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"Soul-Full"

Sundays, 8 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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Classic hip-hop, funk, soul, & more with DJ Aebl Dee. 510-451-4677

"Sweater Funk": Sweater Funk

Sundays, 10 p.m.
The Knockout 3223 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

"M.O.M. (Motown on Mondays)": M.O.M. (Motown on Mondays)

Mondays, 8 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ DJ Gordo Cabeza & Timoteo Gigante 415-241-0202

"Peaches": Peaches

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Skylark Bar 3089 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Ever since she was a child, Bay Area DJ ThatGirl has been interested in street art and its connection to the hip-hop movement. However, it wasn't until she attended a rave in 1997 that she discovered her desire to channel this creativity into music, most notably turntablism. She soon purchased her own set of DJ tools and quickly gained respect in the community with her turntable skills and ability to uniquely set the mood for events as diverse as B-boy battles and art show openings. ThatGirl is also known as part of the Peaches crew, a weekly all-girl DJ party in the Mission that has been going strong since 2009. We caught up with ThatGirl to talk about her love of art, why she is "that girl," and what we can expect to hear at her parties.

Give us a little background on how you got into art and DJing.

It all started off with a fascination for graffiti. In kindergarten, on the way to school each morning, our bus would pass by these walls that were always covered with crazy colorful letterforms. For some reason, I imagined a lone phantom artist behind all of it, who only came out at night to create. Although I didn't understand what I was seeing, I became obsessed with it. I would try absorbing everything I could, and drawing what I saw in a notebook. Pretty soon, I observed that this particular kind of artwork appeared throughout the city. I was amazed at how much this lone artist got around and I wanted to be a phantom artist, too.

It wasn't until a few years later that I really understood what I was actually seeing. My dad took me to the public library one afternoon and I spotted this book with cover art that resembled what I was seeing all around the city. The book was called Subway Art. I soon discovered that it wasn't just one artist behind it all, it was a whole movement of artists. I learned about this whole subcultural explosion called graffiti and that it was part of an even bigger movement called hip-hop. My mind was absolutely blown and my imagination went wild. I dabbled with graffiti for a few years and then eventually got curious about DJing. The '80s were definitely a creative golden era that I was fortunate to have been born and raised in.

How did you come up with ThatGirl as your moniker?

Being active in a male dominated subculture, I was always referred to as "that girl." I would always hear comments like "Oh, it's that girl," or "There goes that girl again." The label kind of just stuck.

How did you get into turntablism?

I got curious about DJing after attending my first rave in 1997. I was 16 years old. The party was held in a warehouse in Oakland called Homebase. The party was a Halloween event called Tribal Massive. Crystal Method and DJ Dan were the main headliners. In another room, DJ Qbert and Kid Koala held down a four-turntable set. On either side of them stood these giant, life-sized lava lamps. The ambiance was out of this world. They were playing all kinds of weird shit; I couldn't really pinpoint one genre. I remember the dancers getting down the whole night until the sun came up. The energy was amazing, and I was fascinated by the way these two DJs were able to move the crowd. After that I saved up to buy my first DJ-in-a-box set.

Since turntablism was so male-dominated when you started your career, did you feel more pressure to be at the top of your game for every gig?

When I first started, I found that some of my male counterparts were very supportive while others were very territorial. I even had one gig where the guys wouldn't let me get on the turntables at all, even though my name was on the bill. Similar to the graffiti scene, I knew that I was automatically under a microscope given the uneven gender balance, and that weak first impressions were very unforgiving. This uneven gender balance is what gave me the advantage of being noticed; however, I quickly learned that riding on gender and sexuality alone wasn't enough to establish respect or longevity. Bay Area music connoisseurs had a knack for spotting the fake and the gimmicky. I learned of the power and responsibility attached to my female sexuality. I recognized that before I could be in a place where I could rework any negative stereotypes into a constructive light, I first needed to be in a place where I could prove myself and be accepted as equal to male DJs skill-wise.

Do you feel female DJs are represented positively these days, or do you see some negative backlash?

These days there are a lot more female DJs in the scene, so gender is not as big of an issue as it used to be.

You're known mainly for your soul and funk groove sounds. What attracted you to these genres?

I think DJs, musicians, and artists in general have the power to shape culture and values of society. I tend to gravitate towards music with reflective themes, nostalgic rhythms, uplifting vibes, and righteous lyrics — music that brings the listener back to the soul. But don't get me wrong, I also love that grimy, bass-driven, body-rolling, party-rock sound when appropriate. My point is, let us not be at the exclusive control of Clear Channel programming.

Tell us a little of how you connected with the weekly Peaches party.

Although Peaches was the mastermind of the lovely Masaye Waugh, it was actually pretty destined that we all came together. DJs Umami, Inkfat, Deeandroid, and Lady Fingaz are among the most talented and down-to-earth DJs I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Although our styles differ, we all came together because of our same drive and passion for music. What keeps us together is our common appreciation for alcoholic beverages, food, conversation, and sick humor.

How has this weekly managed to stay so successful?

Because we all get along and work together so well, we enjoy the company of our weekly regulars, and we like to make money for what we love doing.

Lastly, what can we expect to hear this week at Peaches?

Soul-shaking, beat-bumping, hip-swaying, revolutionary fist-pumping, baby-making music.


415-621-9294

"Remix The Earth" Global Funk Dance Party

Thu., May 30, 8-11:30 p.m.

Buy TicketsTickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show Buy Tickets Here REMIX THE EARTH presents…. PLEASUREMAKER: (Funk & then some!) - www.afroliciousmusic.com BOOGIEMEISTER: (Global Funk, Tropical Bass) - www.Boogiemeister.com Live Drummer, Percussion & Guest Musicians! Fundraiser for Be The Change Project - www.facebook.com/bethechangeproject2030 510-525-5054

Smoked Out Soul

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Monarch 101 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

Buy from TicketFly$5

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970-596-6942

Berkeley Funk Night

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck, Berkeley Elmwood

"Throwback Thursday"

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Jay-R 415-864-2877

"Jungle Boogie"

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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With resident DJs Poizen, Kool Kyle, and Uncle Joe. 510-451-4677

Todd Tholke Haight St All Stars: Haight St All Stars and Todd Tholke

Every third Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Pop's Bar 2800 24th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Every third Friday of the month. 415-872-5160

DJs Carmen y Miranda

Fridays, 6 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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415-282-3325

"The Prince & Michael Experience": The Prince & Michael Experience

First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ DJ Dave Paul 415-241-0202

"I Love The City": I Love The City

First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.

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w/ DJs Sean G & Z-Mo 415-512-7493

"El SuperRitmo": El SuperRitmo

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJs Roger Mas & El Kool Kyle 415-647-2888

Kit Ruscoe & Freaky Deaky

First Sunday of every month, 9 p.m.
Tupelo 1337 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

Funky Tuesdays

First Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m.
Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore, San Francisco Japantown/Pacific Heights

Buy Tickets$7

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w/ Project Queue, Stefanie Keys, and The Neal Roston Band 415-673-8000

MSK.fm

First Tuesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Elbo Room 647 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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415-552-7788

"The 45 Slew": The 45 Slew

First and Third Wednesday of every month, 10 p.m.
Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

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w/ resident DJs Micah Aza & Al Lover 415-885-4074

DJ TophOne

First Thursday of every month, 8 p.m.
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck, Berkeley Downtown Berkeley

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510-843-8277

Funky Fridays

First Friday of every month, 6 p.m.

"Soul Funky": Soul Funky

First Friday of every month, 7-10 p.m.
Slate Bar 2925 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ resident DJ Kevin Garcia 415-558-8521

SOUL TIME! Funky Soul First Fridays: Soul Time! Funky First Fridays

First Friday of every month, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Columbus Cafe 562 Green, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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DJ's spinning 1960's & 70's funk, soul, crossover, northern soul, and disco all on original vinyl 45 records. 415-274-2599

Oakland Faders

First Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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510-451-4677

"Elevation": Elevation

First Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
The Layover 1517 Franklin, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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w/ DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist 510-834-1517

Hot Pocket

Second Saturday of every month, 9:30 p.m.
Tupelo 1337 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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415-981-9177

"Straighten It Out": Straighten It Out

Second Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ DJ Jerry Nice 415-241-0202

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