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Berkeley World Music Festival, June 9 - 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 29, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival descends on Berkeley Friday, June 9th to Sunday, Berkeley World Music FestivalJune 11th and it's all FREE. This year's line-up features a dazzling array of performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists and also marks the first time the Festival expands beyond the People's Park and Telegraph Avenue stomping grounds.

The Festival opens on Friday night at 8pm with a free kick-off party at La Peña Cultural Center, located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. Evening performances display the cross-cultural exchange between Spain, Peru, and Cuba. Peta Robles leads multi-textured drumming of the Cajon. Direct from Spain, La Mandanga offers passionate dance music.

On Saturday, the festival launches its first concert in downtown Berkeley at Civic Center Park from noon to 6pm. Honoring our ancestral lands, Corrina Gould, a Chochenyo Ohlone elder, opens the event, followed by a Chiricahua Nde’ “Apache” performance. Next, award-winning singer Fely Tchaco steps onto center stage, infusing lyrical pop into Ivory Coast rhythms. Concert headliners are legendary Fito Reinoso, a top Cuban songwriter, and Zydeco Flames, West Coast’s premier Zydeco band. Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia’s sizzling Cuban Salsa, Timba, and Son rhythms reflect Cuba’s street beat and broad musical heritage. Zydeco Flames presents riveting Louisiana funk and R&B as only they can deliver. Saturday festivities also include performances by veterans Alan Hewitt and Summerlynn Rivera (Bluegrass with Clogger) and street music on Shattuck Avenue.

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Phono Del Sol Returns to San Francisco, June 17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol Festival

Phono del SolThe Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival returns to SF's Potrero del Sol Park in The Mission on Saturday, June 17th. In the tradition of years past, the nonprofit festival will feature a curated mix of favorite local bands and standout national headlining acts, along with some of SF’s tastiest food trucks, artisan cocktails, craft beer, and family friendly activities. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.

The lineup for this year will be headlined by San Francisco’s own garage-punk rockers Thee Oh Sees. Female punk rock trio The Coathangers are also set to perform, along with Oakland-based songwriter Jay Som, independent folk-rock singer Sean Hayes, and funk-wave hip-hop artist DUCKWRTH. Additional performers include the Oakland-based afro-soul and R&B collective Bells Atlas, Bay Area-based rock outfit Never Young, R&B singer-songwriter Rayana Jay, Oakland-based dream-pop singer-songwriter Madeline Kenney, and indie-psych sextet Tino Drima.

General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase HERE!

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San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival Featuring Kronos Quartet, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Switchboard Music Festival, Kronos Quartet

Switchboard Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary on Saturday, June 10th at Z Space in San Francisco with six hours of music! The festival, which runs from 3-9pm, will feature cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker performing music by Michael Beharie, Ryan Brown’s Mortal Lessons, Ramon and Jessica’s Roses are Blue, the SF Conservatory Percussion Quartet, Billygoat, Splinter Reeds, and a return performance by the Kronos Quartet.

The Switchboard Music Festival is the flagship event of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music, which supports the creation and performance of new music in the Bay Area by engaging artists and audiences from a wide variety of musical communities. The Switchboard Music Festival will present seven sets of eclectic music as well as a mid-Festival birthday party celebrating ten years of Switchboard.

Teddy Rankin-Parker
Teddy Rankin-Parker

Here's the non-stop line-up for June 10th:

3:00pm: Paul Lansky’s Threads & selections from Steve Reich’s Drumming

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Five-Beer Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 23, 2017 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Star Trek & Beers

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Turkish Star Trek"Human beings do not survive on bread alone, you poor, soulless creature, but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom, naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity."

~ Harcourt “Harry” Fenton Mudd

Just as Manchego cheese is paired with Pinot Noir, five beers should be paired with watching the 1973 Turkish cult-classic Omer the Tourist in Star Trek (known simply to most as Turkish Star Trek), where the Enterprise picks up a goofy Turkish hobo and then must deal with a salt-sucking vampire. Despite being filmed six years before the official Star Trek motion picture, this mind-boggling movie is not shown at many sci-fi or foreign film festivals, but it has been known to teleport to Amoeba’s used movie section from time to time, or, as Cyndi Lauper would say, time after time.

Five beers also go very nicely with listening to Star Trek themed bands in the garage with your friends. Bands such as Thee Shatners (with an amazing B side on the LP), The Encounters, Warp 11, Stovokor, No Kill I, and The Vulcaneers (with their hit record Beat Me Off Scotty) are guaranteed to entertain guests for hours and non-Trek loving friends for at least a half an hour.

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The Unmistakable Sound of Allan Kingdom Continues to Blossom on "Lines"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2017 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Allan KingdomBy doubleay

Vocalist Allan Kingdom’s stunning debut album, Lines, should not get overlooked. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised artist dropped the project in early April and it’s surely one of the most exciting releases of 2017 thus far. Kingdom’s uniquely iconic vocals and rap prowess command attention. He was raised on traditional African music and mainstream American R&B played by his Tanzanian mother, and he eventually took to hip-hop acts like Pharrell and Outkast. All his influences were prolific and candidly original, pushing him to develop a distinctly unmistakable sound all his own that only continues to blossom on Lines.

 

 

Allan Kingdom - “Evergreens”

Kingdom’s early one-off singles like “Evergreens” and the powerful “Wavey” featuring Spooky Black garnered him esteem in the digital realm of Soundcloud, while his incredibly inventive 2014 solo project, Future Memoirs, and self-titled collaborative album with the group Thestand4rd (Kingdom, Corbin fka Spooky Black, Bobby Raps & Psymun) solidified him as serious talent looking to break through to higher planes.

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