With a biopic in theaters and events celebrating his music such as last week’s live tribute at the Hollywood Bowl, James Brown’s been gettin’ on up on pop culture big-time lately. This event sees some of the best soul and funk DJs tackling the sex machine’s visceral and rhythmic song list with an exotic addition — the music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
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Spinning “exclusives, covers, samples and hits” by both innovators, plus artists inspired by them, the lineup includes DJ Jedi, NYC-to-Philly fave Rich Medina and Beat Junkies/Stones Throw producer J. Rocc. If this party doesn’t make you break out in a cold sweat, you got no soul in you whatsoever.
1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park?, Friday, August 22, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 presale, $15 door
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