Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

The next two weekends in San Francisco feature parties in tribute to the late James Brown, who would have turned 79 on May 3. The entertainer had a long history performing for multiple generations in the Bay Area, perhaps most frequently at San Carlos' legendary (and now defunct) Circle Star Center, and his enduring legacy has continued to transcend age groups and genre boundaries.

Rapper Lyrics Born makes a surprising and rare appearance behind the DJ decks to lead a JB birthday celebration on May 5 at Mighty. The event, which begins at 10 p.m., also features DJs Motion Potion, DJ Mancub, and the team of Gordo Cabeza & Timoteo Gigante; admission is $10 at the door. This is a particularly sentimental occasion for organizer Sunset Promotions, which was the last local company to book Brown before his passing.

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