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Friday, April 16, 2010

Black Coffee brews soulful, deep house tonight

Since January, a friend and I have discovered and enjoyed a mutual love for the intoxicating sounds of Black Coffee. We’ve consistently kept him in rotation … in the car, on YouTube, via mixes by DJ Kemit. Any excuse to crank up “Even Though,” “Superman,” “Turn Me On,” and especially “Juju” — check the big guy getting his groove on in the video; now that’s the kind of party I want to be at!

Tonight, I’ll have my chance. After months of talking about how awesome it would be to check Black Coffee live – and after missing his WMC appearance in Miami last month – the South African producer makes his way to Sound Table off Edgewood and Boulevard.

Now, it’s still a mystery to me how the 240 people who’ve RSVP’d on Facebook plus however many walk-ups will fit into the smallish space. But hey, if they did it for Dam-Funk, brothers’ gonna work it out for this event. (Maybe the vacant space next door will serve as overflow?) The evening is part of Tambor, the house music monthly that has brought dance music greats such as Jellybean Benitez, Tony Humphries and Ron Pullman to the recently shuttered Filter over the past year. (That’s a whole ’nother post: What’s up with Filter closing, and the venue “reopening” as the Mark on Marietta Street where Black Coffee was originally scheduled to be held, only to be moved?)

Anyway, back to the music. It is gooooood! Black Coffee produces deep house that dips into tribal, inspirational, and soulful. His go-to vocalists, Zakes Bantwini and Bucie, complement the tracks in a way that makes you wish they were there, but satisfied with their virtual accompaniment nonetheless. It’s that authentic and true.

The anticipation of hearing “Even Though” — lost in the sound, the lyrics, eyes closed but limbs open to reaching, pumping, extending, moving … I think I’m going to have one of those “Where were you when Black Coffee played [insert favorite song here]?” moments tonight.

Salah Ananse, DJ BE, Stan Zeff are opening up, and they are far from slackers when it comes to getting you on your feet. If you have any itch to dance tonight, or simply be in the presence of a welcoming, diverse and soulfully energized crowd, make your way out. Early. Doors open at 10, and capacity will be reached.

Black Coffee, with Salah Ananse, DJ BE, Stan Zeff. $15. 10 p.m. Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. www.thesoundtable.com.

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