Archive for July 6th, 2010


Who loves free music?  The NYC Shakedown has been generous enough to offer one of our lucky readers a free pair of tickets to the Friday, July 16, 2010 performance:

NYC SHAKEDOWN: ATNARKO w/ Brooklyn Sound Lab & DJ Nutritious

NYC Shakedown on July 16 @ The Bell House

NYC Shakedown on July 16 @ The Bell House

There is one pair of tickets for the @ 10PM show with doors opening @ 8PM

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RT this to be in a drawing to WIN 2 Free tickets to see NYC Shakedown (@djnutritious) at NYC’s @BellHouseNY on July 16th!! #tinyragerblog


The Dirty Deep Tour hits NYC!

Atnarko’s own sleek productions—which he describes as “funky and fun”—have been pressed for underground imprints like Nightshift Recordings, Tango, Kolour and Robsoul. His collaborations with British house-legend Huggy as “Formidable Force” for the 2020 Vision label has indeed landed in the record crates of the world’s top house DJs who prize their quirky, yet floor-movin’ vibes. Atnarko has appeared on Ministry Of Sound, OM, Fabric, Street Beat, Fat City, Network, Astralwerks, and more. He’s also an in-demand remixer and well traveled club DJ who wants nothing more than to drop a groove down your spine (and inspire a smile on your face).

Atnarko also co-owns Eight-Tracks along with Q-Burns abstract Message. Eight-Tracks is a vinyl based label dedicated to releasing conceptual house music with a post-modernist—read: subversive—slant.

Joining in this evening will be a debut Live-PA performance by Brooklyn Sound Lab, the crunchy closed-circuit production duo of U-Melt’s Zac Lasher and Josh Parrish. Brooklyn Sound Lab combines their years of live electronic music experience with the studio skill and precision that brought you U-Melt’s latest album, Perfect World… and it’s all bangin!

VJ Mamiko Kushida is on brain duties with her ever smashing avant-garde visuals and Nutritious hits the decks in his old-nabe with a new bag of picks…

10 bux at the Bell House 149 7th St, Brooklyn (in the Gowanus area of Park Slope)

10pm-4am, 21+

F, G or R TRAINS-9th Street & 4th Avenue stop

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation…Surrender Your Dance Floors

(By: Brett B.)

Big Sam's Funky Nation (cd release) @ Sullivan Hall

Big Sam's Funky Nation - Sullivan Hall, NYC 4/16/10

Full Rager!

Full Rager!

How seriously do I take funk and soul music?  Ask my kids what the greatest song ever written is and they will tell you without hesitation, “Isaac Hayes. ‘Theme from SHAFT‘.  I have the STAX record label tattooed on my arm.  And I skipped my high school prom in 1978 to see Earth, Wind & Fire, The Commodores and LTD at the San Diego Sports Arena.

For a white guy from the suburbs of Virginia, I don’t fool around when it comes to soul music. So, when I say to you I have seen the future of funk and his name is Big Sam Williams, you might want to take a moment and listen to what the man has to say.

Hailing from the magical city of New Orleans, Big Sam’s Funky Nation has spent the last few years bringing their Gospel of Boogie to every stage they can find. Like a soul-fueled juggernaut of tight horn charts and make your ass sweat on the dance floor bass beats, the Funky Nation is the kind of rhythmic unit that used to back greats like James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.

Say Hi to Big Sam

Big Sam is King

But it’s truly all about the Big Man. From the smile that hypnotizes to the dapper hat that makes him the envy of any haberdashery fan around to his skills on the trombone, he is the “total” performance package.

But then he starts to move. And I mean he moves like liquid mercury bopping and popping to the heat from the Funky Nation behind him. And I would be remiss in not mentioning the Nation:

Takeshi Shimmura – Guitar
Eric Vogell – Bass
Drummer Boy Milk Williams – Drums
Andrew Da Phessah Drew Baham – Vocal/Trumpet

This band follows Big Sam wherever and whenever the Cat In The Hat leads them. Whether it’s a water park in New Jersey or a gospel set in a hundred degree heat in a tent at Bonnaroo.

Once upon a time there were bands with horns who sang songs of positivity and hope. Who played songs that made you dance the night away. Songs about love not just about sex. These were bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Sly & The Family Stone and The Commdores.

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Big Sam's Funky Nation

So, it is fitting that the band who most truly seems to follow the philosophies and putting forth the same messages of love and enjoying life to the fullest named their most recent album, KING OF THE PARTY.

Because for the citizens of Big Sam’s Funky Nation the party never stops and the cry of “Long live the King!” will be heard as long they can dance.

Read about Big Sam’s Funky Nation Album “King of the Party” Release Party @ Sullivan Hall (04.16.10)

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