Candy’s River House had their first full length CD release show on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at The Urban Lounge. Their band is a mix between Bad Company, ZZ Top and Free. This new CD is taking Candy’s River House back to the South. They have been working on this new album for seven months and have put everything that they have into it. Supporting bands were Crook and The Bluff and The Weekenders.

Crook and The Bluff started the show with some smoke which filled the floor and began to play to the crowd with their psychedelic western blues music. Sarah’s drum playing kept the band on pace and the frontman Kirk Dath sang and kept the crowd going. They were a great opening band to get the crowd ready for Candy’s River House.

The Weekenders were up next and had no smoke and simple lighting as they did not need it. They have a simple ’70s rock feel to their band and are great at it. Frontman Rob Reinfurt proceeded to to wow the crowd with his amazing guitar playing and great voice.

Candy’s River House started in Tennessee and reformed locally here in Utah. They want to be known as a southern rock band and they play their shows “raw.” Jordan Young said that they “just plug in and play loud.” They are going to be heading out on their spring tour to keep southern rock alive. They opened the show with the raw guitars and and vocals and proceeded to ask the crowd where the whiskey was at. The crowd obliged and brought the band 8 shots of whiskey. They proceed to show the crowd what real southern rock is and the crowd loved every second of it, dancing to the songs all through their set. By the end of the show at 1 a.m., the crowd was still chanting for more music.

In a hip-hop career that has stretched nearly 20 years, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way—rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious are an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper, Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer, Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting,” multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

 

Starting off this hip-hop show was Swell Merchants. They came out full of energy and got the crowd ready for a fantastic night of hip-hop. Young A$$ Nico showed the crowd why they belong on the stage with their Happy Days song with a reference to Dennis Rodman.

 

Up next was House of Lewis from Provo, Utah. They are not your typical hip-hop band, but once they start singing you instantly fall in love with their style. They are quickly making a mark for themselves with winning “Best of Utah” music competition from City Weekly. Rhyme Time came out on stage with knowing that they are one of the top hip-hop bands in Utah and showed the crowd why they won that competition.

 

Local rapper Dusk was up next and he came out throwing some lyrics that the crowd loved! Dusk has been on the local seen for some time and played “Name Droppin,” one of their new songs.

 

Blackalicious came on stage with a full crew for the show. Gift of Gab, Chief Xcel, Lateef the Truthspeaker, and Dr.ama of the Livesavas all came out full of energy for the packed house. Dr.ama started things off and got the crowd going for the Gift of Gab to come out. Gift of Gab had an injury and was told by doctors to not perform, but in real hip-hop fashion the show went on. Even though the Gift of Gab was confined to a chair, he still threw his tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes. The crowd was dancing all night long to the beats and crowded around the stage to witness this incredible hip-hop show.

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples performed at The Complex on Friday, March 4 as part of his Circa Tour. His debut album, Summertime ’06, was released on June 30, 2015, to critical acclaim.

As the crowd started to file in to The Complex, U92’s DJ Juggy was starting to get the crowd ready for Vince Staples. DJ Juggy played some of the top hits in todays hip-hop world, as the crowd was starting to dance.

Local rapper Cig Burna from West Valley came on stage after DJ Juggy’s set. He came out with some energy and the crowd loved it. He performed his hits, including “Devils Food.” He kept the crowd on point and had them all ready for the next local rapper Dumb Luck.

Dumb Luck came out and said that he just got off work, and is ready to do some more work. The audience really payed attention to him and his songs. Toward the end of his set, he created a new beat on his mixer and rapped to the beat, which audience loved. He had the crowd prepped for Vince Staples!

Staples came out with a vengeance running and jumping while rapping to the audience—the crowd definitely felt his energy and began to dance with him. Staples rapped to the almost full house and they loved every moment of it. For one of his song he asked the crowd to raise both their hands in the air and start to clap all together, the cowed obliged. DJ Tyler started the beat and Vince began to rap along. DJ Juggy, Cig Burna, Dumb Luck and Vince Staples all put on great performances and received a great reception from the audience.

On June 20, I joined FilmQuest and the Space Venture Coalition (SVC) for the greatest space rock opera in Earth’s history. FilmQuest founder Jonathan Martin saw a live performance of Provo’s own SVC and thought they would be a great fit to his film festival. He was not wrong about that! SVC take you on an outer-space adventure on the Starship Fermi to investigate a strange signal coming from The Beautiful Planet. They battled a giant space monster, saved the ship, and they meet the Space Queen!

While entering the theater, all members of the audience were given a name tag with a position and an emergency envelope filled with a special item. SVC had chairs filled with silver balloons for the audience members to throw around during a part of the performance.

It all started with a few sci-fi short films before SVC lift off. After five, well-made short films played, SVC came out and started the countdown to go into space, lead by Captain Jarad. SVC played in front of the movie screen and had images and small clips going throughout their performance. They were all dressed up in their space attire and ready to show the audience the space adventure of their lives.

I would have to say that I have been to a lot of rock shows, but the effort and amount of energy SVC put into their shows is fantastic and very entertaining. If you happen to have the chance to see SVC, you should not pass that up.

The night started out calm at the Pioneer Park this past Thursday night for the third week of the Twilight Concert Series. Mega record producer and songwriter Diplo headlined this show along with Slushii and Sneeky Long.

The crowd started to gather at as local DJ Sneeky Long began to warm up the crowd with his beats. The crowd enjoyed his songs as they started to gather at the stage and dance. Sneeky Long played his hour set and the crowd was ready for Slushii to hit the stage.

Slushii is known to have come out of nowhere and make his mark on the EDM scene. He had some hit remixes of Kaskade, I See MONSTAS & Botnek and Galantis, which various top-tier DJs like Ookay, Dotcom and Marshmello immediately noticed and reposted. Slushii started his set with the crowd starting to fill up the stage area. The crowd loved his mixes and started to get into the groove and dance with their hands in the air. Then the crowd was ready for Diplo.

When Diplo hit the stage, the calm night had turned into a 21,500-person dance party.

Diplo is an American DJ, record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and record executive based in Los Angeles. He has worked with many top artists such as Usher, Snoop Dog, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and, most recently, Justin Bieber. He is the co-creator and lead member of Major Lazer and part of the electronic duo Jack Ü along with producer and DJ Skrillex.

The large crowd came prepared for a dance party, and Diplo did not disappoint. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands as every person jumped to the beats of his mixes all at once. As he played his hits “Take Ü There,” “To Ü” and “Where Are Ü Now,” the crowd loved every second of it and decided to turn Pioneer Park in to the largest dance party that Utah has ever seen.

A line of eager people forms to enter the Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Photo: @william.h.cannon

There was no better way to wrap up summer than with the 9th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Local artisans, craft foodies, DIY engineers, performers and many others gathered in the Gallivan Center on Aug. 11–13 to celebrate Salt Lake’s ever-growing creative community.

There was something for everyone at this year’s festival, whether it was food or finds. Soundtracked by all of the local performers on the SLUG Mag Stage as well as the 90.9 KRCL Stage, the weekend was filled to the brim with entertainment and fun. Local foodie staples were scattered around the plaza, offering delicious classics like Sprinkle and Dash’s French macaroons and Rob’s Cheesesteaks, as well as remixes on old favorites like the sandwiches fromV Panini and the treats available from Argentina’s Best Empanadas. Local favorites Cafe Ibis and CupBop also made appearances.

From the Hand Drawn Photo Booth to handmade jewelry and all the way to woodcrafting and engineering, this year’s DIY Festival introduced Salt Lake City’s residents to new and interesting products and tutorials. While outside on the plaza there were shops to sift through and perfect-pieces to find, the Google Fiber STEM Building was also full of surprises, demos and workshops for science enthusiasts and curious wanderers alike. The inaugural, one-day-only Kid Row was also a must-see at this year’s festival. Many aspiring artists, aged 14 and under, set up their own booths and displayed their creations from embroidery to paintings, wooing the crowd with their many talents.

Luckily, there are only 312 days left until next year’s festival, which means that if you couldn’t make it to the 9th annual, this gallery can prepare you for the 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival and give you a taste of all of the excitement that’s to come next year.

You can read about some of the participants in our August Issue.

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DIY Fest Day 1 — Aug. 11, 2017

Will Cannon // @william.h.cannon


Jessica Bundy // @jbunds


Jayson Ross // @jaysonrossphoto


DIY Fest Day 2 — August 12, 2017

Colton Marsala // @colton_marsala


Logan Sorenson // LmSorenson.net


Chris Gariety // americogariety@gmail.com


DIY Fest Day 3 — August 13, 2017

Ceza Dzawala // cezarynadzawala@gmail.com


Talyn Sherer //@talynshererphoto

Suicide Lane Cycles held their one-year anniversary celebration and open house party on Friday, Nov. 20. Co-owners Davy Bartlett and Nikolas Garff wanted to celebrate their success of their business with friends and family, and what better way to do that than to throw a party at the shop? They had food and the drinks were flowing all night. To participate in the Friday night Gallery Stroll, Suicide Lane Cycles had artist Kristin Roper displaying her photos of various families posing with their motorbikes. Garff had his display of custom-made metal masks that he welded together out of various parts. They were quite the hit at the party, with guests taking numerous photos of them with their phones. Guests packed into the front area for a good time and to talk about their favorite cycles and different ways for customize their cycles.

Suicide Lane Cycles specializes in building custom motorbikes and vintage custom restorations. They will work on anything, and perform all services, including tuneups, tire changes and electrical work. If you are looking for a custom frame or part, they can fabricate it to fit your motorbike.

Festival goers fill the Gallivan Center. Photo: ColtonMarsalaPhotography.com

The 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival came and went with a bang! For the 10th anniversary, local artisans, foodies, vendors and engineers came together at The Gallivan Center over Aug. 10–12 to make the weekend one to remember.

From Kid Row to the Google Fiber STEM Building, there was something to suit everyone’s interests. There were workshops by West Elm, amazing live performances on the SLUG Mag Stage and the KRCL Stage, as well as tons of delicious food from local vendors like Sharlie’s Treats, Sprinkle and Dash and O-Town Kitchen.

Reminiscing is half the fun! This gallery can tide you over until the 11th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival.

You can read about some of this year’s other participants in the August Issue.


Logan Sorenson // Lmsorenson.net


John Barkiple


Ceza Dzawala


Chris Gariety


Colton Marsala // ColtonMarsalaPhotography.com


Jennifer Thayn // @jenniferthayn


Jayson Ross //@jaysonrossphoto


Talyn Sherer // @taylnshererphoto