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6/13/08 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on June 13, 2008

Featured Event: Emily King and Anthony David

A guitar, a mic and a head full of songs combined with a few beers and a reasonably attentive audience-it’s such a simple formula really, and that’s what makes it so damned hard to pull off.
Before the digitization of all things melodic turned everyone and their momma’s into laptop producers, the easiest way to jump into the industry was as a singer/songwriter: get a halfway decent guitar, a few heartfelt lyrics and a couple of people to listen to you and boom-you’re a musician.
But while a hand full of newbies have successfully pulled off the Joni Mitchell/Traci Chapman steez, the road to Bob Dylanhood is littered with discarded guitar cases, cried in beers and song lyrics scribbled on barroom napkins. But for singer/songwriters Emily King and Anthony David, playing tonight at Q’s lounge in Jack London Square, the road has put them on the highway to success and a possible place among the coffeeshop greats.
22 year old Emily King is a bit of a musical prodigy. After leaving school at 16 because classes were moving too slowly, the ambitious New Yorker got her GED and set out to start her own musical movement that so far has led to international acclaim and a 2007 Grammy nomination for her debut album “East Side Story”. From the beginning, King’s music-nimble guitar playing under soul, jazz and pop melodies that lives somewhere between Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones and Mary J Blige, has been drawn from her life story, independent ideology and desire to make a difference in the world. “I think music is such a revolutionary thing” she says “and that’s what it should be.”
Atlanta’s Anthony David isn’t necessarily out to start a revolution, he just wants to make some good music. “Sometimes (my music) is escapism, sometimes it’s sympathy or emotion,” he explains. “Sometimes it’s grounded in the present and some times it’s taking you away from it.” The modern day troubadour calls his style “Millennium Blues” because of the way it “all goes back to the blues. The lyrics, the music, my using everything from acoustic to hip-hop, the story telling…all of it connects through the blues like a bridge.”
A product of Atlanta’s singer songwriter and spoken word scenes, David is signed to close friend India.Arie’s Soulbird Music label and has worked with some of the ATL’s most prolific performers. When he straps on his guitar southern influences drip from his music like molasses. His guitar playing on his new album “Acey Ducey” has a relaxed, “on the front porch” ease to it, and his lyrical honesty paints a picture of a man who’s comfortable in his skin and with what he has to offer.
David’s songs are impressive without trying to impress. From the duet “Words,” that reveals his musical relationship with Arie, to the “Red Clay Chronicles,” a candid depiction of hustling and city life to “Smoke One,” an ode to kicking back with friends-David says this relaxed, no frills approach to music is the only way he’d ever think of creating.When the young revolutionary from back east meets the laid back southern crooner tonight over dueling guitars, it should be a great meeting of the musical minds as well as an instructional session on how to make this deceptively simple style sound as sweet as we all know it can.-kwan

Emily King and Anthony David
Doors at 6, Show at 8pm
Q’s Lounge
126 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Friday, June 13

Ellen Sussman reads from Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

Los Altos Hill author Ellen Sussman has enlisted the help of some of today’s most notable contemporary writers including Steve Almond, Patricia Marx, Phillip Lopate, and Antonya Nelson to wax elequent on everything from ménage à trois to cybersex. With over 100 entries covering everything from celibacy to promiscuity, hand jobs to sex toys, this dirty talk reference promises to include “everything you need to know about the language of love and more.”

Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex
Cody’s Books
2201 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, June 14

Moving 4 Peace

Moving for Peace is the annual year-end recital for the youth and adult performers of Destiny Arts. The showcase featuring work by Dynamic Dance, theater and martial arts performances by Destiny Arts enter and Project Destiny Students.

Moving 4 Peace
$1-3, No one turned away for lack of funds.
Oakland Technical High
4341 Broadway, Oakland
For details call 510-597-1619


The annual celebration produced by Amoeba Music, everybody’s favorite around the way mega music store features a host of bands comprised of Amoeba staffers, various musical tributes, amalgamations, and off-kilter antics. They’re keeping the official lineup a secret but with an staff that’s just bubbling over with disgruntled musical geniuses, backpack rap stars in the making and quirky composer types,the nights sure to offer some surprises and fun.

The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Playback Theater

The Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble presents An Evening of Playback Theater, where Volunteers from the audience share stories with actors and musicians from the company, who then transform the tales into improvised theater.

Playback Theater
Live Oak Theater
1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Sunday, June 15

New Reading Series: Brent Cunningham and Gina Meyers

Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and visual artist whose first book of poetry, Bird & Forest, was published by Ugly Duckling Press in 2005. After receiving his MA in English from SUNY Buffalo in 1998, he began working for Small Press Distribution (SPD) in Berkeley, the nation’s only not-for-profit distributor of literary books. He currently holds the position of Operations director. A board member of Small Press Traffic and Operations Director at Small Press Distribution, the poet is also a founding curator of SPT’s “Poets Theater Jamboree,” an annual ritual of amateur experimental theater.
Gina Myers’ new collection of poems Behind the R is is forthcoming from ypolita press later this year. Recent poems have appeared in Coconut and Cultural Society. In her off time, the Michigan resident makes books for Lame House Press and co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres.

New Reading Series
21 Grand
416 25th St., Oakland

Volume Control 2

There aren’t many art forms with the potential for more in your face excitement than spoken word. At it’s best, the stand up performance poetry style delivers high speed insights with a wit and humor you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Expect this level of high impact artistry this Sunday night at Volume Control 2, a fundraiser for the 2009 APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit featuring some of the Bay Area’s best Asian and Pacific Island spoken word poets.
The APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit is a bi-annual gathering of progressive artists involved in the Asian Pacific Islander American community. The organization has a series of art and poetry performances lined up throughout the year. Expect lots high voltage verisimilitude and poignant poetics on Sunday. Performers include Proletariat Bronze, Aimee Suzara, Broken Halos, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Malaya Arevelo, Nate Krooks, Rodrael Guadalupe and Youth Poetry Slam Champions Bryant Phan & Christsna Sot along with DJ shredONE and hosts Adriel & Ruby from iLL-Literacy.

Volume Control 2 – A Fundraiser for the 2009 Summit in the Bay Area
$10-20 Sliding Scale
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

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