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Ohio Players with Holy Ghost! Hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd
September 8, 2016 • 7:00 pm UTC+0
Join KCRW down at the Pier, as we party with Ohio Players and Holy Ghost! hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd! The Twilight Concert Series, now in its 32nd year, is the premier free outdoor summer music series of Southern California. Straddling both the Pier and beach, these concerts are a festival of emerging and classic artists. Come enjoy the atmosphere while waves crash and the Ferris wheel lights up your warm summer night.
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Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 1970’s as pioneers of street funk and underground R&B. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974 through 1977, Ohio Players landed three consecutive platinum albums “Skin Tight, “Fire”, and “Honey”. Two number one singles on the billboard pop charts “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” and five number one R&B singles “Funky Worm”,”Fire”,”Sweet Sticky Thing”, “Love Rollercoaster,” and “Who’d She Coo”. Ohio Players traveled the world and produced more than a dozen albums and received 14 gold and platinum awards for their labors. They also appeared on many national television programs from Dick Clark, Don Kushner, to David Letterman. Since then there is a long list of Artists who have sampled or re-recorded their material to list a few: Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Salt & Pepper, Too Short, Sound garden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Jackson Jr., and Alex Bugnon.
The duo may be methodical in their output—shimmering bursts of disco, synth-pop, and lingering grooves—but that doesn’t mean Holy Ghost! is not prodigious. Over nearly a decade, they have gone from being DFA’s rising sons to triple threats. They are indefatigable DJs. They’re producers frequently recruited to remix new life into tracks like Cut Copy’s “Hearts on Fire,” LCD Soundsystem’s “Drunk Girls,” and even Katy Perry’s “Birthday.” And they’re inventive musicians who’ve released countless original singles (such as 2010’s critically lauded “Hold On”) and albums (beginning with 2010’s Static on the Wire EP). This year they once again added to their thinking-man’s dance repertoire with the vibrant Crime Cutz EP (DFA Records).
Holy Ghost!’s release last year, Work for Hire (DFA Records)—their second mix album, after 2009’s The Remixes Vol. 1 (DFA Records)—was a mesmerizing time capsule of remixes that boldly traced the group’s aesthetic from their nascent days dabbling in groove to radical rethinkings of songs. It was, in certain ways, a necessary stepping stone to Crime Cutz.