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FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 at YBCA

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the City of Oakland will be declaring it Phife Dawg Day! Members of Phife Dawg’s family will be in attendance to receive the Mayoral proclamation.


1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide - Special Guest TBA
2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) -
Awesöme Orchestra Collective feat. RyanNicole (Orchestral)
3. Award Tour - 
LA GENTE SF & Awesöme Orchestra Collective (Cumbia/Reggaeton/Salsa)
4. 8 Million Stories - 
Gina Madrid feat. Viveca Hawkins (Latin/Hip Hop)
5. Sucka Nigga - 
MJ's Brass Boppers feat. Karega of SOL Development (New Orleans Jazz/R&B/Soul)
6. Midnight - 
Wolf & Crow (Indie Folk)
7. We Can Get Down - 
Royal Jelly Jive (Rock/Soul)
8. Electric Relaxation - 
Wil Blades feat. MC All-Stars (Funk)
9. Clap Your Hands - 
Ghost & The City feat. RyanNicole (Future Soul)
10. Oh My God – 
Skip The Needle (Alternative Rock/Funk)
11. Keep It Rollin –
Terrence Brewer feat. Kev Choice & D Wolf (Jazz)
12. The Chase, Part II - 
Starita feat. Aima the Dreamer, RyanNicole (Electronic/Dance)
13. Lyrics to Go - 
Rav-E Sandhu feat. Aima the Dreamer & D Wolf (Bhangra)
14. God Lives Through - 
Lagos Roots feat. Aima the Dreamer (Afrobeat)

DJ Platurn
Zero Rules Dance Company

A Tribe Called Quest was one of those things where it was supposed to be about growth. When I say ‘growth,’ I don’t just mean with our sound or our product, but Tribe was supposed to grow as individuals.
— Phife Dawg

Purchase on Bandcamp. Pre-order the physical album, to be released May 16, 2019.

Purchase on Bandcamp.
Pre-order the physical album, to be released May 16, 2019.

UnderCover Presents is honoring A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, an album that bridged the gap between hip-hop and jazz. The show takes place May 16-18, 2019 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Given that both YBCA and this album celebrated their 25th anniversaries, UnderCover felt it appropriate to continue to introduce this classic record to new audiences.  Not to mention that the messages embedded in this album continue to echo resoundingly as we witness all that is taking place in the world.

With this tribute, UnderCover and YBCA aim to reflect the spirit of Midnight Marauders by incorporating elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, Writing (graffiti) and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-forming nature of the jazz instrumentation. The institutionalized racism and classism that A Tribe Called Quest was grappling with when this album was released, is still being played out today, from border walls to prison bars. By hosting this tribute, we invite the audience to think about the way that hip hop (and this album, specifically) might break down these barriers and serve as a door to greater equality and unity.


This time around, UnderCover is collaborating with Starita as music producer for the album recording, based upon his deep production experience across a multitude of genres in addition to his relationship and work with Phife Dawg and ATCQ.  For the first time, UnderCover will be releasing a double vinyl to commemorate this tribute. Pressing will take place through Second Line Vinyl in Oakland, a plant co-founded by UnderCover's Lyz Luke.

With this ATCQ’s Midnight Marauders’ tribute, UnderCover has confirmed collaboration with 13 local bands from a wide range of genres, numerous MCs, an orchestra, dancers, and visuals artists.


Starita is a 2-time GRAMMY®/Latin Grammy recognized producer, engineer, and artist whose work spans a multitude of genres. Clients include Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Third Eye Blind, Rebelution, Los Amigos Invisibles, Michael Franti and Spearhead and many others. 

Notably, Starita engineered the recent A Tribe Called Quest album 'We got it from here....thank you 4 your service' which reached #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and earned RIAA Gold certification. He also engineered Laura Sullivan's 'Loves River' which won the GRAMMY® for Best New Age and Los Amigos Invisibles' 'Repeat After Me' which was GRAMMY® nominated for Best Latin Urban/Alternative and Song Of The Year in the Latin Grammy Awards. Starita recently released his own project in collaboration with artists Jarobi White of ATCQ, Trevor Hall, Trent Park, Madame Gandhi, Rituals Of Mine's, Terra Lopez and, Mamel of Los Amigos Invisibles. He also served as President of The Recording Academy's SF Chapter in addition to serving on The Recording Academy's National Committees.



Live Sound:
Ryan O. John - Lead
Brendan Dreaper - Monitors

Stage Crew:
Arielle De Leon. Matisse Geenty, Fred Hausman, Lauren Lamboy

Vinyl Partners:
Second Line Vinyl
Nick Winkworth

Media Partners:
Terrorbird Media

Major Music Enablers:
Intersection for the Arts
Grants for the Arts
Zellerbach Family Foundation

Guest Producer:
Starita Music, Starita

Studio Partners:
Zoo Labs
Airship Laboratories
Coast Mastering, Michael Romanowski
Screaming Lizard Studio, Judy Kirschner
Teahouse West, Reto Peter
Wally’s Hyde Out

Studio Engineers:
Brendan Dreaper, Nahuel Bronzini, Jaimeson Durr, Alberto Hernandez, Robert Kirby, Judy Kirschner, Kevin McCann, Trevor Orriss

Mixing Engineer:
Teahouse West, Reto Peter

Mastering Engineer:
Coast Mastering, Michael Romanowski

Recording Logistics:
Allison Gomer

Studio Support:
RoAn Gibson, Lauren Lamboy, Chris Nishimoto, Trevor Orriss

Presented in partnership with Intersection for the Arts as part of the Intersect SF Series supported with funds from Grants for the Arts



"UnderCover productions have become storied, stylistically encompassing events that maximize the talent pool by limiting each act to a single song." - SF Chronicle

"...there are some performances you'll be talking about for the entire year."- SF Weekly

"...a vast, all-encompassing experience. We watched as the musical territory staked out got larger and larger, and the connection between making music and going to concerts got closer and closer. In short: It was great." - The Bay Bridged

"Beyond the racial and gender divides" - KPFA 94.1 FM

"Building Bridges" - Oakland Magazine

Winner of SF Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best of" Awards


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