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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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/
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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