Club Pick: The Lions at The Continental Room, Sun. April 19
There are certain things that we've just come to expect from Downtown Fullerton's Continental Room. Peeling back the heavy wooden door on a weekend might as well be the opening to some cinematic club shot where everything just seems to fit into place. Eclectic packs of twentysomethings bathe under flush bar lighting armed with half-melted spirits and loud conversations. Music blares from the back on the corner stage as people try desperately to maneuver past a packed dance floor as bouncer flash lights shoo them on. But apart from the Vegas lounge aesthetics, the one thing you can always count on is some legit soul music of every shade. This Sunday will be no different as L.A. reggae/dub outfit The Lions let out a relaxed roar of swirling brass and island bravado on a pack live music junkies.
Fronted by Alex Desert and Deston Barry of Hepcat, this collective of 13-some-odd musicians offer up an irie stew of sounds barely contained by the slim parameters of the stage. Pounding percussion and strutting bass lines are the skeleton that holds together gems like "Ethio Steppers" while the slow moving psychedelics of "Cumia Del Leon" is a perfect match to your well cultivated alcohol buzz. To top it off, the band is performing two sets, giving you no excuse to miss out on this one. Altogether these Ubiquity recording artists are one more reason why their label remains so, uh, ubiquitous inside the walls of Continental.
Look out for a cavalcade of crate diggers to warm up the dance floor leading up to the late night headliner. DJs Bobby Soul, Thee Conductor, DJ Hyder and HM Selectah will no doubt bombard you with their firm collection of exotic rhythms, break beats and old school flavor. I don't know why they choose to spoil you people like this, I really don't.
Here's a bit of what you can expect on Sunday:
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