Northern Nights Music Festival
Is A Cool EDM Event
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
June 24, 2015 — With the proliferation of corporate influence into most major festivals, it is nice to see that there are still some options out there to connect with the music and artists in a more direct manner. The Northern Nights Music Festival 2015, at Cook’s Valley campground on the Humboldt/Mendocino border in Northern California, is an EDM festival in its third year that seems just about the right size. Headlining the fest from July 17 to 19, is Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def). Also appearing is The Polish Ambassador & Friends and Gold Panda in their first West Coast festival performance as well as South African powerhouse duo Goldfish.
But there’s more.
Northern Nights is a 3-day “boutique camping and music festival” straddles The lazy Eel River and towering Redwood forests. First, it's much cooler than the Phoenix metro in the summer and there is also something for most discerning and undiscerning adults alike, including jaw-dropping art, thought provoking workshops, nightly burlesque, comedy, yoga, and industry-leading sustainability initiatives.
For more information, visit http://www.northernnights.org/ or Northern Nights on Facebook.
With the Tucson Folk Festival recently in the books, perhaps a hootenanny can cure the need to find some acoustic, community-based American music. For those in Tucson, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, has just the thing: an old-fashioned Hootenanny & Sing-A-Long from 5 to 8 pm. Admission to the gardens is $9 — $5 for kids — and includes the entertainment. For more information, visit https://www.tucsonbotanical.org/2015/06/twilight-thursdays-and-sunset-saturdays/
Raquel Bell’s music defies labels and that is definitely a good thing in her case. View the video above to see what we mean. She will join The Black Watch along with Saw Fox, Lexi Locket and GABI from Arizona at the Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. For only $7 at the door, that’s a good collection of national and local female-powered acts. For more information, visit https://trunk-space.squarespace.com/calendar/2015/6/30/the-black-watch-raquel-bell-saw-fox-lexi-locket-gabi
Prepare to rock your socks off July 3 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheater, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival presents Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH and The Devils Wears Prada on the mainstage. Also appearing will be Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange,
and Kissing Candice. For more information, visit http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/
If the heavy metal scene is not your cup of tea, how about an alternative cosmogasm of Wilco, and Dr. Dog for the Salt River Fields, 7555, N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Independence Day Music Festival. Sure, it's not really on Independence Day — Little Big Town had to cancel their appearance due to injury — but it will be just as hot July 3. Besides, opening the show at 5:30 p.m. will be Banana Gun. For more information, visit www.SaltRiverFields.com.
When preparing the Unlimited Arts calendar, we like to include some acts no one may have heard of, and this week, the best candidate for someone you may be hearing from in the future is Juan Wauters, who will be at the Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Why? He’s a mainstream candidate and ... he can play and sing while riding a bike. For more information, visit Valley Bar.
Rob Thomas. Need we say more? Okay, he’s the leader of Matchbox 20 and he guested on Carlos Santana’s, “Smooth” from Supernatural. See, you remember him. He will be at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, visit www.robthomasmusic.com.
Owen Ashworth, known for his work with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, will be at the Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, performing now as Advance Base. Ashworth is also known for his work with Sun Kil Moon’s last release, Benji. For more information, visit http://www.thetrunkspace.com/
July 17 to 19
With the proliferation of corporate influence into most major festivals, it is nice to see that there are still some options out there to connect with the music and artists in a more direct manner. The Northern Nights Music Festival 2015, at Cook’s Valley campground on the Humboldt/Mendocino border in Northern California, is an EDM festival in its third year that seems just about the right size. Headlining the fest is Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def). Also appearing is The Polish Ambassador & Friends and Gold Panda in their first West Coast festival performance as well as South African powerhouse duo Goldfish. For more information, visit Northern Nights on Facebook.
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