Went out for Mexican food with friends..and my pals from Sydney were in town too so it was sweet visiting with them. On Thursday, I pretty much had an adventurous day for the books! Hung out in Santa Barbara for the day...and then went to Santa Monica to watch game 7 of the Celtics/ Lakers series. Of course LA won and the city went nuts! I wish I had a pic or video for you...but I had to hustle to my gig in (believe it or not) Inglewood that night! Seriously. The gig was at Chuco's which is where Inglewood and South Central LA connect! I met Aidge of the Aesthetics Crew in Beijing last year so he invited me to perform at a monthly jam. It turned out to be a benefit for Oscar Grant who was wrongfully killed by the LA police. If you aren't familiar with his story...check this video...but it is graphic so watch at your own discretion.
His trial is happening right now in LA, so loads of people from the Bay area were in town to protest. A lot of them, including members of the Black Riders Liberation party, came to the show. So it was a very mixed crowd with intense emotions and energy. Hard to believe I did all of that in 2 days!
On Friday I linked with a dear friend Kate (jewelry maker, yoga instructor, artiste extraordinaire!) in Santa Cruz. We had a fun-filled day at the Mystery Spot vortex where the gravitational pull makes everything go in an absurd direction.
On Saturday, I made my way to San Francisco. Linked with Kush Arora (dope producer & DreadBass Soundsystem/ Surya Dub member!) to work on a heavy choon. I am pleased to say that I got to perform at Non Stop Bhangra at The Rickshaw Stop.
It's a high energy night with everything from bhangra lessons, live dhol players, awesome selectors, and people who came to partay! It was the first time in forever where I've seen a night packed at 10pm! This was the 58th installment of the event... on the bill was the dance troupe, Dholrhythms...Rav-E a sik dhol player and DJ, and J Boogie & Jimmy Love on the decks droppin crazy awesome bhangra music. Dholrhythms danced to a bhangra version of No No No by Dawn Penn and then I mixed into them with a cover of the same song on the beatbox! I'd say it went well! There was so much love in the room with huge positive vibes, and apparently NSB is the busiest night at the Rickshaw Stop every month. Check out nonstopbhangra.com and if you're around BC this summer, NSB is hittin Salmon Arm's Roots & Blues Fest in August. The next day I linked with my mate, Conrad (who you may have seen helping with sound at the Fractal Forest at Shambhala)...and we went shopping on Haight!
Some pics from SF:
Interesting art installation in the park...
La Boulange on Hayes St = delish:-)
Outside the studio with Kush.
Jammin with Rav-E
Peeps dancing hard!
Conrad and I in front of some sik graf...
Tonight I'm rockin with Mista Chatman & Selecta Element in Seattle for Jam Jam at the Baltic Room.
Stay tuned for more news and shenanigans...