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Meet Cisco Flores • GM of Knitting Factory Reno

February 26, 2015
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If you’ve been to the Knit over the last couple years, you’d probably recognize Cisco Flores. He’s the one making sure the bars are rocking, the managers and artists are settled and happy, the lines are moving outside, etc. The task of being the General Manager of one of Reno’s best live music venues means Cisco never rests. He’s there early and leaves late. We’ve been able to get to know Cisco over the years and have loved working with him, so we thought we’d shine a little light on one of the people who makes things happen in Reno/Tahoe.

 

FB: State your name and where you are from?

CF: Cisco Flores – I’m from Solana Beach California

FB: How did you get into the music business? Any standout shows or experiences in your past that made you want to go into music?

CF:  I got into the music business doing security at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for their summer concerts.

My best experience at a show was at the Knitting Factory Hollywood when The Blind Boys Alabama were playing . Out of nowhere I get a call from Prince’s driver/ security guard that he was pulling up and was bringing in Prince through the loading dock. At first I was “okay someone is playing a joke on me.” But sure enough I went out to meet Prince and his security guard.

I walked them down to the green room and got him a drink.  Before I knew it, Prince was onstage playing and singing along with the Blind Boys of Alabama. Everyone got a special performance by Prince that night.

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FB: What advice can you give to someone who is interested in working in a music venue? Where/how can they start?

CF: If you are really interested in working in a music venue, apply for an entry level job so you can learn by experience. You can also intern for a semester. Last year, I had a sophomore from high school intern for a semester. I can tell you he had a great time and had a good learning experience.  You can also start going to school to be an LD (lighting director) or FOH (front of house…aka soundguy).

FB: Anything you have learned about the Reno music scene?

CF: I have learned that people in Reno really like their EDM and country  music.

FB: How was your transition to Reno? Do you like it here? What do you like about it?

CF: My transition to Reno was good. It was a different pace than LA .  Yes, I do like living in Reno. I have met a lot of good people in this town that I worked with. I like the outdoors and riding my bike to Virginia City and up to the lake.

FB: What’s your day like?

CF: My day is pretty busy with meetings, answering phones and questions about upcoming shows. Along with working with new artists and promoters in town.

 

Cisco with Gary Pike, ex GM of Reno Knit, now in Boise.
Cisco with Gary, ex GM of Reno Knit, now in Boise.

 

FB: Tell us about something insane/gross/terrible that happened to you on the job?

CF: Nothing comes to mind.

FB: What advice can you give to local bands and performers?

CF: Keep doing what you are doing and you will be noticed by your fans. Hard work does pay off in the long run.

FB: Anything else you’d like to add?

CF: Yes I’m very happy to be working for such a great company that supports up-and-coming local and national artists

 

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You need this album. Nadastrom releases debut full length album

February 24, 2015
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Nothing pleases me more than to hear an act challenge themselves and their audience. For me, telltale sign that an artist is truly an artist, and not a flash-in-the-pan flavor-of-the-month striving to fit into the latest musical fad, is that an album will contain at least a song I sincerely don’t like. Normally an album such as this will stand the test of time, and that song I disliked becomes my favorite in a couple (or ten) years. This exemplifies Nadastrom’s debut new full-length LP.

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I met Dave Nada originally at The Bounce in 2011. Moombahton was a brand-new genre that hadn’t even really hit yet (obvious as his stage was unfortunately pretty empty), but the set was amazing and we had him out a few more times with his collaborator Matt Nordstrom, which they appropriately call Nadastrom. Their next time through we added Sabo into the mix for a Moombahton Massive but that turned into one of the slickest, most well-mixed house sets I’ve ever witnessed.

Then, it all changed at the Bounce. Under a full solstice moon and under constant threat of being rained out, Nadastrom threw down the “game changer” set. Starting their first track I could tell something was different. It sounded like a brand new sound system had been erected for them their tracks were so clean. Kicking off at 85 BPM the guys schooled the beach stage on a 90-minute ride of genre-bending tracks, perfect production and some of the slickest mixing of the entire weekend. Mind truly blown.

And now, we have their first ever full-length record. While about ¾ of the album is house or some “Nadastromification” of house, there are tracks that you find yourself scratching your head saying, “I don’t even know what genre this is.” Be sure you listen to this with the best speakers possible in the highest bit-rate you can find. It’s worth it as the basslines and synths are no joke. Plus, it’s clear from the flow of the record Nadastrom means for us to listen to this from beginning to end.

Favorite tracks are the mind-bender “Hide the Advisement,” “Fallen Down,” the Bjørk-esque “Phantom Eyes” ft RYAT, and the closing tracks of “In the Air Pt 1” featuring Jesse Boykins III > Medium Redeye > “In the Air Pt II” featuring Jesse Boykins III.

Nadastrom has cemented themselves into the “musician’s musician” category with this new record. We couldn’t be more happy with music right now. BUY THIS ALBUM and play it on a proper system.

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/nadastrom/id967558446

Bandcamp: fofmusic.bandcamp.com/album/nadastrom-lp

Beatport: pro.beatport.com/release/nadastrom/1458805

For shows/tours: http://nadastrom.com/

Nadastrom Facebook

Nadastrom soundcloud
 

(SIDE NOTE: Not sure why this track “Shelly” got cut, but it was part of their “Fallen Down” EP and one of our faves

 

 

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“Fresh air, a breath of it G Jones is.”

February 13, 2015
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Yoda would say “fresh air, a breath of it G Jones is.” With the onslaught and saturization of big room EDM “culture” these days, it’s great to experience a fresh, original and ego-free sound emerge from the West Coast. Liberated from the constraints of a specific bass genre and nerdy enough to appease the haters out there, G Jones has built a solid career based on music. Solid. Fucking. Music. No gimmicks, hype, bought likes or followers, this Jedi’s beats are fresh, his bass lines are enveloping, his kicks knocks and the best part is his music stays psychedelic while giving the feel like of watching a live experiment onstage.

G Jones Promo Photo

 

His homebase of Santa Cruz is symbolic of his sound. It’s a city full of juxtaposition: where the land meets the water, fog and sunshine, hot and cold, wealthy and poor, rednecks and tree-huggers. No surprise that Bassncectar also emerged from this location, an artist also known for his balance of heavy and beautiful (his last album called Noise Vs Beauty). Also no surprise he has been dropping G Jones tracks for years, tapped him to remix his “Don’t Hate the 808” and selected him to open his last NYE360º show in Nashville with Tipper.

But we’ll just let the music speak for itself…listen to this mixtape.

Reno and Tahoe are getting two special nights of G Jones February 18th and 19th, respectively. We wouldn’t be surprised if G Jones outgrows these venues by the time 2016 rolls around. He is one artist that we can say 100% deserves it.

Opening both nights are two extremely talented up and comers: Oakland’s SAYER and Truckee’s CharlestheFirst. PRSN will make a rare area appearance, closing out Reno’s show and playing the free Crystal Bay afterparty in the Red Room with DJ Professor Stone from Fresno.

THE RECIPE (RENO)
EVENT: G Jones, Sayer, CharlestheFirst, PRSN
LOCATION: 1Up
AGES: 21+
TIMES: Doors and music begin at 9pm
FACEBOOK INVITE: http://on.fb.me/1CXHj5p
TICKETS: $10adv/$15door available at www.futurestrange.com, The Melting Pot World Emporium or 1Up during business hours.

 

THE RECIPE (TAHOE)
EVENT: G Jones, Sayer, CharlestheFirst
LOCATION: Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino
AGES: 21+
TIMES: Doors and music begin at 9pm
FACEBOOK INVITE: http://on.fb.me/1vmeWWE
TICKETS: $10adv/$15door available at www.crystalbayclubcasino.com or the cashier cage
AFTERPARTY: Free afterparty featuring PRSN and Professor Stone in the Red Room

 

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Music from the Motorhome

February 11, 2015
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MOTORHOME PARKING

Future Strange unleashed it’s most recent mixtape by local dj and tastemaker Motorhome Music and it’s a scorcher. We’ve watched the Reno native come up from his very first show and this mixtape is a great benchmark on his climb up from his humble beginnings as a local breakbeat dj.

With the simple (and we have to say slightly overused these days) tag of FUTURE, the mix of hip hop, trap and giant 808 beats craves a listen in a lowrider with a row of bazooka tubes.  For me, a good mix has interesting beats with recognizable and non-recognizable samples, and at least one acappela that you think would never work, but the producer or dj surprises you. That Bass!

Motorhome is playing the next upcoming BOOM! with Mayhem, Game Genie, Gurbton and Kalvin & Clein at the Knitting Factory. The Boom has become one of the most successfully consistent series of EDM shows in Reno history.  Stay updated on upcoming BOOMS and listen to more music with Future Strange at www.futurestange.com

The Boom Future Strange Mayhem Knitting Factory 2015

Show is all ages with a 21+ mezzanine level and is $10 in advance, $15 at door. Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets available at http://bit.ly/MAYHEMBOOM2015 or the Cal Neva Cage 24 hours/day.

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Mardi Squaw

February 9, 2015
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Mardi Gras is coming to Tahoe again, or shall we say, Mardi Squaw. The third annual “Mardi Gras in the Mountains” at Squaw Valley has quickly become a favorite event of Tahoe and Reno partiers. Multiple rooms, silent disco and some of the most fun djs and live bands converge in a sweaty, sexy and juicy party in the Olympic House. Full-on French Quarter vibes complete with hurricanes, beads, costumes, circus performers and tons more.

 


And the MUSIC!!!! Local bass music producers Love and Light, SF’s electro-bootyclap band Planet Booty, J.Boogie, and Mancub are providing the auditory libations this year. Additionally some of the finest turntable technicians on the west coast round out the line-up featuring Matt Haze, DubColing, Mr Rooney, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hook-Up, Coop da Loop, Chango, Gurbtron, MOM Djs, Lambchop and Eric Messier.

J.Boogie is going to bring the house down at Mardi Squaw
J.Boogie is going to bring the house down at Mardi Squaw

Returning again is Silent Frisco, the bay area-based silent disco “soundsystem.” With their tagline of “Scene, not heard,” the Silent Disco experience is unlike any other out there. The music is transmitted to users wearing wireless headsets and creates a deep connection with the music, as you are fully immersed in the music. Silent disco definitely needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
John Miles, creator of Mardi Squaw, sat down with us to fill us in, as it’s our first time at the event this year.

FB: How did the idea of Mardi Squaw come about?

JM: My company SunsetSF‘s inception took place on Mardi Gras day in 1998. We since have been celebrating Mardi Gras annually. Not only as a tip of the hat to my 2nd favorite town, but it’s been our anniversary for almost 2 decades. My friend JP approached with the idea of bringing the party to Tahoe and I jumped at the idea. In all the years promoting shows in the bay I never did much in Tahoe. Lake Tahoe has always been a sanctuary where I would get away from my job. I also did not want to encroach on other promoters that were already established in the area. Once a local reached out to me I felt it was a sign.

FB: What’s been your most memorable moment from past Mardi Squaws?

JM: Our first party was awesome. We were packed with a great mix of people. Most in costume, and everyone was raging. We had a small staff and relied on a local crew along with friends that came up to enjoy. At the end of the party our SF and Tahoe buddies were all way too wasted to help. We loaded out with a few semi sober hands. It ended up being about four of us to load out the whole party. When we got back to our cabin we found all our “help” were raging in our cabin. All the booze was gone. The last 2 years we hired a paid real production staff. But hey, that’s Mardi Squaw.

Mardi Squaw 2014 is jam packed
Mardi Squaw 2014 was jam packed

 

FB: What is your connection to Mardi Gras? From NOLA? Jazzfest?

JM: Sunset started on Mardi Gras day and has hosted hundreds of acts from New Orleans. We have enjoyed a strong connection with the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band since we brought them out for the first time in San Francisco history and still each year we party with Rebirth. Sunset has done countless shows in New Orleans during Jazzfest and we are proud to call NOLA our sister city.

FB: Explain the layout of the event? What’s happening where? Where is Silent Disco? Drink specials? etc?

JM: Three stages of fun! In the main room Love and Light and others will hit on Soulstice Sound’s Meyer sound rig. Silent Frisco will be jamming two channels of DJs throughout the night. Our third stage will boast Planet Booty and Mancub from the Space Cowboys. “Funky butt juice” aka: Hurricanes will flow all night!

 2 turntables and a headphone - Silent Frisco at Mardi Squaw

FB: Anything you want people to know about event?

JM: I love the sundeck set! 12p-4p be sure to check that out!

FB: Where are you from? How did you get involved in event production/promotion?

JM: My name is John Miles, one of your hosts, and I am from San Francisco. I throw large parties in SF such as Ghost Ship Halloween, Sea of Dreams, and many events year round.

FB: Who is your current favorite musical act? Who would you say you’ve seen the most?

JM: Rebirth Brass Band. Hands down

THE RECIPE:
EVENT: Mardi Squaw
PERFORMERS: Love and Light, Planet Booty, J.Boogie, Mancub, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hook-Up, DubColinG, Coop da Loop, Chango, Mr Rooney, MOM Djs, Gurbtron, etc
LOCATION: Squaw Valley Olympic House 1960 Squaw Valley Road
DATE: February 14th, 2015
TIME: 9pm
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 21+ (ID Required)
UP-TO-DATE INFO: http://on.fb.me/1KK25oh
TICKETS: $20 advance at New Moon Natural Foods (Tahoe City and Truckee), CoffeeBar (Truckee) and Melting Pot World Emporium (Reno) or at https://freshbakin.com/events/mardi-squaw/

 

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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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