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Oscar G brings a box of beats all the way from Miami 

Wednesday, Jan 25 2006
The Oakland collective that calls itself DeeCee's Soul Shakedown frequently brings its cool vibe to S.F. via its lively events at venues such as DNA Lounge and Club Six, consistently hosting skilled local talent along with notable out-of-towners. As its "Hey DJ" name suggests, this week's party will feature an all-DJ lineup, but enthusiasts of live performances should fear not, for these jocks know how to put on a spontaneous show full of unexpected moments. The bill keeps it local this time out, with solid ambassadors of the Bay Area hip hop and reggae scenes holding it down. Selectors include Sake One, Willie Maze, Pam the Funkstress, and De leading the body-rocking on the main floor and Irie Dole, Papa Joe, Smoke1, and Mpenzi bringing blunted beats in the upstairs lounge. This hoedown is gonna shimmy well into the after-hours, but gets started at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at DNA; call 626-1409 or visit for more info.

Oscar Gaetan -- known simply as Oscar G -- is a resident DJ at the cavernous and disorienting super-club Space in downtown Miami. For more than a decade he's crafted dark and sexy international dance hits with production partner Ralph Falcon under multiple aliases, most notably as Murk and Funky Green Dogs. His recent solo mix CD, Made in Miami, offers an intimate look at his mixing skills and programming prowess as he deftly shifts from lighter house fare to darker, techno-leaning cuts. But don't expect a rehash of the collection in person, for Oscar thrives on spontaneity and feeds off the reactions of his dance floor denizens. New York's Dean Samaras and S.F.'s Ben Seagren (who will celebrate his birthday at this party) will open up in the main room, while more locals (Ras-Cue and Friz-B) will fill the upstairs lounge with downtempo and hip hop. Check out the tribal sound live and direct from Miami when Oscar G appears on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ruby Skye; call 693-0777 or visit for more info.

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