20 years before the emergence of STS9, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on a mission to the farthest reaches of the solar system and beyond. Each of these probes was equipped with identical Golden Records, special messages attached to what Carl Sagan called “a bottle launched into the cosmic ocean".
Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin). For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. Their latest offering, Mt. Crushmore EP, showcases the exceptional musicianship and improvisational, rhythmic genius that fans have come to expect. Once again co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights) the EP is comprised of seven previously unreleased tracks from their acclaimed full-length studio album Crush.
There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”
A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling - more commonly known as Emancipator - has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling's organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness.
Breaking Biscuits is an experimental side project featuring Adam Dietch and Borham Lee of Break Science playing alongside Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits. Their first show together was at Brooklyn Comes Alive, that wild melting pot of musical talents whose marathon twelve-hour schedule consistently brings the best out of a diverse cast of characters put in concert with each other for the first time. This weekend, Breaking Biscuits reunited for a limited three-night run, including Friday’s performance at Brooklyn Bowl, to satisfy the excitable new audience they fostered with the popularity of the AUD recording from their performance at BCA back in October.
Berkeley, California based producer Thriftworks offers his own uniquely original take on forward thinking electronic music, weaving eclectic samples and explosive modern bass that continually pushes the envelope while taking the art of beat-crafting to new heights.
Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. Their debut EP 1984 featured an eclectic array of guest collaborators such as Mr. Lif and Ivan Neville—successfully creating an auditory canvas to forge The Russ Liquid Test’s irresistibly soulful future-vintage stylings.
American singer and saxophonist who has won acclaim as the leader of the Trap House Jazz collective, which boasts more than 100 members. Some of his most popular projects include the 2015 EP Pink Polo and the 2016 mixtape Loose Thoughts.
Rab was born. He began to experiment with sound. The back of his head fell on the ground. Sound was released from the THUMP. It was deafening and created around him the first note of Random Rab's music.
Michal Menert is an electronic music artist and producer based in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his youth, his father exposed him to a wide variety of Eastern and Western music, giving Menert fertile soil in which to plant his musical visions. His passion for original analog sounds coupled with a vast knowledge of music history has given him an even larger platform from which to produce. A multi-instrumentalist, he incorporates live guitar and keys into his final production for a full sound and rich feel. By tapping into the world of music that surrounds him, Menert twists and turns day-to-day inspirations into music that is all his own.
Flamingosis (the name comes from a freestyle Frisbee move that his father invented) is an electronic music producer, beatboxer and entertainer. Gathering influences from other beat makers, such as Flying Lotus, J Dilla and Madlib, Aaron is able to take these sources of inspiration in order to come up with his own unique style.
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Also an original co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's and touring nationally for the last 20 years. His work also includes several studio releases of original music, and he is currently touring with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band.
Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Jade is a material thought by the ancient Chinese to be crystallized moonlight that has fallen to earth to spread wisdom and peace. Cicadas symbolize rebirth, metamorphosis, and illumination, and with their dying breath sing with such power that their chorus of song is among the loudest in nature. Jade Cicada's music is a reflection of these ideas, and a constant homage to those who have inspired him.
The mad-musical scientist known as saQi is a classically trained composer, producer and trumpet player. Drawing his name from the Sufi title for a mystic muse, saQi creates deep and funky dance floor jams that rock the party yet still maintain a grace and musical sophistication to engage the listener. His sound is unique and eclectic, therefore it often escapes genre classifications and any current bandwagon caravans.
Vancouver-born and Colorado-based music producer, artist and DJ ill-esha has crafted a long-standing soundscape of electronic bass music throughout her career, continuously evolving her musical stylings and bridging gaps between hip-hop, dubstep, R&B and future bass music. ill-esha is recognized as an extremely rare and diverse, burgeoning artist in the EDM scene, as her live set showcases her incredible talent to sing, DJ, and simultaneously rock her keytar. She is one of few electronic artists to blossom throughout the progression of different musical trends while still focusing on her artistic vision and authenticity. Constantly evolving a dynamic stage show, ill-esha is a perfect example of electronic music’s transition towards live instrumentation and indie pop sensibility.
Bass Physics, a Denver-based producer named Arja Adair, has one objective in mind: to spread positive vibes through the power of music. His genre-bending sound is made up of soulful electronic beats fused with live guitar and keys. While some songs weave beautifully expressive sonic landscapes, others explode with power and energy.
Born in 1996 in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Charles is making major headway in the electronic music scene at the fresh age of 18! Charles has been heavily influenced by nature and the adventure that coincides with it. His personality and vibe are unmatched on the scene today. CharlestheFirst has an uncanny ability to enliven the dance floor, not only with his beats but with the ambiance of pure love for music his stage presence brings for all to enjoy!
Ehren River Wright, aka SoDown, is a staple in the Colorado music scene. His first headline show was a huge success, selling out before doors. Thanks to a passionate fanbase, Ehren has quickly taken his music to a national stage, playing many festivals across the US. A SoDown set is not one to miss. Featuring live saxophone, Ehren takes the crowd on an intimate sensory adventure through space and time. His latest tracks include a wide array of musical talents, including his keen ear for sound design and production as well as his never ending dedication to organic instrumentation. Combining infinite influences, Ehren describes his music as an endlessly evolving medley of many different genres, culminating in a uniquely diverse style of bass music. 2016 has much promise, as SoDown continues to prove himself as one of the most dedicated and innovative acts in the game.
Cory Wythe, the producer and guitarist better known as Marvel Years, has found a welcome place for himself within the increasingly popular glitch-hop / electro-soul dance music scene. In just a short period of time, his progression has become outright impossible to ignore. Much more than your average DJ/producer, Marvel Years is an incredible guitarist that shreds well beyond his years. His approach to blending electronic beats and shredding soulful guitar on his original tracks and remixes creates a sound that is a unique hybrid of EDM combing glitch, retro-funk, classic rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop. “Classic rock has been a huge influence on me,” Wythe explains. “I love breathing new life into those older songs. I think that’s a good medium for bringing new listeners into my music because they can relate to that stuff. I improvise (on live guitar) over a lot of my stuff.”
By incorporating influences from across the genre board, Maddy’s production are full of melodic overtones, driven basslines, and jazzy hip-hop. Laying her heart and soul out every time she hits the stage, her undeniable passion gives her a massive appeal that any music junkie can relate to.
Zoogma combines the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the excitement and immediacy of a five piece rock group. Known for their energetic performances and retina pleasing light show, the band consistently dishes out heavy-weight beat-driven dance parties across the nation. Sets are kinetic, combining live improvisation with carefully crafted beats and melodic textures.
Modern Measure is a hybrid electronic project like none other. Infusing live organic instrumentation with artfully crafted music production is what sets Modern Measure apart from others. Modern Measure was formed in the musical hotbed of Atlanta, GA in 2013. Coming off of sold out performances at Terminal West in ATL, to headlining and supporting shows all across the United States, Modern Measure stays true to art and music. Kyle Holly(Live Drums/Music Production) and Charlie Thornton(Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Music Production) keep the party and vibe up at all times. The sound incorporates elements of future bass, trap, electronica, funk, and hip-hop.
Blunt Force is an Austin-based live electronic music group consisting of Brian Gustafson and Deniz Baykal. The duo brings a high-energy performance to the stage, combining live instruments and hard hitting bass. Their sets vary in both style and tempo, leaving no genre untouched.
The Flying Skulls are a hard-hitting, West Coast production crew that plays trap, breaks, electro, and perform live on custom built MPCs.
Welcome to Safi’s Lab, a place where magical sounds are formed with the intention of pure bliss for the listener. Since he was just a cub, Safi has immersed himself within the eclectic world of music. His diverse music career stems from the numerous instruments he learned to play proficiently, as well as recording and producing for various artists is his community. No stranger to touring as front-man and lead singer of the Foot Solejahs, Safi brings a unique perspective to his electronic productions. His inspiration draws from a life filled with sounds of Hip-Hop, Latin, Funk, Reggae, and the many genres of electronic music. A unique progression of sounds provides a special experience for his audience and his creative approach to production lead to ever evolving creations.
S&G is pushing out driving and energetic tracks that pair fresh and innovative sound design with crispy and dynamic production. Their stage show brings together a mixture of tracks, loops, and the Tempest, offering a unique twist in their performance by adding a live improvisational element that is all their own.
As an ubiquitous fixture of Northern California's music scene Little John is more than a DJ and an icon; he is a force of nature. An extraordinary DJ, producer, remixer, and music historian, Little John's musical artistry transcends genres with an intensity, knowledge and savviness possessed by few. Whether he's playing Tech-House, Mid-tempo, Future Bass, or Booty Slap, this innovator continually unites factions and taps new levels of creativity simply for the heart of it. With an acutely discerning ear and an open mind and heart, his ability to read a crowd and mix the perfect vibe truly sets him apart. His is a genuinely unique approach that will move body, mind, and soul.
Emerging from Fort Collins, Colorado, Skydyed is a three-piece band that blends cutting edge electronic production with live instrumentation. Featuring Andrew Slattery on bass synths and bass guitar, Max Doucette on guitar and keys, and Craig Babineau on Drums, the band integrates generations of the state’s extensive musical heritage with their own deep-seated ties to the electronic music scene. With roots in rock, funk and jazz, Skydyed has created their own, diverse sound that intertwines organic live drums, bass and guitar through soulful jam, hard-hitting bass and profound break-beats. With their unique and advanced production, Skydyed has established itself as a can't miss performance that bridges the gap between EDM and live music.
Originating out of NorCal's Sonoma County, KYMA is a blend of live musicianship and electronic music production. A soundscape that integrates the worlds of hip-hop, breakbeat, rock and bass music.
Syncro-Mystic elements are what define Adem Joel’s fiery sound. With a passion for channeling step down transmissions from the cosmic center to heart and root alike, this beat guru captivates and transcends the mind and and electrifies the body of his fans through an enchanting mix of organic, bass heavy frequencies.
Electric Feel is an American electronic band, formed in Tucson, Arizona in 2010, comprising of Corbin Dooley, Toby Roberts, and E.android.
Smokovich is quantum comic, astral crystal wizard, interplanetary jeweler, and alchemical musician. This Crushington State co-founder and alumni is next up in a lineage from Pink Floyd to the Grateful Dead to Phish and beyond. Smokovich brings improvised guitar to cutting edge beats and compositions, every moment evolving into ecstatic melody and harmonic patterns.
Diving into Rock, jazz, funk, electronica, and many other genres of music, Endoplasmic show are always fresh, fun and always evolving..
Blending elements of psychedelic, progressive, and electronic rock with jazz sensibilities, infectious dance beats and group improvisation, The Bennu delivers dynamic live shows that are unique with each performance. The musical tapestry is woven together with strong female lead vocals and inspired songwriting. With brilliantly accessible musicianship, The Bennu takes its audience on a journey of mystical sonic and melodic exploration.
Minions of the Moon consists of Bottom Feeder (Leo James) and Cutty Sinclair (James Cunningham). We are a Hip Hop group from Santa Cruz, Ca.
Neon Prophet has been a reggae institution in Tucson Arizona for the last 27 yrs. and still going strong. The group plays a unique blend of reggae music ranging from sweet harmony singing to Dancehall
Jahmontee has been moving dance floors since 1990 in the early days of the Los Angeles' underground rave scene. Brian Martin AKA Jahmontee has gone under many monikers in his 20 plus years of deejaying and producing music. Currently residing in Flagstaff Arizona as a DJ, Music Producer, Designer and Event organizer. Jahmontee' goal is to gather the tribes and celebrate music, art and knowledge. As the years have past from the old raves to clubs to festivals and as the moons pass, Jahmontee continues to inspire by embracing the dance with loyalty and grace for soulful music.
Born out of the smoke, fog. and low end serenity of Humboldt's redwood coast; SuDs has been making quite a name for himself within the bass music community as he continues to spread his signature style of squishy, mind melting bass music across the nation.
M/Q is a hybrid of Electronic and Jam music
GoNZo; ec·cen·tric adjective \ik-ˈsen-trik, ek-\ : not following a perfectly circular path - FuZe; har·mo·ny noun \ˈhär-mə-nē\ :
A strange yet pleasing arrangement of sound waves utilizing different genres' of music from across the cosmos. Take a step away from reality and let the music take you on a sonic journey through space and time.