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Berkeley World Music Festival Set by Fely Tchaco Confirmed Greatness of Amoeba Music In-Stores

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2012 01:37pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Berkeley
's packed, high energy, and hella fun in-store performance by Ivory Coast singer Fely Tchaco on Saturday evening (June 2nd), proved just what a wonderful musical gift to the world the Amoeba Music in-stores are. 

And Saturday's extended concert, which was part of the larger Berkeley World Music Festival that ran all day Saturday in the Telegraph Ave/Peoples Park area, was extra wonderful. As the happy guy beside me at Amoeba on Saturday, in the aisle nestled between the reggae CDs and the used jazz vinyl, enthused at the one hour, five minute mark in the energetic show, "I've never seen any show at Amoeba Music that went for longer than an hour. This is unusual. And I come to Amoeba in-stores all the time. They're great!"  Indeed they are great and Saturday's show, that culminated in lots of audience members jumping up on stage to dance along with the band, was extra great since it ran for a full hour and a quarter which was especially long because it was part of the festival. Now in its ninth year the Berkeley World Music Festival included Peoples Park stage headliner Maria Muldaur and her Bluesianna Band whose set finished at 6pm. And afterwards many of the Muldaur audience exited the park & headed down the half block to filter into Amoeba and fill all the remaining open spaces in the aisles of the big record store to catch Fely's great set.

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Amoeba Berkeley Celebrates the 9th Berkeley World Music Festival Today with Fely Tchaco In-Store Concert

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2012 08:09am | Post a Comment

Fely Tchaco who will peform at Amoeba Berkeley today at 6pm as part of the
all day, free Berkeley World Music Festival

Over at Amoeba Berkeley today is the big day where the ever-popular annual free Berkeley World Music Festival celebrates its ninth year with the Telegraph Amoeba store an integral part of the celebrations with a 6pm in-store performance from Ivory Coast-transplant vocalist Fely Tchaco (see video of the artist above). But the festivities begin six hours earlier at noon today (Saturday, June 2nd) with world music festivities and performances along Telegraph Ave. and in Peoples Park (behind Amoeba) where the main stage is set up and performers will include headliners Maria Muldaur and her New Orleans styled Bluesianna Band and Cuban music great Fito Reinoso. For full details on the event and all the happenings click here on the Amoeblog post and also the festival website  The festival runs until 9pm today in Berkeley.

The 9th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, June 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2012 06:46pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music is proud to once again be part of the Berkeley World Music Festival, which offers a FREE full day of live concerts in Berkeley, starting from 12pm at People's Park and ending at 9pm at the Village. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, and at People’s Park. This year, the Festival celebrates nine years of showcasing the Bay Area’s rich world music scene with an amazing line-up!

At Amoeba Music Berkeley:
Fely Tchaco
Fely Tchaco - Live at Amoeba Berkeley 6/2 at 6pm

Join us at Amoeba Berkeley at 6pm for a special Berkeley World Music Festival performance from Fely Tchaco! The Ivory Coast-born singer, who now resides in San Francisco, delivers the best music of both cultures, a bridge between where she comes from and where she lives now. More details HERE!

At People's Park:
Six-time Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur and Bay Area’s premier Cuban bandleader, Fito Reinoso, headline at the People’s Park dance party. Druid Sister’s Tree Party opens the party with a riveting display of Celtic and Gypsy tribal grooves. A colorful crafts bazaar (Noon to 6pm) adds to the festivities in the park.

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Women of the Blues Part II

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2012 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Etta James "I'd Rather Go Blind" (live 1992)

As part of the ongoing Amoeblog series honoring Women's History Month (Which ends today, March 31st), this blog is the second part of the two celebrating women blues artists. The first, earlier this week, focused on women from the classic blues era (circa 1920s), while this one takes a look/listen at women blues artists spanning the decades since.


Koko Taylor "Blues Never Die" (1975)


Big Mama Thornton "Bumble Bee Blues" (with Muddy Waters Band, 1966)

"When you in trouble blues is a girl's best friend" sings Koko Taylor on her 1975 recording of "Blues Never Die" (audio above). Taylor, like many of the longtime blues women here (including Big Mama Thornton, whose track "Bumble Bee Blues" with Muddy Waters Band is also above) have also been categorized over the years as rhythm and blues, rock & roll, and jazz. The late great Etta James, who we lost just two months ago, is an example of a blues artist who was also classified as jazz, rhythm & blues, rock n roll, and gospel too. A 1992 concert version of her singing "I'd Rather Go Blind" - written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster but first recorded by Etta James in 1968 - appears above. As we know, the moving song has in the years since become a standard for countless artists to cover.

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