Wobbleland Round 3

For the last three years, I have been honored to attend one of San Jose’s biggest bass festivals of the year Wobbleland. Every year Vital Events brings us bigger surprises and this year was no different. The bass festival extended this year to take over three days during President’s Day Weekend. The excitement started on Friday with KRANE and Alexander Lewis, Rezz, Ekali, and Snails. The whole weekend sold out, but as always there was plenty of room to dance at the City National Civic.

Saturday’s highlights included Zomboy and PARTY FAVOR and Sunday’s best included dubstep-heavy Dastik and JOYRIDE. The friendlyness of the crowd and the ease of getting water only tops off how much effort Vital puts into putting on this event.

Here are some day one recaps, including my personal favorite the dark bass-heavy DJ Rezz.

Rezz

KRANE b2b Alexander Lewis

For more information on bass boosting events visit vitalpresents and for Wobbleland recaps and information use the links below!

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KZSC at the Santa Cruz Music Festival

Over President’s weekend, 10 KZSC staff members took to the streets of downtown Santa Cruz to interview and document the musical festival for our listeners. Throughout the day, we aired interviews and updates for those of you who could not make it down to the event. We at KZSC are very thankful to have had the opportunity to partner with SCMF and play a role in supporting our local artists.

The festival included over 250 artists, a majority of which were local to Santa Cruz! The whole event was very well done and brought so many people to downtown and to local businesses. The best part of the festival was that over half of the venues participating in the event were free and open to the public. We got a chance to chat with Half Stack, the Devil Sliders, Partywave, SO$AY, CVRSE, The Coffis Brothers, Alwa Gordon, The M Machine, Louis the Child and Zion I over the weekend. Then the KZSC crew got to enjoy the music around us at all the venues and many restaurants downtown! My personal favorite act was seeing the M Machine DJ Motiv on Sunday night.

We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and we are looking forward to next year!

The Coffis Borthers at The Catalyst Main Stage

The Defenders at The Poet and Patriot

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SOB X RBE Interview & Concert Review by riz aka djrsd of KZSC Santa Cruz

   I caught up with the hottest artists on the block right now, from my hometown Vallejo, located in the North Bay Area, SOB X RBE. The group was on tour with Platinum recording artist and producer Sage The Gemini, and they concluded the “West For Winter” tour here with a sold out show at The Catalyst. We talked about the process of making music, how they were able to hook up with Sage for the tour, unbelievable fan support, similarities between their group and N.W.A., favorite songs they made, how they got out there, their process of choosing the 12 songs of the tape, and advice to other artists. Not to mention, growing up in the struggle of living in North Vallejo (Country Club Crest to be exact, the same place as the late, great, Mac Dre), has inspired them to do the best with what they have and how they were endorsed by other big name rap artists like E-40, HBK Gang, Mozzy, and Tee Grizzley. Enjoy the interview and check the concert review below written by Rizal Aliga (riz aka djrsd). (*SHOUTOUT TO CURTIS & STRETCH AND ALL THE PRODUCERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEOGRAPHERS, AND FANS*)!

-djrsd

 

(QUESTIONS FORGOT TO ASK: how they got their names, how did they meet, what did they use to record)

SOB X RBE Review

Young, but still on the rise, SOB X RBE needs to be on your radar. SOB X RBE stands for ‘Strictly Only Brothers, Real Boi Entertainment.’ The group consists of four members ages 18,18, 19, and 20; SOB X RBE never holds back the notion that age is just a number. The group represents four artists that reside from North (Crestside) Vallejo, CA: Yhung T.O., Slimmy B, DaBoii, and Lul G. Similar sound to N.W.A., SOB X RBE also credits local and platinum artists that influence them like Future, Drake, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mac Dre, and Nef the Pharaoh and Tee Grizzley with “that Detroit sound.”

The group developed their own rap style in their hometown Vallejo – the famous hotbed of hip-hop for the Bay Area producing stars such as Mac Dre, E-40 and Nef The Pharaoh. Slimmy B (20), graduated Vallejo High School in 2015, while DaBoii (19), graduated Benicia High School the same year. According to a source, Yhung T.O. and Lul G (both 18), are “seniors finishing up some classes” at my alma mater, Jesse M. Bethel High School, which is also located in Vallejo. Lul G states that, “we all met when we were young and we are still close to this day.” They began their stint with DaBoii’s “100 Bars,” and Slimmy B’s and Yhung T.O.’s “Bad Lil B*tch.” A few weeks later, Yhung T.O. and Slimmy B dropped “Cautious” which is one of Slimmy B’s favorite songs.

After “Cautious,” DaBoii dropped his favorite song “Can’t Tame Us” followed by “Game Over,” “401 Degreez,” and the –2 million view– hit single “Different.” “Different,” “Anti,” and “Lane Changing” are clearly fan favorites and SOB X RBE is known across the nation, from as west as Vallejo, to as east as Detroit with Tee Grizzley’s area. However, SOB X RBE’s new self-titled mixtape has caught fans by surprise with it’s outstanding production and wide variety and different taste of songs.

SOB X RBE went on tour with Sage The Gemini and hit up the following cities:

Slimmy B stated San Luis Obispo (SLO) was the best show, while Yhung T.O. and Lul G both agreed that Sacramento (SAC) and San Luis Obispo (SLO) were best shows. However, Santa Cruz was live! The DJ for SOB X RBE, my childhood homie Xslapz, started the night with his own quick five minute set. Xslapz had the crowd going mainey, as SOB X RBE came out to “Calvin Cambridge,” followed by Yhung T.O.’s recent single “On My Momma (produced by Remedy).” Fans traveling from all over California went crazy the rest of the night, watching SOB X RBE perform “No Love” and “Lane Changing.” During the quick second break, they brought out Lil Sheik for their song “Ballin’” (stay tuned for Lil Sheik’s mixtape coming soon)! The group ended their performance with hit songs “Anti” and “Different.” Sage The Gemini came later and had a stellar performance.

I went to this concert with a goal to interview one artist for my Intro to Radio class, and for my first interview I am blessed and fortunate to interview artists from my hometown of Vallejo especially the talented SOB X RBE. I remember when I first heard SOB X RBE, my little cousin always played their songs whenever we went to go eat (lol). From there I checked out SOB X RBE when they hosted their “All Stars” event on December 9, 2016, and since then, I had tried to book an interview but they were grindin’ in the studio. It’s truly mind blowing to see SOB X RBE blow up like that, especially being “in a rare position” of representing and making it out of Vallejo. Wish nothing but the best for my friends SOB X RBE.

-riz aka djrsd of 88.1FM KZSC Santa Cruz

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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