We're used to seeing Leisure Chief (formerly Buster Keaton) dependably funking around at Tanqueray's on Thursdays, but a new event featuring the band that cropped up on our calendar has uncommon written all over it. First, location. It's a free show at Milk Bar at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, one of the first peeps we've heard since show promoter Jessica Pawli came on board at the bar, on their brand new stage. (RSVP) Second, in addition to the jazz and funk-fueled jams you'd expect from Leisure Chief, they'll be playing a full set of J Dilla instrumentals.
If you're not familiar with Dilla, stop everything and listen up. J Dilla was a hugely revered but undersung producer whose presence was felt but not shouted from the rooftops, quietly affecting and influencing hip-hop's best artists. From AllMusic: "... hardcore hip-hop fans began to know Dilla for his steady wobble, which was unfailingly musical and rich in details -- shuffling hi-hats, oddly placed handclaps, spacious drum loops with drastically reshaped samples of tracks both obscure and obvious." Listen to Donuts, the instrumental album he completed in his hospital bed, released three days before Dilla died from cardiac arrest.
Other free shows you can check out at the Milk Bar (all shows are 21 and up):
10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 20, 27 - The VLA with DJ Cub and Jazzthieve
10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 - Juno Smile
10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 - Laine Breeden & Hannah Harber-Wynn
10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 - Maxx Von Shadow