Two of the nation’s leading forces for funky breakbeat music play under the same roof for the first time ever. DC’s Fort Knox 5 plays their first live band set in San Francisco
DETAILS: Sunset Promotions presents a rare meeting of coast to coast defenders of the funky breaks. LA’s famed 6-piece funk ensemble the Breakestra will be joined by Washington DC nufunk superheroes Fort Knox 5, who will be making their first ever appearance as a live band in San Francisco. The Breakestra has been a fixture on the West Coast funk scene for more than a decade, hosting their seminal LA party “The Rootdown” and putting out a string of epic releases including the recent “From Dusk Till Dawn”. Fort Knox 5 has skirted the line between electronic breaks and oldschool funk, dub and world beat through a strong of more than a dozen singles, EP’s and mixtapes and 2008’s full length “Radio Free DC”. In 2010, Fort Knox 5 is finally taking their entire studio ensemble on the road for live sets featuring Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation) on guitar and Steve Raskin (Thunderball) on bass. DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders will open the show and spin the breaks during the breaks.
Formed by breaks fanatic Miles Tackett, Breakestra is a constantly morphing hip-hop orchestra based in Los Angeles. The group came together in 1997-1997 around Tackett's DJ gigs at a coffeehouse. A multi-instrumentalist whose work on cello has appeared on recordings by B.B. King, Macy Gray, and Black Eyed Peas, Tackett was a funk fan who got into hip-hop during the late '80s -- courtesy of the Ultramagnetic classic Critical Beatdown -- when he realized it was keeping the funk flame alive. A wish to play instrumental hip-hop in a band context brought the group together, with Tackett alongside drummer Josh "Wallet" Cohen, reed player Geoff "Double G" Gallegos, trumpeters Todd Simon and Paul Vargas, trombone player Dan Osterman, keyboard player Carlos Guaico, percussionist Davy Chegwidden, guitarist Dan Ubick, and vocalists Sol Sista DeMya and Mixmaster Wolf (aka Stones Throw honcho Peanut Butter Wolf). Their club night, Root Down, brought in crowds, along with the cream of the rap underground (Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Company Flow, DJ Shadow, Freestyle Fellowship), and their first single, "Getcho Soul Togetha," appeared on Stones Throw in 1999. That year also brought an intriguing demo called The Live Mix Tape -- including Breakestra covers of a host of deep funk classics -- but an official release (as The Live Mix, Pt. 1) waited until 2001 and only appeared in Japan. The second volume followed later that year, and was released on Stones Throw. In 2005 Breakestra recorded a single, Family Rap, featuring Chali 2na and Soup from Jurassic 5 and Double K from People Under the Stairs, and also released their third studio album, Hit the Floor, on Ubiquity Records, with a nearly entirely different lineup. In 2010, the band released the well received “From Dusk Till Dawn”.
A very limited # of $12 discount tickets are available. After these run out, the advance price will fo up to $15 and to as much as $20 at the door