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Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

I have really been digging on the band Materialized lately.

Give a listen and let me know what you think.

http://materialized.us
https://www.facebook.com/MaterializedMusic

Materialized is a keys/drums live electronic music duo from Oakland, CA. that specialize in soul shaking, bass-quaking dance and electronic music played live.

Drummer Dale Fanning and Keyboardist/Synthesist Dave Pellicciaro have crafted a style that feeds on their trademark combustive energy. With live sets that don’t stop once they start Materialized collides big bass electro-house w/ deep-space, cinematic compositions leaving noise and textured ambience in the wake.

Synergizing the energy and vibe of live performance with the punch and consistent tonal impact of cutting edge electronic music is the destination. Creating layered, sonic impact live, Materialized keeps things moving without “press play” assistance to make the music. This is where the bond and connectivity between band and audience happens and what Materialized considers central to their focus…. unity w/ the audience, to be equally immersed together.

In the past 18 months, Materialized has released two recordings, “Magneto Delicti” and “Space Junk” on CD, digital download and vinyl. Materialized hosts a beloved San Francisco annual bash, The Cosmic Love Ball, at The Fillmore Auditorium and plays nationally.

Magneto Delicti

Space Junk

“Mighty Dave Pellicciaro (keys, samples, myriad noisemakers) and Dale Fanning (electronic drums/percussion) and their varied collaborators are up to is just about everything most electronic dance music is missing, most notably a prominent human element with the ability to shift and respond in real time with true musician insight and instinct. No question that these guys are masters of technology but in a daring, hang-your-ass-over- the-edge way that recalls the sonic spelunking of early Tangerine Dream and Aphex Twin. The more aggressive, intense and shadowy Materialized becomes the more I’m captivated by their evolution.”

JamBase | Northern California – Dennis Cook

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Living Colour starts off their set at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA with “Preachin’ Blues” on 03/27/13. It was an awesome start to a rockin’ night as the band went on to play their whole “Vivid” album. We knew it was going to be a good night when Will Calhoun broke the skin to his bass drum on this song. Rockin’!!!

Galactic get the crowd moving at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 03/01/13 with “Hey Na Na.”

Check out more Galactic on their website here, http://www.galacticfunk.com/

Welcome to the Cosmic Love BallHello Bay Area musical socialites! It was great to see you the other night at the Cosmic Love Ball with DJ Wyllys, the North Beach Brass Band, Materialized, and Rubblebucket! That’s right, it was another great year for the futuristic love circus called the Cosmic Love Ball, which is held at the Fillmore in San Francisco every year to celebrate life, love, and music. This year, the Fillmore was adorned with wall hangings around the auditorium with heart accents around the room, including a whole wall filled with heart lights. Naughty love was certainly in the air though. As you entered the Fillmore you were greeted by a statue of a blindfolded angel’s bust offering you the traditional Fillmore apples. It was certainly a symbol of how the night was to progress.

DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love BallThe evening started off kind of slow with people slowly trickling in, but the lively DJ Wyllys kept everyone energized in the main auditorium while the North Beach Brass Band kept people entertained upstairs in the Poster Room. Eventually, the North Beach Brass Band marched their way downstairs and onto the dance floor to announce the beginning of the evening. It was awesome having them come down and march through the crowd. It really got everyone moving and it felt like we were swept away to New Orleans for a moment. Once everyone was hyped up the lights went down and genre bending house band, Materialized, took the stage.

Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallIf you have not seen or heard Materialized go check them out right now. They blew the crowd away at the Cosmic Love Ball with their intense energetic beats, thundering bass, and killer synths. They either kept people standing in awe, or made people move uncontrolablly. Either way, people seemed to be transported to cosmic love bliss. It is really hard to pinpoint what genre Materialized really is though. In fact, on their website they actually say the following:

“Any attempt to pigeonhole Materialized as an electronica band, a jam band, a jazz band, etc. doesn’t really work since this band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.”

They seem to rely heavily on beats, but they seem to twist and turn enough to keep you guessing on what kind of band they really are. One thing is for sure – they are really good.

Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallAdding to the fun of the evening, artist Lebo was painting along to the music. It was great to see images appear before our eyes as he worked on them. It really seemed to add another layer to the music too. It was a great addition to the entertainment for the evening. Thank you Lebo! The Galactic Muses dancers also took the stage several times to add some drama and flare with their sexy dance moves and several costume changes.The Galactic Muses dancers


Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love BallSoon after Materialized finished their set, Rubblebucket came on. They were pretty good, and accomplished musicians, but I did not really care for their set as much for some reason. They seemed to be too showy with semi afro-cubanesque influences and some pop thrown in, and the combination really was not working for me. However, their horns were really good and I was definitely moving. In fact, the whole crowd seemed to really enjoy them and everyone seemed to be moving their butts. It was a really good time. What I really loved the most was when singer Kalmia Traver would hop on the baritone sax every once in a while and took command of the stage. Even better was the end of their set when she hopped down off the stage with her sax and started playing through the crowd with the rest of the band and the North Beach Brass Band to end the show as they walked out of the venue. It was an awesome way to interact with the crowd and change the atmosphere of the venue before finishing the evening. Good times had by all!

If you are around the San Francisco area next February I highly encourage you to check out the Cosmic Love Ball. It is a wonderful evening of good vibes, good music, and good times. I hope to see you all there next year!

 

COSMIC LOVE BALL GALLERY:

Cosmic Love Ball Stage  Welcome to the Cosmic Love Ball Might Dave Pellicciaro's Rig at Cosmic Love Ball DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love Ball The North Beach Brass Band at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band sax at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band bass in my face Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty Dave Pellicciaro of Materialized Mighty D of Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Carlitos and Dale of Materialized Dale Fanning of Materialized Mighty Dave of Materialized The Galactic Muses dancers Galactic Muses dancers at the Cosmic Love Ball Crowd at the Cosmic Love Ball Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning rockin at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning patch change Mighty D rockin the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty D love pants coming off Materialized thanks everyone for coming Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love Ball Finishing the Cosmic Love Ball

Genre-bending rockers Living Colour will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their seminal album Vivid by embarking on a tour of Europe and North America and performing the album in its entirety at each stop. The tour starts in Europe on March 7th before heading to North America beginning on March 27 in San Francisco. From there, Corey GloverVernon ReidWill Calhoun, and Doug Wimbish will play Los Angeles, Boston, New York and more, ending on April 13 in Toronto. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

The current confirmed tour dates are as follows:

03/07/13 – The Garage in Glasgow, UK
03/10/13 – ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond, NL
03/11/13 – Melkweg in Amsterdam, NL
03/13/13 – New Morning in Paris, France
03/15/13 – Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
03/17/13 – Komma in Worgl, Austria
03/20/13 – Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany
03/27/13 – Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
03/29/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
03/30/13 – El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
04/04/13 – Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
04/05/13 – Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
04/06/13 – Irving Plaza in New York, NY
04/11/13 – Park West in Chicago, IL
04/12/13 – The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI
04/13/13 – The Opera House in Toronto, ON

I am hoping to make it to the San Francisco show at the Fillmore to hear them play this classic album. Hope to see you there to rock out to this awesome tune:

Lagwagon wrapping up their set with “Alien 8″ and “May 16″ at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday January 21, 2012.

The Trespassers

The Trespassers
Sarah Cupery Ottley (violin/fiddle, vocals), Benny Lee Friedrich (upright bass, vocals), Andy “Tarantula” Roberts (banjo, guitar, vocals), and “Bronco” Ben Goger (guitar, mandolin, vocals)

So, what are you up to this coming Cinco de Mayo? Well, if you are in San Francisco and want to have some fun I highly recommend going and seeing The Trespassers at the Great American Music Hall in support of their CD release party for Road Time: Live In California! The Trespassers have been described in the following ways:

“Homesteaders, activists, educators, workers, philosophers, travelers; The Trespassers strive to live in harmony with this world. Their songs often times include critiques and solutions pertinent to life in the twenty-first century.”

“The Trespassers sing stories that make you feel at peace but also dare to remind you that we are not always alright in this complex, modern world. Strength, protest, anger, hope and, above all, love are the emotions that resound off canyon and concrete walls as this band drifts across the west.”

“This young band is coming into their prime, after eight years of playing in the underground. Honing their skills in taverns, barns, campfires, at grassroots music festivals and environmental rallies. They are ready to bring their music and message to a wider audience.”

I have been lucky enough to work with The Trespassers a few times in the past and I can easily say that they are a group of the nicest people you could ever meet. They are truely just down to Earth, good people trying to make it by in this world. They are always looking to have a good time and it comes across in their music. They always get the crowd moving with their infectious energy.

The Trespassers have been touring around the West for quite a while now, so you may have already caught their Sierra Foothill Folk music at places like the Strawberry Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Fillmore Poster Room, Carter Ranch Music Festival, Café Du Nord, and the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival.

To put together Road Time: Live In California, The Trespassers recorded all their live shows from their 2011 Summer and Fall tours. They then had the recordings mixed at Jerseydale – Ain’t No Studios by Peter Bogle. The album features 19 songs recorded live at 6 venues in 2011 and can be purchased now at CD Baby.

Tickets are now available for The Trespassers’ official CD release in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall. Go to http://tickets.gamh.com/events/196440 to buy tickets. Opening for them will be Windy Hill, Faux Renwah, and Melody Walker. If you know you’re going to the show, or you think you’re going to the show, please buy your tickets in advance! It’ll also be an awesome opportunity to get a great discount on their new album. I have heard from the band, and they are very excited about this show and hope to share the evening with you! Hope to see you there!!

In the meantime, here are some videos of The Trespassers performing at a gig I got them in the KPIG studios years ago:

 

 

 

 

Lagwagon playing “Coffee & Cigarettes” at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday January 21, 2012.
This is probably one of my favorite Lagwagon songs. I’ve always loved playing this tune on the guitar.

Lagwagon performing “Mr. Coffee” at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday January 21, 2012. Tried to get a little bit of the pit and got Joey doing some jump rope with the mic cable. Good times!

Lagwagon getting started at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday January 21, 2012 with “Island of Shame” and “Lazy.”