Left Coast Live 2010 Presents The Sound of Things to Come

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LCL to showcase 100+ bands with headliners OK Go and Yo La Tengo

Left Coast Live Music Festival & Conference (LCL) transforms downtown San Jose into a live music mecca with a week-long music experience beginning with the “Sound of Things to Come” June 21 – 24. The series introduces local music talent, while inspiring fresh ideas and connecting Bay Area music lovers. The “Sound of Things to Come” culminates with an electrifying weekend of more than 100 live music performances, across 20 venues on June 25 – 26. Headliners OK Go and Yo La Tengo will light up the main stage in addition to Neon Trees, Crash Kings, Free Energy and a multitude of other local, regional and national acts.

On Monday, June 21 LCL delves into a piece of Bay Area music history with the World premiere of Rock the Block: The Story of the Cactus Club. The film discusses the journey of a San Jose music staple, the Cactus Club. It’s about the people versus the politics, music over money and rock and roll. The film makes its World premiere at Theater on San Pedro Square (29 North San Pedro Street) at 7 p.m. A free post-film concert with the Wild Rovers will follow at O’Flaherty’s (25 North San Pedro Street) at 8:30 p.m.

Left Coast Live takes you from San Jose to Seattle on Tuesday, June 22 with a special screening of the film ‘Hype!’ presented by Cinequest. This inspirational and entertaining evening celebrates the concept of discovery by looking at a recent music movement through film, while preparing to discover new artists at LCL who could be the makers of a new scene. Hype! is an engaging documentary that unveils Seattle’s underground music explosion of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, from the first days of Green River and Mudhoney to the era-ending death of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. The film screens at Gordon Biersch Pilsner Room (33 East San Fernando Street) at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a performance by The Bingtones at 8:45p.m.

Over the last decade turntablism has experienced new innovators and technologies expanding the definition of “live music.” On Wednesday, June 23 LCL will explore DJ Culture, from the turntable's evolution to groundbreaking technologies which have created a new music movement. Bay Area trendsetters Stephan “DJ Sake One” Goldstone and Paolo “Cutso” Bella of the Bangerz will discuss this ever changing genre and how they entertain thousands on the ones and twos.

Left Coast Live teams up with Music in the Park, KFOG, and the SJ Downtown Association for free performances by BoDeans, Dusty Rhodes & The River Band and San Jose’s own Careless Hearts on Thursday, June 24. Music in the Park has been a summertime standard for more than 20 years bringing some of the world’s biggest stars to this Thursday night concert series in San Jose; this one is no exception. Music in the Park is located at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, on Market Street between San Fernando and San Carlos Streets and runs from 5:30 – 9:15 p.m.

Friday night fires up the stage with headliner OK Go. From their charisma to their infamous YouTube videos, this free spirited band has made their presence known in the world of music. They have played with the Pixies, performed underwater at the Maker Faire, and danced on treadmills live at the MTV awards. LCL is proud to welcome OK Go to the main stage Friday, June 25.

In the past few weeks Neon Trees has quickly gone from being “the next big thing” to surpassing those expectations. With their hit song “Animal” on constant radio rotation and having toured with bands such as The Killers and 30 Seconds to Mars, Neon Trees is set to give a high energy performance at LCL 2010.
Los Angeles rock band, Crash Kings, is not your typical rock trio. This guitarless band has been touring nonstop since August 2009 and their first single, “Mountain Man” peaked at number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. They’ve performed with big name rockers including Stone Temple Pilots, Rooney, Chris Cornell, The Bravery, and Jet.

Free Energy brings their dance-friendly, power-pop rock hits, and enthusiastic on-stage energy to every show. Rolling Stone called the longhaired quintet one of the “Best New Bands of 2010.” They’ve performed on “The Late Show with Dave Letterman” and at this year’s SXSW festival.

Other bands not to miss include J*DaVeY, a multi-genre duo from Los Angeles whose sound can be described as a combination of alternative hip hop, alternative rock, soul, electronica, fusion, jazz, punk, funk, new wave, and R&B; Kero One, originally from San Jose, is a testament to the do-it-yourself success story with his debut self-produced hip hop project, ‘Windmills of the Soul’; Kung Fu Vampire, a San Jose-based group performs an original style of music fusing goth, funk, jazz, and hip hop; Northern Son, a rock band on an ambitious journey to create a sound composed of nostalgic rock with a modern twist; Insolence, a group with reggae, hip hop, and hardcore music stylings; and Careless Hearts, a twangy folk-infused rock group with a rhythm and tune that bears down into the heart of country.

Saturday night steals the show with headliner Yo La Tengo. One of the most enduring and endearing bands of the indie scene for the last 20 years, Yo La Tengo is impossible to pin down, yet have a very distinct sound. They can pull off epic psych jams, soulfully crooned pop nuggets, garage type stompers, or hushed electronic pieces. Yo La Tengo makes all their material seem effortless, yet inspired and always sonically amazing. It is a real coup for Left Coast Live to host this genre defying troop and their performance is not to be missed on Saturday, June 26.

Doctor Nurse is an experimental-rock band based out of San Jose with a sound described as garage rock that skews toward folk. They’ve performed at San Francisco’s prestigious Cafe Du Nord, and opened up for Xiu Xiu, and most recently rocked the stage at the underground San Jose Bike Party.

Local favorite Lisa Dewey & The Lotus Life brings a dreamy, multi-layered, atmospheric, and gorgeous pop to the main stage. Described as Mazzy Star meets Everything But the Girl, with favorable comparisons to the Cocteau Twins.

The Mumlers come to LCL armed with their collection of vintage instruments. This seven member indie-folk collective is a San Jose favorite who features a collection of every instrument under the sun and consistently puts on a great show.

Additional highlights include the “School of Rock” presented by KFOX where young Bay Area students will showcase their talents; Lagos Roots Afro-beat Ensemble, a representation of an important step in the evolution of the style of Nigerian afrobeat; Darondo, a funk and soul singer whose sounds can be compared to the likes of Ronald Isley and Al Green; and Big Jay McNeely, a tenor saxophonist known as “the king of the honkers” for over 60 years, and still going strong.


  •     Complete lineup and schedule at http://schedule.leftcoastlive.com/
  •     Passes may be purchased online at http://www.leftcoastlive.com, at Streetlight Records (Campbell or Santa Cruz) and Good Karma restaurant (downtown San Jose). Festival passes will also be available for purchase at the festival gate. Good for entrance into Friday and/or Saturday night outdoor SoFA concerts, attractions (e.g. Scion Silent Disco and Mouse Trap) and exclusive Left Coast Live downtown venues. Festival gates on South First Street open at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. both days, while select indoor venues will stay open until 2 a.m.

o    1-day pass: $15 presale/$20 at gate
o    2-day pass: $25 presale/$30 at gate
*CASH ONLY accepted at gate on Friday and Saturday night

The following sponsors enable Left Coast Live’s services: Artsopolis; Channel 92.3; Cinequest; Element 151; Metro Newspapers; Scion; 98.5 KFOX; 1stAct.

Left Coast Live (LCL) is a week-long music experience that showcases more than 100 national, regional and local live acts playing in 20 venues in downtown San Jose from June 21 – 26. Left Coast Live 2010 reveals the future of music with its progressive forums June 21 – 24, and enlivens the San Jose SOFA district with an interactive music experience June 25 – 26. LCL ignites the Bay Area music community, establishing Silicon Valley as a regional destination for live music.

For more information, please visit http://www.leftcoastlive.com

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