Dam-Funk Record Release Show

Dam-Funk Record Release Show

Nite Jewel, Moon B, Funkmosphere DJ's

Sat, September 5, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18

This event is all ages

Official ID required for those who are 16 +
Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dam-Funk Record Release Show
Dam-Funk Record Release Show
Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genres most passionate proselytizers, out to save it from devilish depictions of cartoonish caricature. To Dam, funk is a way of living, "a feeling of struggle and staying cool through it all." In 2013, he released his celebrated partnership with hip-hop's Snoop Dogg titled 7 Days of Funk. Fresh for '15, Dam returns with a solo project nearly six years in the making: Invite the Light.

Dam-Funk grew up in the Los Angeles city/suburb of Pasadena. A '70s baby, he came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm's Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince's purple reign. His parents nurtured his musical talents as a child and by his teens, he mastered the drums, then the drum machine. A chance encounter led to an apprenticeship under funk songwriter/producer Leon Sylvers III (SOLAR Records) and by the mid-90s G-Funk era in hip-hop, Dam found his musical skills in high demand by rappers such as Mack 10 and MC Eiht. "Everybody was trying to do the live instrumentation thing, so then you got cats like me playing on records," Dam explains.

Sideman status wasn't enough though. Dam remembers "watching gold plaques hitting the wall" for everyone but him and he decided to go "full-funk" and make a do-or-die try to become an artist on his own terms. In 2006, Dam-Funk and a few friends launched the popular Funkmosphere party in L.A., bringing the boogie back. It's around then that Dam drew the attention of Stones Throw and both label and artist related to Dam's insistence that "funk is not just a Jheri Curl. There was more than that."

Dam's partnership with Stones Throw has now included everything from his 2009 LP Toeachizown, to an anthology of early productions, Adolescent Funk (2010), to 2013's Higher and 7 Days of Funk. Invite the Light isn't just Dam's first solo full-length since '09, he thinks of it as his first fully-realized effort – a "concise, beginning-to-end vision – that's resulted in a loosely autobiographical concept album inspired by the trials and tribulations of his personal and professional life of the last six years.

As always, Dam flexes his multi-instrumentalist talents by handling all the production but still makes time for guests including rapper Q-Tip, the father-son duo of Leon Sylvers III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players, who opens and closes the album with dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk. Rest assured, Dam is here to make sure that never comes to pass. As he puts it, "funk is the underdog, the black sheep of black music," and if that's true, Dam-Funk is its shepherd.
Nite Jewel
Nite Jewel
California native Ramona Gonzalez first began her transcendent minimalist dance-pop escapades in the privacy of her own home in Los Angeles. With the aid of her multitrack cassette recorder and whatever keyboards, drum machines, and other instruments that were available to her, she very quickly developed her own unique sound and began performing live in the L.A. area under the moniker Nite Jewel.

In 2008, Nite Jewel self-released her debut album Good Evening, recorded with the assistance of longtime collaborator Cole M. Greif-Neill (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Samps). The album was met with widespread critical acclaim and song "Suburbia" (as well as Gonzalez herself) was featured in the motion picture "Greenberg" by Noah Baumbach.

Nite Jewel also became known for her collaborations, making infectious tracks with artist such as DaM-FunK and Bay Area rapper/producer Droop-E.

In 2012, Nite Jewel (with the assistance of Greif-Neill) released her second album One Second of Love under the Secretly Canadian imprint, receiving sweeping accolades, which again applauded her unique production style and pop sensibilities.

In 2013, Nite Jewel song "Nowhere To Go" was featured on the ubiquitous Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack.

Nite Jewel continues to tour the world extensively, meanwhile finishing her third album to be released in 2015.
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017
http://www.teragramballroom.com/