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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

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

SNEAK PEEK at ROCK IN RIO 2013

ROCK IN RIO: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENT
With 12 editions held in Brazil (1985, 1991, 2001 and 2011), Portugal (2004,2006,2008, 2010 and 2012) and Spain (2008, 2010 and 2012). The festival gathered 6.511.300 spectators that cheered 968 artists, Rock in Rio is the biggest music and entertainment event of the world. There were more than 980 hours of music being transmitted by the TV and the internet, for more than 1 billion viewers in 200 countries. The Rock in Rio also collects records on social network (in the music festivals category) with more than nine million followers. In 2011, the event was the Twitter Trending Topics (TTs) in 13 countries. The event, which is in its 13th edition, starts on Friday, September 13 th and continues by September 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of 2013, at Cidade do Rock, in Rio de Janeiro (Parque dos Atletas – Av. Salvador Allende, s/n), an area of 150 thousand square meters.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can accept this year:

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