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Atlanta Gets Shaky: Shaky Beats 2018

 The Shaky Beats sign at Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Shaky Beats sign at Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shaky Beats Music Festival at Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia just concluded its third run and it’s hard to put into words the mayhem that occurred over the weekend of May 11th through May 13th of 2018. This year’s lineup was stacked from top to bottom with some of the best names in the EDM genre. Throughout the weekend, Atlanta gave welcome to G Jones, Ludacris, Borgore, Ookay (LIVE), and Kayzo. And that’s only naming a few!

Friday kicked the weekend off with a bang with G Jones on the Peachtree stage. G Jones brought the heavy bass to Atlanta and kicked off the weekend with some wicked wubs. G Jones payed homage to his buddy Bassnectar several times throughout his set by touching on hits like “Mind Tricks” and “Underground”. His set kicked off the weekend with heavy bass that brought the head bangers out bright and early that day. It was the perfect way to kick off the festival for this year.

One set on Friday that brought all of Atlanta out to Central Park to get down and boogie was Ludacris. His set was an absolute dance party from start to finish. Ludacris came on roughly ten to fifteen minutes late, but pushed past his set time by about twenty minutes. As he opened his set, he let everyone know that he was ready and willing to play his whole discography. He pretty much went through all his number one hits during his time on the Peachtree stage. The crowd got to boogie to “Number One Spot”, “Stand Up”, and “What’s Your Fantasy”. And that’s not even scratching the surface on his set. Speaking of scratching, Ludacris had support from DJ Infamous. DJ Infamous is a force to be reckoned with at Shaky Beats.  He definitely know how to hype up a crowd and get everyone groovin’.

 And of course, we can’t forget the closing act from Friday night. The masked Marshmello himself came out to Shaky Beats to throw down a face melting set. Marshmello helped kick off the very, first ever Shaky Beats. Seeing him progress from one of the smaller stages to the main stage in just two years is an indicator of how rapidly the Mellogang is growing. His fans, known as the Mellogang, came out to Shaky Beats in full force sporting their DIY Mello-heads. Marshmello’s set threw down some groovy tunes that payed his respects to other well-known DJ’s in the industry while sprinkling in some of his heavy hitters like “LoVe U” and “BLocKs”.

Even though Friday kicked things off full force, Saturday came in for the kill and showed Shaky Beats had no intentions of taking it easy after the first day. The day had a killer lineup featuring Ookay (LIVE), Borgore, Excision, San Holo, and Shiba San. The day got super groovy when Ookay (LIVE) took the stage and we had a guest appearance from Roochute Ron at Central Park. Roochute Ron and the Festival Squad came to boogie with their Roochute and they conquered the whole festival set by set. People were thrilled to see the Roochute make an appearance at Shaky Beats. It’s literally the feeling you would get when you would walk into gym class as a kid and the teacher would pull out the parachute and the little scooter boards. The feeling of utter excitement and wonder washes over you when you see Roochute Ron and his squad show up. Things got super funky under the chute as Ookay cranked out his live version of “Next 2 Me”. We hope you were able to catch our live stream of that moment on Instagram. Concert Hopper would like to thank Roochute Ron, The Festival Squad and Ookay (LIVE) for the super groovy hour of dancing we got to enjoy on Saturday at Shaky Beats.

To take things from groovy and funky tunes to heavy bass in your face, Borgore conquered the Peachtree Stage after Ookay (LIVE). Borgore came through with a killer set list featuring songs like “Daddy”, “CoCo Puffs”, and his infamous hit “Nympho”. His set had everyone rocking the rail and I am surprised the rail didn’t shatter. Borgore is a classically trained musician who plays Saxophone and Piano and who is also able to produce some of the most filthy dubstep drops in the industry. He is also lined up to be working with artists like Gucci Mane later this year. Concert Hopper had the pleasure of sitting down with Borgore after his face melting set and chatting with him about his new releases and what he could possibly have planned for the future. You can read more about the opportunity we had to sit down with him here.

Sunday brought some big names to Central Park such as; Ofenbach, Medasin, Troyboi, Kayzo and Seven Lions. One set that was absolute mayhem from start to finish was Kayzo. Kayzo brought the Piedmont stage to its knees with a set riddled with bangers. From dropping a tribute to the late and great Chester Bennington from Linkin Park to getting all the head bangers riled up with a remix of Papa Roach’s “Last Resort”, Kayzo is definitely a former punk kid gone EDM. Kayzo is the place to be if you’re into some punk rock remixed with face melting, thrashing drops. He wasn’t the only artist throwing down on the last day, but he was definitely one of the highlight artists of that day.

Shaky Beats 2018 was an amazing follow up to Shaky Knees the previous weekend. This festival has bloomed into a wonderful place for people in the South to connect through the EDM genre. The community is growing and this year the festival took place at Central Park instead of Centennial Park like previous years. We here at Concert Hopper have loved watching the Shaky festivals in Atlanta evolve into what they are today. We certainly hope that this festival stays at Central Park. 

It's a Wrap: Shaky Beats (2018)

 Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018: Central Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018: Central Park (Atlanta, Ga.)

What started out as the new kid on the festival block back in 2016, the Shaky Beats Music Festival has quickly become one of the premiere EDM/Hip-hop festivals in the Southeast region. Being a part of this festival since the beginning, I am very happy to see that this year’s event was held at Central Park while the old location, Centennial Olympic Park, is under some renovations. The move gave this festival new life by adding much, more space and an extra stage, Criminal Records Stage, across from the Ponce De Leon stage.

I want to first start off this review with a few of my favorite performances over the weekend: Marvel Years, Manic Focus, and Autograf. There were so many artists to watch over the weekend but I made sure that these three performances were not missed. 

Marvel Years (a.k.a. Cory Wythe) has taken the EDM world by storm with his exceptional blending of blues, classic rock, EDM, retro-funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop into a groovy, funky sound that keeps the dance floor very busy. I was really excited to see what Marvel Years brought to the crowd at Shaky Beats and man did he play his heart out! I recommend checking out Marvel Years if he coming to your town via a festival or just a standalone show. Want to check out some of Marvel Years? Then follow this link to the official Soundcloud page for Marvel Years today and see what you think.

Manic Focus - John “JmaC” McCarten a.k.a. Manic Focus (MF) was also one of the best sets of the weekend and he played the Criminal Records stage, which is the smallest of the four. MF’s set would have definitely blown the lid off the main stage as a performer. He even had a special guest show up, Marvel Years, and perform with him during his set. After seeing MF a few times, I really think he will blow up after doing the festival circuit this year. Check out MF’s Official Soundcloud Page and see what you think.

Autograf – First off, I want to give special thanks to Roochute Ron for recommending this band to my crew and myself. When I walked up and saw some instruments on stage, I knew I came to the right place. The band consists of Adam Hirsch, Benito Lugo, and Mikul Wing. Their bio states, “It’s about leaving your mark on the world. It’s about leaving your Autograf.” Well this trio left a huge impression with me based on their performance and energetic, stage presence. Hope you enjoy this link to Autograf’s Official Soundcloud Page and dance all night like we all did.

By the way, did you know Atlanta's own Ludacris played this year? You can guess that was a packed house as almost everyone showed up for this incredible set by Ludacris. This was a bucket list item for me... so thanks Shaky Beats! 

So if you watched the Concerthopper live streams or story on Instagram then you might have saw that Shaky Beats had a special guest: Roochute. It was awesome to hang with Roochute Ron and his Ohio crew during the weekend. Ron is basically family and you always welcome family into your home town. It was great to see the festival goers open up and have fun with the Roochute during Ookay’s set on Saturday. Hope you enjoy these shots.

I mentioned earlier that the festival was held at a new location, Central Park, in Atlanta. This move gave the festival more space for activities, stages, vendors, and bathrooms. And we cannot leave out one of the most important things to have during May in Atlanta: shade. This is something you cannot get while roaming Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Sorry, I said it. So adding these aspects to an already well run and organized festival you get one hell of a time with your festival squad. I only hope that Shaky Beats can continue to stay at Central Park for years to come because I heard nothing but positive things coming from festival goers all weekend.

Watching this festival grow over the last few years makes me really excited to see what next year has in store for us. I know I would like to see added to next year’s lineup: STS9, The Floozies, Pretty Lights (Live), Breakbot, The Polish Ambassador, Odesza, Chromeo, and Cherub to name a few. Even though Odesza, Chromeo, and Cherub all played the first year it is time for their triumphant return to Shaky Beats! So congratulations to Shaky Beats for another successful year in the books. Concerthopper, Kade and myself are very, honored to have been a part of this festival and we look forward to speculating to who is actually going to be on the lineup for next year’s event. Too soon?

Stay tuned to Concerthopper this week for Kade’s exclusive interview with Borgore right after his fire set on Saturday. Don’t forget to check out our BRAND NEW, redesigned website over at www.concerthopper.com and tell us what you think! We would love to get some feedback from our readers. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2018 on all music related events/festivals such as: Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox Theatre, Underoath: Live at The Rapids Theatre, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Slayer: The Final TourMuddy Roots Music Festival by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

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Path of Righteousness Tour: Hippie Sabotage- SOLD OUT at the Buckhead Theatre

 

Hippie Sabotage is an EDM duo, which consists of Whittier, Ca. natives Kevin and Jeff Saurer, who are currently on their worldwide Path of Righteousness Tour until April 4th. Most recently they made a tour stop in Atlanta to a sold out crowd at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Hippie Sabotage came on a mission to bring their unique style of EDM to all of their fans in attendance. Personally, I had no clue what their live performance was like as I was only familiar with their recorded material. Sometimes I get very disappointed with EDM acts based on the lack of emotion or interaction with the crowd. Let’s just say that from the start of their set until the very end, it was not at all what I expected and that is a very good thing.

 

Hippie Sabotage brings so much energy on stage for every performance. Whether it is Kevin’s interactions with fans on the rail or Jeff’s barrage of crushing beats and thrashing guitar solos. Crowd interaction is a major part of their performance because they are very thankful for all of their fans. At the end of the night during their seminal remix hit of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”, it has become a habit, if you will, for the brothers to bring as many of their devoted fans on stage as they can for this song’s performance. It is always a pleasure to see random people bond together over something that they all can enjoy. Plus, they can take this wonderful memory with them so that they can revisit it when they are in need of a positive moment in their life.

 

Besides Girl Talk, I cannot say of anyone else who does this with their fans at the end of their set. To me it is sort of like recreating a house party vibe with many of your close friends and just dancing the night away. As I walked the venue throughout the night finding spots for some photos, whether it was upstairs, at the bar, or in the very back of the venue on the first floor everyone was dancing their worries away. For this moment in their life, nothing else mattered. And isn’t this the true purpose of music? To help take away all of the problems and ills of the day just for one moment of pure blissfulness. If you’re interested in hearing what you missed, check out Hippie Sabotage's Official Soundcloud page to listen to their discography right now.

 

Also on tour with Hippie Sabotage on the Path of Righteousness Tour were Melvv and Olivia Noelle. Melvv (a.k.a. Jeffrey Melvin) is a Wisconsin native who has been interested in making music since watching videos of Daft Punk’s 2007 tour. While attending the University of Wisconsin, even the school newspaper recognized Melvv as being a rising star in the music industry. Olivia Noelle is an electronic music vocalist with her musical influence deeply rooted in R&B, hip-hop, and electro-pop. She moved to Los Angeles at age 17 in order to start her music career and now she is opening up for Hippie Sabotage on their North American tour. Check out some of Melvv via his Official Soundcloud page and Olivia Noelle via her Official Soundcloud page today.

 

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Lotus with Marvel Years: Live at the Georgia Theatre!

Since joining Concerthopper, I have had some incredible opportunities to do photography at some beautiful venues in Georgia such as; The Tabernacle, The Masquerade (old and new), and Terminal West to name a few. And for this, I am most thankful for all who have helped me along the way. Most recently, I was able to shoot at a brand new venue (for me) that I have always adored and respected: The historic Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens. So join me on a photographic recap of this jam packed night full great music with both Lotus and Marvel Years!

Lotus has always been one of my favorite jam bands that can be also categorized as a jamtronic band. The band formed way back in 1999 at Goshen College in Indiana and have released ten (10) LPs, one (1) EP, and two (2) live LPs to date. During their performance you can really hear their deepest musical influences seeping through their music like; Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and Air. Want to check out some of the vibes Lotus is throwing down? Here is a link to their official Soundcloud page and see what you think. Check out the entire set list from this 2 set extravaganza performed by Lotus that even had a Tame Impala track thrown in for good measure as an encore.

Set I:Middle Road, Livingston Storm > Mikesnack, Move Too Fast > Flower Sermon, In An Outline Set II:Cold Facts, It's All Clear To Me Now > Tip of the Tongue, Wooly Mammoth, Ra Ako St, Umbilical Moonrise, Greet the Mind E:Elephant

Marvel Years (a.k.a. Cory Wythe) has taken the EDM world by storm with his exceptional blending of blues, classic rock, EDM, retro-funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop into a groovy, funky sound that keeps the dance floor very busy. I was really excited to see what Marvel Years brought to the table during this performance in comparison to the time I saw playing for a festival crowd. And after watching this performance, I cannot wait for this year’s Shaky Beats Music Festival where we get to cover Marvel Years once again! Want to check out some of Marvel Years? Then follow this link to the official Soundcloud page for Marvel Years today and see what you think.

‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2018 on all music related events/festivals such as: Hippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour, Talib Kweli: Radio Silence Tour (2018), EyeHateGod, Cro-Mags, & Buzzoven: Live from the Earl, SweetWater 420 FestivalTy Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety PlayhouseRhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival, Sloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy Roots Music Festival by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

Hippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour

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Hippie Sabotage, made up of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer, is now on their worldwide Path of Righteousness Tour until April 4th in Tallinn, Estonia. If you miss this amazing tour in your hometown, you can also catch Hippie Sabotage at this year's Sloss Music & Arts Festival (07/14/2018-07/15/2018) in Birmingham. Concerthopper will be covering their March 8th performance at The Masquerade in Atlanta. Follow the link provided for more details if you're interested in joining us there! Check out Hippie Sabotage's Official Soundcloud page to listen to their discography right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V38psI8WIvI

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‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2018 on all music related events/festivals such as: Okeechobee Music + Arts FestivalSweetWater 420 Festival, Emancipator Ensemble: Baralku Tour- Variety Playhouse, Ty Segall & the Freedom Band: Live at the Variety Playhouse, Lotus with Marvel Years: Live at the Georgia TheatreHippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, Primus + Mastodon with All Them Witches: Live at the Fox TheatreShaky KneesShaky BeatsSloss Music & Arts Festival, & Muddy Roots Music Festival by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

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Sloss is BOSS: Sloss Music & Arts Festival (2018)

Just when I thought that all of these festival lineups could not get any better, Sloss Music & Arts Festival (July 14-15th, 2018 Birmingham, Alabama) just unloaded some hot fire onto the festival landscape. With a Big 4 that consists of Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, & GRiZ… I am so ready for July to roll around! And we cannot forget about the next few lines of this unbelievable lineup: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Vance Joy, The War on Drugs, Moon Taxi, Louis the Child, Vic Mensa, Lany, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Margo Price, Hippie Sabotage, Jai Wolf, Pvris, Big Freedia, and White Reaper to name a few.

Sloss Music & Arts Festival also offers many other experiences such as; a Silent Disco, Beer Garden, The Copper Lounge, BBVA Compass Lounge, Sloss Metal Arts Live Iron Pouring, “The Outdoors” Presented by Alabama Outdoors, Seasick Records, American Poster Institute, and various Art vendors (apply to be a vendor here) from across the Southeast. Tickets for the two (2) day event are available online and really affordable with Level 1 at $130 and capping out at Level 3 at $160. Now if you are into the V.I.P. thing, do not worry because there are three (3) different levels of their V.I.P. packages ranging from $210.00 all the way to $850.00. Payment plans are also available through their website. So don’t fret, you do not have to put down all of the cash for your tickets at your time of purchase.

If you are from out of town and need a place to crash then I suggest www.airbnb.com or www.booking.com. As an added bonus, use this link and get $40 off your first stay with Airbnb.com & use this promo link https://www.booking.com/s/43_8/tzolis90 for $25 cash back on Booking.com. Need a ride while in Birmingham? No sweat! First time users can use the following codes for discounts on local ride shares: Lyft – TARYN273 or Uber – hristost3ue. Got any questions about the festival, check out this link to their information webpage to get that curiosity satisfied.

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Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

Shaky Beats Music Festival 2018

Shaky Beats Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia just released their 2018 line up and it’s coming in as one of the best EDM festivals of the year so far. This line up is stacked from top to bottom with names that have been taking the EDM genre by storm for the past few years.  The three main headliners leading this festival line-up are Kygo, Marshmello and Zedd. This festival is only going on its 3rd full year and its starting to gain some traction as Atlanta’s #1 EDM festival as it pulls names that have been on the main stages of Bonnaroo, EDC, and Okeechobee.

Shaky Beats had its inaugural year in 2016 and took the nation by storm with a break out line up that featured Odeza, Big Gigantic, Cherub and Marshmello. This festival is almost like the millennial younger brother to Shaky Knees, an annual festival in the same location with a more alternative/indie rock vibe. Both festivals have virtually the same production companies behind them, which means Shaky Beats has the creative minds behind it to help it grow in the best ways possible.

This year Shaky Beats is coming in with one of the best, must-see line ups with big names like Excision, Dillon Francis, SevenLions, Borgore, G Jones and Kayzo. Then the undercard is even overflowing with talent with names like Buku, Bleep Bloop, Thriftworks, Manic Focus, Space Jesus and Ookay Live. Shaky Beats has done an amazing job of meshing all the sub-genres of EDM into one lineup that pulls some of the biggest names that are currently touring the EDM festival circuit.

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Shaky Beats is shaping up to be the #1 EDM festival in the Atlanta area, with its only contender being the Imagine festival. Even though Imagine has a much heftier line-up, you have to also consider the fact it is a camping festival which requires having the ability to camp for 3 days in Atlanta. For those who live in the Atlanta area and don’t have the interest or ability to get away to a camping festival for a weekend, Shaky Beats is the place to be. During Shaky Beats, each ticket holder can leave and re-enter the festival up to 3 times per day throughout the weekend. The doors open at 3:00pm on Friday, 2:00pm on Saturday, and 1:30pm on Sunday. This gives everyone ample amount of time to get to the park every day without worry about missing some of your favorite artists who may end up being the opening act one day.

Even if you're not from the Atlanta area and you want to stay somewhere in the city for the weekend, the luxury of being able to leave and re-enter is awesome because you will still get to explore the city. If you've never been to Atlanta and you're coming in for the weekend, some must-see areas would be Piedmont Park, The Beltline, and Centennial Olympic Park. Airbnb is definitely worth looking at if you're not from the area and looking for a place to stay that isn't going to break your bank account.

Shaky Beats 2018 is gearing up to be the hottest festival in Atlanta with a completely electronic vibe. Tickets are on sale now for only $169 plus taxes and sales fees. You definitely don't want to miss your chance of seeing Marshmello crush his headlining set!

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Cut Copy: Haiku From Zero Tour (Variety Playhouse)

Cut Copy CH (15) Cut Copy is a synth-pop/indie electronica/new wave band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia that started off as a solo project for a DJ and graphic designer, Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards, and guitar). The band presently consists of Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass), and Mitchell Scott (drums). Cut Copy has released a total of four (4) studio LPs, an EP, and a number of singles and mixes. Fresh off the release of their latest LP, Haiku from Zero, Cut Copy played the lovely Variety Playhouse (Atlanta) in front of a large crowd of fans eagerly awaiting their return. I personally recommend listening to In Ghost Colours and Free Your Mind to start off your Cut Copy experience for those interested. Check out their official Soundcloud page to listen to some of their music today.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Cut Copy and their management for giving Concerthopper and myself this incredible opportunity to come be a part of this night. If you want to check out Cut Copy when they are back stateside then you can go to their official tour calendar to see if they come close to you town next year. I know that you will be able to see them at both weekends of Electric Forest or the McDowell Mountain Music Festival as far as the 2018 festival circuit is concerned. Many more will be announced, so stay tuned to their website or their official Facebook page for more dates in the coming months.

We are starting to wind down for the year at Concerthopper.com, so check out what is on our upcoming schedule for the remainder of 2017 and some of our 2018 events as well. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2017 on all music related events/festivals such as: Black Label Society & Corrosion of Conformity: Live at The Masquerade, Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival, SweetWater 420 Festival, Hippie Sabotage: Path of Righteousness Tour, Shaky Knees, & Shaky Beats by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!

Thievery Corporation: Live at The Tabernacle

IMG_6288 When one of your favorite trip-hop bands from back in the day decides to book a show at one of your favorite venues in Atlanta on Friday the 13th of course you go with a huge group. Superstitions are way over-rated especially when it is a concert with Thievery Corporation and their opening support, Zach Deputy. So the crew got their dancing shoes and we all went down the road to Atlanta for some good old-fashioned fun with Thievery Corporation and friends. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to have the squad that went that night, we all had so much fun dancing and listening to the music play.

To start off the night, Zach Deputy took the stage and the crowd on a wild ride. Zach is a one man band that mixes some reggae, R&B, funk, hip hop, and calypso sounds into a loop while he performs solo. Wow is all I can say! First time witnessing Zach and I cannot believe that I slept on him this long. Come to find out, he has been in my town so many times at very small venues over the years. Want to hear Zach Deputy? Then check out his Official Bandcamp page to check out his discography. I highly recommend checking Zach out when he comes to your town or if you are Hulaween this year for his Thursday pre-party set.

Thievery Corporation was formed back in 1995 in our nation’s capital Washington, D.C. by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. They met at the Eighteenth Street Lounge where Hilton was the co-owner and quickly bonded over their adoration for the sounds of ‘club music’. Together they decided to combine various genres of music that they all enjoyed in order to create something unique. What they did not know was that this plan would articulate into ten studio LPs from the duo better known as Thievery Corporation. Personally, Thievery Corporation, Portishead, and Massive Attack got me into trip hop and some other forms of electronica. Granted, I am still very picky on what I listen to in the electronica/EDM genre, I am still reminded of the early years before the days of just a DJ by himself when I listen to these three pioneers today. Obviously, this is a band that I will always support and tell all my friends to go see them when they can… that means you! Hear some of their discography either on their Official Soundcloud or Discogs page today.

We are starting to wind down for the year at Concerthopper.com, so check out what is on our upcoming schedule for the remainder of 2017. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and stay up to date in 2017 on all music related events/festivals such as: Boris: Dear/25th Anniversary Live at The Masquerade, The Motet & Dopapod: Live at the Variety Playhouse, Lords of Acid: Sextreme Fest ’17, and Hulaween by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping on Facebook and Instagram for even more photos not available on Concerthopper.com.

Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!