(Summer 1998, Kansas City, The Music Exchange) “At the back of the store, behind the counter, was the one other person in this huge room of rows of bins… The record store guy, who had now introduced himself to me as Dante Carfagna, was fucking schooling me on all this stuff that I should’ve known. Records I never knew existed. Kind of blowing my mind with music knowledge.” -Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock), Beastie Boys Book
Often referred to as the “Funk Archeologist” by heads around the globe, Dante Carfagna’s crates goes just as deep as his rep. He’s helped unearth sonic treasures and brought them to light via labels like Numero Group, Stones Throw Records, Jazzman Records, and Chocolate Industries to name a few. He’s also supplied a number of funk 45s for the legendary mix “Brainfreeze” by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. Both of which are his digging buddies to this day. In addition to hunting down these obscurities, he’s also written a number of articles on lost Soul / Funk artists for publications like Wax Poetics (as well as liner notes to some of the aforementioned label compilations). Dante also has his hands in his creative project Express Rising with 2 releases under his belt. On top of all that he’s part of the longest running Soul Dance Party in Chicago with Sheer Magic at Danny’s in Wicker Park. We’re super stoked to welcome Dante back to Soul Summit and we look forward to hearing and dancing to exciting records we never heard before.
Jon Kirby is a record collector, author, and A&R at the esteemed reissue label, The Numero Group. As a disc jockey, he has toured extensively through North America, Europe, and Asia, playing an uplifting blend of eccentric soul, obscure funk, and abstract disco. From 2007 to 2010, Kirby served as Associate Editor for the Brooklyn-based music journal Wax Poetics, before joining the Numero Group in 2011. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 in relation to the expansive album notes for Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound and again in 2017 for his work compiling Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta. In May, he returned to his native Winston-Salem to intensify his search for marginalized artists and unknown recordings from the Carolinas. His most recent essay, “A Teentone in Rome,” appears in the Oxford American North Carolina Music issue and profiles Wesley Johnson, from his roots in Winston-Salem’s emerging doo-wop scene to the pinnacle of the Italian recording industry in the ‘70s. Along with Dante Carfagna, he hosts the cult music podcast Dogpatch, complementing outsider music with insider humor.
Saturday, January 19th
FREE before Midnight, $5 cover after | Doors at 9:30pm | 21+
The Party is FREE before midnight but you can purchase VIP TICKETS for guaranteed entry, no waiting in line plus each tickets comes with a draft cocktail ticket.