Afrika Bambaataa

The Wednesday-night electro/hip-hop affair Pinky Ring has offered some choice guests during its six months of existence (including local legend Z-Trip and NYC/ATL funkmeister Treasure Fingers). Now, its organizers are about to top themselves with their latest coup: Afrika Bambaataa. The Bronx-born hip-hop pioneer (who's considered by many to be the "Father of the Electro Funk Sound") will be the guest of honor at Bar Smith, 130 East Washington Street, on Wednesday, April 22. Pinky Ring's Benjamin Cutswell is pretty stoked to be spinning alongside Bambaataa. "I always wanted to do a show with him," he says. "His song 'Planet Rock' from the '80s is both a classic hip-hop song and a big electro song that helped develop the electro genre." In addition to Cutswell, the lineup includes residents D-JR, Death to the Throne, Tricky T, Senbad, and Diesel. The turntable action starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Call 602-229-1265 or visit


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