Twenty-one DJs raise money for Katrina, Studio Z hosts "Castle: The Ultimate House," and "Non-Stop Bhangra" lives up to its name

For almost two months, the Bay Area music scene has shown its concern and support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a steady stream of benefits and parties. Out here in earthquakeland, we seem to understand the sad reality that these people will need aid for a long time. Here's another way to help: S.F.-based hip hop group the Sole Vibe has teamed with Oakland-based professional organizers LaShean Peters Designs to present the "Katrina Relief Benefit Bay Area." Twenty-one DJs, including the Sole Vibe's Whooligan and hardworking locals like Pause, Wisdom, Joe Quixx, Ras Cue, Ross Hogg, Doc Fu, Sake One, Toph One (pictured below), and Vanka, spread love to the South through deep record boxes filled with beats as varied as the night is long. Expect a lively mix of hip hop, R&B, dancehall, reggae, reggaeton, salsa, and other world rhythms. All proceeds will be donated to Oklahoma's Feed the Children organization, which is also happy to accept gently used clothing and toys and nonperishable food. The coolest-sounding part of this event (y'know, besides the good cause and the solid DJ lineup) is the dress code: "Dress like yourself." In San Francisco, one never knows what sartorial splendor that directive will bring about, but it'll be fun to find out on Friday, Oct. 21, at Club Six; call 863-1221 or visit www.clubsix1.com for more info.


SOMA club Studio Z is home to a rather eclectic bunch of events, from the weekly reggae party "Club Dread" and the local rock night "The ANT Show" to one-off parties showcasing everything from psychedelic rock to spoken word to peace-totin' hip hop, but a house music night isn't frequently in the lineup. Which makes "Castle: The Ultimate House" a little odd -- but the welcome sort of odd. Two of S.F.'s most popular veteran DJs, Jenö and Spesh, lead a bill that also includes up-and-comers Scott Carelli, Kevin Knapp, Ken Deep, and Kuze. Hosting the night is MC Duh, who cut his microphonic teeth during the drum 'n' bass heyday. Open till 5 a.m., Studio Z is the best place to hear house music in the area without stumbling into the Endup, and it all goes down on Friday, Oct. 21; call 252-7666 or visit www.studioz.tv for more info.


The 6-year-old monthly party "Dhamaal" (held at Club Six) mixes live performances and DJs spinning traditional North Indian dance music like bhangra (a favorite sample source for hip hop over the last few years) and other continental forms alongside urban electronic grooves from around the world. This beloved event in San Francisco club life has helped pave the way for other recurring events to expose us further to South Asian rhythms. This year saw the debut of "Non-Stop Bhangra," which seeks to educate us on both the sound and culture of bhangra through dance lessons and performances (via Vicki Virk's Dholrhythms) as well as DJ sets (from Cheb i Sabbah, Soul Salaam, Jimmy Love, DJ Amar, and DJ Earflaps) and live dhol (drum) shows. "Non-Stop Bhangra" isn't on a fixed monthly schedule like "Dhamaal," so now is a ripe time to catch it in action. Get there early (8:30 p.m.) to learn some moves on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Rickshaw Stop; call 861-2011 or visit www.nonstopbhangra.com for more info.

 
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