Beats Antique is an electronica and world-music performance art trio based in San Francisco. - Photo courtesy of SugarTime Presents

A true variety show

Under a canopy of electronica and world-roots music, Beats Antique blends various performance media to produce a provocative, spiritual and artistic show.

The music-dance trio was conceived in San Francisco's performing-arts scene more than three years ago and combines seductive dances, glitch, brass and string instruments with dubstep.

The variety troupe will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. The show, "Beats & Treats," organized by Ashland-based SugarTime Presents, also will feature San Francisco-based electronic music producer Eskmo (aka Brendan Angelides), who will present his hip hop-funk mixes, and visual artist Johnathan Singer, who will use a variety of digital images in theme with the show to generate a live video and background for the other performers.

"It all adds to the multimedia effect of the experience," says SugarTime Presents Executive Producer Jason Gallagher.

The main act, Beats Antique is classically trained musicians David Satori and Tommy Cappel, as well as their dance counterpart Zoe Jakes.

Satori and Cappel demonstrate a command of multicultural music production, having studied and performed in several countries, including Bali, West Africa and Serbia.

Jakes, a member of Miles Copeland's Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice's Indigo Belly Dance Company, also has a background in ballet and contemporary dance. She has performed with the Yard Dogs Road Show, which recently performed in Ashland. For the Ashland show, she will combine traditional belly dance with her original choreography.

Beats Antique's most recent album, "Blind Threshold," released September 2010, features Cappel on drums, bass, percussion and piano and Satori on viola, percussion, bass and baglama, a Turkish, stringed instrument also known as a saz. More than a dozen other musicians contributed to the album on a variety of instruments ranging from cello and banjo to saxophone and glockenspiel.

Beats Antique is recognized for its ability to merge Old-World instruments with live producing to create an eclectic, cross-genre sound. Their music tends toward electronic, Gypsy, world music with elements of blues, hip hop, glitch, downtempo and maybe even some orchestral and brass arrangements.

"They fuse Old-World, Middle-Eastern tones with their own original beats and live instrumentation," says Gallagher. "It's a great sound."

The show at the Armory is limited to ages 21 and older. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland, Bad Ass Coffee in Medford or at www.sugartimepresents.com. Call 808-281-5244 or see www.sugartimepresents.com.

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