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Five Artists You Can’t Miss At Minimal Effort

Bradley Callison

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With Minimal Effort: All Hallows Eve upon us, lets take a look at some of the hidden gems and stellar talents bedded in the lineup. As house and music lovers descend into downtown Los Angeles Saturday night, some of the industry’s finest seasoned veterans and rising talents will be on display to usher in the darker tunes, deeper beats and drastic drops. Minimal Effort will be the host of the party and are no strangers to the LA scene. We’ve complied five artists and their respective tracks to highlight some of the ones were most excited for. From Lee Burridge to Eagles & Butterflies, these artists are ahead of their time and vastly underrated, as is the case with most house DJs. With Saturday being a ghoulish affair, it will be interesting to see how these artists adapt their sets to the vibe of the evening and take us on a journey through space and time. The last batch of tickets are still available so be sure to snag one here and we’ll see all you ghouls on the dance floor.

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Celebrating Something Old With Something New At City Hearts Festival

Bradley Callison

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As Desert Hearts celebrated their 5 Year Anniversary this past weekend in downtown Los Angeles, the only thing different about this party than a standard Desert Hearts Festival was the location. As the crew from San Diego brought the party from the desert to the city streets for the first City Hearts Festival, literally everything was brought in and then some. From the irresistible Pile Palace to the classy Wine & Cheese Party; the ethos of House, Techno and Love was glittered throughout downtown Los Angeles and the scene was set for a night of infamous Desert Hearts movin’ and groovin’. As Porkchop got things warmed up in pure tech house fashion, I ran into Dirtybird player Sacha Robotti upon first entering the festival and from the get go knew this was going to be a special night. I made my way around the various vendors spread throughout the event space and was even surprised to find a few friends vending their art, clothes, necklaces and everything in between as we all know its all about the details when its comes to festival fashion. Another known fact regarding fashion among the Desert Hearts faithful is the fact that when there’s a Desert Hearts party, the ladies are dressed in the finest festival threads. With what I think is the best looking fan base, every beautiful girl is only as beautiful as her smile and there were plenty of those to be found everywhere you looked. Marbs brought the party up a notch with some techno and as the sun set on Los Angeles, the party was just getting started. Papa Lee Reynolds then took the reigns as the pulse of City Hearts was now throbbing to the steady beat of what makes up Desert Hearts; the vibe and the people. With their staple of featuring one stage and only house and techno, nothing but a good time is guaranteed and you are destined to make at least one new life-lasting friend or twenty. As the final set of night began with the entire Desert Hearts Crew, memories of when I attended my first Desert Hearts festival back in fall of 2015 came rushing back to my mind. As we danced the through the family set and smiles glimmered in the reflections of the heart above the stage, it was safe to say City Hearts Festival was yet another love-filled memory that all in attendance will hold close to our Desert Hearts forever.

 

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Voodoo 2017 Review

Mike Victorick

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Voodoo Music & Arts Festival 2017 Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

VOODOO GETS SPOOKIER EVERYTIME I GO BACK! THIS IS A GOOD THING! 

This was the first festival I ever attended. It was 6 hrs away but it was on Halloween and it was New Orleans, enough said! That was in 2012. Fast forward to 2017 and it is my first time back in 5 years. I’m not going to review each of the artist. I feel we know that it’s worth the ticket price alone to catch the likes of Kendrick, Foo Fighters, & Dillon Francis alone. What I want to talk about is the environment that C3 have created with this festival.

The cemetery leads to a haunted house right in the center of Voodoo! Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

New Orleans is the place to be on Halloween. It’s the setting of Anne Rice, clubs called the Dungeon, Trent Reznor(NIN) wrote some of his best work there. All things creepy are here! What is cool is the fact that the festival tries to bring this onto City Park grounds in the epicenter of the festival. Voodoo is not just 5 stages and more artist or acts that one could see in one weekend. Voodoo is an experience with music and art and a grave yard and even a HAUNTED HOUSE! Now I didn’t go in the haunted house. I was too busy lugging around my camera gear and computer. Everyone coming out of it seemed to have really enjoyed it though. I think that is what matters in the end.

RL Grime on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo 2017 Photo Cred: Mike Victorick

The stages are a bit smaller than the last time I was there but the production was still top notch. There was plenty of pyro, lighting, and loud sound for all to go around. The one thing I want to point out is this is the first time I went to a festival and didn’t experience any kind of sound bleed. It seems like they really figured this one out. If you want to get from the Altar(main stage) to the LePlur(edm stage) it takes a bit of a walk but well worth it. I’m sure the artist appreciated it as well.

Foo Fighters headline Saturday night at Voodoo 2017 Photo cred: Mike Victorick

Because Voodoo is a C3 event you can always count on the lineup being sort of a spin off of other large US festivals like Lollapalooza in Chicago or ACL in Texas.  The one thing you will see that is different is the culture that surrounds this festival and it’s city full of history. It could just very well be that us humans are interested in creepy cool. Voodoo is definitely creepy cool!

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BUKU Music & Arts Fest Returns With A Few Twists

Mike Victorick

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photo cred: mikevictorick.com

BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT RETURNS TO

NEW ORLEANS MARCH 9-10, 2018

DISCOUNTED TIER 1 2-DAY TICKETS

ON SALE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 11AM CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 10, 2017) – BUKU Music + Art Project has announced its return to downtown New Orleans on March 9-10, 2018 for the seventh annual edition of the boutique music + arts event.  Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

A limited amount of discounted Tier 1 2-day passes will go on sale Wednesday, October 11th at 11am CT.  BUKU is offering General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP and TOO BUKU VIP ticket options.  Travel Package options will also be available at a later time.  When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event.

BUKU continues to offer Payment Plans which will be available to fans upon checkout.  Additionally, BUKU will again be offering an optional Collectible 3D Magnet which can be paired with a ticket, featuring BUKU’s iconic “moon-eye” illustration which has a new iteration each year.

More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Upbeat Academy Foundation.

Previous BUKU artists (2012-2017) include, among many others: Alt-J, Anderson .Paak, Art Department, A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Borgore, Car Seat Headrest, Cashmere Cat, Chance The Rapper, CHVRCHES, Claude vonStroke, Danny Brown, Datsik, Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Dillon Francis, Earl Sweatshirt, Explosions in the Sky, The Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Future, G-Eazy, Griz, Gramatik, Hudson Mohawke, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Japandroids, Jauz, Kehlani, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Lil B, Major Lazer, Malaa, Nas, NGHTMRE, Nina Kraviz, Odesza, Passion Pit, Phantogram, Porter Robinson, Portugal. The Man, Pretty Lights, Primus 3D, Purity Ring, Rezz, RL Grime, Run The Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Seth Troxler, Skream, Skrillex, STS9, Tchami, Thundercat, Travis Scott, TV on the Radio, Tycho, Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples, Zeds Dead, ZHU + many more.

The 2018 artist lineup and more information about the festival will be coming soon.

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms:

Web: www.thebukuproject.com

FB: www.facebook.com/BUKUProject

Twitter: @TheBUKUProject

Instagram: @TheBUKUProject

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