TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party SATURDAY, January 11th BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9pm – 2am; 21+; $6 * DOORS OPEN EARLY AT 9 P.M. EARLY ARRIVAL IS RECOMMENDED. "Voted one of Pittsburgh's best dance parties of 2013 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers!" Yes, folks, the holiday season is behind us and the Steel City’s wildest soul dance party returns to the Brillobox on Saturday, January 11th to kick off 2014. TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party never fails to start the new year with a BANG - stiff drinks, stacks of wax and only the best grooves from the obscure to the vaults of Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess and more. The recipe is simple: Two turntables, all vinyl. It’s a format that we’ve been dedicated to since 2009: Northern and ‘60s soul, deep funk, vintage R&B and everything in between...from mod jazz to disco to Latin boogaloo. It’s sweaty, loud and just what you need. Get on the dance floor. TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party live mixes: http://www.mixcloud.com/
Brillobox is located at 4104 Penn Avenue and TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is a 21+ event. Doors open promptly at 9p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY w/ guest DJ MR. FINE WINE (WFMU's Downtown Soulville) Saturday, October 12th BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9pm – 2am; $6; 21+ RSVP HERE On Saturday, October 12th, TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party will celebrate its four-year anniversary at the Brillobox. The party, founded by host DJs J.Malls and Gordy G., will continue its tradition of bringing some of the top DJs of the day to the Burgh with a special guest appearance from New York City’s MR. FINE WINE - DJ and radio host of WFMU's Downtown Soulville. In addition to Mr Fine Wine, New York City's DJ ONE MINT JULEP will be in the house spinning her brand of wild R&B and soul. ABOUT MR. FINE WINE Mr. Fine Wine grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s, surrounded by music and by music-industry people. His schoolmates included the offspring of Motown stars like Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin; his uncle (believe it or not!) taught John Lee Hooker how to play guitar chords and owned a local label that put out jazz and soul records. An avid collector of soul 45s for more than 25 years now, Fine Wine took up DJ’ing soon after he relocated to New York City. His radio show, “Downtown Soulville” (www.wfmu.org/playlists/sv), has been converting casual listeners around the globe into soul freaks since 1994. TimeOut London magazine called it one of the best independent music podcasts in the world, and the Village Voice named it New York’s best radio show in 2011. In addition to presiding over many local dance parties through the years (including the Empire State Soul Club, Bumpshop, Horse River Social, and Thee Knights of the Round Tables), he has held down a weekly residency at Manhattan dive bar Botanica since 1996—perhaps the longest-running weekly soul-45 listening party anywhere, and one that has attracted visiting luminaries such as Keb Darge, Yo La Tengo, Cut Chemist, the Dap Kings, and the Dirtbombs. Fine Wine has spun his across-the-board mix of vintage R&B, soul, blues, and funk in Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Finland, England, Canada, Norway, and Germany, and he has backed the likes of Sharon Jones, the Mighty Hannibal, the Gories, Brian Auger, Dee Dee Ramone, DJ Shadow, the Detroit Cobras, Cody Black, Rudy Ray Moore, and Nathaniel Mayer. He has also compiled and written liner notes for the collections “Vital Organs” (Grooovysounds Unltd.), “Crash of Thunder,” “Teach Me to Monkey,” “Scratch That Itch,” and "Just a Little Bit of the Jumpin' Bean" (Vampisoul); he has two more Vampisoul compilations due out in 2014. Fine Wine and his friend the soul legend the Mighty Hannibal are the subjects of a feature-length documentary film, currently in production, called “Showtime.” Downtown Soulville archives page: http://www.wfmu.org/
Above photo credit: Eilon Paz, Dust & Grooves
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party w/ local and national guest DJs SATURDAY July 13th BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9:30pm – 2am; $3 before 10pm; $5 after RSVP here for updates! TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party returns to our normal schedule on Saturday, July 13th at the Brillobox. Five hours of cool, wild and forgotten soul 45s played loud for the dance floor. Doors and music start promptly at 9:30 p.m. * FREE MIX CD THIS MONTH FOR THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE * Here's a few of our favorite R&B tunes: It all goes down at the Brillobox, Pittsburgh’s favorite neighborhood music venue, offering a full food menu, stiff drinks and a commitment and appreciation for quality music and events.
TITLE TOWN presents: LIVING IN AMERICA: Soul, Funk, Disco and Hip Hop Grooves from the U.S.A. WEDNESDAY, JULY 3rd BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9:30pm – 2am; $5 Celebrate your constitutional right to get down! Before the cracking of beers and the BBQ commences, kick off the 4th of July weekend and get your dance (and drink) on at the Brillobox when TITLE TOWN presents LIVING IN AMERICA: Soul, Funk, Disco and Hip Hop grooves from the good ol' U.S.A. In 1950s to the '70s, African-American musicians launched their careers in cities like Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa. Tonight J.Malls and Gordy G. pack the crates with uptempo funk, disco-driven soul tunes, early hip-hop, summertime classics and more - from the places where the music was born. We're pretty sure you'll break a sweat on the dance floor - cuz' it's gonna be hotter than July. Only $5 at the door all night long. Early arrival is recommended. Tell us you're comin' and spread the word. RSVP here.
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party w/ resident DJ's J. Malls & Gordy SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th @ Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd. (E. Liberty)
9 PM-2 AM, 21+/$5 With the temperatures reaching record highs this summer; TITLE TOWN is back again to get ya all loose-limbed and sweaty on the dance floor. Headed by soul specialists and funky beat ambassadors, resident DJs J. Malls and Gordy bring you a five-hour, dance-filled soiree of the highest order: Memphis Soul, New Orleans funk, Motown grooves, disco beats, Northern soul - burnin’ the dance floor at “45 revolutions per minute.” Hands down, there is no better time you'll have for 5 bucks on a Saturday night! DRINK SPECIALS: TBD
You can RSVP right here.
As you may have heard, we're super stoked to get our summer soul programming underway. We're kicking things off this month with the very first TITLE TOWN Record Bar in the Shadow Lounge Blue Room. It's the one place in town where you can buy vintage vinyl, sip tasty drinks and dance all night. And this isn't just soul, our dealers will have a wide-ranging selection of reasonably priced goodness. To celebrate, we're having a little contest. Here's what we got for you: ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a $20 gift certificate courtesy of Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill, a limited edition Title Town t-shirt (limited sizes), free admission to the party, a limited edition JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound 45 courtesy of Addenda Records and a Charles Bradley (Daptone Records) 45! TO ENTER: Just RSVP at the Facebook event page by 6pm on Friday, April 27th. A winner will be announced on Saturday.
Once again, it’s on. For those not familiar with TITLE TOWN, the last few months have been bananas. It’s that one night of the month when Pittsburgh’s finest, funkiest dancers take over the Shadow Lounge for a night showcasing all things good about soul music. Come get down with us on Saturday, March 31st for a sweaty, drink and dance-filled soiree of the highest order. We’ll be doin’ the usual, all-vinyl, all-45 mix: equal parts ‘60s soul grooves, deep funk, end-of-the-night disco and some of that old, raw rhythm & blues to top it all off. Joining forces with us this month is none other than Brooklyn, New York’s David Griffiths. David helped us kick off the inaugural Title Town a few years ago and he’s back again this month for another sure-to-be-funky guest spot. In addition to DJing, David has curated some of the finest soul and funk reissues on labels like Daptone and Kay-Dee Records. This month we’re featuring The Darling Dears And Funky Heavy “And I Love You / I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Love Another” 45 on Griffiths’ own Orivious Records. It’s an official, from-the-master-tapes issue of one of the most sought after funk single ever recorded. Check it out here: here So whaddya say? In a time when dance music is suffering, the music takes center stage at TITLE TOWN. Move and groove to the CLASSICS from artists like the ISLEY BROTHERS, ETTA JAMES, and FREDA PAYNE, plus shake it on down to highly danceable, rare soul and funk cuts from New York, New Orleans, Detroit and everything in between. The cover is cheap as chips and there will be drink specials til' midnight. Do your ears a favor and don't miss this party. Early arrival is recommended. You must enter through the Shadow Lounge on Baum Boulevard. RSVP right here.
As we get ready for Title Town Soul & Funk Party at the Shadow Lounge, we thought we'd post one last photo from the road. We'll see you tomorrow night.