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Monday, November 7, 2016
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

TAUK w/ Bomb Squad
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general


GA Advance: $10
GA Doors: $13
UCSD Student: FREE w/ Valid ID

On their third studio album Sir Nebula, TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist/organist Alric A.C. Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.

From the hazy atmospherics of Times Up and soaring riffs of Program Select to the urgent rhythms of Shenanigans and sprawling melodies of Where You Are, Sir Nebula finds TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything weve done beforetheres a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound, says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also deliver the dynamic tension-and-release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion thatthanks to a penchant for improvoffers limitless possibilities).

Throughout Sir Nebulathe follow-up to their 2015 live double album HEADROOMTAUK allow a more free-form, instinct-guided approach to steer their music into bold new directions. With this record, we felt more comfortable in the studio and got to a new level where we were able to constantly feed off each other, so there was a lot of spur-of-the-moment improvisation that really helped shape the album, says Jalbert. Adds Carter: We made a point of trying to express ourselves freely and take risks even when that felt challenging and scary, instead of holding ourselves back and possibly taking something away from the songs. At the same time, TAUK sharpened their songwriting to craft more intricately layered arrangements and powerfully intense grooves.

As with their past four releases, TAUK created Sir Nebula in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). But in a departure from their previous work, the band made the album in one concentrated period rather than spacing the recording sessions out in between tours. Holing up at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles, often pulling 12-hour workdays, TAUK ultimately found the revamped recording process hugely beneficial. Everything just happened so naturally this time around, says Jalbert. I cant think of one moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely focused and in the same mindset, which made it this incredibly fun and smooth experience.

TAUKs creative connection traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup.

We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now theres a connection onstage thats unspoken, notes Teel. You just feel it from the energy within the band and from the response coming from the crowdall these people in the same exact headspace.

Since their formation, TAUK have shared stages with an impressive list of bands (including Widespread Panic, Umphreys McGee, Lettuce, and Tim Reynolds & TR3), in addition to appearing at festivals like Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and The Allman Brothers Peach Music Festival. That rigorous touring schedule has gone a long way in strengthening their chemistry, according to Carter. Were doing 140 shows a year and we pretty much live with each other, so theres a healthy respect and trust and love happening there, he says. We all have a common goal and an understanding that this is something were compelled to do, and thats definitely brought us close together. Its also helped TAUK develop a reputation as a masterful live act: TAUK is unstoppable, raved Live for Live Music. If you havent see them, dear God, go.

Now on the road again (with upcoming dates including a two-night stint at the Brooklyn Bowl and spots on the Hangtown Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, and Catskill Chill Music Festival), TAUK also have plans to widen their output by composing scores for film and television. In the meantime, the band is focused on instilling their live show with the same kinetic energy and boundless passion that powered the making of Sir Nebula. Growing up together as
musicians and collectively going on this journeythats what makes this experience really special, says Jalbert of TAUKs continued evolution. Its like everything weve learned over the years has been funneled into this band, and now its taking shape in a really exciting way. We all love what were doing, and the band just feels like home.

ArtPower Presents: Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio ArtTalk
Friday, November 4, 2016
$9.00 UCSD students / $40.00 general / FREE reserved

Join us before the Cuarteto Quiroga take the stage for a pre-performance ArtTalk. Open to Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio ticket holders only.

Stephanie Richards 5tet
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Join us for this special occasion, featuring Stephanie Richards (trumpet), Chris Speed (sax), Micheal Dessen (trombone), Mark Dresser (bass), Andrew Munsey (drums)

Artist Bio ~

left an indelible impression her tone limber and personal, and her ideas deftly executed. NBC News SD

Traveling the spaces between new music, improvisation and performance art, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards examines the physical, visual and auditory interactions of live music performance. As reflected in her recently commissioned works, Rotations for twelve choreographed musicians and carousel organ and Trading Futures for six hundred choreographed found sound surfaces, Stephanies theatrical tendencies often result in compositional collaborations of sound, sight and movement.

Stephanie has become a prominent voice in experimental improvisation, collaborating with artists such as improvisational pioneers Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, composer Helmut Lachenmann and performance artists Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono. As a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the new music collective Bang on a Can, Stephanie has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, Tyondai Braxton among others, and has also performed alongside Kronos Quartet, The Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak and Common.

Championing new music, Stephanie has premiered her own works from stages as varied as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to smaller iconic stages at the Blue Note and The Stone. While her performances survey a panorama of musical genres ranging from free improvisation, jazz, hip hop, punk and contemporary classical music, it is the collaboration with space and surface that unifies Stephanies creative pursuits. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University, California Institute of the Arts and has held residency at Stanford University. A recent addition to the faculty of music at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Stephanie continues to encourage the performance and commissioning of jazz and new music as Vice-President of the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas.

Trivia Night
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Doors 6pm / Show 8pm

Come join us at The Loft, UCSD for Trivia Night, hosted by Sunset Triva.

We'll be starting at 6 PM, so bring your friends and your brains for a night of good food, good drinks and trivia excitement.

Everyone is welcomed!

ASCE Presents: Azizi Gibson
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, raised in Bangkok, Thailand and currently based in Los Angeles, rapper Azizi Gibson's life has been one of melding cultures and experiences into something new and distinct.

Signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and currently managed under Wacka Flocka's 36 Brickhouse, Azizi brings together unique experiences, a love for boundary pushing hip-hop and a swagger with universal appeal-- ranging from eclectic chops and forward thinking bars resident to the sounds of the Brainfeeder collective, with singles like Matrix Slave Ship & DJ Khaled he proves that he can make radio hits as an independent artist without selling out.

Repping his preHISTORIC movement with every chance he gets, if you're about hip-hop, you know this guy is for real.

Trit'N Fright'N Film Festival
Monday, October 31, 2016
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm

Grab your friends and come celebrate the night right - with the first annual Trit'N Fright'N Film Festival! Four different films will be shown between The Loft and PC Theatre, and concessions to fulfill those mid-movie cravings will be held in PC Plaza.

The LAB Presents: DP
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Doors 1pm / Show 2pm

Following in the steps of Dillon Cheung &
Patrick Chuon, DP has evolved into one of the most spirited dance competitions at UCSD. Join in the action, or come out and support your fellow students at their best.

ASCE Presents: Boo Bash
Friday, October 28, 2016
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by having a Halloween dance? Come out to The Loft and show off all your scary-good dance moves! Feel free to dress up and show us your awesome costumes!

ArtPower Presents: ¡Cubanismo! After Party
Thursday, October 27, 2016
$9.00 UCSD students / $23.00 general / FREE reserved

Regular: $30
UCSD Students: $9

Join us after the performance and celebrate with ArtPower artists at The Loft. Beverages will be available to purchase from Zanzibar. Open to Cubanimo! ticket holders only.

ArtPower Presents: The Jones Family Singers
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$9.00 UCSD students / $23.00 general / FREE reserved

Regular: $2335
UCSD Students: $9

The Jones Family Singersconsisting of five sisters, two brothers, and their fatherhave been tearing up churches and festivals for over two decades. Praised by Rolling Stone and NPR as a must-see act at South by Southwest in 2014, the band delivers high-energy performances that showcase the connection between gospel, rock, and soul.

Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition . . . infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B.Wall Street Journal

Día de los Muertos: Sugar Skull Painting Workshop
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Doors 5pm / Show 5pm


In honor of Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), The Loft is hosting our annual Sugar Skull Painting Workshop! We'll be having an instructor coming to teach us all about the beautiful traditions and culture behind The Day of the Dead, and then she'll give you your own skull to make with all kinds of decorations! (Supplies are limited)

This event is FREE! Get here early to secure a spot.

Alan Ferber - Roots & Transitions
Monday, October 24, 2016
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Join us for this special occasion, featuring

Alan Ferber - trombone
Jon Gordon - alto sax
Joshua White - keys
Matt Pavolka - bass
Mark Ferber - drums

Special Guests:
Drew Ceccato - saxes
Kyle Motl - bass
Juan Rubio - drums

ArtPower Presents: Takuya Kuroda
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Doors 8pm / Show 12am
$9.00 UCSD students / $23.00 general / FREE reserved

Regular: $2335
UCSD Students: $9

Making his first trip to the U.S. just 13 years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz musician, trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda is a forward- thinking artist with a bent towards mixing post- pop and adventurous soul-jazz. With his inventive compositions, which include everything from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Afro-beat, he is primed to become a major voice on the 21st-century modern soul-jazz scene. A fixture on the New York scene for the past decade, Kuroda has performed with big league players such as Valery Ponomarev, Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, and Andy Ezrin.
Rising Sun is the perfect title for the Blue Note debut from Takuya Kuroda, who is perhaps best known for his inspired presence in vocalist Jose Jamess band over the past several years. Friends since their student days at Berklee, Kuroda contributed significantly to Jamess 2010 album Blackmagic, and his critically hailed 2013 Blue Note album No Beginning No End, a project for which he also wrote the horn arrangements. No one sounds like Takuya, says James. His tone, warmth and most of all his storytelling have inspired me for years. His writing is soulful, modern, and effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and soul, and between history and tomorrow.
A transcendent horn player Washington Post
Kuroda pulls you into his world from the downbeat . . . Its a world informed by jazz, soul, R&B, and especially Afro-beatDownBeat

MORE INFO: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/takuya-kuroda/

Bee's Knees
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Hailing from Los Angeles, Bee's Knees is Aaron Spiro and Adam Novodor. The production duo has topped the Hype Machine charts with their feel-good dance remixes, alongside sharing the stage with Chill Harris and Oliver
Heldens. Their Variety Pack EP is out now on Sexy Electric. See you at the show!

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