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

DJs Backside and Pam the Funkstress

When: Sat., April 23, 9 p.m. 2011

So it turns out Shattuck Down Low is the East Bay hub for all your hip-hop needs this weekend. Not only is the venue hosting a free Del Tha Funkee Homosapien show on Friday, it's also featuring two homegrown female hip-hop DJs on Saturday for a night of classics and "heavy duty" Top 40 hits. DJs Backside and Pam the Funkstress aren't just wax slingers who can get a party started. They're also well-respected among underground heads and activists. Pam made her name by manning the decks for famed agit-prop group The Coup, and her cult of idolatry eventually rivaled that of emcee Boots Riley. "Best of the East Bay" winner DJ Backside came up playing community dance battles, hosting the barbecues at Moses Music in East Oakland, and establishing herself as a booster of local hip-hop. She also co-owns It's a Grind coffee shop in downtown Oakland. At Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Saturday, Apr. 23. 9 p.m., $10. ShattuckDownLow.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $10

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