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AUDIO: Family Dinner – ‘Soul Surfer Shakedown’

February 3rd, 2011

Get ready for "a sporkful of funk" this weekend, as hip-hop/funk/jazz band Family Dinner takes to the stage at NextDoor on Saturday with opening act Takeout Special.

The band describes its sound like this: "Sly and the Family Stone invites the Red Hot Chili Peppers over for tea and cookies, then Biz Markie gets back from a guru retreat and starts playing the ukulele!" After bursting onto the Chinatown music scene a few years ago, they hope to make strides in 2011 to increase their fanbase and get some actual product into the marketplace. Family Dinner's full-length debut is scheduled to be released in March.

According to founding member Joel Speier, the band was formed after he, Reggie Padilla and Alfredo Rivera met at a weekly family dinner hosted by one of Padilla's friends. That night, the three discovered their common musical interests, and it was decided on the spot that the three would form a band.

In 2008, Family Dinner released their first EP, "Come and Get It," which got them a deal with local label Pass Out Records, who will help them to put out the full-length album.

These days, Speier, Padilla and Rivera are joined during performances by bass player Aaron Friedman, guitarist Gilbert Batangan and backup dancers the Dinner Rolls.

Here's a sample of Family Dinner's music, courtesy the band:

AUDIO: Family Dinner - "Soul Surfer Shakedown"

Family Dinner album fundraiser

» Where: NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St.

» When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5

» Cost: $7

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