Every so often an event comes along that just shreds the favorite shoes you so naively brought onto the undulating dancefloor. Throughout the month of April we’re expecting more than a few packed with art and heavy-hitting headliners. Whether you’re in the mood to sacrifice an old pair of kicks to the get down gods or you just have a hankering for some toe tappin’ Elysium be sure to check out one or more of the below and prepare to enter a world of multi-sensory splendor.
Hit them all and win the prize of a lifetime: a family of new friends.
March 31st to April 3rd
Technically this one starts in March but it rages well into April with what has been a hotly anticipated return to glory for the fashionable and fantastic gents from Desert Hearts. With the best lineup to date and a sold out show on the books, to say this will be all the best kinds of debauchery would be an understatement. Those who know the DH crew are double tying their laces because they know this one get down designed to knock your socks off.
Festival: Lucidity | Photo by David Pricco
April 7th – April 9th
In the last chapter of its six-story arch, Lucidity is rolling out a tale of togetherness to take it to the next level. We recently interviewed Jonah Haas, the Co-Founder of Lucidity, and he told us about the history of the festival and its connection to Lightning in a Bottle. For 5 years, Lucidity has delivered a story of questing for knowledge and skills and now in Eudaimonia they will complete the story for the 6th and final chapter. Does this mean this one will be the last Lucidity? Read the interview to find out!
Nothing ruins your shoes quite like a heated session of some high octane booty bass. At Big Booty Bass, patrons at the Paladino will experience some of the fiercest Los Angeles will have to offer, courtesy the likes of Peter Be, Antix, and Carbon Stereo. If that wasn’t enough they booked the D&B heroin Dela Moontribe to headline, so now you have to go.
Cats and Boots Records and the famed Xcellerated crew have joined forces to deliver another scintillating session Drum & Bass lovers will not want to miss. Why? How about West Coast Debuts of UK based beat shredders SpectraSoul and LSB.
In between stops on the polo field Bay residents have something to head home for in a big way. At Bicycle Day, environmental stewardship, physical exercise and good times collide to in a big bang of art with from visionary legends like Android Jones with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. The headliners are bringing thunder too! Along with Ott, Papadosio, Phaeleh guests will also get the chance to revel in the sounds of the Bureau of Sabotage, for their Bay Area Debut.
April 21st – April 23rd
The Southern California staples from Terrakroma and Subtract are coming together to roll out a public event packed with sultry tunes and salacious vibes from the underground. Prepare to get down with these mixologists of music as they serve up house, tropical and drum n’ bass to groove you through the weekend. Must-see performances include the BIG GUY little guy set with Anton Tumas and Treavor Moontribe, Terrakroma (of course), Bellhop and Dela Moontribe – just for a few.
When Beats Antique and Dirtwire roll up their sleeves it’s time to do work on the dancefloor. Bay Area residents this one is a classic cirque delight wrapped in cultural curiosities. As early headliners at LIB, Beats Antique is a family favorite for festies all over and as headliners slated for this year on the Grand Artique stage, Dirtwire will be offering a taste-test of their best tunes along with a little preview of what you can expect in their highly anticipated performance at LIB.
Festival: Boogaloo | Photo by Marc Evans
April 28th – April 30th
With a fresh look and big plans, Boogaloo is back to unleash a smorgasbord of sassy art car goodness. With every stage being mobile at the event you’re sure to find dancefloor adventure at this one. Spring in for techno, bassy, funk jams because Boogaloo is blossoming in major ways, with beefier beats, bolder sound systems and more home-cooked camaraderie than ever.
April 29th at 5:30pm
There’s nothing quite like a long stretch and a deep exhale, unless of course you add an internationally acclaimed Yogi like Christi Christensen or a beloved icon of underground deep house music like DEEP founding father, Marques Wyatt. Bring your mats and a comfortable set of dancing shoes, Los Angeles because this is one musical experience that will lift spirits and ground you down at the same time through a combination of live sitar, spoken word poetry and a crystal bowl sound bath precisely tuned to 432hz.
April 29th at 8am
The good people of Santa Cruz have a lot of bass to look forward to in the last week of April. For those who remember the performances by Minnesota and Bleep Bloop at LIB last year, little explanation is probably needed to impart our enthusiasm about the lineup coming to the Catalyst Club on the 29th. Also coming to issue tickets to slay town is the bearded mastermind, LabRat, and captain of the dancefloor, the Pirate.
April 29th at 9pm
The HopMonk Tavern will be the place for hard-hitting hip-hip beats on April 29th in Sebastapol. Between SugarBeats and iLL.GATES revelers who descend on the Hopmonk Tavern will have a lot to be excited about. Plus, they’ll be joined by ghetto swing, glitch funk innovator Malarkey and Wormhole resident Krakinov to get an early glimpse at some of the sounds expected to melt faces during the course of this years festival season.