Tuesday, October 15, 2013

News & Info for Oct. 15th, 2013

8am Interview with
Rar Farmer

Koham Press - Independent Bookstore/Reading Room/Small Press [link]
Koham Press is a small independent bookstore and small press scheduled to open Jan. 2014 in the heart of downtown Vallejo, Ca.
Koham Press is a family-owned business located in Vallejo, Ca.  We want to invest our time and energy into keeping it local. Our vision is to create a comfortable, quiet space to enjoy a good read and a welcoming social environment for sharing in creativity.  Currently, there are no bookstores in Vallejo, a void Koham Press intends to fill.
Koham Press will offer a wide variety of new and used books.  Most of our new books will come from PM Press, Black Sparrow Books and other local small presses.  Recycling is important to us and we will be accepting used books on a credit system.
We will host regular readings, signings, and live music events with a focus on local authors and artists.  And, in keeping with the local theme, Koham Press hopes to offer coffee from a local roaster, pastries from a local baker, and chocolates from our local chocolatier.
We want Koham Press to be a place where you can feel at home, so the funds raised from this Kickstarter will go towards creating an interior atmosphere akin to an home library, with floor to ceiling birch shelves, comfy chairs, and fine reading material. 

Community Calender

Gathering of the Tribes presents...
Serial Music Live
A Liberated Zone
at the Townhouse at 401 Georgia st.in the heart of Vallejo's Art District!
Oct 18th, Free, 21+
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* John Todd, acoustic covers and original scores
* Elaine Brown and her poetic stylings of Power!
* Atlas, rock of the ages!
and our own Tribal DJ Miss Ayah on the turntables with Island Slam and World Beats
An inDIYpendent culture event!

Art n Music @ the McCree-Goudeau Gallery 
Saturday Oct. 19th 7-10pm  
MCree-Goudeau Art Gallery 930 Marin Street, Vallejo,CA
Come out for an evening of "Art N Entertainment"!  
Featured artists:
* Cleven"Goodie" Goudeau Jazz Scopes collection 
* Earl "The Pearl" Stevens - Chainsaw Scultpure 
* Jazz Vocalist- Naomi Smith  
Donation $10 portion of the proceeds will fund the Mc-Cree-Goudeau Art Scholarship 
Hosted by Sherry Prewitt, Jeanette McCree-Goudeau

Empress Theatre Presents
Ray Obiedo and Mistura Fina
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music on Empress stage -
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina  to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo brings his band, made up from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians, to the Empress Theatre in Vallejo on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. 
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.

About Ray Obiedo -
Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique.
He joined organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith on a U S tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977. A world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock in 1978-79 is still one Ray’s most treasured musical memories.
Ray also started his long association with the great Pete Escovedo which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila Escovedo on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid 80s his reputation grew as one of California's finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own session experience is considerable, having partnered with artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers and The Whispers.
Obiedo's solo compositions also attracted acclaim, and saw interpretations from Tower of Power, Sheila E, Marion Meadows, steel pan great Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Bruce Forman and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Parts of his work have appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine's A Shock To The System and Richard Gere's Internal Affairs.
Such notoriety co-existed with Obiedo's rising status as a solo artist, recording a clutch of 90’s albums for Windham Hill Jazz while leading The Ray Obiedo Group on club dates and concerts.  Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989's Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993's Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995's African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days. 1999 saw the release of The Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin jazz.
Photo Credit: Copyright Ray Obiedo

The Empress Theatre Presents
Hot House Legends: Tribute to Eli’s Mile High club
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
General Admission is $7/advance and $9/door
tickets and information [707.552.2400] [empresstheatre.org]
Empress Theatre Pays Tribute To Iconic Oakland Blues Club -
Hot House Legends looks back over 30 years of blues history to pay tribute to the renowned blues spot known as Eli’s Mile High Club.  The legendary stage played host to James Brown, Etta James, and local favorites Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson and Sonny Rhodes. 
The blues club, located in a marginal neighborhood in Oakland, was bigger than life and home to the West Coast Blues sound.  There is not a local blues musician in the Bay Area who hasn’t played or been influenced by the scene at the club located near the McArthur Boulevard BART station.
Eli’s passed through the hands of many colorful owners, one was shot and killed by his jealous love in 1978, but finally hit on hard times and is now a punk rock club.
Bass player, Timm Walker, decided to pay tribute to the club that nurtured many generations of blues talent and has gathered some of the players who were part of the Eli’s scene throughout the years.
Walker will be joined by:
* Steve Gannon - guitar
* Oscar Myers - trumpet
* Julien Vaught - sax
* Larrie Noble - guitar
* Wilson Brooks -drums
* Simon Russell - keys
* Mark Hummel - harmonica
Previous Hot House performers have included Johnny Rawls, Big Mo and The Full Moon Blues Band, Frank Bey & Anthony Paule, Generation Esmeralda, The Volker Strifler Band, Zydedo Flames and Terry Hanck.

The Northbay 'zine Library presents… 
DIY Mini 'zine Free School
, an appendage to Mocktoberfest 2013 

A Liberated Zone with Dr.G. of the Northbay Uprising!
Oct. 26th, 6 to 10pm, Free, All-Ages, all are welcome! 
at the IntegreTea liberated zone located at 717 Marin st. around the corner from the Empress Theater, in downtown Vallejo!
Learn how to make your own 8-page mini 'zine using a single sheet of paper, which you can copy and distribute for whatever you feel like, including advice on creating, distributing and promoting your very own piece of punked-up DIY culture! Donate your mini 'zine to the Northbay 'zine Library!  Northbay 'zine Library [northbayzinelibrary.blogspot.com], a project of the Gathering of the Tribes [gatheringofthetribes.blogspot.com], Contact [gott.productions@gmail.com]

October 25th to 27th , TJ Walkup presents... 
A Curated Punk & Edge Arts Event, to benefit youth music programs partnered with the Mira Theater Guild 501c3 non-profit in Vallejo! with Multiple Stages, and a DIY 'zine library & exchange (Make and Bring your 'zines)!
* October 25th to 27th at the Mira Theatre Guild's Bay Terrace Theatre [www.miratheatreguild.org] [51 Daniels Ave. Vallejo]
* October 26th at the Empress Theatre [www.empresstheatre.org] [330 Virginia St., Vallejo]
Music & Zines! Join the Zombie Costume contest and win a prize! Or, come as You Are!
All Ages (no alcohol / drugs / violence) and Inclusive (no sexism / racism)
You Are Your Own Authority!
Featuring performances by:
* Death Valley High
* N/A (of Oakland)

Live @ the TownHouse [401-A Georgia st., Vallejo, at the corner of Marin st.]
Fri Nov 1st, 10pm
* Cluster Phunk
* Snake Skin Nite
21+, FREE

Contact [irecreate.org@gmail.com]

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