Fort Knox Five
Beat Burglar & Mr. Crowley
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The 4th Annual Pumpkin Ball - Nov 1st The Great Northern SF charity event will be held November 1st at The Great Northern!
The Little Giant Acorn Foundation For The Arts, Raindance Presents & HUSHconcerts are proud to announce EVeryman & Friends will be back to host an evening of fun and dance for music fans and lovers and supporters of the arts at The Great Northern in San Francisco!
Come in your favorite costume to win a prize! The night of the event, the venue will be transformed into an adults only masquerade ball with 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, costume contest, Ariana M. A.k.A Aria Fae and special circus acts and more! ♥ come boogie with us for a good cause in memory of our brother Pumpkin! ♥
*FULL MUSIC LINE UP:
SOOHAN-Long known within the festival community as a skilled performer, remixer, and producer, Maryland's SOOHAN (Stephen Suchan) has been taking over the underground and mainstream with a steady output of creative sample-based work. Entering 2018 with 5 albums and full-length projects under his belt, for a combined 2 million plays, he has singularly redefined success for the independent electronic musician, forging strong, personal, and lasting connections with musicians, industry, and fans alike across his extensive travels.
Newcomers to Soohan will find a treasure trove of remixed and sample-based works, celebrating regional dance and folk music the world over, with bass-heavy reinterpretation bringing sounds to enthusiastic audiences who would never otherwise experience them. Soohan's creative process has put him in touch with countless originators and musicians from all corners of the world, brokering a unique brand of global celebration and appreciation all too rare in modern remix culture. This year, he sets his sights on new original productions, in addition to more remixes and sample-based work that has made the bedrock to his sound.
Fort Knox Five- Some seriously funky groups come in Five’s - The Jackson 5, The MC 5, Jurassic 5… and of course Fort Knox Five.
Fort Knox Five is known for bending genres and using a broad range of musical elements in their creation of highly original music. This approach ultimately pioneered a funky scene where FK5 continues to top charts today.
While Fort Knox Five compose music like a band in the studio with live instrumentation blended into electronic music, they are renowned for their exciting and eclectic DJ performances. Founding members Steve Raskin and Jon Horvath established a unique live DJ set using mashed-up acapellas and effects woven into original tracks, exclusive mixes and dance floor destroyers. These sets have proven to be irresistible to club goers worldwide, rocking parties with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae & glitch-hop to prime time 4/4 beats & breaks.
With the untimely passing of Jon H, Steve Raskin has taken over as the principle DJ for the group and now leads the charge of the Fort Knox brigade on the road into the funky future. He tours their signature brand of glitched-out funk with high energy sets in every environment from pools to lounges to world famous clubs and some of the largest festivals across the globe.
Fort Knox Five has toured and performed for nearly two decades alongside major artists like The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, Diplo, A Trak, Craze, Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and London Electricity. They have performed on 5 continents and in over 30 different countries and have had their music featured on every medium from award-winning video games to Oscar-winning films.
Forget about tempos and genres, let Fort Knox Five take you on a musical journey that unites the funk, soul, jazz, hip hop and electronic generations.
Beat Burglar & MR. CROWLEY - Canada’s own Beat Burglar bringing you the funk you need with the house and breaks you crave combined with deep roots in hip hop/trip hop and electronica. "The right tune for the right mood. I feel like transcending genres and moods is what makes the art of djing so fascinating, and the reason for my goosebumps everytime I do it." I love music of all shapes and sizes. I will play music thats suites the moment and nothing makes me happier
J*Labs - J*Labs has a voracious appetite for new and interesting experiences. As a result, she's constantly on the hunt for new sounds to incorporate into her sets. Her original productions and live DJ sets span a number of genres including but not limited to: West Coast Bass Music, Ghetto Funk, Jungle DnB, Twerk, Breaks, and Trap.
She has played a number of noteworthy festivals and venues including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Shambhala and Lightning in a Bottle.
Little John the DJ - As an ubiquitous fixture of Northern California's music scene Little John is more than a DJ and an icon; he is a force of nature.
An extraordinary DJ, producer, remixer, and music historian, Little John's musical artistry transcends genres with an intensity, knowledge and savviness possessed by few. Whether he's playing Tech-House, Mid-tempo, Future Bass, or Booty Slap, this innovator continually unites factions and taps new levels of creativity simply for the heart of it. With an acutely discerning ear and an open mind and heart, his ability to read a crowd and mix the perfect vibe truly sets him apart. His is a genuinely unique approach that will move body, mind, and soul.
His roots run deeply through the creative hot-bed of San Francisco's mid 90's underground House scene and the incredibly diverse Santa Cruz free party scene. He became a resident of the legendary 13 Moon Tribe while simultaneously pioneering production of the wildly successful Raindance events, which continue to run strong today. Little John has played along-side many other first-class musicians and is regularly requested with such acts as Bassnectar, Tipper, Mark Farina, A.Skillz, and Fort Knox Five, to name just a few.
Current musical projects include a collaboration with Takuya Nakamura of Cocorosie; tapping into his gypsy roots and the birthing of his alter ego, Gudada, performing Gypsy Swing, Balkan Beat and Camel Krunk.
DJ Oh Diggz - DJ Oh Diggz is an All vinyl DJ Not held down by sticking to one genre. Whether it be 45's 33's, hand spun 78's, or Digital control vinyl Oh Diggz brings the Good Vibes while all ways trying to play the Highest fidelity Sound.
Motion Potion - MoPo (aka Robbie Kowal) is one of America's most versatile, experienced and flat-out joyous party rockers. His decade long mission is to 'put the party back into the party', and to connect the casual music fan with the hard core dance music mavens; proving that music is more than just beats. San Francisco’s bootleg indie remix partypusher, is known for a rare ability to play exactly the right music for the moment and an expertise with a wide variety of genres that he seamlessly melds into a coherent blend. Since breaking out as a rare groove Dj in the 90's he has spent the 21st Century using eclectic club styles, break beat, trip hop and tech funk as a backdrop for his genre-bending experiments. From a near religious love of funk and hip hop, to a lifetime study of rock and roll to a massive aptitude for latin, reggae and other outernational formats, MoPo incorporates bits and pieces of music culture into electronic edits that slam the dancefloor. As a backdrop, he creates, edits or chooses only the biggest baddest breaks, hooks and drops to create a sound that truly slams. To the dancer, MoPo is a breath of fresh air, often transforming a room into collective song or crowd chant that connect the audience to the DJ.
These abilities have seen him preceding, following or tagging with a who’s who of breakbeat heroes like Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Icey, Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, James Lavelle, Bassnectar, DJ Vadim, Tipper, Kraak & Smaak, Aquasky, Fort Knox 5, Z-trip. He’s also been among the first DJs to play many a rock festival including an unprecedented 6-year run at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the first DJ sets ever at Gathering of the Vibes, High Sierra, Berkfest, Caribbean Holidaze, Mid Atlantic Music Experience, and Rothbury festival. He even played at Govt Mule’s legendary “Deepest End” show, called one of the Top 10 shows of the Decade by Jambase. A live turntablist for the indie techno circus The Mutaytor, MoPo has sat in with Parliament-Funkadelic, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band and BLVD. He has opened for live music legends like James Brown, Maceo Parker, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Femi Kuti, Sheryl Crow, Spearhead, Jurassic 5, Isaac Hayes, Blackalicious, and Pendulum.
Smoked Out Soul - Founded in 2013 by Zebuel Early, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape concept fusing southern hip hop beats with classic funk & soul. Eventually Zeb took that sound to clubs playing guitar over Funk Remix DJ sets adding live drums, horns and percussion. After moving from Lake Tahoe to The Bay Area, SOS became a thriving party which eventually gave birth to a live act, a production team a music collective and record label. SOS is committed to serving the community and is raising funds for The Bay Area Food Bank, Standing Rock Legal Fund, Amnesty International and The ACLU
Smoked Out Soul (S.O.S) is a one of kind party held at Monarch 101 6th Street in San Francisco every Thursday.
DJ / instrumentalists Zebuel and Will Magid are joined by drummers Paul Oliphant and Brandon Lee to bring you a sound that is both classic and futuristic: “Old School Taste, New School Bass”. S.O.S. blurs the line between a live show and a DJ night, bringing in the bay’s finest musicians and DJ’s playing on one of the top rated sound systems in the country. Come enjoy delicious cocktails with beautiful people as classic soul music is reinterpreted in the moment.
Smoked Out Soul aims at blending the thriving DJ culture with the live music scene in The Bay Area, putting a fresh spin on a classic sound, tunes rooted in soul with a nod to the future.
Past guests include: The Gaff, Bonobo Horns, Jeremey Sole, Deejay Theory, Captain Planet, B. Bravo, Starship Connection, KingMost, Gordo Cabeza, DJ Fox, DJ Platurn.
“An immersive experience with live horn players, drummers and guitarists collaborating with sound sculpting producers on a Void surround-sound system.”
“If you're into highly skilled musicians, danceable grooves, a bit of the unexpected... all coming through on an amazing sound system, then this is the place to be” - Donovan “Gordo Cabeza” - Motown On Mondays founder
The Live Act:
Smoked Out Soul is available to take the show to the road. Blending funk classics with futuristic production, SOS features DJ production laced with live horns, guitar and drums.
Smoked Out Soul is a team of like minded DJ's, producers and musicians who come together to remix songs, throw epic parties and create a blend of DJ'd beats and live music.
EVeryman - Evan Shafran a.k.a. EVeryman delivers a fluid flow, with conscious optimistic lyricism. His high energy beats convey influences from old school hip hop and reggae which brings the crowd to life up on their feet. As a DJ, Everyman drops anything from breaks, glitch hop, sexy house, to drum and bass. Everyman is one half of 'Little Giants', a hip hop group formed with LA DJ/ Producer Pumpkin aka Nick Alvarado.
EVeryman, aka Evan Shafran is also a screen actor, seen briefly in the oscar award winning film "Get Out." He has most recently starred in Smashwerks Films "Storyteller." The film was selected as a semifinalist for "Best Dramatic Short" at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. You can see also catch him in his hip-hop comedy web series entitled "Boyz in the Wood."
EVeryman plays in memory of Pumpkin, his best friend, Little Giants teammate, and musical comrade who passed away on March 25th, 2016. His sets include unreleased Little Giants productions, classic Pumpkin remixes, and some of Pumpkin's favorite songs. Plus some brand new EVeryman collaborations and unreleased gems.
In Honor, He has started a society called 'Little Giant Acorn Foundation for the Arts', a not-for-profit charity organization established to provide music and arts programs to children who do not have the means to attain them otherwise. To further the legacy, EVeryman will be realizing Pumpkins' dream of having a music label and their music on vinyl - watch out for the full catalog of Little Giant Acorn Records singles and remixes coming out on "Little Giant Acorn Records" in 2018 with new remixes from Fort Knox Five, Qdup, Pumpkin and more!
He's performed and toured with acts such as Pretty Lights, Odesza, Mark Farina (to name a very small few) and has graced some massive festival stages, such as Coachella, Burning Man and Lightning in a Bottle. Peep his music here
Ariana M. AKA Aria Fae is a professional acrobat & dancer from NYC. She feels blessed to have fallen in love with something so early that has provided an artistic & expressive outlet able to support & fulfill her spiritually & emotionally, as well as uplift & inspire others in the process. She has her BA in performing arts, and has been traveling & teaching internationally since 2012. She specializes in hand balance, hand to hand partner acrobatics, fire arts, hoop dance, acro yoga (with prop manipulation), tantra acro, aerial arts (silk, duo lyra, hammock) flying trapeze, clown|character work, physical & musical theatre, ballroom (east coast swing, international waltz) burlesque & contemporary dance. The beginning of 2016 brought Brazilian Zouk|Lambada into her life, & she has been an addict ever since! Combining the dynamic, magical forces of acrobatics and Brazilian dance is something she has been elated & inspired in exploring.
She is honoured to have found the path of transformation from athlete to artist through the art of circus. She feels strongly about her purpose of sharing the importance of taking care of, pushing & maintaining our temple and the relevant connection of body to mind & spirit. (Private message with interest in booking a body work session 🙏)
After volunteering in social circus over several countries around the world, she feels especially passionate about teaching, & inspiring children, and co runs a non profit with her partner. for more information on the foundation, or to see how you can contribute, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/THELITTLEGIANTACORNFOUNDATIONFORTHEARTS/
Ari feels more comfortable upside down than right side up, believes laughter is the ultimate medicine, & swears by the healing magical methods of chocolate. You will usually find her sneaking pieces into her mouth in between handstands. You're never too old to play!
Aria also finds great joy in helping others discover their bliss & healing through movement arts. Look out for her next edition of "Discover Your Bliss" yoga retreat at the end of 2020. (previous edition: maui, 2018)
For more information, such as yearly workshop details, private lesson schedule, performance calandar, teaching tour & more... feel free to send a PM, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org, or private message @ari_circusfaerie on Instagram
THANKS TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORSHIPS BY:
2 Towns Ciderhous
Third Eye Pinecones & Third Eye Tapestries
BIG LOVE FOR THEIR CHARITABLE DONATIONS!
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND COME TO THE EVENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE MERCH!♥
Nick “Pumpkin” Alvarado was a beloved musician, clown and most importantly, friend to so many in our community. While he is sadly no longer with us, his spirit lives on through his music and the thousands of people he touched over the years. To honor his memory, the Little Giant Acorn Foundation memorial fund has been established to help children who want to pursue a career in music or performing arts that otherwise couldn’t afford to.
Another goal of the fundraising is to finish Nick's music. Pumpkin and Little Giants both had music that was nearly finished that still needs to be released and shared wit the masses. All the funds raised here will go back into the memorial fund. A remix charity album will be created by Pumpkin's Peers and we are also selling memorial t-shirts.
By purchasing tickets to The 4th Annual Pumpkin Ball you are ensuring Nick’s spirit continues to shine bright while also helping to inspire the next generation of little acorns.
Stay tuned to this page for much more on special events, classes, workshops, and how you can help children who can't afford an education in the arts and music on their own.
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119 Utah St
San Francisco, CA, 94103