TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY w/ special guest DJ BUSCRATES FRIDAY, November 25 Spirit (Upstairs) 242 51st St. Pittsburgh, PA 9pm – 2am; 21+ w/ ID RARE SOUL ? DEEP FUNK ? DISCO ? VINTAGE R&B THIS IS OUR 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND OUR LAST PARTY OF 2016. To help us celebrate, TITLE TOWN welcomes a maestro of contemporary modern funk and hip hop production, Orlando “Buscrates” Marshall aka the Sixteen Bit Ensemble. DJ, producer, musician, and one-third of Pittsburgh's East Liberty Quarters collaboration - he will be in the house throwing down a not-so-common, all-45 set of fat funk, synth soul, underground boogie, disco beats, and beyond. Music Is My Sanctuary writes “the producer known as Buscrates (or Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble) captured our ear a couple years ago with his early releases; already miles ahead of your average beat maker. The Pittsburgh-native (now based in Atlanta) has an undeniable sound, a mix with Boogie-Funk, Soul heavy on synths but also with the influence of being raised on a steady dose of Boom Bap. His EP titled “The Spectrum” released on Omega Supreme Records is easily one of the best in the great Modern Funk movement.” Get ready. RSVP HERE FOR UPDATES
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Dance Party w/ special guest DJ Smi Saturday, September 12th at brillobox 4104 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield/Lawrenceville) 9 pm-2 am, 21+ $6 TITLE TOWN returns to Brillobox the second Saturday of each month and this time we are joined by DJ SMI. The former Shadow Lounge owner (where TITLE TOWN first began) is a musician and disc jockey, an all around creative guy and way back in the day he paid his crate digging dues while acquiring a massive amount of 45's, which he will share with us on Saturday, September 12th. This is a rare opportunity to catch an all-45 set from the ubiquitous Pittsburgh DJ and co-founder of popular local events including Afro Heat and Classic Material. Early arrival is always recommended, especially since the college students will be back in town this month. As an extra incentive we offer half-priced admission before 10 pm. Bring your open minds and ears and be prepared to dance to FIVE HOURS of vintage Soul, Funk, R&B, Boogaloo, Disco, Boogie and MORE!! RSVP here!
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party w/ guest DJ NITEKRAWLER (Moneytown, D.C. Soul Recordings) Saturday, November 9th BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9pm – 2am; $6; 21+ RSVP on Facebook for prizes and updates! 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!" We’re still reelin’ from having wrapped four successful years of TITLE TOWN, but Pittsburgh’s dance-centric soul party is turnin’ things up on November 9th with a special guest appearance from Washington D.C.’s DJ NITEKRAWLER - DJ, collector and driving force behind D.C. Soul Recordings and MONEYTOWN. As any music fan knows, a steady diet of familiar, yet fresh sounds is the perfect recipe for a good dance party, so expect everything from obscure ‘60s & ‘70s soul, deep and classic funk, vintage rhythm & blues, Latin boogaloo, uptempo disco and anything (and everything) else that makes your Saturday night move - all at 45 revolutions per minute. ABOUT DJ NITEKRAWLER We gotta say, not many DJs in the game can throw down an all-45 set of downright obscure and forgotten 45s while maintaining a high level of feel-good party rocking craftsmanship. Kevin Coombe a.k.a DJ Nitekrawler has been honing his skills at H Street’s Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar for years. His MONEYTOWN party continues to be D.C.'s best outlet for a dance-friendly mix of funk, soul, boogaloo, breakbeats, Latin, and more. The Washington Post writes, “DJ Nitekrawler has getting crowds to dance down to a science: wickedly funky drums. Deep, rubbery bass. Punching horns. Shaking tambourine. The unmistakable chicka-chicka shuffle of wah-wah guitar.” He’s not only a schooled DJ dropping mean grooves, but a catalyst behind the cataloging of records by legends and lesser-known artists of the Washington D.C. & Maryland funk, soul, & R&B era of the '60s to the early '90s (including all related sub-genres and descendants such as Go-Go and Disco). In 2010, DJ Nitekrawler was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and is working on a book that delves deeper into the D.C. and Maryland music. Don’t miss the one-two punch of DJ Nitekrawler and TITLE TOWN’s resident DJ Gordy G. Discovering Old D.C. Soul (Washington Post) http://
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Brillobox is located at 4104 Penn Avenue and TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is a 21+ event. Doors open promptly at 9 p.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/ guest DJ JUDDY (Pittsburgh, UK) SATURDAY, September 7th BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9pm – 2am; $5 Oh Baby, Don’t You Weep because the Dream Team is BACK, September 7th at BRILLOBOX! Attention: Pittsburgh – put on your red dress and your hi-heel sneakers because the dream team is back: The one-two punch that made you shake your head and get outta bed; the serious heavyweights, the greats of the stay-up-lates; the purveyors of Maximum R’n’B, spinners of platters what matters from time immemorial – back together again, Mssrs. GORDY G and JUDDY bringin’ down the TITLE TOWN! While Gordy’s name is the one that makes all fliers get higher, you gotta ask your mama and your papa if you wanna know about Gentleman Juddy: Once sire of Pittsburgh’s soul shakin’ scene, since the dawn of the 21st Century, Juddy’s made a mess with a stack of rare-n-scratchy NORTHERN SOUL, NEW ORLEANS VIPERS, ’50s R&B & BLUES and ’60s BOOGALOOS as co-founder of influential nights like Soulcialism and Vipers Soul Club. And now he’s back from for ONE NIGHT ONLY all the way from London, England, to spill your drink and make ya think! TITLE TOWN. It’s a hedonistic throwback to the days of Memphis juke joints and funky New Orleans soul, Pittsburgh record hops and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club. You can lose your cool and cure your dance fever to the soulful sounds of GENO WASHINGTON and THE 5 ROYALES, hear vintage club tracks from RALPH “SOUL” JACKSON and ERMA FRANKLIN and party ‘til the wee hours with disco and modern soul sounds of EDDIE KENDRICKS and LARRY MCGEE.
We need you. And you need it too. Come out, shake it down, and help show Juddy the Burgh’ hasn’t skipped a beat. Tell us you're comin': RSVP here.
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party presents the Cultures of Soul Records Showcase w/ DEANO SOUNDS & FREDDIE ROGERS (Boston, Mass.) SATURDAY, August 3rd BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9:30pm – 2am; $5, 21+ RSVP Spread the word! Due to scheduling conflicts, TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party temporarily moves to first Saturdays in August and September! • SATURDAY, August 3rd w/ DEANO SOUNDS & FREDDIE ROGERS (Cultures of Soul Records, Boston, Mass.) - RSVP • SATURDAY, September 7th w/ SPECIAL GUEST DJ JUSTIN HOPPER --------------------------
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TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is stoked to welcome guest DJ DEANO SOUNDS - vinyl junkie and the man behind CULTURES OF SOUL - one our favorite new labels releasing new and reissued soul, funk, jazz, latin, salsa, afrobeat, and more from BOSTON! Travelling with DJ partner FREDDIE ROGERS, the duo will join TITLE TOWN in spinning a non-stop, shake-worthy all 45 DJ set while you party down to best sounds of RARE and CLASSIC Soul, Deep FUNK, R&B Shakers, DISCO and BOOGIE from the Cultures of Soul catalog and the TITLE TOWN crates!
*Arrive early to get your hands on prizes and giveaways courtesy of Cultures of Soul Records!
“Deano Sounds has been DJing and collecting vintage records for over a decade now. In 2008 he started DJing for Viva Radio and created his Cultures of Soul Radio Show which features eclectic vintage music for the dancefloor from across the globe. Soon after he started his own record label, Cultures of Soul Records and has since been releasing rare but danceable vintage records from all over the world. Receiving high praise from DJs and collectors alike including DJ Andy Smith, Gilles Peterson, Andy Williams, DJ Prestige, Oliver Wang, Andy Beta, Dimitri from Paris, DJ Soul Sister, DJ Day, James Pants, Cosmo Baker, and Mr. Scruff. Deano is the executive producer and compiler of all Cultures of Soul releases including the highly acclaimed Evans Pyramid album, Stanton Davis' Brighter Days, and the World's Funkiest Covers compilation series.
On the DJing, Deano has been a recurring guest at Boston's premier soul night, Soulelujah and has started many rare soul and R&B nights at various nightspots in the Boston area. Deano has also DJed in Brooklyn and London multiple times. Deano also been invited to guest DJ on radio shows as varied as Galactic Fractures, A Downtown Affair, and Solar Radio. And he has opened for Lee Fields and the Expressions, Barrence Whitfield, 9th Wonder, and DJ Kon.”
Coming this fall, Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith have teamed up together to release Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist US Edition - a killer compilation of R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul, and Sleazy Shakers much like you would find at Andy’s world renowned Jam Up Twist club night in the UK.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th TITLE TOWN is stoked to support Attack Theatre and be part of the THE DIRTY BALL again this year! We're steppin' out of the box and hitting it hard with '70s and '80s disco, boogie and electro-funk grooves + TITLE TOWN classics and a few surprises in the mix so you can DANCE ALL NIGHT. If you've been, you know. If you haven't, you should. It all goes down this Saturday, April 27th, but get your tickets now because this event sells out every year! SATURDAY, MAY 11th Pittsburgh’s preeminent funky soul dance party returns to the BRILLOBOX on Saturday, May 11th: Five hours of straight-up, unfiltered SOUL, FUNK, and R&B 45s played loud - givin’ you an excuse to sweat, smile and otherwise turn it loose. This month we welcome back guest DJ ROBERT FEARLESS (Baltimore) - the man behind those SAVE YOUR SOUL parties, the Charm City’s wildest and funkiest dance party featuring dance-floor driven soul, funk and R&B 45's with a who’s who roster of guest DJs every month at the historic Lithuanian Hall. 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 art. Take note that this party starts at 9pm and fills up fast! Early arrival is recommended! See you on the dance floor! RSVP here. Click on the fliers for more info.
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party w/ guest DJ J.MALLS SATURDAY, April 13th Brillobox (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) 9pm – 2am $3 from 9pm – 10pm; $5 10pm – 2am Spring is pretty much here and this month TITLE TOWN is takin’ over the Brillobox on Saturday, April 13th - we’ll put that pep in your step, by bringing that heavy and heady mix of rare soul, funk and rhythm & blues 45s for your hip-shakin’ Saturday night. This month features the return of Pittsburgh vinyl extraordinaire, J. MALLS - co-host of The Big Throwback, Title Town Soul & Funk Party and a recognized authority on the unsung heroes of the regions soul, funk and jazz musical history. With an ever-changing box of 45s, J.Malls is sure to spin a dizzying, funk-heavy mash of new and old favorites that will be hard for your good foot to ignore. This month, we're also featuring new music from Brooklyn’s IKEBE SHAKEDOWN, Truth & Soul’s LADY and new 45s from FUNK NIGHT Records. If you're gonna do it, do it real, and it doesn't get any realer than TITLE TOWN. It all goes down at the Brillobox, Pittsburgh’s favorite neighborhood music venue, offering a full food menu, stiff drinks and a commitment to providing the community with high quality music and art events. Doors open at 9pm. EARLY ARRIVAL IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. RSVP here and check back soon for updates and contests.