For the past seven years, "The Root Down" has been a weekly funk and hip hop club staple in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Local promoters Massive Selector have invited two of the club's regular residents, Dusk and Miles (the latter of funk orchestra Breakestra), to their "We Funk" event to give us a taste of how it's done down south. Dusk and Miles boast a reverence for the classics and an ear for what's currently hot, making for a thorough dance floor education. S.F.'s own Romanowski, still celebrating the release of his Party in My Pantsalbum on the Future Primitive Sound label, will also be on hand on Friday, May 6, at Mighty; call 626-7001 or visit www.mighty119.com for more info.
Following a premiere event that featured the Roots' ?uestlove behind the decks, "Sounds of the Basement" returns with DJ Muggs . The Los Angeles mixmaster and producer is best known as one-third of blunted hip hop warriors Cypress Hill, though he's made forays into solo work in the past few years. Most recently, Muggs has hopped on the mash-up train, through both the mix-tape circuit and his own syndicated radio show, Mash-Up Radio. Be prepared for Muggs to throw anything into the mix, including his original mash-ups of artists such as Westside Connection and Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jay-Z, and even John Lennon with Fahrenheit 9/11's Michael Moore. The Jah Warrior Shelter collective (Jah Yzer, I-Vier, I-Lexis, and Irie Dole) will satisfy the Rasta-inclined, while the Triple Threat DJs (Shortkut, Apollo, and Vinroc) will intimidate any amateur turntablists in the house. Get insane in the membrane on Saturday, May 7, at Club Six; call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com for more info.
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