Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb. 5: The Power of Hip-Hop at The Phoenix Theather

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Breakdancing, MC-ing, graffiti writing and DJ-ing: these are the elements of hip-hop, and the foundations on which the distinctly American art form is built. All four are in full force this weekend at ‘The Power of Hip-Hop,’ an event reinforcing the positive vibes and roots of an oft-maligned genre by bringing together all factions of the local hip-hop community. On the wheels of steel are DJs Primo, Rob Cervantes, Ciao Montano and Ricky Switch; on the mic are Alkhemy, New Day, Distant Relatives, Dahlak and Rob-I-Root. Keep your ears peeled especially for God’s Oddities, a Santa Rosa group with a full live band that sounds like Atmosphere fronting early Sublime. Breakdance crews will be in effect getting busy over a four-turntable DJ jam and an open-mic freestyle battle, and to top it all off, there’ll be a 40-foot graffiti wall for some serious wild styles. Now all we gotta do is convince Nas to come to show him that hip-hop isn’t dead on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 7pm. $8. 707.762.3565.Gabe Meline
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Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Lee Morgan Tribute

Billy Harper, Bennie Maupin, Geri Allen, Billy Hart, David Weiss and more pay tribute to legendary “Sidewinder” jazzman. Feb 4-6 at 8 and 10; Feb 7 at 2 and 7. $18-$26. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.La Plebe

Solid, passionate and political Bay Area hardcore band raises money for direct relief to Haiti. With Dead to Me and King City. Feb 5 at 8. $15. Slim’s,

333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.Anvil

The real-live Spinal Tap, billed as “The Anvil Experience,” on tour to rake in the absurdity of their recent documentary. Feb 6 at 8. $17.50. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.Nouvelle Vague

Suave French outfit now into their third album of kitchy new wave versions of punk rock and alternative songs. Feb 7 at 8. $25-$28. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, San Francisco. 800.745.3000.St. Vincent

Brooklyn singer-songwriter born Annie Clark creates haunting compositions for electric guitar and sample board. Feb 8 at 8. $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco. 888.233.0449.Vivian Girls

Three girls, vintage equipment and a garage-rock schtick that’s made overnight heroes of this very basic, unlikely band. Feb 9 at 9. $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.More San Francisco events at

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