Afrofunk Experience

Afrofunk Experience

Smoked Out Soul, DJ Vinnie Esparza

Thu · March 8, 2018

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

$15.00

This event is all ages

Afrofunk Experience
Afrofunk Experience
The Afrofunk Experience is an ambrosial mix of musical interpretations influenced by the African diaspora, created in a collective and organic manner. With Sila Mutungi they comprised the award-winning group Sila and the Afrofunk Experience until 2010, providing songs and grooves that earned them the title "The Bay Area's Dance Kings", as well as the NAACP Image Award's Outstanding World Music Album for "Black President" and the SF Weekly Music Award's Best International Act.

Guitarist/Singer David James (Spearhead, The Coup, Beth Custer) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise funk-rock drumming of Paul Oliphant (Afrolicious, Will Magid Trio) with Wendell Rand's (Afrolicious, Tracorum, 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 B. Lee thickens and adds flavor to the mix, and on top of all this, recent addition Sandy House adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.

Note: There once was a man named Mike Pitre ... he was the coolest cat, with the craziest degree of swing, in his trumpet playing, in his singing and in his living. Mike passed away just weeks after he recorded his parts for the AFE album. He would cuss the band out if they were to quit. So they roll on. And they miss him.
Smoked Out Soul
Smoked Out Soul
Smoked Out Soul is a lot of different things: It's a mixtape, It's a team of remix producers, It's a bi-monthly party in one of San Francisco's hottest nightclubs: Monarch SF, and it's a live show complete with a DJ mixing funk & soul loops and remixes in the moment, layered with live drums, horns, guitar and percussion. They take remixes and make them organic again live!

Smoked Out Soul is the perfect act for festivals. They appeal to both live music lovers and electronic/hip hop fans. Ring leader Zebuel Early is the guitarist for Afrolicious, Mama's Cookin, The King Tide, The Dub Labratory, Alligator Spacewalk, and more. He is also a well known producer of bass music, hip hop and reggae. Will Magid has played with Bonobo, Erykah Badu, and Pretty Lights to name a few. Drummer Paul Oliphant plays with Afrofunk Experience and has toured with the likes of DJ Logic. With the groups combined connections in the music scene and ability to smoothly improvise, they are great at pulling fellow artists from festival lineups to join forces, forming an all-star act of heavy hitters for late-night sets and daytime parties as well.

They were a favorite at Symbiosis last year and are booked to play Lightning in a Bottle this summer among other festivals and clubs in the California region.

"I was so hyped last week from your show! I've heard a lot of funky deejays but your sound really bumps! Maybe its because you are cueing up a live set, but damn it is hard to come crazy and original now that the funk has so many "standards" in play. The Stax, JB's, Aretha, etc... But I dig the way you play with them all. And then the guitar licks really come in sweet!" - Rickey Vincent - KPFA Radio Host of "History of Funk" and author of "Funk: The Music, The People and The Rhythm of One".
DJ Vinnie Esparza
DJ Vinnie Esparza
DJ Vinnie Esparza has been a fixture on the San Francisco DJ circuit since 1994. As a resident of a long list of parties including Hella Tight, Free Funk Friday, Dub Mission, Colombia!, Olde Soul, No Categories, Kojak, New Conception and Soul Samba, Vinnie has always spun diverse sets ranging from soul, funk, jazz, Afro-Latin, bossa nova, reggae, and club beats. His primary goal during his sets is to strike a balance between playing to the crowd and exposing his audience to new sounds and genres they were not even aware they liked. Unless otherwise requested by a client, his sets attempt to connect the dots between all of the genres mentioned above. Vinnie is the DJ to contact if you seek a classier, more sophisticated sound with popular crowd pleasers sprinkled throughout.

Born and raised in Oakland, California and now residing in San Francisco, Vinnie began his career in music at college radio station KZSC in Santa Cruz, California where he served as Music Director, a member of the station governing board and on-air personality between 1990-1994. He was named “College Music Director/Program Director of the Year” by Gavin Magazine in 1994, and subsequently went on to serve as Co-Editor for the magazine’s college radio section. He has also worked with Ubiquity Records as their Director of Promotion and Publicity when the company was still based in the city.

Vinnie has had the honor and pleasure to open for such acts as Tito Puente, Jamiroquai, Lee Perry, Bebel Gilberto, Mongo Santamaria, The Meters, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Palmieri, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Scientist, Brother Jack McDuff, Greyboy All Stars, McCoy Tyner, Lee Fields and The Abyssinians among others.

Besides his DJ work, Vinnie is co-owner of Dis-Joint Records and helps run the world famous record store Groove Merchant Records.

And yes, he still spins vinyl records.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com