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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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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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Recap: February Charity Auction to Benefit New Orleans at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2015 01:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, February 7 we had our first charity auction of 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood! We are right around the corner from our annual Mardi Gras festivities and parade, so it was apropro that the auction benefited two amazing New Orleans charities, Tipitina's Foundation and New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Our guest host was the hilarious writer/performer Kristina Wong, who seemed to have a blast at her first appearance on our auction stage. The East Bay Express has described Kristina as "brutal but hilarious… a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously" and she really brought it with the zingers and one-liners! She was relentless at driving up the bids and she definitely helped raise a lot of money for New Orleans.

Kristina Wong Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

We have a long history with both of the recipient's of this month's auction. Tipitina's Foundation provides instruments to youth in New Orleans through their Instruments A Comin' program. The program is now in its thirteenth year and has placed more than $3 million dollars worth of musical instruments in over 95 Louisiana school music programs. And it's just one of the things Tipitina's does to help preserve and further Louisiana's music and culture.

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Show Recap: Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood With ORGONE

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 12:18pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba fat tuesday parade

This year's Fat Tuesday celebration March 4 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked off with DJs playing all manner of funk, soul and zydeco from New Orleans or influenced by its rich musical history. Our resident emcee Gomez asked trivia questions, such as the difference between "cajun" and "zydeco" (one's a culture, the other's a type of music).

orgone amoebaLos Angeles' ORGONE took the stage offering a flurry of horn blasts, funkadelic guitars and plenty of cowbell. Singer Adryon de Leon commanded with a soulful performance fronting the eight-piece band. "Don't Stop" sounded particularly alluring, with its rubbery bassline and lush, classic soul sound. They effused warm vibes perfectly suited to the day, singing "love is the answer" to a dancing crowd.

Amoeba's annual Mardi Gras parade began to prepare as the band played the funky "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, ORGONE's bongos player had hips shaking, and the band got the audience to participate in a soul clap as de Leon channeled Donna Summer. As if the drum-fueled extended jam at the end of their set didn't already cement the fact that this band has chops, they helped out with a great, impromptu rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" as the parade started, with marchers wearing masks and playing instruments and its floats featuring an edifice of the late Lou Reed.

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The Good Times Rolled at Amoeba SF on Fat Tuesday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 5, 2014 01:55pm | Post a Comment

On Fat Tuesday, Amoeba San Francisco let the good times roll with our Mardi Gras DJ extravaganza! WeFat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco had an eclectic melange of music with our own DJ Kelly-O and DJ DJ (also of Afrofunk Experience), plus a special appearance from DJ Shona's Dad (KPFA Programmer Joel Sachs) who played non-stop New Orleans party classics!

Amoeba employees enjoyed some authentic Louisiana cooking with Jambalaya from the Outer Sunset's Cajun Pacific and traditional King Cake too.

We urge you to recreate the fun at home with some of these amazing New Orleans recordings as your soundtrack. But we're not sharing that Jambalaya recipe!

 

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Kelly
DJ Kelly-O
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ David James
DJ DJ
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Trae
DJ DJ & Trae
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Shona's dad
DJ Shona's Dad
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco
Shona & Suzanne dish it out
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco king cake
King Cake!

 

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