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  1. I just got booked on this killer show in NYC, anyone want to road trip with me down to it? FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2019 ZAPP FutureType $20.00 TICKETS DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM This event is 21 and over ZAPP Website Facebook Twitter Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. The band started with Lil Roger and Lil Lester in 1962, which became Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel's, grew into Roger and the Human Body from 1974-1978, then became a full-fledged movement as Zapp. Now bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) join to carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and funk, soul and party band pioneers. Vibrating with moog bass, electrifying guitar riffs and fresh, clever lyrics, the tight-knit group’s songs demonstrate a wicked sense of humor and an unmatched ability to tell colorful stories and write solid, memorable hooks. Zapp members’ layered recordings and boisterous, Las Vegas-style live shows have always established them as trailblazers in both songwriting and showmanship. In the tradition of stylish masters such as James Brown, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, Zapp continues to both inspire and draw inspiration from hot acts like Daft Punk, The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake. Since Zapp’s beginnings, its heartbeat has always been the vibrant imagination of the three Troutman Brothers – older brother Larry and two younger brothers Roger and Lester – who jammed together before becoming a quartet called Roger and the Human Body. This early quartet included the duo of Roger and Lester, Ralph Shepard and Chris Croom, whose premiere recording experience was with Capitol Records in 1975- 1976, when they worked on Sun’s debut album as well as the debut of Roger and the Human Body. Hired as studio musicians, Roger and Lester were fundamental to both projects and had already been experimenting with the talkbox just as it was first gaining fame thanks to mega stars like Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton and Earth, Wind & Fire. In 1978, Roger, Larry, Lester and Terry went into the studio with renowned bassist, singer and songwriter Bootsy Collins to record an album and were discovered by P- Funk’s legendary leader George Clinton, who encouraged them to name themselves “Zapp” in honor of Terry’s snappy nickname. In 1980, the four original Zapp members released their self-titled debut, co-produced by Collins, on Warner Bros Records. Released that summer, Zapp became a platinum success, peaking at the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the hip-shaking hit single, “More Bounce to the Ounce,” written by Roger. This triumph led to a major tour with the Commodores Zapp’s dazzling rise persisted, piloted by Roger, who was the band’s producer, chief writer, arranger and composer and invented brand-new ways to use the talkbox that distinguished recordings. Within five years, the band scored a number of top-ten R&B hits: “Doo Wa Ditty,” I Can Make You Dance,” Heartbreaker,” ballads “Computer Love” and a cover of The Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby.” 1982’s “Dance Floor, Part 1” hit #1 on the R&B chart, with Roger’s solo numbers, “I Want to Be Your Man” and a cover of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” also scoring big. By 1985, the group had amassed more than four gold records and was drawing huge audiences worldwide. In 1983, Zapp’s star was still bright, and Roger was introduced to the R&B legend Shirley Murdock, who auditioned for him and was instantly welcomed into the group in 1984. She toured with the band throughout 1985, the same year, Roger Lester and the rest of their production crew commandeered Shirley’s debut album, which made her an instant platinum sensation. Over the course of the past 30 years, Zapp’s and Roger’s music has been sampled hundreds of times by artists around the globe, which has kept the band’s buzz going strong. Zapp’s music has had a profound effect on west coast hip-hop, featured in songs by Jay Z, Lil’ Kim, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Ice Cube and many others. In 1995, Roger collaborated with 2Pac and Dr. Dre on the smash hit “California Love.” It became 2Pac’s best-known song and his most successful, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Roger and Dr. Dre) in 1997. For over 30 years, Zapp has played in small clubs, venues and huge stadiums alongside massive legends such as Rick James, Cameo, The Time, Prince and mentor George Clinton. Though Roger sadly passed away in 1999, the thrilling Zapp legacy lives on, fueled by his original creative spirit, with the hard-working, fearless current lineup still cooking up crafty new material and playing to throngs of jumping fans. FUTURETYPE Website Twitter Instagram FutureType is an organic-electronic live band led by composer/producer Miles Felix, singer-artist Chris Bruffee, and rapper DJC. These longtime friends -- natives of Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Vermont -- were inspired to create a unique electro-soul funk-fusion sound in the basement studios of Brooklyn. Assembling a crew of multi-talented NYC-based musicians, they bridge the gap between dance-inducing DJ-Electronica and the energy of a live band with a full horn section. FutureType's potent sound comes from driving beats laid down by live drums; sharp horn lines; funktastic guitar; soulful vocals; and crisp hip hop verses. In mid-2016 they released their debut EP which received international airplay including spins on Radio Nova (Paris), KCRW (Los Angles), Shine FM (London), CIUT (Toronto) & WBAI (New York). The band also logged serious miles performing at wild dance parties all over New York City, Long Island, and Philadelphia. Now their second EP release showcases a progression of the band's fresh yet maturing electro-soul sound. Band leader Miles Felix music credits run deep with his work producing tracks for the likes of Method Man, Ty Dolla $ign, Melanie Fiona, Big Boi, Talib Kweli and scoring commercial work for Nike, Google, Cartier, and Vice-TV. FutureType's musicians aren't too shabby either having performed with, opened for, and recorded with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Drake, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, GURU’s Jazzamataz, Femi Kuti, Capital Cities, Lee Scratch Perry, Stephen Marley, Medeski Martin and Wood, Antibalas, and more. FutureType is Miles Felix, keyboard/talkbox, singer Chris Bruffee, MC & saxophonist Daniel J Cohn, guitarist J. Cleary, trombonist Eli Chalmer, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, and drummer Kevin Raczka. FutureType's new EP will be released on June 14th, 2019 on NuFunk Records worldwide. THENEWDEAL (LATE NIGHT) Website Facebook Twitter Instagram theNEWDEAL is back Toronto-based live electronic trio returns with new drummer Davide Di Renzo With over 1400 legendary late nights, sold-out clubs and triumphant festivals under their belts, theNEWDEAL returns with a passion in 2019 with ‘TND3’ – the third incarnation of the renowned live electronica trio: Jamie Shields (keyboards), Dan Kurtz (bass), and new drummer Davide Di Renzo. The band’s evolution through three drummers has now brought theNEWDEAL closer to its original direction. “With Davide, it’s a bit like ‘coming back home’, as he was the drummer that inspired our original direction back in 1998 when the three of us played an impromptu gig together in Guelph, Ontario. Each of the band’s drummers has brought something unique to theNEWDEAL, and with Davide we’re reaching back to move forward with the organic-infused improvisation that has long-inspired a big part of theNEWDEAL sound,” explains keyboardist Jamie Shields. theNEWDEAL first began in Toronto in 1999, quickly gaining support from Toronto’s underground club scene as pioneers in electronica, recreating the DJ experience with live, improvised music. Soon the band brought their interpretation of Electro House, Trance, Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to the US, where they were embraced by the crowds at NYC’s Wetlands Preserve and cultivated a loyal following in the American jam scene. After twelve years of touring, theNEWDEAL took a hiatus in 2011; Dan spent much of the next few years touring the world with Electropop band Dragonette. When theNEWDEAL returned to stages in 2014 they brought on board a new drummer in Dragonette’s Joel Stouffer. For three years, Dan, Jamie, and Joel enjoyed another successful round of touring and recording, and in 2017 Joel amicably parted ways to pursue other musical interests. In 2018, theNEWDEAL welcomed drummer extraordinaire Davide Di Renzo into the fold. After several months of shedding in the studio, the band released the first taste of new music in March 2019 with “Halo Drive”, an epic 16-minute live improvised studio jam – recorded and mixed in the moment without any overdubs. The band plans to release more of these live studio improvisations and will be launching a podcast as 2019 continues – plus a long anticipated return to the touring and festival circuit.
  2. Great to hear this! I gotta go listen to that stuff, Jeff's talents were next level! The list of acts that he played with is incredible, I gotta find a list of it. He was even best friends w/ SRV & BB King !!
  3. Just read the new book by drummer Tom Stephens called Best Seat In The House: My Time in the Jeff Healey Band while on vacation. I couldn't put the book down. There are incredible stories including a tale about getting his big break by meeting & playing with BB King at Expo '86 and a lot of anecdotes of tour antics by Jeff and the band. It's a classic story of the rise to fame and playing with the best musicians in the world. The latter part of the book is about Jeff's transition from a rock icon to a club owner and jazz trumpeter. Jeff Healey died on March 2, 2008 from sarcoma cancer at 41 years old. I've been a big fan as a kid as he grew up in South Etobicoke and we would always hear stories that he jammed at local bars. I seen him play once in Halifax and it was without longtime drummer Tom Stephen who explains how his role as manager/drummer ended very poorly with Jeff. Here's my favorite song: check out the dual guitar solo at the end. Anyone else have any thoughts on Jeff Healey?
  4. I saw one of the Gramercy shows - while I did enjoy myself - it was disappointing they didn't do much Crowes material. They had this singer who did Chris' vocals pretty well, he looked like the lead singer of Counting Crowes. The show presented itself more as a Marc Ford & Rich Robinson showcase of new material rather than a Crowes Tribute, which makes sense until you realize you'd rather hear them do Crowes material. Not sure if this band still together, hopefully Crowes brothers will make up and get back together one day.
  5. Toronto's Do Right Music & Exclaim host incredible label showcase at CMW Do Right Music & Exclaim! Present Do Right Music Showcase at CMW featuring: The Soul Motivators Tush Alister Johnson Rogue Tenant DJ John Kong + Guest: The Brooks Thursday, May 9th, 2019 Supermarket - 268 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON Doors: 7pm / 19+ Tickets: $15 CMW wristbands accepted (subject to capacity) Tickets on sale now: Eventbrite & Soundscapes RSVP on Facebook -- Looking for the funkiest dance party at CMW? Look no further than Do Right Music’s label showcase, happening Thursday May 9 at Supermarket in Kensington Market. This special double-headliner night brings together longtime Do Right funk staples The Soul Motivators with up-and-coming live disco dance outfit Tush, acclaimed electronic/house DJ/producer Alister Johnson and Toronto art-rockers Rogue Tenant. With label boss DJ John Kong spinning tunes in between sets, the dancefloor is guaranteed to be burning all night long! -- The Soul Motivators The Soul Motivators are a premier funk outfit based in Toronto. A staple of the Canadian funk scene, the Motivators blend 70s funk, modern soul, psychedelic grooves, breakbeats to provide a fresh take on a classic sound. Since the release of their explosive 2015 full-length debut Free to Believe (Do Right Music), The Soul Motivators have tirelessly toured to bring their high-octane live show to the masses. The Soul Motivators recently released their newest EP Mindblastin', featuring powerhouse frontwoman Shahi Teruko who has been touring with the band for the past two years. They have electrified crowds at Toronto Jazz Festival, The Pan American Games, TEDx. Radio DJs around the world including Craig Charles of BBC Radio 6 have embraced their uniquely Canadian funk sound. Tush Powered by Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd, Tush is a Toronto-based band that has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the city’s best live dance acts. More grit than glam, their music searches for the rawness, vulnerability, and intimacy of the dancefloor experience. Their acclaimed debut EP do you feel excited? (Do Right Music) deliciously criss-crosses between electro funk, cosmic disco, and house and has been playlisted by DJs from the underground club scenes. Their high-energy live set has captured hearts and minds on some of the best local festival stages such as the Toronto Jazz Festival, Pride Toronto, Beaches Jazz Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. Alister Johnson Alister Johnson’s obsession with discovering and manipulating new and unfamiliar sounds has made him one of the most dynamic producers in the city. His diverse production CV has included the Polaris-nominated future-soul of Zaki Ibrahim, hip-hop fusion group Grand Analog, the soul-jazz sounds of Sacha Williamson, as well as engineering the techno-soul of Dinamo Azari’s album Estranged. He is also a staple of the Toronto DJ community, producing hip-hop and disco re-edits under his Catalist moniker, and has commanded decks as far afield as Germany, London, and South Africa. Rogue Tenant Rogue Tenant is an art rock band from Toronto that started as a vehicle for the songwriting of Patrick Grant (Twist, Skydome Hotel). Their music is a dynamic and rhythm heavy take on the college rock of The Silver Jews and Yo La Tengo, with nods to post rock and late 70s art punk. They have shared the stage over the past two years with the likes of Wreckless Eric, USA Out Of Vietnam, The Goon Sax, Kal Marks, and Media Jeweler.
  6. nice you've been trying to convince me to book him for years! see you there!
  7. Some of takeaways from jambase's ScottB: - Made me feel bad for Trey: The dude obviously went through some shit and was having an existential crisis. Some of the lyrics are amongst the darkest since he became sober. On the other hand some of the lyrics were "Soul Planet"-y. - Musically, it seemed informed by the music he listened to in high school more than any of the stuff that's come out since 1983. - The best tracks were the ones that had multiple segments - Not too much in the way of full band jamming but a number of fantastic Trey solos - Jen and Celisse just sang - I can't believe Trey wrote TWO albums worth of material! - If you get confused, listen to Jon Fishman play. He was a beast last night and I aim to spend one night of the NYC run fully focusing on what he's doing. - The production was much cooler for some songs than it was for others. There was one tune in which a "Lite Brite" version of what Trey was doing on stage was displayed as part of the set behind him. That blew me away. Overall, I really liked it but this will not be for everyone and I'm not going to enjoy seeing "fans" shit on lyrics he wrote about his friend dying.
  8. I can't imagine the ticket prices to be very cheap, I guess we'll know soon.
  9. SOJA PassafireIya Terra DATE: APRIL 05, 2019 VENUE: THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL LOCATION: 147 DANFORTH AVENUE, TORONTO, ON M4K 1N2, CANADA TIME: 6:30 PM Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/393976298038293/ AGES: 19+ GEN ADMISSION: $30.00 (PLUS SERVICE FEES)
  10. good to see some original Woodstock performers on this, (Dead & Co of course) but also Country Joe, Canned Heat, Santana...
  11. MAGIC GIANT (indie-folk, LA) with CASTLECOMER (rock, Sydney, Australia) Tuesday, February 12th Velvet Underground doors: 6:30pm 19+ show Tickets / Facebook MAGIC GIANT https://www.facebook.com/magicgiant/ Just announced on the bill for Coachella this spring, with Billboard singling them out as one of “10 Awesome Bands” playing the massive fest this year, LA-basedMAGIC GIANT has been thrilling growing crowds at every stop along its 70-city North American and European tour, celebrating the release of its debut album In The Wind (Washington Square/Concord). With appearances on the Today Show and in Rolling Stone as one of "10 Artists You Need to Know,” the group has toured with acts ranging from The Revivalists to Mike Posner; played shows with bands such as The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy, and Foster the People; performed to thousands at festivals ranging from Firefly in Delaware to Electric Forest in Michigan; and was recently tapped as one of the bands to join headliner Bruno Mars at Bottlerock in Napa this spring. DuJour has proclaimed Magic Giant “the most festive band in the festival circuit, quickly becoming a must-see.” Its style has been described by NPR as "upbeat, passionate indie-folk” and by Billboard as inspiring “mass dance-alongs." Its initial single "Set on Fire" broke the top 25 on the US Alternative chart and its current single “Window” recently leaped into the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot AC and Adult Pop charts. The trio, comprised of Austin (lead vocals), Zambricki (viola, banjo, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello) weaves together a musical quilt of alternative, pop, and folk on its LP, uniquely recorded from their solar-powered mobile recording studio while traveling throughout the US. CASTLECOMER
  12. I missed getting verified by Ticketmaster and the Phish mail order tix... hopefully still able to get tix this Friday when Toronto show goes on sale. J
  13. NuFunk.ca in conjunction with CIUT presents the 13th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute, the longest running Bob Marley Tribute in Toronto and one of the hottest reggae concerts of the year showcasing the best of Toronto's burgeoning original reggae music scene and raising important food donations for the Parkdale Food Bank. NuFunk.ca Presents13th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute ConcertSaturday February 9th, 2019Featuring House of David Gangand guest vocalist Michael Garrick, Carol Brown & RaLionplus DJ Shai (Xixgon Int'l), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs) & Brigadier ShazadbadLee's Palace - 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto, OnDoors 9:00 PMTickets $12 Adv, $20 at the dooror $15 with canned food donation to Parkdale Food Bank Online Tickets: Ticketweb: https://bit.ly/MarleyB-Day SnapD Toronto: http://bit.ly/MarleyFeb9 Facebook Link: http://bit.ly/MarleyB-Day Toronto's House of David Gang, currently touring in support of their latest release "Good Vibration," will be joined by legendary Canadian reggae singer/actor Michael Garrick, formerly of the reggae group Sunforce, to perform hits by Bob Marley for a heartfel tribute to the reggae superstar and political activist. Special guests vocalists Carole Brown & RaLion will also pay tribute to Marley and perform original songs. DJ Shai (Xxixgon Int'l), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala Djs) & Brigadier Shazadbad will help set the mood at Toronto's most exciting Bob Marley Birthday Tributes. The Parkdale Food Bank http://www.pcfb.ca/ The Parkdale Community Food Bank is a grass roots organization, founded by volunteers in 2007 and serves 3,000 people each month. Located on King Street West in the heart of Parkdale, the philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of their members is the first priority. The food bank uses a shopping system, as opposed to the more common hamper system to maximize selection and respect member's various dietary needs. The Food Bank has only one employee and relies on 50 committed volunteers.With no direct funding from any level of government, The Parkdale Community Food Bank raises all of their funds independently and are depend on donations from individuals and events like the annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute. House of David Gang www.houseofdavidgang.com Dubbed Canada's "Reggae Warriors," House of David Gang is an authentic reggae band that delivers late 70s and early 80s-style Jamaican reggae originals and the classic roots reggae songs of greats such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; mixed with folk, soul, calypso, afrobeat and hip-hop influences. The features vocalist King Selah and drummer Jahlin Edwards with guitarists Terell Jervis and Jay Cleary, keyboardist Sam Weller and Fingazz, bassist Snappy Homefry and percussionist/MC SunRay Grennan. The band takes its name from the House of David, an after-hours spot on Queen Street West that was a hotspot for artists from the city's burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80’s until the mid-90’s. After finishing their extensive two month Western Canadian tour this past summer, the band is now focusing on recording new material, working on their new album “Slum” at Slamm Productions in Toronto with the support of an Ontario Arts Council Grant, scheduled to be released mid-2016. While keeping their classic reggae foundation, the direction and feel of the album maintained its roots as well as experimenting with new elements and sounds. The band has also recently released the new single “Good Vibration” as well as a new music video and remix compilation. Listen & Download to the band's brand new song "Good Vibration" here Michael Garrick https://michaelgarricknation.com/ Legendary Canadian reggae singer/actor Michael Garrick, is formerly of the group SUNFORCE who had unique flavour of Caribbean Canadian Reggae. Sunforce was a nationally touring reggae band with hit songs Lightning Strikes & Island in the Sun whose videos were on regular rotation on MuchMusic. was a regular act at the Bamboo Club in the late 90s Listen & Download to Michael Garrick and the One Nation brand new video "Sweet City Woman" RaLion https://www.facebook.com/ralionkangaroots/ RaLion grew up with a father from Melbourne, Australia and a mother from Kingston Ten, Jamaica, whose influence and musical tastes helped shape RaLion’s deep-seeded love of reggae. While his early musical influences came from listening to original roots, rock, reggae with his family, RaLion became ‘hooked’ when the "Talking Blues" (Bob Marley & The Wailers) CD came out. Burning Spear has also been a constant source of inspiration due to his use of horns. RaLion has been studying music his whole life and has over two decades of live performance and studio recording experience under his belt. Lion started his singing career working with The Resinators, followed by The Dream Band; he has also worked with The Satellites, Arsenals Ska, and Fujahtive and he has recently moved on to focusing on a solo career backed by The Kangaroots Crew. RaLion currently has 7 released singles available on CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon & iTunes: “Something's Not Right”, “High Protecta”, “They Don't Know”, “Just Because”, “Darling”, “Everything” (featuring Hermina George) and “Struggling” with more to follow by end of this year. Carol Brown Carol Brown started her musical journey in her early teens as a member of The Loving Sisters ’duo in the late Sixties captivating audiences at Community shows and talent shows in her hometown of Portland, Jamaica. Carol migrated to Canada in 1972 where she continued performing as a solo artist developing her career. She returned to Jamaica a few years later and reunited with her hometown Band who changed their name to The Young Experience with Junior Murvin where she regained her status as resident female singer. The Band toured across the Island show casing in Night clubs, hotel lounges as well as private and community events gaining popularity and building a solid fan base. Carol recorded several singles at that time covering songs like “Touch me Baby” and “Looks like the end” recorded and produced by The Young Experience Band. She returned to Canada in the late Seventies, early Eighties continuing her singing opening and performing on many stage show with several popular artists’ including Yellow Man, Leroy Sibbles, Sugar Minott, Johnny Osborn, Leroy Gibbon, Half Pint. Carol was also performing artist on many other shows throughout Montreal and Toronto accompanying artist such as Alton Ellis, John Holt, Tinga Stewart, Hortense Ellis, Nana McLean, Lord Tanamo, Ken Boothe and Beres Hammond. She recorded and worked with producers Pete Weston Micron Record Leroy Sibbles, Jackie Mittoo, Joe Gibbs among others. Several of Carol’s singles reached the British Reggae charts like “Touch me baby, I wont Hurt your feeling and Feel so good. Her Accolades include awards as Top Female Performer and top Female reggae singer in Canada Reggae Awards in Eighties and Nineties.
  14. we gotta get this project to Toronto!
  15. Found out the sad news that Kevin Rieth, a musician (bass player), music lover and father of two children from our community has passed away after a long battle with MS. I met him at an early Come Together Music Festival and found him to be a kindred spirit; happy go lucky and funny. He had been dealing with immobilization of his condition with such grace and positivity, it's tragic, but in his final post, he says he was happy to make the transition. RIP
  16. Celebrate the new Canadian legalization laws on October 17th at Lula Lounge with The House of David Gang and Friends. Also joining us are Higher Heights Hifi with selections & sound system. Free cover to any MCs who want to touch the mic. Real show-style night so come bring it on!House of David Gang will perform the music of Peter Tosh who coined the phrase "Legalize it."The tragic and premature death of Peter Tosh on September 11, 1987 has robbed the world of a great reggae artist and political activist. Peter Tosh was one of the most militant reggae recording artists, his name, face and songs stand as a symbol of inspiration to people around the world. PETER TOSH, BOB MARLEY, and BUNNY LIVINGSTONE were the co-founders of the greatest reggae group of all time “THE WAILERS.” Online Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legaliztation-celebration-tribute-to-peter-tosh-with-house-of-david-gang-and-heigher-heights-tickets-51053379031 Here's the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1990879674266598
  17. wow, gotta try to make this! Loved Breit's work with Baptista - especially the song Sao Paulo Slim
  18. Last show at Mod Club was great - The band was sounding great. Great people in the audience too. Mark Thackaway was a highlight, as was the interplay between Rich & Mark.
  19. Ziggy Marley Rebellion Rises Tour http://ziggymarley.com/rebellion-rises/Thurs. September 20th at The Opera HouseThis is a 19+ eventEight-time GRAMMY® award-winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. Tickets
  20. ] A meeting of Soul, Funk, World & House Music, Groovin' in The Park is a daylong event at Woodbine Park, the perfect family friendly setting for this community focused dance party which includes delicious food options, beer garden, shaded seating and it's Free! NuFunk Concerts, United Soul, Touch and Ritmo presents Groovin' in the Park Friday July 27th, 2018 WONDER-Full: A Tribute to the genius Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna Plus live guests: Soul Motivators (8pc Soul-Funk Revue, Do Right Music) & RITMO Collective (live Afro-House Collective) plus: DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner Woodbine Park (Queen St. E & Eastern Ave. Toronto, Canada) 4pm to 11pm FREE! Family Friendly, Delicious Food & Beer Garden. RSVP link / Facebook link / Website link Groovin’ In The Park brings together Toronto’s top soul, funk and house music DJs & live bands with world-renowned acts. Last year Toronto's Top DJ crews synonymous with the city's club scene Make it Funky & NuFunk , Footprints, United Soul provide the perfect vibe for amazing live performances by Toronto disco act Tush and international deep soul collective Tortured Soul. Join us again this year on Fri July 27th at Woodbine Park as part of the Beaches Jazz Festival summer program, as we are pleased to bring you WONDER-Full, a heartfelt Tribute to musician and activist Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna who will spins Stevie Wonder exclusives, covers, samples and remixes. In June 2018, one of most respected DJ/producers in modern music, Brooklyn native Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna, sustained a ruptured appendix and required an emergency surgery. With the help of an international music community a GoFundMe was set up to help pay for medical bills and lost wages raising over $60,000 US. The esteemed DJ, producer who has worked with the likes of Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist was told to cancel all upcoming gigs including this Toronto appearance. Last week with the blessing of his doctors DJ Spinna has been given the green light to bring his world famous WONDER-Full party to Toronto. “WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Genius Of Stevie Wonder www.keistar.net “WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Wonder Of Stevie” a concept honoring the legendary genius Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder has expressed his gratitude by calling into the party on multiple occasions and on the 7th installment of the WONDER-Full™ event, the audience was treated to a special surprise with an appearance by Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha, who inspired the song “Isn’t She Lovely.” Also adding on to the memorable evening, the crowd received a live phone conversation from Stevie Wonder himself. As he spoke, one could hear a pin drop as everyone was mesmerized by this incredible moment. Stevie Wonder made a very special appearance at WONDER-Full™ Tribute/Concert after party in November 2007 in New York City where he delivered a heartfelt speech to the audience. At the 10th series of the WONDER-Full™ event, Stevie Wonder treated WONDER-Full™ audience to a 'mini' live concert! Always expect the best of the legendary Stevie Wonder at the WONDER-Full™ events as DJ Spinna digs deep in his crates to offer anything Stevie related to the audience, always giving them a memorable musical experience. DJ Spinna www.djspinna.com DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. With a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul R&B and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) without any restraints. A cornerstone of Hip-Hop’s late 90’s indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12” singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvats for an array of that era’s lyrical giants including Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and De La Soul. Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records for his brilliant Michael Jackson remix of “We’re Almost There”. It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Jazz and Soul marvels like Donald Byrd, Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. Though it goes without saying his most memorable remix goes to his monumental version of Shaun Escoffery’s “Days Like This”, transforming it into a worldwide dance floor anthem. Which in turn, catapulted Spinna into his now stately touted presence in the soulful house music scene. These releases resulted in the signing to BBE records in 2002 where Spinna released his cult classic fulllength production LP “Here To There” which crossed multiple genres and garnered the attention of serious music fans worldwide. With so much studio work, it’s a marvel Spinna travels as much as he does. The constant, globe trotting performances he’s become equally famed for have brought him as far as Iceland, Croatia, Australia, and South Africa as well as countless jaunts throughout England, and the U.S. Also, his hugely successful tours of Japan, where Spinna is held in the highest regard throughout the country for his craft in music. Not always the lone crowd-controller, Spinna’s collaborated on stage alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Jazzanova, Dimitri from Paris, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, DJ Scratch, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist. He’s a true showman - versatile as ever. Yet of all accomplishments, nothing compares to DJ Spinna’s celebrated Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full DJ performances. Garnering overwhelming fanfare each occasion done - whether NYC, LA, DC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Japan or beyond - if a WONDER-Full event is booked at a club you can put money on a line around the block and hundreds of Stevie Wonder admirers joyfully rocking the house. The success of these events have led to several collaborations between Stevie Wonder and DJ Spinna including remixes for “My Love Is On Fire" and “Sweetest Somebody” from Stevie’s 2005 “A Time To Love” release. Most notably, in October 2012 Spinna performed an opening DJ set for the “United Nations Message Of Peace Concert with Stevie Wonder” including appearances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Varlerie Simpson, and other luminary artists. Visit New York City any given month and find a number of Spinna themed throw-downs in the city’s esteemed venues - each as memorable as the last. The Soul Motivators www.soulmotivators.com The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970’s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. This nine-piece Toronto powerhouse brings explosive energy to stage; playing with greats like Grandmaster Flash, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Bernie Worrell and A Tribe Called Red. The Soul Motivators are now set to release their sophomore album in Summer 2018 on Do Right! Music, featuring the power-house vocal stylings of powerful leading lady Shahi Teruko. TSM stay true to their musical roots while bringing a fresh, unique, soulful energy to the table. It’s only up for here- so let yourself be motivated! Also on the bill RITMO Collective (live), DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner
  21. How was it this year? I was there last labour day and i was surprised how young the community was.. it was a sorry old thing at all. Hoping to be there on Labour Day this year with the House of David Gang.
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