Huge thanks to all who were part of last Thursday’s AFRO FUNKÉ 2018 Springtime Celebration, performers and eventgoers alike! What a beautiful night!! Special thanks to the homie Eric Parsons aka DJ Elixir who came down from Ojai to deejay the upstairs Townhouse lounge in Venice CA, not just because he put down a solid set behind the turntables and mixer, but he’s also a top notch photographer who shot the great pix in the gallery below. Check out a few of the random photos he took downstairs and outside while he wasn’t droppin’ the jams upstairs. Unfortunately, he had to miss most of Nickodemus’ set since they were slotted to play the same hours, but Nico managed to slip into one pic during the end-of-night sidewalk talk 🙂 Enjoy, and stay tuned for the announcement of the next Afro Funké getdown!
Big thanks to Mike Styles and Porchlite of the Inland Empire-based Beats of All-Nations crew for the invite to turn some vinyl this past Saturday. The ARTISM group art show held at NuWave Studio in the City of Upland brought together a fantastic roster of visual artists, whose various pieces I found myself admiring at length during the three hours I stayed. All evening long, I kept saying how I thought that while it was a relatively small show, all the pieces were remarkable. I was really grateful to be included among the roundup of tasteful deejays that blessed the turntables on that evening, each adding more depth to the visual experience the art lovers expected. I enjoyed meeting some new folks as well as seeing some familiar faces like Stryke Uno and Gabe Real. I look forward to attending the next show!
Civic Duty: CHECK! Here I am outside my local polling place on Tuesday June 7th, having just done my part to make sure the seeds of change and revolution keep growing. Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are just the beginning. Keep it real and spread the good word.
For this week’s quotes o’ wisdom, I’ve turned to the director of comedic actor Jim Carrey’s (if you saw last week’s post, see what I did there?) movies, TOM SHADYAC (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar). If you’d like to know more as to why I’ve chosen him, be sure to watch the documentary about his life, career and recent spiritual awakening, titled “I AM.”
“I think true success is intrinsic…It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.”
“I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.”