FRIDAY, JAN 23
Berkeley Underground presents
Classic 90s House Music + Afro/Latin House + more!
Cecil (The People)
Dedan (Brothers and Sisters)
Renoir (True Skool)
Berkeley Underground, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
$10, FREE B4 11 w/ RSVP at http://pureloveberkeley.eventbrite.com/
Raised on old jazz and gospel records and fine-tuned by classical teachings on piano, DJ Cecil already held a deep understanding for music when he was led to hip hop in his tender teenage years. However, his arrival to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 90‘s set the stage for his true unfolding; a path that would soon position him as an integral part of a burgeoning and beautiful underground house music & dance scene.
His passion for music is contagious; as he cleverly fuses house with the beautiful nuances of jazz, the heart of soul music and the boom-baps of hip hop. The result is a refreshing and colorful dance floor experience, that keeps the body at attention and the heart tenderly in tune.
DJ, musician & producer, DJ Cecil has a unique sound that delights listeners from all over the world – but perhaps his best personal accomplishments lie in the the monthly event he co-founded, “thePeople”.
A signature of style, freedom and love that becomes unleashed on the dance floor, “thePeople” is now enjoying it’s fifth year as a monthly event that takes place in Oakland, California. Having hosted the likes of Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Osunlade, Boddhisatva, Amp Fiddler & so much more, “thePeople” invigorates Bay Area nightlife with their unique offering of music, culture & art. Simply, it is a great reflection of a city full of immigrants, transplants, leftists, same-gender-loving, artists and people of color that Oakland is known to be.
Expect soulful sounds from across a spectrum of genres; cutting edge bass driven broken rhythms folded into Afrobeat or Brazilian flavored tracks, and of course a little hip hop. Pulling from the influential rather than the derivative commercial end of the record crate, “thePeople” continues to be an important gathering space unlike no other.
Dedan Anderson first got exposed to the creativity and energy of the underground dance music scene while growing up and clubbing in New York City during the mid 80’s. His musicality was formed by the DJ’s in the eclectic New York underground nightlife scene such as: Tony Humphries, Timmy Regisford, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Duke of Denmark, Frankie Feliciano, Louie Vega, Jellybean Benitez to name a few.
Originally a dancer, Dedan helped flesh out the bay area music landscape as a DJ after he arrived in Berkeley in the late 80’s by sharing the sound that he had been brought up with back east. He has had the good fortune of being a part of several succesful nightlife ventures: “the Beehive” at the Birdkage, with Dj Iz, where they spun an eclectic mixture of hip hop, soul, dancehall, house and classics; “what if?” at Zanzibar, with Dj Toks, where Dancehall met soul and house; and culminating with “Brothers & Sisters” at Luka’s and Vibe Lounge, with Dj Daniela, successfully introducing soulful dance music and house to the east bay.
Through his DJing he hopes to help expose more of the world to the amazing depth, awe and soul of the music and the dance.
As a bay area resident (by way of New York), Renoir aka Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist made his mark by curating top notch events featuring hip hop legends and supporting independent artists from the Bay and beyond. In 2000, his True Skool events won the “Best of the Bay” in the SF Bay Guardian. Ren has appeared on numerous publications, such as the XLR8R, 7×7, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, Mugshot and SF Magazine, to name a few. since True Skool’s inception in 1999, his online magazine and newsletter has served as an information resource that covers hip hop history, politics, and events.
As a DJ, he has shared bills with world-renowned artists such as Masters At Work (Kenny Dope and Louis Vega), Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Red Alert, Q-Bert, Cut Chemist, DJ Premier, Wu-Tang Clan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Michael Franti & Spearhead, Masta Ace, KRS-One, Lupe Fiasco, Lyrics Born, Pharcyde, DJ Bobbito, DJ Cash Money and the list goes on.