The Coup's DJ Pam the Funkstress (one of the many performers at Amoeba Berkeley today)
If you are in the Bay Area today put a stop at Amoeba Music in Berkeley at the top of your to-do list! All day today, Sunday, November 14th, the famed East Bay Amoeba store that opened 20 years ago this month is celebrating with a big sale and non-stop entertainment. In addition to 20% off all used items and lots of other enticing store bargains and goodies (EG gift bags for customers who purchase over $20 + Amoeba Prize Wheel with fabulous prizes such as a collectible lunchbox amp from ZT Amplifiers or limited edition Amoeba 20th Birthday T-shirts) there will be non-stop music by DJs and other performers.
DJs include party rocker and turntable wrecker DJ Pam The Funkstress of The Coup, who, as you can see from the concert clip above, is an amazing DJ to witness live. Her set begins at 3pm today. Other spin masters today include two current Amoeba Berkeley staffers JoNasty (noon) and DJ Inti (at 1pm he will spin an exclusive "dollar bin" set), and two former Amoeba Berkeley staffers, DJ Platurn (6pm is when the famed Oakland Fader DJ kicks off the day's closing set) and DoseOne. Anticon's DoseOne (born Adam Drucker and a renowned emcee) is such an incredibly gifted & multi-talented individual. His DJ set starts at 2pm and is followed by a meet/greeting/signing session. In concert with his groups Themselves and Subtle he often simultaneously raps as he plays synth, sampler, and/or keyboard.
The artist that many folks are heading to Amoeba Berkeley today to see is Lyrics Born, whose tight new album As U Were (Decon) just arrived in Amoeba in recent weeks. He will do a live set at 5pm, featuring songs from this new album and other classics from his long career, followed by a meet and greet/signing session. Below is a video of the East Bay artist on Seattle's KEXP radio last year. And here are some pics of him at an Amoeba San Francisco instore several years ago. The acoustic British folk styled group Foxtails Brigade (guitar, strings, vocals) will be wandering round (both inside and out) the Telegraph Ave store today making sweet music. To get an idea of what they sound like check out one of their past sets at Amnesia in SF here. Oh, and if it is your birthday today be sure to claim your free birthday cookie. For more info on today's big event click here!
Lyrics Born "I Like It, I Love It" (live at KEXP Seattle)