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2/16 Femi. Yoshi’s. Oakland. Tonight. Be there.

Posted by novoscene on February 16, 2009

If you don’t know who Femi is that means you have two problems.  The 1st is that you obviously haven’t read the last issue of the magazine where Femi is a featured artist.  And 2nd, that means you’ve been denying yourself the sweet sounds of of Oakland Soul.  But as much as you deserve to be flogged, just come to the show tonight and we’ll let yo slide.

Since her EP Sweetwater  Soul dropped last November, Femi’s been getting much critical acclaim and praise for Sweetwater’s mellow musical moods.   On stage though the vibe can rock from soul to funk to a little punk rock and electro.  We’ll see what she throws out tonight at the official release party. Read the rest of this entry »

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11/07 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 7, 2008

Friday, Nov. 7


Oakland funk meets Minneapolis soul whenever Femi Andradres steps onto a stage. If you haven’t heard the new EP “Sweetwater Soul” or missed her recent performances at the San Jose Jazz Festival then you owe it to yourself to end your Art Murmor meandering tonight with a stroll over to Maxwell’s Lounge, where she’ll be holding it down with a full band.

Femi’s music is blend of Afro-Latin/Carribean rhythms, jazz, hip-hop, salsa and rock but refuses to fit neatly into any box. The Oakland raised singe and producer honed her sensual chops on the open mic and spoken word scene and has shared stages with the likes of Ledisi, Goapele and Martin Luther while also mixing it up with local electronic and metal outfits. She’s been shining bright in the background for years, and now says she’s ready to take center stage.

The cuts on “Sweetwater Soul” are on the mellow side, made for late night chill sessions-but onstage expect anything from vamped out electro cover songs to punk rock ballads. Look for the full feature on Oakland’s next great soul diva in the next edition of The Oakbook and lose yourself in some sweet water’s tonight.

7:30 doors, 9pm Show
Maxwell’s Lounge
341 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

First Friday Follies

Jumping into the 1st Friday fray with , the Stork Club kicks off Art Murmur with a full on musical raunch fest, a little bit of style and a whole lot of leg-all for free, like a good peep show should be. The ladies of Belle Du Jour (which, according to the group’s myspace, is “American-white-trash-revolution-speak for ‘More junk in the trunk than a McDonald’s Chicken Mcnugget Happy Meal'”) are joined by a lineup guaranteed to get you all hot and bothered. Check out Burlesque-esque undulations from Frederique, Marie Lafaux, Hoopsie Daisy, Charlie Starr, Eeyore The Clown, Little Eyeful, Dirty Dot with backing tunes from The Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

First Friday Follies
9 p.m.
Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Dance At Large

More than any industry outside of fashion, the dance world is famous and notoriously body conscious. You’ve got to be both swan graceful and pencil thin. It’s not often you see a Rubenesque ballerina and to make it to be the big time, you can’t be too big in the behind. But being f* that!  We like our dancers big, small, short, tall and all the colors of the Skittles package and the crew from Big Moves Bay Area is here to give you that bit of body diversity you probably won’t get from the usual Swan Lake. The girls are getting together with other size positive dancers for Dance at Large a program that celebrates movement in all it’s forms. Participants include including Rubenesque Burlesque, NaachDuniya, and hip-hop crew Culture Shock Oakland.

Dance At Large
10/7 and 10/8
$12/$10 students
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St., Oakland

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9/16 Sweet Water Soul

Posted by novoscene on September 16, 2008

Photo by J Sight

Even though her EP hasn’t dropped yet, Femi can’t wait any longer to share her new tunes with the people. After gigging with some of the area’s most talented musicians and blessing compilations with her blend of salsa soul vocals for the last few years, the Oakland songbird is ready to sing to her own tune. Tonight she hosts the release party for “Sweet Water Soul,” her new collection of funky soul tracks, set to drop officially on Sept. 23.

A fierce live performer, she’ll be taking over the stage at Pacific Standard Time tonight, showcasing the new material-a combination of lovelorn ballads, spiritual confessions and hip hop head nodding-and some intense improv. Resident DJ’s Sake 1 and Fran Boogie will be manning the decks.-kwan

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