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Recap: Amoeba Hollywood's Fat Tuesday Celebration Was Our Biggest Yet

Posted by Amoebite, February 19, 2015 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Mardi Gras at Amoeba

On Tuesday, February 17 the aisles of Amoeba Hollywood swelled once more with homemade floats, revelers, and the merry strains of our volunteer brass band as we ushered in our annual Mardi Gras celebration. We kicked things off at 3pm with some tunes from DJ Humble B, followed by a boisterous parade through the store and onto Sunset Blvd., closing the party out with a mix from our own Mr. Ray. Employees and customers alike donned strands of beads and colorful masks for one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in all the years we’ve been celebrating Fat Tuesday.

Although the event originally started at Amoeba San Francisco in 1998 as a celebration of our employees’ hard work in between the busy holiday and summer seasons, the focus of Amoeba’s Mardi Gras celebrations turned towards outward giving in the years following Hurricane Katrina. A portion of Fat Tuesday’s sales from all three stores and Amoeba.com went to two New Orleans charities benefiting the city’s storied music community: Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Tipitina's FoundationTipitina’s Foundation strives to preserve and advocate for New Orleans’ unique musical heritage, while also aiding the professional development of adult musicians and promoting childhood musical education through their Instruments A Comin’ program, which provides new and refurbished musical instruments to school band programs in the area. Tipitina’s also provides after-school internship opportunities for high school students, in the form of an after-school jazz band, where they receive training in music theory, instrumental performance, recording, and career professionalism.

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Join Amoeba for LA Weekly Food Fest 'The Essentials' on March 8

Posted by Amoebite, February 18, 2015 10:40am | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, March 8 at the California Market Center, LA Weekly presents The Essentials, a food and wine event featuring tastings from the magazine's 99 Essentials issue on their top restaurant picks in L.A., which will hit shelves the same week. We'll be on hand with our booth, so come say hello, spin our famous prize wheel, and pick up some Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates!

la weekly essentialsThe Essentials, which is curated by LA Weekly's award-winning food writers, features more than 50 of the restaurants included in the special issue, plus wine and cocktail samples and a vendor village. But since there will be libations, the event is 21+. Tickets for general admission are $65 and offer unlimited samples, while VIP tickets (which grant early entry and a get you a VIP gift bag) are $85.

Participating restaurants include Animal, Bestia, Cacao Mexicatessen, Eggslut, Father's Office, Kogi, McConnel's, Plan Check, Spago and more. See all of the participating restaurants here. Music will be provided by DJ Pleasure Principle.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Slimkid3 NuMark

Slimkid3 (aka Trevant "Tre" Hardson) is a founding member of seminal alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde, as well as a solo performer and producer. He started his performing career as a member of Two Slimkid3 Numarkfor Two, a dance group best known for appearing on In Living Color. In 2002, Slimkid3 released Liberation, his first solo album after leaving The Pharcyde. Mark Potsic, a.k.a. DJ Nu-Mark, is a hip-hop producer, owner of Hot Plate Records, and member of Jurassic 5. He released his first solo album in 2004, an instrumental EP Blend Crafters. He has worked with J-Live, Aloe Blacc, Charles Bradley, and the Lonely Island. In 2014, he and Slimkid3 collaborated on their self-titled album, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark (Delicious Vinyl).

The dynamic duo recently did some record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode Slimkid3 finds a few house and soul gems to add to his collection while Nu-Mark, the consumate record collector, digs up some funky breaks and world music collections. DJ Nu-Mark kicks things off on a hunch and picks up a copy of Jimmy McGriff's Flyin' Time. Slimkid3 follows that with Meshell Ndegeocello's latest release, Comet, Come To Me. From Snoop Dog and Dam-Funk's 7 Days of Funk project to house music singer Lisa Shaw, Slimkid and Nu-Mark dig deep!

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Next First Fridays Show at L.A.'s Natural History Museum Features JMSN on March 6

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

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The next First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum will feature electro-soul singer JMSN along with up-and-comer starRo on March 6. The music starts at 8 p.m., with DJs and discussions beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 without a membership to the museum. Say hi at the Amoeba booth and pick up some swag!

Singer/songwriter and producer JMSN (pronounced Jameson, born Christian Berishaj) makes moody soul jams along the lines of How to Dress Well and The Weeknd. He released his debut record in 2012, †Priscilla†, which got the attention of rapper Kendrick Lamar, who put JMSN on four tracks on his critically acclaimed debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. JMSN also operates his own studio, White Room Records, and has worked with the the likes of The Game, J. Cole, Tyga and Ab-Soul. JMSN released his second, self-titled album in December. Watch his recently released video for "Score" below:

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Amoeba Celebrates Fat Tuesday Today, Portion of Proceeds Go to Charity

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Mardi Gras

It's Fat Tuesday today, and once again a portion of the proceeds from all three Amoeba stores and Amoeba.com will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans.

amoeba fat tuesday paradeWe're also having our annual Mardi Gras festivities at Amoeba Hollywood and SF. Our family-friendly events start at 3 p.m. at Amoeba Hollywood, with DJ Humble B starting things off, and our annual Mardi Gras parade at 4 p.m, with Mr. Ray on the turntables. At Amoeba SF, we'll have DJs starting at 2 p.m.

A portion of the day's in-store and online proceeds will go to New Orleans charities Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Tipitina’s Foundation seeks to preserve Louisiana and New Orleans’ musical heritage, while New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is dedicated to providing affordable healthcare to New Orleans musicians. New Orleans continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history, and at Amoeba we're dedicated to continuing to do our part to help, including raising $1,000 for the New Orleans organizations at our recent charity auction Feb. 7.

Fat Tuesday in Christian tradition takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, when you’re supposed to feast and drink and be merry before the penintential season of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday. Since then it’s also become a global celebration from Brazil to Senegal, full of costumes, festivities, parades and general decadence. Read about the Mardi Gras Indians here at the Amoeblog.

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