An all-local lineup of DJ legends — including Davey D, Chuy Gomez, Pam the Funkstress and DJ Zita — open for the Bay Area’s own J Boogie at the New Parish’s “Oakland Massive” party Friday.
Oakland-based DJ, radio host and lecturer Davey D says the first “Oakland Massive” in October was such a success, it had to become a monthly event.
“It was fun,” he says. “The goal is to really have fun — to have the type of party where you’re not worried if you’re on the list, if your clothes aren’t good enough.”
“Oakland Massive’s” lineup reflects the vibrancy and diversity of Bay Area hip-hop, funk, soul, pop and house.
“It covers all corners on the spectrum. You got people of every race and both genders, and the music scene is very vibrant right now. If you want trap, it’s there. If you want funk, it’s there. Adventurous soul? House? It’s there. And that’s a good thing. That’s how music should be,” says Davey D, who will focus on rarities and remixes from the golden era of hip-hop and soul, using the program Serato to mix a set of deep cuts. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native, who started as an MC in 1977, still has his collection of 70,000 vinyl records. But he admits, “I’m a little bit more used to the Serato than I am vinyl.”
Fellow ex-KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez might play radio hits, but, according to Davey D, “Chuy’s real love is old-school classic funk. He can get into that zone.”
The Coup’s Pam the Funkstress will “probably be the highlight,” he adds. “She brings a whole bunch of energy, so I’m hoping not to follow her.”
Davey D, a lecturer at San Francisco State University who ran the award-winning “Hard Knock Radio” on KPFA (94.1 FM) and maintains the website Hip Hop Corner, where he writes extensively about racial and economic justice, follows his set Friday with a Commonwealth Club appearance Saturday, moderating a discussion with the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Music nourishes his activism now more than ever, he says: “Music is an essential ingredient to unwinding us and transporting us. I may ask Rev. Sharpton about his experience with James Brown. He spent a lot of time around the godfather.”
IF YOU GO
Where: New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Contact: (415) 371-1631, thenewparish.com
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