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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!

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble DVD Filming APRIL 24 + 25 at The Blue Whale


Come hear the debut of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s new legendary ensemble!!

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These shows will feature new original music by Miguel as well as exploring new takes on the music of Madlib and J Dilla among others.

$20 presale for both sets / $25 at the door / 21+

TICKETS:

NIGHT ONE (APRIL 24):

https://eventbrite.com/event/16512471246/

NIGHT TWO (APRIL 25):

https://eventbrite.com/event/16512470243/

in addition to the presale tickets, there will be approximately thirty $25 tickets available the night of at the venue

http://bluewhalemusic.com/

8pm: Doors
9pm: Set One
10:30pm: Set Two

DJ Sets: Carlos Niño

The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble:

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, band leader/arranger/composer/5 string violin
Dwight Trible, Voice
Josh Johnson, Alto Sax
Kamasi Washington, Tenor Sax
Marcel Camargo, Guitar (night #1 only)
Jeff Parker, Guitar (night #2 only)
Nick Mancini, Vibes
Dennis Hamm, Piano
Sam Barsh, Keyboards
Gabe Noel, Bass
Jonathan Pinson, Drums (night #1 only)
Jamire Williams, Drums (night #2 only)
Carlos Niño, Percussion, DJ Sets
Travis Flournoy, Visuals
Alex Chaloff, Documentation

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a very unique and special force in today’s world of music. Having recorded on close to 400 albums already by the age of 34, he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of musical and cultural elements into cohesive and magical presentations.

One of Miguel’s greatest achievements to date was in 2009 when he composed and conducted the historic ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ concert in LA leading over 60 musicians in tribute to the transcendent modern Hip-Hop producer J Dilla.

Having diligently studied classically since the age of four and being exposed to cultures and art from all around the world, Miguel is now able to enjoy a very diverse career collaborating with many amazing artists. Miguel has had the great fortune to perform or record with giants such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wayne Shorter, Billy Higgins, Ray Brown, Brad Mehldau, Flying Lotus, Hubert Laws, Seu Jorge, Dr. Dre, Will.i.am, Madlib, and many others.

While performing on violin and viola and arranging highly
personal arrangements are Miguel’s main pursuits, he also is an educator, dj, producer, music director and composer. Miguel leads many of his own ensembles and has had incredible artists like Seu Jorge, Sly Stone, George Clinton, Shuggie Otis, Flying Lotus, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Zap Mama, Jose James, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Aloe Blacc, Pharoahe Monch, Quadron, Karriem Riggins, Talib Kweli and Posdnuos as his special guests.

In 2011, Miguel had the honor of providing Oprah Winfrey with a one man orchestra of himself as the music behind the main promo of her new TV Network ‘OWN’ courtesy of Miguel’s intro to his duet with Will.i.am off of the Black Eyed Peas 2010 album ‘The Beginning’. Miguel has plans to release his very first album in 2016 on the Los Angeles indie label ‘Brainfeeder.’

http://miguelatwoodferguson.com/
https://twitter.com/MiguelAtwdFrgsn
https://www.facebook.com/miguelatwoodferguson

nueve. final fridays. monthly.

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

final [vinyl] fridays*
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029
RSVP on FACEBOOK

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hosted by: aLOVEsupreme

*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!

△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.

Minnie Riperton Tribute | July 12th | Grand Performances

ADVENTURES FROM PARADISE
A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
July 12th | Grand Performances | 8PM


On Saturday, July 12th, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Decoders will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble that will include very special guest vocalists to celebrate the life and music of female soul icon Minnie Riperton. The event is entitled Adventures From Paradise and will feature a live remixing and reinterpretation of her music, which has never been done before.

This unprecedented concert will be honoring contributors to her music such as Richard Rudolph (her husband and co-writer) Leon Ware, Charles Stepney and the psychedelic soul sounds of his multi-racial 60’s super group The Rotary Connection (of which Minnie was also a part of), as well as highlighting her work with Stevie Wonder and other great producers/songwriters like Stewart Levine and many more.

July 12th marks the date of her transition into the infinite. Falling victim to breast cancer at the young age of 31, Minnie spent her last days on earth in Los Angeles; paying tribute to her musical greatness in the last place she called home is an honor which The Decoders do not take lightly. It will be a magical night under the stars at Grand Performances, a historic outdoor live music venue in downtown LA’s California Plaza. The event is free, all ages and open to the public.

The Ensemble:
Todd M. Simon – trumpet, flugelhorn, music director
Adam Berg – keyboards, music director
accompanied by:
Blake Colie – drums
Eugene Brandon Owens – bass
Patrick Bailey – guitar
Tracy Wannomae – tenor, alto sax
Claire Courchene – trombone, cello
Pete Jacobson – cello
Thomas Lea – viola
Paul Cartwright – violin
Tylana Renga – violin
Steve Haney – percussion
Shafiq Husayn – percussion
Sly 5th Ave – Woodwinds

The vocal cast:
Amber Coffman
Andree Belle
Angel Deradoorian
Arlene Deradoorian
Coco O
Gavin Turek
Jimetta Rose
Joey Dosik
Kadhja Bonet
Kimbra
Loren Oden
Mara Hruby
Moses Sumney
Nia Andrews
Niki Randa
Thalma De Freitas
& Very Special Surprise Guests!

w/ Members of the KJLH Radio Free Choir
led by: Natasha Feltus

Hosted by KCRW DJs
Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez
Curated/Produced by:
Rocio “wyldeflower” Contreras

Event captured by:
Eric Coleman (Mochilla) and Greg “the Dude” Ponstingl

GRAND PERFORMANCES is located at:
California Plaza: 350 S. Grand Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90071

RSVP on Facebook

final vinyl fridays: nueve 5.30.14 with Jimetta Rose Smith

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RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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: 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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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

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.

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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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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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/

HOMAGE: Roy Ayers (Full Band) feat Pete Rock! w/Thundercat, Jrocc +more!

EVFA & ArtDontSleep present:
Homage

Live Performances by:
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock (Live full band)

Opening Performance by:
Thundercat (Live)
and
J.Rocc

Lounge DJ’s:
Anthony Valadez, Clifton Weaver, Destroyer, Lee Joseph & Marlon Fuentes

Hosted By: Garth Trinidad

Visuals: Strangeloop (Brainfeeder)

Thursday November 17th, 2011 :: 8pm-2am :: 21 and wiser

Exchange LA:
618 S. Spring Street :: Los Angeles, CA 90014 :: (213) 627-8070

Tickets = $30 http://homage.eventbrite.com/

Table Bottle Service Available: ella@exchangela.com

Enjoy this complimentary mix from Anthony Valdez:
http://hypebeast.com/2011/10/ron-ayers-homage-mix-by-anthony-valadez/

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Learn more:

Roy Ayers was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in a musical family. At the age of five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first pair of mallets, which led to the vibraphone being his trademark sound for decades. The area of Los Angeles that Ayers grew up in, now known as “South Central”, but then known as “South Park”, was the epicenter of the Southern California Black Music Scene. The schools Roy attended (Wadsworth Elementary, Nevins Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School) were all close to the famed Central Avenue, Los Angeles’ equivalent of Harlem’s Lenox Avenue and Chicago’s State Street.

Ayers was responsible for the highly regarded soundtrack to Jack Hill’s 1973 blaxploitation film Coffy, which starred Pam Grier. He later moved from a jazz-funk sound to R&B, as seen on Mystic Voyage, which featured the songs “Evolution” and the underground disco hit “Brother Green (The Disco King)”, as well as the title track from his 1976 album Everybody Loves the Sunshine.

In 1977, Ayers produced an album by the group RAMP, Come Into Knowledge, commonly and mistakenly thought to stand for “Roy Ayers Music Project”. That Fall, he had his biggest hit with “Running Away”. In 1980, Ayers released Music Of Many Colors with the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Since then, Roy Ayers has toured the world, many times over, released numerous records and had dozens of life changing collaborations. Roy also made a hug impact in the world of Hip-Hop and RnB. Many people have sampled him and covered him. Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blidge, Mos-Def, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Nas, Madlib, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Common, The Pharcyde, Pete Rock, Jill Scott and many many more.

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Pete Rock, “Soul Brother No. 1.” Rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect. Along with groups such as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr, Nas and Notorious B.I.G., Talib Kweli and the late J Dilla, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music (also known as jazz rap). He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier and RZA as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production.

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Stephen Bruner is Thundercat and Thundercat is the dominant bassist rising within the ranks of R&B, rock, hip-hop, jazz, electronic, and beyond. The mystique behind the man named for his favorite cartoon seemingly hides an introspective, ambitious, and fearless young artist whose solo debut album is finally emerging in front of the vast catalog of experience he has amassed in collaboration with the likes of Erykah Badu, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Shafiq Husayn, Suicidal Tendencies, Stanley Clarke, and Flying Lotus, his closest partner and head of the Brainfeeder movement. Stephen is joined by a serious cast of jazz monsters!

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J.Rocc: One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-’80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.

In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib’s live shows since the early 2000’s, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group’s live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla.

RSVP on Facebook and secure your tickets, purchase them online: http://homage.eventbrite.com

MOCHILLA REMIXED: Photo Selects/Logo Remix Exhibition + After Party!


Save the date:
Thursday, October 20th Mochilla & Hit+Run present “MOCHILLA REMIXED” at the Townhouse Gallery in Venice. Some of our favorite visual artists have flipped the classic Mochilla logo, originally designed by Stephen Serrato – check out Augustine Kofie’s version (included). On opening night, these logo remixes will be on display alongside iconic photographs by Mochilla founders B+ and Coleman. Each has selected specia…l photo selects from their vast collection for this exhibition that runs from October 20th-November 12th.

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•Participating Mochilla Logo Remix Artists:

Aaron De La Cruz
Abcnt
Alfred Hawkins
Augustine Kofie
Brent Rollins
Cody Hudson
Eric Coleman
Ernesto Yerena
Patrick Martinez
Retna
Ritzy Periwinkle
Stephen Serrato
+more TBA

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Also running alongside the show will be a pop-up shop with our recent releases and a few classic selects. Keep an eye out for some very special limited edition Mochilla gear that will only be available the night of the show. Don’t miss the opening night after party next door at the Del Monte Speakeasy with surprise guests! We’ll be celebrating our recent Timeless Remixed project on our “Feito Em Casa” Mixes.

• 7pm-10pm* Art Exhibition : Townhouse Gallery
• 10pm-2am* After Party: (Two Doors East) Del Monte Speakeasy

MOCHILLA REMIXED After Party

Live Performance by
Bei-Ru (Beat/DJ Set)

DJing throughout the night
Babu
Ta’raach
Coleman

+some very special guests…

Check http://mochilla.com/ for updates.

EVENT REVIEW & SLIDESHOW : Brainfeeder LA

EVENT REVIEW & SLIDESHOW : Brainfeeder LA, Music Box June 2011 | FusicologY.COM

I’ve been to the Music Box several times but never have I witnessed such a grand set up of sound:

Perfectly vertically-aligned bass amps making the stage look like it was elegantly lowered, and of course creating that deep PureFilth sound that the Brainfeeder Crew is known for. I walked into the melodic sounds of Teebs transitioning into Samiyam‘s classic rapbeats and sneak peaks off his upcoming Sam Baker’s Album to be released on Brainfeeder.

Gaslamp Killer’s set was magnificent, weaving through classics, samples and original productions. Austin Peralta and Thundercat’s duet set was like a flight through the cosmos preparing the audience for Flying Lotus’ stellar performance.

They joined him on stage with Carla Azar from Autolux on drums, playing both unreleased and highly anticipated joints like “Do The Astro Plane”. The Brainfeeder LA show was a symphony of beats and visuals that continued throughout the night and Fusicology was there to witness it.

words/article: Ro\WyldeFlower
Music Box, June 2011

Check out the PHOTOS/SLIDESHOW, shot by Mike Park

sangre : cosas del corazon

family. blood. unity. mi sangre : abuelito sergio y mama bella circa 1970. wyldeflower rendition 2008. (ro:iv:wf:index) cosas del corazón // weflyink | ink. screen. print.