On Saturday July 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., two of Long Beach’s most respected
funk bands—OO Soul and Delta Nove—will perform a free, all-ages concert by the Rainbow Harbor
amphitheatre for Summer And Music (SAM) 2010’s funk teaser showcase, Jump Up.
SAM 2010—downtown Long Beach’s award-winning, sustainable concert series providing an entire
summer of free music to the public—presents this night of worldly rhythms as a preview to Long Beach
Funk Fest (LBFF) 2010, stanking up Pine Avenue on August 7 with a legendary funk line-up and a full
day of activities. At both Jump Up and LBFF, you can expect commanding syncopation, brass crass and
the undeniable need for well-worn dance shoes. SAM coordinators recommend that attendees, “Come
hungry. Eat local. Dance hard.”
OO Soul—a Long Beach funk scene staple since 1994—does a commendable job explaining the true
vibe and sound of funk music. “Funk is thick. Funk is smelly. Funk is nasty,” their band website states,
“and you do not, under any circumstances, take funk home to your mother. Funk is the soul of the best
party you’ll never tell your children about.”
And they would know. Over the past 16 years, this octet has played nearly every major venue from San
Diego to San Francisco, sharing the stage with Ozomatli, Eek-a-mouse and Social Distortion, to name a
few. Featured on the soundtracks of independent films, commercials, surf flicks and skate videos, OO
Soul is no stranger to movie world either. Since last their 2009 release, “Till The Lights Come Up”—an
album that leaves “even the most awkward of white boys no choice but to get down” according to Albert
Ching of OC Weekly—they’ve been feverishly touring and perfecting their sound.
Delta Nove—whose lead singer Bobby Easton is also one of the coordinators for LBFF 2010—has an
equally impressive track record. Evolving as a band since 1998, this six-piece has not only played
hundreds of shows in California and across the nation, but makes it a priority to give back to the local
community and raise social awareness through their music. In addition to playing festivals and major
venues, Delta Nove regularly plays at social benefits, community events, universities and public schools.
Having performed with such artists as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Poncho Sanchez and String
Cheese Incident among many others, this funk band draws inspiration from American funk, comingling it
with Brazilian music, West African funk, calypso, rock and reggae. Garnering accolades like “Best Live
Act” for two years in a row at the Orange County Music Awards, and being voted one of the “Top Ten
Bands to See” for 2005 by Jambase, Delta Nove is likely one of the hardest working independent bands
in the Southland. An added caveat: all of their music is recorded locally at the world-renowned, Long
Beach-based studio, The Compound.To keep the groove going, DJ Travis will be spinning in-between sets. Alternative transportation to the
event is encouraged, with several public transit options offered by Long Beach Transit. Long Beach
Cyclists will also be offering free bicycle valet parking to folks who commute to the show on two wheels.
SAM is co-produced and sponsored by the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and the
Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) in partnership with SAM co-founders Rand Foster and Justin
For more information, visit www.summerandmusic.com or call (562) 436-4259.