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GUITARFISH 2019 TICKETS ON-SALE

GUITARFISH 2019 PREPARES FOR ANOTHER SUMMER CAMP-OUT – TICKETS AND RV SITES ONSALE NOW…





Latest Announcements from Guitarfish Music Festival &
Joshua Tree Music Festival

2019 Dates

Wordplay Wednesday Album Release Campout – March 30
17th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival – May 16-19
9th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival – July 25-28
14th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival – October 10-13

SNOWGLOBE FESTIVAL 2018

SNOWGLOBE RINGS IN 2019 ON A HIGH NOTE DESPITE COLD TEMPERATURES…

Written by Sason Bishope Parry

If you want to ring in the New Year on an epic note, why not bring it in at
Northern Californias biggest EDM NYE bash! Despite freezing cold weather, more then 20,000 fans flocked to the High Sierra’s on December 29, 30 and 31 as Snow Globe Music Festival presented by MTV (who recently acquired the festival) retuned to the beautiful snowy mountains for its 8th consecutive year. Fans got thrilled with over 3 days of music and fun in the snow. Stellar sets came from Above & Beyond, G-Easy, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Diplo, NIGHTMRE and so many more. Over 40 groundbreaking EDM acts, DJ’s and Hip Hop artists performed on multiple stages that ran simultaneously. Fans also got to witness pro skiers and snowboarders as they glided down big air ramps showing off their impressive skills, while the music and lights flashed all around, it was definitely an audio and visual overlord that seemed to get better each day. There were lots of highlights for the 2018 edition that included expanded and newly designed gathering areas, epic firework displays and much more taking the festival to new heights for overall fan experience.

Its important to point out that Snow Globe is located outside, so dressing beyond warm is a must as the weather can get to single digit temperatures. Many snowglobers, including us were wrapped from head to toe and although it’s sometimes tough to be fashionable where your rapped up like a mummy, many still got very creative. From rainbow colored outfits, to hats, headpieces, printed face scarves and furry boots fans sported outfits that looked like a cross between burning man and Alice In Wonderland.

The first day started out great, as early birders anxiously waited for the gates to open and once inside didn’t waste anytime getting their groove started and exploring all that Snow Globe had to offer. The weather was cold but still tolerable as long as you bundled up. Musical highlights included Bay-area hip-hop sensation G-Eazy who always impresses put on a great show, SnowGlobe-vet and fan favorite Kaskade who was also scheduled to play a sold out show in San Francisco that same weekend rocked the decks hard with this signature house sounds, EDM-star REZZ brought the energy, Swedish house heavy-hitter Eric Prydz took us on a journey through his lifelong releases of great tracks, and livetronica sensations Big Gigantic were amongst one of the best. Other highlights included the debut of the Rail Jam (the additional Big-Air feature showcasing local and professional skiers and snowboarders) and the brand-new MTV Lodge. At the very cool Igloo tent, fans were entertained by energetic sets from 070 Shake, Anna Lunoe, Duckwrth and others. The Sierra Stage saw sets from Party Favor, GoldLink, and Said the Sky. Day one rapped up with fans smiling and excited as 2 more days were still ahead.

Day two of SnowGlobe welcomed fans with warmer temperatures and beautiful California skies. Ah the fresh air was definitely refreshing after being plagued by unfortunate fires that led to extremely bad air quality conditions for many in the

Bay Area. Eager fans packed the Main Stage for highly-anticipated sets from superstar EDM hero Diplo who killed it, as well as Tyga, RL Grime, and one of my favorite EDM duos Sofi Tukker who made a huge splash this year with their eclectic dance grooves. The Sierra stage welcomed Ekali, Sam Gellaitry, Brownies and Lemonade All Star, while the Igloo tent bumped with Chris Lake b2b Waker & Royce, Justin Jay, and Sacha Robotti. What a way to end day 2, as fans filed out of the festival grounds. Many still ready to continue their musical high headed to nearby casinos and after-parties, as the final big day approached.

New Years Eve seemed to come quickly as fans gearing up to embrace 2019. The final day of Snow Globe temperatures really dropped. Those that braved the cold weather to look cool in their hipster outfits for days 1 and 2, changed up to a more skier friendly warm fit that still showcased some of their best winter outfits. Highlights for the day came from Rae Stremmurd who played an early afternoon main stage set and really got the crowed fired up and chanting along. Funny thing is you could see fog coming out of fans mouths, which added to the overall ambience. Other notable sets came from Gorgon City definitely another crowd favorite as they ripped through a dance frenzy set with a sea of fans moving in tangent. Slander, Chet Porter, NIGHTMRE and CRAY also had fiery sets, but the night belonged to Above & Beyond. The English EDM superstar’s are no strangers to big crowds and navigating through epic sets, as they were tapped to play the countdown set leading into 2019 and it was explosive and I mean that literally. From a larger then life production that included spectacular lighting and lasers to massive video and more, they just killed it and for a while we forgot how cold it was. Playing many of their hits as fans squeezed in tight, doing their best to get closer to the stage and possibly stay warmer, but whatever the reason it made for a good vibe community spirit. As the New Year approached, everyone started counting down and going bonkers. Above & Beyond got the crowd fired up inviting fans on stage to push the button to kick off the countdown and before we knew it, fireworks went off, balloons dropped, confetti canons shot into the air and we were full on into the beginning moments of 2019 – Happy New Year!

Snow Globe continued on after the New Year for many, as they just couldn’t seem to get enough of the experience. Organizers along with MTV really put together a mammoth year, that seemed to go well in all areas. Other attractions included, art installs, lighted Snow Globe marquees giving fans photo ops to share. The food was also great and one smart thing was they had an indoor food court with a variety of options that also included vegan friendly options. Their were cool vendors on hand that even sold warm gear for those that needed a little more liner, hammocks to chill on and gaze at the beautiful High Sierra skies and as you left, fans were treated to free water and hot chocolate courtesy of Snow Globe and MTV – thanks guys!

What a great way to celebrate the New Year and even though it was a bit cold, it was all and all a memorable weekend and hopefully the start of a prosperous New Year. Looking forward to see what Snow Globe and MTV have cooking for 2019, whatever it is, I’m sure it’s going to be one to put on the calendar…

For more info on Snow Globe go to: www.snowglobemusicfestival.com

EDWARDIAN BALL 2019

THE EDWARDIAN BALL 2019 ANNOUNCES MAIN EVENT, WORLDS FAIRE AND A FEW OTHERS TO ATTEND…


PARADOX Media & Vau de Vire Present
The Edwardian World’s Faire & 19th Annual Edwardian Ball

Friday, January 25th & Saturday, 26th 2019 • 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. • All Ages!

Regency Ballroom • 1300 Van Ness Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94109

PARADOX Media & Vau de Vire proudly present The Edwardian World’s Faire & The 19th Annual Edwardian Ball. Born in the darkened hallows of a San Francisco nightclub, this multi-night, multi-city, multimedia extravaganza has grown over the past nineteen years into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now presenting a uniquely wonderful Edwardian world with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, live music, riveting theatre, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus spectacular, technology new & old, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in a romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era, a gothic and steampunk-tinged distant past intertwines with an elegantly imagined future.

Our theme for the 2019 season is “The Rose Pedal Garden”, featuring a playful, bicycle-powered wonderland set in an enchanted English garden, and featuring our story of the year, Edward Gorey’s cranked-up classic, The Epiplectic Bicycle.

Peruse the haunted grounds of the 1909 Masonic Ballroom. Shop and delight in the artisan crafts of the Vendor Bazaar. Capture a moment of history in the portrait booth. Sip a locally-distilled absinthe cocktail, and dance the night away. Lose yourself in the Museum of Wonders, located in the opulent Regency Lodge, an “Edwardian Odditorium” filled with curiosities, natural wonders, sideshow performers, fortune telling, tarot reading, live painting, and many more surprises waiting in the shadows of velvety corners.

www.edwardianball.com      

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Photo: Marco Sanchez

The Edwardian World’s Faire
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th
Doors: 8:00 PM (ends at 2:00 AM)
$25 – $175 • All Ages

Opening night of the two-night celebration unfolds with the renowned Edwardian World’s Faire. General Admission includes access to the Grand Ballroom, Vendor Bazaar, Museum of Wonders, and all performances. New, improved hot food menu, full bar & absinthe bar for 21+. Limited, non-reservable seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Edwardian World’s Faire where historic and novel characters intermingle.  Enjoy live music, theatre, fashion, circus, fine art, riveting stage shows, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, and character play. True-life adventures blend with fantastical lands. Live the excitement of the age of exploration, reimagined through the lens of today and beyond. This year’s theme is “The Rose Pedal Garden”, featuring a bicycle-powered garden of playful wonders, and featuring Gorey’s cranked-up classic, “The Epiplectic Bicycle,” where characters, tricks, and games of chance weave a backdrop to steam-powered creations and chance encounters. Revel in a modern day Belle Époque where cultures meet, blend, dance, and collide. A worldly adventure ahead of Saturday night’s Ball, the World’s Faire presents a once-in-this-lifetime adventure!

Get thy tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1782720

Prices increase as event draws near.


Photo: Marco Sanchez

The 19th Annual Edwardian Ball
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th
Doors: 8:00 PM (ends at 2:00 AM)
$75 – $250 • All Ages

Edward Gorey’s art and sensibilities come alive on Saturday evening which is entirely devoted to the macabre work of the writer and illustrator and the Edwardian era (1901-1910). A bona fide institution, The Edwardian Ball is presented by co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society. Ballroom dancing leads way to stunning performances both on and offstage in a collage of fashion, theatre, music, circus performance, and dance and pure decadence.

General admission includes access to our Grand Ballroom, Vendor Bazaar, Museum of Wonders, and all performances. New, improved hot food menu, full bar & absinthe bar for 21+. Limited, non-reservable seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Impossible to describe, but absolutely delightful to experience The Edwardian Ball!

Get thy tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1782722  

Two-Day tickets (includes the famous Edwardian World’s Faire on Friday, January 25th)

Prices increase as event draws near.


Photo: Marco Sanchez

Edwardian Ball Vendor Bazaar – Daytime Shopping
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th

Doors: 12:00 PM (ends at 5:00 PM)
$5 • All Ages

Welcome to The Edwardian Ball Vendor Bazaar, which for over 11 years has painstakingly and lovingly presented over 50 carefully curated, artisan vendors. Enjoy unfettered access to their creative delights – including fashion, haberdashery, accessories, oddities, and more – without the delightful hubbub of the nighttime events. If you’re looking for vintage fashion, ballroom formal, vaudeville theatrical, circus, gothic, retro, elegant, Victorian, Edwardian, romantic, gilded and gentile or mystical and nonsensical, if bizarrely beautiful is what you seek, you’ll find it within the Vendor Bazaar. Fitting rooms available plus a full bar for 21+. All ages welcome, admission just $5 or free with any VIP ticket purchase.

Get thy tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1586785


Edwardian Ball Afternoon Tea in the Museum of Wonders
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th
Doors: 1:30 PM Show: 2:00 PM (ends at 4:00 PM)
$50 • All Ages

Please join The Edwardian Ball for the return of our Afternoon Tea in our famed Museum of Wonders in the famed The Regency Lodge. Enjoy featured presentations over tea and edible delights, plus pop up performances and vignettes. Browse the museum art & installations in the tranquility of Saturday afternoon. Plus the Tea ticket includes free admission to the Vendor Bazaar Daytime Shopping (12-5:00 PM), before and after the tea party.

Get thy tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1784560

For more info on the Edwardian ball go to:  www.edwardianball.com 

BOTTLEROCK 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

MUMFORD & SONS, IMAGINE DRAGONS & NEIL YOUNG AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL TOP BOTTLEROCK NAPA 2019 LINE-UP…

BottleRock Napa drops its 2019 line-up with Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons and Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real topping the bill. The festival now in its 7th edition returns to the Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California over Memorial weekend May 24 – 26, for 3 days of music, top food cuisine, wine and art. More then 80 artists will be performing including One Republic, Santana, Pharrell Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Lord Huron, Cyrpress Hill, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweat, Sylvan Esso, Tash Sultana, Con Brio and many more rounding off another epic lineup.

“We’ve wanted Mumford and Sons to play BottleRock for years,” said co-founder Dave Graham, who also said this year’s lineup features two of the greatest living guitarists, Gary Clark Jr. and Carlos Santana – Were putting the rock into BottleRock and owning it.”

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The festival will also feature its premiere culinary stage where celebrity chefs team up with artists to showcase live food demonstrations, which has been a huge hit in past years as well as some of the Valleys best wine, craft beer and spirits, art installs and an amazing atmosphere all in the heart of beautiful Napa Valley.

It was only a few years back when partners Dave Graham, Justin Dragoo & Jason Scoggins bought the failing festival and have turned into one of the Nations leading destination festivals enticing Live Nation to acquire a majority stake and giving their company Latitude 38 the support it needed to rival other leading festivals in the Country.

“Live Nation has been the best partner we could have ever hoped for,” said Graham, who said the competition for headliner talent this year was fierce as talent buyers across the country try to book A-list acts. “I was able to reach out to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for help and serve as a mentor counseling me on how to approach the issues” the festival was facing in a red hot festival market.

It seems like the counseling paid off as the stellar line-up should prove to be another hot ticket. 3-Day festival passes go on sale on Tuesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. PT here. Single-day passes go up for grabs this Thursday, January 10 at 10 a.m. PT via Front Gate Tickets.

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For more info on BottleRock Napa Valley go to: www.bottlerocknapa.com

MARY POPPINS AND SF SYMPHONY

JULIE ANDREWS, DICK VAN DYKE AND THE SF SYMPHONY TAKE US BACK IN TIME TO RELIVE THE MAGIC OF MARY POPPINS…

Written by Sason Bishope Parry

Wow, just consider it, Julie Andrews one of the greatest soprano singers of all time, singing at her prime. Unfortunately that’s not the case today, due to an unfortunate vocal surgery that left her vocals scarred for life and unable to hit those angelic Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do notes. But for this one night Saturday January 5, we got to relive the magic of one of Disney’s most celebrated and classic family films, Mary Poppins and hear Andrews sing and act again in the role of a lifetime. Of course we had to arrive early, as we assumed it would be a full house and it was a rainy evening in San Francisco. As usual the halls of Davies Symphony Hall were packed with revelers and fans roaming around, taking pictures, picking up Mary Poppins merchandise and parents telling their wide eyed kids about the first time they saw this classic tale.

A tale of young Jane and Michael Banks who longed to spend more time with their father Mr. Banks, who was always away busy at work. Mr. Banks eagerly wanted his kids well behaved, smart and to follow his rules and sets out to find the perfect nanny. After multiple failed attempts the kids find themselves finally in the care of Mary Poppins a beautiful, sweet, yet stern nanny who uses magic and adventure to excite the kids and help to bring the banks family closer together. The film, which combines both animation and live action was the winner of five Academy Awards in 1964 including best original music score and starred not only the exceptional Julie Andrews in her feature film debut, but also the gifted and talented Dick Van Dyke. What a combination they were as you couldn’t imagine anyone else in these roles to bring P.L. Travers book to life, as they exuberated music and dance in every one of their charismatic scenes.

The SF symphony led by conductor Ted Sterling was just sensational as they chimed in and really brought the essence and spirit of the music to life. Classic songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers echoed through the seats, as families and delighted fans sang along to “Chim Chim Cheree”, (which won the academy award for best original song) as well as other hits like “Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious” and “A Spoonful Of Sugar”.

What a way to spend the first Saturday of 2019 with the SF Symphony and Mary Poppins. Of course my highlight being Julie Andrews, cause arguably she was one of the greatest vocalist to ever grace the big screen and really set the gold standard for anyone that wants to sing in a musical. Accompanied by SF’s best music section and I have one word to describe this night – Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious!

For more info on SF Symphony go to: www.sfsymphony.org

DJ Khaled and Wife Celebrate Birthday with Star-Studded Art Basel Bash

Nicole Tuck & DJ Khaled

 

On the final night of Art Basel, DJ Khaled and Nicole Tuck threw the ultimate birthday bash with an celeb-filled soiree at the Perez Art Museum Miami. A-listers including Meek Mill, Cuba Gooding Jr., Larsa Pippen, Swizz Beatz, Patricia Field and 21 Savage gathered for a night under the stars at a private seated dinner, party and fashion show. The event was curated and executed by Kathy Romero Weddings and Events, a premiere planning/design company that serves worldwide destinations

 

Swizz Beatz arrived earlier in the night for a special DJ set wishing his close friends Khaled and Nicole a happy birthday as he curated the vibes for the evening. A few minutes later, Fabolous casually strolled in and was all smiles as he joined the scene with Young Jeezy, Wale and host of the night, Roc Nation executive, Lenny S. The party was the place to be as everyone danced in front of the stage including Nicole who took front-and-center in a body hugging, sequin black jumpsuit showing off her figure. Throughout the evening guests sipped on ultra-premium, limited edition CÎROC Black Raspberry cocktails. 

 

A bevy of artists, actors and industry professionals streamed in to the post-dinner fete where Jonathan Mannion, Lance Gross, Yes Julz, Jadakiss, Jason Lee, Starino, Trina, Mack Wilds, Terrance J., and Busta Rhymes celebrated with CÎROC Black Raspberry and passed bites. Later in the evening fashion legend and Emmy-award winning costume designer, Patricia Fields displayed a number of fashion-forward looks that captured the Miami’s energy and vibe. 

 

Following the fashion show, DJ Khaled’s artist, Flipp Dinero took the stage for a performance of his new smash single, Leave Me Alone while the crowd erupted and insisted on an encore. Other notable guests included Sarunas Jackson, Marlo Hampton and Theodore Bradley.  

Photocredit: Jennifer Johnson

 

Wale & DJ Khaled

 

Patricia Field & DJ Khaled

 

Fabolous, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beats

 

DJ Khaled, Cuba Gooding Jr.

REVOLTHOUSE EVENT SIZZLES DURING ART BASEL 2018

 

Artist, Lavan Wright

On Friday of Art Basel Weekend, REVOLT (American music-oriented digital cable television network founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs”) was the place to be!

REVOLT, in conjunction with sponsors LIFEWTR, SIMPLE Mobile and CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka delivered the highly anticipated REVOLTHouse series to Wynwood, Miami with an exclusive, upscale gallery experience, featuring live art, food, music and bespoke cocktails.

With a packed crowd at the legendary, 10,500 square foot Maps Backlot, legendary rapper Trina performed live and the experience culminated with a live performance by singer, actress, dancer, and model Teyana Taylor.

The evening also featured DJs, live art, stunts and artisanal cocktails by Blue the Great, LaVan Wright and more.

Thanks to Chloe at REVOLT for taking care of us!

See video recap here:

Recap Video

See photos below (photo credit: Teekay/REVOLT)

 

Artist, Trina

Artist, Trina

 

Artist, Teyana Taylor

 

Artist, Teyana Taylor

 

Artist, Lavan Wright

 

Artist, Blue the Great

 

Artist, Blue the Great

 

JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL 2019

The 17th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival Initial Line-Up Announce Includes Toronto Funk, Japanese Rock, Colorado Live-tronica & Berlin House.

 

The Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) promises a diverse and lovingly curated line up from around the globe against a stunning desert backdrop.  The four-day family friendly camping experience in the magical Mojave caters to music loving funsters, and families with a sense of adventure.

 

JTMF is known for hosting a variety of musical artists that do not adhere to any specific genre. What they do have in common, however, is that they deliver powerful, potent, authentic performances leaving a lasting impression on attendees. 

 

The Spring 2019 line-up will include: Dynohunter – masters at merging electronic and live influences to create an undeniable energy on the dancefloor; the Toronto based soul-funkers, After Funk; Japanese avant-garde rock band Dachambo; recent ‘Best New Austin Band’ winners, Trouble In The Streets; and renowned Berlin-based DJ Oliver Koletzki. Also joining the bill are Earth ArrowDiggin DirtRadio Skies and Smoked Out Soul. Stay tuned for more additions to the roster.

 

“We work really hard to deliver a truly diverse and well-rounded line-up that you won’t see at every other major music festival. A lot of these artists are on the rise, honing their craft, and creating unique, original sounds” says festival founder Barnett English.

 

The experience is more than just music. Dozens of Playshops in song, movement, music, didgeridoo, drumming and more are scheduled throughout the weekend. Yoga classes from sunrise to sunset, a World Market & Healing Oasis can all be found on site. A robust schedule of activities at Kidsville places JTMF among the leading family-friendly festivals in the USA.

 

The 17th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place May 16-19, 2019 at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, 2601 Sunfair Rd, Joshua Tree, CA.

 

Early bird tickets are now on sale via the website at:  www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com.

 

About Joshua Tree Music Festival

Founded in 2003, the Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place every May and October at the gateway to the world-renowned Joshua Tree National Park. The four-day festivals are immersive, inclusive, and inspiring experiences. Family and friends come together with passion, purpose and a mission to foster social interaction on a deep level, and to create positive, life-changing moments. The music is fresh, featuring up and coming artists and encompassing all genres and corners of the globe. Participants are encouraged to experience a variety of multidisciplinary workshops, such as yoga and movement, visual arts, music, and myth. A robust schedule of Kidsville activities makes JTMF one of the top family-friendly festivals in the country.

For more info log on to:  www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

ART BASEL MIAMI 2018

ART BASEL 2018 SHOWCASES AMAZING ART AND STEPS UP THE MUSIC…

Written By Duncan Walgreen

Photos by: Jamie Adam Rosenberg and Rocco Roefaro

This year marked the 17th edition edition of Art Basel in Miami, a world-renowned convention of artists and art lovers alike, that proved once again why the City of Miami is at the forefront of artistic expression. The five day event, introduced by Art Basel’s Director Americas Noah Horowitz, an art historian and connoisseur, tied together an incredible display of all things contemporary and modern, from the local corners of Miami to the more international corners of the world.

There are no limits however to one’s experience of “Basel” in Miami, seeing as it is a city that has deeply seeded roots in the curation of all arts, from the famously muraled neighborhood of Wynwood, to the Design District and South Beach alike. People travel from all over the world for one week in Miami for a plethora of reasons, from merely an appreciation of art or design, to snap a pic with the latest Banksy reveal, to get lost in a painting or for the massive list of parties that take place, no single traveler’s Art Basel experience is the same.

My time was spent focusing on the incredible array of music related events that compliment both the phenomena of Art Basel and the city of Miami itself. Miami is a city that I feel a strange attraction to; I have devoted a lot of my energy and time to getting to know and understand it. This week was a very special experience, that left me wanting learn even more about what led one of the historically young cities of its size to become the hub for artistic and musical expression in America that it is.

I will do my absolute best to describe the indescribable through my own journey of what has led to me to this desire of knowing more, based off of a handful of events that I attended that offered truly teachable moments with one common underlying factor: house music.

MY TOP 5 MUSIC EVENTS AT ART BASEL

#5 Paradigm Presents: Citric Acid @ Lemon City Studios:

“House” as it is labeled, is a musical genre known for it’s addicting and consistent rhythm, that was born in the City of Chicago, and “Techno” by its’ sister city of Detroit. The same legends that pioneered this genre, Chicago’s Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson, to the English Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox that followed in their footsteps, (along with countless others) converged in Miami in the early 1990’s to light the fire of what is now one of the most quintessential cities for dance music in the world.

Paradigm, a leader in the underground dance scene of Chicago, has been hustling house music for years and took the leap to bring their vibe to the amazing Lemon City Studios, boasting a lineup of classic Chicago House heroes: DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter and Guti, as well as one of the founding fathers of techno, Carl Craig. This was an event that was well attended by those familiar with the roots of this genre, hosted in a gorgeous outdoor event space full of engaging

visual art displays. It was refreshing to see such a talented lineup pay homage to their craft in a city that has truly capitalized on this underground sound. This was a “you had to find it, and if you did you were lucky” kind of events.

#4 The Mayan Warrior x Catalyst Project @ The Wynwood Factory:

Word was travelling fast about this event, though I had only just showed up to Wynwood, I must have heard the words “Mayan Warrior Party” a dozen times before arriving at a line of hundreds of eager attendees. The free event, hosted by the Mayan Warrior and Catalyst Project, and presented by “The Collective,” was prepared to strip away all expectations of what one might think Art Basel (or at least the music that surrounds it) could be. If you were lucky enough to make it through the line, you were warmly greeted by a loungey foyer with soft music, dim lighting and incredible decor. I thought that was the end of this road, and I thought wrong. A walk down two disorienting hallways would leave you turning the corner, only to think “Wow, I sure didn’t expect THIS to be going on here.”

Imagine deep red lighting, a crowd one or two thousand deep, an entire wall of champagne bottles, dancers dressed in leather straps and mayan headdresses, and the most absolutely groovy music to accompany a very ‘Basel’ atmosphere. DJ’s Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Eduardo Castillo, Guy Laliberte, Van Jeeny led the Catalyst room with tribalistic tech house, while The Mayan Warrior + Zero Room was carried on to the early morning by Daniel Cowel, Dramian B2B Mandrake, Oonah Dahl and Tansen.

#3 Kaskade at The 1 Hotel Rooftop:

The 1 Hotel championed the chain of South Beach hotels with a series of Art Basel related events. The 1 Hotel housed a rooftop full of music all weekend, but it also was host to Daniel Mazzone’s Art Basel debut with 25 incredibly eye-catching pieces of art and several other art installations. The 1 Hotel was an undeniable force of music and art for the week, with sets from Claptone and Blondish throughout the weekend and an impromptu performance on Sunday night by Kaskade.

I arrived at the rooftop to listen to the talented Alyx Ander warm up the space, he is one of my favorite up and coming producers. The 1 Hotel Rooftop allotted a capacity of only 300 people, creating a perfectly intimate space for the magical moment that ensued. I was expecting a Kaskade concert, or at least your expected poolside Kaskade mix… this was not the case. If you were fortunate enough to catch wind of the surprise Kaskade set and were able to get to the roof, fans gathered around for what was once a rooftop, and soon became Ryan’s (Kaskade’s) living room.

The music started and we all heard the familiar voice we would otherwise hear shouting over a microphone at festivals for thousands, but it was Ryan in an endearing tone that would soon take us all on a journey, explaining how all these records that we have known for years came to be. He talked us through his life, through memories of trials and tribulations, how certain interactions and pathways bounced him around until his record, “Angel On My Shoulders” caught traction in Miami at nightclubs (long since closed) like Mansion, that he attributes to

‘breaking’ the record, as well as his now incredibly amazing music career. Anyone that appreciates music, the powers of Miami that be, or Kaskade himself were most likely teary-eyed, full of joy and feeling the rush of chills that comes with understanding who he is as an artist, and more importantly a person. Thanks for sharing that, Kaskade, I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life.

#2 Rakastella:

Rakastella is not just an event, but actually it’s own unique and boutique festival that is running it’s fourth year in conjunction with Art Basel in Miami. Nestled in the natural corners of the Historic Virginia Key Beach, I arrived in darkness and left with light, figuratively and literally. It was so dark out, even making sense of where I was, with a sober mind proved sort of difficult, but I could hear and feel that I was in the right place. This was a place for fashion, it was a place for art, it was a place for dancing, it was a place for music, but I think most of all this was a place for your spirit. Rakastella had three stages with minimal lighting production, a tent structure, a dome structure and a canvas tent with a stage adorned with plants, all shaking the sand with ferocious sound systems.

Considering most of the lighting was limited to the stages and some trees with colored lights cast upon them, the only thing guiding you here was the music and your own vibe. It brought me to the beach a few times to look up at the stars, it brought me to the front of the speakers so I could feel the sub shake me, it brought me to meet several new friends I will never forget, Rakastella brought me somewhere else.

Taking into account that we were all dancing the night away on an island just east of Miami, it wasn’t long before the sun began to rise over the horizon and that’s when the true glory began. When the wind is flowing through a crowd of crazily dressed, smiling festival revelers with shades on, the goal of Rakastella was made very apparent, the whole night was a passage to this moment in the sun at six in the morning with Dixon B2B Amé. Honorable mentions for DJ Sets were DJ Tennis, Gerd Johnson, Seth Troxler, DJ Harvey and Red Axes.

#1 The Terrace of Space Miami:

Space Miami is a nightclub staple of the city, it has been around for about fifteen years and has grown to become the Mecca of all things Techno and Tech House in Miami. One might ask, that if it is open every weekend, why include it in this article? Isn’t it just another weekend for this nightclub? Well, put plainly, it is not.

Throughout the Art Basel weekend, Space Miami’s Terrace was only closed for a handful of hours to restock the bars and sweep the floors, in between absolute marathon sets by the likes of Solomun, The Martinez Brothers, Lee Foss, Claptone, Marco Carola and Nastia. I decided to make my way to Space on Sunday morning immediately following Rakastella, Solomun was already on the decks for about five hours (that already is a rather long DJ set compared to most) and he proceeded to play well into Sunday evening, I had to leave by 8pm to head to Kaskade at the 1 Hotel, but I am sure Solomun continued his flawless mixing of melodic beats well

beyond my stay. I made sure to return on Monday morning for Martinez Brothers who had held a crowd until late Tuesday night, setting a new record for the Puerto Rican duo.

The crowd at this place is probably half of its’ beauty, other than the fact that you could watch a sunrise, sunset, and rise again from the same dancefloor. The VIP had familiar faces such as Marco Carola who played the previous night, or one of America’s favorite party-girls, Paris Hilton. The dance floor however, was an absolute zoo full of Miami’s roughest and toughest, hottest and most dedicated group of partiers on the planet. Regardless of ‘who you are’ or at even who you might think you are, everyone is on the same plane, or rocket ship. Keep in mind we are talking about a place where you could show up at 8am freshly showered and rested and it still being almost impossible for one to be late to the the party, it just keeps going… and going… and going… and going…. and going.

FINAL WORDS:

Overall Art Basel Miami had one of its best years yet, clearly evolved and grown to be such a World class stage for art and now music. Everywhere I looked and went I was bestoked by art and lifted by amazing music. People of all ages attending from every corner of the Globe brought together by the magic and the passion of art in all its glorious formats. Definitely one of Miami’s crown jewels and will continue to grow in the years to come with more and more artists looking to showcase their colorful creations or musicians and DJ’s wanting to rock the stage, its one big party that I will definitely be at next year!

For more info on Art Basel go to: www.artbasel.com

SNOWGLOBE FESTIVAL

Snowglobe festival

G-Eazy, Goldlink, Kaskade, Rae Sremmurd, Tyga and Ashe join MTV’s SnowGlobe lineup
Tickets are going fast for New Year’s hottest music festival featuring
Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, RL Grime and many more

Music powerhouses G-Eazy, Goldlink, Kaskade, Rae Sremmurd, Tyga and Ashe will perform at MTV’s SnowGlobe Music Festival, the nation’s premier outdoor New Year’s Eve event.  Tickets are going fast for the annual, three-day fest that takes place December 29-31 in South Lake Tahoe, California and welcomes more than 20,000 fans each day with a mix of musical performances, live action sports and interactive art exhibitions.
The 2018 lineup also includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists performing across three stages. SnowGlobe will also feature all-new art installations and the festival’s signature “Big Air” activation showcasing extreme winter sports demonstrations.

MTV.com has tapped social media influencers Claudia Sulewski and Matt King as festival ambassadors.
·       Claudia Sulewski
With nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers and 1 million Instagram followers, Claudia commands the attention of a vast audience that love to watch her effortlessly explores everything in the entertainment world. She was previously Teen Vogue’s first official YouTube host and has starred in shows such as t@gged, The Commute and Versus on platforms like Viacom’s AwesomenessTV and Verizon Go90.
·       Matt King
First gaining popularity on Vine, Matt King has amassed nearly 1.2M followers across platforms with his likable personality and comedic posts. In addition to creating content for his online audience, he has appeared in TV series ‘Mr. Student Body President,’ and produced the short film ‘Otherland’.

Now in its eighth year, SnowGlobe has featured acts including Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Tiesto, Disclosure, Flume, Snoop Dogg, Major Lazer, Odesza, The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Kaskade, Phantogram and many more. Last year’s event featured performances by Travis Scott, Khalid and Dillon Francis, among others.
For tickets and more info on Snow Globe go to: www.snowglobemusicfestival.com