That was the first thing I thought upon entering the venue at Dino Hills Disc Golf Farm for a Rock/EDM camping festival called Emergence. See, I love disc golf and never expected a music festival to be hosted at a course but this was the perfect spot. The venue is a sprawling set of fields separated by lines of trees and old wooden buildings that stir up nostalgic memories for anybody from small town Texas and it's all surrounded by the Chalk Mountains. The GA camping area was perfectly nestled amongst a grove of trees making plenty of room for hammocks and tents and fire pits for night time jam sessions. The walk from the camping to the stage and vendor area was short, well lit, and mostly flat so no huffing and puffing to get around all day. There were plenty of restrooms and you could play a round of disc golf and still be out of the way of the fest which was a pleasant surprise.
This is not the first festival put on by Metta Productions but it was the first Emergence and the line-up was amazing. I, honestly, had not heard of any of the acts before but that has never stopped me from going to a show. Actually, I prefer to not listen to the recorded stuff before I hear a new artist live. This gives me the most real and honest take on any new music because you can always tell how talented someone really is when you hear them live. I am so glad to have been introduced to so many great new sounds! It started out with DMTree (great name), a newly formed band from Stephenville with a driving dark sound and beautiful, melancholy melodies sang by Georgie Jonez. They remind me a bit of one of my favorite bands ever, Tool, but with a female lead. Cosmic Cowboys brought the funk to town! I just couldn't stop moving and those outfits were on point. Every band that played was fantastic and I would be stoked to see any one of them live again but my personal favorite band of the day had to be Heavy Daze. I have never heard a band that could play with the tempo of a single song so well. They could speed up and slow down on a whim and it still somehow all flowed beautifully. The push and pull that this created was alluring and surprising and I found my jaw on the floor several times.
Almametta was the first DJ set and she killed it. She was a great transition between the different style acts and set the tone for the night to come and then the sun went down and oh man! Once it was dark, the visual performers busted out the fire and lights and started flowing. In a mesmerizing display of dance and light more than a dozen different performers took turns doing what they do best. I have seen plenty of spinning in my day and this group of artists were collectively masters of this ancient craft. The laser and lights that Liquid Skies Entertainment brought out were also top notch. I found myself staring at the trees behind the crowd, watching the beams of lights dance among the leaves and hillsides and caught more than one attendee doing the same.
Every single DJ brought another level of interaction with the crowd. Kyx put out the chill vibes and gave us the breath we needed to make it through the rest of the night. There was even a surprise artist that wasn't on the bill. Nick, one-half of the duo group Vanilla Guerrillas from Dallas, made it out and turned up the party instantly. Uggz is probably one of the best mixers I have ever heard and TarXan's ways with tone and time could make you wobble right out of your pants. The EDM portion of this festival was just as good as some of the biggest festivals I have been to and I'm sure that you will catch these artists soon at festivals everywhere.
Overall I would give this fest a 3.5 out of 5. The only reason being is it was it's first year so of course there are things to improve. More vendors would be nice especially for food and there also could have been some more art installations and interactive things to do for the attendees. However, I would come back for the music alone. It is clear that Metta Productions knows the who's who and how to book great acts and they know how to throw a good party. The visual performances, lights, venue, camping, and the people who attended were all amazing. I can only imagine what they have in store for the next event and cannot wait to attend again. This festival is definitely going on my list of "must attend" for 2023.
In recent years, bands such as The Struts, Greta Van Fleet, Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes, and many other artists who possess a classic rock sound, have given a revival to the rock genre. This resurgence of rock music has provided a platform for artists to write, produce, and perform music that lets us know rock music is still alive and well. The band Melted Vinyl does just that with their recently released EP, Lights We Chase.
Melted Vinyl is a group based out of Los Angeles and has sold out shows at multiple venues including The Roxy, The Troubadour, The Whiskey, and The Canyon Club. They have also provided support for Jefferson Starship, Slash, and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. The songs “Dog Fight” and “Look to the Sky” off their 2016 self-titled EP were featured in Sony Pictures film, Accident Man.
Six-time Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Highly Suspect, Nora Jones) recorded their latest EP. The album has everything you would want to hear from a rock band; distortion, guitar solos, meaningful lyrics, and a tasteful amount of wailing. The album has classic rock, blues, and grunge qualities; however, the band manages to maintain their own original flavor. The album opens with “Beyond”, a melodic track with a power-ballad vibe and a smooth guitar riff. The band also released a music video directed by Steven Conteras for the song.
Another track worth noting is “Synthetic Love.” The groovy bassline drives this song, which you do not hear often enough, but when done well can make for a killer tune. Rock music is a lot of time synonymous with loud, up-tempo, and in your face, but sometimes less is more. This song has a bluesy feel and brings you back to the roots of rock.
Every rock album needs a song you can bang your head to. “Dionysus” is that song. Presumably named after the ancient Greek god of winemaking, “Zeus is laughing ‘cause I can’t hold down my wine,” this is one you cannot help but bounce in accordance with (it also features the wails aforementioned.) It feels good to see a generation of artists contributing to keep rock music alive. Melted Vinyl is youthful (band members were born in this millennia) so seeing how the band develops creatively over time is something to look forward to.
That's right, you read that correctly! LiveNation and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are partnering to revive the iconic festival in 2019 for the 50th anniversary.
Michael Lang, the man behind the original Woodstock in 1969, is excited about the revival. "[Woodstock] is the original and most famous festival brand. With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that," Lang said regarding the Woodstock revival in an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Taking place on August 16-18, 2019, the festival will host a line-up of renowned artists from all genres and decades as well as TED-style presentations.
The festival tried to come back in the 90's and it didn't do so well. Feel free to see what I mean here. Personally I love the idea of Woodstock. A bunch of hippies coming together to share a moment of music and love might be exactly what this country needs right now. Let's just hope we don't have a repeat of the 1999 attempt of the festival.
Good luck and God speed Woodstock organizers. Rudaroo will see you there!
It seems like a new festival is popping up around the country every week and most first year festies tend to slack in certain areas making it difficult for attendees to want to come back again. This was not the case for Same Same But Different.
The first thing I have to mention is the venue. Lake Perris, CA is 90 minutes from both LA and San Diego making it extremely accessible. It just so happens to also be one of the most beautiful areas of Southern CA that I have been to so far. The lake is way bigger than expected and the water was clear and the perfect temp for swimming. The beach was huge and clean and the mountains to the South were stunning. While taking a quick dip in the lake, fellow festival goer and amazingly fun human being, Brett, offered me a chance to take his paddle board out and I couldn't say no. Between the layers of mountains in the distance, the sunset gleaming off the water and the smooth glide of that paddle board I had a moment of pure bliss.
This was not just a music festival! They had yoga and art classes throughout the weekend as well as a Social Garden making for a fun escape from the routines of a regular fest. The hosts of the art classes were extremely talented and friendly making it easy to approach something new to us less talented folk. The yoga instructors seemed to have endless amounts of energy and kept things rocking at the Coconut Club all day and much into the night. There was even a 2:30am beach party on Sunday after the main acts at the beach club for those attendees who just couldn't quit.
The set up of the grounds was visually appealing and convenient; a welcome change from parking lot festivals. The GA campground stayed cool because of the giant shade trees and was located really close to the main festival area as well as the beach making it easy to go back and forth. They did a great job providing shade for both stages and there was no confusion about where amenities could be found.
The Day One musical acts were on point. They had a wide range of musical styles making it easy for anyone to enjoy and discover new acts. They also took a new idea to music festivals and only had one stage playing music at a time. This forced everyone in attendance to be exposed to bands and music that they had not previously been exposed to and probably wouldn't have seen if they didn't organize it in this way. I spent much of the first day participating in other activities but I made sure to catch Family Crest as they took the stage around sunset. Not only was their set incredible but the view of the setting sun behind the stage was absolutely to die for. The night truly kicked off with Through The Roots whose electrifying set not only surprised me but everyone else at the festival. At the end of their set, I heard someone behind me say, "I thought they were just a filler but they were incredible!" Performing in their usual fashion, Lettuce did not disappoint, proving why they are one of the leading jam bands of today and the headliner for day one. After Lettuce the music switched over to a bass filled night featuring Late Night Radio and Boombox who kept the party moving until they handed it off to those left dancing in the Social Garden with a variety of different House DJs.
Day two started off right with some local SoCal bands. Rudaroo favorites Band of Gringos and MDRN HSTRY both played incredible sets and ushered in the air of fun to set the mood for the rest of the day. Los Angeles band Knower brought the funky synth to the next level which led right into Capyac who exploded with stage presence. Dirtwire's blend of Americana and Dance music was a sound I didn't know existed and Moon Hooch started what turned into a trend of unique saxophone performances reminiscent of Too Many Zoos meets March Fourth Marching Band. The headliner, The Floozies, were amazing! The duo from Lawrence, KS are brothers and it is obvious that their music chemistry comes from a lifetime of playing together and sharing the same blood. Matt Hill plays guitar and produces the electro funk sound the band is known for and Mark Hill is one of the most crisp and accurate drummers I have seen play live in my entire life. The mix of the two makes for a sound that is irresistible to move to. The music acts ended with Denver band Lyftd which turned out to be a perfect night cap fusing dance with hip-hop, soul, funk, and rock.
Same Same But Different was at a perfect venue, with amazing acts and a ton of awesome other activities to keep the party going over the entire weekend. I suggest you don't miss next year because this fest is going to be the next big thing! Womp Womp!
Recently, Rudaroo moved to a coastal suburb of San Diego known as Ocean Beach. Affectionately referred to as OB, this neighborhood is unlike any other place on Earth. The wild parrots that make their rounds at sunrise everyday are our alarm clocks. During conversation we celebrate the OB Pause every few minutes as planes interrupt our thoughts. And don't get me started about traffic (there's none on the beach)! Atop it all, the sheer beauty of this place and the attitude of the people who live here bring a unexpected and unique, neighborly element for the Rudacrew.
The OB Pier is 1,971 feet long making it the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. Built for local fisherman it is now visited by over half a million tourists each year. There are some easy-access tide pools located under the pier where you will find a plethora of sea creatures. Check out the OB Tide Table, then take a southerly trail from the tide pools towards Sunset Cliffs: a place known as one of the best spots in California to view the suns daily departure. This trail takes credit for introducing most of the members of the Rudacrew.
The fact that it's a traffic nightmare to get out of OB every day is a blessing and a curse. It creates a sort of bubble, the makings for a small town feel in the middle of a big city. Just add beach living and you have what makes the people of OB the most genuinely friendly people you'll ever meet. Not that shallow, southern hospitality-style friendliness, but the type of kindness that comes from a genuine love and respect for all people. OBtians are the perfect example of the work-hard/play-hard lifestyle. These folks surf or do yoga to start their days before heading in to work at coffee shops and boutiques. Then, after their shift, they head to a local brewery for a couple pints before the weekly (Wednesday) OB Farmer's Market, followed by the drum circle on Abbott and Newport (also every Wednesday), and ending with new friends at a bonfire on the beach. It's the kind of day that most people expect on vacation (minus the work part), and we get to live it!
Newport Avenue and its side streets have some of the coolest shops, eateries and bars in all of San Diego, and every single one is more than affordable. There are 7 breweries in the 742 acres that make up OB (about 1 square mile), and 6 of them are located on or within one block of Newport Ave. A true staple of OB is Hodad's, known to have one of the best burgers in California. South Beach Bar and Grill is a frequent stop for the Rudacrew, especially on Taco Tuesday or Thursday where you can get two huge tacos and a beer for under 10 bucks! The best place to grab your morning cup of joe is The Coffee Method, where hand-crafted beverages meet floral arrangements for a relaxing atmosphere. Get a badass, new look for your hair over at The Electric Chair (featured in Almost Famous). Happy Hour at Sunshine Saloon is from 5-6pm everyday and offers all pitchers half-off. There's even an ice cream shop where you can get an ice cream sandwich made with blueberry waffles and bacon!
Coming to Ocean Beach has been a dream come true. We are incredibly lucky to live in a place of such humbling beauty among people who we can grow and flourish with as we navigate through this crazy world on a path to happiness and success. Hope you can come visit us here soon!
Archaic 3 - Seems Pointless EP
August 1st, 2018
A rollercoaster of tempo changes and musical styles, Archaic 3 self identifies as sludge punk. Their sound incorporates elements of ska, punk, and metal with added appearances from many genres. Originally a three piece from Houston, TX, Archaic 3 are now 4 and share their time (and residence) with Austin. Yesterday, they released an absolutely incredible EP, and we're going to play it in its entirety tomorrow, August 2nd, at 5pm PST.
Joey McLane (guitar/vox) kicks off the album with a bang in Under Control, a tune mellowed by the saxophone stylings of Mr. Michael Wingard. Gian Cosani (drums/vox) then leads us masterfully into the title track, Seems Pointless, written and sung by Ethan Scrogin (bass/vox). A brief trip-dip into Pandora's Box gives way to the driving, rhythmic track, Redemption. The final written portion of the album is How It Goes, a song as powerful as the sound that it emanates.
But that's not all folks. Michael Wingard, the sexy sax man that he is, happened to press record discreetly in the booth to capture a jam for the ages. The final track is one hundred percent improvisation, further solidifying the fact that Archaic 3 is the real deal.
Tune in at 5pm PST tomorrow, August 2nd, 2018, for an exclusive listen to Seems Pointless by Archaic 3 on Rudaroo Radio. Find out more about A3 at the links below!
Archaic III Facebook
Archaic III Bandcamp <<< You can download the album here
Team Rudaroo has decided to start a blog to keep everyone updated about what we are doing and to give you a more personal insight on the people who make up our ragtag bunch!
That being said, I guess we should introduce the members of what we call the Rudaroo "Rudacrew"
The logical place to start is with our founder and fearless leader, Jade Rudolph. Jade has been a musician his entire life and has a passion for creating sounds that touch the soul. He is a true idea man that knows how to follow with action. He started Rudaroo Radio with a vision to unify the underground music scenes of the world and to create a platform that was different from the monotony of traditional radio. Also, he has the best hair ever.
Next up is Levi Living. This loyal head-turner is the OG of our West Coast Division. Raised in Sedona, AZ, Levi has so much charisma he could fluster a nun. He loves travel, wine and his dog, Obi.
Taylon Breeden is our Queen of the East. She left iHeart because of their corporate BS and that's why we love her. Well that and she works passionately for what she believes in, making her a role model for women and men alike. She is willing to take on anything and even recently ran for office!
Lank Rudolph operates the Rudaroo Radio recording studio in Stephenville, TX. He is full of drive and is one of the most grounded people you'll ever meet. His musical talent and song-writing ability is matched with a knack for hard work. This guy will stay up with you all damn night to get that guitar track recorded right!
Joseph Arrington has been on Team Rudaroo from the very beginning. He is a wizard with paperwork and a wizard on the Magic table. This man could walk you through The Labyrinth without breaking sweat!
Koby McNew's sunny disposition and obviously kind nature makes him approachable by anyone. He is a genuine soul with too much love to give, making him perfect for when we need to calm down Grandma after playing the Devil's music again!
Mike Smith. Just the name you might expect for a gentle giant with a good audio ear. Mike says very little but does a lot, and that is such an amazingly rare and beautiful trait for a person to have in our generation.
Tom Reilly: Juggling Extraordinaire and our resident nomad. Tom runs around the country providing amazing content for you. If you see Tom please feed him a sandwich as he is most likely extremely stoned and hungry!