DJ Platurn brings vinyl 45s to new life

DJ Platurn, one of Bay Area hip-hop's most-esteemed figures, appears at Oakland's Legionnaire Saloon in the monthly installment of the all-vinyl 45s night “The 45 Sessions.”

Yet in this Friday’s event, the 45s will come to life as Platurn and session residents Shortkut, Mr. E, Delgado, Enki and E Da Boss open for DJ Rascue and headliner Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, an eight-piece “cinematic soul” band from San Diego.

More “Pulp Fiction” than Parliament Funkadelic, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is an instrumental outfit that's “pretty chill, but super-funky at the same time,” Platurn says.

“They're not forcing you to pay attention,” he says. “It's just strictly (a) good groove.”

After hearing about the renowned, 4-year-old “The 45 Sessions,” (a soul, funk and hip-hop party on the third Friday of every month) Sure Fire Soul Ensemble reached out to Platurn.

“They've released a couple of 45s that are really, really exciting and are up there with the stuff we like to play, so it makes sense,” he says.

It’s a question how can the cozy Legionnaire — a year-old Irish pub-inspired, hip-hop-loving saloon in the Uptown District — can accommodate the big act.

Do they even have eight microphones?

Platurn laughs. “Exactly,” he says. “We're going to make it work. It's going to be fun. People are totally juiced to see something different.”

Curating high-quality shows is Platurn's specialty. The East Bay resident, 39, has been running the session for four years, and also has been a full-time DJ for five years after quitting his day job at Amoeba Music.

He has opened for heroes De La Soul, Pete Rock and DJ Premier, released a slew of 90-minute mixtapes of hip-hop legends, and took part in the 2011 documentary, “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”

Platurn also is launching a new monthly event at Mercer in San Francisco. Dubbed “Trust,” the night is sort of a sonic sampler with Platurn and DJ Goldenchyld dishing out cuts of tasty, rare and exotic sounds.

“The idea is to trust the DJ. Show up and expect to hear quality,” He says. “Go and be opened-minded and just trust the fact that the DJ that's bringing their sounds to you is somebody that knows what it is that they're doing.”


The 45 Sessions

with Sure Fire Soul Ensemble (live)

Where: Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $5 to $10

Contact: (510) 891-8660,



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