The Santa Cruz Music Festival Returns Next Weekend

The Santa Cruz Music Festival is back with more venues, which means more stages, and yes – more music! The last few years, the festival was held in the cold, wet months of February and March, but a new Fall date (this weekend: October 19th & 20th) gives hope for sunshine and thus, smiles. 

Besides better weather, the date change has allowed festival organizers to be more deliberate in their planning with several extra months to coordinate talent and logistics. What does that mean for you? Well, generally… a better experience. 

This year has a lot to offer! In addition to the long lineup of hand-selected artists, there are plenty of ticket options for every type of visitor. To start, VIP ticket options come with free drinks from participating bars throughout the festival, free gifts from select sponsors, and access to all the after-parties. If that’s not your style, then there are Full Experience Passes and ParkPlus Passes, as well as one-day passes available too. 

Now that the set times have been released, let’s talk about music. Chances are you already know who Hippie Sabotage and Jai Wolf are so what are you filling your day with leading up to this?

After studying the lineup, here are my recommendations (and where you will be able to find me all weekend).

On Saturday, in order by set times:

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – San Lorenzo Park – Worthy

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – San Lorenzo Park – Christian Martin 

If you’ve ever heard of the Smile High Club, then you have got to check out their takeover upstairs at the Catalyst! It will be a mix of House, Soul, Funk, Bass Music, and who knows, you might even get a mix of some Hip-Hop if you’re lucky!

7:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Catalyst (Upstairs) – Jarrad Cleofé B2B Stripess

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM – Catalyst (Upstairs) – Olswel 

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Catalyst (Upstairs) – Tokay 

9:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Catalyst (Upstairs) – Thedemiurg3

At 10:00, you are going to have to make a run for it, if you want to catch the following artists who are set to perform within the same hour. Since Surf City Billiards and the Catalyst are about a block from each other, start there. And then make your way to the Civic Auditorium. 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Smasheltooth

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Catalyst (Atrium) – Sumthin Sumthin

10:00 PM – 11: 00 PM – Civic Auditorium – Louis Futon

Make sure to get a good night’s rest because Sunday is the day we do our HOUSEWORK and that means we will be dancing all day and night! 

On Sunday, in order by set times:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – San Lorenzo Park – RYBO

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – San Lorenzo Park – Lubelski

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – San Lorenzo Park – Porky

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – San Lorenzo Park – Mikey Lion

Did someone say, “Desert Hearts” because it sounds like we are going to be getting really HOUSEY in the park and under the sun for this 5-hour block! But wait… there’s more.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Oszo

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Anthony Zmoda

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Nico Crespo

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Ryan Lincoln

10: 00 PM – 11:00 PM – Surf City Billiards – Ugly Girls in Miami B2B DJ Yosemite

11:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Surf City Billiards – Miss Dre

Santa Cruz’s own, Spicy Boys Club is taking over the last night at the Billiards and they are sure to bring you every variation of House Music you can think of. Each DJ brings their own flavor, but you can be sure that each flavor is extra spicy. Come close out your night with these metaphoric peppers and find out why hot sauce goes so well with House Music.

Every year, Santa Cruz Music Festival brings together tons of local, independent talent. Take this time to discover a few new artists, producers, or DJs and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your music library develops.

Let’s make sure we all have a great time! Here are some last minute tips to ensure a smooth weekend.

  • Ticketing booths open at 11:00 AM on Elm Street and 12:00 PM at San Lorenzo Park each day.
  • Arrive early because parking will be limited. Bring coins/cash because meters, parking garages, and lots have fees. Even better, take an Uber or Lyft, or public transportation.
  • Wear walking shoes – it’s about a 10-15 minute walk from San Lorenzo Park to Pacific Ave. where most of the other venues are located and it’s another 10-minute walk from Pacific Ave. to the Civic Auditorium.
  • Lead by example. Pick up after yourself. Watch out for one another.

Make sure to follow @santacruzmusicfestival on Instagram to stay up to date on festival news. See you on the dance floor!

If you still don’t have a ticket, use code SPICYBOYSCLUB for a discount!

Santa Cruz Music Festival 2018

Radio Show – Mar 28, 2019

Song Time / Song / Song Composer / Artist / Artist Local / Release / Release Genre / Label

6:05:07 PM / Crow / / Volkoder / / Open Your Eyes – EP / Electronic / Material

6:10:44 PM / Switch / / Maximono & Marten Hörger / / Maximono & Friends – EP / Electronic / This Ain’t Bristol

6:14:33 PM / Meteor Ride / / Liquid Stranger / / Polarity / Electronic / Wakaan

6:20:03 PM / Aliens / / Peekaboo / / Imposters EP / Electronic / Wakaan

6:28:23 PM / Have Mercy / / Beau UK / / Have Mercy / /

6:32:49 PM / Foolin’ Me / / Sho / / Foolin’ Me – Single / /

6:39:07 PM / Real Life (feat. Naations) / / Gorgon City & Duke Dumont / / Escape / / Virgin EMI

6:44:26 PM / West Coast (ZHU Remix) / / Lana Del Rey / / Majestic Casual – Chapter 3 / Electronic / Majestic Casual

6:48:22 PM / Get Down / / Quix / / Illusions – EP / / 6:54:19 PM / Maze / / Jarrad Cleofe / / / /

6:58:42 PM / Ivory / Shaw Quentin / Shaw Quentin / / Ivory – Single / Electronic / Supertunes

7:04:20 PM / Hills (feat. Khila) / / Valentina Black / / Hills (feat. Khila) – Single / / Armada Deep

7:09:05 PM / Say To Me (5&Dime Remix) / / WHTKD / / / /

7:15:34 PM / Forever Free (feat. Duskus) / / San Holo / / Album1 / Electronic / bitbird

7:24:54 PM / Tie Me Down (feat. Elley Duhé) / / Gryffin / / Tie Me Down (feat. Elley Duhé) [Remixes] – EP / / Darkroom

7:27:18 PM / Been Here Before / / Phantoms / / Phantoms / Electronic / Biz3 Entertainment

7:32:45 PM / No Place / / RÜFÜS DU SOL / / Solace / Electronic / Sony Music Entertainment

7:37:16 PM / All I Need / / Shiba San & Tim Baresko / / All I Need – Single / / DFTD

7:41:17 PM / Swim / / Promnite x B. Lewis / / Exist / /

7:44:30 PM / Let Go. / Chromonicci / Chromonicci / / Bounce Back. – EP / / 781544 Records DK

7:47:33 PM / Miles Away / / Dashdot / / Miles Away – Single / / So Track Boa

7:56:11 PM / Lick Shot / / Gorgon City / / Lick Shot – Single / / REALM

8:04:49 PM / The Disappearance of Colonel Mustard / / Lane 8 / / The Disappearance of Colonel Mustard – Single / / This Never Happened

8:07:11 PM / Another (Mercer Remix) / / Tim Baresko & Clyde P / / Another – Single / /

8:11:40 PM / Beet It / / Westend / / Clubble – Single / / IN ROTATION (Insomniac Records)

8:17:00 PM / Lift Me Up / / Worthy / / Lift Me Up – Single / / HotBOi Records

8:26:31 PM / Recognize / Baron Fields / Baron Fields / / Pretty Words – EP / / Baron Fields

8:29:05 PM / After Morning / / Pold / / Growing Up – EP / / Pold Music 8:32:56 PM / Cranked Up / / Endor / / Cranked Up – Single / / Simma Black

8:36:45 PM / Real Good Time / / Jethro Heston / / / /

8:40:15 PM / Yonder / / Justin Martin / / Yonder EP / Electronic / Trippy Ass Technologies

8:46:06 PM / Jump Ship / / Rebuke / / Jump Ship – Single / / etcetc Music

8:54:20 PM / Juicy Flute / / Funkmammoth / / Sundae Sauuce Presents: Chocolate Drizzle / / Sundae Sauuce

8:57:22 PM / Keep It Moving / / FRQ NCY / / The Apex Effect – EP / Electronic / Wormhole Music Group

9:01:24 PM / Reverse Skydiving (feat. Anabel Englund) [Shadow Child Remix] / / Hot Natured / / Reverse Skydiving (feat. Anabel Englund) [Remixes] – EP / / Big Beat Records/Atlantic

9:07:02 PM / Ride or Cry / / J. Worra, Rrotik & Dances With White Girls / / Ride or Cry – Single / Electronic / mau5trap Venture Limited

9:14:49 PM / Closer 2 U / / FALCONS & B Lewis / / Day Drift – EP / /

9:20:43 PM / Charmain / / Maximono & Volac / / Maximono & Friends – EP / Electronic / This Ain’t Bristol

9:25:13 PM / Mint Twist / / Mike Vale / / La La Land Experience 002 (DJ Mix) / / Dubset Media

9:31:49 PM / Dance / Jacob Plant / Noizu / / Dance – Single / / BlackBook Selects

9:36:26 PM / Rave Me / / Pax / / This Is Toolroom 2019 (DJ Mix) / / Toolroom

9:43:23 PM / Oh No! / Abelation / Abelation / / Pulse / / 703999 Records DK2

9:47:41 PM / Night Bass Thing (feat. Dell Harris) / / Taiki Nulight & AC Slater / / Night Bass Thing (feat. Dell Harris) – Single / Electronic / Night Bass Records

9:53:13 PM / Make It Bang / / Airwolf / / Make It Bang (Biscits Remix) – Single / / etcetc AU

03/14/2019 06:00PM to 10:00PM

06:10PM Volkoder “Crow” from “Open your eyes – EP” on Material 
06:14PM Maximono & Marten Hörger “Switch” from “Maximono & Friends – EP” on This Ain’t Bristol 
06:19PM Liquid Stranger “Meteor Ride” from “Polarity” on Wakaan 
06:25PM Jarrad Cleofe “Adequate Luv” from “2090” 
06:29PM Dashdot “Miles Away” from “Miles Away – Single” on So Track Boa 
06:36PM Go Freek & Playmode “Elevate (feat. Dances With White Girls)” from “Elevate (feat. Dances With White Girls) – Single” on Club Sweat 
06:42PM Pold “Late Nite Trippin’, Pt. II” from “Growing Up – EP” (2018) on Pold Music 
06:48PM Rufus Du Sol “No Place” from “Solace” on Sony Music Entertainment 
06:52PM Beau UK “Have Mercy” from “Have Mercy” 
07:01PM Baron Fields “Halcyon” from “Pretty Words – EP” (2018) on Baron Fields 
07:03PM Lane 8 “The Disappearance of Colonel Mustard” from “The Disappearance of Colonel Mustard – Single” on This Never Happened 
07:08PM Shaw Quentin “Ivory” from “Ivory – Single” on Supertunes 
07:15PM Quix “Ride or Die” from “Illusions” 
07:20PM Duke Dumont & Gorgon City “Real Life (feat. Naations)” from “Escape” 
07:24PM eNdor “Cranked Up” from “Cranked Up – Single” on Simma Black 
07:29PM K.A.M.A. “Abuse” from “Abuse” 
07:35PM Max Chapman “Steppa” from “Steppa – Single” on Kaluki Musik 
07:43PM Bengali “Fly” from “FLY” 
07:47PM 12th Planet “Swamplex Terrestrial” from “Swamplex Terrestrial” on Disciple 
07:53PM Rebuke “Jump Ship” from “Jump Ship – Single” on dirtybird 
08:01PM Abelation “Outerspace” from “pulse” (2018) on 703999 Records DK2 
08:03PM Roberto Surace “Come on Everybody” from “Ice Cream – EP” on Superfett Records 
08:11PM Gryffin “Bye Bye (feat. Ivy Adara)” from “Gravity, Pt. 1 – EP” on Darkroom 
08:17PM TroyBoi “Frustrated (feat. Destiny)” from “V!BEZ, Vol. 2” (2018) on Mad Decent 
08:21PM Worthy “Lift Me Up” from “Lift Me Up – Single” on HotBOi Records 
08:28PM PAWSA “For the Few (Extended Mix)” from “On Yer Feet – EP” on PAWZ 
08:35PM Solardo & Camelphat “Accelerator” from “Accelerator” 
08:42PM Peekaboo “Arrival (NEST HQ Premiere)” from “Imposters EP” (2018) on Wakaan 
08:47PM Chromonicci “Do It All.” from “Bounce Back. – EP” (2018) on 781544 Records DK 
08:49PM Airwolf “Make It Bang (Biscits Remix)” from “Make It Bang (Biscits Remix) – Single” on etcetc AU 
08:59PM Fisher “Losing It” from “Losing It – Single” on Catch & Release 
09:07PM Sho (UK) “Foolin’ Me” from “Foolin’ Me” 
09:09PM Gorgon City “Lick Shot” from “Lick Shot – Single” on REALM 
09:14PM Green Velvet & Layton Giordani “Fuzion” from “Fuzion – Single” on Relief 
09:17PM Harvy Valencia “Topping” from “Topping” 
09:27PM Justin Martin & Ardalan “Yonder” from “Yonder” 
09:33PM Martin Ikin “No No” from “No No – EP” on Repopulate Mars 
09:38PM Maximono & Volac “Charmain” from “Maximono & Friends – EP” on This Ain’t Bristol 
09:45PM Tim Taylor “Blast Off” from “Blast Off – Single” on Daylight Robbery Records 
09:51PM Westend “Beet It” from “Clubble – Single” on IN / ROTATION (Insomniac Records) 
09:57PM Dale Howard “Hypnotized ((Mixed))” from “This Is Toolroom 2019 (DJ Mix)” on ToolRoom

02/28/2019 06:00PM to 10:00PM

06:00PM Green Velvet & Layton Giordani “Fuzion” from “Fuzion – Single” on Relief 
06:04PM Justin Martin & Ardalan “Yonder” from “Yonder” 
06:12PM Big Wild “City of Sound” from “Superdream” (2018) on Seeking Blue 
06:16PM Leet & Zeplinn “Bruh” from “Bruh – Single” on Phuture Collective 
06:22PM PAWSA “For the Few (Extended Mix)” from “On Yer Feet – EP” on PAWZ 
06:27PM Purple Disco Machine “Walls” from “Walls (Incl. Remix by Monte) – Single” on Kittball Records 
06:33PM Valentina Black “Hills (feat. Khila)” from “Hills (feat. Khila) – Single” on Armada Deep 
06:37PM Gryffin “Just for a Moment (feat. Iselin)” from “Gravity, Pt. 1 – EP” on Darkroom 
06:41PM Quix “Ride Or Die (feat. Reigan)” from “Illusions – Ep” on Dim Mak Records 
06:46PM Boombox Cartel “Beibs In The Moon ft. Travis Scott” from “Beibs In The Moon ft. Travis Scott” 
06:50PM Ciszak “I Want” from “I Want – Single” on DIRTYBIRD Select 
06:58PM Shiba San “My Harmony” from “My Harmony” 
07:04PM Liquid Stranger “Creature” from “Polarity” on Wakaan 
07:09PM Promnite “Swim (feat. B. Lewis)” from “Exist – EP” (2018) on Fool’s Gold, Inc 
07:13PM Bot “Purp Burp” from “BOT New World” on Main Course 
07:17PM Gorgon City “Lick Shot” from “Lick Shot – Single” on REALM 
07:25PM Hayden James “Something About You (Pete Tong Kingston Remix)” from “Something About You (Pete Tong Kingston Remix)” 
07:26PM J. Worra, Rrotik & Dances With White Girls “Ride or Cry” from “Ride or Cry – Single” on mau5trap Venture Limited 
07:32PM Lowdown & Lozz “6am” from “The 411 Vol 1 – Single” on Confession 
07:35PM Jarrad Cleofe “Know U Better” from “2090” 
07:40PM 12th Planet “Forest Temple” from “Swamplex Terrestrial” 
07:44PM Harvy Valencia “Topping” from “Topping” 
07:50PM Jey Kurmis “Hard Holmes” from “Hard Holmes – Single” on Circa Trax 
07:58PM G Jones “Truth” from “The Ineffable Truth” on Illusory Records 
08:04PM Dale Howard “Hypnotized ((Mixed))” from “This Is Toolroom 2019 (DJ Mix)” on ToolRoom 
08:15PM Rufus Du Sol “No Place” from “Solace” on Sony Music Entertainment 
08:16PM Pold “Late Nite Trippin’, Pt. II” from “Growing Up – EP” (2018) on Pold Music 
08:22PM eNdor “Low Freq” from “Metronome – Single” on Simma Black 
08:29PM Maximono & Huxley “The Chase” from “Maximono & Friends – EP” on This Ain’t Bristol 
08:32PM Mike Vale “Mint Twist (Mixed)” from “La La Land Experience 002” on Dubset Media 
08:39PM Said The Sky & FRND “Faded” from “Faded – Single” on Seeking Blue 
08:44PM Baron Fields “Recognize” from “Pretty Words – EP” (2018) on Baron Fields 
08:48PM Pax “Rave Me ((Mixed))” from “This Is Toolroom 2019 (DJ Mix)” on ToolRoom 
08:55PM Rebuke “Jump Ship” from “Jump Ship – Single” on dirtybird 
09:02PM Shaw Quentin “Ivory” from “Ivory – Single” on Supertunes 
09:09PM Sirus Hood & Kevin Knapp “Out of Order (Radio Edit)” from “Out of order – EP” on Sola 
09:16PM Sllash & Doppe “High Love” from “Lego – EP” on Kittball Records 
09:25PM Westend “Beet It” from “Clubble – Single” on IN / ROTATION (Insomniac Records) 
09:31PM Worthy “Lift Me Up” from “Lift Me Up – Single” on HotBOi Records 
09:37PM Dr. Fresch “Sick” from “Sick – Single” on The Prescription 
09:43PM Mark Knight “Your Love” from “Your Love” 
09:49PM Martin Ikin “Following (feat. Hayley May)” from “Following (feat. Hayley May)” 
09:56PM Michael Bibi “Hanging Tree (Edit)” from “Hanging Tree – Single” on Repopulate Mars

#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.

Credit: SnowGlobe Music Festival


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…

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.

Are You Ready For #SnowGlobe2018?

Is Christmas finally over? We can start talking (hyperventilating) about SnowGlobe now? No need to mention the lineup – you’ve seen it by now.

If not….


Top 5 Sets Not To Miss:

RL Grime on Sunday – He is only performing at a select few cities in the U.S. this year and South Lake Tahoe is one of them. His latest album, Nova, which is in Electronic Roatation at KSJS features a hand full of Hip-Hop and R&B artists that I just can’t get over. UCLA ft. 24 Hours is on repeat.

Shoreline Mafia on Monday – Everyone thinks they’re from the Bay, so you can only guess why I like them so much. Shoreline Mafia has been a KSJS collectors’ item for some time now with several songs previously in Urban rotation. And with quite a few collabs with SOBxRBE (who are scheduled to perform just a few hours later on the same day), one can only hope for a cameo – just throwing that into the universe

Gorgon City on Monday – Can we just stop to smell the House Music right quick? Currently in KSJS Electronic rotation is this duo, who recently released a gem, Escape. Seeing them live in October overwhelmed me with happy vibes, especially since they played my favorite song twice hence the need to not miss this one.

NGHTMRE B2B SLANDER on Monday – Okay… rave round two, anybody? About a billion people went to NGHTMRE Before Christmas in The City two weeks ago and although we didn’t see SLANDER, that didn’t stop the Gud Vibrations from flowing.

Duckwrth on Saturday – Yes! Just yes! There is no better feeling than seeing an artist you’ve supported for years move through the underground world as effortlessly as Duckwrth. Almost every song he drops ends up in KSJS Urban rotation – like SOPRANO and FALL BACK to name a few. What’s even better, he genuinely supports our support.

It’s worth a mention that GoldLink just got added to the lineup. Bay Area attendees will be excited since he missed Outside Lands this past August. We’ve got a few Dirtybird Players in the mix, plus a “secret set” scheduled for Saturday

Now, let’s discuss these afterparties…

There’s plenty to do after the festival (after all, it ends at 10 PM on Saturday and Sunday) but since we can’t be everywhere at once, I’ve narrowed down the choices for you.

Brownies & Lemonade is taking over the Sierra Stage all day on Saturday, but they’re also hosting the first official afterparty at Mont Bleu. All we know is “secret guests all night long” and casinos don’t close ‘til the sun comes up.

Sunday night will be one to remember. Mont Bleu is also hosting Walker & Royce with Phantoms – which sounds like a match made in House Music heaven. All I can say is get your trap thighs warmed up – this is what we call a “house party”.

Get tickets here.

A few things to remember:

  • Make sure to download the SnowGlobe app for iPhone or Android so you can plan out set times with your friends and get the latest updates
  • Dress warm and in layers. It will drop below freezing temperatures at night. You are allowed a bag or backpack so it wouldn’t hurt to throw an extra jacket, gloves, scarf, or hat inside. Regardless of the weather, WATERPROOF BOOTS are a must!
  • Read up on the allowed and not allowed items
  • Parking will be a hassle – plan for it. There are several options including a shuttle and limited off-site parking. Local businesses and communities will be monitoring street/neighborhood parking so be warned
  • Tune in to 90.5 FM KSJS on Thursday, 12/27/2018 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for a very special #SnowGlobeSpotlight playlist curated by DEBO. Live stream:


Check out some of last year’s #SnowGlobe highlights

Single-Day and 3-Day tickets are still available