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Motown on Mondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.
510-891-8660
Motown on Mondays
Prozack Turner has certainly made good on his promise to “avoid the Top-40 hip-hop trap” at Legionnaire Saloon, his new Uptown bar. The venue’s parties showcase a wide variety of genres — disco, country, and more — and it recently began hosting one of the Bay’s longest-running weekly events, Motown on Mondays. Started in San Francisco in 2009, Motown on Mondays has since spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Honolulu, and now Oakland, and brings together young and old fans with its mix of Sixties soul, doo-wop, and R&B. At Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), DJs have included Pam the Funkstress of The Coup and J-Boogie, and this week will feature DJ Fuze of Digital Underground. Fuze helped produce some of Digital Underground’s biggest hits, including “Freaks of the Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “The Humpty Dance,” and has collaborated with Tupac and The Luniz, but he’s also made a name for himself as one of the Bay’s most eclectic cratediggers, amassing a collection of soul, house, and world music. Expect him to dust off some of his best records for the occasion. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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The Jet Set

, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
510-451-4677
The Jet Set
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com free
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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DJ Jesse Luscious

Sundays, 9 p.m.
510-444-7224
DJ Jesse Luscious
Jesse Luscious is a punk polymath whose skills only seem to multiply. He’s a hockey player, elected pencil-pusher protecting Berkeley renters, urban sophisticate, record label maestro, Gilman Street refugee, and KALX’s resident on-air interrogator. He also DJs regularly at the Ruby Room, an activity that, to Luscious, must have magical energy restoring properties — because he doesn’t appear to sleep. He spins vinyl on turntables and his selections reflect the liminal history connecting dub reggae to UK punk. As a manager at Alternative Tentacles, he ensures that records get made, and as DJ Jesse Luscious, he ensures that they’re played. Denizens of East Bay dives are grateful. free
Ruby Room 132 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Night Forms

Third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.
888-477-9288
Night Forms
Night Forms, a public service of the arts platform and catalyzer Browntourage, is one of the several regularly occurring dance parties at the Rock Steady (1741 San Pablo Ave., Oakland). Keen to highlight varied narratives and backgrounds with its booking, Night Forms resident and guest DJs in turn foreground diverse, globetrotting selections in their sets. Thursday features Soisy — whose posted online mixes collide Cam’ron and Floetry, UK grime and early Aughts R&B — joins SelamX, an artist of Ethiopian descent who recently produced an enveloping mix to accompany the Afrofuturistic film series in New York. Night Forms, which is completely free, shouldn’t be a particularly radical dance party. In light of the homogeneity at regularly occurring events at most prominent local clubs, however, it is. free
The Rock Steady 1741 San Pablo Ave., Oakland (map)

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Fuzic

Fourth Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-832-4400
Fuzic
Every fourth Friday, DJ Fuze — best known for being a member of seminal Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground — takes over the sound system at Era Art Bar (19 Grand Ave., Oakland). He knows his stuff — he produced for Tupac and worked with artists like The Luniz, Goapele, and Dave Chappelle. And although Fuze’s background is in hip-hop, he also spins R&B, soul, disco, and funk. At his monthly party at Era, he incorporates sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa into his set as well. With such a diverse array of music, you won’t be bored. $10
Era Art Bar and Lounge 19 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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