UnderCover Presents calls on Bay Area artists to reimagine A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy

(photo courtesy of Starita Music) Michael Starita remembers when Phife Dawg came to Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios back in 2016 to work on some new, mysterious record. “I hear the beat come in and I’m like, ‘Wow that sounds a lot like Tribe.’ Then I heard this little hook line,” says the two-time Grammy-nominated producer and owner of Starita Music, from Awaken Cafe in downtown Oakland. First, he hears Jarobi. Then, the indelible Q-Tip. “I look over at Phife and he’s on his phone writing lyrics and I said, ‘Is it safe to say that this is a new A Tribe [...]

Photos: UnderCover Presents Ray Charles: The Singles at SFJAZZ

KATDELIC (photo: Jon Bauer) Last week, August 17, 2017, had a collection of artists pay tribute to Ray Charles at SFJAZZ as part of the UnderCover Presents series, on this particular night being the Singles of the legendary artist. Performers included KATDELIC, Bang Data, Cosa Nostra Strings, the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, and Noah Kibreab and the Arkiteks. Check out the gallery of the performers from that night below by Jon Bauer.

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, June 2 – 4

It was 50 years ago yesterday... Friday, June 2 Colossal Clusterfest @ Civic Center Plaza Through Sunday, Colossal Clusterfest takes over Civic Center with an expert mash-up of music and comedy. The Mountain Goats @ The Fillmore The intrepid John Darnielle and Company play their second night at the Fillmore. Justin Townes Earle @ Slim's Fresh off a new album, Kids in the Street, the critically lauded Americana songwriter performs at Slim's. Hot 8 Brass Band, the Seshen @ The Independent One of our all-time favorites the Seshen will support NOLA's Hot 8 Brass Band for a night where you [...]

UnderCover Presents makes musicians’ dreams come true, one album at a time

Lyz Luke (photo: Jon Bauer) Thank God Lyz Luke realized she hated Care Bears. She says this — almost exactly this — one sunny Sunday afternoon at Zoo Labs in West Oakland. Just over a decade ago, she left her job at a PR firm in New York — that represented, yes, American Greetings — and decamped to the Mission when family matters brought her to California. Luke is the co-founder of UnderCover Presents, an organization dedicated to galvanizing the Bay Area music scene around reinterpretations of classic albums. Luke wants to make it clear she’s not a musician — “music [...]

Sponsored: ‘Clas/sick Hip Hop’ series comes to YBCA

(photo: Gabriel Bienczycki) In its third iteration, YBCA brings you Clas/sick Hip Hop, a platform that appreciates hip-hop culture for its artistry, boldness and mobilizing effect. This year, they explore gender norms in hip-hop culture, celebrating the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been characterized by hyper-masculinity. The Clas/sick Hip Hop evening features an unparalleled music concert, UnderCover Presents A Tibute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. UnderCover Presents brings the baddest local talent to bear on this legendary album, with 15 ensembles creating a musical cross-pollination ranging from jazz undertones, hip-hop, Latin rhythms, and [...]

Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ to be performed by local artists this weekend

So you like Radiohead but don’t have $355 to shell out for Outside Lands tickets (and you don’t want to see them perform in a giant field)? The Independent will have the next best thing for you this weekend, when the San Francisco club hosts three nights of Undercover Presents: Radiohead’s Kid A. Undercover Presents is a Bay Area collective that stages cover performances of classic albums performed by local bands. Not only does the group allow fans to hear their favorite recordings (in low-cost, intimate settings), but the collective gives local bands an opportunity to recreate these masterpieces in [...]

Review: UnderCover Presents’ Green Day’s “Dookie” at The Fox Theater

For those unfamiliar with the concept of Undercover Presents, you may get a little overwhelmed at one of their shows. Their thesis (I guess) is that music is a good thing. Music should be made, and people who make music are doing good things. This is embodied in the title of Lyz Luke's position: Executive Music Enabler. The idea that music is a good thing is a pretty huge umbrella, and the shows they put on take full advantage of it. So everyone at The Fox Theater on Friday for their tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" album got a vast, all-encompassing experience. [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: UnderCover Presents ‘Exodus’ and more

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, April 3rd Undercover Presents Bob Marley’s “Exodus” @ The Independent 9pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, April 3rd wait what, Shane Mac, Bangus Tron @ Slim's 9pm, $16, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, April 4th Mark Eitzel, Tom Heyman, Danny Paul [...]

KALX, Faultline, and Undercover Present: A Tribute to Black Sabbath

Undercover Presents is a quarterly project that selects influential albums from the rock and roll lexicon for a diverse assortment of Bay Area musicians to put their spin on it, in both a recorded studio album and a live performance. Past tributes have been the Pixies' Doolittle and The Velvet Underground & Nico. This time around, guest curator Cornelius Boots has chosen an eclectic group of 50 musicians to reinterpret Balck Sabbath's 1970 magnum opus Paranoid at the Independent in its entirety with a marching band, a gamelon ensemble, straight-forward rock and roll, and more. Attendees will go home with [...]

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