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Happy 76th Birthday American Music Living Legend / Godfather of Funk: George Clinton [includes upcoming CA concert dates]

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2017 11:20am | Post a Comment





The term "living legend" literally applies to pioneering American music artist George Clinton who today celebrates his 76th birthday. The funk innovator, captain of the mothership, nucleus of Parliament,
Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and other spin off bands, George Clinton is an important, historic key figure in shaping not just funk music but also a lot of hip-hop too.  If you have never seen him in concert do yourself a favor and make it a priority and do it this year. You can do it since the hard working musician who, even in his mid 70's, still tours like crazy. He is on a break right now but resumes in a week with a list of upcoming California dates that offer many opportunities to catch this living legend live in concert.

His upcoming California dates include playing Berkeley's Cornerstone in a couple of weeks on August 3rd and the following night in the North Bay at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. Then he's down to SoCal for dates including August 5th (Saturday at 4pm) by the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of the all day Summertime in the LBC 2017 festival on an amazing line-up that also includes Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, KRS-One, Slick Rick, DJ Quik, Souls of Mischief, Tha Dogg Pound, and The Dove Shack to name but a few from the impressive day's list of performers. The next day Clinton and band will play the Observatory in Santa Ana at 8pm, August 6th, followed by a gig at the GRAMMY Museum in LA on August 9th. Then he's back up in the Bay Area on August 11th at the San Jose Jazz Society. Looking ahead a few months are the upcoming October Bay dates, two consecutive nights, at The Independent in San Francisco on Oct 15th and16th.

Grand Performances: Free Concerts this July in DTLA

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2017 04:46pm | Post a Comment

Grand Performances in downtown LA

Ricardo Lemvo
Ricardo Lemvo
Sidestepper
Sidestepper
Buyepongo
Buyepongo

Grand Performances presents high-quality music, dance, theater, and more at California Plaza in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. For 30 years, Grand Performances has delivered the best of global culture to inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles, and reflect the many cultural interests across the region.

This July brings a full line-up of top-notch shows. Visit us at the Amoeba booth and spin the prize wheel to score Amoeba swag and gift certificates! We will be attending the following events:


Saturday, July 15, 8pm:
Sway to silvery guitar riffs and deep polyrhythms by L'Orchestre Afrisa International with special guest Ricardo Lemvo. Embodying the Afro-Latin Diaspora, Lemvo blends his Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba, and kizomba) to create an amazing package of music with L’Orchestre Afrisa International. Info.

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Guide to Summer 2017 Free Outdoor Hip-Hop Events In New York City

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2017 10:30am | Post a Comment
DJ Dollar Bill

With June in effect and the summer season for concerts in the parks and other outdoor events officially underway this week, every city across the US has a lot to offer for the upcoming summer months. But of all cities across the nation New York City, where I am writing this Amoeblog from today, has a bounty of amazing free outdoor concerts and events scheduled for June, July, and August 2017. In fact so good are some that it would be worth spending the airfare dollars and taking a two-day vacation to the Big Apple just to take advantage of such shows as next weekend's SummerStage series free funk, hip-hop, soul concert at Flushing Meadows when the Mothership will land in Queens, NY.  The killer lineup includes George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic, Main Source, Marley Marl, Chloe x Halle and host Roxanne Shante all live in the park for free.  5pm to 8pm at Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. More info.  

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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ Spinna

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 12:24pm | Post a Comment

DJ Spinna What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'm gonna give away a little b-boy secret...this record by Cerrone, 'Look For Love,' is a very popular b-boy break," says DJ Spinna of the 7" released by the Cotillion label. But be careful, he warns us, sometimes they edit the breaks out of the singles. The accomplished and much sought after DJ was recently at Amoeba Hollywood, giving away some great record collecting advice and offering up killer recommendations.

Wonder-full LABrooklyn-born hip-hop producer DJ Spinna is a genre-bender whose work dabbles in rap, soul, funk, electronica, and jazz. He first came to prominence in the late '90s underground hip-hop scene thanks to his work with The Jigmastas. He has produced and remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the contemporary music scene, including Mary J. Blige, Nightmares on Wax, Guru, J-Live, De La Soul, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and many more.

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