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Underground Cities

Thought we’d touch on where people come from. Every artist, mainstream or underground, comes from somewhere right?  And for the record, not everyone came from Los Angeles New York, and of course Nashville. Maybe that’s where they had to travel to “be found”, but those three major metropolitan cities (well maybe Nashvilles isn’t considered major and metropolitan, but it is a big music hub) are far from the only places where good shit exists.

We’ve put a list together of some underrated cities, where their music scene is one to be discovered.

 

  1. Portland, OR. Portland’s kinda turned into something, especially among the hip scene. With a scene brings more bars, music, and artists. Portland, although a mainstream city now, while producing some up and comers in the accepted world, offers some great spots to hear many of the untapped.
  2. Detroit, MI. A scene for some time, but gears are shifting to more of the hip hop scene. There is some incredible underground to explore in Detroit. Auto industry it once was, audio it still is.
  3. Cambridge, MA. Underrated music spot that deserves a little more love and attention. Great live music, great scene. Worth checking out.
  4. Kansas City, MO. An underrated hip hop spot. Another spot to check.

These are just a few cities. The Hawaii islands have some incredible reggae, reggae/rap bands and musicians too. The difference is that some of the best you hear are in the backyard of a neighbor or friends. It’s island style, and one of the best ways to listen to good jams.

We did a post on Zilla. Zilla is straight from the Big Island. One example of excellence from the islands.

 

Until next time…Peace and music.

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Youth Beats -sharing the art

A good friend of mine recently set up youth beats in Colorado. The focus of YB is to expose and educate kids on music, and all different styles and genres. I just wanted to throw a shout out to Mark with Youth Beats and to Mr. R at Patio Splash Hot tubs, (patiosplash.com).

Youth Beats, know as YB, holds classes and experiences for Northern Colorado Youth. They target all youth, but also focus on working with kids with Autism.  The goal was for a positive outlet that explores the art of music and non traditional, non mainstream artists from past and present.

Mr. R, with Patio Splash has donated to provide YB with instruments and equipment for YB to play with, practice on, and use for the development of their own skills.

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World Wide Music Fests

There are several gatherings and music festivals all over the world, beyond the United States. We know many of the popular ones local to us….Coachella, EDC, Governor’s Ball, and more. We want to spend time recognizing that there are several other legit, quality festivals and music shows around the world.

  1. AMF Amsterdam –  Amsterdam.  The center for some of the best electronic music. AMF, part of the Amsterdam Dance Event, is a 5 day event featuring artist, recognizing artists, djs, dance, and craziness. I haven’t been to a ton of out of country festivals, put I have been to this one and it is a list topper for sure.  This year the Amsterdam Music Festival will feature some of the very best djs and performers. We are’t making it this year, but I wish we were. The fun begins this October 2016.
  2. Byron Bay Bluefest Australia. Contemporary Blues & Root Music. The Blues Fest has become internationally renown and boasts over 7 stages and 200 performances. The Bluefest has grown in popularity over the years and brings thousands of people together to enjoy a variety of sound and a chill, laid back atmosphere. Originating in 1990, it has grown to what it is today. Five full days of music, dance, atmosphere and fun. Get ready for the Bluefest in April 2017. Thinking to get out of the Us, head way down under to Aussie land.
  3. Gnaoua World Music Festival– Morocco. We like to give recognition to all types of music and sound. This Moroccan Festival represents just that. This festival is a melting pot of world music. Gatherers….nearly half a million, come together to experience Gnaoua. Gnaouas are spiritual healers and music makers. This festival brings foreign musicians of all types together and what you have is an experience of a lifetime.
  4. MysteryLand. Netherlands. Godfather of Dance Festivals. Netherlands is home to electronic sounds. Mysteryland dance and music festival brings incredible djs and artists together to create an experience. All electronic music lovers should at some point experience this incredible festival. Many djs have been made known from Mysteryland. Check it out next August 2017.

I have just named 4 of the numerous music and dance festivals all over the world. We have lots of cool things going on in the Unites States too. From Bluegrass to Jazz, Electronic to Hip Hop, festivals allow people to come out explore, listen, engage and move to sound rhythm produced by talented musicians. Experience different styles and genres. Explore the sounds and energy people put into their music. Watch the way sound makes one or many move and interact. The internet is huge….explore the many other festivals that are out there. Some new, some decades old.

Can’t get a way. There’s always Radio Scorpio.