Monthly Archives: November 2013

Wax & Gold - Ethio Cali At The Blue Whale

Wax & Gold – Ethio Cali At The Blue Whale

Thank you to all our old and new friends who joined us last month for the first night of our monthly residency at the Blue Whale. It was a magical night performing the Mulatu of Ethiopia album with legendary saxophonist Justo Almario.

This month, Ethio Cali will invoke the spirit of ‘Semena Werq’ (aka Wax and Gold) and perform a new set of songs from the catalogues of Hailu Mergia & Walias, Alemayehu Eshete, The Police Orchestra, and other luminaries of Ethio Jazz. Semena Werq is a form of traditional Ethiopian poetry that has one surface meaning, known as wax, and multiple hidden meanings, known as gold. Musicians have used Semena Werk to explore topics such as spirituality, politics, and matters of the heart. We look forward to exploring the many layers of meaning contained within the music we will be performing.

For this performance, we’ll also be featuring an amazing string section for the first time. Please join us for what promises to be another special night.


Todd Simon – (trumpet, music director, arranging)
Randal Fisher – (saxophone)
Mark de Clive-Lowe – (piano)
Alan Lightner – (steel pan, percussion)
Damon Aaron – (guitar)
Patrick Bailey – (bass)
Steve Haney – (percussion)
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – (percussion, drums)
Dexter Story – (drums, percussion, arranging)

Special guests:
Thomas Lea – (viola)
Peter Jacobson – (cello)
Tylana Renga (violin)
Aron Tadesse – (kirar)

Curated by Sonny Abegaze

Sunday, November 17, 2013

$10 cover

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

Red Bull Music Academy and Dublab present "This City Belongs To Me"

Red Bull Music Academy and Dublab present “This City Belongs To Me”

Red Bull Music Academy presents This City Belongs to Me is a new monthly event series in 2013. Every month a different venue in Los Angeles will be taken over by artists comprised of Red Bull Music Academy alumni and lecturers. In collaboration with some of the finest record labels and creatives that Los Angeles has to offer, it will be a unique night of amazing music.

Join dublab and friends as they take over The Del Monte Speakeasy & The Townhouse in Venice on Thursday, November 14th.

9-10pm: dublab DJs
10-10:30pm: Moses Sumney (Live)
10:30-11pm: Mark de Clive-Lowe (Live)
11-12am: Ethio-Cali Ensemble (Live)
12-12:45am: Daedelus w/ Ben Wendel (Live)
12:45-1:30am: J.Rocc (DJ)

9-10pm: Danny Holloway (DJ)
10-11:30pm: Slayron of Peaking Lights (DJ)
11:30pm-1am: Suzanne Kraft (DJ)
1-2am: Zach Cowie (Turquoise Wisdom)

Live screen printing by HIT+RUN.

Doors at 9pm / 21+

Entrance with RSVP to eventbrite link only.
**Please note that RSVP does not guarantee entry, Arrive early**

dublab is a community supported, non-profit web radio station celebrating 14 years of elevated vibrations. We rely upon listener contributions to achieve our positive music mission. This installment of This City Belongs to me helps support dublab’s Fall 2013Proton Drive Fundraiser which is happening November 4-25. We are broadcasting live 8am-8pm PST each weekday to inspire your support. Visit to listen to the live fundraiser broadcasts and give a generous tax-deductible donation.