The Oski Foundation
MP3: The Oski Foundation — Welcome Home
Some guys would prefer to kick back on their birthday. Not Oski.
The lead vocalist and founder of the Oski Foundation will celebrate turning 28 with cake, croquettas, his band mates and a few hundred fans on Thursday at Tobacco Road in Miami.
The group will be working the room by rolling out its blend of funk, rock, soul, hip-hop and reggae that is tinged by decades of musical influences ranging from Marvin Gaye to Rage Against the Machine.
The show will also mark the Oski Foundation’s return to the local stage after a nine-month hiatus.
“We’d done over 400 shows in six years,” Oski said. “We needed a break.”
The Foundation came out of its temporary retirement Aug. 26 at the Cutting Edge Music Festival in New Orleans, Oski said.
“We did play at Tobacco Road on Aug. 24, but it was a short show, only 20 minutes,” he said. “The October concert will be a full set.”
The band is returning with most of its original lineup. That includes Lush on bass, D-Nasty on guitar and rapper Gardian. Drummer Benny B joined three months ago.
“It feels great to be back,” Oski said. “The fans have been asking when we’re going to play again.”
Joining the Oski Foundation at the club will be reggae by Jahfe, soul singer Cristin and soulful rock ‘n’ roll by Hunter’s Moon. Cake and croquettas from Vicky Bakery in Miami will be first come, first served. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Oski also DJs during happy hour from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave. Contact tobacco-road.com or 305-374-1198.
Next up for the Oski Foundation is the Argiz Advertising/Art Basel Block Party, starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the corner of 41st Street and Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Design District.
– Beth Feinstein-Bartl