Weekend Party Preview: Thundercat at Low End Theory, Creep at 120 Minutes, A Month of Funk, and More
Creep performs at 120 Minutes on Friday.
Halloween might be over, but did you know there's a much more subtle holiday on the way? No, not Thanksgiving -- I'm referring to the end of daylight savings time this Sunday. It's the only time of the year when Californians are allowed an extra hour of early morning drinking. So, at 2 a.m. this Sunday, when you're our reveling, remember to turn your watch back an hour. Here are a few events that ought to help you celebrate this true beginning of the holiday season. (We're not making any guarantees, though; some bars will still probably close.)
Friday November 4
What: 120 Minutes featuring Creep
Where: Elbo Room
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: You're a self-professed R&B freak that's also into introspection and monochromatic clothing. Jokes aside, 120 Minutes (previously reviewed in our Lost in the Night column) is San Francisco's main spot for the burgeoning neo-goth scene that currently lacks a name, but that most everybody generally refers to as witch house. Expect a fully fleshed out party with amazing visual projections and unique DJ sets that stretch the boundaries of genre. As its Facebook event states: 120 Minutes DJs "spin everything from Salem to Waka Flocka Flame, from Skinny Puppy to dragged out Nicky Minaj." This month's party features a live performance by Brooklyn-based dark R&B duo Creep. Check out their FACT mix and recent single "You (feat. Nina Sky)."
What: Low End Theory SF
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: 1015 Folsom's sound system is tuned well for one thing: bass. Thankfully, bass is one frequency range that will be in total abundance at this Friday's Low End Theory SF. A satellite party to LA's scene defining Low End Theory parties, Low End Theory SF offers San Franciscans a chance to catch all the rising stars of the leftfield beats community in a huge room with a giant sound system. As is usually the case, this month's party features a huge roster of visiting artists, with all resident DJs in attendance. But of this week's grouping, the artist to really look out for is recent Brainfeeder signee Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner. A unique voice in contemporary beat music, his recently released debut album, The Golden Age of Apocalypse (streamable here), is an eclectic journey through jazz fusion that simultaneously brings to mind Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Squarepusher (well, his jazzier moments, at least), and Weather Report. We're not sure if he's performing with his full band or not, but check out this video of them playing live with Bruner shredding like Jaco Pastorius.
Saturday November 5
What: SF Funk Festival presents Dâm Funk & Master Blazter
When: 9 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Why: Started in 2001, the SF Funk Fest is the city's premier festival devoted to all things "on the one." This year the party is spread out over a month, with highlight performances by artists like Budos Band, Morris Day and the Time, and Afrolicious. One such artist playing this year's SF Funk Fest is Los Angeles-based G-funk revivalist Dâm Funk. A prolific beatmaker and tireless performer, Dâm's had a long relationship with San Francisco that's birthed both legions of funk obsessed fans and Sweater Funk, the San Francisco sister party to Dâm's legendary Culver City Funkmosphere parties. For this performance, the man's in town with his band Master Blazter. Expect an epic live show complete with Rhodes electric pianos, synths, drums, and even a keytar or two. Not convinced of Dâm's brilliance? Check out "Hood Pass Intact" and this video of Snoop Dogg freestyling over his beats at a party earlier this year.
What: New Karribean City presents Mavado
Where: New Karribean City
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: In modern dancehall there are few names bigger than Mavado. The Kingston-based MC rose to worldwide prominence following the release of his 2001 hit, "Real McKoy." Since then he's seen a meteoric rise, with a string of hits including choice tracks like "Whe Dem a Do," "Dying," "Dreaming," and "Every Gyal" (his recent foray into UK grime with Chipmunk). Yet, for all his fame, Mavado's never performed in the Bay Area. That will all change this Saturday, as he's set to headline Oakland's New Karibbean City (previously reviewed in Lost in the Night here). Expect a blistering live performance with all the anthemic hits. And, who knows? Maybe there'll be another mind-blowing dance contest.