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Enjoy beats and bites at "Scratch: Dinner, Beats, & B-Boxing"; catch Cut Chemist cooking up crazy turntable concoctions

Wednesday, Aug 10 2005
When thinking about the beat-boxing element of Philly hip hop legends the Roots, most recall the deep-throated Rahzel, who no longer works with the act. These days the group features the voice box of Scratch, who uses his talent to emulate the quick cuts, scratches, and juggled rhythms of turntablists. Local promoters Massive Selector and True Skool have built a special supper-club evening around his S.F. performance, dubbing it "Scratch: Dinner, Beats, & B-Boxing." Those in attendance (reservations are required) will dine on their choice of braised lemongrass spareribs or Southern fried chicken with Caribbean braised greens as they enjoy Scratch kicking fly verbalistics masquerading as DJ techniques, while veteran turntablist battle champ Vin Roc mans the actual decks alongside him. Eat, drink, and be merry on this occasion of beats and bites hosted Friday, Aug. 12, at the 1751 Social Club; visit for more info.

This town owes a debt of gratitude to DJ Harvey -- the U.K. expatriate to Southern California who helped inspire and mentor some of the Bay Area's most beloved relocated house DJs, such as Garth and Jenö, back when they were all shaggy Brits. From him they learned the skill of letting a DJ set wander into far and distant musical territories, but no one defines eclecticism like the man himself. For "Discotronic," expect Harvey to play disco in the sense that a pioneer like the late Larry Levan from the celebrated Paradise Garage club in the '80s might have, meaning he might drop anything from Van Halen to Teena Marie over the course of his three-hour set. Harvey will be supported by TK Disko, a local jock who takes his moniker from both his own initials and the legendary record label TK Disco. The nonstop boogie cabaret commences on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Rx Gallery; call 474-7973 or visit for more info.

Los Angeles' Cut Chemist , aka Lucas McFadden, is probably best known for his role alongside Nu-Mark as the DJs in the supremely talented hip hop group Jurassic 5. He's recently made the leap from DJ to solo artist, putting the finishing touches on his looong-awaited debut album, The Audiences' Listening, which will be released in the fall by Warner Bros. Those who don't think DJs are fun to watch have never seen this mixmaster in action. He crafts sounds that are as funky and danceable as they are technically dazzling -- elements that sadly seem mutually exclusive to so many of today's DJs. Expect the Chemist to weave bits of his new material into his set, from songs recorded in Brazil with native musicians to experiments in rock and electro. Fans of DJ Shadow or Z-Trip (two of Cut's pals) should definitely not miss this event. Cut Chemist performs on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Independent; call 721-1421 or visit for more info.

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