Bas’ Milky Way Tour Sells Out Oakland

I’m sure millions know of Dreamville, but can you name another artist on the record label besides J. Cole? KSJS fans can. As a matter of fact, half of the label is on tour on tour right now: Bas, EarthGang, and J.I.D.

You knew that though 😉Bas is on his second leg of the tour, having hit Oakland and Santa Cruz this week. J.I.D. sold out the Catalyst this Sunday (but you can sign up for a waitlist here) and EarthGang comes to the Bay in April.  

New Parish was host to Bas’ first Bay Area stop and best believe, it sold out well in advance! I have been to New Parish at least 100 times in my lifetime (no exaggeration) and I have never seen the line to get in wrap around 18th Street and go as long as Jefferson.

Openers included Correy C, Innanet James, and Berkeley’s own, Rexx Life Raj. Bas opened with his single and one of my personal favorites, Pinball II which features Correy C, while he performed most, if not all, of his latest project, Milky Way – hence the name of the tour. Fans were happy to hear older stuff too, like Housewives, another personal fav.

You can stream Milkey Way on Spotify here.

As you can see, the album features J. Cole, Ari Lennox, A$AP Ferg, Lion Babe, Correy C, Moe Moks, and mOma+Guy. And less noticeable, but equally important, production is done by Ron Gilmore, Jay Kurzweil, Cedric Brown, Ogee Handz, J. Cole, Sango, and Childish Major, while mixing and mastering was handled by TDE’s MixedByAli. Huge names. Huge project. Huge impact.

Sharing his thoughts on the album, Bas says:

This album is about finding ground. About not poisoning your own well. About finding and tethering yourself to the love that truly fulfills you. Love of self. Love of others. Lovers. Family. Friends. Fans. You’ve all given me all the affirmation I’ll ever need. That is the Milky Way. The only way to go.

Article and photo by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn 

#SnowGlobe 2018 Recap

So now that we’ve all returned to regular life, shaken off any remains of cold weather, and started (or failed to start) our New Years’ Resolutions, let’s recap #SnowGlobe 2018.

What Worked:

The music was simply phenomenal.

The after-parties hosted plenty late-night dance scenarios for music lovers of all the sorts.

The vibes, of course.

 

Free stuff courtesy of MTV. Lanyards, koozies, and light up toys. Everyone loves no-cost souvenirs.

The collab with Lyft. Last year, there were horror stories of post-festival Uber shortages and $200 cab rides to Stateline. Glad SnowGlobe figured this one out. They even had hot chocolate for anyone waiting on their ride. Nice!

Above & Beyond is worth a mention for the glacial countdown to 2019.

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Credit: SnowGlobe Music Festival

Highlights…

What Didn’t Work:

The Igloo or the House Tent – this stage was at maximum capacity throughout all three days. It will need to expand in the coming years if they’re serious about this whole festival thing…

Despite heading over to the Igloo early to find a good spot for Phantoms, dancing room became a competitive personal bubble battle. Some people had to go – and I willingly left. Despite my commitment to House music, it was Just a Feeling… wish it could be more…

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The Igloo by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn

Lastly, an almost unbearable, 9-degree NYE countdown – BUT – we signed up for this, we knew we were coming to Lake Tahoe. We certainly saw the weather in advance.  It’s not something worth complaining about. It just feels a lot colder than it really is.

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1/3 SOBxRBE by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn

Overall, I’d go back in a heartbeat. Until next year, #SnowGlobe…

In case you missed the #SnowGlobeSpotlightSet on @avibecalledwest, here is a playlist you can listen to anytime. Enjoy.

SnowGlobe 2017

Happy 2018!! Now that most of us have returned to reality, let’s just reminisce for a second about New Years. Some are still trying to figure out a new diet and fitness routine while others are contemplate giving up that bad habit. However, for the thousands of us who spent New Years in breathtaking South Lake Tahoe for SnowGlobe–words won’t do so, here are some super awesome photos to help.

If there is one thing I can stress about these kinds of music festivals… it’s the people. I go to a lot of shows, concerts, and events–approximately three a week for the last two years–and SnowGlobe somehow attracted the most loving and caring crowd.

Examples: I was walking up a small, muddy incline when I slipped and a stranger helped me up and said, “I got you fam.” While I was in the photo pit shooting artists, front-row females were calling me beautiful. People in the crowds who obviously never met were sharing hand warmers, healing crystals, glow sticks, and just overall good vibes. It was truly incredible.

Also incredible though–every DJ set I caught was amazing. And I am sure the ones I missed were equally impressive. You would think after hearing every track on Kendrick’s DAMN. 900 times, you’d get tired of DNA, ELEMENT and HUMBLE, but nope. Inevitably, Gucci Gang was another one of those go-to tracks in rotation. I even heard Plain Jane mixed in. Going into SnowGlobe, I was doubtful I’d hear any Hip-Hop, but surprisingly, I was wrong.

Musically, here are some highlights from each day:

Day 1: Khalid, Basstracks, and well duh, Travis Scott

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Day 2: Porter Robinson and Alexander Lewis (who, by the way, I got the pleasure to meet. He was such a sweetheart. His manager, Matt, was also super humble and the while experience low-key made my entire weekend.)

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Porter Robinson by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn

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Alexander Lewis by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn

Day 3: E-40 and the Alison Wonderland NYE countdown.

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E-40 by Deanna Boutte @c4lif0rni4gr0wn

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Alison Wonderland by Jennifer Gross @gudvibesphoto

Adjacent to the Main Stage was a ramp where riders and skiers from Sierra-at-Tahoe ripped 540’s and 720’s like no ones business. I learned how to ski at Sierra so personally, this was a very special addition to the usual festival features. An abundance of flames and fireworks accented the main stage. And with the amount of glowing totems, flame dancers, light hoopers, and girls with those light-up faux-fur coats, it was a visual display like no other.

The Igloo was my favorite of all the stages. It was the smallest, but it was under a white tent while blue trickling lights so it literally felt like party in an igloo. Igloo Village was home to several white frosted tents with heaters in them to hang out, make friends, or just warm up.

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The Igloo by Jennifer Gross @gudvibesphoto

Beer was mildly expensive. I realize I really like totems a lot. SnowGlobe fashion trends included light-up faux-fur coats, animal onesies, retro ski apparel, and obnoxious hats. It wasn’t even thaaat cold. I got a New Years kiss. This event brought Tahoe’s tourism-based economy a few thousand visitors and overall, I can’t wait until next year.

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by Jennifer Gross @gudvibesphoto