::

CHURCH NYC + LA Spring Editions

MdCL’s CHURCH is now a quarterly event on both coasts. NYC, save the date: APRIL 11 @ Le Poisson Rouge (LPR). LA, save the date: APRIL 27 at a secret downtown warehouse location… something special brewing for sure!

wepresentCHURCH.com

* more MdCL’s CHURCH shows coming up: Germany, Holland, Australia… and more to come

TAKE THE SPACE TRANE – OUT NOW

MdCL’s epic big band-meets-the-beats album Take the Space Trane is out now on Tru Thoughts Records

iTUNES (digital) | AMAZON (CD)

GFK x Adrian Younge 12 Reasons to Die

Los Angeles!

ArtDontSleep presents: The 12 Reasons To Die Tour
Ghostface Killah w/ Adrian Younges Venice Dawn (LIVE)
March 28th – May 22nd, 2013

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013
ArtDontSleep presents: 12 Reasons To Die
Celebrating the release of the new Ghostface Killah x Adrian Younge Record

Featuring Live Performances by:
Ghostface Killah w/ Adrian Younges’ Venice Dawn (LIVE)
Blu & Exile feat Dag Savage
Roc Marciano

Dj Sets by: The Gaslamp Killer + HouseShoes

Hosted By: Mark Luv

Doors Open at 7pm
The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015, 213) 746-4674

Presale Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3441914
20$ Advanced | 25$ Day Of Show

Presale Ticket Location:
701 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90013
213) 613-1050
&
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/events/435516869869813

Free Downloads From the forthcoming 12 Reasons To Die Album:
The Sure Shot pt1 & 2:
http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/track/the-sure-shot-parts-1-and-2

Rise of The Ghostface Killah:
http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/track/the-rise-of-the-ghostface-killah

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HIATUS KAIYOTE | Saturday March 23rd in LA!

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Temple Bar Concepts Presents:

HIATUS KAIYOTE
All the way from Australia with their Debut Los Angeles Performance!
http://hiatuskaiyote.com/

Saturday, March 23, 2013
11:00pm Performance
9:00pm Doors

Opening performance by Shafiq Husayn and The Dove Society @ 10:30pm ~

plus DJs Aaron Byrd and Jedi

Presale tickets are SOLD OUT!

» A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, first come first served. Tickets will go on sale at 9pm when doors open. $18 cash only.

The Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291
www.townhousevenice.com

▲Hiatus Kaiyote are future soul. Based in Melbourne, the four-piece fuses neo-soul, hip hop and electronic beats with flavors of Latin, dubstep and opera, all presented with a cinematic sheen.

The band formed in mid-2011, and ever since they have been racking up accolades including a listing in the Who’s Hot 2012 feature in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival Magazine. Their debut release, Tawk Tomohawk, peaked in the Top 10 played Albums on KCRW in June and July, 2012. The band has shared bills with Brainfeeder Records artists, Taylor McFerrin, Lapalux and oOoOO, Warp legends Chris Clark and Harmonic 313, sound genius Robin Fox. They have already been featured at Woodford Folk Festival (2011/12) and The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2012).▼

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ethiocali x chicano batman | 2.28

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Peace Go With You, Gil + MdCL presents CHURCH at Mercado La Paloma

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Peace Family,Mercado La Paloma is thrilled to present a spectacular FREE evening for music and culture lovers of ALL AGES as it hosts two incredible events in one night on February 24 from 7pm-11pm.

The festivities will begin with the celebatory sounds of special guest DJ Jeremy Sole (KCRW / theLift / Afro Funke) setting the atmosphere on the 1s and 2s.

This will transition into an intimate presentation of last year’s epic “Peace Go With You, Gil” concert in tribute to the late cultural icon, Gil Scott-Heron. Those who missed the first tribute in 2012 will have a second opportunity to catch the
virtuosic performances by some of the most talented musicians in the world under the direction of celebrated musical director and drummer, Dexter Story.
Special guest for the night includes Scott-Heron’s daughter, Gia Scott-Heron.

The all star ensemble features:
Vocals: Jimetta Rose and Love-Logiq
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington
Keyboards: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Guitar: Patrick Bailey
Bass: Trevor Ware
Percussion: Allakoi Peete
Drums: Dexter Story
With special guest: Gia Scott-Heron
Visuals: Professor Nalepa

Produced by Jonathan Rudnick

See and hear the wonder of the PGWYG Full ensemble show last Summer @ Grand Performances:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC7273834CD3971C2

https://soundcloud.com/peacegowithyougil

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The night will shift gears Mercado La Paloma hosts an exclusive presentation of international superstar DJ, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s widely popular club night, “CHURCH,” featuring some of music’s most innovative artists. MdCL’s “CHURCH” residence in LA and NYC is equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment and dance party.

The artistic heavies invited for the night include KAMASI WASHINGTON (Brainfeeder), NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common), SHAFIQ HUSAYN (Sa-Ra), FREDDIE WASHINGTON (Patrice Rushen/Herbie Hancock), DERF REKLAW
(Ramsey Lewis/The Pharoahs), DEXTER STORY (Kindred Spirits), and special surprises.

Past guests include the likes of Mark Kelley (The Roots), James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea), Jean Grae (Talib Kweli/The Roots), Nia Andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) and countless more alongside guest DJs including Questlove, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina and The Gaslamp Killer.

http://wepresentchurch.com/

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DETAILS FOR “PEACE GO WITH YOU , GIL” + “MARK DE CLIVE-
LOWE’S ‘CHURCH’”:
Sunday, February 24 from 7PM – 11PM

7:00pm-8:00pm: Jeremy Sole
8:00pm-9:00pm: Peace Go With You, Gil
9:00pm – 9:15pm: Jeremy Sole
9:15pm – 10:15pm: MdCL presents CHURCH
10:15pm – 10:45pm: Jeremy Sole
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Thank you to our partners for making all of this possible ::
Artplace America
Grand Performance
The3Collective
Designs by Colleen

nueve – a monthly musical pot-luck

nueve – a monthly musical pot-luck celebrating music lovers and their collections in revolutions of nine.

final fridays beginning 2.22 +
for more details: weflyink.com/nueve
rsvp on facebook*

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THE LOVERS by nia andrews

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From the forthcoming EP, Colours…and it’s FREE! [thank you nia! xo]
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lyrics

THE LOVERS
(N. Andrews/ D. Johnson/A. Remanda)Speak low move close let the world disappear
There’s nowhere I would rather be than right here
I’ve heard people talk about it never had my own
A warm place the rarest thing I’ve ever known…like waking up inside a dreamNo need to fly away from where we are
Shoot me to the sun I’ll bring you the stars
Nothing compares to this a love so sweet
You’re my favorite thing like apples and ruby ringsWhite lace fine shoes dancing around the room
We play like two lovers coming into bloom
Diptyque. John Lee Hooker’s playing. Blue Moon. Ruby Woo.
You smile and I sing my part to you: “…knocks me dead right off my feet”No need to fly away from where we are
Shoot me to the sun I’ll bring you the stars
Nothing compares to this a love so sweet
You’re my favorite thing like flowers and teaI won’t save it for later I’m gonna spend it all where we are
And whose to say we won’t waver for now we’ll try to be just lie with meNo need to fly away from where we are
Shoot me to the sun I’ll bring you the stars
Nothing compares to this a love so sweet
You’re my favorite thing like Paris, Miles and Joni
Yeah you’re my favorite thing like apples and ruby rings
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credits

released 11 February 2013
Vocals: Nia Andrews
Piano: Deron Johnson
Acoustic and Electric Guitar: Chris Bruce
Drums: Quinn Orison
Recorded at Pete Min Studios, Los AngelesProduced by: Deron Johnson
Associate Producers: Nia Andrews, Andrea Remanda
Arrangement by Nia Andrews, Deron Johnson, Andrea Remanda
Mixed by Charlie Holmes, London UK
Graphic Design: Roman Teaniopost via: http://niaandrews.bandcamp.com/track/the-lovers-42084985883-1enjoy.
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raise it up. raise it up. raise it up.

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Bilal in LA, Saturday 2/9!

Saturday, February 9th
Temple Bar Concepts Presents
BILAL

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Playing classics along with songs from his new record A Love Surreal!

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DJ sets by Garth Trinidad, DJ Jedi and The Twilite Tone [downstairs]
w/ Mr. Alfred Hawkins + Eric Coleman [upstairs]

9:00pm, $15.00 pre-sale, $20.00 at the door, 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/494910823880474
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage
http://www.tbctickets.com

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AUSTIN PERALTA TRIBUTE 0131


Thursday, January 31st
AUSTIN PERALTA TRIBUTE

austinA Tribute to Austin Peralta – Honoring his Spirit, Life & Artistry
featuring KAMASI WASHINGTON DECTET
with Teebs, Strangeloop featuring Earnest Blount
and Special Guests.

DJ sets by Daedelus and Gaslamp Killer

9:00pm, $5.00 before 10:00pm, $10.00 after, 21+

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Jazz America
in Austin’s name. For more information please visit these sites:

https://www.facebook.com/events/198786666926410/
http://www.jazzamerica.org/mission.html
http://www.brainfeedersite.com/
http://kamasiwashington.com/

……………………………………….

The Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Avenue,
Venice, California 90291
http://townhousevenice.com

something to hold on to…

Saturday 1/12/13 in Los Angeles…

LIVE: Shafiq Husayn & The Dove Society with DJ Boss Harmony
@ Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice SATURDAY, January 12th 9pm
52 WINDWARD AVENUE 90291 /////

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Saturday 1/12/13 :::::: BOOGIEBLIND gets down at BLAZING45s alongside HouseShoes, DJ Expo & more Curated by smokinvinyl at Nolas in DTLA.

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That 70s Soul! 12/16/12 in Los Angeles ~

http://www.artdontsleep.com

Soul music is timeless, but if there was one decade when it defined the times that would be the seventies. The style was born in the mid-sixties at a time when its creators were struggling to establish their place in American society. Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke, Curtis, Otis, Smokey, Marvin, James, Sly and Bobby Womack among countless others, sketched out a blueprint for a new, modern Black music that would soon sweep the nation from Harlem’s 125th street to rural Virginia’s Tobacco Road and as far as Watt’s 103rd street. Ironically, it took some Brits and Bob Dylan’s endorsement to hip whitestream America to what they were missing out on in their own blackyard. As the sixties turned into the seventies, and all but the Panthers deferred their dreams of racial revolution, soul music matured and flourished as if all the hopes, dreams, anger and disappointment of a generation of young Blacks found expression in the music of Stevie, Curtis, Marvin and Minnie.

We almost lost Detroit, but from this and many other cities’ ashes emerged a beautiful and bold music – a more personal, and therefore universal, expression – that evolved into one of the most dominant culture expressions of the decade. By the dawn of the seventies, soul music was mainstreaming with the crossover success of artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Minnie Riperton, Al Green and Michael Jackson. Just about everyone was getting in on the new trend of socially conscious lyrics, fatback drums and stop-on-a-dime horn sections. The popular and critical response to this music blew open the doors for a whole family of styles. Soul music was appropriated and incorporated into just about every other genre imaginable: soul-jazz, soul-rock, psychedelic soul, latin soul, and blue-eyed soul are just a few of the more popular hybrids.

And then there’s Funk. Like Metal is to Rock ‘n Roll, Funk is an extreme manifestation of Soul music that emerged in the late sixties and early seventies from the bold rhythmic experiments of Soul music’s pioneers like James, Sly, Curtis & Stevie. Soul music was the foundation and Funk was the attitude, the secret spice to get the people moving and it was applied liberally to songs by new and established artists alike. Some musicians, like Parliament-Funkadelic founder George Clinton, started their careers in the sixties singing Soul, but after Sly and James took their music to faster, funkier and blacker places, they followed headlong into uncharted funkmospheres, further expanding the sonic, social and sexual boundaries of Soul music. Herbie and his Headhunters, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers to name but a few respected jazz musicians were helpless against this powerful new sound, giving us jazz-funk.

Sadly, America’s soul obsession wouldn’t last forever. Like a salesperson that didn’t understand its product or consumer, the music industry forced the soul into extinction by forcing it into platform boogie shoes and a rigid 4-4 dance beat. Some survived, but most artists’ careers tanked or they were forced to radically change their game. Forty years later, soul music is more popular than it’s been for decades with new talent and audiences gravitating to its sincere sentiment, heartfelt harmonies, and bad-ass beats.

ArtDontSleep will bring over two dozen timeless tunes and hi-fi highlights from 1970-1979 to life for one night only with That 70s Soul featuring Seu Jorge, Zap Mama, Alice Russell, Spacek, Coco O. (Quadron) and others. An all-star cast of musicians, including legends Ndugu Chancler and Derf Reklaw along with future legend Kamasi Washington, lead by multi-instrumentalist and arranger/composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, will breathe new life into these seventies soul masterpieces. These are many of the same creative and fearless musicians and promoters that brought you the recent East Side Story Show as well as the 2009 Timeless series featuring the music of J. Dilla, Mulatu Astake and Arthur Verocai.

On this special night some of the under-sung musical heroes that are still alive and with us today, like Leon Ware, James Gadson and others be honored through their music and presence.

Leon Ware is best known for the songs he’s written, Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Quincy Jones or Average White Band’s “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” or Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love”, though he has no fewer than ten albums recorded under his own name for Motown, Elektra and most recently for the revived Stax record label. His sophisticated and sensual style of soul helped to define the influential quiet storm style.

James Gadson is a living legend behind a drum kit. He’s played behind everyone from Bill Withers and Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Band to Justin Timberlake and Norah Jones, with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and countless others along the way. Far from a one-trick pony, he’s also written, produced and sang on hundreds of records from the Doo-Wop era to the present day.

  • Allen Thayer

presale tickets ~ http://artdontsleep.com

ArtDontSleep presents: That 70’s Soul

Celebrating the music of:
Al Green, Bill Withers, Bob James, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Eugene McDaniels, Gil Scott-Heron, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Minnie Riperton, Roy Ayers, Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder & More.

Performances by:
The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble:
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ndugu Chancler, Derf Reklaw, Kamasi Washington, Brandon Coleman, Evan Francis, Philip Dizack, Sam Gendel, Elizabeth Lea, Marcel Camargo, Gabe Noel, Destani Wolf, I Ced, Joey Dosik, Jimetta Rose, Codany Holiday, Novena Carmel & More.

Featuring Special Guests:
Seu Jorge
Zap Mama
Alice Russell
Spacek
Coco O. (Quadron)

Guests of Honor:
Leon Ware, James Gadson, & More

Hosted By:
Garth Trinidad

DJ Sets by:
Quest Love (The Roots)
&
The Umoja Sound System (Daz, Jun, Destroyer & Monalisa)

Promotional Partners:
KCRW, LA Weekly, Wax Poetics, Fusicology

Sunday 12/16/2012 :: 6pm :: 21 + Wiser

The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015, 213) 746-4674

Presale Tickets: www.ArtDontSleep.com
25$ Early Bird | 30$ Pre Sale | 35$ Day of Show

Presale Ticket Location: http://theartformstudio.com/
701 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90013
213) 613-1050

That 70’s Soul Playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXAmCl5l1pRqgiODcnpN6QIFA6XIpVWQ8&feature=view_all

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/events/404431069625368/

give thanks. everyday.

each year i make it a point to discuss, educate and bring light to the reality of what Americans call “Thanksgiving” ~ in actuality it is a Day of Mourning. A day of loss, on so many levels. This year I’ll include the light but yet harsh reality interpreted by Wednesday along with a letter that i think everyone should read.
give thanks. everyday.

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The following message is from Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell:

“Dear Tribal Community,
Warm greetings to you and your family on this Thanksgiving Day 2012. The Thanksgiving holiday is a complicated day for our people. We are forever intertwined with the American Thanksgiving myth, however inaccurate it may be. Some of our people choose to observe this day as a Day of Mourning. Some choose to celebrate in a thoroughly American way. Many choose a different path, spending the day with family and friends, but acknowledging our unique history and connection to this day.

Thanksgiving is not something we as Wampanoag people do on a single day, it is a way of life. Every day we give thanks to the Creator, thanks to our ancestors, and thanks to the natural world around us. Today is no different. We give thanks.We strive every day to continue in the ways of our ancestors: welcoming people and treating them with dignity and respect. Helping each other in any way we can. Creating a better future for seven generations to come.

Today and every day, please join me in giving thanks to our ancestors, who, despite attempts to eliminate their presence on this earth, persevered and made it possible for us to be here today. Thanks to our Tribal family, our Elders for their wisdom and guidance; to our Youth and their hard work to make their way in this modern world by learning the ways of their ancestors while also getting the education they need to provide a better future for themselves and their Tribal family; and to all Tribal citizens who work hard every day to provide services to those in need, preserve our history and culture, and lift our whole Tribal nation up with positivity and respect.

No matter how you choose to observe this day, please know this: I am thankful for you. I hope that you are surrounded by your loved ones and have a blessed day.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)”

thanks fmwj!

rest in peace austin.

~gone much too soon . sending so much love to Austin’s closest friends and family. the Los Angeles/World musical community has lost a bright shining light. so gifted and full of energy. Still exploring, still learning, still growing and making musical magic to fill our souls. You will be forever missed Austin Peralta, October 25, 1990 – November 21, 2012.

CHURCH turns TWO!

CHURCH turns TWO! we’re celebrating this Thursday 10/25 at The Del Monte Speakeasy))) get there early to catch both sets… there is magic brewing on the westside of Los Angeles*

RSVP on FACEBOOK

East Side Story Rehearsal Day 2, Harmony | Knobworld

East Side Story Rehearsal Day 1 | Knobworld

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i’d like to help you in your struggles to be free…