Eccentric and elusive Bay Area-bred funk legend Sly Stone will be the focus of a two-day musical tribute in 2014.
In 1969, his groundbreaking, multicultural group Sly and the Family Stone released their fourth album, Stand! A mammoth success at the time, it generated hits in the title track, "I Want to Take You Higher," "Sing a Simple Song," and "Everyday People," and incisive social commentary via songs like "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey."
Local conductor David Möschler will lead a group of Bay Area musicians in the Awesöme Orchestra Collective. It will feature members of such diverse local acts as Jazz Mafia, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Bayonics, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and Beats Antique.