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Teklife’s DJ Spinn and DJ Earl

Two Chicago Footwork Pioneers Come to Oakland.

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Chicago footwork is a fast-paced, percussive style of house music with an accompanying DIY street dancing culture. And while the footwork scene in the Windy City is pretty underground, it has many appreciators in the Bay Area, where turfing occupies a similar niche in the hip-hop and DJ scenes. So the untimely death of DJ Rashad, one of footwork’s pioneers, in 2014 was deeply felt in Oakland’s music community, with many artists and DJs expressing their condolences for the legendary producer on social media. Footwork fans in the Bay Area can rejoice, however, as DJ Spinn and DJ Earl of Rashad’s original Teklife crew are coming to Oakland to play at Brix on February 27. Sela Oner, a Vallejo producer who considers footwork a major influence, is also on the bill, alongside up-and-coming Bay Area DJs Namaste Shawty, Drea Faux Real, and Shruggs.

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