It has been a whirlwind of a summer, going by fast with some highs and lows. To wrap things up sweetly, I am taking part in a great music bike ride with friends to the Bicycle Music Festival, Nevada City, – And then to SHRIMPFEST 2017! Some special musical collaborations will take place and I welcome you to come along and enjoy the ride with us. We will be staying at some of my favorite local river spots along the way.
Thanks for your support and patience with the new album work. I really thought I would have got it out over this summer, but the decompression from being the Director of Love Our Neighborhood Day took a bit more energy then I expected. A great learning experience, and so good to see the vision of a closed San Pablo with all the good people enjoying the open streets of east bay as we did June 4th! Here’s a sneak peak of the upcoming video. If you want to support the completion of this video and many more to come, please visit our patron page HERE.
Check out the shows listed and share with your friends. If you love live music, nows the time to support! There are a lot of entertainments out there these days and I do sometimes feel like a dinasour, however, we have some tricks for you at the next show! excited to show you.
Be well and stay alive and happy.
I’ll be performing tonight at the Vestry in San Francisco with Cello Joe and Josh Mellinger. Here are the details (see image below). I also am doing a benefit show for ‘Love Our Neighborhood Day’ at Novel Brewing, This Sunday 6-9 pm. There will be food and music for entry and some great new brews from Novel Brewing to try out. 100% of tips and donations go towards Love Our Neighborhood Day.
Where: Ashkenaz – 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702 – 510-525-5054
Ticket: $12 – Ticket Link: http://tinyurl.com/hudzdyn
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLACKNATURE BAND, JUSTIN ANCHETA BAND AND
AFROFUNK EXPERIENCE LIVE AT
ASHKENAZ, BERKELEY, CA
WORLD, AFRO, FUNK, REGGAE DANCE PARTY!
Local rhythm world funksters join *Super-Powers* for this spectacular night of dance inspiration, Blacknatue Band, Justin Ancheta Band, and AfroFunk Experience are going to groove it up on this mid week Interdependence Day celebration. Bring your vibrant dress-up attire, glitter, super hero costumes and rainbow suspenders! ~*~ It’s gonna get funky!
About The Band:
BLACKNATURE BAND Black Nature is an original musical artist who composes and performs positive music that incorporates a unique blend of African Rhythms, Reggae, Dancehall, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B. He is also a musical producer and filmmaker. As a young child, Black Nature began singing and playing percussion, and he was greatly influenced by the rich musical culture of Sierra Leone. In the midst of the country’s brutal 10 year civil war, he fled to neighboring Guinea where he was placed in a refugee camp. During his time at the camp, he and other Sierra Leonean refugees formed a band that later became the world renowned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Over the years the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have also collaborated and performed with many other well known musicians such as Aerosmith, Dispatch, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear, Damian Marley, Wyclef Jean, Chadwick Stokes, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Bonerama, Chris Velan, Dan Zanes, and Toubab Krewe. For booking information, please contact: Booking@BlackNatureBand.com.
JUSTIN ANCHETA BAND is a positively-charged, high-energy band from San Francisco. They bring together exotic world sounds with some heavy doses of funk and reggae. Lacing socially-conscious lyrics with horn, violin and guitar melodies over a steady foundation of drums, percussion, and bass, the band creates a dance party for everyone to enjoy. Locally acclaimed, they play venues such as the Independent, Slim’s, Yoshi’s, and the Great American Music Hall, while their tour schedule has taken them from Barcelona to Hawaii. After more than a decade of shows and touring, they have shared the stage with The Wailers, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Survival, Charles Neville and many more musical luminaries.
The Justin Ancheta Band’s music is an invitation to dance, while the music and lyrics are complex and intelligent and leave a sweet aftertaste in the heart and soul. “A beat that is global in scope.” — Gus Thompson, Auburn Journal “One of the best and brightest bands…” — Mark S. Allen, Good Morning Sacramento (KMAX Channel 31)
THE AFROFUNK EXPERIENCE is an ambrosial mix of musical interpretations influenced by the African diaspora, created in a collective and organic manner. With Sila Mutungi they comprised the award-winning group Sila and the Afrofunk Experience until 2010, providing songs and grooves that earned them the title “The Bay Area’s Dance Kings”, as well as the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding World Music Album for “Black President” and the SF Weekly Music Award’s Best International Act.
Contact: Soul Graffiti Booking @ (530)-305-9819 email: email@example.com
Dear family on earth,
Apologies for the absence from my muse. I have been deep in growing my inspiration and vision for community and sustainability. The idea that we can localize and conserve our precious earth, local economy, and deepen our relationship with each other, finding family and friends near us, is very inspiring to me. I am in the heart of Oakland, California, an area where many consider to be dangerous and many other things I’d prefer not to repeat here.
I’m here to let you know that I just walked around the neighborhood for a 2 mile stretch (1 mile on each side of the street), and met as many neighbors as I possibly could. The people that you might think would be dangerous end up being the nicest, offering power for the stage from their home, or show their personal excitement for #loveourhood coming June 4th. This is a big celebration for me. It is a cry to keep believing in human existence and the goodness that we all have within us. No matter what color, gender, sexual orientation, or belief, we all have goodness. We were born with it. I hope you can come out and celebrate June 4th with us!
To honor this day that I have been spending the past 3 months of my life to, I am releasing a single “Dark Winter Night” at Love Our Neighborhood Day. I’ll be performing at 12:40 p.m. sharp with Del Corazon dance troupe coming to do their rendition of the song. I’d like to honor nature and the earth we live on. The festival of the commons that happens in this same neighborhood has brought me to tears during their ceremonies, and if there is any way we can gather a vibe of ceremony on June 4th, I ask you to show up with your colors flying, your tears, laughter, and smiling faces. Thank you again for your continued support on this path. I am praying we find balance in this world asap. I think the fastest way is to find it within ourselves. I’m working on that!
Here is the press release of Soul Graffiti Productions:
Soul Graffiti Productions, 6323 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94607 #530.305.9819 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Where: San Pablo Ave. from Ashby Ave. to Stanford Ave.
Time: 11am – 4pm
Event link (FB): https://www.facebook.com/events/1162178653822581/
More information: oaklavia.org
Map Day-of: https://goo.gl/vO3Q3d
LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD DAY 2016
STREETS CLOSE TO CREATE CAR-FREE COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE. FUN ACTIVITIES, PERFORMANCES, RESOURCES AND ART PROVIDED FOR FREE! COME PLAY AND SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS!
On Saturday June 4th, 2016, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and locals from the Golden Gate, Southwest Berkeley and Emeryville neighborhoods will be producing our third annual Love Our Neighborhood Day. The event will be open from 11am-4pm.
Love Our Neighborhood Day will happen in the street on San Pablo Avenue, from Stanford to Ashby. All lanes of traffic on San Pablo will be closed to cars during the event. This is a huge achievement for our neighborhood – we’re closing historic state highway 123 for the day to enable shared celebration and reclaiming of urban open spaces.
In 2015, we saw about 10,000 visitors to Love Our Neighborhood Day. We expect 15,000 to attend this year because of the increased enthusiasm and interest shown by the community, as well as the addition of several new key event partners, performers, and city support.
Dozens of local organizations, performers, artists, and others from throughout the region will join us on event day, including:
– 11 a.m. Zumba w/ Angie
– 11:40 Ecstatic Dance w/ DJ
– 12:40 Justin Ancheta Single Release “Dark Winter Night” w/ Del Corazon
– 12:50 Bay Balkan Brass
– 2:00 Downs Choir
– 3:00 Bicicletas Por La Paz
|11:00- Opening Hip Hop performance by Vik Gosain11:10-11:30 Acoustic Soul by Chris Bryden11:35-11:50 Stand up comedy by Matt Gubser
12:50-12:55 Beatboxing by Gabriel Martinez
1:00-1:05 Hip hop dance by Scott Duong
1:10-1:15 Hip hop performance by Vik Gosain
1:20-1:30 Spoken word by Marjorie Bartolome
1:35-1:45 Hip Hop collaboration by Lance And Cameron
1:50-2:30. Hip Hop for Change
2:35 Open Mic
3:00-3:15 Live guitar and Breakdancing by Thanh Tran
3:15-3:45 Hip Hop performance and Open Dance floor!
San Pablo Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Ashby Ave to Stanford. All side streets will be detoured around the event, but will be open to traffic up to San Pablo. For residents or businesses who need access into and out of the neighborhood on event day, side streets can be used to access main arteries surrounding the event (Ashby, Hollis, Stanford, Market/Sacramento) and get into and out of the area. Street closures will start at 9am, and streets will reopen by 6pm.
The AC Transit 72 Line buses will be routed via Ashby and Stanford to Sacramento/Market. All 72 Line stops on the Event Route will be posted with directions to nearby alternatives. Transit re-routing will start before 9am and resume normal operation after 6pm (when the roads are open).
Please go to this form to get involved hosting an activity, or volunteering to make Love Our Neighborhood Day a fun and engaging family experience: http://oaklavia.org/love-our-neighborhood-day-2016
Thank you for your support over the years people. It is so great to know that there is a community of people that are supporting the independent artists as myself. Please stay in touch by signing the email list. Here is a clip from last weeks show at the Crazy Horse. Enjoy!:
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Come through to an xmas fiesta in Nevada City with Justin Ancheta, Electric Honey, and Cello Joe! We will be getting our jam on starting at 9 pm for FREE. A not to miss show where we will be tapping into the best of new and old tunes to bring you an eclectic night of music.
Crazy Horse, Nevada City CA 9 pm start time.
Event RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1091858424158532/
Happy Holidays from us to you!
Thanks for your patience on the new material we are creating in our studio. precious time is being taken to create some new audio jewels. Hope to share soon! For now, Please come to one of our shows coming up. The next one I am really excited about is THIS Friday at Awaken Cafe, October 16th. I’ll be doing an acoustic set with Damian Sol (JAB), and Alex Scammon (JAB) with guest musicians as well. This will be a unique experience to here some of the new material, plus some old favorites with a looping flare. Here is the link. Please share!
I’m also doing a fabulous run of shows with Honey Of The Heart, who will also be at Awaken this night. Check out our shows coming up at: www.honeyoftheheart.com
And some old school info from years past to enjoy:
Here are some tidbits of the album to listen to, plus video from ‘live-on-bike’ sunday streets, SF with Rock The Bike, and the press release for the upcoming album. Thank you so much for staying involved with us. I am really excited to share the new tunes with you all, as well as share where I go to create some positive actions. Now! Please spread the word about the upcoming releases, like out page, and let’s have some fun!
It’s been lots of work and play in the past year. The studio is looking amazing and we are working on recordings like mad. Really excited to share new JAB tunes soon, as well as other projects such as HOTH, and SYP! – The next big show I’m really promoting and getting behind with all my energy is October 30th at the Nevada Theater. Please get your tickets early here: https://goo.gl/bM8zDh – and please share the event and RSVP
Lots of shows in October in California and Oregon for Honey Of The Heart: www.honeyoftheheart.com.
Hope to see you at a show soon.
Excited to announce that I am asked to present at TEDx, Cupertino on May 9th! I hope to share a video from it in the coming months. I also will be featured at the San Francisco International Arts Festival May 22nd. Please grab your pre-sale tickets here! it’s way cheaper then the door and guarantees entry: http://www.sfiaf.org/justin_ancheta [share the link on your facebook for a FREE cd as well, just email us your post at email@example.com]
The studio is rocking and sounds are being produced daily when we are not touring in California somewhere. We are really excited to be biking down to the Maker Faire to perform Saturday/Sunday May 16th and 17th. If you want to get into the festival, come talk to us and we can potentially arrange something (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here is the facebook invite to so you know about the ride details.
Any interest in going to the World Music Festival July 17th weekend and biking from the Bay Area with us? Contact here if you have interest and we might create a social ride to support this by bike and train: email@example.com.
I’m looking at an avocado tree that I just potted using the kitchen dinette as a greenhouse. It looks happy! With all the crazy things going on in the world this week, I hope that you find some peace in the simple things on your daily path. Enjoy the sunshine and rain when it is here.
My heart goes out to Nepal, and to people that have been grieving this week.
For a second year in a row, I was asked to play the San Francisco International Arts Festival. It is an honor to be a part of a program that is striving to recognize local musical acts of the Bay Area and integrate a night of sharing of styles from around the world. Buy your tickets to the May 22nd show in San Francisco HERE. Much more good lovin’ news below as well. Enjoy!
Thanks for staying with me as I traverse the slippery slope of the music industry. I have been hard at work creating new sounds at the studio, taking time to get it right, as well as booking some great shows for 2015.
The most exciting news I just received is the acceptance into the World Music Festival in Grass Valley, California as one of the many featured acts at this awesome festival. Honey Of The Heart also got accepted, so get your tickets now and spend the weekend with us in the trees camping and enjoying good music!
We [Honey of The Heart] were able to open for Taj Mahal two weekends ago to a sold out audience at the Center For The Arts in Grass Valley CA. Thank you for the support and kindness of Taj Mahal and the Center For The Arts for having us! We look forward to more sold out shows with a $68 ticket price! wow. I’m impressed. Next big show for Honey Of The Heart is march 20th at Studio Grand. We have some great guest artists sitting in: Eliyahu Sills on Bonsuri Flute and Stand Up Bass, and Josh Mellinger on Tabla and Cajon. Also the amazing Adrienne Shamszad on guitar and Vocals!
More shows can be found on our ‘shows’ page, and we are planning to partner with Rock The Bike for some more pedal powered fun this spring and summer, so stay tuned for those fun shows as well.
We look forward to seeing you our show soon!