A growing number of local venues and parties are celebrating international popular music. Case in point: Every Wednesday, DJs El Kool Kyle and Silverback spin reggae (from Jamaica, Brixton, and New York City) and cumbia (a form of dance music that’s popular throughout Latin America) on two floors of The Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). The origins of cumbia live up to the “world” music moniker: It was birthed from Guinean cumbé music and influenced by both indigenous South American groups and Spanish colonizers. El Kool Kyle and Silverback host guests DJs each week, and a local muralist, Marlon Sagana Ingram, curates live art. Baylando Records, which hosts the event, formally launched this week, so expect the party to grow.
If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, fear not: Your appreciation of all things LOTR need not end after the film does, because the Stork Club (2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) is hosting a night of fantasy-themed music. Performers include Bryaugh, a Tolkien-tribute lore-core band that plays punk and metal covers of songs from Tolkien movies; thrash metal band Dizastor; heavy punk band Agata, who wrote a song about Games of Thrones in sword and dragon solidarity; Limbs, a death metal group; and Thee Hobo Gobbelins, a quintet who describe themselves as “the green-skinned child of punk rock, avant-garde performance art and hobo soul.” Dress to impress.