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Now In Its Fifth Year, Hiero Day 2016 (Sept 5th) Will Continue "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland"

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment
With just five weeks until  Hiero Day 2016 takes place on September 5th, tix are now on sale for the high caliber, homegrown Oakland hip-hop festival. The Hieroglyphics curated annual hip-hop festival always delivers a rich and diverse day of hip-hop music and culture. As yet the 2016 lineup has to be announced but, via a Hieros email blast this week, it was promised that, "This year's line up is incredible!" and to "stay tuned for the awesome line-up announcement."

Just five years old, Hiero Day has steadily grown and blossomed to become Oakland's best annual large scale cultural event. By consistently being a peaceful large scale hip-hop event in Oakland, it transcends every negative stereotypes associated with rap shows.

Hiero Day's positive vibe is fueled by a love of both hip-hop culture and the longtime collective's hometown.  It's slogan "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland" perfectly sums up the uplifting, all day, all ages event. There's always rows of interesting booths, as well as lots of food trucks spread across the few block area of the festival. There will be three performance stages providing non stop music and entertainment. It kicks off early too, by around noon when it tends to be gettin
g hot. Warning: the festival area is minus any shade, so best bring a hat or umbrella and drink lots of water. The main stage on 3rd always features a strong lineup of local and national acts including, of course, members of the extended Hiero crew. As to who will be there usually depends on who is on tour or in town that weekend. But true Hiero fans in the Bay likely already checked out one or both of the full collective's two recent concerts on their home turf: the packed to capacity Stern Grove in San Francisco set they headlined a month ago, plus the all star Hiero show two months ago in Berkeley at the UC Theatre.  That event featured sets from Del the Funky Homosapien, CasualSouls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, and Tajai), Pep Love, Domino and DJ Toure.

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DJs Platurn, Cutso, Teeko, Apollo, GoldenChyld & Umani Join Forces In Homage To Bay Area Music's Rich History with B.A.R.T.

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2016 07:58pm | Post a Comment

Not to be confused with the public transit system in the Bay, the party entitled B.A.R.T. happening tonight at the Uptown in Oakland is a heartfelt homage to the rich music history of the Bay Area. Presented by a killer lineup of homegrown DJs who were raised on the music of the Bay, tonight's party entitled B.A.R.T. stands for Bay Area Rockin’ Together. It is presented by DJ Platurn Productions and DJ Cutso who, along with fellow longtime Bay Area DJs Goldenchyld, Teeko, Umami and DJ Apollo, will be throwing down a night of strictly Bay Area music spanning decades and "from hip-hop to rock to funk/soul and all things in between." Which begs the question, what songs or what artists?  DJ Cutso, whose set begins at 1am, told the Amoeblog that "I'd say we're doing it all from Too Short to Sly Stone to Metallica."

Former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer DJ Platurn, when asked by the Amoeblog what records might get spun tonight, sent over the collage (above) of 12" singles record covers that includes records by Ray Luv, Digital Underground, Casual, Capital Tax, and Souls of Mischief. Among the Bay Area artists that Teeko said he will be playing tonight are Little Bruce, Ruckazoid, and Mr Carmack GoldenChyld said that among his tracks to play tonight are Spice 1 "Strap on the Side, " Brotha Lynch Hung "Locc To the Brain," and RBL Posse's "Bounce to This."  Meanwhile a glance over the poster for tonight, with artist names worked into its artwork, provides even more clues on what artists' music will be played tonight. These include Con Funk Shun, E-40, En Vogue, The Coup, 2Pac, Mac Dre, Sheila E, The Doobie Brothers, and N2Deep. You have to love the depth and diversity of music from the Bay Area. In tribute to, and in anticipation of the tracks by these Bay Area artists mentioned by Cutso, Platurn, Teeko, and GoldenChyld and on their show flyer, below are a series of Bay Area music videos for tracks that might be played tonight at B.A.R.T. at Uptown. More club/show info.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt III: A Tribe Called Quest, O.C., The Beatnuts, Masta Ace Inc., Milkbone, Sha-Key, Sham & The Professor +

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2016 03:26pm | Post a Comment
A Tribe Called Quest JIve/Zomba 1994 photo by TAR

The above A Tribe Called Quest press photo by TAR and sent out by the publicity department at Jive Records/Zomba in 1994: the year following the release of their landmark 1993 hip-hop album Midnight Marauders, (avail LP/vinyl) and a couple of years before 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life (avail LP/vinyl) by the legendary crew featuring Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and the late great Phife Dawg who tragically passed back in March of this year.  Other artists included in this third of a five-part Amoeblog series of 1990's Promo Pics include The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated, MC Madness, Milkbone, Sha-Key, DJ Smurf and P.M.H.I., and Sham & the Professor.  Like 1990's Promo Pics Part 2 and 1990's Promo Pics Part 1, that included such artists as Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, and Black Sheep this installment is from the mid nineties (1993 - 1995) and is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time.

George Clinton, Who Celebrates 75th Birthday, Defines Funk and more in Rare 1985 Interview

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2016 08:20pm | Post a Comment

Today funk innovator, captain of the mothership, nucleus of Parliament, Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and other spin off bands, George Clinton celebrates his 75th birthday. The artist is an historic key figure in shaping not just funk music but also a lot of hip-hop too. A hard working musician who, even in his mid 70's, is currently on tour. The man is truly a living legend. Hence if you have never seen him and P-Funk in concert you owe it to yourself to go see him play. Luckily there's ample opportunities to do so. Currently on tour in Euorpe, tonight he celebrates his birthday playing the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Tomorrow night he brings P-Funk to the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England. The artist returns to California in September when  he will play the Fox Theater in Oakland on Sept. 15th and at the Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival September 18. In honor of this funk musical pioneer and his 75th birthday, I have a rare recently uncovered May 1985 interview with George Clinton that I conducted for KALX radio back in the day. Clinton, who was 44 years of age at the time, was enjoying a rich recent solo career. Just three years earlier in 1982 he unleashed his solo debut album Computer Games that featured the funk smash hit single "Atomic Dog." The following year he followed up with solo album number two You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish.  At the time of this interview he'd already finished up working on his third solo album, Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends and was onto his next project: producing The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In fact he was in the studio in Detroit with the Chili Peppers working on their album Freaky Styley when he took time out to conduct this phone interview.

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EPMD's "Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour" In California This Week

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2016 11:04pm | Post a Comment
 
EPMD's math may be a bit off for the ongoing Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour, but the opportunity to catch this reunited iconic hip-hop duo perform their landmark 1988 debut album is one not to be missed.  Tonight at midnight in San Francisco EPMD will hit the stage at Public Works to perform Strictly Business in full, in addition to "all their hits" from the pair's rich golden era back catalog.  Tomorrow, July 22nd, they perform in LA at the Hollywood Palladium and the following night (July 23) at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center as part of Ice-T's Art of Rap Festival tour. Then Sunday July 24th they headline the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix with their tribute to Strictly Business. Three years ago the album by the legendary duo of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith (aka PMD) [EPMD = Erick and Parrish Making Dollars] enjoyed a special 25 Year Anniversary Strictly Business. Presented by Snoop Dogg that reissue version included five bonus tracks: alternate versions or remixes of album songs.

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