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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

People Under The Stairs @ Cornerstone in Berkeley tonight + Equipto & Brycon's The Watershed [Hip-Hop In The Park After Party]

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Couple of nights ago at the Fillmore in San Francisco legendary emcee Rakim (recently reunited and on tour with Eric B) proved that true hip-hop is timeless and will never die in a crowd winning set that included the classic  "I Know You Got Soul" off their 1987 landmark album Paid In Full. Three plus decades later and Rakim can still rock the mic, and the crowd. Overall though artists like this are a rarity in the often fickle world of hip-hop; a genre where acts so often come and go at a rapid rate, regardless of such things as levels of commercial success.

Meantime those acts that are dedicated to the art form always seem stay active and relevant. People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are another good example. The talented hip-hop duo of Thes-One and Double K, who formed in Los Angeles in 1997, have continually enjoyed a rich hip-hop recording and touring career; and all on their own terms.  20 years since their debut album The Next Step and they're still delighting fans;  bringing good hip-hop vibes to audiences all over the globe including in their beloved native Cali.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

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Neil Young, Equipto, Chill E.B., A Tribe Called Red, & Kalyn Heffernan Among Protesters of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2016 04:35am | Post a Comment

With the increasingly frequent number of organized protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) taking place across the nation, the number of outspoken protesters adopting the cause and taking it to the streets, online, and/or to North Dakota has similarly multiplied. Among this steadily swelling number of protesters, that culminated earlier this week with a national day of action at 300 different protests across the US, many are musicians. Hailing from varied genres and generations these include such artists as Neil Young, A Tribe Called Red, Equipto, Joan Baez, Trevor Hall, Michael Franti, Chill E.B., Buffy Saint Marie, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Indigo Girls, Dregs One, The Zotigh Singers, Raye Zaragoza, Jackson Browne, and DJ Troubleman. These are musicians who've either protested and or recorded protest music against the controversial pipeline. One high profile protester who could be added to this musician's list, considering that three decades ago he recorded a protest folk album, is Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who made a surprise appearance and speech in Washington DC during this week's (Nov 15th) national day of action.

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1st Annual Community Indie Fest (July 3) To Provide Community with Vehicle For Change Say Organizers Mic-T & DJ True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2016 09:24pm | Post a Comment

Embracing the current renaissance of conscious hip-hop music and culture being used a positive tool for change, particularly in the Bay Area, will be the 1st Annual Community Indie Fest on July 3rd at West Oakland's One Fam Community Event Center. The two main organizers behind the all-day, all ages, all encompassing cultural event are DJ True Justice and emcee Mic-T who say that their main goal is to provide their community with a vehicle for change through a positive gathering. As outlined in their mission statement for the eleven hour, two stage event: "From the #Frisco5 to the Black Lives Matter movement, it is evident that the indie hip-hop community from the 90's have grown to be mothers, fathers, and some even grandparents. It is their children who are in danger of police brutality, black on black crime, and drug abuse. Now more than ever we are using our influence as artists, community figures, and just everyday people to organize vehicles of change."

The 1st Annual Community Unity Indie Fest will encompass "art, culture, culinary greatness, and the great unifier-music" promise the two longtime respected Bay Area hip-hop artists who will be among the many performers on the day. Others include Paris, Equipto, Mystik Journeymen, Scarub, Myka 9, Rifleman, Dub Esquire, Sinestro Enigma, Vocab Slick, and the "Bay Area's finest DJ line up" featuring Ras Cue, DJ Ready, DJ D, Kevvy Kev, DJ Styles, DJ Squareopolis, plus DJ J-Cutt from legendary Oakland act APG Crew.. Additionally there'll be an open mic session, comedy performances, plus an 8 group talent battle.

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