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April 24, 2012
Shambhala Line Up, My Quick Picks by K. Lea
This past Friday, the Shambhala Music Festival released the eagerly anticipated line up. Despite the festival selling out months ago, the line up still has a lot of relevance to party goers. Attendees eagerly await the announcement for months, trusting they will like what they see. This year did not disappoint. There is a lot of big talent on this year’s list, some newcomers, and some trusted favorites. Not to take away from an inevitable bigger Shambhala piece, I have spent the better part of a week mulling over the line up choosing just one act from each stage not to be missed this coming August at the Salmo River Ranch. Some I have seen before, some I can’t wait to see, but all promise booty shaking good times.
The Pagoda – Claude VonStroke
Being a fan of all things dirtybird, I simply cannot wait to see the father of dirtybird Records tear up The Pagoda. Gracing the cover of DJ Mag’s March issue it is clear to see that there are big things happening for this San Francisco-based artist. The next best thing would be seeing him at one of his legendary Golden Gate Park outdoor parties in beautiful San Francisco. Claude VonStroke will be gracing Calgary this coming Thursday where I will finally get to lose my CVS virginity. Here’s his track Who’s Afraid of Detroit?
Fractal Forest – Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation
My Fractal Forest choice has to be Rob Garza. I have been a fan of Thievery Corporation forever, and they are one of the last big acts I have to cross off my ‘seen it’ list. The thought of seeing even part of Thievery Corporation in the Fractal Forest fills me with girlish excitement. Nice pick Fractal Media! Here is Thievery Corporation performing Sound the Alarm. Rob Garza is the guy on the keys and MIDI controller.
The Living Room – Robot Koch
My Living Room pick would have been El Papo Chango, however I couldn’t find any YouTube videos of his latin style hip hop sets. Although completely different, Robot Koch will also be a stellar artist to see at Shambhala’s beach stage. Robot Koch is one of the members of the acclaimed trio Jahcoozi, as well as an accomplished solo artist. I am interested to see the atmosphere his soothing languid beats creates. A sunrise set would be absolutely beautiful.
The Village – Pretty Lights
I have had the pleasure of seeing Pretty Lights perform before. It was a long time ago, and I wasn’t as familiar with the Pretty Lights discogaphy. I am beyond stoked to see him again. This will guaranteed be a really good set for dancing, perhaps even the best of the weekend. Here’s a video of the Colorado bred artist killing Red Rocks Amphitheatre a couple years ago.
The Rock Pit – Chali 2Na
Chali 2na has been such an integral part of bands I love I am definitely going to see him at the Rock Pit. As an MC in Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli I have always admired his musical diversity and skill. This is an artist I have always managed to miss, so big ups to the Rock Pit for giving me another chance. This is the fore mentioned Ozomatli, with the 2nafish front and center.
The Labyrinth – Adham Shaikh
Last but not least I have chosen Nelson based artist Adham Shaikh. Let’s not forget our amazing Canadian based talent amongst the International superstars we import! This little video he made pretty much sums up the spirit of his music, and features some footage of Shmabhala as well.