Soul School & Paul Oakenfold

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>>HIP-HOP

Soul School

Thurs., July 14, 10pm-2am. Free before 11pm, $5 after. Monthly. Fluid, 613 S. Fourth St. 215.629.0565. www.fluidnightclub.com

Ivan Henderson calls his Soul School party a "hate-free love event." The Harvard grad, who's working toward a doctorate at Penn, likes to bring the urban intellects and the conscious underground to his parties, along with commercial hip-hop and R&B fans. Everyone's invited to come as they are and wear what they want. The music is a mix of old-school and underground hip-hop along with the grimier and more lewd stuff that commercial radio favors. DJ Brother Jamar from Overbrook will be the main man on the decks this month. He'll mostly showcase the underground, but promises to bug out with some weird samples back and forth. The format will take its cue from what Jamar used to do as a guest on Tiffany Bacon's Sunday-night Inner City program on Power 99-following up current hits with the original songs they sample. "Sometimes I play a song just so I can play the sample," says Brother Jamar. This week's party is dedicated to the ladies. Guest DJ Juicee will be on hand giving it up for the girls. (Kate Kilpatrick)

 


>>HOUSE

Paul Oakenfold

Sat., July 16, 10pm. $20-$25. Emerald City, 460 N. Second St. 215.413.2500. www.emeraldcityphila.com

Anyone who's ever seen London-born house DJ Paul Oakenfold spin live would agree that his presence and his ego definitely help him blur that line between faceless DJ and decadent rock star. Who else would have the chutzpah to hold a record in the air above his head and demand fanfare for simply placing it on a turntable? Then again, perhaps anyone who's produced a classic record like the Happy Mondays' Pills n' Thrills n' Bellyaches and regularly scores blockbusters like Austin Powers and Matrix: Reloaded has a right to have a big head. Oakenfold's global undertaking "Perfecto on Tour" will give Philly clubbers an opportunity to gauge whether his ego is justified. Joining Oakenfold for this Philadelphia appearance is K-Rock and Sirius Satellite Radio DJ and producer Liquid Todd, the breaks DJ. Rounding out the bill is Philadelphia and Local 13's own Michael Myers. (Maggie Serota)

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