The ascent in just five years of Oakland tribal-electro trio Beats Antique is one to be applauded. Comprised of David Satori, Tommy Cappel and world-renowned belly dancer Zoe Jakes (also a musical producer in this project), the band has grown from playing Bay Area underground parties to landing sought-after time slots at major music festivals (including Outside Lands and Sea of Dreams), selling out venues across the globe, and developing a devoted fan base dedicated to the weird – and weird is good.
They’ve also undergone a musical transition. Evidenced by new release Elektrafone, Beats Antique has moved away from the organic percussion heard on earlier albums and steered their world fusion vibe into a much more electronic sound. Various string and drum instruments are still prominent – showcasing the Middle Eastern sound maintained throughout the band’s discography – but those are now joined by added layers of bass and synth.
It’s this maturation and transgression that leads the group to headline its largest Bay Area venue to date; the band appears at Oakland’s Fox Theater on March 30th ($25, 8pm, all ages), where they promise “lots of special guests and surprises,” according to Facebook. The show occurs just days before a massive cross-country spring tour, so embrace the weird and send off this local success story in style.
To get you in the mood, here’s their entrancing video for “Revival”: