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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

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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers finish up their main set at the Sweetwater Music Hall with the song, “Carousel,” written by their lead guitarist, Deren Ney. Great musicians, great songwriters, and just great people. If you ever get a chance to see Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers live, go do it!

Grahame Lesh sits in with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers to play “Barbary Blues” at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on 02/01/13. It was a magical night with Nicki and the boys as their show was being webcast live. Good times!

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers open up their live internet show from the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on February 2, 2013 with “Jetplane.” It was an awesome evening of great tunes. If you get a chance to check out Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers some time then go do it. They put on quite a good show every time.

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:

The start of Elway‘s set at the Tony Sly memorial fundraiser show at the Vice Ultra Lounge in Walnut Creek, CA on 12/15/12. Usually, I try to record the first few songs a band plays until they stop for banter, but Elway kept playing and playing and playing so much that I eventually just had to stop recording before they stopped. These guys have a lot of energy. Go check them out!

NOFX rock out and play well while blazing through their set at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA on 12/10/12. This is the first time I had heard them play “72 Hookers” live and it is probably the best I have heard them play it since.

NOFX continue to blaze through their set and keep the crowd moving with “Murder The Government” and “It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite” at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA on 12/10/12.

Green Day have released a new video for a song off their latest album ¡Tre! The “X-Kid” video reminds us of a simpler, analog time free of streaming services, iTunes downloads, and YouTube videos. There is not much to see in this video. Someone just presses play on a cassette tape and lets it play.

Let it roll yourself, and just listen to the music.

NOFX have premiered the music video for their new Christmas tune, “Xmas Has Been X’ed.” The  song comes from the group’s “double A side” Holiday single, which will be available digitally on Christmas Day, with a physical copy shipping in January. The video was filmed Saturday, December 15th in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, CA. In the day, the boys donned Santa garb and attended Santacon in San Francisco. They then went on to play a benefit fundraiser show for Tony Sly‘s family at the Vice Ultra Lounge in Walnut Creek. The show was a great time, albeit under sad pretenses. I was lucky enough to obtain tickets and attend the show with a bunch of friends. More videos and pics from that evening coming soon. Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas everyone!