Beats of All-Nations 026 is a random crew throw down on an off night. Mike Styles kicks off the show, Porchlite returns with an eclectic electronic soul & beat set, JB plays ode to Black History and Gabe Real brings down the house with some of that Golden Era Hip Hop on vinyl, flipping doubles throughout. It didn’t happen if you don’t stay til the end. Thanks for checking us and subscribe on your iPhone using the Podcast App.
Studio Photos by Porchlite.
Just in time for the very hyped solar eclipse we welcome back our French cousin, 7even Sun to the show for the very first time. No stranger to Beats of All-Nations, check his 2015 full-length release, ESCAPOLOGIES, at beatofallnations.bandcamp.com. We also welcome back our very own Porchlite, who has just returned from a national tour with Jurassic 5 and some pretty epic live shows with Epic Rap Battles of History. He opens up the show and JB closes us out with a brand new mix. Gabe Real and Mike Styles join in on the conversation. Recorded live in Downtown Pomona at Gabe Real’s Music. Culture. Freedom. Studio.
Our biggest annual party returns to Dba256 Bar & Gallery!
Beats of All-Nations CARNAVAL!
Sunday October 16, 2016 we are celebrating the grand opening of Nu Wave Studio/ gallery with a group art installation “COHERENCE” featuring Alex Woo Reimond Mark De Luna, Noah Moreno, Mike Bugaoan, Dstructo Manifesto and Katie Ruiz.
This visual display will also bring an exhibit for the ears; Mike Styles, Eric Redbeef Focht, Gabe Real, DMM and SimplHuman will provide the sounds for the evening. Tapas bar will also be provided by local Chefs.
Due to limited space at the gallery this event will be rsvp only. Guests can rsvp on event page or @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Smithereens is yet another one of my journeys into bringing visual stimuli to sonic fruition. In this case, my prompt and inspiration was Neo-Impressionism, particularly Pointillism. Last year I created an instrumental that eventually went on to be the title track of this project. The song was so complex in nature; I couldn’t even tell you where my mind was when I was arranging it. It wasn’t even a recording that I was sure I liked at first, mostly because of its frantic and composited structure. In an unrelated instance (or maybe it was related, subconsciously) I was reading about Georges Seurat and his role in leading the French Neo-Impressionist movement in the late 1800s. It occurred to me that this style of visual art was the only way I could describe the song that would eventually go on to establish Smithereens as a project. Initially when I began to lay out supporting instrumentals, I made stringent attempts to abide by the complexity of the concept song. I found that it couldn’t be done, and that the beat was truly a moment in time. I then decided to continue studying Pointillism/Divisionism and some of its key characteristics— the progressive yet realistic use of primary colors, lighting, contrast and also very importantly, movement— as my guide in arranging new instrumentals in their own unique way, while still keeping with the prompt.
In music theory, the parallel/counterpart to Pointillism is known as Punctualism. Punctualism essentially gives unique individual life to each note in a piece. Arpeggiated notes of varying pitches, lengths and dynamics take the place of the ‘colored dots’ that you see in pieces such as Seurat’s most famous work, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” The techniques were independently established of course, i.e neither gave birth to the other. Their juxtaposition is largely interpreted perspective.
Last month we took the crew to the One Santa Fe building in Downtown Los Angeles met with the homie AJ Mendzter at Living Room Sessions, called some friends, plugged in the turntables and flipped on the camera. Check the sets from Porchlite, Mike Styles, Radius ETC (Live Beat Set) and El Toro Negro! Shout out to everyone who came to hang with us!
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Join us this Saturday for a special episode of Living Room Sessions feat. Beats of All-Nations (beatsofallnations.com). We got DJ sets from Porchlite, Mike Styles, El Toro Negro + Live set from Radius. It’s gonna be a good one!
Beer and pizza will be on the house but feel free to bring food or drink of choice. Hope to see y’all!
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Beats of All-Nations presents Re:Fresh
with special guests: The Funk Ark (Washington DC) featuring Will Rast of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Re:Fresh & Beats of All-Nations DJs:
JB – MIKE STYLES
STRYKE UNO – PORCHLITE
The Funk Ark:
“Bringing it and taking listeners on a global funk journey that will have you melting into the dancefloor.” – Giant Step
Washington D.C. native, Will Rast (of Antibalas), has been composing music and playing professionally since the age of 14. A love of vintage Funk and Soul, as well as a wide range of instrumental jazz styles were the impetus behind the formation of The Funk Ark in 2007. As a member of Washington DC’s fast growing community of artists, it was easy to find incredibly talented musicians to form a group big enough to create the range of sound he wanted. The band began with compositions that were reminiscent of Lonnie Liston Smith, or Herbie Hancock, but it was Will Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Mono Mono of Nigeria, as well as Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, and the legendary Salsa ensemble The Fania Allstars, that caused the band’s direction to the shift towards a more polyrhythmic, dance-inspiring, funk sound.
The musical journey of Will Rast, which currently includes being a member of international touring sensations, Antibalas, has helped The Funk Ark to amass a wild, beautiful collection of albums over the years, revealing his personal evolution of funk and rhythm. And through these albums, and The Funk Ark’s live shows, the group keeps audiences moving, and awe-inspired, on the dancefloor.
Brought to you by:
Beats of All-Nations
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | 21+ | No Cover!
dba256 Wine Bar Lounge
256 S. Main St.
Pomona, CA 91766
All Photos by Farah Sosa for http://www.FarahStop.com