Kendra Morris, with Dap-Kings sensation Binky Griptite
The Grease Traps, DJ Platurn (45 Sessions)
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
One might never expect such a rich and mighty voice to emerge from Kendra Morris' petite frame. Her potency as a singer and performer grew from a childhood immersed in music, travelling with her family to perform gospel in the prison ministries and asylums in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kendra moved to New York City in 2003, making music inside a tiny closet with only a guitar and 8 track recorder, always keeping it simple- an aesthetic that continues to shape her sound. The southern influence of the soul and humidity in her voice adds a raw energy that one would attribute to a generation long lost to the internet and digital media.
Morris' voice is a courier to a world where oral storytelling is the only means for passing on lifes lessons, humor, and drama. After releasing two self-produced EP's she teamed up with seasoned producer Jeremy Page ( The Cars, Ed OG, That Handsome Devil) to work on her self titled EP. The collaboration has produced a collage of tracks that echo the music and experiences of her childhood. Kendra's real strength lies in combining mysticism and the strange emotions invoked by the human spirit.
with Dap-Kings sensation Binky Griptite
Some people don't know the difference between "Retro" and Old School so I will tell you now. "Retro" is a trend. Old School is an attitude; it's about doing things the way they're supposed to be done. Binky does Soul and Funk music the way it's supposed to be done: dirty, gritty and nasty! He's been around the world as a sideman, performed on platinum selling albums with Janet Jackson and others, and he's currently a member of the world famous and superbad Dap Kings and Daptone SuperSoulRevue. Now he's ready to step up and show the world what he can do on his own. Do yourself a favor daddy and come along for the ride!
The Grease Traps
The Grease Traps are a 7-piece group based in Oakland with a tight horn section and stirring vocals from that sharp-dressing, all-around fly dude, The Gata. Their musical mix of hard-driving funk, lowdown soul, and afro-funk is guaranteed to get your head noddin' and cure your dance jones. They recently released their first 45 single on the well-respected funk/soul label, Colemine Records.
“East Bay Grease” was the name given to the gritty, barroom funk of the late 60s-early ‘70s – typified by Tower of Power, who released an album of the same name. That’s the cultural reference embedded in the name of The Grease Traps, a fabulous retro-funk group who played the Legionnaire’s Saloon last Saturday night.
The band started out playing groovy soul-funk instrumentals akin to the Meters or Funk Inc., which was cool in and of itself. But the funk, as it is wont to do, got thicker when vocalist Gata—an Afro-sportin’ soul brotha who showed up looking sharp in some vines worthy of Don Cornelius—took to the stage and turned the heat up about three notches. The vibe went instantly from Meteresque to James Brownish, as the leisure-suited Gata led the Traps through an impressive display of retro soul man bad-assery equaled only in recent times by some of the artists on the Daptone label or maybe the comeback of Darondo. If funk is your religion, a Grease Traps show is like going to church; you might even want to dress for the occasion.
- Oakland Local, April 16, 2013 by Eric Arnold
DJ Platurn (45 Sessions)
If you don’t know, you’d better ask somebody: DJ Platurn lives music. An 18 year veteran of the DJ game, his career has seen him rock parties worldwide including engagements throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada, South America, Scandinavia, and countless venues in his home base of Northern California. He is a DJ adamant on sharing the world’s music with the music lovers within, a mission he’s proudly been succeeding at since he first threw down as a teenager.
The 80‘s and 90’s brought him to Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop brought him to the samples, the samples brought him to love and appreciation, and he brings all of these to the table when he steps behind the decks. His selection skills and ability to turn any venue into a “OOOOHHH SNAP!” fest have earned him a devoted following with those who share his passions for the art form of spinning and great music. He’s bringing it to the people because he knows they deserve it.
In 2013 DJ Platurn will leave no party unrocked. You’ll want to be there to see it.