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Sublime With Rome

Sublime With Rome

Over twenty years after forming legendary ska-punk band Sublime, band co-founder/bass player Eric Wilson met another singer/guitarist that would deeply affect his life. That musician — his junior by nearly two decades — was 20-year-old Rome Ramirez. In Wilson’s own words, “this kid could play guitar like a mofo and he’s got a platinum voice.” Incidentally, Wilson had previously reserved that same description for his former Sublime bandmate, the late Bradley Nowell.

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Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse

Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse have been true to their roots for over 35 years. One of Bob Marley’s favorites, the band has maintained a sense of fierce integrity as it strives to get the message of love and justice across to all people.

“Without love there is no justice, and without justice there is no peace,” says founder David “Dread” Hinds, as he explains the band’s mission. “At the core of our music is a deep sense of love for our African heritage, and a commitment to fight for justice for all people on this planet, even for our planet itself. Man is destroying creation in the name of progress. And along the way, we kill, rob, loot, and exploit our brothers and sisters – dividing people by tribe, color, class, religion, you name it.”

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons that finds its fruition on the CRB’s studio debut Big Moon Ritual (arriving in June), to be followed by companion album The Magic Door (September).

“People were surprised to see a van roll up and just the band and our tour manager roll out,” says Robinson. “I’m lugging around this hippy-fied custom Twin Reverb amp at gigs and loading out at the end of the night. Some people asked, “Why are you doing this?’ Because you build a temple brick by brick.”

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Galactic

Galactic

It’s incredible that GALACTIC has never made a carnival album yet, but now it’s here.
To make CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS, the members of GALACTIC (Ben Ellman, harps and horns; Robert Mercurio, bass; Stanton Moore, drums and percussion; Jeff Raines, guitar; Rich Vogel, keyboards) draw on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day.

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G Love

G. Love and Special Sauce

Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”

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Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads

“It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what’s going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this ‘Cabin by the Sea.’”, says Heads front man Jared “Dirty J” Watson of the new album Cabin by the Sea.

For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It’s the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008’s Any Port in the Storm.  That’s not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade’s biggest rock singles, “Lay Me Down” (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year’s best new bands.

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Eoto

EOTO

As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum.  EOTO crisscrosses the country blowing out basement dives, packed theaters, and stages under the stars. Check your festival schedules: this 100% improvised dubstep/breakbeat/house/drum & bass/trip-hop duo is the premier late-night party in the country.

Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann.  Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO’s M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration.  Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs.  This is all done without a script, and without a net.

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Conspirator

Conspirator

As an outlet to further explore electronic music production, Conspirator was formed in 2004 by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (keyboardist and bassist for The Disco Biscuits), and DJ Omen.

After performing with some of the festival scene’s most notable live artists, the band solidified into a 4-piece touring lineup with the additions of Chris Michetti (RAQ), and KJ Sawka(Pendulum) in 2012.Conspirator had a phenomenal rise with the release of Unlocked – Live from the Georgia Theatre (April 2012, SCI Fidelity Records) and action-packed tours in 2011 and 2012 with groundbreaking performances at venues across the U.S. and festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Nocturnal Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Starscape Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and CounterPoint Music Festival.

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Anders Osborne

Anders Osborne

Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar.
 –USA TODAY  

Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail.  He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
 –New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Two Fresh

Two Fresh

Combining an array of influences and a diverse musical background, Two Fresh’s sound is difficult to describe but impossible to ignore. Built on a foundation of instrumental hip hop, their music seamlessly incorporates elements of sampling, a tight low end and catchy synth lines, with a strong beat always at the cornerstone.

Before twin brothers Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls even turned 21, Two Fresh had already landed a label signing with 1320 Records and Elm & Oak Records on the merit of extensive successful touring across the east coast. Within a short few months, their first EP “The Baker’s Dozen” was released to a devoted fan base, following with their sophomore release “Airmail”.

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Paul Basic and SuperVision

Pretty Lights Music Label Block: Paul Basic & SuperVision

Paul Basic
Starting out as a drummer, Colorado producer Paul Brandt aka Paul Basic joined a band with Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) and Michal Menert in high school before they each moved on to pursue solo production work. In Fall 2011, Paul released his debut EP The Mirror on Pretty Lights Music, which featured a gritty, nostalgic sound blending dusty samples, grainy synths, biting bass and thick drums – a combination that earned him an integral place within the PLM movement. Fall 2013 will see Paul’s follow-up LP Transient Horizons, which is a more refined delivery of his dark, heavy beats and shows a unique range of mood and musicality. The album features collaborations with Pretty Lights, Michal Menert, and Trophy Beats and will be available for free download via Pretty Lights Music on December 3, 2013.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

Baritone sax player Roger Lewis — who, like Davis, has been with the combo since its inception in 1977 — echoes that sentiment: “It’s a big old musical gumbo, and that probably made the difference, separating us from other brass bands out of New Orleans. It put a different twist on the music. We were not trying to change anything, we were just playing the music we wanted to play and not stay in one particular bag.”

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George Acostas

George Acosta

All great music reaches into your very soul, captures the mind and touches the heart. It can tell a story, take you on an incredible journey and target many different types of emotions. Music such as this can only come from the hard work of a great artist, an artist such as George Acosta. With over 20+ years of experiences as a DJ and Producer, George can certainly be considered a driving force in the dance music industry. He is one of the few original EDM artists that has managed to keep up with the evolution of dance music, reinventing himself and coming on stronger each and every time.

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Archnemesis

Archnemesis

Since its inception in 2009, the Archnemesis sound has been in a constant state of evolution. With musical beginnings firmly established through a strict regimen of classical training on the cello and piano, eventually jazz theory and composition crept in, and more instruments like bass, drums and guitar were discovered and learned. The culmination of this vast musical knowledge ultimately shaped the Archnemesis sound before propelling it through a variety of analog stratospheres and into the digital realm of electronic music production. With a sound based primarily in, but not limited to, “electro hip-hop soul”, Archnemesis continues to evolve musically and socially by encompassing all styles and genres of music while simultaneously welcoming in all the fans that follow those genres.

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Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

“Bluhm is sexy and soulful, showing a bit of Janis, Etta and Amy in her vocals.” – Boston Herald

“Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul — music that’s like an enchanting friend you’ve known for a short while but feels like you’ve known forever.” – Chicago Tribune

“Nicki Bluhm is carving an impressive reputation that’s earning her the critical kudos she deserves.” – No Depression

“SF’s own It Girl is officially at the height of her breakout year.” – 7×7 San Francisco

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers made a needle’s-eye leap onto the national music circuit in 2012, bringing with them a refreshing sound, spirited stage show and wellspring of good vibes, along with a turntable and milk crates stocked with their favorite vintage vinyl for backstage sustenance.

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phutureprimitive

Phutureprimitive

Phutureprimitive is the moniker of Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain. Early childhood photos reveal Rain sitting at the piano plinking keys, grinning from ear to ear… a true sign of things to come. Continuing his early fascination, Rain was later drawn to electronic music, inspired by its ability to combine the best of organically played instruments and the synthetic pleasures of sounds more exotic to the human ear. After beginning a DJ career in the 90s, Rain began incorporating the music he was making in his home studio into his DJ sets. That was all it took to trigger a full blown love affair with electronic music and the process of its creation… and Phutureprimitive was born.

Phutureprimitive’s music is best described as dripping wet love drops of nasty mind melting sonic bliss. Lush melodies drift across intricate rhythms, groove heavy beats and warm, fuzzy bass lines. Often exploring a dark and dense palette, there is also a profound sense of tranquility and beauty, engaging the listener into hypnotic movement and often escalating into a full-on kinetic experience. Shimmering with cinematic qualities, his music ultimately speaks to the body, mind and soul.

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Kung Fu

Kung Fu

Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements.  Making fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility.  Imagine 70′s funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!

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Nit Grit

NiT GriT

One frequent criticism of electronic music is that its synthetically generated sounds lack the capacity to induce the same level of emotion as live instrumentation. San Jose Dubstep producer NiT GRiT (Danny Beall) casts aside these doubts, shattering common misconceptions with his incredibly inspired and deeply personal sound. Feelings of rage, passion, betrayal, uncertainty, and other meaningful elements of the human experience are all distinctly present in the dark and brooding melodies woven from the very fabric of NiT GriT’s imagination.

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Up Until Now

Up Until Now

Jay Murphy of Up Until Now has so far lived his life completely centered and orbiting around music. He comes from a collective past involved in bands with genres of reggae, world beat, rock, hip hop, funk, electro-pop,and even heavy metal. With this new project, he distills the pure essence in music that has always driven him, and channels it into electronic dance music with the sole purpose of making bodies move. When you get talent of this type with huge broad experience, and focus it into one vision, you best believe that it burns like a laser.

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Honey Island Swamp Band

Honey Island Swamp Band

Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and had a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price(bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals) at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street. They knew each other from having all played together in some form or another in various New Orleans bands, and with the great unknown regarding their return to their underwater hometown looming in the distance, they decided to put together a band and get some gigs going. Fortunately, the Boom Boom Room’s owner Alex Andreas offered the band a weekly gig on the spot.

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Antennae

An*Ten*Nae

An*Ten*Nae is one of San Francisco’s most sought after electronic live performers. He has taken the art of live remixing to new heights with his own customized setup, that bends genres in ways seldom heard. His sound is called Acid Crunk, and there are no rules, no restraints, just dance music at the bleeding edge.

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ill-esha

ill-esha

Hailing from Vancouver, BC (and inspired deeply by two years in San Francisco before recently moving to Denver, Colorado), ill-esha burst onto the North American electronic scene originally as a drum & bass vocalist featured on various releases for the likes of Breakbeat Science, Fokuz, and BluSaphir, gradually becoming known for the seamless incorporation of original vocals and MCing into her DJ sets. Her multi-dimensional approach spans every color in the bass music rainbow, creating a dynamic live show which has set ill-esha apart amidst some of electronic music’s most groundbreaking acts – her current live show features mostly original music chopped, screwed and beatmatched with live vocal effects and loops over top.

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Wesley Cook

Wesley Cook

“Upbeat positivity is a Wes constant, in his music and his attitude”, said Rolling Stone Magazine of the blue-eyed songsmith, and Georgia Music Magazine said that “(Wesley) may just be the next big thing” in a recent publication. Long before these accolades, Wesley Cook was raised in places like small villages in the former West Germany and a city in South Korea with a life-long passion for music and people. As a songwriter, listeners are sure to hear the familiar world and rhythmic influences of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz and many more, although he captures a sound that is very much his own. “He’s one of those artists that is very tough to classify… again, that’s fine with him….” said Billboard.com. As a front man, his high-energy showmanship and down-to-earth charm makes it impossible for the crowd not to love him.

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Eddie Gold

Eddie Gold

This is Venom – Producer/Dj

Ployd

Ployd

In the great city of Atlanta there lives a man. A man with a beard. A man named Ployd. If you have spent any time frequenting bass music shows in Atlanta then chances are you’ve heard and are possibly homeys with Ployd aka Bass Jesus aka Trap Jesus aka The Godfather.

Although recently named “Atlantas Best DJ” in Creative Loafing (readers choice), Ployd has been on the grind playing clubs since 06 playing with a slew of the top names in electronica from Rusko, Excision Reid Speed, Mayhem, and Borgore to Zoogma, Big Gigantic, Papadosio and many many more.

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MK Ultra

MK Ultra

M.K Ultra is a DJ/ Producer based out of Atlanta playing many genres such as dubstep, house, dirty electro, moombaton, and hardstyle. MK Ultra is most known for her very high energy and her very heavy and melodic music. Featured in Urban Luxe Magazine’s Music Edition as a rising dubstep Producer and DJ. Also Featured in Revolver Magazine as one of ten “Hottest Females in Dubstep 2012″ as chosen by dubstep producer Sluggo. She played Ultra Music Festival radio with Porter Robinson August of 2013 and has quickly risen as a new DJ to watch. Seen on Fit Radio, Ultra Music Festival Radio, The Fresh New, Digitally Imported Radio out of Philadelphia, I heart Radio, Prototype radio and several others she is quickly rising to new levels as an artist.

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RL Shine

RL Shine

Kristen Sheehan, aka RL SHINE has quickly become known as ATL”s “First Lady of Bass”. She is commonly referred to as the “Hardest Working Woman in Atlanta” by peers and luminaries alike. Spanning genres effortlessly in her sets, every one of them leaves the crowds spellbound and begging for more. Garnering a dedicated, passionate, and loyal fanbase with each passing show she plays, and mixtape she drops, RL SHINE has quickly become the name on the lips and hearts of the masses in Atlanta. Trap, Dubstep, House, Electro, it doesn’t matter. RL SHINE blends them all together perfectly without even breaking a sweat. Her only rule in her sets is IT MUST HAVE BASS!

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Jiriki

JiRiKi

JiRiKi, aka Danielle Johnson, Producer/DJ from Atlanta,GA and roots in Miami, FL. Danielle started her musical journey playing classical piano and singing chorus as a child. She found her passion for beats during high school when she played percussion for the band, including the drumline. When she went to college she started playing bass guitar and keys for various blues, rock, and jam projects and decided to dive into the recording arts and studied music technology at the university. She then enrolled into the electronic music production program at SAE institute in Miami which paved the way to her first EDM project as JiRiKi, which started in July of 2011. Sets and production include a fusion of Dubstep, Drumstep, Drum and Bass, Electro, Trip Hop, and Glitch.

DJ Sorted

DJ Sorted

Jamie Andersen, aka DJ Sorted has been rocking Atlanta dance floor’s for almost a decade. Heavily influenced at at young age by nights spent in the notorious London clubs fabric and The End. Sorted came back to the states eager to spread Europe’s sounds to the masses.

Bursting on the Atlanta scene in 2005 Sorted quickly joined the 404audio.com crew becoming one of the cities premier EDM DJ’s. Cutting his teeth at the now infamous Transit club nights, Sorted learned the importance of building a vibe, while keeping dancefloor sensibility.

As a resident DJ with the Atlanta Bass Wars Crew, you can find him playing across the EDM spectrum in clubs throughout the city. Club Dates, Free Music, and Bookings: www.djsorted.com See you on the dancefloor!

Nextakin and DaddyDough

Nextakin & DaddyDough

Nextakin
Nextakin has been rocking the masses for well over a decade now. His style is described as no genre. The mix will deliver what vibe Nextakin is in, but it is always sure to give the people something to talk about. From edm to hip hop, and from mixology to turntablism, Nextakin is all about delivering what the crowd needs, and that is energy. The respect for the music has gone much further than standing behind the tables. His motto is “work”, plain and simple. Nextakin works on his craft, while building bridges from one style to another, bringing his two worlds of hip hop and EDM together. If there is one thing true about Nextakin, he is the people’s champ, because that’s what he plays for.

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ATLiens

ATLiens

EDM duo from Atlanta

DJ Apple Juice

Dj Apple Juice

Dj Apple Juice has been a staple in the Atlanta Dj/producer/club scene for the past decade. Personally requested by Jermaine Dupri (SoSoDef) for special events, multiple weekly & monthly residences as well as quest appearances in Chicago, L.A. & N.Y. He has also been a featured artist on Scion Radio. With an uncanny ability to work any crowd into a frenzy, blasting through all genres (electro, trap, dance, reggae, hip-hop, top 40) seamlessly, this is a Dj to be on the look out for.

Ralph and Louie

Ralph & Louie Live

“BEST ELECTRONIC ACT OF 2013″ – Creative Loafing

With over 20 yrs experience each these seasoned Djs have rocked crowds all over the US!
Brendon Rosenbaum and Jason Comstock came together and came up with the R&L idea because
there wasnt a lot of house music being showcased to the masses in their hometown of Atlanta, GA.
Somehow over the past 8 years this genre was shoved into the corners and smaller clubs
to almost be forgotten. “Well, that isn’t right and something needs to be done” said Jason.
After realizing that outside the southeast US House music has the largest following worldwide,
They decided to go big or go home. Now a few years after the birth of R&L they have gained a huge
fan base and are on top of their game with releases on Renegade Workshop Records including
“Cali4nia” and “wa-da-do”. Because of this they are slated for world wide touring next year.

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Sugarkayne

Sugarkayne

..taking you to the next level…
…”How Sweet it is!”…
“…angelic, primal, orgasmic whisperings immersed in funky beats called freedom.”
- Atlanta Press

Sugar brings you her sweet and sensuous sounds, propelling you to the next level with her provocative mystical vocals and tribal dance movements. Sugar Kayne’s music wraps itself around you, sending you on a time traveling journey into raw, rapturous regions.  Sugars two albums; Sweet (1999) and Vertical Enhancement (2001) continue to enchant and mesmerize audiences around the world. Sugar currently travels around the country performing new songs which will be on her next album.

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Rock U

In Trouble and Endless Energy

In Trouble and Endless Energy are two bands from the Music Matters Rock U program. The program places kids with similar ages and music tastes in bands with the goal of performing shows. Rock U is the largest performance based rock school in the southeast with over 100 students. Rock U students have performed at many oif Atlanta’s best music venues and festivals. This will be Rock U’s fouth year performing at Sweetwater.