Death of a Party
DJ Eve's last Universal hurrah
More than 10 years ago brothers Matt and Chris Dickens began what became a very popular, sometimes adored and sometimes notorious club night at Burt's Tiki Lounge. Thursdays, once reportedly dominated by electronica and ’80s pop, became a dance party based around British music, made for and by music lovers.
Stefon Harris and Blackout
Claiming jazz for his generation
“Jazz is just what you are,” said Louis Armstrong.
When 36-year-old Stefon Harris hears this quote, he starts to laugh. “I could not agree more,” he says on the phone from San Francisco. “How beautifully, simply said, huh?”
Urbanus (Concord), his second release with his group Blackout—Casey Benjamin (alto sax, vocoder), Marc Cary (piano, keyboards, Fender Rhodes), Ben Williams (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums)—intentionally expresses exactly what Armstrong was talking about.
“This is the music of my generation. It’s influenced by the music of Stevie Wonder and go-go and the types of music that I and the members of the ensemble grew up with,” he says. “The Generation X wave—I think our voices have been a little muted. It’s a little surprising when you have a few of us stepping out and saying, Jazz is our music. We love it for what it represents in terms of being a great platform for our expression.”
Flyer on the Wall
Breaka, Breaka Dawn
DJ Codebreaka, Mantis Fist, Solar 1 & MIC Raw, Zack Freeman & The Mundane Cliches, Government Cheese and Witchdokta Projeckt get live on Saturday, Oct. 17, and don’t stop the hip-hop until it’s Sunday morning. 9 p.m. at Atomic Cantina (315 Gold SW, free, 21+). (Laura Marrich)