Saturday was fun, thanks to all our friends who came out to celebrate Kris and Yaya’s birthday. Here’s to 23, and the transition period sweeping upon the squad like a tidal wave; another year brings in reflection and more goals to accomplish. In time this will all make sense, for now sit tight and stay woke.
Over the weekend, a huge amount of our friends were out in Suav City (SD) for The Soundlot Festival put on by BesAme and The Traveler’s Club. We arrived a few days early, and stayed a few days after to get to experience Suav City in it’s entirety, hitting the beach, getting tacos, and checking out scenic spots. The Soundlot was unfortunately ended well before it should have, with the cops showing up before DUCKWRTH could even perform a single track, after lowering the volume during Saba’s set. We still got a murderous set from Down2Earth (they absolutely killed it), RossiRock, 1207 and Simmi however, who were impressive in their performances. Co-headliner Noodles performed a set at a secret house party that also got shut down, but the experience of having all your friends together in Suav City was definitely worth it. We hit the beach a number of times, and made it clear that we were from the Bay Area at every place we went to throughout the weekend.
Much love to our homies RossiRock and Richie Moon, we had them up at our group show Parallels in June, and they held it down for us out there – you can expect more to come from us all in the future. Check out some photos below of our trip!
This weekend is San Diego’s “The Soundlot Festival”, a long awaited event which thanks to BesAme unites some key players of the Bay Area’s music and art scene with San Diego’s powerhouse The Travelers Club who enlists an equally impressive line-up, spanning up and down the coast. Below we’ve taken the time to delve into some of the line-up in a short preview, including a description, although not a comprehensive list you can see some of what to expect at the festival, from both the visual and musical artists. The Bay Area will be in SD heavy this weekend, and if you’re not there for this incredible line-up then you’re truly missing out.
Wow, where to start with FEELS. We were a part of FEELS since it’s first chapter, I appeared in the first FEELS, Carina in the second FEELS, Shruggs spinning at all of them, and of course the homie young Veeej making his appearances at FEELS 2 and 3. So, it’s safe to say we’ve definitely been here for the whole ride, and I just wanna tip my hat to the people over at Wine & Bowties, Max and Will built something truly beautiful, bringing the community together and enlisting some heavy hitters this time around to add to the mix. A week after dropping their third album Ego Death, The Internet headlined FEELS 3, performing alongside 1-O.A.K., Tia Nomore, Ezale, DAGHE, Shruggs and many more talented folks. The turnout was crazy, the vibes were right, the tacos were aplenty, the good folks at Oakland Terminal (and Yaya) kept the drinks pouring all night, in the biggest Wine & Bowties event yet. Seriously, the dudes over at Bowties have been consistently killing it for some time now, curating some spectacular events, this time around bringing in artists like Veeejzilla, Vavi, Jus OnTask, Max Claus and more to contribute some solid pieces to match a stacked musical lineup. Check out some photos below from THE event of the year.
For the 4th of July weekend, Veej and I decided to mob down to San Diego for Richie Moon’s NETFLEX art show along with Veej’s friend Patrick and my friends Korey and Nate, so we got a rental and left Thursday late at night, revisiting some classic albums while on our lengthy drive. We pulled up to L.A. early on Friday morning, around 5, making a pit stop in Long Beach to visit our good friend Wallah, who’s recently relocated to L.A. After some catching up on a quick hike, we headed to get some Korean BBQ and replenish ourselves, meeting up with some homies including Half Black and Veej’s homie Theresa with whom he went to Korea and Japan. We took this photo on our last L.A. trip, so it felt only fitting to try and start a tradition before saying goodbye to Wallah and Los Angeles.
As I’m writing this, Travi$ Scott’s newest, “Antidote” is on repeat, and it’s safe to say that track perfectly encapsulates the energy that was on display at our group art show Parallels this last Thursday. 6 months after REVOLVE, we wanted to provide folks with another engaging multimedia art show, and ya’ll came out in droves to truly immerse yourselves in projects from Beatrice, Veeej, Gabriela, Carina, D-Cam, Rewina and Richie Moon. There was a lot that went into Parallels, but seeing everyone’s finished projects on the walls made it all worth it, however, with that being said we definitely have to apologize to those who couldn’t make it in the door and experience the show, and/or for the darkness of the venue. There were some things that went beyond our control, due to the owners but next time we’ll have a bigger and better spot.
Aside from that though, it was amazing to see the reception the Bay Area gave to San Diego’s Richie Moon, a good 10 people at least came up to me wanting to meet the dude in person, and his musical companion RossiRock had the crowd rocking to his set (stay tuned for this dude to make some big noise soon). Everyone received a huge amount of love for their projects though – David Camarena’s “LUNACY” (you can view that below) which he prepared specially for the show, was projected throughout the night and added to the vibe nicely as sets from Shruggs and Spencer Stevens had the crowd going absolutely stupid (plus a surprise set from Legendvry). The artists definitely showed out with ill projects, from Veeej’s Japan & Korea photos, Gabriela’s paintings, Carina’s mixed media collages, Rewina’s graphic design set, Richie’s colorful prints, Beatrice’s massive wall of matching prints, and finally to David’s photos and video. Below check out our official photo recap of the night, and one last thank you to Jalia, Carmen, Daniel, Nate, Latajh, Antonio and Daniel who put in work helping us out during the show – and another special thanks to the guys over at NIGHTED who printed up zines for our show, as well as The Chocolate Monkey for the tees. Stay tuned for more to come from us this summer, and our last and biggest thanks goes out to all you who continue to support us and come out to events, making it possible to continue to provide you with more in turn.
It’s been six months since our group art show REVOLVE, an engaging group art show which spanned a number of mediums, and was hosted at Oakland Terminal. That show was a tremendous success thanks to all you who came out and participated in our vision, and the artists involved who did work on their end. We’re pleased to present our latest group art show, Parallels which takes us across the water to San Francisco this time around and enlists a cast of familiar faces with some new ones. Without pushing too much of a political agenda, moreso a reflection of the times around us, we wanted to provide a theme for the artists involved that did just that, and in Parallels we’re presenting a pop-up art + music show in downtown SF, just outside the Tenderloin and blocks away from Twitter HQ & other major start-ups. Seeing the disparities presented by the environment, and the contrast in lifestyles of the residents of/those who occupy the area daily, the stage is set for what we conceptualized thematically. The artist’s projects are a manifestation of juxtaposing elements, tackling multiple angles of a subject, aesthetic, or issue that puts the parallels of contrasting or similar elements on display. This contrast will be thematically or visually evident throughout people’s projects which span a variety of mediums from illustration to videography to photography.
This show is sure to provide some pieces that challenge your perceptions of even the artists themselves, who are embodying the dualities and parallels that everyday life presents within their works which span a variety of mediums (some even doing things you wouldn’t expect from them). We’re pretty excited about this one, we’ll be collaborating with The Chocolate Monkey for an exclusive tee and zine as well, which will be on sale at the show. Check out below for a preview of the works of the artists involved in the show, click on the image above their name for a link to their work or an interview which we’ve done with them recently.