Music Festival Archive

Escondido and that Desert Sex Sound: An Interview with Tyler James and Jessica Maros

Escondido and that Desert Sex Sound: An Interview with Tyler James and Jessica Maros

Within the modern music industry there seems to be a growing appetite for music that’s moved beyond the boundary of a single genre. Audiences want more. They don’t just want to be entertained, that’s as simple as people-watching at a red light. They want to be mesmerized.

And for artists that means experimentation. Finding a voice, a tone, a style that’s more than what it appears.

We at MusicBham were fortunate enough to be given a chance to talk to the crew of Escondido, a band in the process of developing its own unique sound that has been heralded by the Chicago Sun-Times and others as “a band steeped in Southwest fantasia that stands on the strength of its songwriting.”

While so many other prominent artists have chosen to recreate their sound with various musical tech, Escondido opts to stick to basics. There’s something to be said of the power a grounded, simple melody can have on a person. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash are obvious examples. Jessica Maros and Tyler James are doing their best to walk in those footsteps.

Hear it from them below.

Photography by Mary C. Fehr
Written by Sara Jane Overby
Into by Nathan Diehl

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Grading 2015 Music Fests

Grading 2015 Music Fests

By Ian Zelaya Posted October 6, 2015, 8:16 AM EDT

GRADING THE 2015 MUSIC FESTS: The Los Angeles Times ranked the big music festivals it covered this year, grading the live experiences by cost, star power, food, and “body tax.” The Stagecoach Festival scored the highest, with an A, while FYF Fest fared the worst, earning a D and criticized for offering a layout that’s challenging for attendees to navigate. “Last year’s move to Exposition Park was saddled with logistical issues so severe, organizers sent an apology email to fans. A ‘new improved shortcut’ helped this summer, but the layout remained difficult and stage hopping almost impossible (we had the blisters to prove it). Standing on the hot asphalt in front of the main stage felt more like punishment than festival fun.” http://lat.ms/1PgkcIa

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CukoRakko Music and Arts Festival

CukoRakko Music and Arts Festival

That “magic feeling on the mountain” continues like nowhere else in the Southeast!  Come join us on May 1-3, 2015 as we celebrate our third year of spring and fall festivals.  Held at the beautiful Horse Pens 40 in Steele, Alabama, this friends and family event features 3 days of music and mixed media arts.  Enjoy yoga, rock climbing, glass blowing, blacksmithing, disc golf with a PDGA tourney, camping, hiking, kid’s activities, food and drinks, crafts and more.

CukoRakko is the Creek Indian word for ceremonial ground, stompground, big house and dance ground.  This perfectly describes the phenomenal energy that can be felt at this historic outdoor nature park. Horse Pens 40 is a natural wonderland of unique rock formations nestled atop Chandler Mountain in the foothills of the Appalachians. Located on top of the third highest mountain in Alabama, the stone formations here are said to be among the oldest naturally exposed stones in the world, dating from 600 million to 1.3 billion years old.  This sacred ground has a vivid history.  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this incredible natural amphitheater.

FRIDAY – MAY 1

Mandi Rae 6:00 – 7:00 Rakko Stage (Main)
Scalici-Alley Project 7:30 – 8:30 Rakko Stage (Main)
Little Raine Band 8:45 – 9:45 Rakko Stage (Main)
Sumilan 10:15 –…

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