“Loose Joints,” one of the Mission’s most funk-inspired, sloppy-drunk good times, beefs up its roster for a five-year anniversary party at the Make-Out Room on Friday.
Bernal Heights resident and “Loose Joints” co-founder DJ Tom Thump will mix an all-vinyl set along with fellow residents Damon Bell and Centipede; they will be joined by representatives of Afrolicious, Sweater Funk, Motown on Mondays, and Change the Beat.
“These are peers and people who use funk and soul as a starting point and take it from there,” Thump says. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be probably, like, 10 DJs. We’re going to have a big jam session. I’m sure everybody will imbibe heavily and it may be a little sloppy, but it’ll be good old sloppy fun.”
Thump, a Detroit native who worked in radio in Ann Arbor and moved to The City 18 years ago, started “Loose Joints” with Bell and Centipede as an outlet for all-vinyl sets of funk, Afrobeat, Latin, disco and hip-hop. Anything but house.
Five years is a lifetime in any big-city music scene. What’s the secret to the longevity of “Loose Joints” — besides the Make-Out Room’s strong drinks?
“Quality music, presented in an energetic fashion, maybe just the right amount of MCing, a great venue, and the party-minded and open-minded people of San Francisco and beyond,” says Thump, an Urb Magazine “Next 100” DJ who has toured the world and played on bills with Gilles Peterson and George Clinton.
Those faces are changing as the tech bubble reshapes The City yet again, Thump says. “It’s happening. There’s definitely some difference. But I have a lot of people who have just moved here come up to me and tell me how much they like it — from places like New York, New Orleans and overseas. They say it’s something you’d see in Europe.”
“Loose Joints” artists have also been busy. Bell is heading to Berlin for two weeks of DJing, and plans releases with AYBEE. Centipede has a new record coming out with Gaslamp Killer on the Change the Beat series. Thump says his Funkadelic Remix Project — featuring all-Detroit new jack and old techno names — is “actually going to come out next year. We have six mixes now. They’re all awesome. It’s happening.”
IF YOU GO
Loose Joints V-Year Anniversary
Where: Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.
When: 10 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $5 to $10
Contact: (415) 647-2888, www.makeoutroom.com
Note: Halloween costumes are encouraged.
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