Pimps Of Joytime, (Official Hog Farm Hideaway pre-party)

Jun 9, 2022 8:00 pm

230 Petaluma Ave Sebastopol CA 95472, Sebastopol, United States


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funk / soul / world


When Pimps of Joytime visionary Brian J started laying down grooves in a New Orleans studio in early 2019, he didn’t exactly have a proper album in mind, so much as capturing the steady flow of ideas that were at his fingertips seemingly every day. Over two years and a global pandemic later, Reachin’ Up is Pimps’ vibrant new full-length album that finds the venerable frontman once again brimming with trademark kaleidoscopic styles and undeniably funky dance music.

An amalgamation of New Orleans and Bay Area funk elements juxtaposed with Brooklyn’s indie DIY ethos, Pimps of Joytime mirror the diversity of their communities and eclectic generational tastes. Traditionally, their music has always ignored established norms and colored outside the lines, and you can always expect the band to deliver an incendiary live show with swaggering confidence and undeniable cool. With Brian J consistently at the helm, the group has evolved through various configurations since bursting on the scene in 2004. They’ve created countless soulful, swaggering grooves across five full length releases, and can be found playing tours and festivals consistently around the world.

With Brian J once again handling a sizable portion of writing, instrumentation, and production, this sizzling new Pimps elixir incorporates crucial contributions from partner Carol C, and several performances from New Mastersounds bassist Pete Shand. Though a decidedly- fresh start for this long-running, genre-blurring collective, on Reachin’ Up, Brian J reconnects with old friends like Chauncey Yearwood and Marcus Farrar (Antibalas), whose roots trace back to Pimps of Joytime’s earliest efforts. Their contributions are prominently featured on the album’s singles, bringing the project full circle.

Splitting time between Brooklyn and New Orleans, and honing his craft as an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Brian J is no stranger to working with legendary talent in both studio and live settings. He’s produced a number of celebrated Crescent City artists including Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), and shared the stage with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, and the late Art Neville (The Meters), as well as Big Easy legend Eddie Bo. Brian J has collaborated with GRAMMY Award-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside), and written with jazz-funk luminary Roy Ayers, among others.

Brian J. and his cohorts are constantly reinventing Pimps of Joytime, both on-stage and in-studio. With a swath of influences drawing extensively from funk, blues, soul, salsa, house, rock, and beyond, their body of work is an evolving musical mosaic deftly tied together with a devilish dance groove. Reachin’ Up finds Brian J inspired by a blossoming romance, stillness in time, and the classic funky disco and seminal dub reggae of yesteryear. The beloved bandleader continues in the tradition of channeling positivity, righteous intention, and subtle spirituality into the essence of Pimps of Joytime.


The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to the Northern California scene and beyond. Drawing from a wide range of influences and experiences, they deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound. Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. With Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Avery Jeffry on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort. The Gold Souls burst on the Sacramento music scene in early 2017, and are swiftly becoming one of the most promising new talents in the area.

We are excited to present the inaugural Hog Farm Hideaway, located at the beautiful Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA. This intimate three day, family friendly music festival features three nights with The String Cheese Incident plus many more amazing artists. There will be three stages of music, camping, interactive art installations, an eclectic assortment of food vendors, craft beers, wines and adult libations, a cannabis club, Casbah tea house, kids-zone, an activist area, healing hub and more! You can also enjoy a dip in one of our lovely Ten Mile Creek swimming holes.

Black Oak Ranch is home to The Hog Farm, one of the oldest, continuously running communes in the United States. The Hog Farm has a long history of producing and participating in iconic music festivals and events, most notably the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. In more recent years, The Hog Farm co-produced Electric on the Eel (1987-1991) and The Hog Farm Pignic (1992-2001) and hosted Earthdance (1999-2001) and The Kate Wolf Festival (2001-present). The Kate Wolf Music Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Please visit katewolfmusicfestival.com for more information. Black Oak Ranch offers an intimate festival site in a majestic setting of oak woodlands, meadows and year-round creeks. A perfect location to gather with friends and family.

The String Cheese Incident has a long tradition of bringing the community together and creating magical experiences in beautiful places. The band has not had a west coast annual event since the Horning’s Hideout festival in Oregon, which ended in 2013. We look forward to reviving this tradition of magic, music and community at the Hog Farm Hideaway.