If you've been seeing live music regularly in the city over the past decade, especially in the Mission, chances are you know Afrolicious, the dance-fusion/Afrobeat band that operates as an ever-evolving collective, with brothers Joe “Pleasuremaker” and Oz “Señor Oz” McGuire at the center. They held court with regular Thursday night dance parties at the Elbo Room up until just a couple months ago, when the band decided to focus more on touring and recording.
But they returned to the Mission over the Thanksgiving weekend, and boy, does the neighborhood know how to welcome a band back or what? Shortly after playing a sweaty, nearly sold-out show at The Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 29 with openers Midtown Social, bassist Wendell Rand found his car had been broken into. Thieves made off with his bass (a vintage Modulas Graphite VJ, if anyone sees one of those pop up in a pawn shop) as well Joey McGuire's guitar (an Ibanez Artstar AS-120 White) and keyboard (a Nord Electro).
The band is, of course, in good company. Over the past couple months, approximately a million musicians (perhaps a slight exaggeration) have gotten their shit stolen out of vehicles in the Bay Area; among them, K. Flay, whose tour van was stolen and then located, empty, in November. People who keep stealing from working musicians: You are assholes of the highest order. The last thing we need is for bands to avoid S.F. because they hear that the cool venues are closing, all we eat is $4 toast, and they're pretty much guaranteed to have their livelihoods stolen right out of their station wagons.
[jump] Sorry. It's Monday. There is good news in here! Which is that the guys in Afrolicious have sprung into action pretty quickly: Today they released a compilation album, Emergency Funk, to help buy new equipment.
“We hope that our gear will turn up eventually — I've had that guitar since I was 15 and have composed most of my music on it,” said McGuire. “But in the meantime we need to purchase replacements so we can make our upcoming gigs and continue to provide for our family and our fans.”
All proceeds from the pay-what-you-want 11-track record, which includes unreleased live audio of the band at Brooklyn Bowl, will go to fund those purchases. Check it out below, and chances are you'll want to download it for all your personal future funk emergencies. You can also catch Afrolicious at Public Works on New Year's Eve.