DJ & Dance

Latin Soul Brothers

When: Sat., Feb. 4, 10 p.m. 2012

Oakland Faders DJ Joe Quixx is widely regarded as one of the best, most versatile turntablists in an oversaturated market. He's an incredibly agile technician, an obsessive record collector, and an entertainer who's savvy enough to keep in step with the times. Over the last two years he's transitioned from hip-hop to Latin music, which might seem like a tectonic shift for anyone who knew him as the former DJ for Sway and Tech's World Famous Wake-Up Show. Maybe it's a way of retracing his roots or finding a niche. Perhaps it's an artistic fixation. Whatever the case, Quixx has rebranded himself as part of the Latin Soul Brothers collective, a group of artists, DJs, emcees, and gallery owners who use Latino-American culture as their primary muse. He conceived a series of dance parties to fit in that vein -- meaning they either emphasize Afro-Caribbean music or low-rider classics. The latest iteration stars Quixx alongside DJ Speshboogie, and they promise a nostalgia-based mix of disco, funk, soul, and Afrobeat. It doesn't have quite the same atavistic bent as "Makossa," the event that Quixx threw with fellow Soul Brother WonwayPosibul. But it should be a real happening party. At Lounge 3411 (3411 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland) on Saturday, Feb. 4. 10 p.m. LatinSoulBrothers.wordpress.com

Rachel Swan

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