Afrofunk Experience

Afrofunk Experience

Smoked Out Soul, DJ Vinnie Esparza

Thu · March 8, 2018

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


This event is all ages

Afrofunk Experience
Afrofunk Experience
The Afrofunk Experience – A mix of original music influenced by the African diaspora: AFROBEAT, ROCK, REGGAE, AND FUNK.

The Musicians:
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 (Smoked Out Soul) with Wendell Rand's (Afrolicious, Tracorum, Youssoupha Sidibe) muscular dance grooves keep the band tight, while Andre Webb (Sila, Brass Boppers) wails, his trombone producing a sound that encompasses classic Funk, Afrobeat and Reggae. Percussionist B. Lee thickens and adds flavor to the mix, and on top of all this, Sandy House adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.

Ken House – Guitar, Vocals
Sandy House – Vocals
David James – Guitar, Vocals
David Boyce – Saxophone
Andre Webb – Trombone
Wendell Rand – Bass
Paul Oliphant – Drums
B. Lee – Percussion
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