Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Funk_Soul_RandB_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists (Podcast #409) This episode first appeared on KQED.org. The legacy of groups like Sly & the Family Stone and Tower of Power may loom large, but the the Bay Area has a wealth of emerging local funk, soul, and R&B acts that draw from a wide variety of sounds to craft exciting works. To be sure, you can hear influences of Bay Area classics in bands like the ascendant Con Brio, now bringing their energetic live sets to festivals around the world, and Monophonics, a group crafting music layered [...]

Balanced Breakfast: Bridging the music industry, one city at a time

Photo by Theodore Maider Every Thursday at 8am, a group of musicians, music industry professionals, and everything in between meet up at San Francisco's Piano Fight for Balanced Breakfast, a meet-up catered to tackling, addressing and learning the many facets of the music industry. Starting in San Francisco, the meet-up has spearheaded the movement toward demystifying many aspect of an otherwise difficult to navigate or cryptic industry. Along with this, Balanced Breakfast has presented numerous shows around the Bay Area (and even at SXSW) and hosted other gatherings. Later this month, Balanced Breakfast will be presenting one of their biggest [...]

Bandcamp’s first City Guide spotlights Oakland: Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Kid Trails, and more

Recently, Oakland's music scene has been raking in the national press. In February, it was Fantastic Negrito delivering the winning video for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest filmed inside of a freight train: "behind a desk made of a steel slab and a work bench, this soulful character won our hearts" was Bob Boilen's praise. The winnings included a place on the bill for a SXSW showcase alongside the likes of Charles Bradley and King Tuff, and now he's slated to perform at this year's Outside Lands. Now, Bandcamp – or more specifically, content curator Andrew Jervis – has taken notice. Jervis explains, "Oakland is considered home to [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Albino!, Sun Hop Fat, Black Nature Band

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, January 30th Albino! Afrobeat, The Humidors, Sun Hop Fat @ The Chapel 9pm, $20, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, January 31st Afrolicious, Black Nature Band @ The Chapel 9pm, $20, all ages. Buy advance tickets here.

Sun Hop Fat & Whiskerman will make you groove at The Chapel this Friday

Oakland-based psychedelic folk rockers Whiskerman will be supporting acid-jazz/funk masters Sun Hop Fat this Friday at The Chapel. At first glance it may seem like an odd pairing: the former is a four-piece echoing the soulful mad genius of Leon Russell and the eerie, voodoo-possessed days of Dr. John; and the latter is a ten-member dance-party, a roving musical extravaganza specializing in hypnotic grooves and '70s Afrobeat. Both, however, know how to work a dance floor with a shared love of rhythm and penchant for enticing melodies.  Compare the slinky "Bad News" from  Whiskerman's latest eponymous EP and Sun Hop [...]

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