Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Bells

When: Sat., Nov. 24, 9 p.m. 2012

Mentioning Bells in my "intro to me" opus I wrote my first week as music editor may have been a misstep -- there are more global-fusion bands in my inbox than you can shake a maraca at -- and yet I don't regret promoting the East Bay's answer to one of my favorite Brooklyn bands, Ava Luna. Like Ava Luna, Bells is a group of men and women who play a percussion-heavy style of various genres: art rock, Afro-pop, jazz, blues, and lounge, to name a few. At Bells' recent Cafe du Nord gig, it played a tight but improvisational set that held the energy of a band whose members truly loved making music together. The intimate, jazz-geared Disco Volante (437 14th St., Oakland) should be an ideal venue for Bells, which plays an entire show by itself on Saturday, Nov. 24, before taking off for two weeks of gigs in Miami. 9 p.m., $5. DiscoVolanteOakland.com

Whitney Phaneuf

Price: $5

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