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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!
 

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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'!

 

Strangelove Presents Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration, 11/1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 21, 2013 01:34pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, November 1st, Strangelove (San Francisco's long-time favorite Dark electro/industrial/new strangelove dia de los muertos day of the dead san franciscowave/goth party) honors those who have passed by celebrating DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - the Day of the Dead! Of course DJs Tomas Diablo, Sage, FACT.50, and Prince Charming will be raising the dead with their killer tunes, but check out these Day of the Dead macabre festivities:

SKULL FACE PAINTING! Talented make-up artists will put a ghoulish grin on your face. It's FREE for everyone, though tips are always appreciated.

ALTAR TO THE DEAD! You are invited to bring a picture of a deceased loved one or celebrity to add to the altar.

PINATA! How often do you get to savagely swing a big stick in a nightclub (without getting arrested)? Whoever breaks open the pinata will win a gift certificate and goody bag from Amoeba Music, a Strangelove t-shirt, a pair of tickets to see Alison Moyet at the Fillmore on Monday, November 11th, and a pair of tickets to see KMFDM at the Independent on Thursday, November 14th!

STRANGELOVE
Friday, November 1st
at The Cat Club (Folsom and 8th, San Francisco)
21+. 9:30PM-3AM. $3 before 10PM, $7 after

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