Live From Planet Earth / The messin' around in the middle house party: James Brown vs. The Isley Brothers


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Now that the hype of New Years Eve has died down you can either keep the party going or get that do-over you need, because we're celebrating righteously in Brooklyn with James Brown and The Isley Brothers as our guides this weekend on Saturday, January 8.

We all know James Brown set foundations stood on by everyone from Public Enemy "Night Train" to Pete Rock "T.R.O.Y.", to Biggie/The Notorious BIG "Dreams", to Mary J. Blige "Everything", to Black Moon "Enta Da Stage", to En Vogue "Hold On" & "My Lovin' You're Never Gonna Get It", to Alicia Keys "Fallin", to Brandy "I Wanna Be Down", to Blackstreet "No Diggity" and, yes, even Nicki Minaj "Save Me".

But The Isley Brothers got plenty of legacy to claim as well, from Ice Cube "Today Was A Good Day", to A Tribe Called Quest "Bonita Applebum", to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "Buddah Lovers", back to Biggie again "Big Poppa", to Keith Murray "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World" , to Da Brat "Funkdafied" , to Tupac "Bury Me A G" and, yes, even Ludacris and Trey Songz "Sex Room".

Along with performances by soul singer Nicholas Ryan Gant and delta blues/rock band The Wolfhustlers we'll be exploring all of this historical territory thoroughly, curated by our Earth-native tour guide DJ Jah Medicine. We'll also be gettin down to original hits from Sir. Brown and The Isleys all night long.

Aside from celebrating inspiration and good people right here on good, old planet Earth, the other reason we're gathering is to raise funds for the magazine. This is a house party event hosted in a huge apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn by two good brothers so we ask that we all respect the space and treat it like our own home. An open "bar" will be in effect with free drinks and free food from Spicy Wild Mango, but we encourage you to bring something to share as well, pot-luck family style. Complimentary copies of Liberator 9.1 will also be available.

We do ask that you kindly RSVP, since this is a limited capacity space.


related event: Jan 6-8
Conference for The State of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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