Utah Arts Festival Schedule
Utah Arts Festival is upon us this week and I have lots of activities in the works! Here’s a schedule of events from my musical events, to VJ presentations, to theater groups! Be sure to check it all out!
Thursday June 21st – Summer Solstice
The Blue Distance – In the Round – Outside Library Auditorium – 8pm
A theater experience presented to you by Melissa Bond, Amie, and Rachel. Explore the female mystique through words of poetry and interactive audience participation. Music and visuals provided by Raw Xtract.
Fri 22nd and Sun 24th 5:30-6:30
Raw Xtract with DJ Electronic Battleship
DJ Electronic Battleship and I will be performing on the Big Mouth Stage (literary stage by the courthouse) on Friday June 22nd 5:30-6:30 and Sunday June 24th same bat time, same bat place. In 2010 I had the pleasure of performing works from my spoken word album, Eleven, at the Utah Arts Fest on the Big Mouth Stage. This year they’re having me back to perform works from my upcoming album Bargain Books and B Flicks, a concept album of stereotypes found in 5 cent detective novels represented by musical themes. Although most of my performance is piano set over hip hop/electronic beats, I will be splicing in a little word play here and there. Battleship and I will also be performing some funky danceable breaks from our upcoming VJ mixtape, Stop and Break. All the beats and overlaying piano are composed by me though samples of well known pop/rock and jazz tunes, and spun on the turntables by Electronic Battleship. We have lots of great material to share and I’m excited to be bridge a gap of literary arts and hip hop urban arts. We will be releasing Stop and Break on July 27th at The Monthly Mic Check held at the Barbary Coast Salon, an event brought to you by Jenn Doe, photographer extraordinaire! Follow up performances in conjunction with Summer Jams, the following day and evening at the event after party. Bargain Books and B Flicks will be released in conjunction with the SLC Gallery Stroll in front of Ken Sanders Bookstore on Friday Sept. 21st. We will be video mapping the exterior of the building in conjunction with performing the music and poetic tracks. The Bargain Books and B Flicks release will kick off a west coast tour with Albany cohort, GM.
Saturday Night After the Arts Fest!
Come on over to Bar Deluxe on 668 S State Street to catch a cold beer and some hot music! I’ll be VJing for the boys, George Life, Black Socks, Jef Doogie and Definition Rare from New Mexico. DJ Keeb on the tables! Doors at 9. Walk on down the block and catch some of my tracks from Bargain Books and B Flicks!
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Bargain Books and B Flicks is a full length album of all original work. Each song on the album is the score to a scene you would find in a trashy 5 cent detective novel or vintage film noir flick. Each soundtrack song is accompanied by a music video, many of which contain vintage material from seedy bondage films and detective flicks. Also, each piece on the album is accompanied by a PDF Chapter that you would find in the book the song and video are created out of. This dark underworld of tragic beauty’s, washed out private investigators, and evil drug king pins will be fully interactive as a live VJ set and available upon release in a mutli-media format. The format the album will be released on is an entirely new and original concept and I’m thrilled to be the first artist to formulate this idea. I can say no more. I’ll be debuting some of the songs for the first time live at the Utah Arts Festival. Check under Shows in the menu for details.