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Joe Craven

Joe Craven, emcee

Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.

Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.

Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. An educator for over twenty five years, he has presented at well over 100 schools, universities, civic and community groups. He has paneled at the American String Teacher’s Association, is a keynote clinician and a co-director of the youth academy at Wintergrass in Seattle for over ten years. Joe is the Executive Director of RiverTunes in California and a coast to coast Emcee of a variety of music festivals, including Delfest and the 40th Telluride Bluegrass.

Whether a presentation to folks in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, Goodwill Industries, The United Way, young men in a juvenile detention center, families in homeless shelters, a university lecture in Washington, jamming with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, or on stage with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland… no matter who and what Joe’s connected with, he’s at home and loving every minute.

‘Everything Joe touches turns to music,’ says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years. No one who saw Joe wring a percussion concerto from his garbage-bag raincoat during a downpour at the Strawberry Music Festival could disagree.

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Tora’Dan

Tora’Dan

Jan and Tovas Porvas married in 2006 and have performed together around the world ever since. Jan was born into an entire family of musicians in the city of Tabriz, one of Iran’s premier cultural centers. He started his musical career playing traditional Iranian rhythmic instruments like the Nagara and the keyboard. In his 20’s, Jan learned to play the Tanbour, Kopuz, Daf and even the saxophone. Tovas was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and began playing music at just 6 years old. She sang and performed in many festivals in Baku, often placing among the top three young performers. Tovas is a poet and Jan is a composer. For more than a decade, the duo has been united in their mutual love for music. They arrived in the U.S. and Boise in the summer of 2016 with their young daughter. Today they aim to keep their Sufi cultural traditions alive and thriving through the arts. They are music instructors looking to share their talents and rich musical history with the people of Boise!

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Elevation

Elevation

Elevation feat. J Silk is a high energy funk/rock band from Northern California. Their original music was born in the clubs and bars of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. They are a jam band and a dance band with an emphasis on heavy bass lines and funky grooves. The smooth vocals of front man J Silk and singer Brynn Farwell give Elevation a fresh sound that’s both old school and modern. They released their first album in October, 2018, “ELEVATION feat J Silk,” the tracks were recorded live in the studio to keep that ‘live’ feel and unique sound. The bands motto…ELEVATE YO FUNKIN’ LIFE! Currently the band is taking time to work on their second album, release sometime 2019.

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Flytiger

Flytiger

FlyTiger is a future-soul group currently based out Nevada City, CA. The group is comprised of musicians from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, GA to California. Fully formed in 2018, members include: Alvetta Newby-Jones -lead vocal, Neil Layton -keys, DJ Fossil -1’s and 2’s, Eric Bevel -bass, Richard Jones -drums and percussion.

https://flytigermusic.com
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Turkuaz

Turkuaz

Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas.

Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the artform itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.

The Brooklyn-based nonet—Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]—ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.

“Turkuaz is made up of individuals, each their own shade of the color spectrum,” explains Dave. “Each person brings a signature style and embodies his or her own color. The respective auras come together to create our sound. The name itself implies that vibrancy, but it’s a different spin on turquoise. In the same way, we put a different spin on groove-oriented music by telling stories that you wouldn’t normally associate with funk.”

Since emerging in 2011 with their self-titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.

Touring incessantly in support of four full-length studio albums and three official live releases, they’ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobe, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, “This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.”

Most recently, 2015’s Digitonium yielded fan favorites such as “Nightswimming” and “European Festivity Nightmare” and generated over 1 million-plus cumulative streams. When it came time to commence work on Life In The City, the musicians switched up the flow and took a different approach.

“We did Digitonium in a short period of time and created a concept based on The Sword in the Stone,” says Dave. “We sifted through a lot more material for Life In The City. We threw all of the paint on the canvas. There was more collaboration in the writing. Some members who hadn’t participated before brought ideas to the table. We didn’t have anything road-mapped. In that respect, it was exploratory as far as who we are sonically. The same goes for the lyrics. Beyond the turmoil in current events and the world, I was going through some difficult challenges in my personal life. So, Life In The City is more based in reality and the experience I’ve lived in the past few years than a fantasy like the last record. The city is representative of modern life and all of these distractions we face day to day.”

In order to capture that vision, they first recorded at More Sound in Upstate New York before moving to Dave’s own newly relocated Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn. Avowed fans of the Stop Making Sense film, they tapped Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads to produce standalone single “On The Run” and album track “If I Ever Fall Asleep” at The Bunker Studios.

“I’m extremely hands-on, so it was a growth experience to see someone else’s take on the band,” adds Dave. “Overall, Jerry made us as a band think about things we wouldn’t have otherwise. It was really beneficial.”

The group officially introduce the album with the first single and title track “Life In The City.” Funkified guitars wrap around otherworldly synths and rapturous horns as the words “Blind in the spotlight” glare.

“That line stands out to me,” Dave continues. “There’s so much stimulus in the city and in modern life in general. So much is going on. Light is constantly shined on what we do, how we act, social media, and the urban hustle and bustle that we’re blind to what’s really going on underneath. That line sums up what the song is about. We’re not able to take a breath and experience the simplicity of reality anymore. We forget to be who we really are.”

A collaborative effort with several band members, the swaggering cry of “Lady Lovely” tells an intergalactic horror story disguised as cross-species romance, complete with “creature” giggles from the song’s vocalist Josh Schwartz. Schwartz also co-wrote “If I ever Fall Asleep,” portraying the “paranoid ramblings of an insomniac holed up in his apartment.”

Punctuated by robust horns, “Superstatic” illuminates another side of Turkuaz as it touts lyrics “about letting go and having fun for a minute.” Meanwhile, on the more personal side, upbeat delivery and synth squeals underscore a poignant admission for Dave on “The One and Lonely.”

“It’s about kicking a lot of habits and stepping away from vices,” he admits. “The song highlights the struggle I had with substances and alcohol as well as the process I went through trying to shed the struggle.  Drinking and drug use is a huge part of the road for most bands. It got to a point where it was too much for me though. This album documents me taking a step back and saying, ‘I want to live for a long time. I want to stop and take in what’s actually happening to me—not just party all the time.’”

It’s that honesty that has reinvigorated how far down the line the band has its sights set. And even in the midst of serious subject matter creeping in on this album, the musicianship of all nine band members and the group’s upbeat, fun-loving sensibility still shines through to give Turkuaz fans the joyous sound they’ve come to know over the last several years.

“I would love for our music to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark world,” he leaves off. “You can come to our shows, let go, exist, and have a good time in spite of what may be going on outside. That’s what music does for us. We want to share that.”

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Brian Hartman

Brian Hartman

A leader in the West Coast underground music scene, Brian Hartman is an in-demand DJ & a successful event producer. The Nevada City, CA resident is among the most versatile DJs in festival culture, his genre-spanning sets dot the globe and travel through time and space. Hartman is a master of connecting progressive musical ideas to unveil an emotional journey; his warm, organic rhythms are transmitted through a myriad of tempos and a bevy of creativity.  Brian Hartman’s vibrant DJ sets cultivate distinctly different offerings, he mixes Midtempo Intercultural Beats, deep, tribally house, as well as a variety of Latin, African, and Caribbean beats, at times journeying through Cumbia, Tropical Soul, and beyond. Hartman distills traditional tones and rhythms, blending treasured songs and melodies, the soundtracks to cultures dating back hundreds of years.

 

He effortlessly weaves in and out of sweet dub cumbia, but will also lock into the heartbeat of deep, dubby, ethno-house. Four-on-the-floor is his first forte, and Brian feels right at home in the sexy confines of throbbing, rippling Deep House.  Within that idiom, the seasoned DJ puts a premium on minimalism; in terms of dynamics, Brian does more with less. Regardless of style or setting, Hartman continues to turn the heads of seasoned dance music veterans, as well as newcomers to the scene.

 

2018 saw Brian Hartman upping the ante, by playing a vast array of events both domestic and international. His schedule included Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Bali Spirit Festival, Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala, Air Festival on the Gili Islands, and New Earth Festival in Indonesia. Stateside he has appeared at Global Eclipse Gathering, enchanted forest gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, California WorldFest, Bioneers Conference, Imagine Festival, among others. Hartman has provided direct support for iconic live performers such as Dirtwire, LulaCruza, Beats Antique, Les Nubians, Vieux Farka Toure, members of Rising Appalachia, and many others. Hartman has also performed alongside Nicola Cruz, Martha Van Straaten, M.Rux, Ocean vs. Orientalis, Chancha Via Circuito, Be Svendsen, Sabo, KMLN, CloZee, an-ten-nae, The Librarian, Attya, and more.

 

Along with Isis Indriya, Hartman co-produces the monthly HeartBass, a tastemaker event in Nevada City, CA. Brian was an award-winning 8th-grade Humanities teacher before retiring from teaching to focus on his music career full time.

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Femme de la Muse

Femme de la Muse

Femme de la Muse is an artists’ collective of women bridging the worlds with harmonic chants, crystal alchemy bowls, lush soundscapes and sacred dance. Described as other worldly, Femme de la Muse invites us into a mystical journey through time and space.

https://kimberlybass.com/femme-de-la-muse
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Sasha Butterfly

Sasha Rose

Sasha’s background of lifelong musicianship created a strong foundation for her unique style of electronic production and live DJ performances.  She combines many elements, learned from her vast variety of musical experience, to offer a truly innovative type of artistic expression.

Her popularity with spiritually focused dance crowds comes from her unique hybridization of original production featuring her live vocals and flute playing with carefully selected inspirational dance tracks from various artists from around the world.  Her performances flow from celestial grooves to tribal world rhythms to downtempo dance dub to collective ascensions to higher realms. Sasha is one of the most sought after DJ’s for Ecstatic Dance and Ecstatic Dance styled events throughout California and beyond.  She has performed at over 40 such dances including multiple appearances at Ecstatic Dance Oakland, Dance Journey, and many others.

Over the last 10 years, Sasha has taken her live solo electronic show to festivals throughout the US including Symbiosis, Beloved Festival, Earthdance, Sonic Bloom, Enchanted Forest, Raindance Campout, Photosynthesis, and many more. She has guested with several electronic artists including Random Rab, Vibesquad, Mimosa, Anasia, Zilla, Eoto, J.Boogie, Lafa Taylor, Jamie Janover, Lynxand many others.  In her musical production, Sasha creates luscious soundscapes and thick bass lines bridged by her soulful, angelic voice and a variety of live instrumentation. Her original lyrics bring awareness and create a deep earth connection to her listeners.

https://www.sasharosemusic.com
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World Beatnix

World Beatnix

World Beatnix Original 8 piece world music dance band.

Take a musical journey around the world with the regions favorite

world music dance band. Groove to rhythms from Africa, S America, the

Caribbean, Middle east, Celtic Europe, New Orleans and Funk.

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DJ Yohm

Yohm

Yohm began the journey as a DJ in the year 2000 playing vinyl reggae,funk and hip hop records.Over the years his sound has evolved into a blend of world influenced fusion beats with thick bass drops.Known for playing remixes of classic tunes and medicine bass, with an ability to adapt his sound to fit most dance floors. Yohm (pronounced like Yo and Ohm) is a combination of Yosef’s birth name and one of the most healing sounds on Earth.

Yohm has rocked sets at many festivals including Enchanted Forest, Lucidity, Symbiosis,Worldfest, Cosmic Convergence and Stilldream.

He specializes in Ecstatic Dance journey sets, and has played E Dances all around the country and at festivals.He has opened up for Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Phaeleh, Charles the First, Deya Dova and many more.

With a sharp focus on clean mixing and composing a journey through different genres Yohm’s energetic sets keep the crowd engaged and satiated for hours.

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