The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival continues through the weekend, bringing some of the world’s most groundbreaking music and film to the Bay Area through a series of live performances (including Wallpaper’s invigorating celebration of electro-funk tonight at Slim’s) and screenings of indie documentaries about the artists whose uncompromising contributions have helped shaped our culture. Here’s what to watch.
You might just be recovering from Outside Lands, but for a refreshing breath of funk, hip-hop, reggae and rhymes, book your tickets now for The Ecstatic Tour featuring bohemian queen Erykah Badu and political rapper/actor Mos Def—equal partners in talent.
Mos Def's fourth solo album, The Ecstatic, came out June 9 and his tour launched mid-August in Minneapolis. Now, Mos Def—along with the quirky Badu and her boyfriend Jay Electronica, are coming to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday. On Friday, they'll be at Oakland at the art-deco fabulous Paramount Theater, one of the most beautiful places to see any music in the Bay Area. Tickets are still available, but get them soon.
Still recovering from Outside Lands? We know we are. Shake out your dusty festival shoes and drag them on down to these shows this week. They are definitely not to be missed.
Everest & Bhi Bhiman, Yoshi’s, 9/1: Despite mourning the loss of a recent band mate, Everest will absolutely be bringing it tonight at Yoshi’s. Add them to our favorite local singer/strummer, Bhi Bhiman and what you’ve got is the perfect bill. What’s not to love about a guy with a guitar, a great voice, a unique name, and his most famous song title being, “God is a Warriors fan and Satan loves the Lakers?“ Our point exactly.
In spite of the invitation's ominous admonishment ("Dinner, Finger-pointing, Denials, Live Auction and Immediate Resignations"), it was all peace, love and Obama down at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last week where Artists Ball 7: The New Party '08 won a decisive victory in the fight for your right to party -- as well as access to and support of great local artists and art.