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Halloween Costume Contest at Amoeba SF: Mysterious, Spooky, Altogether Ooky

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 3, 2013 05:33pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco celebrated Halloween 2013 with their notoriously competitive costume contest upon the Amoeba stage. In the past, we've seen fierce competition in the form of many creatures from The Ancient Mariner to Nicki Minaj. This year proved to be another nail-biter for the three judges (Tony, David, and Gabe) as the competition brought it again! Employees and customers competed for fabulous Amoeba Gift Certificates, so a lot was at stake!

DJ Kells Bells was scheduled to DJ the spooktacular event, but much to everyone's surprise two new DJs -- Yip and Yip -- arrived instead and played intergalactic hits of the past five decades.

yip alien Muppets costume

The contestants were introduced by the mistress of ceremonies, Lobster Girl, who had just returned from fighting crime under the sea. Let's review the competition...

Amoeba employee Julian adorned himself as Lord Summerisle from The Wicker Man.

Lord Summerisle The Wicker Man Costume

Aaron of Amoeba's DVD Room showed off some fancy footwork as Speed Racer!

Speed Racer costume

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Rokia Traore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2013 07:34pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present singer/songwriter Rokia rokia  traore ciis Traore on Friday, November 22nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

It all started with a sound inside Rokia Traore's head. One of the most adventurous singer/songwriters in Africa knew that she wanted to create a musical style "more modern, but still African, something more blues and rock than my folk guitar." Then she heard an old Gretsch, the classic electric guitar beloved by American rockabilly bands back in the fifties and sixties, and played by artists from Chet Atkins to George Harrison. That was the sound she had been looking for, and it has helped bring a fresh and startling new dimension to her exquisite and adventurous songs.

The daughter of a Malian diplomat posted to the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Traore studied in Brussels and worked in a rap group, before deciding to go back to Mali to create the music she wanted, which was "not pop, not jazz, not classical, but something contemporary with traditional instruments."

She survived by washing dishes, cooking in a restaurant, and working as a housekeeper, as she found musicians for her new songs backed by her own acoustic guitar, the West African n'goni, and the balafon. She became a success back in Europe, where she was hailed as the "African Discovery of 1997" after performing at the Angouleme Festival in France. Recording contracts and international tours followed, as Rokia continued to develop her musical ideas and delight audiences around the world.

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LASERIUM is back in the Bay Area at Chabot Space & Science Center

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment
LASERIUM at Chabot Space & Science Center

This year marks the 40th anniversary of LASERIUM® The Cosmic Laser Concert and the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland is hosting its return to the Bay Area! Amoeba is proud to sponsor this classic laser light show set to the beats of such rock icons as Pink Floyd and The Beatles. Immersed in the darkness of the planetarium, this stunning light show is music for your eyes.

Whether you are a fan from the past or new to the show, LASERIUM® draws you into the light. See it, hear it, experience it, again for the first time!

This is a limited engagement. Shows start on November 3rd and go through January. Get your tickets HERE!

Trannyshack Halloween Hits this Friday, 10/25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2013 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Get your Halloween celebrations started early and join Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, this Friday (10/25) at the DNA Lounge for their annual Halloween spookstravaganza! MC's Heklina and Peaches Christ bringing you their biggest show yet with performances by Exhibit Q., Holy McGrail, Qween, Elijah Minnelli, Fou Fou Ha, Precious Moments, Faux King Awesome, Raya Light, Gurleen, Sylvia O'Stayformore (Seattle), Colony (Seattle), and more!

Do you have what it takes to compete in San Francisco's biggest costume contest? You're gonna find out!

Doors at 9:30, show at 11pm. $15, advance tickets available HERE!
 

Trannyshack san francisco Halloween

 

Thanks for Voting Us Best of the Bay!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2013 04:55pm | Post a Comment

Thank you, music fiends of the Bay Area!

The San Francisco Bay Guardian published their yearly Best of the Bay feature and we have once again won your vote as Best Record Store! Here's to many more years to come. Keep on diggin'!

 

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