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"The People": The People

Fourth Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
The New Parish 579 18th St., Oakland Downtown Oakland

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w/ DJs Cali, Cecil, & Be Brown 510-444-7474


Fourth Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

All vinyl, all 45 soul and oldies dance party every 4th Saturday with DJs Miss Lonelyheart and Bibi 415-885-4074


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

"Heart & Soul"

Sundays, 10 p.m.
Delirium Cocktails 3139 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJ Lovely Lesage 415-552-5525

"Shellac Shack"

Mondays, 7 p.m.
The Homestead 2301 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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DJ Chas Gaudí spins vintage blues, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and other 78 RPM goodies. 415-282-4663

"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

"Slow Jams": Slow Jams

First and Second Tuesday of every month, 9:30 p.m. and Fourth and Last Tuesday of every month, 9:30 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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While most '60s soul parties are dedicated to uptempo bangers, Slow Jams takes a different tack. Thrown Tuesday nights at the Make-Out Room, it's an evening dedicated to the slower side of soul with a playlist that sounds tailor-made for some hip '60s prom. Veteran DJs Lucky and Primo preside over the event with their extensive (and expensive) collections of rare vinyl. Grab a partner and sway to songs like Joe Bataan's "Under the Streetlamp," Malo's "Suavecito," and Wendy Rene's "After Laughter." Lose yourself enough, and the club's nostalgic decorations might give you the impression of being in a lost era. Snap out of it, and you'll soon realize you can have this much fun every week. (415) 647-2888

"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.


Pure Ecstasy

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Top of the Mark One Nob Hill, 999 California, San Francisco Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf

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"Throwback Thursdays": Throwback Thursdays

Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Jorge Terez 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

"Saturday Night Soul Party": Saturday Night Soul Party

First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
Elbo Room 647 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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The current surge of early-reggae and R&B club nights in town shows that the '60s are finally back in an authentic, non-Boomer-centric way. For the last few years, the twice-monthly Saturday Night Soul Party has maintained a spot on the top of the heap. DJs Phengren, Paul Paul, and Pink Panzer throw down a relentless mix of obscure, stomping vocal 45s released by the hundreds of wannabe Motown and Stax labels that littered the landscape way back when. Don't let the sharp-cut suits in the crowd streaming through the door fool you — this crew comes to sweat. 415-552-7788

"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


First Sunday of every month, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

w/ DJs Justin & Kurt. Technicolor sounds: soft vinyl soul 415-647-2888

Craig & MacGregor Present - The Soulful Darby Gould

Wed., June 5, 7-10:30 p.m.
The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston, Berkeley Downtown Berkeley

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Craig & MacGregor Present the Soulful Darby Gould Over the years, Darby has developed a loyal following based on her soulful, passionate style and intense stage presence. Hearing her sing in the intimate and personal environment of The Marsh Cabaret in Berkeley is an exceptional opportunity not to be missed. Bar opens at 6:30pm. 7pm a complimentary buffet courtesy of Bacheesos 7-7:30pm Doug McKechnie plays his piano inventions 7:30 to 10pm The Craig and MacGregor Band feature special guest Darby Gould 510-926-0057

"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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"Oldies Night": Oldies Night

First Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
The Knockout 3223 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Few things can match the sheer exuberance of a packed house at Oldies Night. The long-standing Mission staple is one of the best places in the city to lose yourself and sweat it out dancing to soul 45s. DJs Primo and Daniel serve up a broad selection of cuts (both common and rare) to a crowd of vintage-attired twentysomethings somethings. Check out our review of Oldies Night and get your high-heeled sneakers ready for an evening of hard drinking and harder dancing. 415-550-6994

"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

Lonnie's Eggs

First Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m.
The Saloon 1232 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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Lavay Smith & Her Skillet Lickin' Soultet

First Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"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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"Cockblock": Cockblock

Second Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

"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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