AFRO FUNKE’ Presents WILL MAGID + VALERIE JUNE 'Pushin' Against A Stone'
Thursday, August 29
Zanzibar, Santa Monica CA
AFRO FUNKE' LIVE PRESENTS WILL MAGID
Will Magid’s trumpet will take you to Havana in the summertime. It will take you to a Ghanaian funeral and, simultaneously, a French dance club. It will take you to soul music in Japan, then to the cusp of the end of the world, where everyone’s dancing because they have nothing to lose.
Trumpeter/Producer Will Magid's live sets are highly energetic and a joyous affair. On Thursday the 29th he will be using his unique style of live looping/sequencing and sampling to mash up original music with dance hits from across the globe, joined by drummer Terry Harrison + vocalist Ziek McCarter.
This special event should not be missed!!!
Listening Party with giveaways 9-10pm:
VALERIE JUNE - PUSHIN' AGAINST A STONE
"It's been a long night if that's what happened," Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, the Tennessee native had already performed on Later… with Jools Holland, sung a stunning duet with Eric Church at the ACM Awards, toured with Jake Bugg, graced spreads in top music and fashion magazines, and earned some of the year's most glowing reviews. But June traveled a long road to the remarkable moment at which she now finds herself.
"I feel like my whole life I've always had a stone I've been pushing," she says, explaining the record's title. "Some days it's a good thing to have, like a best friend, and sometimes it's your worst enemy. In the case of this record, I had so many friends helping me move the stone."
Those friends include the album's producers, Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe, Florence + The Machine), Dan Auerbach, and Peter Sabak, along with an all-star cast of fellow musicians ranging from Booker T. Jones and Jimbo Mathus to some of Hungary's top session players. Recorded at Easy Eye in Nashville, Fairfax Recording in Van Nuys, CA, and Studio H in Budapest, Pushin’ Against A Stone is a showcase for June's astonishing and singular sound, a blend of rural roots and country that bridges Alan Lomax's acoustic field recordings with biting, electric indie-blues.