From the mind and ears of producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joe Bagale, comes a sound that is fresh but tangibly rooted in nostalgia. When taking a listen, one may recall the soul of the 60s or the funk of the 70s. Or perhaps it’s pop radio from the 80s or the boom bap beats of the late 90s. What ever it may be, Otis McDonald is the sound of an artist who manifests a lesson in versatility and growing perspective.
Join us for the debut of the fantastic new Otis McDonald album, People Music. Joe Begale, the man behind the music will be spinning this killer record followed by some choice selections that influenced his creative process.
Join us for a listening party featuring the premiere of Blue World, a newly remastered recording by John Coltrane with his Classic Quartet. Recorded in 1964 at the famed Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey, home to many of the greatest jazz recordings of all time, this previously unreleased 37-minute session was originally made at the request of Canadian filmmaker Gilles Groulx, who had asked Coltrane to soundtrack his film Le chat dans le sac. (In the end, 10 minutes of the session appeared in the film.) This Blue World vinyl was mastered from the original analog tape.
We will have some copies of Blue World on-hand to give away at the event.
Since 1995, Martín has worked professionally as a musician, musical director and film composer. He founded the band Antibalas in 1997 and was a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (and the Soul Providers) as well as an early recording/performing member of TV on the Radio.
He also does music/tech related activism and visited Capitol Hill with a delegation of musicians and radio station managers to lobby for the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act, as well as meetings with members of the FCC to promote Net Neutrality for artists and small business owners.
Jennifer Johns is a powerhouse vocalist, songwriter and producer who vacillates between soul, hip hop, afro beat, dancehall, reggae, deep house and all rhythms in between. Ms. Johns creates sounds and experiences that are sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body.
Rocking stages from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala - Jennifer has shared line ups with some of the best in the business including the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Capelton, Ziggy Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Les Nubian, De La Soul and Common to name just a few.
Can’t wait to hear what gems and jams she curates for this special night of music.
Ben was lucky enough to be born into Jazz. As the great nephew of legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews music was always a major part of his life. Ben grew up working at record stores and sifting through his uncles collection, while stories of Jazz greats helped shaped his views and musical interests. Finally realizing his dream of owning his own record store, Ben opened Tunnel Records in San Francisco with the help of his wife in 2017. Sharing music and his love of vinyl is his passion, and the shops growth only has encouraged him to dig deeper and continue brining both obscure and well known records to his clientele.
Spheres is a brand new late night listening session at Bar Shiru, where we deviate from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you an evening of atmospheric, electronic and ambient sound waves. Expect the likes of everything from Aphex Twin and Burial to Alessandro Cortini and Tim Hecker. We turn up the system and let the vibes flow through. Don't miss it.
Fondly known as the girl with the African thumb piano, the mbira, Piwai wows audiences across the globe with her soulful voice and genre-fusing melodies. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Piwai’s love of music is influenced by her multicultural Southern Africa and gospel exposure in early childhood.
Pamchop is a DJ’s DJ. Someone that not only has impeccable taste, but who has a penchant for finding rare soul gems that other DJs didn’t even know they needed in their collection until they heard it in a Pamchop set. Her collection is well-curated, and built the old-fashioned way, through hours upon hours of digging in the dusty bins of record stores and vinyl havens around the world.
Join us for the launch of SPHERES, our brand new late night listening session focused on music from the outer reaches. We’ll be spinning ambient, electronic and atmospheric sounds and turning up the stereo a bit to take it all in. For our launch, we’re are very excited to have Matthew Patterson Curry at the controls, joining us from Brooklyn to spin some far out records. Some of you may know Matthew as Safety Scissors, who’s been producing and DJing left field techno and quirky dance music for the better part of two decades. Gonna be a good one!
Growing up during the Golden Age of Hip Hop, ThatGirl was inspired by the jazz, funk and soul samples that were used to create some of the best music of all time. Those influences will be on full display as she brings the heat, and the chill, to her first Shiru Selector night.
Oakland-by-way-of-Minneapolis producer mejiwahn is known for many things around these parts. Smartbomb, Hot Record Societe and his own soulful beat production, just to name a few. Music is in his blood, so prepare for a night of unexpected musical twists and turns.
Join us for a night of beverages, music, and convo inspired by the one and only Frank Ocean as Temescal and HenHouse breweries (two of our favorites!) release their new collaborative brew, “Poolside Convo”. It’s a tasty and easy-drinking blonde ale, perfect for the Bay Area summer that is just around the corner.
What does Frank Ocean have to do with it… read all about it and more event info here:
In addition to being a prominent remixer and sought-after DJ, Bay Area stalwart King Most (aka Patrick Diaz) is a vinyl head of the highest order, always digging deep to find the choicest cuts. He’ll be unearthing some favorites, rarities and forgotten gems from his extensive collection.
As artists, teachers, activists, poets, etc, the four members of SOL Development have been spreading truth, knowledge and love through music since 2014. Their unique blend of jazz, hip hop and r & b will be on full display as they play live on both days of the Art and Soul Festival in the heart of Downtown Oakland. They will be coming over to Shiru to select some gems for this unofficial Art and Soul afterparty.
Donovan and Jacinta of Champion Sound have been serving Oakland up with a healthy dose of great records and dope tunes for awhile now. They will be mining their vast personal collection for an evening of what are sure to be only the deepest cuts.
Orchestra Gold have been rising in the fertile Bay Area music scene over the past year and we are excited to have them picking records for the night. Their selections are sure to draw from their rich and diverse musical lineage.
A little about the band…Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African–inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali’s musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of the psychedelic soul of 60’s era West Africa. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam’s vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out.
And don’t miss OG on Friday July 19th at the Ivy Room in Albany to see what they bring to the stage. It will be a good one! https://ivyroom.ticketfly.com/event/1857754/
cocktail mixer and listening party curated specifically for the nomad in you. The experience is rooted in artists and sounds reflecting a host of cultural and musical reference points–some familiar; most not. It's otherwise a moment to gather together around our shared love of music. Bring your travel stories.
Join Nina Sol and Bar Shiru for a special JUNETEENTH edition of the Selector Series. Freedom through music.
Nina Sol has been blowing up all over the Bay Area these past couple years. Whether it’s at one of her residencies (Constellations, Elements) or one of her many one-off DJ sets around the globe, Nina always comes correct with a blend of music that is both fresh and timeless. And as a vinyl enthusiast, we know she has some juicy selections ready for the discerning Shiru audience.
Known for his eclectic and international taste-making DJ sets, J Boogie has rocked massive festival stages, intimate clubs and everything in between. The Bay Area producer, DJ and leader of J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science treats us to some of his favorite deep cut albums.
Join us for a very special evening with Nate Brenner of tune-yards as he unveils his brand new solo album, Air, under his Naytronix moniker. Nate will be curating records for the entire evening, including the debut of the aforementioned brand new album! This is not one to be missed. Nate will be on-hand with copies of the new record and we’ll have a special cocktail for the evening as well. Proceeds of the sale of the record and the special cocktail will be donated to organizations providing portections for free and safe access to women’s reproductive rights.