The Bay Area's contributions to funk, soul, and R&B throughout the '60s and '70s might not be quite as well-known to the rest of the world as the Summer of Love, and the psych/folk/jam bands associated with it — which is a goddamn shame, especially when you consider the particular Bay Area blend of free-spirited experimentation and righteous, indignant political activism that groups like Sly and the Family Stone brought to the genre.
Trumpet player, producer, and DJ Will Magid has done his best to change that over his past decade of playing around the Bay Area, and this Saturday, Nov. 29, if you're one of the lucky folks who'll be sticking around and enjoying a pleasantly empty-feeling city over Thanksgiving weekend, you can do your part too, all while supporting a good cause.
[jump] The Bay Area Funk Extravaganza, the latest edition of Magid's ongoing World Wide Dance Party series (which pairs bands from different regions with charities for fundraiser shows), will bring together legendary Oaklander Rustee Allen, the bassist for Sly and the Family Stone; S.F. singer Fred Ross, who's recorded/performed with Pee Wee Ellis and Aretha Franklin; and a slew of other notables to perform songs by Stone, Santana, Tower of Power, and others who helped shape the Bay Area's formidable funk/soul scene, all in one show at Redwood City's Club Fox.
One hundred percent of proceeds go to Live In Peace, an East Palo Alto nonprofit that supports youth with college prep, music education, and other anti-violence initiatives; the group's all-youth brass band helps round out this Saturday's bill. Music historian and KPFA DJ Rickey Vincent will serve as MC, spinning classics and discussing the intersections of music and politics in the '60s and '70s between sets.
Check out Vincent and Magid talking about the under-sung history of Bay Area funk below. The show's at 8 p.m., $15-$20, and remember: You get to feel really good about where all of that's going. More deets here.