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Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, DāM-FunK, and special "killer" guest serve up a funky feast on Sunday

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KCRW goes all-out to celebrate theLIFT’s four-year anniversary with an all-star line-up including Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, DāM-FunK, and a very special “killer” guest. Global music tastemaker and influential DJ Gilles Peterson guarantees an eclectic selection of thoughtfully-curated world beats, connecting the musical dots between hip-hop, house, Afropop, Latin, electronica, jazz, and soul, while Erykah Badu will bring her own blend of genre-bending tracks to the decks. Representing the citizens of the Funkmosphere, the fresh and ever-dapper DāM-FunK—Snoop Dogg sidekick, hipster hero, and retro Rico Suave—will serve up his signature brand of early-'80s-tinged boogie, modern soul, and electro-funk that catalyzed a musical renaissance in Los Angeles, earning him the title of LA’s official “Ambassador of Boogie Funk.” Dancing is not obligatory, but it may be an irresistible reflex thanks to a generous serving of retro electro, bootylicious boogie, and seriously groovy beats. Get ready to get d-o-w-n; nothing beats a sweaty Sunday after all.

Kateri O'Neil Editor
Picture?width=50&height=50 Jonathan Rudnick

It is with much pleasure that theLIFT turn 4 years strong with none other than the world's most celebrated music lover and ambassador DJ GILLES PETERSON + DJ LO DOWN LORETTA BROWN aka ERYKAH BADU + DAM-FUNK the ambassador of boogie funk + one very special KILLER guest (you know who !!) - together w/ JEREMY SOLE (KCRW) & WISEACRE (the303-NYC) .

Since it's humble beginnings in Jan 2010, theLIFT has grown into a powerhouse LA event. Created / hosted by DJ'S JEREMY SOLE and ERIC TUCKER (DJ WISEACRE), together with producer JONATHAN RUDNICK, theLIFT seeks to discover unique locations to house their monthly invocation with the celebrated talents of GILLES, BONOBO, PSYCHEMAGIK, MOODYMANN, BLACK COFFEE, DANNY KRIVIT, BENJI B, PETER KRUDER, JUAN MACLEAN, NICKODEMUS, KARIZMA, SPINNA, RICH MEDINA, MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE, ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE & LEFTO to name a few. theLIFT is committed not to musical genres, but delights in fine dance music radiating from around the planet.

When all is said and done, whether GILLES PETERSON is performing – DJ, broadcaster, producer, compiler, label boss or good old record collector – the music is always the bottom line.

Starting off life as a club DJ, Gilles continues to spin regularly around the world. This year alone has seen him in Rio, Martinique, Tokyo, Havana and most parts of Europe as well as East London of course. As for the radio, his new 3-hour Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music has seen him take his unique musical mix to a new and growing audience of music lovers and where luminaries like Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, Toro y Moi drop in; whilst the syndicated Worldwide radio show continues to spread his musical gospel globally. From Sun-Ra to Herbie Hancock, James Blake to Theo Parrish to Flying Lotus and Nina Simone to Zara McFarlane and Laura Mvula – if it swings in the right places, it’s in.

From Acid Jazz to Talkin’ Loud and now Brownswood Recordings, Gilles’s work as an A&R, as a producer; as a remixer and, of course, as the curator of compilations only seems to intensify. His longstanding love affair with Cuba and its musical subcultures has manifested itself in five albums under the auspices of the “Havana Cultura” project. The latest of these excursions – ‘Mala in Cuba’ – released in September 2012, sent tremors (literally!) through the electronic underground.

Much more on GILLES, BROWNSWOOD RECORDINGS, BBC RADIO 6, WORLDWIDE @ http://www.gillespetersonworldwide.com

KCRW presents theLIFT 4 Year Anniversary w/ Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, DāM-FunK, and Special "Killer" Guest

Sunday, February 23 8pm – 2am

The Mayan Theater (1038 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $25

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