Groove


Main Stage

Like? Cross Section of Hip-Hop | Alternative | Soul | DnB
Musicians featured on the main stage (see videos below) represent examples of some of the best (IMO) in their genre of music.


J Dilla’s DJ Lounge

Featuring internationally known DJs mixing the funkiest beats of J Dilla – “Hip-Hop DJ Jedi Grand Master” and the most passionate and inspiring hip-hop producer that ever lived.  Thank you for staying true and pure – I wish you peace!  [Listen to more JD]


J Dilla’s Lounge
PETE ROCK | “HIP-HOP DJ JEDI GRAND MASTER” Most respected and admired hip-hop producer that continues to give you feed your soul with only the best.  [Listen to more Pete]


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MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO | “FUTURE MACARTHUR FELLOW” Most adventurous and risk taking bassist, vocalist, and songwriter known for pushing the envelope with her musical creations year after year.  [Listen to more Meshell]


J Dilla’s Lounge
ONRA | “CHINOISERIES PARISIAN SPINNER” Soulful, authentic and imaginative, Onra spins some of the most rich and inviting sounding beats inspired by soul, hip-hop, and his Vietnamese roots.  [Listen to more Onra]


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JULIETTE ASHBY | “RISING UK DIVA” Rising UK R&B vocalist whom I discovered watching Amy Winehouse‘s “I told You I Was Trouble – Live in London” DVD. She said she was her best friend and that we should go and check her out – so I did and was blown away by her melodies and lyrics. [Listen to more Juliette]


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LITTLE DRAGON | “NORDIC FUNK-PUNK” Rising Swedish band discovered on Meshell Ndegeocello’s YouTube channel. Their sound is a combination of punk, funk, electronic, and soul, and can become quite addicting.  [Listen to more Little Dragon]


J Dilla’s Lounge
SBTRKT + Sampha | “HIDDEN GEMS” Mysterious mixologists/percussionists Aaron Jerome and Sampha are known for their innovative collaborations and trademark tribal masks that force you to listen NOT see.  [Listen to more SBTRKT]


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THE ROOTS | “BEST HIP-HOP BAND. PERIOD.” Best hip-hop band that consistently brings forth timeless and thought provoking lyrics and melodies that are unmatched by any other group in its genre. Period.  [Listen to more of The Roots]


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SHAPESHIFTER + LADI 6 | “NEW ZEALAND SHAPESHIFTER” Most uplifting DnB band to NEVER tour the U.S. as of 2011.  Karoline Tamati (aka Ladi 6) is simply bad ass and I would love to see them set the U.S. on fire with their amazing talent.  [Listen to more Shapeshifter | Ladi 6]


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JIMPSTER | “SMOOTHEST TURNTABLIST” Versatile and eclectic, Odell spins deep house that sounds sexy as hell. His uncanny ability to create beats that sound totally different will have you thinking you’re listening to 10 different DJs.  [Listen to more Jimpster]


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N.E.R.D. | “FOREVER YOUNG” Known for their stellar performances and ability to time travel without aging, fans of this Gen-X group are mesmerized by their timeless lyrics about the pressures and pleasures of our youth.  [Listen to more N.E.R.D.]


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tUnE-yArDs | “The Mad Harmonizer” Sound percussionist extraordinaire, Merrill Garbus’ music project creates on the fly custom loops that will have you grooving to the hottest Afrobeat, hip-hop, and rock inspired beats one minute, and the next, wanting to flee from the cacophony of sound.  [Listen to more tUnE-yArdDs]


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SISTARS | “POLISH SOUL SISTERS” After winning MTV’s Europe Music Award for Best Polish Act in 2004 and 2005, Sistars broke up the following year for solo careers. I don’t understand what they’re saying, but, it sounds damn good 🙂


J Dilla’s Lounge
DJ SPINNA | “CONSUMMATE MIXER” Eclectic and daring describes Mr. Williams’ jaw dropping talent for mixing sounds that give you the sensation of a cool, refreshing drink on a hot day.  [Listen to more DJ Spinna]


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THE TEMPER TRAP | “DOWN UNDER ROCKERS” Explosive eargasm is how I would describe their sound. Discovered through hubby playing TDU2 for like 4 months straight and “Fader” was the song that peaked my curiosity. Once I heard/saw “Sweet Disposition” on YouTube, I was hooked 🙂  [Listen to more of The Temper Trap]


J Dilla’s Lounge
KENNY DOPE | “DOPEST HOUSE DJ” This legendary Brooklyn native will have you dancing into the wee hours of the morning to the dopest hip-hop and Afro-Latino inspired house rhythms.  [Listen to more Kenny Dope]


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SOULPERSONA feat. PRINCESS FREESIA | “UK DYNAMIC SOUL DUO” Soulpersona & Princess Freesia were discovered digging through the YouTube virtual crates one night in search of new music.  The Lap Dancer album is ridiculously refreshing – it’s amazing what you can do in your bedroom on a MacBook.  [Listen to more from The Lap Dancer]



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