Yo peep this! Found out about a cool event going on every other Thursday at local wine & sake bar Beta Lounge near Oxford and Durant. This past Thursday saw DJs spinning four hours of new and unreleased Trackademicks productions AND Trackademicks & Josie Stingray of HNRL themselves made it out for the night to support Trackademicks’s debut solo album “State of the Arts” (which is a joy for those into DJ Quik-style production). I was thrilled to meet and chat some with the Alameda-based producer, and the happy hour prices til 9 pm didn’t hurt either. On February 10th, there will be a celebration of J Dilla productions and crate-digging on the anniversary of the late pioneer producer’s death. Join me there if you can, it should be a good one!
For more, check out www.thebetalounge.com
Hollaback to the cool cats at the Beta Lounge who put on a night of chill hip-hop, soul, funk, reggae and downtempo music called “Fresh Fridays”. This is their first time back doing it since May and since the lounge is so close to campus (on 2129 Durant Ave right at Oxford St, across from the Buddhist library and Shell station), they’d love to see some Cal students there.
It’s a relatively small place compared to Shattuck Downlow, but its a chill new lounge that serves beer on tap, wine and sake (no full bar). The first night back has resident DJs Olly and Psani spinning from 9pm-1am. Free, no dress code. Maybe I’ll see you there!