The Echo & Motown on Mondays LA Presents
A Tribute To Soul Train w/ Peanut Butter Wolf + Motown On Mondays LA
DJ Expo, Monalisa, DJ Jedi, Black Shakespeare
Fri December 29, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
This event is 21 and over
Motown On Mondays LA's 3rd annual Tribute To Soul Train, feat. special guest Peanut Butter Wolf with a Soul Train video set, along with The MOM LA Players: Expo, Monalisa, & DJ Jedi; warming up the night & the Soul Train alumni making moves on the dance floor! All 70s & 80s Soul, Funk, Disco & more, all night. Mark your calendars, make your plans, dust off your finest threads, polish up your dancing shoes, and get ready for the hippest trip in America... "The Soul Train"!
Motown On Mondays LA
Peanut Butter Wolf
As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak sought out an escape from suburbian life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop ("Rappers Delight"). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink.
He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that, in an odd turn of events, a girlfriend's youngest brother feared the "peanut butter wolf monster" more than death itself. Wolf and his more conventionally-named counterpart, Charizma, began recording in 1989 when the two were still teenagers. Within three years, the duo signed a contract with Hollywood Basic (Disney) alongside label mates Organized Konfusion and DJ Shadow. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf were riding high, touring Europe, receiving press in magazines such as Billboard and (a then newspaper format) Urb , hanging with radio legends Sway & King Tech on Wake Up Show and performing live shows with groups like House of Pain, Nas and The Pharcyde. Then, in December of 1993, Charizma tragically lost his life. Stunned, Wolf temporarily gave up on music.
After releasing the song "Just Like A Test" with Charizma for David Paul's Bomb Hip Hop Compilation early in 1994, Upstairs Records, a label known primarily for house music, approached Wolf to record an instrumental LP. Thus, the Peanut Butter Breaks was born; the record became the Wolf's calling card, leading to meetings and collaborations with like-minded DJs like Q-bert, Cut Chemist and Rob Swift.
After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labeled "incredible" by The Source magazine. He released a 6 song compilation for South Paw Records in 1995, featuring collaborations with up and coming San Jose MCs. He also produced Kool Keith's first single as a solo artist "Wanna Be A Star." These releases, amongst others, led to a picture disc EP for British label 2 Kool Records.
In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Charizma's posthumous "My World Premiere" was the single to launch the label. A few highlights in the beginning were the songs "Unassisted" by Rasco, Super Duck Breaks LP by DJ Babu, and hip hop 7" series.
Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US. Through his willingness to experiment and provide Stones Throw's artists with musical carte blanche, he has overseen the releases of Lootpack's Soundpieces, Quasimoto's The Unseen, Breakestra's Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet's Angles Without Edges, Madlib's Shades of Blue, and Jaylib's Champion Sound.
Monalisa Murray has been an independent grassroots promoter of quality music and events in Los Angeles and across the country for over 20 years. She supported various DJs and musicians as both a music promoter and a fan before taking her love of music to the turntables eleven years ago. Her music format is described as "anything with a groove", ranging from soul, funk, & hip hop to rock, pop, jazz-funk & world music. Monalisa has a monthly show on Dublab called Paths Of Rhythm, where she explores these various genres. She is a member of Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem and KPL All-Stars, and is currently a resident DJ at LA's Motown On Mondays. Monalisa is also the opening DJ for the annual SoulSlam and Wonder-Full tribute events thrown locally by Footlong Development.
Since beginning her career as a DJ and selector, Monalisa has gained respect and support from key influencers in the music & DJ industry, namely Pete Rock, Peanut Butter Wolf, DāM-FunK, Garth Trinidad, and the World Famous Beat Junkies. She's done sets for favorable crowds at well known Los Angeles-based events such as Firecracker, Boombox, Rootdown, Kiss N Grind, Thanksgivends, Strictly Social, Wonder-Full, SoulSlam, The Do-Over, Afrofunke, Blazing 45s, Paid Dues and many more.
Monalisa is a member of Los Angeles' own Umoja HiFi Soundsystem, as well as LA's KPL All-Star DJs and Spinderella's Backspin DJ Crew. She can usually be found working behind the scenes at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, digging for classics and discovering new music. Her key DJ influences include Larry Levan, Jaycee, Spinderella, The Beat Junkies, The PIrate DJs, Rich Medina, Sake One and Spinna.
JEDI is an Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles-based DJ, admired for his eclectic style of mixing, song-selection, and turntablism. Over the past decade, he has toured the globe as the resident music maestro for Russell Simmons' Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam, the DaKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, and later, with Grammy Award-winning hip hop pioneers, DIGABLE PLANETS. As a result of touring with the DP's, he's had the privilege of headlining with them at virtually every major music festival in the world, including (but not limited to) COACHELLA, LOLLAPOLOOZA, BUMBERSHOOT in Seattle, and the SONAR FESTIVAL in Barcelona, Spain. Along the way, he's had the priviledge of sharing stages with the likes of superstars such as The Breakestra, Crown City Rockers, DJ Shadow, King Britt, Lyrics Born, The Procussions, Z-Trip, Weezer, Erykah Badu, Madonna, and countless others.
Prior to touring with Digable Planets, Jedi was the in-house selector for the Tony Award-winning RUSSELL SIMMONS' DEF POETRY JAM ON TOUR from 2003-2004, which allowed him to perform in such marquee venues as the World Famous APOLLO THEATRE in Harlem, N.Y., THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL in Australia, and just about every premiere theatre space in the contiguous United States.
Jedi holds down a number of residencies in the Los Angeles area. On any given night of the week, Jedi can be seen spinning high-energy, multiple-genre-spanning sets with the Rootdown Soundsystem, the Peanut Gallery Network, the Motown On Mondays (MOM) family, and many more of the city's unsung DJ elites. He also contributes to Downbeat 720, a long-running bi-weekly Santa Monica-based performance workshop for high school students. Jedi also serves as the sole Turntablism instructor at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
His 70 minute love letter to his favorite hip hop collective the DP's, entitled "Blowout Breaks", in addition to his 2CD tribute to His Royal Purple Badness, are both long out of print. But you can probably find a download of it if you scour the internet diligently enough.
While Jedi's influences may stem primarily from hip hop culture, he also carries a deeply rooted appreciation for the classic soul, funk, jazz, rock, reggae dance, and pop music that hip hop so heavily draws from. He believes strongly in the power of music to bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together in ways that they otherwise wouldn't, and is never too proud to whore out his services for weddings, bar mitzvahs, industry showcases, and birthday parties.
Black Shakespeare is a co-founder of the LA nightclub, Chocolate Bar, and has music in his genes. A cousin of bassist Robbie Shakespeare of Sly & Robbie, he also did his first assisting engineering gig with legendary producer Scientist.
Born in Jamaica, he moved with his family to New York City , where Shakespeare became involved with Hip Hop, toasting with host Jamalski at S.O.B.'s open mic venue.
In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles where he met producer Aurelito Mercado, a Chicago transplant who hosted parties that guested such pioneering Dee Jays as Marvski and Cut Chemist. where people like the Black Eyed Peas, Breakestra, and Ozomatli just came to hang.
Aurelito and Shakespeare formed the I&I Sound System, and started Chocolate Bar in early 1997, with original DJs Cokni ODire, DJ Higher, Daz, and T-Lee. It was Mercado who, around 2000, dreamed up the idea of the Irie Ice Cream Truck, outfitting an old ice cream truck with a sound system and bringing the good vibes and deep tunes to the folks.
Shortly after the Ice Cream Trucks debut in early 2003, it was featured on the cover of XLR8R magazine, as well as a Saul Williams album cover. Mercado and Shakespeare soon began receiving invitations. The I&I Sound System has since become a presence at festivals like the Sunset Junction, Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy, and Abbot Kinney Festivals; the system even gigs at museums, high schools and colleges.
The LA resident is a featured artist on albums by The Lions (2) (Ubiquity Records and Stones Throw Records), as well as on the "Various - Rewind! 5" compilation album (Ubiquity Records).
His 2008 creation HARD WIRE (distributed by CD Baby) is an a big mixture of music of what he calls Dub Hop. A bringing together of Dancehall and Dub Reggae with deep nitty gritty Hip Hop beats. Working along side producers Josh 1 and Craig S. and top ranking vocalist from Redbud Records Rob Symeonn and selector /deeJay Mikey Assassin.
Black Shakespeare brings the Brooklyn, Jamaica L.A. Vibez world wide for the people.....