Beats Antique presents:
Beats Antique Variety Show Featuring Jeremy Sole & Balkan Bump
119 Utah St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103
9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
It's impossible to describe Beats Antique using just a single genre. One listen to their forthcoming album, Shadowbox (released on their own Beats Antique Records imprint), and their unique hybrid of sound makes perfect sense; their ability to blend so many different kinds of music in to an incredibly vibrant, distinctive and peerless album is what this band has been doing for the past ten years.
Sidecar Tommy, David Satori and Zoe Jakes make up Beats Antique, who is releasing their 10th album on October 5th to commemorate their tenth year as a band. They've mounted a larger-than-life cross-country tour that will take their vision to theaters across America. "Shadowbox is both the title of our new album, the theme of our tour, and our new store front in Berkeley CA. We decided to bring it all together on this release."
Mostly recorded at their studio in Oakland (which has been around since the 50s), the Bay Area band also recorded in Russia and Israel. "We were lucky to record in both Moscow and Tel Aviv, because we had shows there and wanted to connect with the local artists. We had amazing sessions in both locations; In Moscow we recorded on the outskirts of the city in a wild Industrial complex. We ended up going through strange corridors into this plush bamboo-floored-Hare-Krishna-owned recording studio with state of the art gear. When we were in Tel Aviv, we gave a call to a local legend Yossi Fine and he helped us get time at Pluto Studios, which is one of the best in the city. We recorded with Talya Solan and her amazing group of musicians. We used elements of the Tel Aviv session to create our track "Bdna Salam," which is raising money for Syrian refugees." Along with Talya other features on Shadowbox include Lafa Taylor, Alam Khan, Tatiana Kalmykova, brasshouse trio Too Many Zooz (who are touring with Beats Antique), Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dana Elle, Madoline Tasquin and Medium Troy Orchestra.
Shadowbox is a retrospective of sorts, with Beats Antique pulling from all of their previous work as almost a homage to the first ten years of their career. "This will be our first full album produced in Beats Antique's recording studio/dance performance space. We feel like Shadowbox touches on all our styles from down-temp Middle Eastern influences to cinematic orchestral arrangements. The songwriting process is also different for every song. Sometimes David will come in with a melody and Sidecar will add the bass and beats, and vise versa. One thing that always makes the songwriting process unique is that Zoe creates and arranges music based around stories she wants to tell though dance, so sometimes the performance aspect influences the creation of the music."
In June, the group premiered the first single, "Killer Bee," featuring Lafa Taylor, on Billboard.com. The track is "about standing up to prejudices. Just because someone calls you a killer bee, doesn't mean you need to kill. We want people to define themselves and not be defined by what people think they should be." In addition to being a 'killer' track, with a compelling music video directed by Kyrian Bobeerian, Beats Antique donated a percentage of the proceeds from their July 1st show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to The Honeybee Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of bees.
An enthusiastic touring band, a new album also means a new tour, and since Beats Antique is all about the 'concept,' Shadowbox (the album and the idea) is another opportunity for them to get the creative juices flowing for the live shows. The band plan to use shadows, light, Indonesian shadow puppetry, custom-created lanterns, dance, story telling, crowd participation and more to make sure this is an unforgettable visual spectacle for their audience.
Shadowbox, an album that is an amalgamation of the history of Beats Antique, merged with a tour that will both tease and excite the senses, shows off what this band does best – transform, innovate and revolutionize what you think you know about music.
Jeremy Sole’s upbringing was seeped in the rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Disco, Salsa and Soul - and he reveled in that space where they all blend together. As a teenager, Sole threw loft parties that were a culture clash during the birth of Hip Hop and House music. His obsession grew to include music from every corner of the world and, in 2001, Sole moved to LA. With a broad musical palette, he felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country.
In April 2006, Sole was in the studio working with Ms. Lauryn Hill. After hearing him mix, she asked if he had ever considered getting into radio, "...because this is the music the people need to hear”. Months later, KCRW called to ask him that same question, and since then you can hear him Wednesdays from 12-3am on 89.9FM and KCRW.com.
Jeremy has had the honor of sharing the stage and studio with hundreds of his inspirations; Roy Ayers, Ben Harper, Tony Allen, DJ Shadow, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Seu Jorge, Antibalas, Fat Freddy's Drop, Parliament, Quantic, Joe Bataan, and many more. He was the last DJ to open for Ray Charles, mixed songs for Sly Stone's birthday party, and was deejaying the California Democratic Party's Election Night event, with over 10,000 people in attendance, when Obama officially became the 44th President.
Sole has also put his special touch on remixes for Femi Kuti, David Bowie, Thievery Corporation, Quantic, Jazzanova and is incessantly cooking up a new batch.
He is also a major force in Los Angeles nightlife. Drawing a loyal crowd to Zanzibar in Santa Monica for over 8 years, Sole’s Thursday night residency Afro Funké is his arena for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian and other authentic and remixed world rhythms. Hundreds of international guests have joined in, from deejays Rich Medina and Cut Chemist to impromptu jam sessions with Zap Mama and Stevie Wonder. He also returned to his underground roots for a monthly series called theLIFT, with partner Eric "Wiseacre" Tucker. theLIFT takes place in a constantly changing undisclosed location in LA.
Sole also leads a 9-piece live ensemble called Musaics, which includes members of The Lions, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Mayer Hawthorne and Build an Ark. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson plays violin, and Todd Simon leads the horn section on trumpet. Jeremy himself is on turntables and guitar - sampling ethnic percussion and sounds from vintage records, writing live arrangements, and juxtaposing it all as musical mosaics, or "Musaics". It's an experimental-yet-steady sound that hybridizes elements of Afrobeat, Cumbia, Spiritual Jazz and dubbed-out dancefloor beats.
Trumpeter/Producer Will Magid's newest project "Balkan Bump" laces live electronic music with highly energetic Balkan Brass and drums. Featuring Teddy Raven (Sax/Flute), Will Magid (trumpet/electronics) and Paul Oliphant (drums).
$10 - $15
Join us every month on an epic multi-sensory journey of music, light, and performance. A fully curated experience that will leave you counting down the days to see what we come up with next month. Come share a night of magic at San Francisco’s newest art deco inspired venue. Full stage dance performances, aerial circus and more.
Meet and great with the bands and performers 9pm to 10pm
++ Extra special surprise guests to be announced soon!!
Dj set by members of Beats Antique
Zoe Jakes Dance company Coven will be performing
Aerial circus performances by the Golden Gate dolls
Airbrushing by Air Bené
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