RPM’s August Festival: HARD Summer

Destructo is back once again with a hot lineup to heat up your summer!

The event will be moving to the Glen Helen Amphitheater & Regional Park this year and will be taking place over the course of August 5th-6th. The location isn’t the only thing being updated; organizers will soon be delivering an update to the HARD Summer app. This is the 10th Anniversary of HARD, and they’re bringing back some HARD veterans for this year’s event. Not only are some of the biggest names in EDM playing, but huge Hip-Hop artists are hitting the stage as well. A small handful of these artists are Bassnectar, Justice, Kayzo, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and Skepta! Like past years, there’s going to be five stages to host everyone: Green, Pink, Purple, Harder, and HARD.

Although tickets have already shipped, they’re still available for purchase through LiveNation! If you want a taste of the music before you attend, you can listen below through mixtapes artists have for the event. With an all new venue and world-class artists, KZSC is excited to see what surprises Destructo holds in store for the event.

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Lightning in a Bottle 2017: My Experience

This Memorial Day Weekend was yet another beautiful and unforgettable Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) event. Festival attendees started showing up on Wednesday to set up camp and feast their eyes on the giant lake bordering the festival grounds. And thanks to northern California’s recent rains, last year’s dry lake bed was now a home for hundreds of inflatables and a hand full of floating DJ structures.

The quick drive down from Santa Cruz was only two hours. I arrived Thursday afternoon and barely encountered any traffic while parking the car and setting up camp. Although the main stage music only began Friday, all the bars and smaller tents had music all day on Thursday for people to get their groove on. Thursday night included special guest DJ sets from Minnesota and Rufus Du Sol and of course many more!

The three main stages of LIB stood near the edge of the water giving the audience a surreal view of the beautiful DoLab architecture and a lake view. Friday’s music included Scotland producer Sam Gellaitry, recent SCMF performer TroyBoi, and Rufus Du Sol. Then as the weekend came in, so did the heat. Most festival attendees were in the lake listening to the Woggie stage, home to the finest house music. My Saturday favorites were Two Feet, Psymbionic (who brought out Minnesota!), Bob Moses, and Kaytranada. And Sunday’s best were Monolink, Big Wild, Bonobo, and …. bass-heavy Santa Cruz local Bassnectar!

During the day, I spent my time exploring the various activities and structures set up around the festival. Pirate ship ruins and giant hammock structures overlooked the lake for a nice spot to rest. Yoga began at sunrise and went until around 8 every night. Fancy restaurants offered themed dining and four course meals. Speakers and workshops, including The Learning Kitchen, provided opportunities for attendees to learn from each other and the amazing people that help make Lightning in a Bottle the well rounded festival that it is.

With no shortage of activities to experience and explore, Lightning in a Bottle will always be one of my top festivals. No matter where you are, no matter what time of the day, there were never any crowds and always plenty of music, artwork, and smiles around you.

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I’ll see you next year, Shanee.

Portside II @ UCSC’s Porter College hosted by @burgundytrees & interview w/ riz aka djrsd

Portside II is the second installment of a collaborative art show at UCSC, hosted by @burgundytrees. The goal of Portside is to bring artists of all different mediums together to display and share their passions. Portside is a free and open space for creativity and self expression.

The most recent Portside event took place on April 15, 2017. @rizzystaydizzy got to interview & talk to Portside’s coordinator @burgundytrees during the event!

Got to talk to Syy aka @burgundytrees, a first year at UC Santa Cruz. Syy hosts events like Portside and after his 1st event that happened in March/April. Similar to #MoreArt in Vallejo and other events across the Bay Area, CA, Portside has DJs, emcees, producers, musicians, and artists who come together and use this platform to showcase their talent. Follow burgundytrees on Twitter for more information!

Here is the recap video:

Trio Balkan Strings, Santa Cruz House Concert Thurs May 25th

Trio Balkan Strings will be appearing at a house concert in downtown Santa Cruz at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. They’re a virtuosic guitar trio from Belgrade, Serbia who perform a unique fusion of Balkan music, crossing various genres with elements of swing, jazz and world music. Zoran Starcevic and his two sons, Nikola and Zeljko play original compositions with great energy, with music based in Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek and Asian roots. All members of the band have been classically trained, but exude an affection for rock, blues, pop and jazz, particularly the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. To experience their dynamic music in an intimate, up close, acoustic setting, contact Concerts@InstantHarmony.com for reservations and directions. KZSC features World Music on “Heat Wave” Mondays, 9-11am, “Unfiltered Camels” Mondays 4-6pm, and “From the Heart” Thursdays, 4-6pm.

Molly Tuttle Band, Wed May 10th

Molly Tuttle grew up playing bluegrass with her family members in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is now an award-winning songwriter (first place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest) and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist. Molly has been gaining broader recognition after radio appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion” and concert sets at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. She’s touring now with a band of super pickers, including mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, previewing work from her soon to be released first solo EP “Rise.” Molly’s band will be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Wed, May 10th, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tune in to hear bluegrass and country music on KZSC on Sundays, 12-2pm on “Backroads” and Fridays, 6-9 am on “Bushwackers Breakfast Club.”

Kevin Burke, Solo House Concert, Fri May 5, Soquel, CA

Kevin Burke, traditional style Irish fiddler, will be performing in an intimate house concert in Soquel, CA on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm. Kevin was the fiddler of the acclaimed Bothy Band, teaming with the late and legendary guitarist and vocalist Micheal O’Domhnaill for many years, and more recently recording and touring with guitarist Cal Scott, and the extraordinary Celtic Fiddle Festival band, drawing from Irish, Quebecois, and Breton roots music. Kevin has a very wry sense of humor, and his concerts always feature his amusing stories and jokes interspersed between his masterful presentation of extended medleys of tunes, both original and traditional. Information to make reservations and receive directions to the concert are at the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay‘s website, the non-profit organization sponsoring the event. Tune in to hear Celtic music on KZSC every Sunday morning on “Whimsical Will O’ Wisps” (6-9am), and Sunday afternoons on “Backroads” (noon-2pm).