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More than music a festival makes

September 23, 2014
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It’s refreshing to see an event put together more than just “music on multiple stages, yoga, art,” which seems to be what the majority of festivals “sell” these days. When the poster for TBD came out I immediately noticed two things I’ve never seen before in regards to a music festival: DESIGN & IDEAS. It struck me immediately that I could have stumbled onto a unique event. But what exactly does this mean?

Turns out, what TBD has included in their festival is truly next level. We don’t really want to give away the farm here, because in this day and age of instagram, twitter, etc, there just aren’t enough surprises left in events! What we can gather there will be a pop-up gallery by pop-artist David Girabaldi, live art, art gallery, architecture and design concepts by Chad Diep.

David Girabaldi doing his thing
David Girabaldi doing his thing

 

On the fashion element, TBD & Tour De Force (TDF) have collaborated under the idea/concept of “Movement” and consists of two elements. According to TBD, “we’ve collected some of the top stylists and brands including Fruition Las Vegas’ Samantha Jo and local designer Hagen Valencia to highlight the cutting edge fusion of streetwear and activewear.” The first element is a three-night fashion show held at the festival’s centerpoint where models will hit the runway in unique form and fashion.  The second element, The Pop-Up Base, will offer festival goers a place to meet the brands and designers and enjoy elements of the active lifestyle. This will be something REALLY awesome to check out. We aren’t divulging all the details here, but it’s REALLY cool.

 

It’s exciting to know you are walking into an event guaranteed to see, hear and experience things you’ve never encountered at a festival before. It honestly seems like even if someone doesn’t like a lot of performers on the musical line-up, there will be so much non-musical awesomeness at the festival that it’ll still be a stellar experience. Getting more and more excited for this.

 

GRAB YOUR TICKETS ASAP HERE

 

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIK?

September 11, 2014
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I’m pretty sure I came across Psychemagik for the first time through a mix posted on the Lightning In A Bottle page. Call it “love at first listen,” “a higher calling” or whatever happened, but I’ve been a die-hard ever since. Their music transcends boundaries and hits almost every button in my mind and body that encourages my fanboy-ness. They produce music that explores more genres you can count with a confidence and uniqueness that can only be Psychemagik. It can be classified as funky, ethereal, symphonic, dark, happy, melancholy and even a little corny at times.

Yes, I said corny. A little cheeky goodness reminds us our guilty pleasures are amazing and not to take ourselves too seriously. But for all things holy…this adaptly-named duo’s debut in Tahoe is not one to miss. Just jump into Psychemagik’s soundcloud and you’ll find yourself heading back to your computer to confirm you are still listening to the same band. Honestly they are that diverse: deep & tech house, downtempo, funk, disco, tropical, samba, soul, breaks and nudisco. You can find yourself listening to them all day, constantly being transported between lush landscapes, beautiful outer space nebulas, smokey soul clubs, underground desert parties, tropical islands and 70’s FM radio stations…and that’s only in the first hour. We’ve been trying to bring them to the area since we heard that mix and it’s just never worked out, until now. As if it can’t get any better, we have them playing with our favorite of the funky duos, Fort Knox Five, to revive one of our favorite events: The Libra Party.

The Libra Party started as a way for a self-conscious person to throw a birthday party for all Libras, primarily to avoid throwing themselves a party that no one came to. It has jumped around to different venues in Reno and for the first time ever it comes to Tahoe, with arguably the best line-up to date. It’s been a rocker every time, and with this line-up in Tahoe it’s not going to disappoint, especially with the likes of Zebuel, Chango and Ground$core on the bill and co-producing the show with Rambo Party Productions and Bass Heavy. It turns into part family reunion/collaboration, part birthday party and also a “bucket-list night;” in which for a promoter is to finally able to book one of their favorite musicians on the planet for all their friends and fans to hear. And I’m not the only one nerding out about this…Sean O’Brien aka Chango says “I couldn’t be more excited that one of my favorite producers of recent times is coming to North Lake. This will be a very special night for us. I have been into Psychemagik’s music for a few years. Their edits are so tasteful. They pay homage to the original tracks while providing unique twists on the energy of the original tracks. Their Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” and Talking Heads, “Naive Melodies” edits are absolutely brilliant. I cannot wait to see what these two bring to the table in their live show. In my opinion, this is THE show to not miss in Tahoe this year!

Fort Knox Five, Psychemagik, Chango, Zebuel and Groud$core perform at the Tahoe Biltmore on September 26th for the Libra Party. 21+. $15 adv tickets, $20 at door or anyone who is a LIBRA may pay $15 at the door. Music Starts at 9:30pm.

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Rising Appalachia

September 11, 2014
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I’m a sucker for voices these days. Perhaps it because my brain has been numbed by bass intensely for the last 25 years (which is how long I’ve been attending loud concerts, parties and started djing in 2001), or maybe I’m just fermenting gracefully and this is what happens. Maybe it’s that “EDM” has become a bloated corporate hog and I’ve been drawn to something that from my perspective appears more “real,” or that the freak in me runs from what the mainstream is into. Funny thing is, I’m still a dj and love electronic music! I’ve always listened to every genre of music, lately “treble music” has held a more prominent position. Roots, Americana, soul, old country, old-timey….people bareing their souls with their voice, strings, breath and drums.

I landed in the current home of Rising Appalachia while working at the primitive skills/earth skills Firefly Gathering this summer outside of Asheville, North Carolina. They definitely were the talk of the festival, partly for their talent, but also because of how they as musicians give back so much to the community. Biko taught a vocal workshop at the event, and seems everyone in the area talked about the benefit they played recently to support a struggling local business. There was a lot of local pride behind them, and two weeks later standing in front of their festival-opening slot in the Sherwood Court stage at Electric Forest Festival, I became a fan.

Watching the field fill up, drawn to the sounds created onstage by Leah, Chloe, Forest and Abram, was a testament that while largely a festival of electronic music, clearly this sound resonates with people of all ages and tastes. Seamlessly fusing together traditions of reggae, Appalachian, bluegrass, jazz and New Orleans creole, among others, Rising Appalachia united the hoopers, ravers, yogis, wookies, brosteppers, spinners and the adults, tweens, kids and jaded vets. The music, beyond skillfully played, was honest and obviously played with a deep respect to those who crafted and domesticated the tunes, and the regions of the world they originate from.

And those voices! They’ve added their craft to recent collaborations with Dirtwire (David Satori of Beats Antique and Evan Fraser of Stellamara) as well as an entire EP with The Human Experience, so their talent moves well outside the construct of “roots.” Although we could say that even in this bloated “EDM” world, the access to technology has spawned an “electronic new-roots,” in which people can make music with more accessible (ie less expensive) technology; no longer relying on multi-million dollar studios, equipment and large labels for distribution. People can record, create and be heard on their own, allowing for more expression than ever before. This is a pretty exciting time.

Rising Appalachia performs with Native American singer-songwriter Mariee Sioux and slam poet Theresa Davis on September 27th, 2014 at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV. Doors 8pm, show 9pm. 21+. Tickets are onsale now at the casino cage or at www.crystalbayclubcasino.com.

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The Next Urban Fest is TBD

September 10, 2014
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When I moved to Reno in 2006, I was surprised how the scenes in Sacramento and Reno were so interconnected, while Tahoe and Reno felt so disconnected. Before moving down here from Tahoe, a trip to Reno was basically an oil change/car wash, a box store or two and the last stop would be Trader Joe’s before heading back over the hill. On occasion, there would be a show too big for Tahoe, such as Ween, Tool, Metallica or Prince, and we’d come down for that. I guess that was our same feeling for Sacramento, minus the shopping: We’d head down for bigger mainstream shows that were too big or didn’t make it to Reno. For smaller independent shows, we’d always have to head to the Bay area.

How the times have changed….

 

TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA
TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA

Reno and Tahoe scenes are closer than ever, Reno is culturally exploding and Sacramento has dropped one of the best one-off, multi-experiential independent festival line-ups I’ve seen all year with TBD Fest, taking place October 3rd-5th. While everyone has their “most-anticipated” acts, Kurt Vile, Blondie, War on Drugs, Com Truise, Cherub, Exmag, Keys n  KratesYacht, Sister Crayon, and Gaslamp Killer top the list for our “must see” acts. Perfectly curated additional headlining acts of Dillon Francis, Justice (DJ Set), Empire of the Sun, Moby, Danny Brown, Deltron 3030, and Explosions in the Sky top out an impressive array of developing acts in the indie, hip hop and electronic realms. What a refreshing line-up!
 

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Plus…rather than focus only on music, it seems like they are gearing up for a food experience like no other with The Pit, a wood-fired cooking demonstration zone featuring 14 chefs from acclaimed regional eateries. The chefs from each restaurant will engage in “Friendly Fire,” in which their teams will have roughly three hours to prepare a dish for festival attendees, who will then vote for a winner. Right neighborly, eh? Plus…they are expecting 20+ food trucks at the event, local craft beer, wine and more.

Um…this is exciting.  We have a lot more to write about.

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