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The Gods Must Be Crazy 

When: Fri., July 1, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $15, $20

Some fun facts about Philly-based DJ and producer Rich Medina: He grew up in New Jersey. He wears glasses. When he isn't cutting tracks in the studio, he enjoys writing poetry. His major star turn happened at a dance party called Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack, where he met Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip in 2005. Oh, also, he's a big fan of African pop legend FelaKuti. And his mixes combine all sorts of disparate interests, from funk, to soul, to free verse, to classic hip-hop, to R&B string sections, to electronica. He'll preside over a "supernatural black experience" this weekend, accompanied by poet and theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, singer Jennifer Johns, soul crooner Martin Luther, and heartthrob rapper Kev Choice, who recently moved to Atlanta but still has strong roots in Oakland. Called "The Gods Must Be Crazy," and billed as a tribute to deceased African-American royalty (Hendrix, Simone, Scott-Heron, Baker, Malonga), this event happens on Friday, July 1, at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland). 8 p.m., $20.

— Rachel Swan


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