Coachella may have ended and with it the flood of artists doing last minute shows in the Bay Area but do not fret because the Summer concert season sure looks promising. These upcoming tours are sure to sell out fast, but of course the Great 88 has got you covered. We will be giving away tickets for artists like Atmosphere, The Foo Fighters, Pepper, Fleet Foxes, Bassnectar and for summer tours like The Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Mayhem Tour, HARD Summer Tour, Rock The Bells and many more! Keep tuned in to KZSC for your chance to score big this summer!
This week at KZSC we celebrated the much anticipated arrival of Grieves’ new album Together/Apart. Released June 21 from Rhymesayers Entertainment, it is the collaboration of Grieves and producer Budo. As did the former 2008 88 Keys And Counting, the album brings jazz, soul, beats, and heart-wrenching rhymes. While Budo fills the background with soothing piano and guitar riffs, Grieves paints a story with the lines he so genuinely portrays. It’s got some kickers and some chillers, more than worth a spin!
Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini were part of the first inter-racial/inter-gender horn section in rock. As members of Sly and the Family Stone, they played to rock audiences around the world and helped form what we call funk today. Besides appearing at Woodstock, they have been given R&B Pioneer Awards and are enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Family Stone is their current band, still kicking out the funk with classics like “Everyday People,” ” “Dance To The Music” and “Family Affair”. Dance to the music in the sand as The Family Stone launch your Forth of July weekend with two shows at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Friday, July 1st. Showtimes are 6:30 and 8:30 pm. And because this is America, both shows are FREE.
Hey psychobilly fans! This summer is full of very exciting psycho-news! The long-awaited new album from the Nekromantix, What Happens In Hell Stays In Hell, will officially be released on August 2nd! Check out their first single, Bats In My Pants, on their facebook.
Even more exciting for those of us that live in Santa Cruz, the Nekromantix will return to the Catalyst on July 28th!
In other news, the Catalyst has a great line-up of psychobilly to get you through the summer. Be sure to check out Reverend Horton Heat, Hayride to Hell, and Santa Cruz locals The Chop Tops and The Stellar Corpses.
Being a drummer myself, I’ve always obsessed over the gods of blast beats and double bass. However, some gods are just plain better than others. These in particular are gods of the highest quality (okay I’ll stop). Also, they’re all coming out with new material that should be nothing less than face-melting. So without further ado, I present to you my 5 favorite drummers OF ALL TIME…EVER…IN EXISTENCE.
Summer means it is time for music festivals. Somehow the combined joys of music, fresh air and sunshine outweigh the pains of sunburns, mosquito bites, aching feet, claustrophobia inducing crowds and in my case, hay fever.
Festivals come in every flavor and every size. The largest festival in the US (though exact numbers are hard to find) is Lollapolooza, attracting over 250,000 attendees last year. On the flip side, exclusive or local festivals can be as small as a few hundred people. Anyone who has been to a few festivals probably has a strong opinion about what size festival is best. The following are some pros and cons of
Small festival pros:
- more intimate performances
- smaller crowds (if you’re into that)
- less commercialized, cheaper food & drink etc.
- cheaper ticket price
- more specialized content
Big festival pros:
- big ticket acts
- big savings (compare a festival ticket price to the cost of tickets to see each of the headliners separately)
- big crowds (if you’re into that)
Big festivals are at risk of falling victim to their own size. For example, Coachella, which started as a tiny electronic festival has grown over the past 10 years to become a mostly rock festival with over 100,000 attendees. The intense commercialization and overcrowding is causing some of the original Coachella fans, who made it the festival it is today, stop attending. But where else can you see The Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and The Strokes all in one weekend?
So do you guys prefer large or small festivals? Are the headliners of the major festivals worth the extra hassle?
A time lapse video of the ebbing and flowing crowds of Coachella