2003 Where it all began – A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts & Kurtis Blow at Sydney Australia’s Field Day
It’s hard to overstate just how influential a record “Trickatechnology” was. A.Skillz and Krafty’s 2003 duo EP was a true “crossover” record that got funk people listening to house, edm people learning about hip hop, and everyone rediscovering the magnificence of oldschool hip hop pioneer Kurtis Blow. The picture above shows Blow with the two UK turntable phenoms at Australia’s Field Day in 2003, playing for an estimated 100,000+ people. It has taken 8 years, but the duo is returning to San Francisco (this Friday at Mighty) and they are bringing this generation’s Kurtis Blow, an MC who has earned the monicker “Dynamite”. While the “breakbeat” genre has evolved, adapted and shifted over those 8 years, this Friday is about looking back at a time when the breaks were something closer to big-beat, acid jazz, and Bambaataa-style “original breaks” than today’s “UK Funky” and “Ghettofunk” styles. Krafty, A.Skillz & Dynamite MC will be doing a cohesive 2-hour set together utilizing 4 Technics 1200′s, and 3 CDJs. With this, the Oakland Faders opening 2×4 set, Motown on Mondays and Nufunk Boutique in the house, the show should take you back a bit…
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 at MIGHTY
SunsetSF presents the SFO kickoff party for
featuring the SF debut of
4 turntable set featuring
plus local heroes
MOTION POTION & MANCUB, THE OAKLAND FADERS (PLATURN, ENKI), MoM DJs (GORDO CABEZA, TIMOTEO, U9LIFT), NUFUNK BOUTIQUE (SMOOVE, DECKARD, MELYSS)
For more than a decade, UK labels Goodgroove Records and Ghettofunk have been doing their part to keep the funk alive in the clubs. For the kickoff of their quarterly SF blowout party we offer you the first ever performance by an ensemble that did its part to keep the funk alive as well. A.Skillz and Krafty Kuts reinvented breakbeat in the 90′s infusing real oldschool truntablism into a genre that had seemingly lost its way in techy rave-mania. Dynamite MC is among the most prolific MC’s in modern music and has recorded with these two on multiple occasions. This will be the first time that all three share the stage in San Francisco.To be honest, this is a sho that Sunset has been trying to bring to the city for more than 10 years and we couldn’t be more excited. Welcoming them will be some of the city’s top funky Dj crews, including Platurn & Enki from the Oakland Faders, Smoove, Deckard and Melyss from Nufunk Boutique, U9lift, Timoteo and Gordo Cabeza from Motown on Mondays playing on the Silent Frisco sound-system. SFFunk founder MoPo and the Space Cowboys own DJ Mancub.
THURSDAY, MAY 31 at Mezzanine
CMAC NIGHTLIFE AWARDS
You might have noticed that Bay Area is undergoing a tremendous artistic renaissance. We have more clubs, more gigs, and more artists than at any time in the past 20 years. Much of the credit for this renaissance has to go to a small group of nightlife advocates who have been fighting for your right to party for more than 20 years. When rogue police and ABC officials tried to crack down on some of the city’s top clubs, they joined together to create CMAC, a collation of clubs, artists and fans to advocate for nightlife. CMAC was central in the successful defense against the the 2009 flare up of irrationality, and has been vigilant ever since, defending clubs, educating officials and industry professionals. Tonight, CMAC will present their annual Nightlife awards with nominations for everything from festival to small weekly club. To vote, you just need to show up and make your voice heard. After winning best large festival for Sea of Dreams last year, Sunset is now nominated for All Shook Down 2011. But we honestly couldn’t care less if we win or lose. The bigger picture is to get more of you involved and informed on the ongoing operations of this amazing, if low-key local organization who stands up for your right to enjoy music.