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Snowglobe 2015 Photos | Day 3

There may have been frigid temps in Tahoe South this year, but you couldn’t put a freeze on Snowglobe attendees spirits.  Regardless of the weather, the crowds braved the bone-chilling cold to dance the night away and ring in the New Year under fireworks and our beautiful mountain sky.  My third day at Snowglobe was elevated by Ghostland Observatory, hometown favorites of mine who recently came off a long hiatus.   Northern CA favorite G-Eazy certainly warmed up the crowd with a high energy enthusiastic set.  Thanks to his energy, he was one of my favorites to photograph all week!

Here’s a few photos from our last day at Snowglobe 2015.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Tahoe and Happy New Year!  See you next year!!

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Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

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Well, I for one was not so sparky this morning after the epic dance party in the Igloo Tent for Autograf and Cut Copy last night!  After a short nap and maybe the hair of the dog, I will be raging and ready to go for the last night of Snowglobe!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from day 2 and recommendations of who to catch on on this last day of the festival!  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.  Happy New Year!

  • FDVM: The Igloo, 5:30-7:00.  FDVM are Florent Denecker and Victorien Mulliez, a deep house/tech house duo from France that serves up classic deep house with a touch of disco and some airy happy vocals.  For fans of: Miguel Migs, Disclosure, Toddy B.
  • Option4: The Igloo, 8:30-10:00.  If you are looking for an education on the roots of EDM, look no farther than the moving melodies and soulful vocals of deep house.  Hailing from Denver, CO, Brennen Bryarly’s tagline is “More House than Tech, More Deep than Disco” and he offers a refreshing retake on a classic and beloved genre.  For fans of: Damien Lazarus, Sebo K, Donald Glaude.
  • Ghostland Observatory: Main Stage, 10:00-11:00 PM. Ghostland Observatory and their magnificent laser show hail from my hometown of Austin, Texas and while the music can be described as a combination of electro, rock and funk, I say that it’s shimmering pulsating pop at it’s best.  Frontman Aaron Kyle Behrens’ stage performance is like none other: while he struts like a peacock and gives you the beat, I promise you’ll be nothing short of mesmerized.  For fans of: David Bowie, Laurent Garnier, New Young Pony Club.

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Snowglobe 2015: Lauren’s Picks | Day 2

Snowglobe Music Festival

Welcome to Snowglobe!  How awesome was day 1?!   The temps may have been chilly, but the energy certainly wasn’t!  While most of the crowd was over at Jack U, the highlight of my day was being in the Sierra Tent with the E-40 fans!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

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  • Lil Dicky: Main Stage, 4:00-5:00.  Comedian David Burd grew up in an upper middle class family outside of Philly originally started rapping as a way to garner attention comedically under the moniker Lil Dicky.  Originally, he aimed to write for movies and TV shows and act but his foray into the rap industry created such a viral sensation Dicky successfully started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a rap tour.  His perseverance paid off: Burd was invited to SXSW in 2014, kicked off a concert tour and released an album this year.  Burd credits his success with his comedic approach and that he’s “just a normal dude,” which makes him relatable.  His video for $ave Dat Money is a must watch primer.  For fans of: George Watsky, Doc Brown, Spose.
  • Alison Wonderland: Sierra Tent, 8:30-9:30.  This classically trained musician (she was a principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra) turned DJ has been described by Irish DJ and Television Producer Annie Mac as “the best party set I’ve heard in a long time.”  Her eclectic influences make for a wide variety on her most recent album, which she did all the vocals for herself and collaborated with the likes of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and New York rapper Johnny Nelson.  For fans of: Galantis, JOY, Brika.
  • Cut Copy: The Igloo, 10:00-11:30 PM. Cut Copy has long been one of my favorite synthpop bands.  While their live show is absolutely fantastic, a DJ set by this energetic duo from Australia is not to be missed and comes on the heels of the release of their new mixtape called A Forest Through the Trees. The mix features tracks from Jamie xx, Four Tet, the Chemical Brothers, and Talking Heads. For fans of: Holy Ghost!, Daft Punk, Classixx.

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Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets, last chance three day passes, shuttle passes and VIP passes are still available.   While Kaskade and Dillon Francis may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, I can’t wait for Ghostland Observatory to give me the beat.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest!

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  • Didn’t buy a shuttle pass?  DO NOT DRIVE to the festival as there is NO PARKING on site.  There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood.  Good news for you: shuttle passes are still available!  Want to travel in style?  An All-Access Transportation Pass will provide you and up to 13 friends on-call, door to door transportation between your house/hotel, the festival and bars/after parties all weekend long.  If you actually split it between the maximum amount of folks, it’s a veritable bargain with added convenience.  If you aren’t into either of those options, Tahoe is proud to have UBER in town finally (and LYFT will be here soon).  Please note, there are not a ton of drivers so services may be spotty.  Drivers from CA may pick you up in CA and drop you off in either state, but they cannot pick up in NV.  Drivers from NV can pick you up in NV and drop you off in either state, but cannot pick you up in CA.  If you are at Stateline and having a hard time getting a driver, simply walk across to the opposite state to see if it offers you an available car.  Taxis are always available at casino reception areas.

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  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  When the sun goes down each day around 5 PM, it’s going to feel like it’s 20 degrees.  Expect your weather the next three days to be clear and cold.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

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  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.

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  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork, local vendors and great food.  Worried about your phone?  Hit up the mobile charging lockers which keep it safe while it charges.  You can pre-pay for one for the weekend via this link.

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Lauren’s Picks: Day 1

Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.

  • Lex: Main Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM.  This dynamic four piece hails from Los Angeles and was discovered by Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco.  They released their self-titled EP on May 5, featuring alluring phantasmical synths and a live electronic performance merging art, fashion, design & technology.  For fans of: Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Billie Eilish.
  • Hippie Sabotage: Sierra Tent, 5:00-5:45. This dynamic brother duo hails from Sacramento, CA where they’ve been making music together since the mid-2000s.  They were thrust into the limelight in the Spring of 2014, however, when Ellie Goulding shared their remix for “Stay High” by Swedish singer Tove Lo.  Expect them pull from their extensive and wide ranging remix catalog featuring everything from ethereal vocals to dirty beats accompanied by their signature subtle touches that don’t overwhelm, but move you from the core.  For fans of: ODESZA, Adventure Club.
  • E-40: Sierra Tent, 8:45-9:30 PM.  E-40 is no stranger to the rap scene: he released his first EP in 1986.  He’s released 22 albums to date and in 2014, his single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart.  This East Bay Rapper isn’t just about music though; he recently announced plans to release a 40 ounce malt liquor which I expect you can guess the name of.  For fans of: Too $hort, Mac Dre, The Coup.

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Snowglobe Photos | Day 3

There may have been frigid temps in Tahoe South this year, but you couldn’t put a freeze on Snowglobe attendees spirits.  Regardless of the weather, the crowds braved the bone-chilling cold to dance the night away and ring in the New Year under fireworks and our beautiful mountain sky.  With the new addition of the Snowglobe warming tent, which included an amazing retro dance party at all hours of the day, party goers were better equipped to escape the elements this year.

My third day at Snowglobe was elevated by Atmosphere, who seems to genuinely love Tahoe and returns to it often.  For that I am thankful!  I found some funky grooves in the Sierra Tent punched up with swing music borrowed from the Roaring 20’s by Tincup, which made me a little bit warmer and quite happy!  Side story of hilarity: White Guy Pad Thai is so delicious and in such hot demand, they ran out of pad thai (I told you so) and turned into White Guy Weiners for the last day.

Here’s a few photos from our last day at Snowglobe 2014.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Tahoe and Happy New Year!

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Snowglobe | Lauren’s Picks | Day 3

Welcome to Snowglobe!   Day 2 of Snowglobe 2014 was the best day of the entire event.  “But Lauren,” you might say, “the festival isn’t over yet.”  Or perhaps, “slow your roll, girl, and save some for New Years!”  All things being said, I firmly stand behind my statement.  If you missed Phantogram’s dark glorious set filled with cold breathy vocals from Sarah Barthel and the lush disco heavy beats of Classixx, then my friend, you sorely missed out.  There is no way that anything that happens today can compare to the awesomeness of yesterday. Fact.

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Today is the last and final day of Snowglobe Music Festival.  There are more photos from last night’s event below, along with my recommendations of who to catch on the last day of the festival while you ring in the New Year!  Single day tickets for New Year’s Eve are sold out but the schedule is available on their website.

  • Cherub: Main Stage, 5:00-6:00.  Sexy electro-pop duo that is guaranteed to produce a high energy dance party.  The Nashville, TN based members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance.  For fans of: MGMT, Milky Chance, Capital Cities.
  • Slaptop: Sierra Tent, 5:15-6:15.  Groovy disco house beats for everyone who loves the warmth of dancing in the California sun.  For fans of: Voyage, Chromeo, Amtrac.
  • Atmosphere: Main Stage, 9:30-10:30.  I am a huge fan of Atmosphere.  The duo is always a joy to photograph and I’m looking froward to another great time with them on the stage riling the crowd up with their infectious blend of spoken word, stories and hip-hop.  The duo from Minneapolis comprised of Sean Daley, otherwise known as Slug, and DJ/Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis.  For fans of: Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock

 

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Snowglobe 2014: Lauren’s Picks | Day 2

Welcome to Snowglobe!  Day 1 was an absolute blast, though mild in temps with bluebird skies.  Attendees: be prepared for colder weather today!  The forecast is calling for a cold and mostly dry Arctic storm with temps in the low teens tonight and snow showers.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

  • OVERWERK: Sierra Tent, 3:30-4:30.  Canadian producer and songwriter Edmond Huszar combines dramatic, orchestral passages with electro house.  For fans of: Daft Punk, Justice, Wolfgang Gartner.
  • Snakehips: Main Stage, 4:00-5:15.  With some skillful production and booty shaking remixing, this young duo takes classic R&B and hip-hop and repurposes it in the most delightful of ways.  For fans of: Star Slinger, Curtis Mayfield, Disclosure.
  • Phantogram: Main Stage, 5:40-6:40. Phantogram has had a stand-out year.  Critical acclaim resounded from all sides for their new album Voices, which has already taken up prominent positions on almost every “Best Of” Music List of 2014.  Their blend of danceable electronic pop is percussive heavy and sure to keep even the coldest of Snowglobe festival goers warm from intense dancing.   For fans of: Memory Tapes, Sleigh Bells, STRFCKR, the xx.

If you get hungry, make sure to grab a bowl of White Guy Pad Thai!  In veggie or chicken options, it’s warm, filling and amazing!

Photos from Day 1 of Snowglobe Music Fest

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Snowglobe 2014: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Welcome to Snowglobe! Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.  Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.

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Vokab Kompany plays the main stage at SnowGlobe 2013.

  • Vokab Company: Main Stage, 3:30-4:30.  Vokab Company is no stranger to Tahoe and these MCs from San Diego have built up quite a following here with their special blend of electronic, hip-hop, soul and funk.  Their super dynamic sound has garnered them the title of “best hip-hop group” at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row now.   For fans of: Gift of Gab, Timbuktu, Hoodie Allen.
  • Emancipator Ensemble: Main Stage, 5:15-6:15.  Doug Appling’s blend of down-tempo and trip-hop is as delightfully alluring, calming and bleak as the weather from his hometown of Portland, OR.  With the recently added element of a four piece ensemble to his live shows, this set at SnowGlobe will capture your attention.  Expect some harmonious string swells and rhythmic drum beats.  For fans of: Little Peaople, the xx, Tycho.
  • The Floozies: Sierra Tent, 8:45-10:00. This duo of brothers from Lawrence, KS play a blend of electronic music, accompanied by live drums and a guitar and self describe themselves as  “party rocking funk.”  I can attest to that description as they had the entire early afternoon crowd at Snowglobe movin’ and groovin’ last year on the main stage.  For fans of: Chromeo, MSTRKRFT.
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The Floozies capture the attention of early festival goers at Snowglobe 2013.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer: Countdown to Snowglobe Music Fest

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets and VIP passes are still available.   While Scrillex and Zedd may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, my heart is overjoyed to see Phantogram and Atmosphere rounding out the line-up.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest:

  • If you’re coming from the Bay Area, you can catch a shuttle from the west coast to Tahoe via RYDE.  With multiple shuttles leaving various Bay Area locations, it’s the best way to get to Tahoe stress free to ring in the New Year.  If you fly into Reno, just hop on the South Tahoe Express for easy access to the Tahoe casino corridor.

  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.
  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork on the graffiti wall that Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill will be creating and expanding upon over the course of the three days.

  • Be prepared early.  You can pick up your snowglobe wristband at the Snowglobe Box Office in Montbleu starting on Saturday, December 27th.   Mobile charging lockers are coming to Snowglobe for the first time this year: reserve your locker for the weekend now!

Snowglobe Music Festival Highlights, Day 3

Snowglobe Music Festival rang in the New Year with an amazing set from one of my favorites, Australian band Cut Copy, who played a mix of old favorites off and and new gems from their recent release, Free Your Mind.  While the crowd that stuck around to watch the fireworks and enjoy the last set of the evening were certainly happy and dancing, the largest throngs that evening at the fest amassed for the earlyish DJ set provided to the main stage by meglomaniac Dillon Francis, whose face is so popular it graced the front of many of the audience’s flags.   The energy he brought to the crowd was certainly contagious and dance parties erupted in every corner of the field.

Snoop Dogg arrived in a mass of dark lights and smoke, true to character and seemingly the entire crowd took a cue from his suggestions at the onset.

The highlights of my day came from the frenetic energy of Beats Antique and Vokab Kompany, whose dynamic shows never fail to enthrall me.

In short, day 3 at Snowglobe Music Fest was an wondrous way to end 2013 and welcome the new year.  Cheers!