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Hot Tickets: San Francisco

Here are this week’s hot tickets in the San Francisco area. Check back every Tuesday at noon, PST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Wednesday, January 11 I Underground Sound  When’s the last time a new music series opened in San Francisco? How about a new series that occurs in a theater and is devoted  to popular music? And rock. And World music and classical music, individuals, ensembles, acoustic, electric–though mostly acoustic cause the theater contains only 70 seats. Even if you’re in the last row (which would be row 8), you’re not all that far from the performers. It’s essentially an intimate concert hall. This week’s performance features: Kato-Vento Brazilian Music Project, Joe Klocek and Tom Sway. Read the rest of this entry »


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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Friday, December 2 I African Diaspora International Film Festival  Established in 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is an international film festival which offers a unique, quality cinematic experience that places at its center the humanity of people of color all over the world. Through its rich and diverse programming, ADIFF offers an alternative world view to that typically offered by other international film festivals. Tonight they feature two films that should be of interest to all lovers of reggae music, Jamaican culture and Rastafarianism. At 5:25pm they’ll be screening The First Rasta about Leonard Percival Howell, the man who founded Pinncacle, the first Rasta community, after travelling the world as a sailor in the early part of the 20th century. Then at 9:40pm they’ll be screening The Story of Lovers Rock which tells the tale of Lovers Rock (often dubbed “romantic reggae”), a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archival footage shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Both films will also be screened on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Quad Cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York


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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving!

So most of you are settling into Monday, knowing you only have a half week’s worth of work before you can gorge yourself with food and drink on Thursday.

Have you made plans for Wednesday night? Wednesday is Thanksgiving Eve and we got a ton of great events where you can unwind and mentally prepare for seeing the family on Turkey Day. We got electronic music in Boise, reggae in Hollywood, comedy in Maine, rock in Pennsylvania, punk rock in New Jersey, a charity event in Rhode Island and a pub crawl in North Carolina. A bunch of you might have family in town so take them out, show them the town and have fun. All you got to do is wake up and eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Seasonal


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Reggae On the Banks of the Sacramento River This Weekend!

This week, as summer draws to a close we want to spread the word of some last minute music festivals happening around the country. Sacramento has a great reggae festival coming up this weekend, The One Love One Heart Festival featuring some top names in the reggae world, most notably, Don Carlos, formerly of the legendary Black Uhuru and award-winning reggae vocalist Everton Blender.

Everton Blender hails from Kingston, Jamaica and started his career in the late 70s/early 80s performing with the Destiny Outernational, Master Voice and Santex sound systems. He released a handful of singles such as “Where Is Love” in 1979 and “Ba Ba Black Sheep” in 1985 but failed to reach any commercial success. He retired from music to return to his former job as a house painter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Music


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The Upsetter Hits the Big Screen!

What do The Clash, Paul McCartney, Andrew W.K., Beastie Boys and Bob Marley have in common? They have all worked with legendary Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, whose influence on music and audio engineering can not be over-stated. An infamous eccentric behind the mixing board, “The Upsetter” not only revolutionized reggae music in his native Jamaica; his influence can be heard in everything from electronica to indie rock to hip-hop.

Perry began his career in music in the late 50’s as a record seller for Clement “Coxone” Dodd’s Kingston sound system and quickly began recording tracks for Dodd’s Studio One record label, eventually recording nearly thirty ska and rocksteady tunes. Eventually he and Dodd had a falling out and he began working with Joe Gibbs. He shortly fell out with Gibbs as well and founded his own Upsetter record label in 1968. His first single “People Funny Boy” was one of the first records to contain a “sample” (of a baby crying) and it also featured the chugging, syncopated beat that would eventually become known as the “reggae” rhythm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Film, Music


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Billy Geoghegan is our music doer. He helps out independent musicians and offers support to musicians that use Brown Paper Tickets for their events. Like me, Bill has a deep love of reggae music. In fact he plays in a couple awesome reggae/ska bands, Contra Coup and The Stingers ATX. He wanted to give a shout out to his buddy Kimaany.

I just found out that my friend Kimaany was voted the best reggae artist in Camaroon for 2010. I think it’s great. He is one of those guys that does everything for others and very little for himself. He has lived through some tough times, but still keeps his head on the positive side of things. I was honored to produce a song of his last year and was amazed at his beautiful voice (no auto-tune needed there) very reminiscent of Alpha Blondy, one of my all time favorite vocalists.

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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Doers, Music, Music


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