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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Funk Rumble Block Party


Greetings friends of Project Butterfly,

This Saturday we will be curating the Funk Rumble's mini film fest upstairs in the Grand Star! Join us at this summer's best block party::

LA’s own Historic Chinatown will be home to the 1st Annual Funk Rumble Block Party this Saturday.

This incredible grassroots event is brought to you through a collaboration of some of LA’s top underground music and art promoters.

Half music festival – half block party, The Funk Rumble is a blend of live music, djs, vendors, and artists coming together to celebrate urban soul and create the ultimate summer party!

Groove to the sounds of LA’s top funk bands. Performing live - Breakestra, The Lions, Orgone & more! Plus San Francisco’s own - J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science!

The finest djs from LA’s top underground clubs will be laying down a vast mix of music - soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, latin and more - combining past present and future.

Peruse the vendor village and you’ll find apparel, accessories, artwork and one-of-a-kind goods presented by up and coming designers and the most creative individuals from San Diego to San Francisco.

Amazing works of art will be created right before your eyes from start to finish, throughout the event grounds and art walk area, by over 15 LA artists.

A variety of food, including vegetarian, will be available along with cool treats…cold Hawaiian snow cones on a beautiful summer day!

Cold beer and a full bar inside the Grand Star Jazz Club. MINI FILM FEST HOSTED BY PROJECT BUTTERFLY UPSTAIRS!!!

Join us for this “economy friendly” groundbreaking event!

The Funk Rumble Block Party Presents...

Host & DJ Set by Jeremy Sole {Afro Funke/KCRW}

Live Performances by:

The Lions {Ubiquity Records}
J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science {Om Records}
Orgone {Ubiquity Records}
Slang {Live Jazz-Funk}
E-Reece w/DJ Inka One

DJ's from LA's top underground spots -
The Root Down / Soul Sessions / Afro Funke
Rhythm Section / Firecracker / Boombox
Tighten Up / Sonido Sundays
Descarga / Soul In The Park + more!

Anthony Valadez / The Remitch / Expo
Glenn Red / Kutmah / Concise / BZ
Plann.B / Loslito / B-Nasty / Yosaku / Frank E
Baby Bubba / Azul / Rob C / Ben Diggin
Ninja Simone / Lucky Jackson / Inka One
Gazoo / Danny Massure / Marvski
Rani D. / Analog / Mr. Numberonederful
Michael Barnes / Miztah Lex / The Black 22's
IIIM / Randy J + more!

Live Painting by:

Mear One / Kofie One / Food One / Yo Peace / Overton Loyd / Codak / Eyeone / Stuter
Alfie Numeric / Subrage / Joshuaa + more!
Art Gallery by Cannibal Flower / Art pieces available for purchase


Saturday, July 11th, 2009
12 pm – 10 pm
*$5 before 4 pm, $8 after
Kids under 10 years old in free
All ages, fenced event
947 N. Broadway, LA 90012
Street & Lot parking available

For more info::

Thursday, July 9, 2009

'Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey' 07.08.09


Project Butterfly welcomes Rak Razam to Los Angeles for the launch of his new book, 'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' [].

'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' is part journalistic account, part adventure-memoir of Rak’s travels in South America and the world of Amazonian shamanism.

Question: What is Amazonian shamanism and why is it important to the world today, as we stand on the brink of environmental change and global transformation? Traveling on a magazine assignment to Peru, "experiential journalist" Rak Razam sets out to discover the answers. He joins a growing movement of Western tourists coming for the legal experience of ayahuasca - the "vine of souls" - a South American hallucinogenic plant that is said to heal, and connect to the divine.

In researching the mystery of ayahuasca, Razam undergoes his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals. On the way he encounters a motley crew of characters from rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts; brujo-black magicians wielding their psychic darts; and dozens of indigenous and Western shamans that slowly unravel his cultured mind and reveal the magical landscape of the spirit world.

The evening will cover the booming international business of Amazonian Shamanism and the culture shock between the old world and the new. The difficulties presented given the mix of Amazonian shamanism and Western capitalism. And the ineffable mystery and magic of the ayahuasca experience itself, which cannot be commodified, although the West is certainly trying its best!

This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more and to engage in dialog about plant medicines, shamanism, community and spiritual evolution. We look forward to sharing a wonderful night with you.

Delicious Chocolate Tastings provided by Photobucket

Wed JUL 8 :: 7:30pm

To reserve your space for this event please click on the button below::

Project Butterfly Loft
821 Traction Ave #108
Los Angeles CA 90013