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Earl Zero and Junior Reggae
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Earl Zero and Junior Reggae

Doors open 7:30pm / Show at 8pm

Tickets are $15 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Earl has been crafting his style since the 1970's, playing with Soul Syndicate, one of the top Jamaican reggae session bands, having recorded with Bob Marley as well.  Our current lineup consists of a 5-piece ensemble of Earl Zero on vocals, Luna Fuentes-Vaccaro on drums, Jon Robin Nichols on rhythm/lead guitar, Nicholas James Lyon-Wright on bass, and Michael Solomon on keys.  Earl's numerous songs may be found on Spotify, iTunes, as well as YouTube.  His latest album, Roots and Romance, is available for purchase online. 

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Junior Reggae is a Bay Area instrumental ska/dub/reggae quartet. Influences range from classic Skatalites recordings of the 1960s to the “Far East Sound” of Augustus Pablo, 1970s dub innovations of Lee “Scratch” Perry and King Tubby and contemporary time-stretching beat making strategies in hip-hop production. The band was founded by bassist and multi-instrumentalist Rob Ewing (Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Brass Magic) along with longtime collaborator, drummer and composer Jason Levis (Joseph’s Bones, duo B). Building up from the bass and drums foundation, the duo enlisted keyboardist Steven Blum (Bells Atlas, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra) working as a trio for some time before adding the final member of the group, trumpeter Max Miller-Loran (Invisible Inc., Brass Magic). The group is currently finishing its debut album, scheduled for release in Fall 2018.

 

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 Psycotic Pineapple with Roy Loney and The Phantom Movers
Jun
15
9:00 PM21:00

Psycotic Pineapple with Roy Loney and The Phantom Movers

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

 

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Psycotic Pineapple was formed in 1974 by Jon Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, John C. Berry and Henricus Holtman. Alexi Karlinski and Dave C. Berry joined in 1976.

 

 

 

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Forsaking an early experience as an actor, Ron Loney turned to music during the folk boom of the early 60s. Impressed by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he later formed the Chosen Few, a high school band which evolved into the Flamin’ Groovies. Loney’s voice and compositions provided the focal point for this cult-favourite act during its early history, but internal tension led to his departure in 1971. Roy then retired from professional music until 1977 when various ex-colleagues backed him on Artistic As Hell, an EP invoking the artist’s love of classic rockabilly. The following year he formed the Phantom Movers with James Ferrell (guitar) and Danny Mihm (drums), plus two further ex-Groovies’ alumni, Larry Lea (guitar) and Maurice Tani (bass). Out After Dark fully captured the spirit and style of the singer’s former group and was the subject of critical acclaim. Despite innumerable changes in personnel, Loney continued to pursue his unique blend of 50s rock ‘n’ roll and tongue-in-cheek humour through successive, often excellent albums and a powerful stage show. The singer disbanded his backing group in 1981 following the artistic failure of Contents Under Pressure, a flawed ‘power pop’ experiment. A second period of retirement ended with the release of Scientific Bombs Away, which also marked the reinstatement of the ‘Phantom Movers’ name. Although denied widespread popularity, Loney has nonetheless retained a small, but highly loyal, following.

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Berkeley High Crew 50th Anniversary Party and Reunion
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Berkeley High Crew 50th Anniversary Party and Reunion

Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 at the Door

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Come join current and former rowers, parents, and coaches to help celebrate 50 years of Rowing at Berkeley High! For many years, BHS Crew was the only public high school rowing team on the West Coast. We have a long and proud tradition helping young men and women grow mentally and physically in a fun, supportive environment. There will be food and drink, the opportunity to see old friends and team-mates, win prizes, and dance to live music from the David Landon Band. Proceeds will benefit Berkeley High Crew, a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. You can learn more about David Landon and hear his music at https://www.davidlandon.com/

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Evolutionary Blues... West Oakland's Music Legacy Film Screening with performances by Lady Bianca and Larry Vann
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Evolutionary Blues... West Oakland's Music Legacy Film Screening with performances by Lady Bianca and Larry Vann

Doors at 6:30 pm; Film Screening at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $15 / $20 at the Door

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Evolutionary Blues... The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940’s. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become. 

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Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Robert O. Self, author of American Babylon: The Struggle for Post War Oakland, and Rickey Vincent, author of Funk and Party Music, provide background giving these musical stories a historical context. The film incudes a catapulting soundtrack, amazing period images - newly digitized negatives from EF Joseph’s Collection, film clips from Marlon Riggs’ and Peter Webster’s film Long Train Running, others from private collections, even the Library of Congress.

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Listen to entertaining interviews from Blues Legends like Sugar Pie DeSanto, Bob Geddins, Jr., Marvin Holmes, Faye Carol, Larry Vann, Lenny Williams, Ronnie Stewart, John Turk, Leon Williams, Alabama Mike, Ron Wells, Fantastic Negrito, The Hartfield Brothers, Freddie Hughes, Wylie Trass, Jesse James, Lady Bianca, Tom Bowden, and D’Wayne Wiggins. Then Lee Hildebrand, a music journalist and James C. Moore, Sr., record producer and talent manager, share their perspectives. We have incorporate legends such as Charles Sullivan, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Big Mama Thronton, and Omar Sharriff with short vignettes. Bob Geddins, Sr. and Johnny Talbot and De Thangs, and even Larry Graham are included through the stories the musicians tell about their impact on the scene.

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With roots in Kansas City, Macon , Georgia and a father teaching her Texas Blues piano as a child, Lady Bianca has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area where She's known as "Queen of the Blues and Gospel".
She sang, recorded and toured the world with Van Morrison for a decade as well as playing for John Lee Hooker and as featured vocalist with Frank Zappa.
With her writing partner, Stanley Lippitt, she has written over 300 songs and produced, arranged, and recorded 8 albums , including the August 2014 release "Real People Music on her own Magic-O Records label (Home of the Mighty Oakland Sound).
Lady Bianca has toured the country with her trio and was featured in last year's International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland.
In January 2015 Lady Bianca  represented The Golden Gate Blues Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo Category. 
Lady Bianca has a new a new concept of a digital 45 entitled Blues is on the Menu released on  Magic-O Records in 2016.
2017 finds Lady Bianca's voice singing "Oh Freedom" in the Roots award winning film Documentary Gina's Journey. The Search for William Grimmes.

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Larry Vann has made an impressive mark on the Bay Area music scene over the years with his authentic, piercing, all-encompassing musical technique. One listen to his compelling, penetrating and intoxicating grooves clearly demonstrates why he has been in such huge demand for sessions and tours with the likes of Elvin Bishop and Merl Saunders. His top-notch drumming and percussion has garnered him popular and critical success throughout the United States and Europe, but Vann has also wowed critics and crowds alike with his sultry singing voice, buoyed by his melodic, inventive songwriting.
A professional performer since age 15, Vann draws from a deep well of musical influence, including gospel, blues, funk, jazz and soul. These various genres have collectively shared his unique sound, which is in full display on this CD.
Vann's resume reads like a “Who's Who” list, having toured and recorded with those musicians listed above, as well as The Whispers, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie, Randy Crawford, and many more. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area Blues Group, Ron Thompson and the Resistors contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards.

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