A bit of advice when it comes to local music festivals; David Bazan, Laura Gibson tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:52 pm June 21, 2016
David Bazan as Pedro the Lion, performing at Sokol Underground July 6, 2000. Bazan plays tonight at Reverb Lounge.

David Bazan as Pedro the Lion, performing at Sokol Underground July 6, 2000. Bazan plays tonight at Reverb Lounge.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

There continues to be rumblings about the River City Music Festival fiasco, confusion about who did what, and what these thieves did in the past, etc. Someone asked me why I haven’t delved into it. And the reason is the same reason why I didn’t get into last year’s Grassroots Festival debacle, and it’s this: The large concerts that feature bands I want to see are booked and promoted by One Percent Productions.

One Percent knows what they’re doing, which is more than I can say for the amateurs who put on those other fly-by-night festivals. Next time you’re about to buy a ticket to a local festival, take a moment and look at who’s promoting it before you drop your cash. If it’s One Percent — or 1% — you’re in good hands. Anyone else? Do your research. Buyer beware.

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Moving on…

Tonight at Reverb Lounge it’s the return of David Bazan. Bazan, who some of you might remember as the guy behind Pedro the Lion, is out touring his latest release, Blanco (Barsuk, 2016). Blanco is made up of songs previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2. Bazan picked 10 of those songs to update, remix and flesh out into a cohesive album. These sound much more electronic than I remember Bazan’s earlier releases but no less heartfelt. Opening is Laura Gibson, who I wrote about yesterday right here. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 9.

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1 Comment

  • Last year’s Hullabaloo festival was run really well, even despite torrential downpours and tornado watches that most likely kept a lot of people away. Robert DeLong and Nappy Roots (the headliners) showed up and hung out all night and partied after, even though there couldn’t have been more than a hundred, hundred-fifty people there at Sokol Park (those downpours were really bad). Not sure if it’s the same promoters, but I give Kris Lager a lot of credit for keeping this going every year.

    Comment by jmason — June 22, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

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