You heard it here first: yours truly, the DJ O-Dub, will be “closing” for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings when they play the El Rey on Tuesday, Dec. 4th.

This isn’t quite unprecedented. I actually was their opening DJ when the group played the Elbo Room in San Francisco, back around 2002, when they were touring their first album. Suffice to say, a lot has happened with Jones and the Kings since then (let’s just say the Elbo Room doesn’t quite hold the same amount of people as the El Rey). I am quite stoked to be accorded the honor of opening for them again.

For some crazy reasons – tickets are still available (hey, they sold out the Apollo. The Apollo. The best L.A. can do is sell out the El Rey, I mean…c’mon now. Tickets are only $16, which is quite the bargain compared to what other shows go for these days ($250 Prince tickets, I’m looking at you).

For the occasion, I’m going to try to put together something a lil special for any Soul Siders who pop up at the show. No promises but I’ll do my best to bring through a lil somethin’.

In the meantime, here’s a little treat off the new Daptone Records Remixed, put out promotionally by Scion. You can peep out the entire 8-track CD here at, but courtesy me, enjoy my favorite remix off this EP, the Ticklah remix of “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” (the original was one of my favorite songs off of Naturally).

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Ticklah Remix)
From Daptone Records Remixed (Scion, 2007)

Bay Area Soul Sides Party

Thursday, June 28 – Casanova Lounge – San Francisco
The Official Bay Area SSV2 Release Party
DJ O-Dub w/ DJs Vinnie Esparza and B.Cause
10pm – 2 am
527 Valencia by 16th

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Mandrake Bar this past Friday. We had a capacity crowd (which surprised even me) and apologies to those forced to queue up outside. I’m already planning the next event there, sometime in July.

Bay Area fam: Don’t forget, I’ll be back up in San Francisco this upcoming Thursday, spinning with two of my favorite DJs: Vinnie Esparaza and B.Cause. I’ll be crashing their Olde Soul night at the Casanova in the Mission District (you know what parking’s like so plan accordingly!).

Soul Sides Vol. 2 Release Parties – Going Coast to Coast!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Mandrake Bar last night. Me and Murphy’s Law had a good ol’ time spinning, chatting it up with folks and giving away my Betty Davis promos. We plan on doing this again real soon – we’ll keep you in the pipeline.

Speaking of which: here’s a list so far of places hosting either listening or release parties for Soul Sides Vol. 2. My thanks to everyone for helping spread the word. We have the following cities represented thus far:

San Diego
Staten Island
Lawrenece, KS
Washington D.C.

At some point, I’ll put together a formal L.A. release party, probably in early June. And I definitely want to put something together for the Bay Area too.


Yes, we’re leaving the Bay for L.A. but not without one last gig…

The O-Dub Send-Off Party
Friday, July 28th
10pm – 2am
Elbo Room (Valencia and 17th)
Spinning: Vinnie Esparza, Cool Chris, Matthew Africa and yours truly
FREE (did he say free? Yes, he did.)

I cordially invite anyone and anybody to come out to the Elbo Room on the 28th as I, with my three former DJ partners, end my 16 year stay in the Bay with what will hopefully be one funky good time. Come out – it’s free! – have good time, watch yet another awesome night get shut down prematurely by S.F.’s lame cabaret licensing laws! (But seriously, it’ll be fun until last call).

I WILL have a batch of both my Deep Covers (funk) and Classic Material (hip hop) mix-CDs available for sale at the show.