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MELISSA MARTINEZ: PEACEFUL FLOW, UJJAYI & MOMASANA

June 24, 2014
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There are so many yoga teachers out there it’s hard for someone like myself, who attempts to practice three to six days a week, to pick. In the past years I’ve based my class schedule on WHAT the class is, as opposed to WHO is teaching. Admittedly, I don’t read yoga magazine, yoga forums or know really any of the big yoga companies or teachers. The ”headliners” don’t really mean anything to me…in fact I’ve accidentally signed up for them and have left both satisfied and disappointed. My first year of Wanderlust I accidentally signed up for the same teacher three times, whose classes dealt with a different aspect of yoga and built on each other. What a great accident. She was a fantastic intro to Wanderlust for me, still a relative noobie at the time. I have forgotten her name, although I know I haven’t seen her since.

The studio I practice in Reno is The Studio which was another “accidental” find. I’m a creature of proximity, so I picked the studio closest to my house. With 99% certainty I can remember my first class was a hot vinyasa taught by a vibrant and attentive woman named Melissa Martinez. The room was packed…and hot! The room seemed full of seasoned veterans, intermediates and beginners. It was a challenge…on many levels. There was chanting at the beginning (I’ve never been one for sing-alongs), the practice itself was intense, then more chanting at the end. Throughout the years, The Studio has remained my preferred yoga studio as I can attend Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Yin, Restorative, Level 2 Hot, The Yoga of Fire and Water, and a multitude of other classes to keep my ADD at bay, and Melissa has become one of my favorite instructors. Since the first day, I’ve seen her grow and change as well, becoming a stronger teacher, launch a teacher training program and birth a child! I am extremely happy for her to have been selected again as a Wanderlust 2014 instructor as the world can use a little more Melissa influence and friendship.

FB: How is mommy hood?

MM: We’re 17 days deep in this journey with our son, Jai Bodhi and I’m still totally blown away by the whole trip. Life is a miracle. As I witness the magic of this little beings development everyday, I’m feeling really honored to be a mom.

Is it everything you anticipated?

I remember just anticipating the birth, which turned out to be an insane experience! Wow. Birthing a human. Wow. I remember thinking that it would be challenging once we brought our weeble wobble home but, nothing and no one could’ve prepared me for this. I think the most surprising thing at this moment is how much this little being needs me. You really can’t imagine how totally dependent they are on you. You can’t even wrap your head around it if you’ve never experienced it. In some ways it feels like the most selfless service on the planet but at the same time how could it be as the rewards are boundless. Success is now measured in smiles and contentment of another being. This is powerful stuff. My whole entire world shrunk to 20 inches and 7 lbs. 2 oz. Oh and sleep! Delicious, wonderful, beautiful sleep… It eludes me if I try to chase it. I can only except that it doesn’t exist the way it use to and then this whole trip is much more doable. I know that it gets better– this is what they say. I know that it’s actually really hard right now to be honest but, again how could it be hard when the rewards are so great. Just looking at his precious little face fills me up and that hour of sleep that I got last night doesn’t matter.

FB: Where are you from? How did you find yoga?

MM: I’m from the San Francisco bay area– literally. During my most formative years we lived on a boat in Redwood City, Docktown Marina. That sounds really cool but not when you’re 12 and trying to listen to Billy Idol on your cassette player. We also moved around quite a bit and lived in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Fremont, Oakland…so, I am a Northern California girl through and through.

Yoga found me about 14 years ago living in Portland Oregon. I was so terrible at the yoga poses– completely inflexible and totally clueless. I remember I couldn’t even sit with my legs crossed in the folded position. I was so out of touch with my physical health even though I went to the gym. When I moved to San Diego a year later I brought a post-it note on which I wrote ‘Go To Yoga’ and taped it to my medicine cabinet in the bathroom so that I could be reminded every day to continue my practice. I was so intrigued that I went to as many workshops, immersions, trainings, retreats, festivals and anything I could for years. Dharma unfolded through my studentship. The lineage that I cherish continues to reveal my heart and my connection to the source from which everything comes. I’ve taught for around seven years and this whole journey has taken me to India with my teacher Janet Stone and Christopher (Hareesh) Wallace; it’s been thousands of hours of study and it’s still going. This year I launched We Are One Flow Yoga 200-hr Teacher Trainings and held space for 37 trainees. The Reno yoga community was rocked by a truly incredible teacher training! The yoga scene is blowing up in Reno!

We need ONE obligatory yoga pose picture, right?
We need ONE obligatory yoga pose picture, right?

FB: Describe you style and your philosophy behind your classes, flow and structure?

MM: The Yoga that I teach is flow yoga or vinyasa yoga. Spontaneity and my fullest attention go into each class. I’ve always thought of teaching group classes as conducting energy. I love music!I love bass. I truly love many different genres of music. I play with the energetic exchange of music and flowing sequences of postures. I’m influenced by my teachers Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, and Shaelah Morris…massive doses of humor when the moment arises is always welcome. Laughing rules.

FB: Is this your first time at Wanderlust?

MM: I was a presenter at Wanderlust last year and attended every festival before that. This year I’m presenting a workshop on Thursday and a class on Friday. The workshop is an offering for those that want to get to know yoga as therapy. Thursday at 1:00-3:00pm I lead Peaceful Therapeutic Flow. This is all about low and slow vinyasa for everybody at any stage in life. It’s important that we create a sustainable pace for practice and support healing through serving the breath. Come to relax and begin your weekend right! On Friday from 2:00-3:30pm, hang out with Dj HyFi and me for Ujjayi Breathing & Your Heart Beating. Dj HyFi (Ian) will provide some seriously deep lush atmospheric landscapes for you to get into your body and out of your mind. You don’t want to miss this! Ian is extremely talented at playing with the energy of the room and taking you on a trip.

FB: Obviously your experience will be drastically different than years past!
MM: My experiences at Wanderlust in the past have been full-on gluttonous which I highly recommend. This year if you see me in the village and I’ve showered and am wearing clothes, I will be deeply satisfied. I think that all of my asana, pranayama, and meditation thus far have prepared me for mommyhood. There’s a lot in the bank and I’ll be withdrawing! I hope that you do some downward-facing dog for me and maybe flip it over or do one of those yoga classes turned dance parties. I might just be in Savasana or Breastfeeding asana. It’s all good. It’s all yoga.

Melissa Martinez teaches at The Studio Reno, 1085 South Virginia St. Her website is www.melissamcyoga.com // www.yogadjhyfi.com. Her next teacher training is in Spring 2015. Info at www.weareoneflowyoga.com or email melmar25@hotmail.com

MELISSA FIELD

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Unleash Your Downward Dog at Wanderlust Squaw Valley

April 4, 2014
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We’re always excited for Wanderlust. It’s one of the events we most look forward to all year and lucky for us, it’s right in our backyard. So many festivals have pushed the
music as the primary draw while including yoga and wellness as a side note, but not Wanderlust! While the first few years sported heavy a musical line-up, featuring headliners such as Sharon Jones, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Michael Franti and The Wailers, Wanderlust has curated its own vibe by inviting yoga teachers from across the nation to teach yogis of all ability levels in the surreally beautiful Squaw Valley.

 

Caravan Palace captivates crowd at Wanderlust
Caravan Palace captivates crowd at Wanderlust

When Wanderlust was initially announced in 2009, I anticipated a very haughty-taughty crowd. Would they turn their noses up because we don’t have yoga pants, or that we didn’t know our brand of yoga mat (someone had to tell us!), or our downward dog wasn’t perfect? Turned out, that was not the case at all. Not only are the organizers great, but the yogis and music fans who come together for this event make it truly special. I began seeing a dramatic change in myself after beginning about yoga in early 2011 and I truly believe my participation in Wanderlust 2010 was important in it’s cultivation. In addition to the really nice people, organizers and instructors, the exposure to classes like  Budokan yoga, Slackline yoga, Backbends and Inversions … or even ridiculously fun classes like Seane Corn’s “Lite FM” (a class which featured all music and love songs of the 1970’s and 1980’s) has enamored us more with the practice. The diversity of classes ensure someone attending Wanderlust can be  as serious or light-hearted as they choose.

 

The music, workshops, speakers and yoga line-ups are top notch for Wanderlust 2014. DJ Krush and The Polyphonic Spree on the bill satisfy our “always have wanted to see yet haven’t” craving. Then a few of our favorites … RJD2, Big Gigantic and Thriftworks add in the “wows,” “whomps” and “what!?” In the non-musical landscape, we are looking forward to Roman Torgovitsky’s Soma System, Schuyler Grant’s Kula Flow, Eion Finn’s Blissology, ChiRunning with Steve Mackel, ELMNTL Fitness, and Yin Yoga with Liza Dousson…just to name a few! We are still reading up on all the enormous offerings Wanderlust offers.

 

Wanderlust founder Jeff Krasno answered a few questions for us about Wanderlust 2014
FB: What was the original inspiration for Wanderlust?

JK: The original inspiration came from going to Costa Rica on my wife’s (Schuyler’s) yoga retreat. There, we learned that people loved to travel, to be with like-minded community, to practice yoga in beautiful places, to eat good food, to drink a little wine and listen and dance to music. We asked ourself could we make this experience work for 4000 people instead of just 20?

FB: What could a person who practices yoga very casually receive from Wanderlust?

JK: We want to make yoga fun and accessible. Sure, we have a lot of very accomplished teachers. But many of the classes at Wanderlust are beginner / intermediate. I think the emphasis on music within the classes makes the yoga experience something that everyone can really enjoy.

FB: Your first year was a tough one! Besides bad timing of Franti’s appendix bursting, what other things did you learn that first year that has improved following years?

JK: In the first year, we ran a yoga event and music festival concurrently and, in some ways, split the audience. We learned that yoga, hiking, lectures, rafting, running formed the daytime meal of the festival and music was the nighttime desert.  

FB: Do you have any input in the music? Anyone you’ve really wanted that hasn’t been able to get on the festival?

JK: I personally booked every single act for years. Now, I defer to a younger staff that is more familiar with the cool, new acts. That being said, there are some acts that I have been working on for years. Caravan Palace was one of them. I finally made it happen last year. Fat Freddy’s Drop, a New Zealand-based dub band, is another band I’ve been chasing for years.

FB: Caravan Palace was amazing! I was very happy to see them on the line-up when it was announced. Are we back to music in the parking lot again at night or in the yoga tent? Was there any particular reason you all cut the parking lot stage out? (btw we loved the musc in the yoga tent!)

JK: The idea for 2013 model was to cluster more people in and around the village and to create a seamless nighttime experience that spanned the main tent, the tea tent and a smaller DJ stage. We like the idea that a guest can wander and discover different experience and not be confined within a tradition gated venue. We spent all this time and effort making a beautiful yoga tent and then it sat there empty at night — that didn’t make much sense.

FB: Anything you would like to add to Wanderlust?

JK: A truly next level food experience.

 

Wanderlust is July 17th-20th in Squaw Valley, California. For tickets, complete class schedule, lodging, camping and all information visit http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/. Keep an eye out as Fresh Bakin’ has partnered with Reno Tahoe Tonight and The Bounce Festival to give away some Sage passes and music-only tickets. CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO ENTER!

 

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Minnesota at Assembly (Sacramento)

September 24, 2013

EVENT: Fresh Bakin’ presents Minnesota, G Jones, DJ Whores, Ernie Fresh

LOCATION:  ASSEMBLY  1000 K Street, Sacramento, CA

DATE:  Thursday October 24, 2013

TIME:  7 p.m.

TICKETS: 18+ show, $15 advance available, $18 day of show.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/512170228857688/

 

When you see Christian Bauhofer after the sun goes down, you will find the smiling DJ/producer assuming his party crushing alter-ego, MINNESOTA.  The Santa Cruz local has recently been working on his new EP Altered States, which is set for release in late October, and features collaborations with Grizzly J and Zion I. This EP is more dance-floor oriented than his previous work, embracing higher energy and a more bass driven sound, while still maintaining melodicism. Staying true to his own sound is far more important to Minnesota than just playing banging dubstep, keeping his fans coming back for more.

Minnesota’s tracks are influenced by artists including MiMOSA and Modeselektor. Some of his personal favorites such as Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have also been playing his tracks in their sets. “Quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” commented Bassnectar when discusing the track “Push It.” “Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped.”

It is not only other artists who have gained an appreciation for Minnesota’s sound. After a young man’s hearing was restored and he was able to listen to music for the first time in his life, he chose Minnesota’s remix of Shotgun Radio’s “A Bad Place” as one of the top 5 songs he’d heard, next to artists such as Mozart, Il Postino and Sigur Ros.

Minnesota’s first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, was released on Tycho Records in January of 2011 to critical acclaim. His second release, Ancient Machines, on Mal Label was number nine on the Addictech best seller’s list for the year, and every track charted on the Beatport glitch hop charts. Recently, his remix of “California Dreamin'” resurfaced and topped the Hype Machine at#1. Minnesota also collaborated with MartyParty in 2011 on a free EP called Ultraviolet Halo.

Minnesota’s upcoming Altered States Tour sees him hitting many cities across the US, joined on many dates by Zion I. Zion I are a hip-hop duo from Oakland, California, consisting of producer DJ AmpLive and MC Zumbi. The group is known for Amp’s futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi’s positive and socially conscious lyrics. Minnesota’s live performance sees him providing the best possible experience by paying close attention to the crowd and putting time and effort in preparing his set.

 

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edIT of The Glitch Mob talks music and the age old question: Heathers or Mean Girls?

July 23, 2013
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Although Edward Ma, more commonly known as edIT of The Glitch Mob, will make a solo appearance in South Lake Tahoe, it doesn’t mean fans of the Mob should be at all worried about their forthcoming album.

“I am currently 100 percent devoted to finishing The Glitch Mob album,” Ma said in a recent interview.

After almost 10 years of performing professionally, edIT will come back full circle by delivering to fans a highly anticipated solo set at Montbleu after Phish leaves the stage on July 30th in Opal Nightclub.

But even for his upcoming solo performance, there’s a certain level of dedication he’s willing to give off for a night in Tahoe. Having played shows with the trio at festivals like Lightning in a Bottle and Lollapalooza, Ma is no stranger, or hater, of the Reno-Tahoe area.

“Emmerich’s parties always rock,” Ma said. “He knows how to connect with a crowd and make them care about his shows; a lot of promoters don’t know how to do that. Whether it be in Reno or Tahoe, I know he’s going to put on a good show.”

Having performed at SnowGlobe, I think he can safely say that. Over the years, Ma says that he’s more than impressed with where his career has gone, whether it be as a solo act or has a dedicated member of The Glitch Mob.

He began making solo albums before he ever got with the Mob, and has learned to evolve both his personal and group sound over time from just heavy bass and cool sounds, to a more focused vision of where the music is going and how it’s getting there.

“There’s a very specific, narrative message and story we’re trying to deliver,” Ma said.

The responsibilities for edIT are stacking up as he approaches the completion of the Mob’s new album, which will be released this fall, but he loves what he does and said he wouldn’t have it any other way. Even through the excitement of playing solo next week, he hopes to have The Glitch Mob make an appearance as a group eventually in the Reno/Tahoe area.

“Honestly the biggest achievement is knowing that I have touched people in a positive way through music,” Ma said. “You can’t put a dollar on that.”

Ed’s connection with his fans has given us the opportunity to solicit some lingering questions from the community.

Fresh Bakin’: Geek question – what is your favorite piece of hardware (for both live shows and producing) and why?

edIT: Live Shows: Jazz Mutant Lemur. It lets me build my own custom control surface which is amazing.

 Production: Voxengo SPAN Plus. Critical for keeping mixes balanced in an untreated room.

 Fresh Bakin’: What is your pre/post-show activity? How do you get amped up, and what do you do to chill out afterwards?

 edIT: Pre Show: mandatory powernap

Post show: video games back in my hotel room

Fan Ryan Kandell: Do you make your glitches with a program like stutter edit or tornado or do you do them all one at a time?

 edIT: Everything on Crying Over Pros and Air Raid was done by editing audio. I have used BT’s Stutter Edit, but mostly for transitions. It’s a great plugin. We bought Tornado, messed around with it for a few hours and haven’t used it since.

Fresh Bakin’:  You don’t play solo much…what can people expect?

edIT: I’m gonna try to hit all of the bases. A little Crying Over Pros, a little Air Raid Material, a little Glitch Mob and some unreleased stuff.

 Fresh Bakin’: Which character do you relate most to in “Zoolander?”

 edIT: Probably Mugatu.

 Fresh Bakin’: Heathers or Mean Girls?

 edIT: Heathers was all the rage with the girls when I was growing up.

 Fresh Bakin’: What advice do you have for someone starting out?

 edIT: Tell your story. Don’t sweat the haters. Practice makes perfect.

 edIT will play at Montbleu in South Lake Tahoe on July 30 at the official a.PHertparty with SubTropixx, Irieyes, Coop da Loop, and S1nth3sys. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and going fast! 21+, doors and music at 11 p.m.

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Like sands through the hourglass, so is the Yoga of Bass…

April 5, 2013

 

Yoga of Bass w/ FreQ Nasty and Claire Thompson May 19th at The Studio Reno

We are really, really excited about this event. I started doing yoga very frequently starting in January, 2012. Literally four to six days per week I find myself breathing, stretching, (at times) sweating, falling over, and oftentimes, as I am known for in classes, the guy who falls asleep during the final pose (corpse pose). Yes…I have literally fallen asleep and gone elsewhere, waking up as everyone is leaving….this isn’t uncommon either. I am “that guy.”

Practicing yoga regularly was probably the most positive lifestyle change I have ever made. Due to the frantic pace of life and work, which mostly takes place in home, having that 60 to 90 minutes where I get to totally clear my mind of everything is necessary. Everyone doing yoga together can really bring me to that IT place…like at a show when the performer(s) and crowd are totally connected and locked in together. The way I feel after yoga sometimes is like how when I walk out of an awesome show.

I met FreQ Nasty (Darin) when I booked him (as a huge fan) to perform with Bassnectar in 2008 or 2009. He is one of the most intelligent, kind and gentle souls I’ve met in the business (and life). Claire Thompson I met around 2010 through him and I can say about the same for her. Since I first heard about their Yoga of Bass I’ve been interested, but it didn’t feel right as at that time I wasn’t on that path…but now as my universe has overlapped with theirs. I’m really excited to help promote this as my favorite things are music, yoga, food, connecting with people, finding IT and sunshine.

The Studio Reno
1085 S Virginia St
Reno, NV

All ages welcome
4:00pm – 7:00pm FreQ Nasty “Yoga of Bass” talk followed with Yoga with Claire
7:00pm – 8:30pm Dub Kirtan DJ Set (with Soulstice Sound)

$30 members (workshop + DJ Set)
$40 non-members (workshop + DJ Set)
$10 (Dub Kirtan DJ Set only)

Onsale 4/11/2013
Pre-sale tickets highly encourage and available atwww.thestudioreno.comwww.www.freshbakin.com, Melting Pot World Emporium and New Moon Natural Foods (Truckee). Some service fees apply in certain locations.

 

 

FULL INFO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/520643814659912/

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BOUNCE PHASE 1 ANNOUNCED!

April 3, 2013
BOUNCE 2013 PHASE 1 TWAIN, CA

 

BOUNCE 2013 PHASE 1 TWAIN, CA

BOUNCE 2013 PHASE 1 TWAIN, CA

THE BOUNCE ANNOUNCES PHASE 1 LINE-UP

Beats Antique, Rob Garza, BoomBox, GRiZ among 100+ Acts to Perform

 

Fresh Bakin’ is pleased to announce Phase 1 of The Bounce Festival’s 2013 Line-up. The 4-day festival will take place at new, enhanced location in Twain, CA from June 20-24, 2013.

After discovering gorgeous new festival grounds nestled in California’s Feather River Valley, Fresh Bakin’ and The Bounce have chosen to expand the 5th annual Bounce Festival to accommodate more music, camping, and magic. On June 20th – 24th, the wilds of gold mining country in Twain, CA will be transformed into one of California’s most intimate and ecstatic expressions of festival culture.

Featuring a lineup aimed to melt genre horizons through top quality artistry, appearances from festival favorites like Beats Antique, Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza, LowRiderZ, and Mark Farina will be rounded out by up-and-coming talent such as GRiZ, The Polish Ambassador, nguzunguzu and Wick-It the Instigator. Phase 2 artists will be announced on April 15, 2013.

Tickets for The Bounce include 3 days and nights of camping & onsite parking, and unlimited access to all performances. Ticket additions for Early Arrival, Car Camping, & RV Camping are also available.

The countdown to The Bounce begins on Saturday, April 20th, in Reno, NV, when Fresh Bakin presents The Bounce Pre-Party to heat up the festival community with music from Stanton Warriors, Love and Light, Jpod the Beat Chef, The Pilot, & more. Visit http://bit.ly/Bounce2013Preparty for more information.

 

Returning festival goers will find their beloved beach stage better than ever before, and the river just as refreshing. Expanded campgrounds will echo with both electronic and live music from multiple stages, produced by the foremost event promoter in the Reno/Tahoe area.  First class production and art will arrive from all over California, with special places held for the recipients of festival art grants. A large vending village is forming to provide delicious food and wares representative of the West Coast’s creative culture. Participants are invited to build upon this foundation of festival hallmarks through Street Team, Volunteer, Art, and new Wellness programs.

Discover more information at http://thebouncefestival.com.

THE BOUNCE FESTIVAL 2013
PHASE 1 LINE-UP

(Alphabetical Order)

 

 

Ana Sia

Barisone

Bart and Baker

Bass Science

Benjah Ninjah

Beats Antique

Black Rock City Allstars

Break Science

Boombox

Brass Tax

Buster Blue

Clicks And Whistles

Co. Fee

Coop da Loop

Crush Effect & Vokab Kompany

Cut La Whut?

David Starfire

Delta Nove

DJ CarlO

Dreadsquad

DubCOlinG

dubbel dutch

El Papa Chango

EPROM

Fort Knox Five

Fungineers

G Jones

Gladkill

GRiZ

Groundislava

Hamm FM

Irieyes

JPOD the Beat Chef

Jugoe

Justin Martin

Kidnapped

Knight Riderz

Little John

Love and Light

LowRiderZ (an-ten-nae, DJ Laura and Auberon)

Luminox

Manic Focus

Mark Farina

micah j

Miss Cooper

Mojo Green

Most Custom

My Flag is On Fire

Nadastrom

Natasha Kmeto

Nicoluminous

Nguzunguzu

Paranome

Paul Basic

Phil.Harmonic

PRSN

Pumpkin

The Polish Ambassador

Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Sabo

Smasheltooth & Andrew the Pirate

Sparkinzi

SUBLMNL Sound System

Super Tall Paul

S1NTH3S1S

The Rhino

Tim Herrlein, Grant Kaye and Justin Levi

TYMK

Unlimited Aspect

The Utility Players

Wax Romeo

Who Cares

Wick-It the Instigator

Zach Rawlinson

Zeb Early

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Polish Ambassador making Sacramento Debut at Harlows

January 9, 2013

EVENT:  The Polish Ambassador, GAMMA, M!NT, Chains and Frames
LOCATION: 2708 J Street
DATE:  Saturday February 9th, 2013
TIME:  10:00 PM
TICKETS:   21+, $13 advance  $15 door  http://freshbakin.inticketing.com
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The Polish Ambassador making Sacramento Debut at Harlows

The Polish Ambassador shows are not about pounding your body into submission. For the Polish Ambassador project, born on the streets of Chicago and San Francisco, infectious melody is paramount. However, this never overshadows the depth and harmonic complexity that have made the Ambassador a favorite amongst festival aficionados worldwide. Warm, analogue dreamwave; mind-altering glitch; world-infused groove; bass-fueled breaks; sexified downtempo; electric lullabies; and psy-fi funk are just a few of the genres that have poured from the Ambassador’s soul into earbuds and ghetto-blasters across the galaxy.

Born and raised in Northern California, G.A.M.M.A. (AKA Paul Plescov) burst onto the techno scene in 1997. Listening to many different styles of underground electronic music at a young age has made G.A.M.M.A.’s own musical style diverse, hypnotizing, and addictive. Spinning a continuous and flawless mix of techno, dubstep, breaks and house, has brought G.A.M.M.A. worldwide notoriety.

Chains & Frames is comprised of Bay Area beat wizards Illy Walsh and Danis. Having developed their musical skills primarily as solo artists, they have now come together to form a collaboration of epic proportions. Their combined musical backgrounds include Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Chill Wave, Mid-Tempo Crunch, Hip Hop, EDM, and the most ratchet Trap Beats.

Saturday February 9th 2013 these incredible DJs will perform at Harlow’s in Sacramento.  Tickets for this shows are $13 in advance or $15 at the door and are available at freshbakin.inticketing.com. To prepare yourself download the Ambassador’s 9 album, 30 remix discography for free at thepolishambassador.com.

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More Firepower to 1 UP

December 7, 2012
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Since we are heading into a big winter in a venue that had previously been a late
night location, I’m going to give everyone a little heads up about our upcoming gigs
at 1Up, located at 214 W Commercial Row.
214 W Commercial Row is a great space, no matter what the name on the outside
reads. It’s a really fantastic size for our type of shows. We can be loud. We can go
late. Drinks aren’t expensive. Be nice to the staff and they’ll be nice back. No one
ever told us what to book, what to charge or how to program our events. You can sit
down on the perimeter or you can get in the thick of it in front of the stage. It has an
actual backstage area. All the staff and security are good to us. These are all aspects
that make it ideal from a production standpoint. There are not many places like it in
the US…we (as a city) are lucky to have a place like this.

When it was WüRK a lot of amazing shows happened there. WüRK was an
interesting place as it turned into the downtown late night spot and people from all
the bars ended up there starting at 2am. It got to be kind of a habit to start putting
our headliners on at 2am. The problem with that format is it alienates a large
portion of fans who can’t or don’t want to stay out that late. We learned however
that if it’s a really well-known act, we can still pack the place by midnight, so…is it
necessary to really put on headliners at 2am? We don’t think so anymore.

So let it be known (is this a DECREE?), unless it is billed as an “afterparty,” expect
the headlining acts performing at 1Up to start their sets between 11:00pm-1am.
We’ll still have support acts after they finish for those who want to keep it going
(it is Nevada with no last call so obviously let’s keep rocking). Basically…for the
comfort and vibe of the audience, venue and artists, we’d rather have the room 2/
3 full with people who are there for the music, than a sold-out room ½-filled with
people oblivious to the awesomeness onstage.