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JAUZ @ The Catalyst 11/7/18 Show Review by Josh aka DJ iEHOA

Sam Vogel better known as JAUZ brings his shark squad to invade the waters of Santa Cruz on November 17 at The Catalyst. Based in the Bay Area, Jauz produces tracks across many genres such as future bass, dubstep, and his main genre bass house. Most people would recognize him for his song “Feel The Volume”. He has also collaborated on many tracks with superstar DJ’s Skrillex, Marshmello, Tiesto, DJ Snake and Diplo.

After many years of producing hit dance singles Jauz in November of 2017 he announced that he would become the CEO of his own record label Bite This and in August of 2018 would release his first studio album “The Wise and the Wicked”. Shortly after the release of his album he goes on his first Bite This tour which showcases Holy Goof and Skepsis (who did not play in Santa Cruz) two of many artist signed onto the label.

We open the show up with Connor Bvrns an upcoming DJ from LA who has just recently opened up for Diplo. His set slowly but surely set the mood for the night from playing many tracks across genres from trap to moombahton. One song that really stuck out to me from his set is hearing “Love Again” by Slander which immediately gave me a nostalgic vibe as I haven’t heard the song live since 2016.

Right after his set Holy Goof takes the stage. From the UK, Holy Goof was my most anticipated set for as I was very excited to hear the sounds of the UK come to the US. Holy Goof did not hold back at all unleashing UK Bass House tracks that amazed the crowd.

Unfortunately, during this set, I had experienced a recurring issue that I have had at The Catalyst which involves the crowd’s lack of spatial awareness in the middle. I quickly avoided this mess by moving towards the left side of the venue which had more space to dance without having to miss out on most of the light show.

While Holy Goof’s set was full of energy, Jauz quickly stole the show as soon as he came on. All throughout his 1 and ½ hour set, he did a good job in blending many different styles of music from Dubstep to House. Playing many tracks from his album, “The Wise and The Wicked” I felt complete when I got to hear my favorite track from the album, “Acid or Techno”.

 

In all, I would give this show a 7/9 ★★★★★★★☆☆ on my scale.

 

The show overall was great! While I still had to deal with people’s lack of spatial awareness, the energy was high and it never went down at all throughout the night. Great mixing from all the supporting DJ’s and a great set from Jauz.

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May 29 KZSC Presents: Sugar Candy Mountain w/ Luke Sweeney and Jackie Zealous

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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!

xx

 

Dec 16: Paula Fuga & Anuhea At Moe’s Alley

Warm it up, Santa Cruz!  Welcome the Island sounds of Paula Fuga to Moe’s Alley Wednesday, December 16th at 8:30 pm.

Paula has a truly exquisite voice and she uses her talents to be a cultural ambassador for her Hawaiian home and people.  Powerful positive social change is her mission, she sings it exactly as she means it.

The doors open at 8:00 pm Wednesday, Paula begins at 8:30, don’t miss a note.

All is bright and right with Anuhea, as she brings her new holiday music to the stage at Moe’s Alley.  The Maui native has a new song entitled “Shoulders,” so be ready for all the feels.

These singers are here, help welcome them to the West Coast, Wednesday night. Get your Island sway going on, groove to the music and the rare treat of having these two talents together on the mainland.

Treat yourself to a holiday boost, get the music and the spirit of Aloha

 

Mele’uhane Wednesday July 29th

 

Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey come to California – and Santa Cruz – next “Wiki Wiki” Wednesday.  Keikilani is the father and Leokani the son in this family duo from Kona, on Hawai’i Island, also known as The Big Island.     The family is big on talent, as papa Keikilani distills 5 generations of Hawaiian storytelling, paniolo cowboy action, music and hula into his singing and songwriting. Eldest son Leokani “Leo” has come up from the percussion and rhythm of his youth and has taken to guitar in a Big Island way.

Join us on Wiki Wiki Wednesday July 29th as we host Mele’uhane live in studio during the program, which runs & rollicks from 6:00 – 9:00 am.

The gentlemen of Mele’uhane perform at Pono that evening, 6:30 inside the Reef Bar building at 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

You can hear the music from their new album, the cd entitled, “The Garden” honoring the island of Kaua’i, the land, the people and the music.

Join KZSC Wednesday morning, July 29th to hear the boys live  & see you at Pono that night!

http://www.meleuhane.com/