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CIRCLE GETS THE RENO SQUARE – ONLY SIX SHOWS LEFT

February 2, 2015
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I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t liked game shows. It seems even if you don’t watch them now, there is a nostalgic part of everyone attracted to them. Being home sick from school and watching Card Sharks, $10,000 Pyramid or the Grand Poobah of morning game shows, The Price is Right. The kitchy set design, the music, the prizes and the host all combine a magical wonderland where anything is possible. A common person can get on, perform with or compete against “celebrities” and walk away with “a mountain of cash and prizes.”

Since then I’ve literally had three friends win The Price is Right (one had an article written about her experience in The Onion’s A/V Club), and you also don’t have to even watch them at home anymore: there is a way more entertaining and interactive (and R-rated) options. If you are at a festival, make sure you check the schedule for Psychedelic Friendship Bingo. If you are in Reno/Tahoe in the month of February, don’t miss The Game Show Show at Good Luck MacBeth Theater.

Amanda Alvey and team ate Hotshot The Robot in The Money Pyramid
Amanda Alvey and teammate Hotshot The Robot in The Money Pyramid

The original ” Game Show Show” debuted as part of Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company’s 2014 Season. Fresh Bakin’, as well as other area groups such as Brüka Theater, Wilks Broadcasting, Creme Restaurant, Planned Parenthood, participated as contestants in a “Family Feud” parody with Hotshot the Robot on their team to a sold-out crowd. Now in 2015, The Game Show Show returns with a new spin on classic game shows they’ve named “Reno Squares” and “The Money Pyramid.” money pyramid

The Game Show Show, created, co-produced, and hosted by Jessica Levity of Homeslice Productions, stars Reno’s hilarious comedy troupe, The Utility Players, alongside a variety of other talented Reno celebrities, “celebrities,” theater personalities, and characters-in-general. “Game shows are a great opportunity to share the stage with a multitude of people in this town who can make me laugh until it hurts,” shares Levity. “As soon as I released our “Now Casting” campaign, I received an onslaught of emails from local talent hoping to be featured as center square in Reno Squares, or as a contestant battling for silly prizes.”

Last year I laughed so hard I almost peed onstage. Seriously. And with last year’s run breaking the record for attendance at Good Luck MacBeth, they are anticipating this as another capacity run of shows, especially with the “Reno Squares” element. Everyone was connected to Hollywood Squares, the place where washed up actors, comedians, athletes, and random popular personalities ended up when the offers stopped coming in. Being R-rated and in Reno, (except for the one kid’s show), we can only imagine how dark this may go.

This show, though mostly improvised, is penned by The Utility Players, with direction by Levity.  “You know you’ve reached comedic gold when we can’t make it through a writing session without crying from laughter,” reveals Levity. Levity has received a lot of inspiration from the fantastic set designed by New York natives, Gabe and Lenora Graham. “The overall goal of the entire production, from the set to the cast to the prizes, is to remind the community how important it is to play, just for fun,” she says. And you don’t have to stay home from school or work…nor sit through LifeAlert and Palmolive commercials.

THE RECIPE:

EVENT:  The Game Show Show

CAST: SEE BELOW

TIMES: All shows begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted

DATES: Feb  19, 20, 21, 27, 28; February 22nd is our 2pm matinee(The Kids Show – RATED PG-13)

TICKETS: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets as well as at the Never Ender (119 Thoma St.)

LOCATION: Good Luck MacBeth Theater • 713 S Virginia St.

EVENT LINK:   http://on.fb.me/1yyZWrz

CAST

2/19
Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Shane Tolomeo (Utility Players)
Joe Garton (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Emily Skyle (Utility Players)
Taryn Gomez (Utility Players)
Jenny PezdeSpencer (Celebrity Guest)
Ed Adkins (Celebrity Guest)
Josh & Kerri E. (Contestants)

2/20 (The gay episode)
Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Shane Tolomeo (Utility Players)
Joe Garton (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Haysteev Cannüdumeafaevor (Celebrity Guest)
The Novelists (Celebrity Guests)
Vonnie & Meredith (Contestants)

2/21
Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Shane Tolomeo (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Emily Skyle (Utility Players)
Taryn Gomez (Utility Players)
Greg Klino (Utility Players)
Jenny PezdeSpencer (Celebrity Guest)
Ed Adkins  (Celebrity Guest)
Vaude Villain (Contestants)

2/22 (kids show)

Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Shane Tolomeo (Utility Players)
Joe Garton (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Stacy Johnson (Utility Players)
Taryn Gomez (Utility Players)
Kiwi Smith (Celebrity Guest)
Paige Adkins (Celebrity Guest)
Logan Strand (Celebrity Guest)
Michael Carter (Celebrity Guest)
Sam & Katie (Contestants)
  

2/27
Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Stacy Johnson (Utility Players)
Bike Joe  (Celebrity Guest)
Bruka Theatre  (Celebrity Guests)
Bruka Theatre (Contestants)
2/28
Ian Sorensen (Utility Players)
Chris Daniels (Utility Players)
Shane Tolomeo (Utility Players)
Amanda Alvey (Utility Players)
Emily Skyle (Utility Players)
The Novelists  (Celebrity Guests) 
Lenora and Gabe (Contestants)

 

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Now You Need To Know….Reno Tahoe Tonight Celebrates Six Years

January 29, 2015
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If you haven’t ever picked up a Reno Tahoe Tonight, you need to get out more. Every month for the last six years Oliver X and company have covered so many different people, places and things in the Reno/Tahoe cultural landscape it’s almost amazing there is still things fill the vibrant zine. That is the beauty of this area though, so much change and growth happening in Reno/Tahoe that the content spring will never run dry. We’ve seen RTT start from their first episode and blossom into the impressive spread it is today. One of the things that we love about RTT is it features art as well as covers it. From the covers to the spreads in the pages, it’s always on point. This is just one reason they’ve had the continued success and lasted all these years.  On February 6th they are celebrating their sixth anniversary in the Terrace Lounge at the Peppermill and we thought, “there are probably a lot of people who don’t the man behind RTT or know it’s history, let’s reach out to Oliver and interview HIM for a change.”

 

FB: We met originally when you worked for Reno Passport, what you could almost call the predecessor to RTT.  Was their a reason you decided to branch off to do RTT?

OX: I remember meeting you at Se7en Teahouse on Arlington one early evening when I was just starting with Reno Passport. Steve White introduced us. Loved your energy and wit.

My experiences with Reno Passport were awesome in so many ways. I truly appreciate Reno Passport Editor-Publisher Steve White, who quite literally took me into his condo and into his life, while offering me a place in his publication as a feature writer. His generosity was unmatched, and through that publication, I got a look at Reno’s counter culture close up.

From Steve’s condo, all the social media, sales, content development and day-to-day workings of the publication happened. It was an electric and very creative time in my life. The energy being created by that original collaborative team was something I will always remember. I am extremely grateful to both Baldo Bobadilla and Steve White for recognizing that I had a “writerly” voice that could contribute to the success of their business.

I started working with them in March of ’08, but by November of that year, the zine’s culture had changed. I had conflict with one of their key employees and things went downhill from there. I tried to move up from being a content producer, to Art Director, Copy Editor or even Associate Editor, but there was no room to accommodate those ambitions and I was rebuffed.

Oliver X
Oliver X

The death bell for my involvement in Reno Passport finally sounded when this employee kicked me off the Reno Passport Report (a weekly Wednesday program on KRZQ that focused on local entertainment) which I helped pitch and co-produce. I made the difficult decision to move out of the “HQ” as we called it, and gave my letter of resignation in early December of that year. Steve and Baldo had been great people up to that point, and it was an unfortunate situation for all involved.

Since I had no non-compete agreement or radius clause in place with Reno Passport, I decided to pursue my own publication. 60 days after leaving, I launched Reno Tahoe Tonight as a 16-page, free independent monthly publication. We will soon celebrate our 6th year anniversary on February 6th at The Peppermill, and we couldn’t be happier with the way this community has embraced us.

FB: Besides your appearance on Reno Public Access’s top viewed show, Hotshot After Dusk, what would you say is the top achievement in your life? 

OX: Being my parent’s son. Being loved and raised so completely by two of the finest people this earth has ever seen. Nothing compares to the memories I have with them and I miss them both terribly. I live each day as a reminder of their teaching, parenting, love and standards of excellence. Any fortune, or success I have in this life, is a direct result of my parents.

FB: Your background is covered in Hotshot’s in-depth interview, so I won’t cover that again, but is there something in your background that truly inspired you to start your own monthly arts magazine? Or did this become an idea due to a series of events? 

OX: I was working on the structural remediation and upgrade of a large project with Schwager Davis Engineering here in Reno in 2006-7. I took an opportunity they offered me to work on a project they had on the Big Island of Hawai’i. While I was there, I reflected on the fact that Reno had very little journalistic coverage of the arts and entertainment sectors. I started ideating on a monthly publication that could encompass the richness that I saw emerging here–well before the recession hit.

When I returned from Hawai’i, I started writing movie reviews for Flixster for $25 an hour, which was a cushy gig and sharpened my snarky chops. Then I met Steve White at a tiny coffee house on Fourth Street that was near the row house I rented on Fifth and Nevada Street. Steve White often showed up there to work on Reno Passport and, long story short, all of those parties coalesced to drive me to start and grow RTT as a monthly publication.

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Art by Lopan

FB: What have you seen as the greatest challenge in RTT?

OX: The recession was the chief hurdle. That gutted this economy quite thoroughly. The next challenge is simply being relevant. I saw several pretty good publications go down during the recession. They all had intelligent editors and content managers, yet they did not survive. The print industry is a tough game and it takes an immersion commitment to succeed.

FB: Any particular features you’ve been most proud of?

OX: We are so proud of our creative team and photographic contributors. RTT looks and feels like no other print publication. We take risks each and every issue. That has earned us a very loyal, cult-like following.

FB: How do you deal with deadlines? Are you losing your mind every month or have you gotten it down pretty well at this point?

OX: Good question. We have a target date we shoot for final upload to our printer that is pretty consistent. But before we can make that final deadline, all the file and ad deadlines have to be met. Getting those elements in on time makes everything else happen.

After now doing so many issues, we do have it down.  Every month is different. We launch our new health and wellness zine in March (called Elated People). We’re gearing up for that deadline now.

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FB: Obviously your work consumes you, what are your hobbies?

OX: I never have enough time to read, but that is a consuming passion of mine. I like short fiction, biographies, poetry and good investigative non-fiction. I enjoy reading print publications like Purple Magazine, VICE, Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose. I have been a music industry label consultant, promoter and band manager. I have a weekly television segment on Mornings on Fox 11 and produce a weekly talk radio show on 107.3FM KNEWS in Reno.

I have never been much of a hobbyist. I suppose cooking might be the closest thing I have to a hobby.

FB: Any recommendations or advice for people who want to start their own business?

OX: Make what you are passionate about your living.

FB: Is there anything you’d like to see happen with RTT that just isn’t possible, or something that you thought was an amazing idea that just didn’t work? Why do you think so?

OX: I would like our reach to be commensurate with our influence. Wider distribution is key. It takes about a decade to become an essential regional player in print. Even more time if you have national aspirations. For now, I simply want to get better at sales and promotion of the brand. “Impossible” has already been overcome by our very existence. Nobody stays in business thinking about what didn’t work. That refection happens after failure, and that is not an option for us.

FB: What’s your ideal vacation?

OX: Being on the Big Island in Kona and sleeping in for a week!

FB: Where would you like to see the RTT brand in the next few years?

OX: I see us really becoming a top-of-mind first option for information, art and ideas in northern Nevada and northern California. So many people are just now discovering us. There’s a rich pool or readers out there waiting to be won. And we will do that in the coming years, using a variety of media tools and outlets.

THE RECIPE:

EVENT: RENO TAHOE TONIGHT 6th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
LOCATION: TERRACE LOUNGE AT THE PEPPERMILL RESORT AND CASINO
TIME: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
COST: NO COVER
AGES RESTRICTIONS: 21+ only
LIVE MUSIC BY SOUL SCRATCH FROM LOS ANGELES

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PAINT IT PURPLE ON JANUARY 24th

January 15, 2015
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Pink, White, Green…..there are color parties abound in the Reno/Tahoe area. With No Town’s Pink Party being the longest running color-themed party in the area, Future Strange is teaming up with Cargo to saturate your ears in a sea of purple on January 24th with The Purple Party. What sets this party apart from other color-themed parties, is in this case some of the music is purple too. Purple is a lesser-known electronic music genre that evolved from dubstep and pioneered by small group of Bristol, UK producers and then spread across the world.

Returning to Reno with a history of capacity crowds dating back to the Bliss Nightclub days is bay area producer An-ten-nae with his newest and most successful project to date, Dimond Saints. Named for the Dimond District in Oakland from where he and collaborator ReLeece reside, this show marks the Dimond Saints debut in Reno/Tahoe. While this may be their first area show, Dimond Saints has extensively toured throughout the United States and internationally, hitting up every major festival in 2014. Dimond Saints, however, is a marked departure from An-ten-nae’s acid crunk and very heavy bass music we found in previously seen projects, lowRIDERz and An-ten-nae. It’s a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated world of stale trap beats and mainstream EDM. Dimond Saints original productions and remixes are intelligent and masterfully produced with an ethereal spatiality given to the sounds, yet the bass washes over the listener to create that feeling bassheads seek. An-ten-nae is well familiar with creating and curating this vibe, being a massively successful SF promoter with An-Ten-nae Presents and musical tastemaker on the west coast. His forethought brought the likes of Bassnectar, Amon Tobin, Modeselektor, Diplo, Flying Lotus and Santigold to large west coast venues long before they were the household names they are today.

 

 

Joining Dimond Saints is a serious up and comer in the bass music realm, Bleep Bloop. With diverse roots in everything from hip-hop to orchestral music, Bleep Bloop’s style can be described as mutated club music that must be heard live to experience fully. His most recent works were not only supported and played in sets by the infamous DJ Shadow, but Shadow released Bleep Bloop’s most recent EP on his label. With a constant release of new sounds dripping from Bleep Bloop’s brain, you can expect an entirely new experience every time he performs.

 

Rounding out the line-up is local tastemakers/producers/djs Boggan and Subdocta as well as Irieyes and Benjah Ninjah. Everyone is encouraged to dress in purple attire. Also, if you attend the String Cheese Incident at the Grand Sierra you can present your ticket at the door for $5 off.

 

THE RECIPE:

EVENT: The Purple Party

PERFORMERS: Dimond Saints, Bleep Bloop, Boggan, Irieyes, Benjah Ninjah, Subdocta

LOCATION: Cargo at Whitney Peak

DATE: January 24th, 2015

TIME: 9pm

AGE RESTRICTIONS: 18+ (ID Required)

TICKETS: $10 (Limited), $15 (Advance), $20 (door), $5 off with Stub or Wristband from String Cheese Incident at Grand Sierra. Available at The Melting Pot World Emporium, Whitney Peak front desk or at www.cargoreno.com



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The Matinee Opens at Seven – (Jan 17th)

January 12, 2015
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With a plethora of options this weekend in Reno/Tahoe area, one show we are excited for (and will absolutely be at) is Moondog Matinee’s album release show at Cargo Saturday, January 17th with Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones. I found their new record, “Carry Me, Rosie,” uploaded to their Soundcloud account and it’s been on non-stop rotation.  Soul, raw power, energy, blues…Moondog Matinee’s current line-up of Drea Ballard (guitar, vocals), Peter Barnato (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Adam Carpenter (bass, vocals), Ben Ingle (drums) and Steve Widmer (guitar, vocals) exudes a confidence I’ve never heard before in this band.

It’s amazing how far these guys have come since I first heard them a few years ago, and how tight they are together. Previously I was even lost as to who they wanted to be sonically. After listening to this album over and over again I feel they’ve found their sound, but have laid a foundation that we can literally expect anything from them. We caught up with vocalist Peter Bernato to answer some questions for us.

FB: How long has Moondog been together? What’s the history?
PB: Almost 8 years, we started as a college band jamming for fun and throughout the years have been interchanging personnel and honing our sound. It was always quite schizophrenic, but the moment we pulled Drea Ballard on board, our band had a cohesive, unique sound that we are all very proud of.

FB: You all have been out on the road quite a bit. How have your tours been going? Any standout shows or cities you really like playing?
PM: Great! We do well on the road. Nothing like a bunch of friendly drunkards, living in a school bus, that like to play live music in front of strangers. We work very hard, and believe that live music is the only way to have the current music listening climate respect what you are doing. The digital age has brought a lot of negative aspects to the music industry, but we believe it has created a healthy climate for live performance. We are so used to getting things immediately on the ‘interwebs’ that a heartfelt live performance is something that is in realtime. Something that is vulnerable and honest. That’s why live gigs are everything to Moondog, because we love everything that we are shoving down the audience’s throats, and we hope they enjoy what we are forcibly feeding them. Seattle and Bend are markets that understand what we are doing. Every time we play in those cities, we are greeted with fans that treat us with the respect that we crave as musicians.

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FB: Who would say are the band’s biggest influences?
PB: That’s a question that each member would answer differently, but I know our favorite decade is early to mid seventies rock and roll. I am a devout Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Bob Seger, Gram Parsons, The Band, Warren Zevon, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Velvet Underground, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead fan….. You get the point

FB: What era of the Grateful Dead is your favorite?
PB: I’ll have to speak for myself, but Workingman’s dead and Wake of the Flood are my favorites…..

FB: Tell us about something completely disturbing you experienced on tour.
PB: We were playing in Eugene in front of a raging audience of two that consisted of our bartender and an old drunk, and Drea peed his pants during the first song. It was his first tour with us and he misunderstood his bladder. The most magical part of the night was his determination to finish the next 45 painful minutes with urine in his Levis.

FB: Tell us about your Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones and why you selected them to be part of you album release show
PB: Bryan Jones is a musician that I have looked up to since the day I met him. He is a musician down to his marrow. Everything he does revolves around music. That’s a trait that I most admire and pretend to have, but very few people possess. Rigorous Proof has an understanding of music that is similar to ours. Not necessarily in the ways we sound similar, but in the era in which we dream to reside. They are a mixture of Preservation Green, Kinks, early Who and Supertramp. We chose them to play with us because we respect what they are doing. Plus Johnny and the boys are the nicest, most humbling group of cats we know.

FB: My friend told me she used to go to the mall in high school and stare at you while you worked at The Gap. How do you respond to that?
PB: I wish she would of talked to me, I felt as though I was invisible in those years of my life. Hahaha

THE RECIPE: SHOW: Moondog Matinee, Rigorous Proof and Bryan Jones
LOCATION: Cargo in Whitney Peak Hotel
DATE: January 17th. 2015
TIME: Doors open at 7pm, music begins at 8pm.
AGES RESTRICTIONS: All ages welcome
TICKETS: Tickets are $10 and are available at the Whitney Peak front desk or HERE

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ROB GARZA EXPLORES “The Rift” (BEATS ANTIQUE REMIX)

December 17, 2014
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Add Rob Garza to the list of artists who explore “the rift.” The notion or experience of space, a fracture, separation, hiatus, breaking up or parting ways is something every human has experienced. The outcome of this rift is so expansive, it could be longing, heartbreak, happiness, closure or catharsis…thus the emotional tone of musical representations of “the rift” are as diverse as the musician who create them

With his solo career, Rob has focused his sights in the deep house and nü-disco avenues while still at times incorporating international world music sounds people could recognize in some of Thievery Corporation’s sonic experiments. Like a perfect follow-up to his most recent original work “Re Mana,” “The Rift” takes the Middle Eastern track by Beats Antique and turns it into an emotional ride that can transport you to the beaches of the Far East or late night at a festival deep in the woods.

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Catch Rob on Tour over the next few weeks

12/11 Webster Hall • NYC (with Thievery Corporation)
12/12 Webster Hall • NYC (with Thievery Corporation)
12/13 Lincoln Theater, Washington DC (with Thievery Corporation – SOLD OUT)
12/13 Tropicalia w/ Fort Knox Five (Thievery Corporation Afterparty)
12/13 Lincoln Theater • Washington DC (with Thievery Corporation)
12/31 Canibal Royal • Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
1/19 Bar Adelita • Tulum, Mexico

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“Hey. What are you doing for New Years?”

December 16, 2014

“Hey, what are you doing for New Years?”

 

It’s that question everyone starts asking in a couple weeks. Seems there is PLENTY to do between Reno, Tahoe and Nevada City for NYE. We did our best to put it all together for you (some people just never got back to us) And without further ado….

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

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Bounce Heavy: NYE 2014

Late Night RadioSmasheltooth and The Pirate • Zebuel’s Smoked-Out Soul • Casual Encounters ft Craigslist Hook-Up, Lucky & Bryn Gurbtron • IJV • Bassment-ality • Auxiliary

Tahoe Biltmore, Crystal Bay

RSVP + Tickets: http://on.fb.me/164pjbq

 

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Jackie Greene Band

Afterparty (FREE)  with Mark Sexton Band

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/12pGcLA

Crystal Bay Club •  Crystal Bay

 

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NYE at Bar of America with Chango

INFO: http://on.fb.me/1uQWkwn

Truckee, CA

 

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RENO/SPARKS

GIZA

GIZA

Adam Glass • Serg Rockwell • Silhouette • Chi –Gu Kom • Tranzor • B • Jek Tek • Jacie • Ahn

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/1vM4vPK

Studio on 4th 

 

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1920’s Masquerade Ball

Morris Burner Hotel

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/12pO5ki

 

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The Novelists w/ Tyler Stafford

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/1BxmmNM

Great Basin Brewing Company • Sparks

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APPLE Z 

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/1wZo1ce

CARGO • RENO

 

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Black Tie Affair

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/1we1J4w

Lex NightclubGrand Sierra Resort

 

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AMP THE NEW YEAR

Amp the New Year

Knitting Factory

XM Freddie, Mo Ayala, DJ Kentot, DJ Savvy

RSVP + INFO: http://on.fb.me/1ADP0so

 

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1Up

Boggan • Dzaster • Detoxx • Vile Ant • Alien Language • Filthy One

INFO: http://on.fb.me/1xnyejS

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St James Infirmary

T. Lee Walker and The Company He Keeps

INFO: http://on.fb.me/13sCty0

 

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Tronix

DJ FR3DDO

No Cover for 21+

RSVP + INFO: http://on.fb.me/1wAJwzC

 

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The Loving Cup  

Solid Gold Dance Party

INFO: http://on.fb.me/1wfc2XG

 

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

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Snowglobe

Skrillex • Disclosure Flume • Justin Martin • Atmosphere • Odesza • The Floozies

South Lake Tahoe Community College

RSVP + Tickets : http://on.fb.me/12pFzSr

 

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MINDFUL NYE

MINDFUL MASSIVE NYE SPECTACULAR

Nominus S1nthe3sysIrieyes • TYMK

Whiskey Dick’s

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/13w6nSd

 

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NEVADA CITY

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Muppet Punk, Motorhome Music, DJ Paul

Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City, CA

RSVP + TICKETS: http://on.fb.me/164sgsC

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STYLUST BEATS TO MAKE TAHOE CITY GO “LOCO ONO”

November 29, 2014
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What is it about this guy Stylust Beats I like so much? The first time I saw him perform was at about approximately hour 27 of the 64 hours of music at the Grand Sierra’s Great Depresssurization Chamber in Reno after Burning Man. Every time since then Stylust Beats (aka Geoff Reich) has been consistently one of the more fun acts to dance to.

Fat basslines, fun mash-ups and remixes, talented djing, funky beats and some serious kicks have allowed Stylust to collect fans without being a flash-in-the-pan “EDM hype” act. His growth and talent has brought attention of world-renowned producers  (his collaboration with Bassnectar for Bassnectar’s NVSB Remix album hit over half million plays) as well as acclaimed press outlets.

“My goal is to make timeless bass music: I try to make every track an epic melodic adventure through many different genres,” says Reich in a recent interview for MusicYouNeed.net. It’s a ride that’s apparent when you listen to his Grassroots-California-sponsored release, “The Pocket Tape.” Purple beats, hyphy, trap, hip hop and just the right amount of filthy dubstep takes the listener on perfectly-mapped road-trip criss-crossing genres. The next beat is always up in the air, and I find myself exclaiming “NICE!” frequently when a mash-up, remix or sample gets brought in.

Blending classic turntablism with cutting edge tech prowess, Geoff has been touring as Stylust Beats since 2008. Inspired by his older brother who was in a band, Stylust Beats began testing his musical mettle on turntables in 1998. His imaginative spins of counter-intuitive genres were new territory back then, and he quickly gained fame as a fearless, party-rocking DJ reinventing the game. Within a couple of years, he took on the daunting challenge of producing and managing his own recording house, All-In Studios, which he ran successfully for ten years. This was the laboratory within which Reich evolved from bass DJ to mad scientist, cutting his own brand of sonic mixology and perfecting his craft as prime-time producer.

What I love about Stylust Beats is clearly even though his work ethic is insane and his productions top-notch, his music is still fun, approachable, and funky. This is something I’ve noticed with people who come from the hip hop genre: your purpose is to lay down jams to dance. With Stylust Beats, he not only excels it this, but does so without pretentiousness and is a killer Dj too.

You can catch Stylust Beats at Art Haus Cinema on December 6th, 2014. 9:30pm, 21+.

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NAHKO BRINGS THE GOOD MEDICINE

November 28, 2014
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Certain genres of music cycle in and out of style like traditional medicine. We can compare this to the “old wives tales” cures for ailments that are re-discovered as better than the conventional and new pharmaceutical drugs.  Roots music has been turning the ears of more and more people, potentially due to it fixing symptoms brought on by a cold, sterile and hollow entertainment industry, who force-feed mediocrity and garbage to the masses that lacks substance, message and intention.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great acts out there across every genre which buck the status quo. Bassnectar and The Polish Ambassador in the electronic world, Phish in the jam world, Pearl Jam in the rock world…and in the roots world you have acts like Rising Appalachia, Michael Franti and Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony.  Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born.

Photo Credit: Kristi Knupp
Photo Credit: Kristi Knupp

 

Medicine indeed….you can’t leave a Nahko show without feeling slightly healed. The soul and feeling exploding from the voice and sounds from Nahko’s stage is filled with messages of love, revolt, hope, struggle and community. The band, consisting of Nahko Bear, Chase Makai, Dustin Thomas, Justin Chittams & Hope Medford, weaves it’s roots influences which include Hawaiian, blues, reggae and folk but these guys rock like a rock and roll or punk show. You may have caught their explosive performance at Wanderlust last July. The energy in that tent spread goosebumps across everyone’s bodies. I didn’t see a face without an exhilarated smile plastered across it.

It’s an exhilaration brought on by a uplifting vocals, driving drum beats and intense energy from a band who seems a perfect proprietary blend of Bob Marley’s spiritual and political leanings, Michael Franti’s community, Pearl Jam’s independence and rock intensity and Cecilio and Kapono’s Hawaiian influence. If you take this pill, not dancing is near impossible at a Nahko tribe party. This is spreading too, as seen by the almost 3 million plays on their video for “Aloha Ke Akua.”

This band is going to outgrow the Crystal Bay Club fast, so you really want to make sure you see this act in such an intimate setting.

Nahko and Medicine for the People perform in the Crown Room of the Crystal Bay Club on December 12th, 2014.  Tickets are onsale now at www.devildogshows.com. 21+, 9pm.

 

 

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THE UTILITY PLAYERS KILL YOUR T.V….AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

November 28, 2014
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Admittedly, I have turned into that annoying “no TV” guy. When someone asks me “Did you see that commercial about the dog and the guy and the toilet?” I start with “no.” Usually I am asked in return “How have you not seen that? It’s on all the time” to which I have to respond “I don’t own a television.” I don’t think I’m better than anyone who owns one; TV and I have been roommates on and off since I was little. Eventually I realized I function better without one. I end up watching dumb stuff for no reason, and I think back about all that GARBAGE I watched growing up and it kind of sickens me.

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However, the final tossing of the boob tube onto the sidewalk with a “FREE (works)” sign attached happened when I discovered Reno’s indie theater scene. My parents took me to big production plays when I was young, and you are also currently reading the yammerings of Sycamore Junior High’s lead actor of The Phantom Toolbooth (Milo). After that, theater kind disappeared in my life.

My friend took me to Pageant at Brüka Theater many years ago and I walked out with my stomach muscles in agony from laughter. That one experience inspired me to buy season tickets for a few years, and in doing so I realized there is even more “like that” in Reno. These performances were the final nail in the coffin for the big black box. In theater, storytelling, stand-up, etc, there are no overdubs, reshoots, adding filters or manipulation to cover mistakes It’s pure, raw and un-edited. I was a changed man.

Not long after moving to Reno in 2006, I met Jessica “Jester” Levity at the Studio on 4th Street. We discovered in a phone number exchange that both hail from Cincinnati, OH, so clearly our Midwestern/Ohio pride was huge (FYI people from Ohio are very proud and it has nothing to do with our sportsball teams). While I was focused on music, she had founded an improv comedy troupe called The Utility Players. According to Levity “I had a insatiable yearning to see really good improv comedy, and I also dreamed the name “The Utility Players”, and thought, “Holy shit, that would be a great name for a comedy troupe that can do anything.”(fun fact: A ‘utility player’ is a baseball term for someone who can play any position proficiently). We stayed in touch over the years (see: Midwestern/Ohio pride) and seeing each other’s endeavors grow, we had both grown out of the Studio on 4th and in 2011 I found myself at my first Utility Players show at the Pioneer Underground.

 

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Modeled after the 1998-2007 show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Utility Players take the crowd through a series of “games” which create scenarios for the comedians to improvise within. What makes this way better than the show is first, it’s live; and second, no network TV censorship (the show is 18+ only) so it has an “anything goes” ethos. After attending easily over fifteen UP’s shows I can promise that anything truly does go.

Much like an improv jazz band or jamband, improv is influenced by the energy of the crowd, the moods of the comedians, the ideas called out from the crowd, or even how recently practiced are the comedians? One thing that’s so magic about improv is the unknown. Will this “show” be incredible or fall flat? When a performer walks on stage with no set-list, skit, or pre-rehearsed bit, the potential is completely unknown. Throw in inviting crowd members up onstage for games, and every show is a wild card. I’ve seen the Utility Player’s build so much energy in a room your hair stands on end, and a few times they’ve even ended a game by saying “ok, that was terrible.” It’s a risk you take to create magic.

 

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After a long tenure at the Pioneer Underground, they were offered an incredible opportunity: their own theater and weekly gig at the Sands Regency. “Jester’s Theater” was created in small conference room upstairs in the Sands (fun fact: the rooms was previously The Funny Bone Comedy Club until 2007). My first thought was “the Utility Players are already great, but when a group like this performs weekly instead of monthly, their improv is going to get even better than before.” While the theater created in the Sands is no Pioneer Underground structurally, it’s more intimate and you can hear the performers better than ever. The cast for this past week: Amanda Alvey, Chris Daniels, Derek Sonderfan, Ian Sorensen, Joe Garton, Shane Tolomeo, Stacy Johnson and Taryn Gomez, along with host Jessica “The Jester” Levity, clearly have benefited from their weekly gigs. It was clear their improv was quicker, sharper and funnier. From “game” to “game” the overall consistency of the show was really strong. The crowd was pretty rowdy but overall respectful and was adding great cues (when asked).

Not only did their weekly gigs tighten their show, but they were invited to the SF Improv Festival this past September. That experience, Levity says “humbled us, it inspired us, it networked us, and, in the words of Derek Sonderfan (our musician): ‘It wasn’t our greatest performance, but it showed that we deserved to be at SFIF.’ They loved our performance, and the team bonding that occurred that weekend is irreplaceable. Most importantly, a bunch of improv junkies got to see a bunch of incredible improv, and it has completely set a new bar for what we want to do as a troupe. Also, the UPs got to witness THE troupe that single-handedly inspired me to create my own troupe when I saw them in Amsterdam — Boom Chicago. They were speechless after the performance.”

There are only two shows left in The Utility Player’s eighth season at the Sands. THIS TROUPE IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS RIGHT NOW. Every Saturday through 12/20 (no show on 12/13). Tickets are available online at www.utilityplayerscomedy.com or the Sands cage. Doors open at 7:30 (get there on time to get best seats). These shows have been selling out so we recommend arriving early and buying presale tickets.Please also like Homeslice Productions and The Utility Players on Facebook.

 

 

 

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GET LOST IN THE WILD REEDS

November 18, 2014
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There is change in the air. Not only are the seasons changing where we live, but I’m witnessing a musical change too. Maybe not so much a change, but I’m witnessing people engaging in a wider range of musical styles. For someone like me, who considers an ideal Sunday to have the doors and windows open, cooking breakfast and playing the Oh Brother! Where Art Thou? soundtrack, I can’t be more happy about it. Most of our social outings involve so much loud music that being able to absorb the emotion of a simple song, a story or just one classical guitarist is the perfect balance to all the heaviness of the rest of the world.

I was hired at Lightning in a Bottle this year to assist with the Grand Artique. On Saturday night, I was charged as stage manager and two of the acts I worked with turned out to be my favorite acts of the weekend: WC Thornbush’s Great American Show and The Wild Reeds. Where WC Thornbush brought a raucous throwback show reminiscent of dust bowl revivals and political rallies, The Wild Reeds blew me away with powerful yet delicate harmonies, emotional and inspiring vocals and really beautiful and personal stage performance. Immediately after their show I asked for a CD to purchase, which the obliged and sold me an advance copy of their then forth-coming album, Blind and Brave.

The Wild Reeds soundcheck at LIB • Grand Artique Stage • A.o.K. Photography
The Wild Reeds soundcheck at LIB • Grand Artique Stage • A.o.K. Photography

Buying an album of a band you just heard for the first time is a coin toss. I don’t necessarily want it to sound exactly what I just heard, but what I want is to make me feel similar. Blind and Brave did this for me. Kicking off with “Where I’m Going,” which starts with a stomping declaration:

“You think you know where I’m going,
the truth is I haven’t got a clue
one thing I know where I’m going,
there won’t be another you”

The three part harmonies of Kinsey, Mack and Sharon, backed by drummer and bass player Nick and Jason, build to a floating yet climatic release that drops eventually back down and drops into one of my favorite songs ever recorded, “Let No Grief.” I’ve listened to this song at least 500 times. Not exaggerating here. Instead of describing it, I’ll leave a teaser video below (this version is without drums and bass).

The title track and first single, “Blind and Brave,” follows “Let No Grief” perfectly. They released an incredible video (below) and the production on the album on this track lends to a more successful single in my eyes. It’s a beautiful song, less somber than “Let No Grief,” yet without lacking the emotional power of it’s predecessor.

Other notable tracks on Blind and Brave include the old-timey shuffle of “Love Letter;” “Judgement,” a haunting track which moves like a steam engine in it’s chugging chorus, then dropping into a mellow verses as if slowing down to keep itself from derailing due to speed. “Lock and Key” drops the listener off on the singers beckoning for “courage to carry me across the danger.”

Really excited to see The Wild Reeds again. They support Noah Gunderson at Cargo inside Whitney Peak Hotel on November 23rd. This is a seated show and tickets are limited. Visit www.cargoreno.com or the front desk of Whitney Peak Hotel for tickets. This is an all ages show.