Activism in Santa Cruz County

The Artists on Art show for January 18th, 2017, featured spiritual activist and author, Ami Chen, community activist Miriam Stombler and Didje Koffa to talk about the protests happening in Santa Cruz County in response to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

On inauguration night, the eve before the Women’s March, we are having a peaceful gathering to affirm our core values as friends, family, neighbors, and community. Come and hear inspirational speakers, light a candle (or bring a flashlight), and sing songs of solidarity.

This is a family and kid-friendly event. Bring an umbrella and dress warm! We stand together – rain or shine!

Our program begins at 5:30pm with Candlelighting, candles will be provided, but feel free to bring a flashlight (weather may not be conducive for candles!)

Our moderator is Lani Bandhauer who will welcome speakers: Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, Brenda Griffin of the NAACP and activist, educator, and author Bettina Aptheker. Music and Poetry will be provided by Djide Koffa and Simone Cox.

This event is sponsored by Women United California. #unitetoignite

 

 To hear our interview in its entirety please click on the play button below.

Wobbleland in San Jose: back for 3 days!

Wobbleland 2017 back at the City National Civic
in San Jose, February 17, 18 and 19

Wobbleland is back for three days this year! One of the most well known bass festivals of NorCal is back in San Jose. Last year, the event expanded by adding a second stage to their schedule. This year is bigger and better with three nights of everyone’s favorite bass DJs.

All three headliners have finally been released with the second phase lineup announcing that Snails will be headlining on Friday. The weekend is packed with so many great talent including trap artist Ekali, Vital Event’s own Jackal, Joyride, Party Favor and more. Listen to KZSC for a chance to score a pair of tickets to Wobbleland or head over to their website for information and tickets and join Wobbleland 2k17!

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Looking forward to another year at Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning In a Bottle 2017 Prepares for
Early Ticket Sell Out with New Presale Release Plan

We are very excited to announce that Lightning in a Bottle is coming back to San Antonio Recreation Area just a two hour drive south of Santa Cruz in Bradley, California! And tickets are available now at their lowest price.

Last year, I was honored to go to the dessert festival for my first time for the four day Memorial Weekend. LIB is known not only for its music, but also for its various yoga sessions, inspiring speakers, and workshops. The organization of the event was what surprised me the most. Everyone who was working or volunteering at the festival simply wanted to make sure that we were enjoying our experience and that we were safe. Most importantly, there was easy to access water stations at every corner (which was critical) and delicious healthy food options!

We except this year to be nothing less! The Do LaB is back with the premier camping festival, Lightning in a Bottle, as tickets go on sale and have started selling fast. Their lowest prices of Earlybird 4 Day Weekend tickets are already 50% sold. Once they are gone, all ticket sales will be closed until the General Onsale on January 24th.

Last year, tickets sold out in record time well before the festival and these low-cost, Earlybird tickets were among the fastest to fly off the shelves. Add to that, that this is the first year LIB will be capping population growth at last year’s capacity and you can bet these tickets will sell out faster than ever.

Lightning In a Bottle has packed all the new and important tidbits about the presale into one handy webpage.  Highlights include:

  • TICKETS – Lightning in a Bottle will be retiring the two-day and one-day pass. Now all tickets to the festival will entail the genuine, full-fledged 4+ day experience!
  • GETTING TO LIB – There’s a new RV pass for larger vehicles and through a new bus partner, SharetheBus.com, there are more ways than ever to get to LIB on the Lightning Bus.
  • FANCY CAMPING OPTIONS – There’s an all new Ultra Cool Boutique Camping package that includes in-tent, AIR CONDITIONING.
  • PAYMENT PLANS –  Payments can be made on total purchases now, not just the ticket to the festival and will be available throughout the on-sale campaign through Monthly Payments with Affirm.

So can we except to see you out in the desert this Memorial Day Weekend?
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All is Bright: Anuhea, with Justin Young At Moe’s Alley

Coming to Moe’s Alley on Thursday, December 15th, our Maui songbird, songwriter Anuhea, performs with Justin Young. Both of these talented Islanders bring pride in their heritage, and their magnificent musical skills to Moe’s Alley.

Anuhea, along with Justin Young, will bring you holiday jams direct from the Hawaiian Islands. In the cold of midwinter, this might be the touch of warmth you can use, and you may get some dinner in your belly at this Moe’s show.

In Hawaiian, “Jingle the bells” is “Kani kani pele.”

You are invited to decorate your Aloha shirt with a holiday twist, or go Island style on that seasonal reindeer sweater, dress as a surfing Santa or boogie-boarding Saint Nick. Anuhea and the boys will be judging your look!

Join in, frolic, follow along @anuheajams on the social media: InstagramTwitterFacebook & her website anuheajams.com

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Outside Lands 2016

In San Francisco, the foggy summer is host to the annual Outside Lands concert, held every August in Golden Gate park. The event takes place over one weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Sunday and draws crowds who enjoy an eclectic mix of music. This year’s headliners included artists from Duran Duran to Chance the Rapper to Lionel Richie to LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, and Radiohead. But one great thing about the festival is that they also feature a good mix of lesser known artists, many of which are from the surrounding areas. Not only does Outside Lands feature musical artists, but ever since the 2012 festival they have featured a full comedy lineup as well. This year’s guests included Sasheer Zamata, Fred Armisen and many more.

I got the opportunity to attend Outside Lands this year and was blown away by the incredible talent that could be found happening all at once. One thing I noticed was the vast variety of styles and atmospheres gathered by each performer. At the festival there were young groups of friends, probably high school aged, there were older couples, and there were also middle aged couples with their kids. This diverse mix shows just how wide-ranging the artists featured were and how really, Outside Lands has something for each person who attends. This also affected the atmosphere of the crowd at different shows, and created a somewhat stratified and distinct attitude at each performance. Each show garnered a specific crowd mentality, which is usually seen at single artist or group concerts but it was interesting to see the differences walking from stage to stage. I think a lot of this had to do with the attitude of the performer, and the music people came to the festival for, since as I mentioned the lineup was incredibly eclectic. To give a glimpse into this, following is a shortened list of some of the artists who performed each day.

On Friday the lineup featured artists such as Whitney, Marian Hill, Ra Ra Riot, Vulfpeck, Foals, Miike Snow, Låplsey, Duran Duran, Grimes, and J. Cole but my day ended with LCD Soundsystem, playing at the Lands End stage located in Polo Field at the West end of the festival. Saturday’s lineup included Years & Years, Vince Staples, Big Grams (a collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram), Con Brio, Air, Sufjan Stevens, Halsey, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Zedd, and Radiohead. On Saturday there was even a show by Bay Area hip hop legends E-40 and Warren G which was added a few days before the festival. Sunday’s lineup highlighted artists including The Oh Hellos, Snakehips, Third Eye Blind, Kehlani, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Miguel, Lana Del Rey and Lionel Richie.One of my favorite performances was that of the band Con Brio, who played on Saturday, the second day of the festival. The energy felt by the performers was mirrored by the crowd as those listening took a ride from funky to serious to sexy and bold. Every member of the band was having fun and you could tell. The performance ended with a bang as the lead singer, Ziek McCarter did backflips for the crowd, each one fueled by more cheers and applause.

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Another great performance was by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals. While the atmosphere was a lot different at this performance, it was just as intense and felt by every person in the crowd. The atmosphere here was a lot louder and intense, which fit the music just as the other performances. I could feel the high energy of the crowd as Anderson .Paak started off his set solo with some fast paced beats. After the first few songs, his band the Free Nationals came out, and after another few he started to play the drums. The crowd was singing along and cheering throughout each song.

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Overall the experience was incredible and I can’t wait to see some of these artists in solo concerts or upcoming festivals. Outside Lands was a great opportunity to see the wide variety of music and how such a diverse lineup can bring people who might never otherwise be at the same show together. One of the huge takeaways from Outside Lands is that no matter what kind of music floats your boat, you can enjoy it with many others and maybe even find something new and out of your normal set to appreciate. I’m sure my feelings represent many others when I say I left the long weekend happy, tired, and excited for what’s to come next in the bustling world of music.

DJ vivs will be hosting That’s Fresh, Thursdays 10pm – Midnight, starting October 6th, 2016! Make sure to check out our new Fall 2016 schedule here!

Day N Night Hip-Hop Festival (Recap + Video)

Here’s the recap video for the first annual Day N Night Festival in Orange County. This was actually the first music festival I’d ever been to, and while I’d love to comment on all the things I felt went wrong or hit my Kanye rant about the state of today’s hip-hop, I think I’ll just focus on the positive and let you watch the video for yourselves.

Festival highlights include:

  • Being actually impressed with Lil Yachty & his braid-driven stage presence
  • YG tearing the stage down before ASAP Rocky came on and moaned about acid
  • Lil Uzi Vert hopping that trashcan
  • Interviewing Allan Kingdom
  • Sitting in the parking lot for 5 hrs. Saturday due to terrible traffic organization (shouts out TAPS)
  • Seeing the live performance of Fettiwith Playboi Carti, Maxo Kream, & Dash
  • Being offered Xanax 4 seperate times
  • YG performing songs from 2010 and his mostly hometown fans knowing every single word
  • Accidentally buying beer for a 16 y/o and watching him run from security
  • YG perform FDT
  • YG proving why he’s #2 west coast rapper behind Earl Sweatshirt
  • YG

VIDEO

 

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