Planet Rock New Years Eve 2010: A Bass Odyssey may be named in honor of its headliner, but it will also be a hot gathering of local hip-hop, electro, and reggae talent three sonic flavors beloved by San Francisco groovers. New Yorks Afrika Bambaataa, one of hip-hop and electronic musics founding DJs and leader of the empowerment group Mighty Zulu Nation, dropped his seminal single Planet Rock in 1982. It remains a prescient fusion of Kraftwerks electronic rhythms and Parliament-Funkadelics space-funk experimentation, which seems to have eternal life on the dancefloor. Bambaataas DJ sets explore the continuum from those early tunes to of-the-minute electro and techno and cultivate an old-school feel-good vibe with no frills. Countdown for the seven-hour celebration, which is hosted by DeeCees Soul Shakedown, comes courtesy of Oakland duo Zion I (MC Zumbi and producer Amp Live), which performs live at midnight in the Dark Room, likely with a mix of local classics and recent singles from The Take Over. The conversely named White Room quivers to the boombastic bass booms of dancehall and reggae tunes spun by Jah-Yzer, Dans One, and DJ Stepwise.
Thu., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2009