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Holiday On The Moon Festival in Oakland, 9/28-9/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2019 07:44pm | Post a Comment

Dead Meadow

Holiday On The Moon Festival lands in Oakland at The Uptown nightclub for a weekend of psychedelic, Holiday on the Moon, Oaklandstoner & garage rock, September 28th & 29th. Catch sets from Dead Meadow, SPINDRIFT, Everyone Is Dirty, the California Raga Association, and many more, plus DJ sets from former Amoebite Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Omar Perez (Popscene/Leisure/Sixxteen/So What).

Check out this line-up!

SATURDAY, 9/28:
Dead Meadow
Down Dirty Shake
The Spiral Electric
Pets
The Love Dimension
Chief SF
Floored Faces
My Dallas Teens
California Raga Association
Special appearance and DJ set by Joel Gion
DJ Raul Sanchez (Cool As F*ck Happy Hour)
Main stage liquid light show by Mad Alchemy
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

SUNDAY, 9/29:
SPINDRIFT
Everyone Is Dirty
The Spyrals
silent pictures
Fake Your Own Death
Coywolf
The Pleasure Routine
The Green Door
Tom Meade (synth performance)
Jason Simon (solo performance)
DJ set by Omar Perez
Main stage projections by White Light Prism
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

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Hiero Day in Oakland, September 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Hieroglyphics Crew is back for its 8th annual Hiero Day celebration this Labor Day, September Hiero Day2nd, in Oakland! The Hiero Day Music Block Party is an all-day, all-ages music event showcasing over 40 live performances on three stages by the best legendary, underground, and undiscovered artists in genres such as hip-hop, R&B, and more.

Oakland-based hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics Imperium, has presented Hiero Day since its inception, using their influential force in the independent music scene to attract star-studded lineups. This year’s line-up continues to offer a diverse array of talent as they welcome hip-hop icons Little Brother, Scarface, Diamond D, Pete Rock & Yukmouth, Black Moon, Smif N Wessun and Spice 1 along with heavy hitters Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine, Playrunners Association (AllBlack, Offset Jim, Kossiko, White Dave & Joe Wax), The Midnight Hour (fronted by celebrated composer Adrian Younge & A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad),and the Earthgang/Spillage Village affiliated songstress Mereba. The day will be hosted by a variety of local legends including Mistah F.A.B., Chuy Gomez, and Sway Calloway, and features a performance from the Hieroglyphics crew, fresh off of their Third Eye Vision Anniversary tour.

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Behind The Masks Of The California GO! Sound Of The Phantom Surfers

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2019 08:35pm | Post a Comment

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


"I have always wanted to travel to Antarctica, to see the giant tent in the middle of the frozen wasteland. There, inside this tent is a single banquet table; on the table is a single silver platter; and on the platter is a human head...or so I have read."
~ Michael "Daddy Love" Lucas, bass

Of all the bands I have seen over my existence, there are perhaps none more witnessed onstage than The Phantom Surfers. When I find out they are playing near me, I gain the same inner childhood excitement as receiving an "All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp" coupon from Sizzler in the mailbox. With album themes from slot car racing to x-rated parties, this band has truly taken instrumental music one step beyond, far into the the deep unknown (much like a Japanese bank or canned coffee commercial starring Tommy Lee Jones) .

But who are these masked men of reverb, you ask yourself?

Maz, a Gemini and lover of all vegetables, has been playing drums for the band since he was a young lad of 20. Learning to play the trumpet is still a dream for Maz, a man with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing a romantic sunrise while we sold our hoardings together at the swap meet. If a miniature toy train with sushi on board was going around a Japanese restaurant, Maz will always pick the Saba (mackerel) first, however his favorite meal is still a Pollo Asada Torta with extra jalapeños at El Farolito (which I still call I Fart-A-Lot-O). I will never forget the bizarre show in Ventura where The Phantom Surfers played with Fugazi (perhaps the strangest yin to yang I have seen), and afterwards going to the Hong Kong Inn for some scorpion bowls and watching Maz do the hula on stage with their Polynesian revue.

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Interview With Derv Gordon Of The Equals

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2019 10:40pm | Post a Comment

The Equals

By Audra Wolfmann

Often credited with being one of the first interracial rock groups in the U.K., The Equals also bear the Derve Gordondistinction of being a truly international band with an inclusive sound that revolutionized rock, bringing Jamaican and African touches to British beat. The Equals seamlessly integrated R&B, soul, and ska to bubblegum long before The Specials, Talking Heads, and The Clash (who covered The Equals). Formed in 1965, the original line-up consisted of Guyanese immigrant Eddy Grant on lead guitar, Jamaican brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon on vocals and bass (respectively), and native Brits John Hall on drums and Pat Lloyd on rhythm guitar. Their album covers stood as a testament to a brave new integrated world, one that was just within sight in mid-60’s London. Surely, if anything could bring humanity together through our differences, it was dance music. The Equals first charted in 1968 with "I Get So Excited," “Baby, Come Back,” and "Softly Softly" – infectiously danceable songs that they are still well-known for to this day.

Front man Derv Gordon will be performing at Burger Boogaloo in Oakland on Sunday, July 7th at 2pm with an all new line-up of talented young musicians, also known as the Oakland-based band SO WHAT. I had the honor to speak with Mr. Gordon on the phone about 1960’s London, changing attitudes about race and national origin, what it’s like to be back out on the road, and the upcoming Burger Boogaloo festival. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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Burger Boogaloo 2019: John Waters, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, The Dead Boys, Shannon And The Clams & More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2019 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo returns to Oakland’s Mosswood Park on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th for Burger Boogaloo and Amoeba a 10th anniversary shindig featuring The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, Shannon And The Clams, Sheer Mag, Derv Gordon (The Equals), and more! As always, the Boog is staying true to its roots with the return of the one and only Czar of Bizarre, John Waters, as the Mister of Ceremonies, and a lineup of historic punk rockers and young up-and-comers.

But wait, there’s more! The Burger Boogaloo staff has committed themselves to helping those affected by Oakland’s ongoing housing crisis and will host a series of fundraisers both before and during the festival to raise money for those in need. Additionally, staffers will be volunteering with the organization Punks With Lunch, including a Benefit Show with Shannon Shaw at The Uptown on Friday, January 18th with 100% of ticket sales going to the organization.

Burger Boogaloo has also been partnering with The Homeless Action Center, the only legal service program in the Bay Area that focuses exclusively on public benefits advocacy as a critical tool to reduce and end homeless. HAC provides legal advocacy that is no-cost, barrier-free, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental.

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