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Reflections on funk and punk

Emblazoned across the wall adjacent to the stage were trippy colors flowing back and forth between audience and performer. On the docket for the night were California-based funk bands Atta Kid and Thumpasaurus, hosted by Stanford’s own Jazz Consortium in the living room of 576 Alvarado. With an hour each, both bands took similar musical avenues…

Snarky Puppy at the symphony

They’re called Snarky Puppy (I don’t know why), and depending on the day they have anywhere from eight to 18 members. It’s hard to say what genre they fall under, if any. They won a Grammy for best R&B single of 2014, regularly play international jazz festivals and their compositions bear the fingerprints of a world…

Paper Void’s upset at Chi Theta Chi

On Saturday night, the Stanford Concert Network hosted two genre-bending bands at Chi Theta Chi for a free house concert. The set opened with relative unknowns Paper Void, an Oakland based funk/fusion/neo-soul outfit with deep Stanford ties. They were followed by BADBADNOTGOOD, an acclaimed Canadian pseudo-jazz trio who have made waves with their instrumental albums and worked extensively with hip-hop and R&B superstars. If music were a competition, this would be a tale of David and Goliath.

Victor Wooten as impressive as ever at Yoshi’s

Though the bass guitar is not the tool of choice for flashy musicians, the few masters of its solo performance have won great devotion from fans of the instrument. Known for his masterful slap technique and expansive musical vocabulary, Victor Wooten may be the best electric bassist since Jaco Pastorius, who redefined the instrument’s possibilities in the 1970s. His performance last Saturday for a packed house at Yoshi’s in Oakland was as funky as they come.