ID10T Fest takes over the Silicon Valley tech bubble

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival 2017 - Girl Talk

Girl Talk

By Gina Lopez //

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival //
Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
June 24th-25th, 2017 //

The tech bubble of Silicon Valley just got popped with the inaugural ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival at Shoreline Amphitheatre last weekend. Because between music, comics and comedy, cosplay and clubbing, ID10T had it all.

So, who were the brains behind this festival phenomenon?

Actor, stand-up comedian, former KROQ DJ, musician, podcaster, television host, writer and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick.

The comic conival element of ID10T included art/collectibles vendors, artist demonstrations and comic book creator panel discussions. During the panel on breaking into comics, comic artist and writer Phil Hester encouraged aspiring comic artists to “just get out there and get to work — don’t wait for anyone’s permission.” It was good advice for anyone who was hoping to make their dreams a reality. Other insight came from comic book artist and illustrator Morgan Beem, who explained to us that “it’s about telling good stories.”

Good stories were shared by the stars of “Stan Against Evil”, “Portlandia”, “Animaniacs” and more. Creator of “Stan Against Evil” and “The Simpsons” writer Dana Gould revealed that his favorite episode to write was “Goo Goo Gai Pan” from Season 16, in which the Simpson family travels to China to adopt a child because it is based on his experience adopting his own child.

Similarly, Portlandia star and producer Carrie Brownstein expressed her desire that through her work she is “connecting with people and doing something meaningful.” Brownstein and Portlandia co-star Fred Armisen announced that this upcoming season will wrap up the eight-year series. That’s right — you heard it first here on Showbams (or maybe somewhere else). A little fun fact from ID10T: Armisen’s favorite character to portray is the goth.

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival 2017 - Weezer


Speaking of which, do you remember when goth was a trend back in the 90’s? Then perhaps you remember watching the cartoon “Animaniacs” on weekdays after school. “Animaniacs” voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, accompanied by “Anamaniacs” composer Randy Rogel, wowed festival guests at the panel stage tent as they performed the cartoon’s memorable songs, injecting a sense of youth into many ID10T guests.

As for the music, the dance stage featured Madeon, Zeds Dead and Jai Wolf as festivalgoers danced like they were at a dance club. The festival’s main stage boasted an eclectic mix of sounds from experimental pop and punk to funk and soul. Opening acts included Crystal Castles, Ron Gallo, Tank and the Bangas and others, and The Mowgli’s set was colorful … much like lead vocalist Katie Jayne Earl’s outfit.

During Car Seat Headrest’s set, there was no resting thanks to their headbanging tunes. Lord Huron, on the other hand, captivated fans with a hypnotizing set. Then OK GO led the crowd in a therapeutic sing-along during their performance of “This Too Shall Pass”. Experimental-pop band Animal Collective channeled a primal vibe throughout their show, performing with Dada and surrealist-inspired stage props, while TV on the Radio reminded their fans who put the “unk” in punk and funk.

Weezer headlined the festival on Saturday night, performing songs from their large catalog to a packed amphitheater of dancing fans who pledged their allegiance to the great “Flying W” as it was raised on Day 1.

Meanwhile, the second and final night of ID10T featured headliner Girl Talk. With a balloon drop and dance party featuring a group of fans onstage, it was a fitting conclusion to the two-day event.

For one weekend, ID10T turned Silicon Valley into Music and Comic Conival Valley. And with the festival’s success, this will surely be an annual event.

Arroyo Seco Weekend drops inaugural lineup led by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons

Arroyo Seco Weekend

Arroyo Seco Weekend //
Brookside at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
June 24th-25th, 2017 //

For the past few years, there’s been talk about the city of Pasadena hosting a multi-day music festival near the historic Rose Bowl. Shaun White’s snowboard/music festival Air + Style was the first to give it a shot (read our review here) back in 2015, but after experiencing some noise issues, it moved to downtown LA the following year and has continued to call Exposition Park its home.

Now, those rumors have become a reality with Goldenvoice announcing the inaugural lineup for Arroyo Seco Weekend. Coming to “the shady oaks and parkland” of Brookside at the Rose Bowl in late June, the two-day festival will feature three stages of live music with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons topping the bill. But maybe even more impressive is the undercard, which includes Alabama Shakes, Weezer, The Meters, The Shins, Dawes, Fitz & the Tantrums, Live, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Galactic and more. Check out the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

In addition to all the live music, there will be curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs, including Union’s Bruce Kalman, Sweetfin Poke’s Dakota Weiss, Rose Cafe’s Jason Neroni, Broken Spanish’s Ray Garcia, Sotto’s Steve Samson and République’s Walter Matzke. Free day parking and a bike valet will be available for festivalgoers, and those looking to take public transit to the festival will have easy access to the Metro Gold Line.

Weekend passes and single-day tickets can be purchased here for $225 and $125, respectively, starting this Monday, March 20th at 11 a.m. PT. VIP passes will also be sold at a price of $399 and $225, with weekend preferred parking available for $50.

Brookside Golf & Country Club

Make Music Pasadena announces 2016 lineup

Make Music Pasadena 2016 lineup

Make Music Pasadena //
Downtown Pasadena – Pasadena, CA
June 11th, 2016 //

Back for its ninth edition this summer, Make Music Pasadena will once again feature a lineup of emerging artists from all across the world.

Taking over the streets of Pasadena for one Saturday in June, the festival has booked Atlas Genius, Bear Hands, The Mowgli’s, Small Black, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Papa, James Supercave and Profiles to perform this year.

Produced and organized by the Old Pasadena Management District and Playhouse District Association, Make Music Pasadena has boasted such notable acts as Grimes, GROUPLOVE, Matt and Kim, Warpaint, Best Coast, Ra Ra Riot, Surfer Blood, YACHT, Robert DeLong and many more.

Hailing from South Australia, Atlas Genius will serve as this year’s headliner more than three years after their debut LP When It Was Now peaked at No. 34 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Since then, the Adelaide duo comprised of brothers Keith Jeffery (lead vocals, guitar) and Michael Jeffery (drums) has released its second studio album Inanimate Objects and embarked on a 2016 spring tour that wraps up in LA at the El Rey Theatre on April 30th.

The free, non-profit event attracts roughly 50,000 attendees each year, running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. across five different stages and inside 30-plus venues spanning 20 city blocks. Located just 15 minutes from downtown LA, MMP is said to be modeled after Paris’ Fête de la Musique, an annual celebration of music that also takes place in June.

More than 150 bands are expected to play this year, with a multitude of genres — from world music to post-punk to indie rock — being represented onstage in the City of Roses.

Make Music Pasadena 2016

Lagunitas hosts The Mogwli’s, Tumbleweed Wanderers at Indy


Mogwli’s Photos & Writing by Marc Fong // Tumbleweed Wanderers Photos by Sterling Munksgard //

Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ to Austin: The Mowgli’s & Tumbleweed Wanderers
The Independent — San Francisco
March 5th, 2014

Lagunitas knows how to throw a hell of a party. The Lagunita’s CouchTrippin’ Tour stopped by SF’s Independent March 5th for a free party which included free beer, burlesque dancers, a man wearing a rabbit costume wielding a mic, a glass-walker, and a gaggle of party-goers each with a beer in both hands. And even better yet, Lagunitas brought out some fantastic party bands.


The Tumbleweed Wanderers took the stage around 9 to a beer-soaked crowd. These funky rockers kept the party rolling by blasting a mix of folk, soul, and feel-good rock. The Oakland band puts on an energetic and eclectic show with highlights of the night including the band’s cover of Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”. The drunken crowd was already having a good time, but when TW took to the stage, a true party erupted.

By the time the Mowgli’s had arrived, the full house was at full party mode. The LA band was the icing on the sold-out Independent cake. Reminiscent of party-band favorites like Grouplove and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, the Mowgli’s sound is loud and playful. It’s a quirky sound that dances between folk and indie rock. There’s a youthful sweetness in their sound that made everyone smile and bob their head with something more than drunk enthusiasm.


With the energy of a chihuahua on Red Bull, every member of the band bounced and sang on stage while front man, Colin Dieden, made close friends with the crowd. Perhaps aided by free liquid courage, attendees embraced the joyous sound and the band, and those that could were singing along at the top of their lungs, while those who couldn’t were pretending they could and swaying to the music.

The Mowgli’s played an amazingly fun show and the Indy, which was the perfect place to hear their awesome sound. When you can, you have to check them out…and that’s not just the Lagunitas talking.

WIN TICKETS: The Mowgli’s at Slim’s 12/7


Southern California eight piece folk rock outfit The Mowgli’s will be bringing their sun-kissed sound to the Slim’s stage in SF this weekend. Started by a close knit group of friends in a San Fernando Valley garage, the band preaches the message of unity and togetherness through the bond of artistic collaboration. Drawing influences from indie pop, country, classic rock and all genres in between, the Mowgli’s harness California coast vibes to deliver their musical message in a most uplifting way.

Compared to the group dynamics of modern ensembles such as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene and finding similarities in positively charged melodies of Cults and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Mowgli’s set out to win over their audiences by “making love with music” (and a fair amount of handclaps). Looking to melt away your winter blues, this show will defrost even the iciest of temperaments. Register to win tix for Saturday’s show below via Showbams!

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