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Friday, July 8, 2011

DJ Tabone celebrates the birth of Soultronik tonight

Tabone on the wheels
  • Tabone on the wheels

Is Soul music dead in Atlanta? Not at all, according to the pioneers who are still here and thriving.
This Friday two purveyors of the sound,DJ Stan Zeff (Tambor) and DJ Tabone celebrate both the music and their birthdays.

DJ Tabone comes to us through the lineage of the Digital DJs. Their O.A.S.I.S soul gigs held MJQ down back in the early 2000s. During that era, he was juggling a day job at the local FOX News affiliate and spinning music at night. With the birth of his daughter Brooklyn in 2006, he took on the turntables full-time.

Currently, his Raw Soul show airs every Wednesday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on 89.3 WRFG-FM. Rare grooves and funky hits are his staple. "I'm free to play whatever I want," Tabone says. That freedom also manifests itself in the posh environment of Loews Hotel every Friday night where Tabone hosts locals and hotel guests as they groove to everything from Common to Frank Sinatra.

When asked about the survival of soul music, Tabone says, "It's a matter of the evolution of our energetic frequency. Soul is a category and the sound is an energy that can't be created or destroyed?"
Much like Jamal Ahmad of WCLK-FM did when he discovered the lost soul music of Brazil, Tabone has connected musical dots and come up with a sound he calls "Soultronik: where the Electric meets the Eclectic."

Take a listen and judge the wattage for yourself.

With Stanzeff and DJ BE. Free before 12 a.m. Fri., July 7. HALO Lounge, W. Peachtree & 6th St. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com.

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