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S.F. gives a big ol' "Funk You" to Burning Man

Wednesday, Aug 29 2007

You can either use or abuse what you're given, and since San Francisco's thing is foggy maritime moodiness, it's no surprise that an industry has arisen to cane the microclimate into submission. We're talking about local deep-house acts, which round and refract sleaze-funk into an auroral roil. OK, so the music is a quiet storm, but in essence only — there's plenty of lift to go with the lust. At the vanguard of Frisco four-on-the-floor's ambassadors is one Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade. A Kaskade set, as exhibited on the recently released Bring the Night, can achieve such soft-filter ebullience it feels like flagellation with sunflowers and whorls of corn silk. Feel the uplift on Friday, Aug. 31, at DNA Lounge at 10 p.m. Admission is $15-20; call 626-1409 or visit for more info. — Tony Ware

Helmed by S.F. DJs Jefrodesiac and Richie Panic, the annual "Funk You Burning Man" night throws up a cheeky middle finger to those out reveling on the Playa in Nevada. The pair offers a techno/electro party that celebrates the perks of staying home. This year, the special guest is Chicago's DJ Funk, a seasoned jock who loves to play tunes that squawk about matters below the belt. In other words, he'll bring the booty beats that bang for those who don't blush easily on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Rickshaw Stop at 10 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP to; call 861-2011 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

DJ Sep and cohorts Vinnie Esparza, Ludichris, J Boogie, and Maneesh the Twister started their Sunday-night Dub Mission parties 11 years ago. Along the way they've introduced the Bay Area to the cutting edge where dub, roots reggae, dancehall, and electronica mash together. To celebrate a decade-plus existence, DJ Sep will be spinning this weekend with special guests Subatomic Sound System. The Brooklyn group blends vintage equipment and modern mixing techniques into a style that drops drum 'n' bass, broken beat, and downtempo, all mixed live into the dub reggae pot. Dub Mission's 11th Anniversary Party with Subatomic Sound System occurs on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Elbo Room at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15 before 11 p.m., $17 after; call 552-7788 or visit for more info. — J. Poet


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