Posts Tagged ‘berkeley’

Band Spotlight #12: 7th Street Band

July 10, 2009

Cover7th Street Band has been called the Bay Area Reggae Scene’s best kept secret.  Roots Reggae via Berkeley, Ca. 7th St. Band has an authentic and powerful sound.  Created and lead by drummer Edi Arnold, 7th Street Band has slowly become a force to be reckoned with.

Since 1992, Edi has been the strength and consistent foundation of the band. Danny McCaffrey (bass, executive producer) and Benjamin Goff (keys) reunited with 7th Street Brand in 2003. The award-winning, founder of the Funkanauts, Jason Collins (guitar) joined the team in 2005 and the four piece, has been polishing their sound since.

7th Street Band has collaborated with and backed many talented artists in the reggae sphere:  Lloyd Brown (UK), Army (St. Croix, for the first time this summer), Messenjah Selah (Jamaica), Prezident Brown (Jamaica), Winstrong (Suriname), Ras Indio (Belize, for the first time this summer), Jr. Toots (Jamaica), Brother Ayouba (Ivory Coast), Roots Natty and Miosotis (Puerto Rico) and Earl Zero (Jamaica).

7th Street Band is most currently working around the Bay and Northern California with Luv Fyah (Bay Area) and Binghi Ghost (St. Croix). Keep an eye out at the end of the summer for 7th Street Band’s first release of original riddims, as well as a collaborative album with Luv Fyah and Binghi Ghost. People of the world… no matter where you go in your travels, where you end up, or pass through, “…you’ve got to reach 7th Street”!

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

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Gear Head Garage

July 10, 2009

Get down and dirty in the East Bay Express Gear Head Garage at the Best of the East Bay Party.  Our take on a motor mecca includes a tattoo artist show, pinball arcade, Harley Davidson exhibit, Performance Bike exhibition and demonstration by Godspeed, and Rat-bike displays hosted by The East Bay Rats. This high octane infusion of art and engine will rev you up.

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Band Spotlight #12: DJ Platurn

July 10, 2009

Man, who the hell isn’t a DJ in the Bay Area these days? Every other person you bump into is on the tip. Just being a DJ isn’t good enough anymore. It has to be, “I’m an intelligent down tempo booty rock electro-clash mash-up glitch-IDM DJ. Oh, and I also play Duran Duran.”

When was it decided that any clown with 10 records (or 1000 MP3s and Serato) is a DJ, and when was it decided that just being a good old-fashioned Hip-Hop DJ is passé?

PlaturnDJ Platurn is way beyond all of that. He’s a real deal hip-hop DJ who rocks the party the original way: nothing but top-notch track selection and skills to back it up. Give the man two turntables and a mixer and stand back because you’re going to witness some classic DJing.

He’ll not only serve the crowd what they’re hungry for, he’ll keep ’em dancing with all kinds of tunes they didn’t even know they wanted to hear. Cutting up breakbeats, doing blends live and on the fly, scratching, mixing …the guy’s got the full skill set to be a fully-rounded DJ, and he’s good at everything. Not only is that increasingly rare in today’s “instant DJ – just add water!” world, it’s a strong and important tie to the Hip-Hop tradition Platurn comes from: In order to get on and really do a good job as a DJ, you have to be well-rounded.

Being a good and well-rounded DJ also means being a top-notch selector. Platurn ain’t fakin’ the funk when it comes to his record collection and what he plays for the crowd. Well-known cuts, obscurities, remixes, hip-hop, funk, rock, disco, soul, electro and pop all expertly woven together. You want B-boy breaks? He’s got you covered. Slow jams? Awwww yeeeeaaaah. Do you want Old-School hip-hop? Break out the Gazelles, fool! Wherever the party needs to go, he is prepared to take it there.

Word certainly spreads quickly; besides having been voted Oakland’s best DJ by the East Bay Express and winning Scions’ Free Up Your Mix competition along with fellow Oakland Fader DJ Spair, Platurn has devastated crowds from coast to coast and internationally. In doing so, he’s shared the stage with folks like Z-Trip, Krs-One, Mixmaster Mike, The Beat Junkies, DJ Premier, Slick Rick, Maseo (De La Soul), ZionI, Jazzy Jay, Quest-Love(The Roots), M.F. Doom, A-Trak, Afrika Bambaata, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and a whole bunch more. Not too bad for that tall skinny white boy from Iceland.

DJ Platurn will be welcoming guests to the party on the Amoeba Music Entrance Stage.

Hometown: Oakland, CA