Afrika Bambaataa—pioneering hip-hop DJ and founder of the Zulu Nation—will perform (in DJing mode) at Detroit Bar on Friday Feb. 22. The only man to collaborate with James Brown ("Unity") and John Lydon ("World Destruction" as Time Zone), Bambaataa is revered for his eclectic DJ sets and for exerting a positive force in the Bronx's rougher enclaves in the '70s and '80s after giving up his status as leader of the Black Spades gang. Oh, and he also helped to popularize electro by co-writing "Planet Rock" and "Looking for the Perfect Beat" with Soulsonic Force. You may have heard these at some point in your eventful life.
Santa Ana hip-hop mavericks Free the Robots will open. Tickets are available now at www.detroitbar.com. Snap 'em up, because they're gonna go fast.