Rusko brought the energy as he slammed into Buffalo this past Monday, October 28th! Also on the bill was Drum and Bass legend Roni Size, along with Dynamite MC!
It was for sure a cold night outside the Town Ballroom, but inside was a different story. It was heated up in the almost sold out crowd. I got there just in time for Roni Size. If you are a fan of EDM and you like Drum and Bass, I’m sure you have heard his name. This was the second time I saw Roni Size and he had me grooving! It’s crazy going to an electronic show in 2013 and not seeing these DJ / Producers using laptops on stage. It’s kind of refreshing for whatever reason.
Rusko didn’t waste any time getting on stage. Right at 11:00 PM, the lights dimmed and he was front and center on stage. His stage energy is like no other! It’s almost like he’s performing some kind of electronic aerobics. He did not stop jumping around his whole entire set. That kind of energy is contagious for sure. This was my second time seeing Rusko and I was personally happy that his style has seemed to change from the last time I saw him. I was expecting an hour and half of straight dub step, but this was far from the truth. His style is so danceable and smooth, I was grooving all night with my camera in hand.
Rusko kept mixing it up all night. He played a bunch of his hits such as ” Cockney Thug ” and ” Everyday “. The show far exceeded my expectations. It’s strange because the show even had an MC during his whole set, which typically annoys me, but it seemed to fit within Rusko’s style. Dynamite MC is associated with Roni Size and is with them for their full Life Me Up Tour.
Rusko is no stranger to the festival circuit. He has performed at some of the top electronic festivals in the world drawing in thousands of people! He is also selling out clubs across the country. If you are fan of dancing / electronic, Rusko is for you. There are still plenty of chances to check him out in the coming months! Check out his tour dates below!
Upcoming Rusko Tour Dates
- 10/30 – Cincinnati, OH
- 10/31 – Urbana, IL
- 11/1 – Madison, Wi
- 11/2 – Chicago, IL
- 11/3 – West Des Moines, IA
- 11/5 – Minneapolis, MN
- 11/6 – Winnipeg, CA
- 11/7 – Saskatoon, CA
- 11/8 – Calgary, CA
- 11/9 – Edmonton, CA
- 11/10 – Vancouver, CA
- 11/12 – Portland, OR
- 11/14 – Eugene, OR
- 11/15 – San Fransico, CA
- 11/16 – San Diego, CA
- 11/18 – Phoenix, AZ
- 11/21 – Austin, TX
- 11/22 – Houston, TX
- 11/23 – Dallas, TX
- 11/24 – Tulsa, OK
- 11/25 – Kansas City, MO
- 11/27 – Denver, CO
- 11/29 – Hollywood, CA
Until next time…
Pretty Lights’ newest album, A Color Map of the Sun, just dropped and let me be the first to say that this is one high quality, groove pumping, tastefully produced record. The progression of the album makes the listener feel like they are on a journey through the human condition, experiencing every emotion possible through their spiral down the rabbit hole.
This album was made for vinyl with vinyl produced by Pretty Lights. In fact, it comes with a whole extra disc of bonus material that is just that: The raw vinyl cuts that were used to produce the tracks found on Color Map. Each cut was orchestrated by Colorado’s very own home grown, Derek Vincent Smith, the mastermind behind Pretty Lights, who collaborated with dozens of musicians from around the country to produce one of his most soulful pieces of art to date. If you dig music, you better dig soul music, and A Color Map of the Sun smacks you across the face with soul.
The album’s first two tracks, “Color of My Soul” and “Press Pause” pack a soulful punch before Color Map really starts to throw down his bone moving grooves with “Let’s Get Busy.” The combination of both horns as strings brings layer upon layer of energy and purpose to almost every track on the album, yet the snap crackle pop of the vinyl brings the element of raw sound full circle.
While at times the album seems to lack the hip-hop references we are so used to hearing at a PL live show, it is almost as if A Color Map of the Sun is a nod to hip hop’s roots. In fact, too literal of a hip hop reference could have damaged the integrity of an album so full of raw musical expression. Pretty Lights seems determined to show the good, bad, and downright scary side of his musical aesthetic. ”Go Down Sunshine”, “So Bright”, and “Dead Wrong” explore the depths of PL’s dark side. On the other end of the spectrum, “Yellow Bird” and “One Day They’ll Know” have a more relaxed, ethereal sound that seems to provide balance to the album. It takes guts to express these types of musical emotions and it is definitely not commonplace within this genre of music.
As with all of Pretty Lights tracks, you can download the entire album for free or it can be purchased through iTunes or Prettylightsmusic.com. As an independent artist, he has found great success by making his music available to everyone for free over the years (with only the suggestion of donation.) In order to provide a bit more incentive for fans to pay, PL is offering a variety pack of goodies in order to entice fans to open their checkbooks. Color Map vinyls, pins, t-shirts, bonus tracks, and a neat little book all about the album have nearly all sold out through pre order. Luckily, there is more swag being produced and record stores are currently stocking their shelves with LP, but I am sure they won’t last long.
PL made a sweet little video on the making of A Color Map of the Sun you can check out here!!!
The PL YouTube channel also has music videos for every track on the album, along with visual art to emphasize the overall concept that is “Pretty Lights.” Check out the playlist here.
On Friday afternoon at Summer Camp 2013 the good people at Scamp HQ asked if I wanted to interview a dubstep DJ. I had no time whatsoever to prepare and I was not really familiar with his sound. On top of that, this was actually the first interview I have ever done with any artist EVER! Not knowing a thing about dubstep, I jumped right and just let it flow. I knew what I was getting myself into when I first applied to be a Counselor at Summer Camp, so this was my make it or break it moment. Needless to say, I channeled my inner Oprah and enjoyed every minute of it!
Minnesota is a young dubstep/glitch hop DJ that is based out of California. Originally from Minnesota, this Midwest dude doesn’t take himself too seriously which was a huge relief once I actually sat down to talk with him outside the church. We covered a lot in the short time I interviewed him, from his Midwest roots to playing festivals all around the country. He has opened for many of our favorite Summer Camp artists including STS9 and he will even be playing with Lotus at Red Rocks in September. In the meantime, he will be dropping bass all over the country this summer including Spring Awakening next weekend in Chicago.
Sorry I haven’t been on here in some months. I had some pretty big things going on in my life. But besides that, I just wanted to take a moment and remember a great Summer Camp neighbor Jay, in which my friend Joe, my man Adam, our friends, and I got to know at Summer Camp 2012 and we were looking forward to camping by him again in 2013. Luckily, my friends got to neighbor-up with him at Electric Forest a month after Scamp 2012. But unfortunately, Jay passed away in January. He was such a kind and sharing person and had the best hangout spot in our neighborhood at Scamp, and with the few days that I got to know him, he made it perfectly clear that he loved his dubstep, electronica music, and anyone he came in contact with. R.I.P. Jay buddy, we’ll rage it up this year in your memory! You showed me that Scamp neighbors are the best neighbors!
<3 your girl,
Hola fellow SCampers!!!
As we approach the weekend we have all been anxiously waiting for, I wanted to take a minute and give you guys a better idea of who I am and what I am going to bring to Summer Camp this year. First and foremost I want to introduce you to the people I am coming to SC with; two of the main people who you will see in my vblogs are dear, close friends of mine who actually introduced me to Summer Camp six years ago and have been there with me every year since, Derrick Lawless and Steve Bannister. Two super chill, awesome people who I met in college and am proud to say will be a part of my life for the rest of it. Come Summer Camp 2050 we will be there rockin’ it out like ever before. There are other friends of mine who are coming, Matt Weiler, Brian Buss, Christina Fountain, and Jake Kuykendall, (if you meet anyone of them, buy them a drink!) most of them are also friends from college who share the love for good music and good times.
One of the reasons that Summer Camp is the ULTIMATE most AMAZING festival is the line up. Every year I think to myself “man there’s no way this year’s line up is going to be as killer as last year’s” and every time I am proven wrong. I not only get to see the bands I already love and follow throughout the year; but there are always so many new bands that I fall in love with.
Some of this year the sets that I am looking forward to seeing for the first time are Gigantic Underground Conspiracy; an awesome compilation of artists from several bands who are sure to put on some jams you most certainly don’t want to miss. Tedeschi Trucks Band, I have always wanted to check them out and for some reason or another have never gotten the chance, with that kind of talent I know it’ll be an amazing show. Sun Stereo a sweet local Champaign-Urbana band with a distinct and fresh jazzy-rock feel, check them out in advance on facebook.
The bands that I have seen many a time before but cannot wait to check out are Lotus, went to their Halloween weekend show in Pittsburgh, PA this past year and it was out of this world good, if you haven’t checked them out – seriously it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Eoto is probably one of the bands I enjoy seeing live the most – they NEVER disappoint and manage to keep every show super fresh. Lastly can we say Talking Heads cover band? This Must be the Band is definitely one of those I gotta check out, can I put a request in? Let’s hear the Talking Heads song your band is named after =)
Alright so I have limited space and limited time and there are tons of bands I am dying to check out (like two bands not mentioned above who are among my all time favorite bands and who I get to see every year 3 days in a row ONLY at Summer Camp? that’s right…moe. and Umphrey’s), but I can’t talk about them all. So to let you know more about myself, I grew up on the Beatles, it led the way to harder rock and then jazz, such as Zeppelin and Dave Brubeck, and from there evolved further to include jam and electronic rock. I appreciate all artistry and talent, but I have a soft heart for drummers as I like to pretend I know how to jam on my used Evans drum set. I love Summer Camp for various reasons, but one of the main ones is that it was the first music festival of my life. Music has always had such an influential role in the essence of my being and there is no other festival that I feel as in touch with the tunes I love as SC. This is not your impersonal mob fest, you come to Summer Camp once and you feel like part of an extremely, extremely, large family forever.
On that note, for you first timers let me tell you some of the things I make sure to pack. For all you ladies, TP is a MUST. As glorious an experience as port-a-potties are, most of them run out of toilet paper and the best thing to do is be prepared, bring some and put a few squares (can you spare a square?) in your pocket. Next bring some trash bags, it is a privilege to use Three Sisters Park and we need to be responsible, have plenty of trash bags not just for garbage, but you never know what the weather could bring and you’d be surprised how dry one of those can keep you. Glow sticks are essential, not only do they add to the beautiful sea of lights at night on the main stage but they provide a great atmosphere for campsite hangouts. With all the great shows playing all the time, you are destined to catch some day shows and when the sun is strong some sun screen is essential! I have seen way too many people painfully red from neglecting to get their rub down, so SPF 50 it is! Finally, make sure to bring your crazy. This is a once in a lifetime experience to let go of everything that ties you down and let your true inner-self soar, so bring a happy spirit and leave your worries at home!
As your Summer Camp counselor I want you all to seek me out, let me make this your best Summer Camp yet. I want encompass the sweetness that is Summer Camp, and the only way I can do that is with your help. You fans are what keep SC alive and I want to show how we bridge the gap between the fans and the bands. Summer Camp is so much more that just music. It is about you living life; lets celebrate it.
I am going to promote some special Summer Camp spirit; my fellow moe.rons and I will be awarding fellow scampers that show special spirit throughout the festival. For example we will award the sweetest campsite, the person with the wildest outfit, the dude/dudette with the most innovative accessory or the neatest jam shout, and many many more; so let us join together and make this year the best Summer Camp EVER woop woop!!
SCampers for life!
Summer Camp Counselor Maria
We are so excited that the following artists will be joining our hosts moe. & Umphrey’s McGee at the fest this year.
Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio
Hot Buttered Rum
Family Groove Company
The Giving Tree Band
And this is just the beginning. We will be announcing so many more artists in 2012! Make sure to get your Not-So-Early Bird Tickets now before they sell out. Our Not-So-Early Bird Layaway Tickets are also now available.
Have an amazing weekend!
Your Summer Camp Director
This one goes out to all those kids who wanted some more electronic coverage from Summer Camp. Obviously it’s not my genre of choice, but some of the bands can still hit close to the mark for me. I had listened to several tracks off of Boombox’s lastest album and was actually pretty excited to see them play. I arrived early to hear Auditory Elements who didn’t really even deserve to share the stage with Boombox. I first caught JD Garrick at The Mish this summer and just feel like he comes up short mixing mashups and dubstep. Not to mention that the early crowd didn’t bode well for the rest of the evening either. I watched a girl with a giant X on her hand stumbling around before a bartender had to come over and kick her out for being too intoxicated. When Boombox finally took the stage around 11 PM the crowd was packed in as many were still filtering in through the door. The sweat-soaked youngsters worked themselves up into fervor as the show began.
Boombox consists of Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux, yes that Godchaux. The most approachable thing about their sound is the organic fusion of instrumental and electronic. If you read my posts you know I have issue with heading out to see electronic acts mainly because it doesn’t jive with my personal taste. However, Boombox got their hooks into me a long time ago with dance version of Bob Dylan’s classic poem Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie and as I previously mentioned the Grateful Dead connection with Zion Rock being the son of none-other-than Donna Jean. It’s nice to see an electronic act that still has respect for the classics that made music what it is today. Their newest album Downriver Electric is an enjoyable combination of soulful singing and dance-oriented beats. However it would take most of their show until we were treated to a couple of tracks from the new album. In fact the majority of the show featured the duo focusing on slick riffs with heavy beats and staying away from their more song-orientated material. Songs like Boogeyman and Round and Round made it into rotation, which was a nice workup of some, their classic tunes.
Boombox is a liquid dance party that focuses on a more down tempo and grooving structure to their shows. Elements of funk and rock mix cleanly with the electronic fundamentals to create a bouncy and layered show. For organic music fans it can be hit or miss but their show at The Aggie delivered exactly what was advertised. I could have done with a little more vocal based songs but overall I was impressed with the party they throw. My highlight from the show was the eloquently preformed Headchange. It’s songs like this that make me intrigued with Boombox. Clearly they have talent and know how to get the kids hungry for the untz, but by adding a bit of subtlety and some solid lyrics they create an avenue into electronic for me personally. So in conclusion I’m glad I made it down and was happy with the performance. I could have done with a couple more tracks like Headchange but hey; it’s a dance party.
Burlington, VT has been on fire since the students have returned back to all of the colleges in the area. There are a ton of amazing bands at the venues all over town each night that our biggest decision in life is what band to rock out to. Life is very hard in Burlington:) On October 12th kids ventured to Higher Ground to check out some fantabulous dubstep. EOTO had each and every one of their fans dressed in anything from acid washed jeans to shiny jumpsuits with animal ear hats hypnotized with every whomp whomp they produced. Michael Travis and Jason Hann are one hundred percent committed to giving the show of their lives every time they hit the stage, which we as fans really appreciate. Every performance I’ve seen of EOTO so far, they have gone balls to the wall. Actually I would say the balls crushed the wall. You can’t help but dance, scream, shimmy, gyrate and maybe even pee yourself because you are so excited by the music. I love EOTO so much I wrote a Haiku about it.
Jason and Michael
They bring the whomp whomp whomp whoooooomp
EOTO melts minds
I also write one of the poems where you come up with a word for each letter
E- Everyone feeds off the energy of the band
O- Out of this world raging
T- Too much for my grandma to handle
O- Oooooohhh! I’m so excited to see them at Summer Camp next year:)
By Taraleigh Weathers