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

Fishbone

When: Fri., March 23, 9 p.m. 2012

Propelled by the success of Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson's recent documentary, Everyday Sunshine, the famed Afropunk Los Angeles band Fishbone seems to be enjoying a resurgence. At least, that's what was implied by the band's recent national tour, which included a stop at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in Florida, where Fishbone opened for soul singer Chaka Khan. (Bassist John "Norwood" Fisher said he was a bundle of nerves that day; frontman and saxophonist Angelo Moore seemed nonplussed.) It's understandable that an all-African-American, multi-genre outfit would have enormous staying power in a society fixated on improbable combinations, even though it's also clear that Fishbone was risky from the jump. Major label deals, slick production, genuine talent, and oversize personalities weren't enough to save it from the general problem of racial gerrymandering in the music industry, much less its own inner-strife. That said, Fishbone soldiers on, more than three decades later, with two original members and a cult of fandom intact. The band will play at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Friday, Mar. 23, with Afrolicious, Year of the Dragon, and Heart Touch. 9 p.m., $20. IndependentSF.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $20

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