June 11: DJ Vadim at the Hopmonk Tavern

The music of America and England often exists in entirely separate circles, but concentricity was achieved for a brief time in the late ’90s electronica scene, with labels like Quannum, Asphodel and Mush in the U.S. and Ninja Tune, Warp and MoWax in the UK erasing borders both geographical and musical. No artist personifies this cross-pollination like DJ Vadim, who was born in the former Soviet Union, raised in London and now splits his time between New York and Port-au-Prince. Vadim’s series of USSR albums for Ninja Tune between 1996 and 2002 straddled the head-nod beatmaking of Japan’s DJ Krush and the scattered sounds of D.C.’s DJ Spooky, and placed Vadim squarely at the forefront of an exciting time in music. His more recent albums Sound Catcher and U Can’t Lurn Imaginashun have been noticeably tinged with reggae, R&B, old soul and ’70s jazz, ensuring a lively dance floor when DJ Vadim comes to the Juke Joint on Thursday, June 11, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $10. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library