The Anita Lofton Project
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The Anita Lofton Project

San Francisco, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
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Sep
19
The Anita Lofton Project @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Jul
13
The Anita Lofton Project @ The Lost Church

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

May
16
The Anita Lofton Project @ Redwood Cafe

Cotati, California, United States

Cotati, California, United States

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You don’t have to wait until the Art & Soul Festival opens Saturday afternoon to get a taste of what’s in store for our all-new street party featuring amazing music, an epic new art show, late night dance party and fun for all!

In conjunction with Art Murmur, we’ll be hosting a FREE Art & Soul Pre-Party. Catch live music from Oakland’s own Anita Lofton Project and Australia’s Rosie Burgess Trio. Heading to Art Murmur that evening? Ride the free Broadway Shuttle (runs until 1AM on Fridays) from the galleries directly to Awaken Cafe.
Oakland-native Anita Lofton, formerly with the popular punk/rock group Sistas in the Pit, “traded in her Marshall half-stack and Epiphone semi-hollow body casino for a microphone and an Epiphone acoustic guitar.” She’s still got rock in her blood and this talented singer will be offering up her neo-soul acoustic stylings with a band that includes violin, cello, upright bass and drums.

Folk-festival favorites around the globe, The Rosie Burgess Trio slides effortlessly from folk to blues to gypsy-roots and back, and offers up “more energy than an illegally sparked firecracker” [Drum Media, Sydney]. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, they bring their unique brand of folk roots, catchy harmonies and offbeat humor to kick off one of the top 12 “must-see summer festivals” in Northern California as proclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nothing goes with great music like great food! Options will include Awaken Cafe, which serves excellent coffee, lighter fare and desserts and the popular Liba Falafel mobile food truck.

The Art & Soul pre-party happens in the heart of Oakland’s burgeoning Midtown Arts District – which includes Pro Arts, Oaklandish, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Bittersweet Cafe, NNEEKA and Oakland’s newest pop-up store, lOAKal, a mixed-use gallery curated by Ken Harman of Spoke Art. lOAKal in association with the East Bay Express and local designers from fiftyseven-thirtythree.

Art & Soul Oakland 2012 is brought to you by the City of Oakland and East Bay Express, with our Friday night pre-party hosted by Awaken Cafe! - Eastbay Express


Anita Lofton is a guitarist, singer-songwriter who knows her way around wah-wah, smallstone, and rat effect pedals. as former lead guitarist for “sistas in the pit,” the all-black-girl rock band, she toured europe and china, and later north america opening for iggy pop and the stooges. anita has just traded in her marshall half stack and epiphone casino semi-hollow body for a microphone and a epiphone acoustic guitar. she's now armed and ready to rock audiences with just some strings and a mic. - Oakland Local


Most famous for her role in the rock power trio Sistas in the Pit, Anita Lofton recently left to embark on a new, concept-driven project that veers between ambient rock and folk music. Like Sistas, its an all-black-woman outfit, this time with three string players and no drums. Upright bassist Wanika Stephens and violinist Zhalisa Clarke manage to keep a pulse anyway, as Lofton strums guitar and sings over them. Lofton writes most of the music -- a mix of stony love ballads and spare blues. Her lyrics bristle with true-to-life detail. In the new track "Can't Understand," for instance, Lofton takes pains to describe exactly what went wrong in a relationship. Her sadness is palpable. Anita Lofton Project celebrates its new EP release on Saturday, June 19 at Era Art Bar and Lounge (19 Grand Ave., Oakland). 7 p.m. free. MySpace.com/TheAnitaLoftonProject

- The East Bay Express


The move an artist makes from punk beginnings to more complicated crafts is fascinating to hear. Anita Lofton makes the trek with the Anita Lofton Project.

Formerly of punk trio Sistas in the Pit, the talented guitarist and singer-songwriter gave up her wah-wah, smallstone and rat pedals for greater things. With her former Sistas she toured China and Europe, and took an infamous national tour supporting a certain James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg and the Stooges during that band's reunion in 2007. She claims to have “traded in her Marshall half stack and Epiphone semi hollow body casino for a microphone and an Epiphone acoustic guitar,” yet she’s got the rock in her blood. With Anita’s new minimal and acoustic approach she expresses a new direction in songwriting that is as candid, earnest, cool and assertive while seeking greater understanding of others and cloaking sentiment in attitude.

The first track Anita sent to me was “I Can’t Understand,” a lover's spat set to strings. “I am up and you are down / I need to plant my feet on the ground / It’s alright, it’s okay / I got you, hold on tight / it’ll be alright ‘cause I got you / something is comin’ and I feel like I’m out of reach / something is comin’ and I feel like I’m out to sea."

The Anita Lofton Project, "I Can't Understand"

On the end of “sea” she echoes the ee sound twice. It's a subtly pensive and vulnerable moment within a song where her mood is a tough-as-nails assertion of the self amid shaking and quarrelsome waters. The compelling antinomies of her verse continue on the second track I received called “I’ll Let You Down.” She stirs a build up beginning with her kinetic/poetic verse.

The third track “Naw Naw” showcases Anita’s eclectic homage to Iggy through a “No Fun” salute. A song that thrives on a punky blues progression while keeping things chill and minimal, including a wise and responsive violin that sounds straight out of the shtetle!

The Anita Lofton Project is accomplished with the help of friends from prestigious musical backgrounds. Wanika Stephens was born to the founders of the Jazz Church of John Coltrane, is the bassist for San Francisco quintet Ohnedaruth and hosts “Uplift” on KPOO. Zhalisa Clarke is a classically trained violinist who has been in both the Harvard-Radcliffe and the Brooklyn Symphony orchestras and shares the group’s affection for building its blueprints from the roots of jazz on up. Anita’s transformation from punk idol to jazz muse I can only compare to hearing Richard Hell’s “Time,” in which he shows the rich Rickenbacker-jangle side to his punk ego. In an even greater departure, Anita draws out new varieties of sounds and acoustic instrumentations to convey larger expressions of greater meanings. - Impose Magazine


The Anita Lofton Project will play a free noon time concert Wednesday, September 15th and if the weather is anything like today it will be a perfect compliment to her beautiful voice. In case you don't know The Anita Lofton Project is made up of Lofton, who plays the guitar and sings and writes all the songs and violinist Zhalisa Clarke and Wanika Stephens who plays the upright bass. You can check out some of their music here at their myspace page.

Between the three of them they've got some impressive credentials. Anita Lofton is a former member of Sistas in the Pit of the Afro-Punk movement, which is still going strong. She's also played with Mr. Iggy Pop. Wanika Stephens grew up in the church her parents founded, maybe you've heard of it? St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church you've probably heard of it just referred to as The Church of John Coltrane Yup, that's the one. And Zhalisa Clarke is a classically trained violinist who has been in both the Harvard-Radcliffe and the Brooklyn Symphony orchestras. Phew! I personally can't wait. So grab your lunch, a blanket, a friend and see you there.
- The San Francisco Examiner


An exclusive introduction to The Anita Lofton Project’s new album Brand New Day.

Longtime readers will recall our coverage of The Anita Lofton Project from it’s early beginnings [which we might add was part of the early inaugral launch of the Goldmine Sacks column], to touring with Iggy Pop & The Stooges with her former punk band Sistas in the Pit and making music that defies the gravity of time (past/present/future). With the release of the long anticipated album Brand New Day, Anita Lofton turns the page to a better & more beautiful tomorrow with styles that go back to the Bay & the South’s storied traditions with whole new inspired illumination of spirit.

The Anita Lofton Project was established over 8 years ago, illustrating an energy & Bay Area based bounty of styles, & rich instrumentation that stretches from current day fascinations to vintage rhythm & blues rock traditions. The album Brand New Day begins with “Boom Boom” that tallies up the material conceits & casts them aside for something greater that moves with a kinetic urgency that sparks with an invite to something new & exciting. Anita Lofton battles notions of singularity that mocks the mechanization of the technocratic cold side of the Bay’s current waves of gentrification on “I’m a Machine” that depicts a narrative of a mechanized humanity that desires real human heart-to-heart love. From driving rhythms & wild blazes of guitar shredding; Lofton & company create a sound standard designed to capture the collective attention of all around.

Consciousness awakenings are everywhere on Brand New Day, where Lofton sets out to create a genuine feeling of the process of realizing identity, discovering connective bonds where the intimacy stirs initially from the self & springs forth to others. The realizing & reckoning can be heard on songs like “Wide Awake”, where the song stream of the sleepy heart & mind moves towards the cognitive process that is detailed on “Starting To Believe” that arrives full-circle to the expressions & statements of self on “Who I Wanna Be”. Anita makes the entire record feel both live, alive, real & super personal where a true trademark series of styles makes classic sound new & vice versa. Ernest expressions of endearment spill forth on the honest cool guitar chord swashes on “Right Back Here”, that all arrives back home on the closing title track, “Brand New Day” to bring down the house. At this point The Anita Lofton Project completely oscillates the time-space continuum where the olden days of Bay Area scenes from the Fillmore’s Boom Boom Room to Oakland’s The Uptown are revived with a whole new energy & upbeat attitude. Like the title track’s temperature rising heart-racing momentum—Anita Lofton remains one of the Bay’s best multidiciplinary artists deserving of more attention beyond the Bay.

Read more about the band via their site.

Hear a preview of The Anita Lofton Project’s Brand New Day here.The righteous & radical sounds from The Anita Lofton Project; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Anita Lofton penned the following exclusive prologue to Brand New Day via the following reflections:

This record has a back to the basic roots of music feel to it and is raw, unfiltered, and full of emotion. My vision when I recorded it was to feel as if I were transported back in time rocking juke joint in the Louisiana Bayou with my band. Check out the album cover. The record starts out like a fast freight train with up tempo rock & roll tracks then coasts and ends with roots and folk. This new record is where the past meets the present and brings listeners a Brand New Day.

I carefully selected new players for my third The Anita Lofton Project Abum. I thought it was important to have a solid rhythm section, Kevin Lofton (bass) and Maurice Miles (drums) who have been best friends since high school (over 30 years). For the first time ever, I shared guitar duty with Brian Hill, a seasoned who guitarist who forgot his slide at a show, borrowed and used a lipstick container instead. Sharon Williams (violin) is classically trained and plays in regional orchestras. My band is full of seasoned and dynamic musicians who play hard, fast, soft and any where in between. - Impose Magazine


Over a countrified soul stomp, The Anita Lofton Project’s latest “Boom Boom” brings the party. Singer and guitarist Lofton’s throwback vibe is an anthem for summer nights and unpaved roads. She got her start in the punk band Sistas in the Pit, and she brings that same energy to her new project’s sound. Lofton may have traded in a Marshall half stack for a fiddle player, but she hasn’t lost the feel.

The song is “a wild ride,” Anita tells us, “‘Boom Boom’ is a modern day love anthem where intimacy, truth, and love are explored. Peaks, valleys, and breakdowns make you wanna hold up a mirror and ask, “What will I do for love”? Peaks, valleys, and breakdowns make you wanna hold up a mirror and ask, ‘What will I do for love?'” - Afropunk


Discography

  • Album: Brand New Day
  • Album: Neo-Black-Folk

  • EP: The Anita Lofton Project

  • Film Score: Still Around

  • Album: Missing Piece (with Sistas in the Pit)

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The move an artist makes from punk beginnings to more complicated crafts is fascinating to hear. Anita Lofton makes the trek with the Anita Lofton Project. The talented guitarist and singer-songwriter of the punk trio Sistas in the Pit, toured China and Europe, and took an infamous national tour supporting a certain James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg and the Stooges during that band's reunion in 2007. The Anita Lofton Project was established over 8 years ago, illustrating an energy & Bay Area based bounty of styles, & rich instrumentation that stretches from current day fascinations to vintage rhythm & blues rock traditions.


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