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The Afrofunk Experience & The Broun Fellinis  with special guests The Anita Lofton Project

The Afrofunk Experience & The Broun Fellinis with special guests The Anita Lofton Project

Broun Fellinis, Anita Lofton

Fri, April 4, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

This event is all ages

The Afrofunk Experience
The Afrofunk Experience
ORIGINAL HOMEGROWN AFROBEAT, AFROROCK, REGGAE, AND FUNK. S.F-born guitarist/singer David James (ex-Spearhead, The Coup, Beth Custer) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of S.F-born lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise funk-rock drumming of Paul Oliphant (Afrolicious, Will Magid Trio) and S.F-born bassist Wendell Rand's (Afrolicious, Youssoupha Sidibe) muscular dance grooves keep the band tight, while saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis, The Supplicants) and trombonist Alan Williams (Manicato, Katdelic) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses outward-bound jazz, classic reggae, afrobeat and R&B. Percussionist Brandon Lee thickens and adds flavor to the mix, and on top of all this, Oakland native Sandy House adds her powerful voice and equally powerful stage presence.
Broun Fellinis
Broun Fellinis
In the early 1990s, Broun Fellinis embodied the best of San Francisco's thriving acid jazz scene. At clubs like Bruno's and Cafe Du Nord, the protean trio honed a swirling melange of dub and funk, prog rock and drum 'n' bass, Afrobeat and hip-hop, all laced together with jazz's improvisational imperative.
Founded by drummer Kevin Carnes, saxophonist David Boyce and bassist Ayman Mobarak (replaced in 1994 by Kirk Peterson), Broun Fellinis brought international attention to the Bay Area's simmering creative cauldron by seamlessly integrating poets, rappers and DJs into their combustible performances. Two decades later, the environment that spawned Broun Fellinis is long gone, but the trio are still toiling fruitfully in their sonic laboratory, exploring new avenues for group interactions.

"A scene happened and we happened to fit in, but just because that scene ended didn't mean we had to," Carnes says. "We could have fit into the jam band scene if we chose to advertise ourselves that way. Now, if people listen to some of the Japanese noise bands, we could fit into that. Back in the day, we played at the Warfield with General Public, out of the post-ska scene. Some kids in the room cocked their heads quizzically, but others got it, heard the relationship between dub and reggae in our perspective. Those elements are always there."

Headlining a triple bill Sunday at Du Nord with the Nice Guy Trio and Black Quarterback, the Fellinis celebrate the release of their ninth album, "Blam!!!," a session of kaleidoscopic funk rock created over the course of a day in the studio.
In many ways, the Fellinis have created their own musical microcosm with a series of interlocking ensembles: Founded in 2010, Black Quarterback features Carnes, Boyce and guitarist Michael Cavaseno, with each player contributing to the groove-laden mix with stomp boxes, sequencers and samplers.
And when veteran George Clinton and P-Funk guitarist and vocalist RonKat Spearmandecided to launch his own vessel, he recruited the Fellinis and Cavaseno (who played a key role in the seminal Oakland rock en español band Orixa). The band, Katdelic, honed its sound in the lounge at Yoshi's San Francisco, developing a loose set of themes, textures and rhythmic conceits.

"We don't really write songs," Carnes says. "We superimpose songified ideas. Some nights the music's more driving and danceable, and some nights are more ambient."

While the Fellinis might be at the center of an incestuous scene, they're anything but insular.

"We want to share the stage with people we like and admire," Carnes says. "We picked them because they're another band that makes interesting sounds. With all our crazy noise and electronics, it's a nice juxtaposition. People will get yet another sonic adventure."
Anita Lofton
Anita Lofton
Anita Lofton is a guitarist, singer-songwriter who knows her way around wah-wah, smallstone and rat pedals. As former lead guitarist for Sistas In The Pit, the all-black-girl rock band, she toured Europe and China, and later North America opening for Iggy Pop and The Stooges. Anita has just traded in her Marshall half stack and Epiphone semi hollow body Casino for a microphone and a Epiphone acoustic guitar. She's now armed and ready to rock audiences with just some strings.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110