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Friday, May 4, 2012

Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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The next two weekends in San Francisco feature parties in tribute to the late James Brown, who would have turned 79 on May 3. The entertainer had a long history performing for multiple generations in the Bay Area, perhaps most frequently at San Carlos' legendary (and now defunct) Circle Star Center, and his enduring legacy has continued to transcend age groups and genre boundaries.

Rapper Lyrics Born makes a surprising and rare appearance behind the DJ decks to lead a JB birthday celebration on May 5 at Mighty. The event, which begins at 10 p.m., also features DJs Motion Potion, DJ Mancub, and the team of Gordo Cabeza & Timoteo Gigante; admission is $10 at the door. This is a particularly sentimental occasion for organizer Sunset Promotions, which was the last local company to book Brown before his passing.

On May 13, Brick and Mortar Music Hall is set to host a joint Stevie Wonder and James Brown birthday party, with their classics performed live by Jazz Mafia. Admission for the annual affair, which starts at 8 p.m., is $7-10. Is it too late for Brown to get a posthumous key to the city?

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