MAKING AMERICA’S FINEST CITY A LITTLE MORE IRIE

Making America’s Finest City a little more Irie The Island Vibe Music Festival comes to San Diego

Story by Aimee von G
Images by Cheryl Andaya

On June 24, island music fans throughout Southern California kicked off the summer music festival season and filled the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field with positive vibes. Cultural pride was celebrated on the huge lawn or in the VIP section.

And of course to round out the festivities, food vendors brought on the Aloha noms–from mouthwatering malasadas, scrumptious spam musubis, and palatable poke nachos. Wash it all down at the Beergarden, and attendees could head down to the Island Vibe Vendor Village to check out unique wares ranging from jewelry, clothing, and art.

Kush County kicked things off on stage. Spawnbreezie brought on his musical blend of R&B and Hawaiian sounds, while Lea Love featured her new single “Say It,” a fun and flirty track perfect for the summer season. Kimie brought on her lush sounds, and also released her new single “Bamboo.” Katchafire was the headliner, and really pumped up the crowd in their signature mellow yet energetic way.

In addition to some of the best Polynesian recording artists on the scene, fans also enjoyed beautiful performances by Dancers of the Pacific, featuring traditional dances from the islands of Hawaii, Chamorro, Tahiti, and Samoa.

The Island Vibe Music Festival is brought to life by the non-profit organization, Prime Motivation. Established in 2004, its dedicated team is committed to promoting cultural diversity by engaging their audience through education programs, multi-cultural events, the “Inspire our Youth” Art of Dance, and rewarding talented youth with scholarships.

This year’s event was a great way to arouse the palates of island music fans for the summer. Until next year, a hui hou!

Lea Love
Lea Love
Lea Love
Lea Love and her band

Kimie
Kimie
Kimie
Kimie
Kimie and her ukelele

Spawnbreezie
Spawnbreezie
Spawnbreezie
Spawnbreezie
Spawnbreezie
Katchafire
Katchafire
Katchafire

 

Swells Music on the keys
Katchafire
Katchafire
Katchafire
Katchafire

http://islandvibemusicfestival.com

SUICIDE GIRLS BLACKHEART BURLESQUE AT BALTIMORE SOUNDSTAGE

Words can’t even describe this show. Every year it gets better and better. The lovely and talented ladies of Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque took over Baltimore Soundstage in Downtown Baltimore yesterday. This show satisfies ALL the senses!!!

Enough talking…take a look for yourself.

You can still catch the Suicide Girls though June in the US and then London in September. You can get your tickets here: http://blackheartburlesque.com/

Images by Renita Clarke

DAVID CROSBY & FRIENDS at RAMS HEAD ON STAGE

“Regardless if Crosby ever reunites with any of those previous pals, he’s embarking on arguably his most prolific period to date, which coming from a discography that pre-dates Woodstock, is a testament to an insatiable artistic drive that surpasses so many of his peers.”

David Crosby and friends blessed the Rams Head On Stage venue and gave one heck of a show. Jumping back and forth between singing and talking about the back story to some of his classics, it was a Crosby fans dream show.

Check out some of the images from the show below:

Images by Renita Clarke

STROBE TROTTING

 

Little Dragon at The Observatory North Park

Story by Aimee von G

Images by Cheryl Andaya

San Diego, CA–If you think you know Little Dragon’s music, think again. The Swedish synth-pop band lit up The Observatory North Park with exclusive vamped-up takes on their latest and greatest tracks including “Strobe Light,” “Push,” “Pretty Girls,” and “Ritual Union,” heard only by the lucky fans in attendance tonight. Earlier this week, Little Dragon released “Season High,” their fifth album, arriving just in time to kick off music festival season. Their West Coast tour continues with upcoming appearances at The Observatory in Santa Ana, The Roxy in West Hollywood, and Coachella. –aCg

The Crowd Mesmerized by Little Dragon’s Lit Up Entrance
Little Dragon’s Colorful Rainbow Strobe Light Show
Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon
Little Dragon’s Last Song
Little Dragon Merchandise
Little Dragon Vinyl Albums

Little Dragon Website: http://little-dragon.net

Limited Edition Clear Vinyl Available Only in Our Shop + Select Shows.

 

DOIN’ IT GOLD SCHOOL

Gavin Turek Returns to America’s Finest City at the University of California, San Diego

Story & Images by Cheryl Andaya

Edited by Aimee von G

La Jolla, CA–For the students who needed a much-deserved break from studying, Los Angeles native Gavin Turek provided the music to dance and let loose on Monday night at UCSD’s performance lounge, The Loft. The electro-pop goddess went the distance with her signature neo-disco sound and vivacious dance moves, inspiring Tritons and San Diego fans alike to get up on their feet and boogie-woogie on with her.

Gavin Turek at University of California, San Diego

“This is my first time at UC San Diego…you guys have such a nice campus…like really nice…like why didn’t I go here (laughter)? I went to Scripps not the same Scripps (you have here in San Diego)…an all girls school Scripps College in Claremont. I just want to let you know that I went to college too. Yes I did. I did go to college and I’m not using my degree (laughter). It’s ok. It was a good experience. (Introducing her DJ) this is Val Fleury by the way (Val yells out ‘Chico State!’). So I am excited to be here. I think this is my first college show. (The crowd cheers on being he first) Give it up for yourselves! Thank you for coming. I really appreciate it. So I’m from LA, born and raised. I just released my new EP.  Are there any artist in the house? I hear you! Good for you going to college, I did the same thing. It worked out just fine for me. Don’t worry about that decision. I just want to get to know you (the audience) a little bit. I’ll talk more later. Thank you for coming. We’re gonna play some new songs off the EP so if you know it, you better dance and sing along (the crowd cheers!)” – Gavin Turek

Gavin Turek interacting with a fan
Gavin Turek dancing on stage
Gavin Turek at The Loft at UCSD
Gavin Turek getting up close

Visit her website for more info: www.gavinturek.com

New EP Good Look For You available on iTunesSpotify, SoundCloud and at her shows. Gavin will be on tour with Tuxedo.

Good Look For You EP
1) On The Line
2) The Distance
3) Good Look For You
4) The Distance
5) It’s The Light

JOHN MAYER STOPPED THROUGH THE NATIONS CAPITAL

Written & Images by Renita Clarke
John Mayer, alongside opening act The Record Company played to a near sold out crowd at the Verizon Center on Thursday, April 5. The Search For Everything Tour gives you a little bit of all of John Mayer’s world.  The show is set up to give you a few mini sets that focus around John and his guitars.
The tour opens and runs through like a documentary. With text and commentary flashing on the screen in the back, the breaks between set changes and the flow of the music. It’s a well put together performance from beginning to end.
The first set is dedicated to John and his full band. This is followed by a solo set with John. Then is wraps with an epic set by the “trio” featuring John’s Bassist Pino Palladino and Drummer Steve Jordan.
John also throws fans a curve ball by changing the set list in each show. If you have missed a show so far, don’t worry! John and the crew have plenty more dates.
Set List for Washington DC – Verizon Center
Full Band:
Belief
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Why Georgia
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I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
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Love on the Weekend
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Vultures
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Acoustic:
3×5
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Emoji of a Wave
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Your Body Is a Wonderland
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Free Fallin’
(Tom Petty cover)
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John Mayer Trio:
Who Did You Think I Was
(John Mayer Trio song)
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Ain’t No Sunshine
(Bill Withers cover)
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Bold as Love
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
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Full Band:
Moving On and Getting Over
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Blues Run the Game
(Jackson C. Frank cover)
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Queen of California
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Who Says
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Stitched Up
(Herbie Hancock cover)
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Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
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Encore:
Still Feel Like Your Man
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Born and Raised
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Encore 2:
You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me
(John solo)

PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 LINEUP

The 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival will take place at Union Park in Chicago on July 14 – 16. The media outlet hosting its 12th annual festival has revealed the full lineup for this year’s event.

The 2017 installment of the Pitchfork Music Festival opens on Friday with performances by LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, Thurston Moore, Vince Staples, Arca, Kamaiyah, Hiss Golden Messenger, Frankie Cosmos, William Tyler, D∆WN, Priests and Madame Ghandi.

Saturday’s second day of the event will feature A Tribe Called Quest, PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, The Feelies, George Clinton, Mitski, Madlib, Arab Strap, S U R V I V E, Francis and the Lights, Weyes Blood, Jeff Rosenstock, Cherry Glazerr and Vagabon.

On Sunday, the festival will end will sets from Solange, Nicolas Jaar, The Avalanches, Ride, American Football, Isaiah Rashad, Hamilton Leithauser, Pinegrove, Jamila Woods, Colin Stetson, Derrick Carter, Joey Purp, NE-HI and Kilo Kish.

Tickets are currently available via the festival’s website.

2017 RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY FESTIVAL LINEUP

The ingeniously curated Red Bull Music Academy Festival announced its 2017 New York lineup on Wednesday (March 22), and it boasts a tantalizing array of music, art, film and dance.

Beloved figures like Solange, Gucci Mane, New Jack Swing mastermind Teddy Riley and iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog are all part of this year’s roster, as well as disco pioneer Patrick Adams, Brazilian samba queen Elza Soares and Detroit house legend Moodyman, who will perform a set in tribute to Prince. Check out the full lineup below and get more details here.