Snowglobe Music Festival Highlights, Day 2

What an awesome day!

Music festivals are such a fun way to find new music that you wouldn’t normally come across and Day 2 of Snowglobe Music Festival certainly proved my point.  The Floozies kicked off my day with a nice surprise.  This duo of two 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’.

The next awesome of the day came from Zion I whose new EP “The Masters of Ceremony” will be released on January 14, 2014.  This musical group from Oakland, CA consists of producer AmpLive and MC Zumbi and they apparently had such a crowd amassed to see them in the Igloo Tent at last year’s Snowglobe Event that the walls were torn down!  They were right at home on the main stage and totally electrified the crowd.  The crew was so adept at engaging the crowd, despite it’s massive size and even I couldn’t sit still to their unique blend of hip-hop and electronic.  They were super fun to photograph and I hope that our paths cross again one day.

Zed’s Dead and Kaskade closed out the night to a sold out crowd of raucous screaming fans.

Today is the last day of Snowglobe Music Festival and single day tickets are still available.  I’m looking forward to Vokab Kompany, Beats Antique, Snoop Dogg and Cut Copy.  Happy New Year’s Eve!

Snowglobe Music Festival

Snowglobe Music Festival Highlights, Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival kicked off Day 1 with a bang and very few hiccups here in Tahoe South thanks to the behind the scenes organization from Live Loud Media out of Denver, Co.  New additions to the junior festival include a large warming tent and White Guy Pad Thai, run by documentary filmmaker Bryan Sharp, who is normally found pedaling a bicycle cart around Los Angeles delivering up gluten free chicken or tofu pad thai to the late night masses.

Snowglobe is always sparse early on in the day and it’s my favorite time to cruise around and check out new bands.  By the time The Polish Ambassador took the stage at 6:15, the masses had arrived and he had no problem getting the Sierra Tent rocking as throngs of festival goers packed it in tight for his eclectic blend of music styles.

My highlight of the day came from New York City and DFA Records signed Holy Ghost! with their throwback-disco-electronic dance jams that had my feet moving even while I was taking photos.  The highlights of the massive crowd were certainly Gramatik and Tiësto, who closed out the night amid fireworks and cheers.

Snowglobe Music Festival – Day 3 Picks

Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe for it’s third year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun.  Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.

LAUREN’S PICKS – DAY 3 – Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Welcome to Snowglobe Music Festival! New Year’s Eve at Snowglobe brings the day with the line up I am personally the most excited about, mostly because Cut Copy is definitely in my list of the top five bands of all time.

  • Vokab Company: Main Stage, 5:30-6:15.  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.

  • Beats Antique: Main Stage, 8:00-9:00.  The energy, excitement and mesmerizing beauty of a Beats Antique show is a completely unique, provocative and dazzling experience. Check out our interview with Beats Antique from last year for more. For fans of: STS9, Les Claypool, Pentaphobe.
  • Steffi Graf: Igloo Tent, 9:00-10:15.  This house and disco loving DJ duo was one of my surprise finds and favorites at last year’s event.   For fans of: James Murphy DJ sets, Prince, and Danny Tenaglia.
  • Cut Copy: Main Stage, 11:15-12:30.  Cut Copy’s freshman album Bright Like Neon Love remains to this day in frequent listening rotation.  This band’s dreamy love-laden and 80s flavored pop songs will have the field dancing into the night.  They are currently on tour to support their new album, Free Your Mind and I caught their show recently in Reno, NV where they played a sing-a-long inducing mix of old and new songs.  For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Empire of the Sun, and Phoenix.

COMING UP in our coverage of Snowglobe:
  • Reviews and photos! See you there!

Snowglobe Music Festival: Lauren’s Picks Day 2

Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe for it’s third year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun.  Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.

LAUREN’S PICKS – DAY 2 – Monday, December 30th, 2013

Welcome to Snowglobe Music Festival! Day 2 of the fest is headlined by one of the nicest guys in dance music: KASKADE.

  • Kapslap: Seirra Tent, 5:00-6:15.   24 year old Jared Lucas, much like Girl Talk, gained fame for his EDM/top 40 bootlegs he made on the side during his college career.  In Jared’s case, he’s now graduated from Lehigh University and can pursue his dream of producing original tracks.  For fans of: 3LAU, Girl Talk, The White Panda.
  • Kaskade: Main Stage, 8:30-10:00.   Ryan Raddon has had quite the banner year: he was nominated for a Grammy for Fire & Ice, maintained a residency in Vegas at Marquee, laid down his own vocals for a new album which he supported with a massive arena tour, all the while tweeting to fans daily.When I asked my good friend DJ Toddy B to provide some words on Raddon, who he knows very well, he had this to say: “Kaskade is a DJ that takes you on a musical journey in his sets and really has a unique and diverse style of house music.  From the deeper stuff to the more pumpin’ electro, you can always find yourself emerged in his music.  He has been at the top of the game for over 10 years and now has been voted, ‘Best American DJ’ for the past handful of years!  Kaskade plays all his own original tracks and if you like vocals this is a show not to be missed!  I have been lucky enough to watch his career blossom over the years and he has always stayed true, humble and ALWAYS been 100% about the music and our scene, kudos to Kaskade!!”   A more glowing report couldn’t be given and this is clearly a not-t0-miss set.  For fans of: Sasha, Morgan Page, Gabriel and Dresden.
  • Justin Jay: Igloo Tent, 9:15-10:45.  This year young up-and-comer Justin Jay takes the spot for the young one filled by Madeon in 2012.  Jay won his first DJ contest at the age of 16 but couldn’t perform because there was an age restriction in the venue!  Today he’s a worthy member of the Dirty Bird crew and big things will definitely come for anyone who runs with that crowd.  For fans of: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Worthy.
COMING UP in our coverage of Snowglobe:
  • Lauren’s Picks for Day 3 of the fest
  • Reviews and photos! See you there!

Snowglobe Music Festival: Lauren’s Picks Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe for it’s third year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun.  Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.

Poolside’s brand of Daytime Disco warmed up the Sierra Tent at Snowglobe 2012.

LAUREN’S PICKS – DAY 1 – Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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.

  • EXMAG: Sierra Tent, 3:45-4:45.  EXMAG is a downtempo and groovy four piece electronic/live instrument hybrid that should get you properly warmed up for the day.  They use Gramatik’s guitar player and are signed to his record label, Lowtemp.    For fans of: Gramaktik, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic.
  • Holy Ghost!: Main Stage, 5:00-6:15.  Signed to DFA, Holy Ghost is best described as deep dark disco meets pop.   They make self-described songs “that you want to dance to at home.”  For fans of: James Murphy, MGMT, Cut Copy.
  • Syd Gris: Igloo Tent, 6:15-7:30.  Gris is well known in the San Francisco edm scene for his blend of breaks and tech funk.  He is a founding member of the  Opulent Temple collective, best known for their premiere sound stage at Burning Man and a founding organizer of San Franciscso’s LoveFest & Love Parade.   For fans of: Lee Coombs, Plump DJs.
  • Star Slinger: Sierra Tent, 7:45-9:00.   Darren Williams studied music technology at Leeds Metropolitan University before starting this one man project that caught critics eyes for his remix of Deerhunter.  For fans of: J Dilla, Gramatik.
  • Justin Martin: Igloo Tent, 9:00-10:45.  Dirtybird Group member Justin Martin’s in-your-face bold spirited bass-lines grew out of the San Francisco underground sound and are sure to get the Igloo Tent raucous late into the night.    Justin is now known equally as well as half of the hip-hop influenced hit producing duo “The Martin Brothers,” which he shares with his brother Christian.  For fans of: Claude VonStroke, Steve Lawler, Loco Dice.

Nobody Beats the Drum in the Igloo Tent at Snowglobe 2012.

COMING UP in our coverage of Snowglobe:

  • Lauren’s Picks for Day 2 and 3 of the fest
  • Reviews and photos! See you there!

The crowd in the Sierra Tent at Snowglobe 2012.

Countdown to Snowglobe: Act Like a Local

Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe for it’s third year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun.  Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.   If you haven’t made your plans yet, here are my recommendations to make the most of your Tahoe South experience.

STAY

  • $$$ The Stardust Lodge is always a favorite recommendation of mine, not just for it’s quirky lovable retro sign: it’s striking distance from the casinos, but it’s not a casino itself, allowing guests the value and location of staying in our nightlife corridor, but not sleeping with it.
  • $$$ Basecamp Hotel in Tahoe South is a new boutique hotel built for exploring the incredible lakes, trails, and mountains in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Located in the heart of the casino corridor, it’s a short 5 minute walk to the lake and an even shorter 4 minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola. Their 50 stylish rooms are designed for adventure and relaxation seekers alike, with the amenities and style of a modern resort, but at more affordable motel or inn-like prices.   At the time of this posting they still had one room left!
  • $$ Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa still has a handful of rooms left for you to ring in the New Year.   It is the official location for the Snowglobe Afterparties as well as the drop off and pick up location for the Snowglobe Shuttle, which will make your visit to Tahoe South and to Snowglobe a breeze.
  • $$ The Park Tahoe Inn is a fantastic choice if you are bringing fido along. It’s one of Tahoe South’s premier pet friendly accommodations.  The Inn is walking distance from the Heavenly Gondola, one block from Nevada casinos and two blocks from Lake Tahoe and offers the best in amenities, including Tempur-Pedic Beds and two outside terraces with fire-pits.

EAT

  • The Keys Cafe is my go-to to-go breakfast joint: their breakfast burritos and sandwiches are to die for, they have quality coffee, and an extensive menu of inventive smoothies (to rehydrate you after a late night of too much fun) or one of their fresh hot soups made daily (to keep you warm).  For those of you with a sweet tooth, make sure you try one of their Swedish Snowballs, a family recipe brought out just for this event.  On Hwy 50 at Keys Blvd.
  • Simple Bliss Vegan Cafe in the Swiss Chalet Village is open daily from 6 AM to 4 PM, and is Tahoe’s only vegan restaurant, offering locally grown organic produce.  Hwy 50 and Sierra Blvd.
  • Sprouts Natural Food Cafe near Lakeview Commons on Harrison Ave offers organic, delicious and affordable food and juices. The Classic Burrito and the A.T.O.M. Bagel are my personal favorites. Don’t forget to bring cash because your plastic won’t work here!

Basecamp Pizza has great service, fun and lively atmosphere and the best pizza in Tahoe South.

  • Basecamp Pizza in the Heavenly Village has a pie that will please every palette and a variety of beers on tap.   If it’s sunny and warm, sit on the patio and enjoy a meal or play a game of cornhole while you wait!  The

PLAY

Wait, you don’t like skiing?  If Snowglobe brought you to Tahoe but shredding it up on the mountain isn’t on your list of must-do’s, here are some alternative ways to spend your day in Tahoe South if you managed to actually wake up at a decent hour feeling marginally sparky.

  • Snowmobiling is available from a number of different vendors and your options include both self-guided tours and scenic back country adventures.
  • Zip Tahoe offers Tahoe’s only canopy zip line tour and is located at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available on site at most of our most popular and scenic snowshoe areas. You may also rent snowshoes at most of the local ski and snowboard rental shops in town.
  • Shop like a local at Gaialicious, a global gifts boutique, which offers an eclectic fusion of gifts, clothing, body care products, music and books. The store supports fair trade and eco friendly products and offers the widest selection of goods from local Tahoe artisans of any other shop in town. 987 Tallac Ave at Harrison Avenue.

Ring in the New Year with friends in Tahoe South!

SURVIVING THE FEST

  • DO NOT DRIVE to the festival.  There is NO PARKING on site.  There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood.  You must purchase a shuttle pass and take a shuttle from the various locations around South Lake Tahoe or call a cab. The shuttle will be running exclusively from MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa to the fest this year.

  • Dress warm. No seriously. This isn’t the Black Rock Desert and we aren’t at burning man.  Snowsuits optional.  If you must wear a ridiculous skirt, make sure you put some polypropylene base layers under those tights.  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 tipsy on one beer. It happens.
  • Look around you. Holy snow covered peaks Batman!  It’s gorgeous in Tahoe and you’re at an outdoor music fest with thousands of excited people to ring in the New Year.  You made a wise choice my friend. Haven’t bought your ticket yet?  Better snap that three day pass up quick like!  It will sell out and you’ll be left out in the cold with no music.  Instead of in the cold with music.  See what I did there.

Countdown to Snowglobe Music Festival: Interview with Beats Antique

Beats Antique is the confluence of three talented performers with very different backgrounds. Zoe Jakes: a classically trained dancer in jazz and ballet, who fell in love with belly dancing. David Satori: who graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in music performance and composition. Tommy Cappel: a Virginia native, the son of two music teachers, the brother of a drummer and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. When Zoe approached the others about collaborating on an experimental project that involved belly dancing for Miles Copeland, they readily agreed and out of that Beats Antique was born. Seven years later, Beats Antique is thriving on the support of their fans.  Their eight album A Thousand Faces – Act 1 is currently available for pre-order and the supporting tour kicked off in October 2013.

In 2012, Tommy and David were kind enough to take time out of their day to do an interview before they headed to Egypt, where they were headlining the Great Convergence Festival.  This is a re-run of that interview.

Lauren: We are lucky to have you guys return frequently to Tahoe thanks to it’s proximity to the bay.  What’s your favorite thing about playing in Tahoe?

David: One of my favorite things is that people have a lot of energy up in that area, people that are there to be active, a lot of people who do a outdoor activities like skiing and mountain biking and all of the above, so it’s sort of a rowdy, fun healthy crowd and then there’s also the Grass Valley/Nevada City crowd that comes out, and the Truckee crowd and the Reno crowd.  It’s a real eclectic active community so we have a lot of fun and there is a lot of energy.  The combination of all that makes a good crowd.

Tommy: I like the fact that it’s so beautiful up there.

L: Next week, you fly out to Egypt to headline the Great Convergence Festival.

D: We might get abducted by aliens and then sucked into the wormhole.

L: You guys haven’t been to Egypt before, but, Tommy, you lived in Serbia?  

T: No, I didn’t live there, I played a festival there and visited there.  I had an amazing experience there and it was at a time when things were still a little chaotic for them as a country so it was a little nerve wracking going over there.  I assume it will be a bit of the same going to Egypt this time.

L: Your shows have a tendency to get a little wild.  What’s the most memorable thing that’s ever happened at a show that you didn’t expect?

T: We’ve had a lot of people jump on stage and do a lot of stage diving when the crowd was not prepared so the stage diver went into a empty abyss and hit the ground: serious stage diving.  The most important thing is that you have to acknowledge the crowd and the crowd acknowledged that you’re coming and a lot of people when they jump up on stage they’re like, “oh shit, I’m up on stage, I gotta do something fast!” and it just doesn’t work.  It’s better that it’s just the artist that does that, the crowd is there for them.  They want you to survive.

L: 2012 has been a busy year for you as a group – tons of touring, the release of an album, a big summer festival circuit – what were the challenges and highlights of such a jam packed tour year?

T: I think that the challenges and highlights are sort of the same thing.  Doing so many shows is really exciting but it also takes a lot out of us, just all the traveling involved doing all those shows is intense.  But you get out there on stage and you have a responsive crowd and everyone is excited and it makes it all worth it.  It’s kind of like the same thing: it’s challenging and fun and just necessary.  We’re responding to people wanting us to play and it’s kind of everything into one.

D: I think our most challenging weekend this summer was also our biggest and most exciting weekend at the same time.  We played Atlanta at a festival called Narnia and then flew to Red Rocks the next morning but our flight was cancelled so we had to rebook our flight and drive all night and then play Red Rocks sound check the next morning at 11 am but it’s red rocks so it’s super difficult but it’s so exciting.  The next night we had to leave from Red Rocks and fly to Seattle for Summer Meltdown.  It’s all a blur and it’s all amazing.

L: How awesome is Red Rocks?  That place is incredible.

T: Ridiculous.  You can’t replace that experience with anything else.  It’s such a beautiful place but then all the crowds are always really excited to be there so that makes it more amped up and then all the people that played there for so long.  As a whole, it’s amazing.

L: Do you have any routines that you keep in order to keep your sanity and keep a schedule when you’re touring?

T:  Honestly, our shows become a routine when we’re on tour. Getting on stage and doing sound check and doing the show.  Sound check is a good routine.  Occasionally we get some exercise, some yoga.

L: How does touring affect your studio work?  Does it make you more or less creative?

T: Touring gets in the way of studio work and studio work suffers a bit when you are on the road too much but at the same time, sometimes we come up with some really great songs on the road.  It’s just a matter of making time for both.

L:  Do you find that the audience is different between a music festival and one of your regular shows?

D: The festival crowd is there to party and the festival atmosphere is already exciting simply because it’s a festival.  The shows have their own excitement but there’s this overall festival excitement that can come over into your set which can be unexpected.  There are a lot of variables that you don’t know.  Sometimes you can be at a show and you know how the night is going to go based on the crowd but at a festival, sometimes the crowds get big in the middle of the set or halfway through the set it can get small because another act is going on at another tent and people want to see them.  When I go to festivals I only stay for three songs.  I never stay for the whole show.  Things are changing and people are coming in and out.

L: Do you guys find that new fans discover you at music fests?

D: Oh definitely.

T: That’s the place to pick up new fans.  We actually as well walk around and see what’s going on around us and find new bands that we like as well.  I think that also it gives artists a chance to see what you’re doing.  The whole thing is an immersive experience whereas at a show, everybody knows what they are going to see, they might be there with friends, it might be their first time but generally that show is about us.  It’s a different feel.

L: I really respect artists that have the courage and inspiration to bring something new to the stage in their live show and really build upon their album, which is something that you all excel at.  What dictates how your live show morphs into what it is over the album itself and how much of that is improvisation and how much of it is planned?

D: We definitely plan our sets out pretty carefully and we like to pick from a lot of our albums.   When we come out with a new album, we don’t necessarily just play all the stuff off the new album.  We really gravitate towards what we’ve been playing over the years and what works for the crowd.  We take some new songs.  A lot of the time when an album comes out, we’re working on music that hasn’t even been put on an album, and when it does come out we’ve been playing those songs already for a year.  It’s a weird cycle, for us, at least since we’re not a pop band playing hit songs that everyone needs to hear.  It’s a strange process.

L: How has your process of writing changed from your very first album to now?

D: I think it’s changed drastically.  The first album we did we were really just experimenting and didn’t know exactly what we were going to do.  It created a really experimental atmosphere whereas now it’s maybe not as experimental in that way but it’s experimental in the way of, “so what are we going to do next?”  The process of it too: the last five albums we’ve had to be writing a lot of stuff on the road and working on it in between shows and tours.  It is a bit chaotic.  With this next coming album we’re going to be working on this winter is going to be the first time since back in those days with the first two albums that we’ll be writing at home, in the same place, and being together, and working on it in an extended format.

L:  You recently said in an interview that Vol 2 is “an answer to volume 1…” that you are “tracing your roots back.”  It’s more acoustic whereas your last album had a little bit more electro based sound.  Are there feelings and emotions that influence and guide you at the start to where your albums head each time or is it something that happens more subconsciously and you realize it later on that it’s gone in this different direction?

D: I think for this album, we found what songs we had.  It was sort of collecting the songs we’d been working on as opposed to being really conscious and saying let’s make an album that sounds like this.  It was more of a compilation in a way.  We have a whole electronic side of what we do and we have the full acoustic side and we’re always trying to balance it out and I think this was a way of balancing it out a little more.

L: I saw you open for Les Claypool here in Tahoe a few years ago and at the time I had never heard of you.  It was an absolute delight and there were so many wonderful surprises for me throughout your set.  One of the things that definitely sticks out in my mind, and probably with a lot of your fans, were the animal masks.  Now that they’ve taken on such an individual nature and personality of their own, it’s almost like they are another member of the band.  Can we expect them to stick around?  

T: If David has anything to do with it, we’ll be wearing them the whole show.

D: Be careful what you ask for.

T: We sell them at our merch table so fans can go to our merch table or you can get them online at our website.  One of our goals with the animal masks is to have the audience participate a bit with us.  It’s really funny.  At every show, at least once person at almost every show has one: wearing an animal mask.  We really want to see the whole crowd wearing different animal masks.

D: We have one fan from Michigan who wears a baboon mask and he wears it the whole show.  It’s one of the impressive things I’ve ever seen in my whole life is this guy wearing this latex baboon mask for hours – two hours.  You gotta realize, that those things are not comfortable.

T: They’re hot.

D:  It’s really …. it kinda sucks when you wear it.

T:  It’s a labor of love.  We’re doing it for the people.

D:  It brings out a character in you that you might not have other.  When the guy with the baboon mask is there, he dances differently and he’s really fun to look at.  And then throughout the show you see the people around him start to interact with him and get more comfortable with the baboon.

L: So Beats Antique’s collective dream is an entire audience full of animal masks?

T and D:  YES.

L: You’ve worked with a lot of really talented collaborators: what dream collaborations do you have on your list for the future?

T:  We have a list of a lot of people.  It would be fun to do something with Bjork, with David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Metalica.

D:  I would take Tool as well.

T: I’ve always wanted to collaborate with some more pop artists as well, just in general.

D:  Katy Perry.

T [laughing]: That’s David’s dream.  I’m more like lets work with Bon Iver, the Weekend or something.

L: Greatest accomplishment of 2012?  

T: Surviving.

D:  Yes, Suriving.

T:  Not breaking up.  The band not breaking up.  Funny but true.

L: Provided that you don’t get swept away into the wormhole on the solstice, what’s next on the horizon for 2013?  

D: The first part of the year we’re going to work on our album and then start touring like crazy again.

T:  International – Europe, South America, hopefully.

L:  Last but not least, what act are you each most looking forward to seeing at Snowglobe?

D: Deadmau5, he’s always fun to watch.  Wiz Khalifa.

L:  I’m really looking forward to seeing Chromeo.

D: Oh yeah!  Chromeo!  I forgot they were playing.  I axe all of the rest.  I just want to see them.

L:  Thanks guys!  I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and we’ll see you at Snowglobe.

FOR MORE ON BEATS ANTIQUE:

BEATS ANTIQUE returns for the 2nd year in a row to Snowglobe and will be on the Main Stage on Tuesday, December 31st at 8:00 PM.  Beats Antique is an eclectic mix of modern technology, live instrumentation, brass bands, string quartets, glitch, and dubstep accompanied by belly dancing and animal masks.  Frankly, it’s a not to be missed show.  Check them out: if you want to go down the rabbit hole.  Animal masks not required, but suggested.  Skip it if:  just don’t, you will regret it.

 

Countdown to Snowglobe Music Festival: My Favorite Moments from 2012

We’re one week out from Tahoe’s biggest music festival of the year and my excitement is snowballing.

Snowglobe Music Festival returns for it’s third year to Tahoe South and I’m thrilled to cover the festival once again.  With returning acts like Steffi Graff and Beats Antique and newcomers Holy Ghost! and Cut Copy, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this awesome fusion of winter and music.

As we count down the days to the fest, I’ll fill you with recommendations on where to stay, eat and play while you are here, interviews with musicians, and my picks for who to see on each of the three days.  After each day of the fest, head back here or over to Tahoe South and get recaps and concert photos so that you too can relive your favorite moments alongside me.

Before we start looking forward, here are a few reasons from last year’s event that should help explain why I love Snowglobe so much:

The crowd at Snowglobe cheers with excitement as the sky opens up and blankets them with snowflakes.

1.  It’s not your average music fest.

While most people think of summer fun and warmth in association with music festivals, part of Snowglobe’s charm is that it is completely the opposite.  The end of 2012 marked a considerably dry start to our winter and Tahoe had very little snow on the ground the day the festival started.  As Beats Antique took to the stage on the first day of the festival, the sky opened up and snow began to fall.  “It’s like we’re actually IN a snowglobe!” I heard someone exclaim.  The reaction of the crowd was nothing short of electrifying.

Robert Delong takes the main stage at Snowglobe 2012.

2.  It’s not just for electronic music fans.

For those of you who think you have no place at Snowglobe, you do.  What started out as a purely electronic music festival managed to diversify itself quite nicely in it’s 2nd year.  There is something for everyone here.  I found a number of bands last year that weren’t even remotely on my radar.  Don’t be afraid to head to a fest and wander aimlessly: you might hear some music you aren’t into or you might find something that makes you dance til you take all your clothes off.

Chromeo rings in New Years Eve 2012 at Snowglobe Music Festival.

3.  Ring in the New Year like no one else in Tahoe South.

It is absolutely invigorating to dance in the snow with hundreds of people as fireworks go off over the lake and the moon reflects off snow capped mountains that surround you.  This year’s New Years Eve headliner will be just as amazing as last year’s headliner, Chromeo, whose disco heavy pop sound takes the phrase dance party to a whole new level.  This year’s headliner, Cut Copy, bridges indie with electronic in a wonderful breezy festival friendly dose of happy pop music.  You will dance, you will hug your friends, you will feel animated and rejuvenated by the energy that is Snowglobe Music Festival.

Robert Delong

One of the musicians I interviewed for Snowglobe is blowing up the internets this week.  Although he is young and adorable enough that it seems more appropriate to refer to him as a kid, the 25 year old Seattle Native that now calls LA home is setting the stage to be the next big thing that the kids are listening to.  I’ll take his midi and sometimes tribal beats over those of FUN anyday.  His show at Snowglobe was one of the more memorable ones I caught and the photographs I got of him were bright and captivating.   This week alone he showed up on MTV, multiple music blogs I read,  and on David Letterman.  I’m thrilled for him.

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You can read my original interview with Delong via this link.

You can see all the photos from Delong’s set at Snowglobe via this link.

Robert Delong, Snowglobe Music Festival, Global Concepts

Robert Delong at Snowglobe Music Festival, Tahoe South

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 3

Going into the third day of Snowglobe, I was more than a little exhausted and honestly, I was somewhat dreading it.  Snowglobe is by no means an easy festival to attend: in addition to dealing with the normal festival  happenings like traffic, logistics, drunk people, packed tents, etc, you are also dealing with the elements: cold, mushy snow underfoot and on the first day, actual snow falling.  I delayed my arrival to coincide with Poolside‘s set in the Sierra Tent.  I was excited to check out their “daytime disco” and pretend like I was in a warmer locale.  As I arrived, I was drawn into the idiocy and ridiculousness that was going on at the Main stage: Con Bro Chill.  I think they are a complete and total joke but I can’t tell if the joke is on them or on the surprisingly large crowd.

Poolside Music. Snowglobe, Snowglobe Music Festival

Post Poolside I ran back over to the main stage to check out Royal Teeth, whose members call my favorite city in the world home: New Orleans.   When you are from NOLA, you have immediate street cred in my books (WHO DAT!) and honestly, this band put on an amazing show: they are fun, energetic and totally engaged the audience.  Bonus points for covering Queen.

Royal Teeth, Royal Teeth Music, Snowglobe, Snowglobe Music Fest

After Royal Teeth, I hightailed it over to the Tecnhibeats.com stage where apparently there was a bit of a riot and they had cleared the entire tent out.  Some walls were repaired while the crowd waited impatiently for the start of Nobody Beats the Drum, the show I was most excited for that day.  Unlike Chase over at Electric Panda Music, I did not leave Snowglobe with an appreciation of  dubstep.  In my world, dubstep is the equivalent of my generation’s jungle and I hope it dies a speedy and quick death.  Once upon a time, I listened to trance and jungle and then one day I realized what good music is.  I think music should be just as amazing when you’re not on something as when you are.  While I understand that dubstep appeals to the sensory overload that occurs when you’ve been ingesting things that keep you up for days, I no longer party like it’s 1999 every weekend because I’m old and I would frankly just rather drink a glass of wine.

That being said, I used to LOVE electronic music and in particular, I am a sucker for dark dirty house and breaks.  Living in Tahoe, there is little of the EDM that I care for and when I started reading up on Nobody Beats the Drum, I got very excited.  You see, something happens to me when you put me in a room full of sick beats: I remember how much I FUCKING LOVE it and I never want it to stop.  Once upon a time, in my previous life, I ran around in dark clubs every weekend, could out kick-step just about anyone, spent a lot of time with really amazing music producers and helped throw some really amazing shows.  Not only do I not regret it, but every once in awhile I am reminded of what I have traded my extreme outdoorsy mountain life for.  To quench this thirst,  I have been known to fly across the country just to see a DJ.  In fact, I will be doing that very thing to see James Zabiela play in Austin in February.  Also filed under: reasons why my 35th Birthday Party is going to be a Retro Throwback Rave.  There will be no dubstep, only house music circa the early 2000’s.

ANYWAYS, I digress.  It was time for Nobody Beats the Drum and I had an inkling that I might like it.

I didn’t just like it: I couldn’t leave.  There were other acts I should have gone to photograph but I could not bear the thought of leaving while that insanely raucous dance party was happening and those boys were dropping tracks so dark, dirty and sick, I wished it would never end.  Big thanks to the Technibeats.com staff who let me hang out on the side of the stage and dance so hard that I finally realized why none of the kids at Snowglobe had any clothes on this weekend.

Nobody Beats the Drum, Snowglobe Music Fest

From start to finish, those cute Dutch boys dropped the gnar on the Technibeats.com stage in the very way they know how and it was AMAZING. I want to do it again.  Like now.  But for more than an hour because that wasn’t long enough.  I am totally planning a trip to see a full show at some point in 2013.  That was simply not enough.  Thirsty.  For.  More.

Nobody Beats the Drum, NBTD Music, Snowglobe, Snowglobe Music Fest

After Nobody Beats the Drum I wandered around for a little while watching kids freak-out to a DJ I don’t like, biding my time waiting for Chromeo to start.  Chromeo was a perfect way to close out 2012: electric disco dance party to the max.  I snapped a few sweet shots of the band and then headed to the back of the crowd to ring in the New Year with my friends under fire works.  Day 3 of Snowglobe was definitely the best.  Just goes to show: the day I was feeling too tired to attend turned out to be the most amazing of the whole weekend.  Way to rally!  Let’s do it again, all over, NOW?

Snowglobe Music Fest, Snowglobe, Tahoe South

For those of you who think you have no place at Snowglobe, you do.  What started out as a purely electronic music festival has managed to diversify itself quite nicely in it’s 2nd year.  There is something for everyone here.  I may not like Deadmau5 or Big Gigantic or dubstep, and maybe I’ll complain about the west coast’s obsession with it, but people are entitled to dance to what they like.  I am thrilled that I found so many amazing new bands this weekend that weren’t even remotely on my radar and was introduced to some new EDM producers doing things that are super fresh and new.  Don’t be afraid to head to a fest and wander aimlessly: you might hear some music you aren’t into, and you might find something that makes you dance til you take all your clothes off.

All my favorite photos from Day 3 of Snowglobe are below.  They include photos from Con Bro Chill, Poolside, Polica, Royal Teeth, Nobody Beats the Drum and Chromeo.   You can check out photos from Day 1 and 2 here:

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 1

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 2

You can check out all the interviews I did before the fest here:

Beats Antique

Quixotic Fusion

Nobody Beats the Drum

Archnemesis

Big Chocolate

Robert Delong

If I happened to take a photo of you at the fest, feel free to use it on your social media sites as much as you want, but please do not crop out my watermark.