People Under The Stairs

People Under The Stairs (11:00 PM)

Dam-Funk (10:00 PM)

Aceyalone (9:00 PM)

DJ Mark Luv

Fri, July 18, 2014

8:00 pm

$0.00 - $20.00

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People Under The Stairs - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
People Under The Stairs
When LA based People Under The Stairs, Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) met, they had no idea they would become one of the most successful, completely independent hip-hop duos in the history of Hip-Hop.

Since their initial release in 1998, People Under The Stairs, or “The P” as they are referred to by their fans, have performed over a thousand sold out shows, festivals and world tours spanning 6 continents and 40 countries. With a pioneering DIY ethic, they have self produced 9 full-length LPs & countless singles and side projects. The musical sensibility punctuating their unique style of hip-hop has earned them the title “The Steely Dan of Rap Music” as well as consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts.

Their extraordinary career includes an appearance on The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special, a John Peele Session at Abbey Road, and groundbreaking performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonaroo, the last of which SPIN magazine noted as “Simply the best performance of Friday... Period”. As part of their 10 year Anniversary World Tour in 2009, People Under The Stairs travelled to new continents with sold out shows in China, Brazil and Africa and main stage plays at Outside Lands Festival, Governors Ball NYC and many others. In 2013 the P completed sold out tours with Mac Miller and Girl Talk before returning to the studio to work on their 9th album, 12 Step Program, released in May of 2014 to widespread fan and critical acclaim.

Now, 17 years since the inception of the group and on the eve of their tenth project, the duo turned legend reflect on the path less traveled and distill their unique blend of funk - a style recognized by fans and critics alike as a genre unto itself - into a series of 6 song EP's that punctuate their decades long journey to finally arrive at The Gettin' Off Stage.
Dam-Funk - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Known as Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," Dãm-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dãm (pronounced: 'Dame' as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-'80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk.

As a DJ/selector, Dãm attracts the most discerning Boogie Funk afficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it's not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups' unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy.

The next phase of the Ambassador's mission is his debut album Toeachizown: continuing the classic West Coast tradition into today's scene with Dãm's own original "Modern-Funk" compositions. By plugging in his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dãm channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of new boogie. Stones Throw Records' like-minded honcho Peanut Butter Wolf brought Dãm on to the team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. It's a promising new chapter for Southern Cali space funk.
Aceyalone - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Ten solo releases deep and still working, Aceyalone solidifies his status as a titan of underground hip-hop with his new album, Leanin’ On Slick. Looking back to the rhythm and blues standards of the past, the record has already been praised for Aceyalone’s ability “to combine pop savvy with social commentary. You know – like shit used to do back in the day.” Soulful and funky beats support Aceyalone’s signature tight rhymes and bouncing-ball flow. Features appear from Daniel Merriweather and Cee-Lo Green, artists who share Aceyalone’s respect for the history of R&B and talent for reminding audiences of its relevance by augmenting it with modern flavor. The title track is a light-hearted exploration of what someone would do in pursuit of the “superbad.” Like the Blaxploitation era it references, the track is fun, powerful, and undeniably badass.

Aceyalone began his career at the Good Life Café of South Central Los Angeles. Opened in 1989, the spot quickly became the epicenter of a massive hip-hop movement that spawned Freestyle Fellowship, Jurassic 5 and myriad others. As a member of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone helped craft four albums, including 1993’s classic Innercity Griots. Since then, the prolific emcee has been a co-founder of the storied Project Blowed Collective, Haiku D’Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and the A-Team (with Abstract Rude.) In 1995, the emcee released his debut solo album All Balls Don’t Bounce, earning massive critical acclaim and declaring Aceyalone “one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced” and Bounce “a spectacular lyrical milestone.” The longevity of his career now speaks volumes about his lyrical gift. “You might say I’m prolific,” says Aceyalone, “but I’m still a work in progress. I’m just a conveyer of what’s already out there and people just don’t see it. I just interpret it.” 2009 saw the release of Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones; an album that draws on Phil Spector, 60s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw, dirty funk for sonic inspiration. After indulging his love of Jamaican music for 2007’s Lightning Strikes, the musically diverse emcee brought his admiration for doo-wop, blues and funk to the forefront. On the title track, finger snaps, falsetto choruses and Rickenbacker guitar dominate the production; a sound closer to Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound than today’s by-the-numbers beats. And like most classic hip-hop albums, Acey doesn’t need 74 minutes, insufferable skits and guest stars you don’t care about to fill time.

To achieve this sound, Acey could’ve copped a bunch of samples from the treasure trove of available music. But he’s never been one to take the easy way out. Along with Bionik, each song was painstakingly produced to re-create the sound and feel of a long-gone era, augmented with modern flourishes. “What it Wuz” looks towards Motown and Holland/Dozier/Holland production to emulate and update classic soul groups like Martha & the Vandellas. “Can’t Hold Back” is pure grimy funk and, in true James Brown form, the emcee genially barks instructions to his band and engages the crowd in a rowdy call-and-response. “I’m not from that era, but this is my ode to it,” says the emcee of the album’s feel. “I’m just putting myself into that character as a showman and bandleader. But I can still rhyme with the best of them.” And so it is with Leanin’ On Slick, an entire album thick with tracks that artfully engage his showman side. Listen, and you’ll hear how this guy consistently brings the soul of James Brown and the flow of the Amazon River to every track he jumps on.
DJ Mark Luv
DJ Mark Luv
Hip hop has managed to confound its detractors as, after over two decades, it shows no signs of slowing down. Though there have been many icons who have emerged from the scene and achieved global status only to fade into obscurity, there are those who have garnered a loyal underground following, in addition to enjoying popular success, and have ensured their names live on within the hip-hop pantheon. One such hip-hop protagonist is Mark Luv, a turntable veteran of 20 years. Though only in his early 30s, the Los Angeles native has trounced all would-be contenders who have challenged him for supremacy on the decks.

The talented DJ has traveled the globe touring with the likes of the Pharcyde, KRS-One, Chino XL and Dred Scott, where he has consistently proved his mettle as an inventive, talented DJ.

With his diverse talents, Mark has also become a club mainstay in Los Angeles, spinning at many of the city’s seminal hip-hop nightspots. His residency credentials are impressive with stints at Unity, Jamaica House, Glam Slam, the club formerly owned by Prince, Atlas, Century Club, Project Blowed, and Jamaican Gold. In addition to his residencies, he has graced the turntables of Urban Phenomenon, Hollywood Live, The Palace, Paradise 24, the Arena, and the Palladium during its heyday. He was a featured DJ at all three Cypress Hill Smoke Out events as well as having played an unforgettable hip-hop set at the Nocturnal Wonderland in 1999. Most recently, he took the stage at Audiotistic, the Cypress Hill 4-20 concerts, and the Dragon Festival. Aside from being a legend in the underground scene, DJ Mark Luv has also graced the turntables at high profile events such as the Soul Train Awards after party, the Spider-Man Premier Party, Higher Learning Wrap Party and Premier Party, and ALMA Awards after party. Birthday parties for celebrities such as Will Smith, Wesley Snipes, Regina King, John Singleton, and Warren G.

On record, Mark’s precision cutting and scratching have been forever immortalized on tracks by the Pharcyde, The Liks, Me’Shelle NdegeOcello, Spearhead (a Wyclef remix for their hit single, “Hole in the Bucket”), Dred Scott, Chino XL, Ras Kass, the Anonymous, and Western HemisFear.

Mark is also omnipresent on the airwaves through DJing on LA urban radio. He has been heard regularly on 100.3 The Beat. From 1996 through to ‘97, he headed up the mix for Michael Mixin’ Moore’s “Militant Midnight Mix”. He also obtained his own mix show on Flava in Ya Ear with DJ Don and the Poetess. Mark was an integral part of Soul Assassins radio with Cypress Hill and DJ Babu and DJ Rhettmatic, as well as Saturday Night Mix with Eric Cubiche.

This turntable legend has been featured in many publications worldwide. He’s graced the pages of Rap Sheet, Rap Pages, URB Magazine, ClubLife, DJ Magazine, The Source, Import Tuner, Industry Insider and the list goes on.

DJ Mark Luv has also appeared on various television broadcasts. He was a featured DJ on Yo!MTV Raps, BET’s Rap City, Nickelodeon’s Cousin Skeeter, Nickelodeon’s All That, and others.

Through his knowledge and experience, Mark has been the promotion manager for record stores such as Fat Beats and currently Stacks, The Vinyl Authority, owned by SDJ Icy Ice (Beat Junkies). His connections have allowed him to bring guests such as Cypress Hill, Souls of Mischief, Beat Nuts, and DJ Q-Bert to the stores.

Mark’s passion for hip hop runs deep. He is aligned with one of the most respected collectives within the hip hop ethos, Zulu nation. Mark has been a member of the Mighty Zulu Nation since 1991. He was first enlisted in the Zulu Warrior Security by Zulu Ed and Zulu Kevin, and was eventually made a full-fledged member by the legendary Africa Islam of Rhythm Syndicate fame. Mark has since attained the level of Zulu King. In addition to becoming a Zulu King, he currently heads up the Los Angeles chapter of the infamous Zulu Nation.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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