Wakin on a Pretty Day with Kurt Vile

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!

Looking Forward to Enchanted Forested in NorCal

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.

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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:

Lightning in a Bottle 2016 My Experience

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

big-gigantic-juliana-bernsteinFriday 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!

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Sunset at LIB – Photo by Aaron Glassman

dimond-saints-Purple Rain LIB 2016-25Sunday 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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May 29 KZSC Presents: Sugar Candy Mountain w/ Luke Sweeney and Jackie Zealous



SUNDAY, MAY 29TH at 9pm at The Crepe Place, $8 tickets sold at the door

From Joshua Tree, California, KZSC Presents tropical psychedelic pop band, Sugar Candy Mountain with Santa Cruz’s surf garage rock band, Jackie Zealous and San Francisco’s psychedelic soul pop band, Luke Sweeney.

“If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this— featuring space-age sounds and far-out frequencies from the tripped out tropics,” then you would have Sugar Candy Mountain.

Also check out our show review of Luke Sweeney at SXSW in Austin, TX this year!

Hope to see you there!



Father John Misty: KZSC Show Reviews

Father John Misty put on an absolutely awe inspiring performance for the Oakland crowd on the second and final night of his 2 night stint at the Fox Theater. The man oozed charisma as he absolutely owned every inch of the stage. His mannerisms drew back to vintage rock and roll as he strut like a 6ft plus bearded hybrid of Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison with more passion in his voice and lyrics. He really allowed himself to feel the music as he danced, sang, and at times threw himself wildly around the stage. He even had a moment where he got a bit too into the moment and fell face first from his bass drum as the mic loudly smacked the stage. He showed his ironic sense of humor when he drew back to this moment in one of his sparse talk break. He stated “as I felt myself falling from that bass drum all I could think was ‘why was I drunk in the parking lot of an Embassy Suites at 7 am?” He showed more of his deadpan comedic stylings when he recalled an embarrassing moment. He had been asked if he was the frontman for the counting crows, and soon realized the fan must have meant Chris Robinson from the black crowes. That was “the worst moment of (his) life.”

The stage lighting was extremely theatrical. The lighting effectively portrayed the tone of each song whether it was a single spotlight for heartfelt ballads like “bored in the USA,” soft pink mood lighting for “true affection,” or colorful strobe backlighting for heavier tracks like “ideal husband.” He managed to squeeze about 20 songs into his setlist playing nearly every track off his 2 album discography and even squeezing a cover of Rihanna’s “kiss it better” into his encore. Perhaps the most impressive part of the show was the way he managed to create a grand spectacle, but also make it feel like a very intimate experience.

The Village, Lightning in a Bottle’s Sacred Environment, Announces Theme and Workshops

In celebration of the earth and to inspire humanity to reconnect within, Do LaB proudly unveils the 2016 theme, presenters, workshops and offerings for Lightning in a Bottle’s micro-environment and sacred epicenter, The Village. Built around a beautiful Grandmother Oak, paying homage to its 2016 theme, “Tree of Life”, The Village will give attendees a unique opportunity to learn by doing, develop hands on skills and discover what it takes to create and sustain a living Village together as a community.

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