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Mocean Worker, KALX Matthew Africa, Pam the Funkstress, Ghettodisco 

Wednesday, Nov 7 2007

Adam Dorn — a.k.a. Mocean Worker — started as a DJ who drizzled brassy samples atop digital drum 'n' bass sequences. But this son of a jazz producer has recently given synths the heave-ho: Assembling his own band of MoWo jazz messengers, Dorn now mixes his plundered horn solos and funky drum skiffles with live percussion, piano, and saxophone. Koop waxes nostalgic in its own jazztronic fantasias, but unlike MoWo's Manhattan dance party, Koop daydreams of aqua-and-tangerine '60s chansons. Wanna cruise the Côte d'Azur with a coo-cooing French dollybird like Françoise Hardy, sipping champagne to a fizzy trip-hop beat? Koop serves it up for you, nicely chilled. Koop and Mocean Worker take the Bimbo's 365 stage on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Admission is $18; call 474-0365 or visit for more info. — John Graham

KALX's Matthew Africa recently released Dirty R&B, a two-disc mixtape entirely comprising guest appearances, remixes, and singles by the undeniably prolific R. Kelly — who, in the estimation of the Oakland-based DJ, writes a new song approximately once every 1.467 minutes. The tongue-in-cheek nature of Africa's project will really come alive at the release party (which also includes DJ Fuze and B.Cause) when the DJs get freaky in the club. Don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind on Friday, Nov. 9, at Milk at 10 p.m. Admission is $5-10; call 387-6455 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

Pam the Funkstress scratches records with her breasts, but that's only part of what makes her one of the Bay Area's most uniquely talented DJs; an innate sense of funk puts her up top. Though ridiculously impressive, she doesn't need the gimmick to fire up the club, as she's proven for years as the DJ for Oakland hip-hop mavericks The Coup. She'll headline "Ardent," a party proving females kick ass behind the turntables no matter what genre they tackle, whether it's DJ Sep and her world-wise dub or Anasia's crunk/hyphy hybridizing. Live hip-hop quintet Goddess Alchemy Project also performs at "Ardent" on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Mighty at 10 p.m. Admission is $10; call 762-0151 or visit for more info. T.P.

Long, long ago (the early '90s), in a land far, far away (Greensboro, North Carolina), DJ Hawthorne and his pal Parris Harris launched a clandestine gay dance party in the back of a barbershop. Fast forward a little more than a decade, and Ghettodisco has sashayed its way from the repressive South to the infinitely more permissive and salon-oriented Bay Area. Snatching the prime Friday-night slot formerly occupied by Fag Fridays, "Ghettodisco" draws on local DJ, drag, and dance talent every week while playing host to notable DJs like Chad Jack and Jamie J. Sanchez. There's no cover charge before midnight, which is nice, because the usual $20 could be so much better spent on, ahem, fuel for the 12-hour stays at the EndUp. Ghettodisco takes place on Friday, Nov. 9 (and every Friday), at the EndUp from 11 p.m. until 11 a.m. Admission is free before midnight, $20 afterward; call 357-0827 or visit for more info. — Evan James


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