This past Tuesday night at the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz was one filled with dimmed stage lights and dark clothing as seasoned LA-based post punk band Moving Units payed their tribute to the Joy Division. The band have not been shy talking about the tour on social media and the hype was building since the tour date pop-up on the Catalyst’s concert calendar. Needless to say the crowd that night was dancing and singing along to every Joy Division and Moving Units song played.
Ice Cube, Flosstradamus, Porter Robinson, Anderson .Paak, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Boys Noize and more this July 30th and 31st
HARD Summer in the Auto Club Speedway in Southern California will feature Ice Cube and Major Lazer this July 30th and 31st. The premier festival has made a name for itself in Los Angeles as every summer it attracts the best names in Hip Hop and Electronica. This year’s hip hop artists include artist Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals who made an appearance at UCSC’s very own quarry with a free show last year. Dillon Francis, who has made numerous appearances at our very own Catalyst Club and on our OPERS Field a few years back, will be performing on Sunday and closing off the night second to Major Lazer.
HARD Summer is back with another year of their creative and funny festival trailers! Check it out and view ticketing information and the full line up below.
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This July Move, Groove & Shake Some Booty in Laytonville, CA with KZSC – NorCal’s Enchanted Forest Gathering’s Yoga, Movement & Flow Arts Lineup is Here!
Laytonville, CA – Amidst majestic oak trees in the sprawling fairy tale forest of the legendary Black Oak Ranch, the 6th annual celebrated Enchanted Forest Gathering touches down July 22-24, 2016 in Laytonville, CA for an inspirational weekend of conscious living, globally-renowned music and premiere yoga, flow arts and movement. Honoring a key facet of the festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering is ecstatic to reveal the lineup for its yoga, movement and flow art zones showcasing 25+ yoga offerings and three days of flow arts and dance workshops designed to explore the realms of self-expression. Adding to the essence of the festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 will also feature 70+ musical acts, including heavy bass headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, and PANTyRAiD, and live music legends such as Hamsa Lila and Ayla Nereo.
Dive deeper into elements that make Enchanted Forest Gathering truly enchanted with the fanciful 2016 Movement Teaser Video, which showcases just a few of the many offerings at this year’s gathering.
Taking strides to ensure Black Oak Ranch remains an enchanted land for years to come, Enchanted Forest Gathering has implemented numerous green initiatives including the widespread use of solar power, plentiful recycling receptacles, composting, and a renewable dish program, and has reusable utensils available for purchase. Purchase a ceramic tea cup at the Tea Zone and receive free tea throughout the course of the gathering — $5 well worth it!
Rounding out the list of marvels to discover at the festival are over 60 educational workshops and forums covering subjects around relationships and sexuality, science and spirituality, permaculture and ancestral arts, as well as health, wellness, nutrition and nourishment. Also nestled in the forest is an interactive Kids’ Village with professional day care services, and an array of playful micro-environments to find magical moments such as the Crystal Dome, Nectar Temple, Tea Lounge, Comedy Stage, and Visionary Art Gallery. Placing a heightened focus on maximizing participant comfort in as many areas as possible, Enchanted Forest Gathering boasts a healing sanctuary, dance floors made of foam, shade and chill zones provided for every stage with Kombucha on tap, trees providing natural shade for camping, delicious and healthy food vendors, and artisan merchants. Splash around in refreshing watering holes, meditate around the sacred fire circle, and relax in the natural splendor and beauty of Mendocino County.
Go here for ticket information and be sure to read about the event eameneties and camping options!
Kurt Vile is almost a little too “hip” to be extremely outgoing during a performance, but that’s why we love him, right? To quote one of my new friends from Alabama whom I met at Bonnaroo Music Festival, “Kurt seemed more jazzed at the Ween show than during his own performance”. (Ween is an alternative rock band with a huge cult following and they performed after Kurt Vile’s set.) Seeing Kurt Vile and the Violators was a complete contrast to when a musician “creates energy for the crowd”. It was more like a casual conversation, the interaction between the crowd and the musician became one of an intimate setting, even though Vile was performing in front of hundreds if not thousands of people. I enjoyed seeing a musician who didn’t need to work so hard to interact with the crowd in such an “energetic way”. He went on stage, sang beautifully, and didn’t perform with an over exaggerated stage presence. He was actually quite shy, but in a way that made you feel like you could relate with him. It was like he was saying “hey, I know what it’s like to not want to act in an extroverted way, and I know that’s not your personality”. That’s exactly it, Kurt Vile doesn’t act like he has an outgoing stage personality when he knows he just doesn’t have that type of attitude.
The reason I can shed some light on Kurt Vile’s personality is because I was actually able to meet him inside the press tent at the festival before his show came on. He answered questions in a timid, introverted manner. He walked about the press tent with a cool, mellow look to his face, with his curly long locks hanging down the graphic on his t-shirt. When I asked him to do a station ID for KZSC, he looked at me and said in his soft, cool voice, “Hey KZSC Santa Cruz, this is Kurt Vile, Sup’” (Shortened for What’s Up, I assume) . It was magnificent, simple, and he didn’t need anymore words to make the station ID perfect for KZSC.
During the performance of Kurt Vile and the Violators they played a number of hits off his new album B’lieve I’m Goin Down, including “Pretty Pimpin’” and “All in a Daze Work”, as well as a few others. They also delved into some older songs of Vile’s, including “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day”, which is from his album Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Kurt Vile sang in a slow, mellow, dreamy voice. He played guitar while his band supported him with beach-like rhythms that made you feel as though you were hanging out on his couch in Los Angeles on a sunny afternoon. (Which it was reported that he wanted his records to sound relaxed, like he recorded them sitting on his couch in his house.) His melodies were intricately presented, and his voice made you feel comfortable. He made the audience feel at ease and wanting to dance, and sway, because of his personality, his brevity of speech, and his way of maneuvering the stage in a relaxed manner.
I recommend going to see Kurt Vile and the Violators on August 11th in Santa Cruz, at The Catalyst! If you want a good time, and if you want to feel like you’re on some mellow vacation in a small beach town in California. (Which you probably are on vacation if you are in Santa Cruz at this time.) Go enjoy the show and see what Kurt Vile is all about!
Shpongle, PANTyRAiD, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo and Hamsa Lila Among Headliners for Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016
KZSC, Santa Cruz is excited to be part of the sixth annual installment of Enchanted Forest Gathering. The Gathering celebrates music, yoga, flow-arts and conscious movement festival, has just announced its amazing music lineup. Taking place July 22-24, 2016 in Laytonville, CA, the Gathering’s headliners include England’s forefather of psychedelic electronica Shpongle, the festival circuit’s unofficial Funkiest Diplomat The Polish Ambassador, plus MartyParty and Ooah (of The Glitch Mob) who combine forces as the melodic bass duo PANTyRAiD making a highly-anticipated return after a three year hiatus. Rounding out the electronic list of headliners is West Coast, Santa Cruz brewed bass movement champion Minnesota and soulful Chicago trio Autograf.
Included among the live acts headlining is a three-hour, otherworldly trance set from groovy world-hip-hop fusion group Hamsa Lila, a vivid harmonic storytelling experience by ethereal melody-weaver Ayla Nereo, and two passionately devotional music sets from Fanna Fi Allah – a leading representation of ancient Sufi Qawwali music. Grammy-nominated, drum and bass Reggae stylist Youssoupha Sidibe, indie-rock electronica band Lila Rose and ecstatic vocalist and innovative composer Suzanne Sterling will also deliver spirited live performances over the course of the weekend. With over 50 acts playing across four alluring stages Enchanted Forest Gathering combines the close knit community vibes of a small festival with the upscale caliber of production and talent of a larger festival.
Throughout the weekend, Enchanted Forest Gathering will be both teaching and promoting healthy lifestyles. In addition to the stages for performances and music, the grounds will have a vendor area, home to organic food, craft and clothing vendors from local sources.
More information is available via the Enchanted Forest Gathering website.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
For our Southern California festival lovers, we have LIB’s splashy summer sibling Woogie Weekend coming up in Silverado, CA. This July 8 – 10, 2016, Woogie Weekend will play host to two strikingly prominent stages – The Hive and the Beat Nest, to showcase bouncy house beats and tantalizing techno amidst the carefree prismatic vibes found within the delightfully wet ‘n’ wild playground. Check it out:
Words cannot describe how magical this year’s Lightning in a Bottle experience was, you truly had to be there, but I will try my best in the words that follow…
We drove down from our perch at the radio station here in Santa Cruz, a quick two hour drive to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California where the festival has been held now for three years. Made it to the camp grounds after a quick and easy check in at the gates where they scanned our wristbands from the comfort of our car!
The magic began as we started unpacking our camping gear and meeting people. Everyone was welcoming and all smiles as they unpacked, ready to start the festivities. The Do LaB really put their all into this weekend, because there were workshops, speakers, and yoga already going on since Wednesday! Five days of activities!
We unpacked our gear, stretched our legs and headed into the festival Thursday as the sunset. And though it seemed to me that the music would only start Friday, there were numerous tents, stages, and bars that had music going on all that first night. It was amazing getting the initial look at the festival layout and art before the festival actually “started.”
Friday began for us at the Woogie Stage with Italian-German, Belgium producer Sacha Robotti. Who set the bar high for the weekend with his funky-bassheavy dance set. On top of the great music start, the Woogie stage was an outstanding piece of artwork all on its own with pipes framing the stage and large funky pillars placed around in the crowd.
Woogie Stage at Night – Photo by Andrew Jorgensen
Friday evening’s highlights were Los Angeles, OWSLA producer Mija at the Thunder Stage and then following her, The Polish Ambassador who is from Oakland!
Big Gigantic blew us away per usual showing off his talents with the saxophone and a non-stop-energy electro jazz set. (Photo left by Juliana Bernstein)
We closed off with Grimes and Cashmere Cat headlining the Lightning and Thunder Stages and leaving us ready for two more days of music, art, and yoga!
We made it to Namaste Yoga before the music began the next day for a much needed hour of yoga to rejuvenate our bodies and get in touch with ourselves. Instructor Mark Morford reminded us to thank the sun and remember to stay grounded during all the commotion and activities of the weekend.
Photo by Andrew Jorgensen
On Saturday, our music adventures began again at the Woogie with Dirtybird producer Justin Jay. Then, following, was one of everyone’s (from our group’s) highlight, Space Jesus with his style of what he describes as “alien baselines” he did the Thunder Stage justice.
Our night continued at the Lightning Stage, with French-Cuban twin sisters who go by the name Ibeyi. The two played their own keyboard and drums and filled the stage with their astonishing voices. Later, we made our way to the eclectic bass beats producer The Librarian as she kept us dancing for her whole set. And as I made my way backstage to meet up with and interview Minnesota, I got a chance to introduce myself to Andrea, The Librarian, and chat! If you scan the Lightning in a Bottle lineup you notice the large presence of female producers. The festival founders responded to a question about the gender ratio in the lineup and said “it just happens”, there are so many good female producers and they deserve to make their appearance at such an amazing festival like LIB!
Saturday ended with a bass-heavy set by Bleep Bloop, Haywyre, and Los Angeles female producer TOKiMONSTA who played tracks off her new album Fovere including her track “Put It Down” with Anderson .Paak. Closing off the night were headliners and UC Santa Cruz alumni Minnesota & G Jones!
Sunset at LIB – Photo by Aaron Glassman
Sunday was both exciting and the mark of the ending weekend. Every evening LIB attendees had a sunset ritual of howling as the sun slid behind the camp grounds and mountains. My personal highlight of that night were the three sets who went back to back at the Thunder stage, Dimond Saints (photo right by Aaron Glassman), EPROM and Mr. Carmack who “threw down” as they say and did not hold back. Finally we made our way to Chet Faker who you might know from his Lockjaw EP with Flume. Chet Faker’s signature voice closed off the night for the main stages. The night did not stop there, though. The music and festivities continued till the early am’s at the tree house Favela Bar, club-like Pagoda bar, and throughout the campsites and festival grounds.
Lightning Stage – Photo by Juliana Bernstein
KZSC thanks the Do LaB and Confluence for such an incredible weekend and amazing photos, since my iPhone cannot do this festival justice. We were so honored to be able to join the community and be part of something so beautiful!
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