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#Back to the Beach#

Mamby is BACK! Now hear this, Get on it! React has secured the best line up so far of the summer. Banger after banger. I will tell you this if you aren’t going you are missing the best party and after party series of what will be here in Chicago this year. Some fests may be bigger and have more days, but to jam such great acts on the beach with the best local support is going to he hard to beat. Let’s take a quick look; shall we?
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There’s not much that needs to be said about the headliners other than the fact that they’re here in Chicago and you need to see them. The talent there already speaks for itself. But what can we expect from the festival and the grounds? Bam Creates is a part of the artistic team that will be blowing this beach up. Fresh off of winning the best one off party of the year at the Chicago Nightlife Awards for their Industry Sleepover, BAM is creating tons of eye candy as a backdrop for the beautiful people in bikinis and bathing suits. Joe Quade (who heads this outfit) designed for Mamby before so if you were there last year, you know it’s going to be good.
Now if you’re like myself and love to play in the nightlife scene, then the names Gene Farris and Garrett Inphinity will be of no surprise. These Chicago killers of spin are hitting up the second stage with massive selections that I have gotten the privilege to sample. I know all of my house heads will be present, but for those of you for Who haven’t had the chance make a point to, do so.
I have sat with Inphinity on a number of occasion but did so just recently for Mamby. I was curious to know about some of the things that placed him on the line up. Here were his thoughts:
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CMF: You have been jamming in the scene for sometime now what drives you to continue?
INPHINITY: It’s been a trip being able to be a full-time DJ and producer. Loving what you for a living is all I need to continue. Having some of the best friends and supporters believing in what you do makes it a bit easier.
CMF: What’s your process like when producing a new tune?
INPHINITY: Usually, it’s the drums and groove first. Then I’ll start working on the bassline. When those two elements are sounding right, the rest will fall into place rather quickly.
CMF: How do you know that a track will get an audience going while you are creating a track?
INPHINITY: That comes from years of experience in DJing nightclubs. I see what works on the dance floor night after night.
CMF:What’s most inspiring to you in your work?
INPHINITY :Making music that people will listen to or dance to for
years instead of weeks. Quality over quantity. It makes the creation process harder, but the end results most satisfying.
As of right now the forecast looks good, but I’ll tell you this with the lineup as it is there is absolutely no way come rain or shine you should miss this show, because come rain or shine this show is happening. If you work, call in sick! It’s someone’s birthday? Forget the dinner party buy her a ticket! Understand, I’m not advocating everyone to shirk your responsibilities…but shirk them! Shirk them NOW! And if for some reason you just can’t make it (we’re not going to excuse you for that) there are plenty of after parties that will definitely be worth your time.
Here Is the list of after parties going on in the city.
Link to after party tickets
Most of them are sold out but if you hang outside I’m sure someone will have a ticket that they are looking to get rid of.
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React is definitely on fire this year having just finished Spring Awakening with some killer headliners, over taking a lot of the booking at Schuba’s, and mixing up the type of talent that they’re bringing into their wheelhouse. However, if my instinct is right they are going to out do themselves next weekend. All the signs are pointing up and up and the anticipation here is way above anything that has been circulating around the other upcoming fests or parties.
I am most excited to see the pairing of Marcus Marr, who is spinning on the second stage, and Chet Faker. Their collaborative EP just released five months ago is an amazing pairing of rock and electronic sounds mixed with Chet’s smooth soulful voice. I have had this on repeat for the past month and it still hasn’t gotten old. Here take a listen for what’s in store.
Marus Marr
Chet Faker
Now listen, I am gonna step up on the proverbial soap box for a second. I know a lot of you are going to be out there drinking and turning up which means things are going to drop, people are going to lose items and garbage is going to collect. After this past Memorial Day, North Avenue Beach was completely destroyed and the cleanup was horrific. This is our city people. These beaches are home to all of us. Can we please put on our big kid pants and keep it clean? What’s the point of having it on the beach if we can’t come back to it? Let’s just make an unspoken pact to take the 10 extra steps to put the cans and bottles in the right receptacle. It’s better that it collects around the trashcan than spread out over the entire beach. Nobody wins after that kind of aftermath. Personally I advocate leaving no trace but I can’t expect everybody to follow suit. So please take your trash with you and find the right receptacle. #Stepping down#.
Going green, Mamby will be providing free shuttle transportation between the Cermack Redline station and the McCormick Place Greenline station each day between 12pm to 11pm. This should help with parking and keeping festival goers safe. Everybody be safe.
Last but not least, It shouldn’t have to be said but it’s better to be reminded, HYDRATE. There will be filling stations throughout the grounds so bring a camel back, canteen, goat skin, whatever, just keep hydrated and make sure your friends do too.
This year at Mamby on the Beach we’re gonna blow it out of the water!!!

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Break Your Winter Coma with Spring Awakening 2016

It was through the sounds of deep bass coupled in intrinsic beats of hi hats that awakened us out of our winter comas and brought us out into the sunlight. Mass crowds convened with exhuberance of musical energy that encapsulated all that was good and exciting in this world. The Gods of music swept their hands over Medill Park and proliferated a gathering in celebration of the future of festivals.
There were many recognizable and beloved acts that made it out. Honestly, almost too many to name in one article. Some acts included Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flying Lotus, Zeds Ded, Steve Aoki, Dead Maus, Datsik,Flux Pavillion. Newcomers of course such as Axillon, Hexes, and many more.
As we entered the park we were greeted with bold letters of Spring Awakening. There were really almost two sides of the festival; one being during the heat of the day and the second coming to life within the imaginations of the night.
During the day, the park filled with short shorts, bikinis, and muscle shirts. Temperatures that hit the weekend sky rocketed but the park was still piled with musical junkies. The bumping music spiraled into our ears as it massaged spots that the auditory cortex has never been touched before. Radical cells began to fire into a conscious experience of music. We walked from stage to stage as beats excited an ensemble of feelings within us.
There were three tented stages that fit comfortably under the shade whilst the two main stages were surrounded with structures of something resembling the hellish black widow spider. I was immediately gravitated towards this stage and as the night lowered its dark cape over the park- the stage began to pirouette in radiance of the LEDs that garmented the surface. The large pedipalps of the hybrid spider came down over the stage; each leg flashed musically synced screens displaying visuals developed uniquely for each artist’s act. The structure sparked to life with high end spectrums of color that began dilating our pupils in its excitement.
From under my vigilant watch I could have sworn to have seen this structure crawling renegade from where it was fixated. It was almost as if it could have smashed through buildings taking torment over the city in a sort of cartoon like fantasy. Police stood by shooting it down but nothing could penetrate the shielded metal of its cephalothorax. It spewed out fire into the skies kissing our skin with heat from its fury. Bright spot lights stood flagging down alien life from beyond the dimensions of the attention of the human eye. Laser beams smoldering human from left to right as we all scattered to safety. The park was in utter chaos and thrown in the middle of the battle of laser beams and the black widows fiery destruction.
Abruptly, I was pulled out of my day dream whilst my group urged me near the stage within the crowds of dancing feet. Machines bounced harmoniously throwing us wildly through the waves of sound. A man in a monkey/ astronaut suit was quite humorously lifted from within the crowd standing proudly during the Zeds Ded set. Everyone, guys and girls danced without hindrance. A true momentous feeling captivated the crowd as we celebrated this beauty of living.
What was all the more interesting about this festival besides the complexities of performance; was the fact there was not one unhappy person. I can’t estimate for sure how many people attended if I counted but surely I couldn’t even count one who wasn’t having the time of their life! Festivals are magical like this. It can take anyone out of their shell; out from the darkness. The artists were amazing of course; but as I stood taking in the fest moment by moment I couldn’t help to think that it was art in itself. The life that swarmed here, the clothing, the personalities- a living and breathing amusement park built in the grace of music.

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Chicago Night life Awards 2016

The Third Annual Chicago Nightlife Awards (CNAs) kicked off on Tuesday, June 7th and held at Concord Music Hall. The event was hosted with the unfiltered dry comedic stylings of contemporary artist Jeremy Scheuch. His playfully blunt personality invited us into a night full of fresh faces and talented acts.
The endless characters that filled the room could only be put into a digestible description through absurdities of a caricature’s portrayal. it was a joy to see everyone in their element expressing just what it was that made them the Chicagoland gurus of entertainment. There were artists of all sorts including nightlife entertainers, musical groups, bartenders and dancers which had compiled the names on guest list. It was a night of pure exaltation complete with a cat walk on the red carpet.
Musical acts took the stage between each award presentation. Acts included; ProbCause, The Walters, Sleep On It, My Gold Mask, Light.Em.up, Derrick Carter, and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. While the genres of each act varied immensely from one to the next; they each captivated the audience within a unique description of emotion. Videos can be viewed on the official website
Khloe from the Kit Kat Lounge had also taken the stage as she entranced us with her dance and lip synced musical number. Her performance was executed in such confidence and represented all that is fierce in pink pumps.
Presenters were charmingly paired together teasingly bouncing back and forth from each other’s personalities. Presenters included Lucy Stoole who wore the most rememberable outfit of the evening. Hot pink veil and hair but don’t forget the beard! Kate Catalina singer song writer dressed as MC meets Slash complete with top hat presented with Danielle Colby from American Pickers. Damon Ranger grammy award winner and known for his work in BlackBox. Anthony John Aloysius Sacco magician who had almost gave the audience a heart attack as silly string shot up in chaos and Future Classic Space Rap artist Probcause.
The list of winner included:
Best One-Off Pizza Party
Bam Creates Industry Sleep over
Best Monthly Party
Trvpped At the Mid
Best Weekly Party
Queen! at Smart Bar
Band of the Year
Marina City
Best DJ
Scary Lady Sarah
Best Producer (Remixer)
Derrick Carter
Best New Hip Hop Artist
Best Go Go Dancer
Mimi Hernandez
Best Photographer
Glitter Guts
Best DIY Collective
Future Factory
Promoter of the Year
Riot Fest
Blogger of the Year
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Best Festival
Riot Fest
Best Bottle Service Staff
The Mid
Best New Venue
Nightclub of the Year
Berlin Nightclub
Best Outdoor Venue
Bottom Lounge
Best Live Music Venue
Best Neighborhood Bar
East Room
Best Sports Bar
LA Social
Barback of the Year
Lucky Josh
Best Bartender
Nino Boss
Best Doorman
Brian Dickie
Best VIP Host
Eric Boss
Best Drag Entertainer
Lucy Stoole
We were overwhelmingly honored to receive Chicago Music Festivals as Best Blogger of the Year! It was such a surprise for us that we hardly believed the moment as we stood on stage handed the award! Our greatest the gratitude went out towards all who voted and nominated us but we were speechless in the brisk instant of acceptance. So with that said, Thank you for all your support in making Chicago Music Festivals Best Blogger of the Year. We have really taken to heart this honor as it brought to us an even stronger motivation towards our future endeavors!

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Summer Camp 2016 – The Quintessential Element

A trail of wagons scooted their way towards the entrance packed up to the brim with colorful sleeping bags and backpacks as our imaginations flourished with thoughts of what surprises Summer Camp had in store for us this year. The 16th annual Summer Camp Music Festival brought out its regulars as well as steadily attracting many newcomers to join in this life changing event. This wild adventure which is created around music is comfortably encapsulated in Three Sister Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The event is host to more than 20,000 attendees, over 100 bands on seven stages on a span four days (counting Thursday Pre-Party) and has proudly managed to intertwine funky jam bands along side of the ever-expanding genres of electronica and Dj sets.
Summer Camp Trail
As you make your way into the camp; of course the usual amenities were conveniently placed in your pathway. A general store and alcohol/beverage stand greet you just as you enter and further down the straight away were a variety of food vendors including; Thai, Asian, Greek, pizza, burritos, coffee, and much more. There were also beautifully designed clothing vendors supplying; bikinis, leggings, T- shirts, and hats in which many incorporated sacred geometry entangled with expansion of colorful supernovas. A wide array of bohemian styled jewelry and festival pins also filled many of the kiosks at the park.
Summer Camp Vendors
In the night the forest went cosmic and lined in tents from the hundreds of campers who hurried in early to get a spot in the shade. As the whites of our eyes began to glow within the black light and the neon colors framed us within and the forest became an art installation in which we had all become a participant in. Tapestries lined the dirt pathways and became home to fest goers. Attendees dressed of belly dancer belts, sun dresses, moccasins, and harem pants filled the festival from one end to the next; venturing out with wide eyed discovery.
There were several types of musical acts in the festival this year from jam bands, electronic-funk, blue grass, hip-hop, dub-step, and Dj sets. The difference of musical genres allowed a great diversity of scenes packed into one fest. This festival was made on good vibes and the musical acts were expertly selected to encompass just that.
The group Moe. has established themselves around the jam band community as one of the favorites in the improvisational rock scene. They rose in popularity in the 90’s with bands such as Phish. Fans are coined “Moe.rons” comparatively as grateful dead fans are called “Deadheads.” They opened their first of two Sunday sets with a cover of the The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and joined by Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band on fiddle! It was definetly a crowd pleaser to see two great groups be able to collaborate in such a way!
Lotus Formed in 1999 and after a few years of playing what they describe as “jamtronica” infused with jazz-funk. I definitely noticed that their set was based a lot around rhythmic aspects which in effect gave the crowd a very chill feel. I had a great time relaxing and vibing out at this set.
An appearance made by the Roots drew many old fans to the stage to reminisce upon such hit that ruled the 90’s. The Roots are a legendarily live hip-hop band with one of the most recognizable drummers of our time, Quest Love! They are one of the few successful bands in their genre and still proving to hold the crown!
Warmly welcomed newcomers to Scamp was local band EGI. They’ve built quite the fan base around the Chicago area and never fail to impress. EGI has managed to incorporate inspiration found from Carlos Santana and Phish that in effect have skyrocketed this band into one of my personal favorites.
Three nights of Umphrey’s Mcgee but it still left the crowd wanting more! Some songs that could be heard on their set lists included; Mad love, Weight Around, 40’s, Sludge and Death and many others. Each member is vibrantly fluent in instrumentation and well bonded as a band that their performance has become second nature to them. The sharpness the drums held were heard clearly above a blanket of guitar melodies in a beautiful mixture of classic rock and jam band inspiration. Umphrey’s almost linguistic solos connect their fans on such a level that it is no wonder so many are die hard for them.
Umphrey's McGee Summer Camp
Excitedly, During one night of an Umphrey’s set; lightning could be seen as it spread like spider webs while fanning through the night’s sky. A thunderous boom and sporadic flashes of light only to make the music all the more monumental. I could have sworn it was planned as the lightning accentuated the vibrance of the gorgeous stage lighting design in which drowned the stage in colors and perfected climatic energy of the drums.
Manic Focus and Break Science were Funk meets electronica and underlying element of old school hip hop. While Big Grizmatik went just as big as the name says while incorporated a live saxophone with an unbelievable solo that would forever stay with fans.
Shiba San took electronic music into more into an Ibiza feel and flocking to this scene were the hula hoopers and poi artists of the underground scene. The Vibe Tent was home to many acts of this sort. It was a grand spectacle of dancers who took the stage on the side of the dj. There hula hoopers confidently weaved through an encyclopedia of tricks. A feline poi enthusiast didn’t hesitate to glance into the eyes of her fans and truly captivated an audience of her own teasing flirtatiousness.
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If you were looking for some of the harder dubstep; then you surely would have wanted to have checked out acts like NGHTMRE, Liquid Stranger,  Excision, and Protohype.
Excision took the Moonshine stage on Friday night and had the crowd in a chaotic rampage. If you had not understood the world of dub before; Excision made it clear what it was exactly about! His work submerged an audience into a whomping frenzy and his huge drops began to transform a crowd of tree huggers into a whole new skin of relentless party animals.
Snails put on a unforgettable Dj set where he executed an epic smooth transition in which he arpeggiated 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 into an infinite frequency that lingered through the crowd. He thickened his beats with the use of slimy tentacle like sound fx that teased a Nintendo like snail logo which was promoted on the video backdrop. Surprisingly, He also threw in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody where the crowd shouted the lyrics right along to the music.
Protohype proved to be well worth the wait performing Sunday night starting at three in the morning. He infused many elements of rap and dubstep.
I was truly blown away by the projection visuals artists during his set. Their visions gravitated us into the otherworldly dimension. The art was not for a second over shadowed in comparison but help transform into a fully embodied experience.
If the music wasn’t enough to fancy you; There were daily work shops and activities which included; belly dancing workshop, stepping into the hoop, cultivation care, kick ball and on top of that morning meditations and yoga sessions! These activities connected people in a more intimate level making it easy to create new friendships.
All in all Summer Camp 2016 compiled a vast array of diversity suited to please all its attendees. As an interactive playground for adults and children alike and has not only allowed its fest goers to let loose and become closer to their inner child; subsequently it has provided an outlet to expand spiritually. The knowledge gained from such an immersive experience can be taught no where else! True friendships are made, appreciation for the earth is cultivated, and a joy of life is taught from living in the moment. Scamp is more than a music festival in the eyes of its attendees. Here festie goers have adopted its ways into their lives and scamp has become a quintessential element of what makes them who they are.
SCAMP 2016

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Article by: Lana Eucalyptus

Photos by: Jerry Kamysz, Josh Skol, Blazej Zalewski

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Rejuvenated Once at Last – Revamped Venue To Open In Milwaukee

One-hundred & six years ago The Modjeska Theater opened its doors to the beloved city of Milwaukee. It served as one of Milwaukee’s premier vaudeville outlets. However, in the year 2010 the theater had to close its doors. Many people wondered what would happen to this once great and beautiful theater.
RoyalWell, the theater is currently under renovation striving to be showcased as a theater with an outstanding arts and entertainment scene. Royal Events and Management are working along with the owners to make this happen. They showcased the theater for the first time to their team on April 23rd, and once they had reached the inside of the actual venue they all knew Milwaukee was in for a big treat. Big things are in store for Royal Events & the Modjeska Theater.
Blueprints for the final setting are going to make this venue once again one of Milwaukee’s finest. For starters on the main floor, all of the theater seats have been removed in order to create more space. The floor will be leveled and will be accustomed to hold various types of events. However, on the balcony, theater seats will still be available, offering guests an upscale view of the stage. Renovation is set to finish very soon; therefore, Royal Events does not plan on wasting any time. Royal Events and Management want to bring you the best in talent, sound & production, making every night an unforgettable one. They are working with various groups of people that have expertise in setting sound & production for high-end festivals. Royal Events and Management
Royal Events are not cutting any corners, and want to become the best in Milwaukee providing with unbelievable shows. Respect, Passion, Inspiration, and most importantly having fun are a few of factors that set Royal Standards apart from anyone else . Royal Events and Management want to bring people together within the music and entertainment community which they can’t do without the fans of all EDM styles, hip-hop, country, rock, pop, and theatrical acts . You will all make every night one to remember along with all the people at Royal Events that spend endless days and nights to bring you these amazing acts. The future looks bright for both Royal Events & the Modjeska Theater.
“Teamwork makes the dream work”, Royal Events and Management couldn’t have said it any better.
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Where will you be in 2016?

Lightning in a Bottle to Electric Forest, Future World to Okachobee the festival gods have provided well for the music worshipers. With Christmas only a day behind us it’s only natural to start looking towards the new year. And with that comes the great debate “Where will you be when the ball drops?” New Years 2016 is posing to be a pretty stout party night with so many options available this year. But, only a few stick out to CMF.
The big party in town is undeniably REACT PRESENTS the REACTION NEW YEARS up in Rosemont. The line up is huge and one hell of a way to blow away 2015. Whether you catch Deadmau5, Chvrches, and Bonobo on the 30th or go into the new year with Skrillex, Chance the Rapper, and Autograf (or both) prepare to spend a few hundred if you are making a date of it. The two night event is more like a mini festival than a one night blowout. With hundreds of people exiting at the same time taking an Uber home might not be worth the hassle. If not that’s ok, the venue is close enough to the Blue line.
If large and out of control isn’t your speed or you just want to keep away from the tourist driven shindigs, there are a few other classy options available OUTFIT, GOMASSIVE, and BAM CREATES are throwing a all premium open cocktail bar at SMOKEY HOLLOW NYE featuring KAJENDR and Jordan V. The space and decor will provide an elegant back drop with an edge as BAM is known to spare no expense when it comes to detail oriented entertainment and visuals. The party will be a pretty penny for some but if you are with a decent sized party crew then for what and who you will see, consume, and take home this NYE party just might prove a topper to the already successful year for this promo group.
Now for those of you want to go underground and get your dance on then REVERSE Events is hosting an underground three floor dance party ZERO-DAY NYE in one of Chicago’s more infamous but well known sound studios Baseline ( the Old Riff) in the south loop. This party will hold three floors flooded with heavy hitting house music from a number major local acts featuring Inphinity, Dustin Sheridan, Twitchin Skratch and headlining with Cocodrills. This HO– USE will be going looooooooong after the ball drops making it perfect for you major night owls that like to see the sunrise before you decide to go home.
Check them out…

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Electric Forest Tickets go on SALE

Electric Forest Tickets are on sale NOW! Get Tickets HERE Don’t wait for the line up to be released. There has never been a year that has disappointed and the closer it gets to time the harder it will be to make your way to the Sherwood Forest. Last year we got a chance to sit with a number of the artist musical and visual. THE HAPPY FOREST  awaits. Come with us and find your self found in the forest.
Here are some of the highlights from last year.


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Interview with The Joy of Being Formidable

Indy rockers from the UK The Joy Formidable made one of a hand full of appearances this year during Halloween Party at Voodoo Fest 2015 in NOLA. We got a chance to hang out with them for a few moments. Cheeky Baaaastards! is all I can say. Real cool cats. Here Check it out. (Spoiler Alert: There is a new album coming out come January.)

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Hoodoo that Voodoo

Magic, music and mayhem is about everything one could anticipate when planning a trip to Voodoo Fest in New Orleans on All Hallows Eve weekend. Wandering the haunted streets of a town whose liberal alcohol consumption laws almost literally allows it to flow like milk and honey is a dangerous thought for anyone looking to rage the dead. But, when it comes to what has in recent past been growing as Americas most decadent and risqué holiday, the combination of these elements posed to be one of the most attractive and wildest parties you could possibly attend throughout the year.

photo by Trish Badger

So, it has been a week since the 2 out of 3 days of Voodoo Fest 2015 have wrapped up (one day lost due to flooding)
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and I have been taken my time with digesting the experience and the thought of festival season coming to a close. There were some conflicting factors, however, to the entire fest that it has made my job just a bit more difficult. The only way I can explain it, I feel, is to break it down by category of what makes a festival, a festival.
Location. I think it stands alone to say that you really couldn’t ask for a better place to celebrate a music festival Halloween party. So,…Boom! a winner every year.
photo by Laura Hetzel

photo by Laura Hetzel

photos by Laura Hetzel

photo by Laura Hetzel

People. Over all the crowd was chill not overly rowdy but definitely there to party. The VIP area was a great oasis if you needed a place to sit down or wanted to get mad close to the main stage. But, outside of that, barely any one stayed behind VIP lines. There was so much awesomeness happening on the stages that the intermingling of credentials was like peanut butter and jelly, everyone just melded and it felt good. Beyond that there were some pretty creative costumes. My favorite was actually pretty simple a man with a pair of Ray Bans dressed like a piece of bacon. …hehe…Bacon gets me every time.
photo by Laura Hetzel

Installations. Now, here I can’t say much. There were some interesting pieces, but overall we could tell the money didn’t go into the commissions of new art. Although, I had some high hopes we can’t really say that the “art” side of this experience was breath taking. A metal sculpture of a face, a Spider illuminated from the inside with LEDs and an inflatable Globe that was projected upon by four surrounding visualizers, but that’s it. Maybe, we were spoiled by the E. FOREST, but I couldn’t really sense the focus being on this side of our experience. Although, when you think about it, given the musical history of this great city it really was no surprise.
Logistics. Now, here I was pretty impressed. When first entering City Park you were given a long walk from the transport drop off that took you along a gorgeous lagoon out front of the NOLA Modern Art Museum or under a natural trestle of southern oaks romancing the beauty of this part of our country. Given the way that the perimeter was naturally utilized this helped side step any traffic jams and made the exodus more pleasant than feeling like herded cattle. The same goes for the entrance gate, quick and easy. Bathrooms were a plenty and clean. It didn’t seem that anyone had a problem with this in any way. The grounds themselves were stellar, literally gorgeous. As far as policing, I saw nor heard any problems with security, and if there were, they managed it well enough that no word was spread. As far as health and safety they had Med tents in all corners of the venue, but none of them were filled, so, kudos to the people for not being idiots but also to the staff for giving us a safety net just in case. Also, there were several Handi-impared specialist, volunteers that made the experience of the fest accessible, in multiple stations placed to give even the most mobily restricted individual the best possible time. The vendors were awesome. Mainly fried foods but the selection was worth the food coma. Stages were easy to get to, with minimal sound bleeding between them, but the La Plur (electronic stage) had issues all weekend. Every time we walked up to the stage the sound was low, almost intolerably low. Even during Giorgio Moroder’s set they were working to get the sound up and running. But, to no avail. The rains set in and killed the third day so even if they did figure the problem out we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to experience it. Water was aplenty, (understatement due to the weather) so no one went dehydrated. I think a testament to the organization of Voodoo was that when the weather flooded the grounds on the third day and there, literally, was no way for anyone to enjoy, the organization sent out a notice saying that they would refund one third of the fee to all ticket holders. Well done, given that mother nature was hell bent on keeping everyone out of the park that day.
Finally, music. Lets just say we know where the money went. Given the line up that they had this year, and almost every year before, the acts that Voodoo provides is nothing short of an eclectic treasure trove of sonic candy feeding every shade of your grey matter. Ozzy, Florence, Santigold, Metric, Duke Dumont, Zhu, The Joy Formidable, Lettus, Modest Mouse, Jauz, Django Django, Yelawolf, and the living legend that is Giorgio Moroder (if you don’t know who he is then come out from under that rock and consult the oracle Giorgio Moroder)
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Vood Photo by Josh Brasted

The standout performances were primarily on the ALTER stage. This would be the main event stage for the most part. All the big acts found themselves making their mark on City Park here. Friday night’s headliners brought their “A” game.
photo by Barry Brecheisen

Jack Ü was limited somewhat by the faltering sound of the La Plur stage , while Modest Mouse was as odd and out there as we know and love him to be.
Metric Photo by Laura Hetzel

Earlier Metric and The Joy Formidable (check out their Cheeky interview here)ran you along the edge of rock and a soft space. But, Florence; Florence was as gracefully powerful as ever.
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Photo by Trish Badger

Then, topping it off with Odezsa’s after party at the Joy Theater.
Saturday was just as amazing with Lettuce remaining as crispy as always and Santigold inviting over a hundred audience members to take the stage with her and dance, as she had done the day before at an intimate performance for VH1 Save the Music (see “A Heart of Santigold” article here.) The pinnacle of the entire experience, however, was most anticipated performance of the weekend:
Photo by Barry Brecheisen

photo by Barry Brecheisen

photo by Barry Brecheisen

Ozzy with Geezer Butler, Slash, and Tom Morello. Holy Sh$%! And I mean Holy Sh$%! This was by far the most amazing live show that I had ever seen. The sheer star power on that stage was face melting. This display of artistry was well beyond the depths of years of practice. It was for lack of a better word transcendent and it was the only American date. Truly an honor to have experienced it. We took the chance to speak to a few key artists, over the course of our two days, that we have been keeping gently on our radar as they have been rising in the ranks. I guess overall I can say we had a killer time despite weather and some logistics that could have been smoother, given their fifteenth years. That said, I would definitely go back and re-rage the dead in NOLA.

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Heart of Santigold

In an are of the country where American music and Jazz was born, a program previously non-existent within the local community of St. John the Baptist Parish, LA, was granted $30,000 by Toyota, VH1 Save the Music Foundation (c 1997) and genre bending chart topping artist Santigold on Friday, October 30th, 2015, to build a comprehensive music program in La Place Elementary.
A full assembly sat in awe as they were surprised with a poignant minimally artistic performance by Santigold, herself, along with her full act of dj’s and dancers one day before her appearance at Voodoo Fest 2015 in New Orleans, just 40 miles away. The kids didn’t sit for long, however, as the assembly of over a 100 students were invited by the generous artist to jump up and flood the stage while they performed in celebration of their newly gifted instruments and music teachers.
It’s good to know that no matter how big someone gets that there are still artists and celebrities that give back to the next generation and make themselves accessible to the belief that it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can make a dream come true. Thank you Toyota, VH1 STM, and Santigold for giving us all a little more hope for humanity.