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An end of an era: Lakeside Tahoe City to close

October 13, 2014
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An era is over.
 
You may have heard the rumors already, but it’s heartbreaking to have to say that Lakeside in Tahoe City is closing it’s doors. While you may be able to quantify the number of shows that happened there, or the humidity levels, you can’t put a number on the good times, great connections and love that poured out of that room during so many amazing show. Our very first show there was Deadweight (check them out) when it was still Pierce Street Annex. It was not only our debut there, but the first live show we produced, when I was part of a company called EBH (Emmerich, Beresford and Hogue or also named EveryBody’s House Productions).
 
After those shows Pierce Street closed, then became the short-lived 18-20 year old dance club called “The Deep End,” before being rebranded as Lakeside Pizza, Sports and Dancing (no questions on what they offer, eh?). They broke down the stage, built a dj booth in the corner, opened up the kitchen, added TVs and opened their doors.
 
Throughout the years, Lakeside has been a gracious host, allowing us to bring such incredible acts to the area and granting us free-reign to bring who we like. From Mark Farina’s marathon sets, to the dirtybird invasion, The Polish Ambassador, MartyParty, DJ Laura, Kraddy, Ana Sia, Freq Nasty, Opiuo, Wick-It the Instigator, VibeSquaD, Deekline, Random Rab, Fort Knox Five, The Scumfrog, and the one people still talk about to this day: that Bassnectar show in 2008 (that had pretty much the greatest flyer of ALL TIME).
 

2008 • Bassnectar at Lakeside • Flyer Design: Jude Goergen
2008 • Bassnectar at Lakeside • Flyer Design: Jude Goergen

 
Lakeside had originally a hard time with no liquor license as they could only serve beer and wine. For awhile we seemed to get an earful of gripes from fans about the venue, yet EVERY SINGLE ARTIST LOVE PLAYING LAKESIDE. EVERY ONE. Not only was it the face-to-face connection the performers had with the fans being at near eye level, but looking up and seeing a balcony full of people raging and a packed, bopping dancefloor. The game truly changed in that room, however, when Soulstice Sound came in. As my dear friend Kim said one day “this sound…is making hairs move on my body in places I didn’t know had hair.” Seriously it was like dancing inside a giant bass bin. It’s not an experience I’ve encountered in many venues in the United States.
 
Funny this is a PIZZA place primarily, so it just goes to show you never know where that magic can happen. Before we’d show up to the venue new performers ask with confusion “so this is a pizza place?” My only response was “just wait, this place is amazing. The acoustics are some of the best in out there.” They never believed me, yet always sung praises after their set. At the conclusion of Mark Farina’s last show at Lakeside in February of 2014, he said (and we are paraphrasing) “…I’ve played a lot of places in the world and this is one of the best. The sound, crowd, venue and vibe are so incredible. It ranks up there with Ibiza and great clubs in the world.” Pizza place, indeed.
 
It breaks our heart, but we understand. We know that change and movement is an inevitable part of life and business. In the last 14 years that we’ve been in the area we’ve seen a lot of business fade out, change or close.
 
The last “HURRAH!” for Lakeside and their friends and fans is going to be the Halloween show on October 31st with our good friends Love and Light, Subtropixx and Chango. While it’ll be bittersweet, you can’t really ask for a better show to go out with. Doors officially close on 11/3/2014
 
To the owners, managers and staff of Lakeside past and present: THANK YOU! You helped us cut our teeth promoting shows. We won, lost our shirts and broke even a bunch. But the vibes you helped created mean more than any of those things. We definitely wouldn’t be the same without you. I think I can speak for the many artists and fans across the globe too who would agree with this sentiment.

The last Hurrah at Lakeside.
The last Hurrah at Lakeside.
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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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Excuse me sir, But that R2 unit is in prime condition

June 20, 2014
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This year’s Wanderlust, in our opinion, has the best musical line-up since 2011…remember that year? It was so good Wanderlust was almost not invited back? Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Beats Antique, Brazilian Girls, Moby and Yard Dogs Road Show basically turned Squaw into a Phish-lot-turned-bass music festival….which is great or bad depending who you talked to. Understandably, after that year the music turned a little calmer and skewed towards a different demographic as the valley didn’t take kindly to immense bass rumbling the mountainside. This year, Wanderlust has curated a great line-up with two of the best turntablists and producers in the world indie hop hop/trip hop genre, RJD2 and DJ Krush, throwing in the musico-fused electronic experiment Big Gigantic, Thriftworks’ mindtwisting productions, the Polyphonic Spree’s euphoric choir, Bluetech’s beautiful downtempo creations, Manic Focus, Nahko and Medicine for the People and plenty more for any taste.

Whether you like music with your yoga or not, it’s apparent in many classes they go hand in hand. That feeling you get in a show when everyone is connected, vibing and dancing….it’s the same feeling you can feel in yoga classes. Everyone moving and breathing together creates that same connectedness you can feel on the dancefloor when it’s REALLY REALLY GOOD. And on top if it all…what better way to get ready your body and mind ready to play some music in front of a crowd then some yoga? In fact, a little yoga before any activity is a good idea.

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We met RJD2 a few years ago….and that’s what he was doing. He was co-billing a show with The Glitch Mob and we saw him dropping into some yoga poses before his set. When he appeared on the line-up, it didn’t surprise us a bit. We’ve been following RJ’s music since the early part of the 2000’s. It’s one of the artists that is a constant in our repetoir (kind of like Ween for us).

RJD2 originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as “rjd2” in his raps, and the name stuck. Besides being one of the best turntablists out there, his productions have placed him on numerous “Best of the Year” lists, he created the theme song for AMC’s Mad Men, a cover of Radiohead’s “Exit Music,” an entire album with acclaimed MC Aceyalone, to name a few. He released his most recent album, More Is Than Isn’t, last year (link below). A solid RJD2 album which crosses genres of disco/funk, indie hip hop, soul/r&b….basically this diversely great album can be your soundtrack to an urban and rural roadtrip or would be comfortable as Tarantino movie score. Definitely looking forward to hearing this material live…as RJD2 never disappoints live: Four turntables, two mixers and two samplers. This guy is an animal.

4 Turntables, 2 samplers/MIDI controllers, 2 mixers
4 Turntables, 2 samplers/MIDI controllers, 2 mixers

FB: It’s been awhile since you’ve been to our area…welcome back! I remember when you came here the first time you were wondering “Do people even know me here?” Turns out the show sold out at the Grand Sierra and a lot of people turned out for your set.

RJ: That was a great night.
FB: When we talked backstage we talked a bit about yoga and your practice. Did that play into your decision to do Wanderlust?

RJ: It was definitely a cool peripheral benefit of sorts-music is always going to be my focal point, but I’m excited to see what the whole scene is like out there!

FB: What is your yoga practice? What style(s) do you practice/prefer?

RJ: I’m actually not the most “schooled” practitioner; I basically have some moves that work for me that I have been taught, and I stick to them(when I’m being diligent. I definitely notice a difference in my daily well-being if I slack off. Being in airplanes and cars all the time doesn’t make your back too happy, you know? Maybe someday I’ll go full bore, but for now, I just do what I can.

FB: Yoga studio or at home?

RJ: Home

FB: You had also just had a child then. Still have just the one? Has your kids/fatherhood changed anything about music for you?

RJ: Yup, still just the little guy at the moment. It’s changed EVERYTHING. What my records sound like, how often I do shows, the legacy I’m going to leave behind-it recalibrates everything in your life, quite literally.

FB: Will you be have your custom video show in Wanderlust?

RJ: Hmmm-depends on what my set time is, and the technical stuff, but I hope so! (FYI his set time is 10pm on Friday!)
FB: Anyone you’d like to work with in the future?

RJ: D’angelo would be pretty great. Action Bronson, Mastodon, Chance the Rapper, many others.
FB: Who, living or dead, would be your dream to work with?

RJ: Stevie Wonder, by far.
FB: What are your go-to studio snacks?

RJ: Dried apricots and almond butter, that combo never gets old, and is a great little protein blast.

 

You can catch RJD2 at Wanderlust in Squaw Valley July 17th-20th. RJD2 performs Friday night at 10pm with DJ Krush and Nahko and Medicine for the People.  Tickets available http://wanderlustsquaw2014.sched.org/tickets.

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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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Mark Farina keeps it old school because he loves you

February 2, 2014

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Everyone in my life always tells me that I like doing things the hard way.

Maybe that’s true – but there’s some value to be seen in spending extra time and taking the much more intimate steps to detail.

Music is the same way. Like all art, I don’t think it should be short-cutted. It needs to have some attention paid to it – and if it’s the path less traveled, then so be it.

I bet Chicago native DJ Mark Farina would agree. And while my reasons may be numerous, by and large it is because Mark, who has been around for over 20 years, is one of the few remaining DJs who still stays old school by not using a laptop, instead paying closer attention to WAVs or the art of CDJing, sprung from vinyl. You can see him live on Feb. 15 at the Lakeside Tahoe City for his extended Tahoe set, because…you know, Mark Farina loves you.

He must, right? After all these years, he’s still taking that extra step. I’m sure it comes so naturally to him by now, but he is certainly on the minority of the spectrum of house DJs today, and in the best way possible.

Although he is a Chicago native, it could be his San Francisco residency that puts him in the niche with artists who make you groove. Farina comes from a world where DJs used to play all night, and the aesthetics of a set were arguably more appealing than they are now. The intimacy the artist has with the music can be better studied in this environment, and it’s something that I only see from an artist who plays vinyl.

I think that’s something that an artist does – whether it be consciously or subconsciously – in all their music. For example, Farina’s roots can also be seen in one of my latest favorite Soundcloud finds, a tune called “Rental Skates” released less than a month ago. In fact, that’s why I clicked on it – it evoked a kind of patient feeling commitment to something I knew long ago, that reminded me of the way things used to be.

He is most well known for his Mushroom Jazz series over the years, the eighth installment of which was the last to be released this past fall. I’ll admit – I didn’t know what Mushroom Jazz was exactly when I first started listening to Mark Farina a few years ago, and you could look up a definition but the best way to know is to listen. This is music, after all. It fits perfectly with not only the fast-paced party scene that Farina experienced after moving to the bay, but also what kinds of feelings the words themselves inspire.

It’s just that – jazzy. It’s got soul and the nice kind of syncopated beat that just doesn’t quit, something I find characteristic of the late 80’s-early 90’s DJs. That little bit of extra color though, extra thickness, and something a little bit off-center – that’s the mushroom. Together, it brings a sometimes hip-hop-like, smooth rhythm induced form of jazz and electronic music to a constant growing level.

I don’t see any reason that Mark should change that anytime soon.

Mark Farina will play with special guest DJ Blue 42 on Saturday, February 15 in Tahoe City at the Lakeside Tahoe City as part of Fresh Bakin’s Winter House series. Tickets are $17 in advance/$20 at the door. Ages 21+ welcome, music will be at 9:30. Visit www.www.staging.freshbakin.flywheelsites.com to purchase tickets.

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“Our brakes went out in Colfax, MON!”

January 10, 2014

BLAKE

 

“Our brakes went out in Colfax, mon!”

 

“We heard that so many times at Humpty’s, usually from reggae bands, it ended up as a sign backstage,” laughs Blake Beeman, local sound engineer at the Crystal Bay Club casino. I personally always noticed over the years of working with Blake that overall, even in stressful scenarios (like when we disagreed on something or I dressed up as him on Halloween), he kept a very even-keeled, humble and funny demeanor.  Depending on how long you’ve live in Tahoe, if you ever attended concerts at Humpty’s, Elevation, River Ranch, Crystal Bay Club, Sierra Vista, Rosie’s, Blue Agave, The Funk and Jam Fest, Commons Beach or Blues Days at Squaw, he’s the main guy that has been behind-the-scenes, and particularly sound boards, making sure the show goes on. While fans, as a general rule, tend to cheer for the band onstage, the unsung heroes of the show like Blake have been there for many hours before the doors open, dialing in the sound and lights.

 

Sound is vibration, and it can cause us to react in different ways. The way the sound comes out of the speakers to hit the crowd can affect our moods: it can make us irritable, elated, happy, depressed, connected, etc. I’ve joked recently that Blake’s fingers on a soundboard and his speakers have been the cause for so many hook-ups, friendships, marriages, and even babies, but the more I think about it, the more I find it not really a joke, but reality. His devotion to music has had a really powerful effect on the entire community, and world at large.

 

Blake was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had his insurance canceled due to “incurable neurological disease.”  The Crystal Bay Club and the community are joining together to throw a benefit to help with rising medical costs on January 15th. Dead Winter Carpenters, Jelly Bread and Carolyn Wonderland have donated their talents for a special event we definitely implore you to attend.

 

I met Blake around 2002 while he was running sound at Sierra Vista, then worked with him at the Crystal Bay Club from about 2005-2010 where I programmed their electronic music (aka “DJ Nights”) and was production manager for a short time (“the water and towel guy”).  The amount of laughs was about equal to the number of things I learned about music, but this isn’t about me….

 

Born in Stuttgart, West Germany, Blake’s father was casual banjo player and Blake asked him for a classical guitar at the age of 5’ which his dad then broke immediately on the way out of the guitar store. Even though he didn’t know how to play, he formed his first band Italic Illusions using cardboard cutouts for amps, drums and speakers and playing to old Beatles records. “I played a tennis racquet for a guitar,” Blake says, and he fired his first in a long series of drummers for going home for bath time.

 

Around 1971, then located in Upland, California, he was the drummer for the band Half Moon and moved to guitar as a better drummer came to school. Playing rotating covers of the likes of Sabbath, Deep Purple and Steppenwolf at junior high dances, all was well until his amp caught fire and the crowd went crazy, tearing down decorations and they were banned from playing and more shows.

 

He moves to Pasadena, and was in the band The Wiz Kids, taking lessons from of Eddie Van Halen (“you could go in and learn all the Zeppelin licks you wanted for $10”). At that time he also started working at The Record Plant learning some sound engineering. Afterwards he moved to Hollywood to play with The Touch, where they played the circuit of Madame Wong’s, Starwood, and the Friday Battle of the Bands at The Whiskey A Go-Go, where whoever got the most beer bottles thrown at the stage was asked to play the next day for $200. During this time he had been able to save enough money to buy a PA, so he’d be mixing sound onstage while also playing guitar. Later, a fabled night at Madame Wong’s, which included a gig and a near “Crying Game” moment with a good-looking blonde, he heads north to Tahoe.

 

He built the Kings Beach Pharmacy with his dad, and started playing in bands again. “Then as life goes full circle….after years trying to land a gig in Hollywood I’m playing a wedding at the River Ranch and meet Dave Mason, who takes me on tour as his guitarist,” Blake laughs. They ended up opening for the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Steve Winwood, etc and playing Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid. All the same time, he’s been playing with his local Tahoe band The Beer Gardeners for the last 21 years.

 

Yet he still comes back to Tahoe, where he brings his PA into the now-fable Tahoe City venue Humpty’s, (eventually turned to Elevations, now Sawtooth Ridge Café), to do sound for a couple shows. And that was historic moment as Humpty’s went on to host such bands as Cake, No Doubt, Ice-T and Body Count, Galactic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Merle Saunders and many, many more. After many years it was THE stop on the north shore for national touring acts. Another pivotal moment for both Blake and the sound industry, he meets Jim Gamble, one of the premier front-of-house sound engineers whom he builds the DCX board with. Considered one of the best soundboards in the world (the Crystal Bay Club has two of them), it cost him his good vision and hours of his life, but sounds like “angels singing” it’s so clean.

 

After the closing of Sierra Vista, the Crystal Bay Club opened, and Blake was able to bring his technical knowledge and expertise into the CBC, helping design and build both rooms for Roger and Elise Norman. There he was part of the team making the venue a nationally renowned “nursery for up-and-coming acts” that contained top-of-the-line production for live bands in both rooms. Standing behind the board at the CBC, he is also running lights, doing sound, and mixing the video cameras….”and I can still talk to girls at same time.”

 

I sat down with  Blake for a few questions:

 

FB: What have been some of your favorite shows you’ve seen:

BB: That’s a near impossible question…I’ve probably seen about 6000 shows! I was roadie Yes for a bit, Jethro Tull “Thick as A Brick,” Band of Utopia (the band that went out on tour after Frank Zappa died), Gov’t Mule at Humptys, I did some of Bonnie Raitt’s acoustic tour, and it was when she was still not-sober ….she was out of her tree, but could sing like a songbird.

 

FB: Who would you love to see at the CBC?

BB: Warren Haynes for sure. Jimmy Herring…he’s come through with so many incarnations that have just blown the few people in attendance away. Widespread Panic holds him back so much, but I’d love to see him back again in one of his own bands.

 

FB: Up and coming bands you are loving?

BB:Fox Street All-Stars, Splitlip Rayfield…like Metallica of street grass.

 

FB: We started working together to do EDM. You didn’t like it at first

BB: No…not that, but sounded like clones of each other. A good producer would come in and I would notice.

 

But it’s been interesting to see it change all through the years of it getting big, first it was house, then breaks, then trip hop, then dubstep, now trap, now going back to house. People that started it out had to evolve because the crowd got sick of it. The electronic music scene became more than just a scene of drinking beer and water with buddies…people REALLY wanted to hear the tracks. That was really cool.…just like no one wants to hear the same cover band over and over again, people wanted to actually come out and hear the sounds these guys were making.  And ya know, EVERYONE starts in a living room doing a house party (bands included).

 

FB: Any advice for musicians?

BB: Enjoy everything you do as a musician. STAY HUMBLE.  Same with sound engineer.

 

FB: Any advice for up and coming sound engineers?

BB: If learning…be observant without being annoying. When people are working don’t bother them.

 

 

9 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ show start at $25, booths for $50. You can purchase pre-sale tickets for the show at the Crystal Bay Club cage or at http://www.cbc.tickets.musictoday.com/CrystalBayCasino/calendar.aspx

If you’d like to donate to Blake there is an internet donation site that you can go to and use Paypal. It is a two-step process. Go to the URL below. Once Tahoetopia comes up enter Blake in the search window on the top right. This will pull up topics relating to Blake. The first is a link to the donation portal.

Here is the URL: http://www.tahoetopia.com/

 

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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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Silent Sunset Silent Disco (Kings Beach, Tahoe)

July 3, 2013

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EVENT: Fresh Bakin’ presents “Silent Sunset Silent Disco”

LOCATION: The Patio at North Tahoe Events Center, 8318 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA

DATE: Sunday July 14th, 2013

TIME: 1:00 PM

TICKETS: 21+, $15 limited advance, $20 advance, $25 day off
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/282201998590789/

 

Fresh Bakin’ presents the first of it’s kind in Tahoe…an outdoor Silent Disco on Kings Beach the afternoon of Sunday July 14th beginning at 1PM and ending after the sunset. Fresh Bakin’ will supply renowned DJs from all over the country and Silent Frisco will supply party-goers with high-quality headphones for a truly unforgettable beach party experience.

 

“SCENE. NOT HEARD” These words exemplify the mission, challenge, and lifeblood of Silent Frisco. This San Francisco-based crew of sonic missionaries turns impossible public performance challenges into powerful outpourings of free expression. Using cutting edge technology to enable artistic, political and educational expression in locations where “noise” has previously made such action impractical or illegal.

 

DJs for the afternoon include Aligning Minds, Chango, Coop da Loop, DJJD, Dubcoling, DubFyah, Gibran, Gurbtron,  IJV, Jeremy Curl, Mr. Rooney,  SubDocta, Tim Herrlein, and more to be announced.

 

This is an all-ages event with a full bar available for guests 21 and older. Limited $15 advance tickets are available as well as $20 advance tickets at

FreshBakin.InTicketing.com, Melting Pot World Emporium (Reno) and New Moon (Truckee).  Tickets will also be available for $25 day of event.

 

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ETC!ETC!, VibeSquaD At Lakeside (Tahoe City)

June 4, 2013

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EVENT: Fresh Bakin’ Presents ETC!ETC!, VibeSquaD, Zebuel, Lo G

LOCATION: Lakeside Pizza Sports and Dancing    850 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA  (behind Safeway)

DATE: Friday July 12th, 2013

TIME: 9:30 PM

TICKETS: 21+, $16 advance, $20 door http://freshbakin.inticketing.com

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/379465448825628/

 

Fresh Bakin’ presents at Lakeside in Tahoe City

ETC!ETC! (Mad Decent)

VibeSquaD

Zebuel

Lo G

 

With Soulstice Sound and Lighting by Second Dawn

Tickets on sale noon 5/24/2013 online and at New Moon Natural Foods and Melting Pot World Emporium and www.www.staging.freshbakin.flywheelsites.com

 

ETC!ETC!
          LA native ETC!ETC! is making waves with his trap and moombahton tracks and recent collaborations with Major Lazer, Bro Safari, and Brillz (to name a few.)  First attracted to Electro house for the big bass and floor-shattering fast-paced BPM, ETC!ETC! started to shift his focus to moombahton in early 2011 and starting to make an impact in the scene almost immediately . In just the past 12 months he has been played almost on a weekly rotation on BBC Radio 1 by Kissy Sell out & DJ Kapyer ,and the following keeps growing. With an eclectic mix of different audio flavors coming out of his arsenal it’s no wonder ETC!ETC! has garnered a diverse array of highly-prestigious support from EDM leaders Wolfgang Gartner, AC Slater, Congorock, 12th Planet x Skrillex, Mstrkrft , Dillon Francis, Diplo , and many others. With multiple forthcoming releases on Mad Decent, Teenage Riot Records ,Party Like US, Rot10 Musik and T&A , 2013 will be a big year for ETC!ETC!

 

VIBESQUAD            The 2006 inception of VibeSquaD at Symbiosis put producer Aaron Holstein at the forefront of the burgeoning bass craze. From his discombobulating beats and minimalist, gurgling bass on “Domepiece” from 2007’s Return of the Pudding People, to the flexed out kicks and bombastic wobbles—replete with his own signature pitched up hip-hop vocals—of “Flipping Acrobats” on 2010’s The FIRE, VibeSquaD has maintained his position, poised on the cusp of the next big sound while staying true to his unique voice. Over time, Holstein has carved out a distinctive niche, which blends his love for all things bass music, with the funk obsession of his youth. This bouncy, glitched-up, and wobbled-out style is most apparent on his latest EP, Remix Mashers Vol. 1, which opens with a rehashing of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Family Affair.” With four full-lengths, three EPs, and a slew of remixes out on forward-thinking labels Muti Music, Interchill, and Proboscis, Holstein is as prolific as he is a pioneer.

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Opiuo Tahoe Pre-Bounce Party

May 22, 2013

EVENT:  Fresh Bakin’pre-BOUNCE party with OPIUO
LOCATION: Lakeside Pizza Sports and Dancing    850 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA  (behind Safeway)
DATE: Sat. June 8th  2013
TIME: 9:30 PM
TICKETS:  21+, $15 advance  $20 door  http://freshbakin.inticketing.com
LINK:   http://www.facebook.com/events/377631595655226/

 

Fresh Bakin’ and The Bounce present
Pre-Bounce Party TAHOE EDITION

OPIUO
plus…
SubTropixx
Tre Tuna
Phil.Harmonic

with
Sound by Soulstice Sound and Lighting by Second Dawn

Presale tickets onsale now! Available at Lakeside, New Moon in Tahoe City or Truckee, Melting Pot World Emporium, Mad About Music and www.www.staging.freshbakin.flywheelsites.com

Online or kiosk sales are automatically entered to win a general admission ticket to THE BOUNCE! TWO will be given away.

Opiuo, has performed alongside the likes of MC Hammer, Pretty Lights and Bassnectar and has reached #1 chart positions on Beatport, Addictech, and iTunes. In turn, inspiring and captivating people all over with his highly original and uncontrollably addictive take on fun fueled electronic music.

His remix credits span world renown artistic icons like Infected Mushroom, Kimbra and KOAN Sound. Music from the Opiuo Lab can be found on television, in documentaries, on radio (BBC Radio One + JJJ) and specifically selected for compilations by artists such as legendary broken beat pioneer BT (Black Hole Recordings).

Subtropixx is a duo based out of Lake Tahoe, Ca. Their music has been inspired by the current Tropical Bass, Moombahton, and Trap movements. Formed in 2012, Shane Suffriti & Gurbtron (Bass Heavy Crew) have had their music played coast to coast on various radio stations from Truckee, CA, to Miami, FL. They have also been gaining support from world class producers such as Munchi, Luminox, TWRK, and DJ Melo; in addition their tracks have been featured on blogs by Diplo’s Mad Decent record label

OPIUO pre The Bounce Festival 2013 pre-party