Culture City

Culture City: Salsa Music, J Dilla's Legacy at Smithsonian & Remembering Robin Williams

by: Travis

Friday, August 15, 2014

Culture City’s first hour-long episode ever kicks-off with a Detroit salsa throwdown featuring Detroit native Armando Vega and His Orchestra. We get the story on J Dilla’s Smithsonian Induction, talk Robin Williams and Roger Ebert, curate your weekend calendar, and spin some must-hear music.

Armando Vega & His Orchestra: Detroit vocalist and conga player Armando Vega is backed by a band that goes 10 deep in serving up a blistering set of salsa. They play this weekend in downtown Detroit.

Smithsonian Preserves J Dilla’s beloved Beat-Making Equipment: The late hip-hop/R&B producer and Detroit native is recognized as one of the best beatmakers ever, working with Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Common & more. We’ll hear from Timothy Burnside, a popular culture historian with the Smithsonian who helped acquire Dilla’s MPC and Moog synth for the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Meyers on Movies: The first of Trav's regular check-in with film critic Jeff Meyers includes a discussion on the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself” & we remember Robin Williams in the “Fisher King."

We're also serving up a heaping plate of all the events going on this weekend that you won't want to miss! Plus, your Download of the Week comes from from a Phil Collins fanatic from Memphis and a small-town Michigan chick who started writing songs while livin’ on a boat in the West Indies. The song is “Peaches,” the band is In The Valley Below. Check out this week's Culture City Calender and more about our DOTW jam, HERE!