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DJ Qbert, plus Dan The Automator, P.E.A.C.E., Bambu, and DJ Shortkut + host Fran Boogie tonight in SF Promises To Be Off The Hook

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2014 04:58pm | Post a Comment
Some are calling tonight's star-studded hip-hop show at the Mezzanine in San Francisco with West Coast underground hip-hop icons DJ Qbert, Dan The Automator, P.E.A.C.E., DJ Shortkut, and Bambu - a comeback or (due to the first two listed acts) a kind of a Dr. Octagon two-thirds part reunion (referencing the landmark 1996 Bay Area produced Dr. Octagonecologyst album produced by The Automator, featuring Qbert, and re-catapulting its microphone star Kool Keith to post Ultramagetnic MC's solo fame). But to paraphrase the lyrics of that well worn LL Cool J song; don't call it a comeback, they've been here before. In fact they never went away. Sure there was a long gap between Dan The Automator's Deltron 3030 projects (his 2000 collab with Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Kid Koala that only enjoyed a sequel last year) and an even wider one between Qbert's last official album (1998's Wave Twisters) and his soon-to-drop 2014 two-album set Extraterrestria and GalaXXXian for which tonight's concert is a special pre-release party/concert for.

But like Dan The Automator, who has been busily producing albums (under various guises) at a rate of more than one a year, so too has Qbert being incredibly busy over the past sixteen years since he unleashed that landmark turntablist album that spawned an award winning full-length sci-fi animation film of the same name built upon its otherworldly sounds. In the time between Wave Twisters and now Qbert has remained incredibly busy and consistently creative: making and releasing a series of DVDs on how to DJ, a stack of break/battle tools/records, setting up his own DJ school (Qbert Skratch University), contributing to numerous other artist's albums as well as releasing numerous records/tracks of his own including the the soul/funk fueled four-part Breaktionary album series, and designing DJ gear such as the new TRX DJ-Tech mixer that he showcased at NAMM a few weeks ago with Thud Rumble (the company he and Yogafrog oversee). On top of all this he has he has been consistently touring and doing concerts to audiences around the world who all see him as the master of his craft and "the Jimi Hendrix of the turntables."

At tonight's concert Qbert will be previewing tracks from GalaXXXian (the "rap" album while its counterpart Extraterrestria, which he showcased at the California Acadamy of Sciences last month, is the abstract skratch based album) along with album collaborators Dan The Automator, P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship fame, and SoCal emcee talent Bambu of Soul Assassins fame.
Other GalaXXXian contributors, who will not be at tonight's show but will likely be heard in the mix, include the aforementioned Kool Keith, Del The Funky Homosapien, Mr Lif, DZK, Madchild, Rasco, and Soul Khan. Qbert describes GalaXXXian, as opposed to the spacey next dimension world Extraterrestria, as a reflection of hip-hop here on Planet Earth. Tonight's San Francisco concert, at which surprises should be expected, promises to be one of the those not to be missed hip-hop events. According to promoter/host of the evening Fran Boogie it is likely to get mobbed so there early. 21+ 9pm to 2am. More Mezzanine info here.


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