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Opening Night at Monterey Jazz Festival and Amoeba is on the Scene!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2013 07:35pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the beautiful Monterey Fair Grounds! We are Amoeba Music Monterey Jazz Festblogging LIVE from the Mini-Amoeba tent and will be here everyday of the festival (September 20 - 22), while offering rare and popular CDs and vinyl, special edition jazz t-shirts, books, posters, AND signings with some of this year's line-up of amazing artists!

Tonight, Friday, is opening night of the festival and the shows started roaring at 6:30pm. We have two stellar signings at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight, so stop on by and meet these jazz luminaries!

Signing at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight:
Roberto Fonseca – 8pm

When pianist Roberto Fonseca plays, the music seeps from yo roberto fonsecaevery pore in his body, at times on stage he stands and hammers the piano as if it were a percussion instrument or he grabs a drum and transforms his group into a comparsa – the Cuban carnival groups that parade the streets once a year . YO, Fonseca’s new album, continues this party like never before. Recognized as a major influence on modern Cuban jazz, and jazz in general, he proves that his horizons are not limited by the subtleties of jazz, nor to just the Caribbean.

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Chuck Palahniuk & the SF Cacophony Society: Creating Culture from Mayhem, 9/23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2013 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Ever wonder how Chuck Palahniuk came up with the idea for Fight Club’s secret society of recreational fighters? Or how a giant wooden “man” ended up on fire in the desert, inspiring one of the world’s most radical gatherings? Welcome to the Cacophony Society, an underground group of pranksters whose antics have helped shape the contemporary zeitgeist for the past three decades. Now -- from flash mobs and SantaCon to groups like Improv Everywhere and the Yes Men -- new generations of instigators are taking a page out of the Cacophony book, driving pranks and events with social media tools.

On Monday, September 23rd, immerse yourself in the full Cacophony experience at the Castro Theatre as society founders and celebrated members (including Chuck Palahniuk, John Law, Carrie Galbraith, and Brad Wieners) take you through the society’s origins, the importance of play in adult life, and how to kick-start your own culture. Plus, check out some society spinoffs including: bartending robots from RoboGames, a blessing from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “Hugging Machines” from artist Kal Spelletich, Art Cars, Doggie Diner heads, video shorts, and more!

Get your tickets HERE!

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Help Save the Historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment
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Balboa Theatre, 1941

Many small theaters have adopted the rallying cry of "Go Digital, or Go Dark," and though that sounds dramatic, it is all too true. After 100 years of movies being screened from film, Hollywood is converting to digital. Every theatre must upgrade its projectors and associated equipment by the end of this year.

The Balboa Theatre opened in 1926 and has served San Francisco's Richmond district continuously since then. Every year, thousands of residents of all ages visit the Balboa for screenings of new films and well-curated programming such as music documentaries, classics, and "Popcorn Palace" kids fare! But now they need your help.

The Balboa is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign so they can upgrade the projection and sound equipment in both of their two auditoriums. It will cost close to $150,000 to do both. They have just raised enough to convert one auditorium, but you can help them reach their stretch goal so they can go all the way. With digital projectors in place, they will be able to keep the Balboa alive offering a modern, first-class movie experience in a classic neighborhood theatre. Plus, they are giving away some great reward incentives. Donate now!

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present The Idan Raichel Project, 10/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 5, 2013 04:00pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present The Idan Raichel Project on Idan Raichel photo by Eldad Rafaeli Saturday, October 12th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

In 2003, an unusual song aired on Israeli radio. With its haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic and a global fusion sound, "Bo'ee" became an instant crossover hit that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel's pop charts. The song turned a young dreadlocked keyboardist and producer into a household name in his native land.

Soon, The Idan Raichel Project became known around the world for its cross-cultural collaborations. Since the release of their first international album, The Idan Raichel Project has represented a hope that artistic collaboration can break down barriers between different backgrounds and beliefs.

Idan Raichel, the architect of this unique project, is a keyboardist, producer, and composer. He has long been fascinated with the diversity of Israel and sought to celebrate his appreciation and respect for different cultures through his music. Because of its open door to immigrants from Jewish communities around the globe, Israel is home to a stew of cultures and traditions, including Jews of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin American, Eastern European, and African roots. There is also a large Arab community, almost 20% of the population of Israel. The music of the Idan Raichel Project draws on all these traditions.

The Idan Raichel Project's latest album, Quarter to Six, was released in spring 2013. It offers a transcontinental mix of different musical streams. The album features guest appearances by Portuguese fado star Ana Moura, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad, German countertenor Andreas Scholl, Colombia's Marta Gomez, Mali's Vieux Farka Toure, and a selection of some of Israel's top up-and-coming singers and musicians.

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Jackson Browne & David Hidalgo Perform at the Los Cenzontles Benefit Concert, 9/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 5, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Singer/songwriters Jackson Browne and David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) will perform at the Richmond los cenzontles Jackson Browne David Hidalgo RichmondCraneway Pavilion on Sunday, September 29th to benefit Los Cenzontles, a nonprofit organization that also provides a music academy, a community space for youth and families, a band, and a hub for Latino artists. The Los Cenzontles touring group and students will also perform. 

This concert is just the kick-off for Los Cenzontles' Supporting Roots Campaign, which will raise funds to expand and renovate its facility, and expand its renowned cultural arts programming.

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for The Mockingbirds) is a factory of musical culture based in California. Deeply rooted in tradition, its professional musicians and mentors redefine Mexican American culture with a contemporary voice. 

Get your tickets HERE and find out more about the Supporting Roots Campaign HERE

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