Dark Side of the Fun, Pt II

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Meet four local bands steeped in heavy psychedelic blues and rock sounds, each with their own musical identity, yet connected by shared band mates.

Ocelot

Ocelot is fronted by lead singer Stephanie Brown’s smokey mezzo soprano moan. Guitarist James Upton delivers delicious blues riffage, Kyre Wilcox brings the bouncing bass grooves, keyboardist Evan Wenskay offers swirling synth lines and drummer Andrew Ware pounds everything into place behind the drums.

For the last two years this crew has been lighting the Belly Up on fire with their  crescendoing cosmic jams and they just released a powerful new self-titled EP. Don’t miss them 5 PM at Roadside Park on Saturday.

Sacri Monti

 Sacri Monti is Latin for Sacred Mountain. These five friends have elevated their guitar-centric shredding to a sacred craft. Their eponymous debut LP just came out on Tee Pee Records and it’s a loud and ripping affair. A lot of writers use the term “stoner rock” to refer to this new generation of long haired maniacs inspired by Earthless and 70’s guitar rock. We don’t think that’s a fair term. The tightness and complexity of their tunes would indicate that they practice as much as any jazz or classical musicians.

Dylan Donovan is on guitar, Anthony  Meier plays bass (also plays in Radio Moscow), Evan Wenskay is on keys/echoplex, Thomas DiBenedetto (also plays in Joy) pounds the drums, while Brenden Dellar sings and plays guitar. Catch them closing down festivities on Saturday night 7:30 PM at Roadside Park.

Monarch

Monarch is another heavy guitar band from Encinitas made up of Matt Weis, Andrew Ware, Thomas DiBenedetto, Dominic Denholm, Nate Burns.

Taking huge influence from the Allman Brother’s Band and Wishbone Ash, these five gentleman have concocted their own groovy sound anchored by intricate guitar harmonies

Monarch is set to release their debut LP on the Portuguese label El Paraiso Records on July 29th. And like most of the other bands mentioned in this post, they have a strong following in Europe. Don’t miss their 5PM set at Priority Public House on Sunday.

 Amerikan Bear

Here’s the man they call Bear in the band they call Amerikan Bear. Steeped in early psych and soul sounds of the mid to late sixties, this dude is an animal on the mic. His ferocious and heart wrenching howls are in a class of their own. His mini psych-masterpieces even caught the ear of Alex Maas of Black Angels who is featured on Amerikan Bear’s most recent tune called “I Know the Story”.

Amerikan Bear is typically Bear on guitar/vocals,  Omar Veytia on 12-string guitar,  Andrew Ware on drums,  Conor Riley on keys and Daniel on bass. But Sunday 12:30PM (noon) at Ducky Waddle’s, Amerikan Bear will be playing a special solo acoustic set.

Come out and support these heavy brothers and sisters who are stirring up a great rock scene in San Diego.

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Dark Side of the Fun, Pt I

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Encinitas is known for its sun and surf, but this year Summer Fun will be shining a spotlight on some phenomenal acts that delve into the dark and heavy depths of rock and roll music.

David J

David J Haskins of Northhampton England has had a long and illustrious career in music starting as founding member / bassist of seminal post-punk band Bauhaus. Their highly eclectic mix of influences included punk, glam, experimental/art rock, dub reggae, krautrock and even funk. This brooding brew of music and dark aesthetic made Bauhaus pioneers of goth rock and influential to such varied acts as Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, the Flaming Lips and Elliot Smith.

Here is Bauhaus playing their first and most well known single “Bella Lugosi’s Dead” in the 1983 horror movie, The Hunger which starred none other than David Bowie. The lyrics were written by David J.

After Bauhaus broke up, David J went on to form Love and Rockets with his brother Kevin Haskins, playing bass and singing lead vocals. Their mix of underground rock with pop leanings paved the way for many later alternative rock groups

David J remains a creative force to be reckoned with, having released 12 LP’s and 6 EP’s worth of solo music since 1983. His excellent memoir Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? is available for purchase at Ducky Waddle’s Emporium. Dig this gorgeous tune he released three weeks ago, titled, “The Day That David Bowie Died.”

Summer Fun is honored to have this rock legend and occasional Encinitas local on the bill!

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Record Swap Sunday

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Don’t miss the Record Swap and Music Walk on Summer Fun Sunday (6/26) from 11AM-2PM. Space is still available for record vendors whether you’ve got a garage full of vinyl or just a few crates. No cost, but please RSVP (ruthlesshippies@gmail.com) if you would like to sell at the event. Hit the Farmer’s Market in the morning and then come dance to the music and dig through the crates for some rare finds!

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Summer Fun 2016

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Thank you Dustin Ortiz for our beautiful poster this year!

 

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The Battle’s Back in Town!

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L101 and Ruthless Hippies are gearing up for the fourth annual Battle of the Bands for Summer Fun happening Sunday May 22nd at Seaweed and Gravel (1144 N Coast Hwy 101) from noon-3PM.

The best young bands in Encinitas will battle it out for great prizes and a spot at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival happening June 25 and 26th.

If you are a musician of high school age or younger, contact info@leucadia101.com and ruthlesshippies@gmail.com to sign up for this year’s Battle ASAP! Space is limited and submissions close May 16th. All band members must be of high school age or younger and at least one band member must live in Encinitas or attend school in Encinitas Union School district.

 

 

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Summer Fun 2016

Mark those calendars! Summer Fun on the 101 is coming back to Leucadia for round 7 in 2016…

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 – Battle of the Bands @ Seaweed & Gravel

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Saturday, June  25th, 2016 – Summer Fun @ Roadside Park

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Sunday, June 26th, 2016 – Support Local Business Day/Record Swap @Hwy 101 Businesses

Thanks to all the Summer Fun fans, musicians, sponsors and volunteers for making last year amazing! We’ve unearthed some great photos and video of last year’s festivities from the vaults of Bearded Owl Productions.

Enjoy Trouble in the Wind playing at Roadside Park last June…

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Summer Fun Saturday !!!

A glimpse of the amazing acts to come at Roadside Park this Saturday 🙂

Nancarrow @ 5PM

Peter Sprague @ 3 PM

Inspired & the Sleep @ 6:45

Trouble in the Wind @ 6PM

Mattson 2 @ 4 PM

Big thanks to all of the sponsors, musicians, fans and volunteers who got Leucadia jumpin’ this weekend !!! L101 and Summer Fun love you XOXO

full schedule below…

Saturday June 27, 2015

The Main Event

Moonlight Beach (400 W C St)

11:30 am – Beach clean up with Eco-Rooted. Meets at Moonlight Beach (under the big palm) and combs north to Beacons. Bring your own bags and gloves.

Leucadia Roadside Park (860 N Coast Hwy 101…where Leucadia Blvd meets the 101)
12:00 pm – Tropical Breeze
12:45 pm – Lotus
1:30 pm – Darius Degher
2:15 pm – Ditches
3:00 pm – Sprague
4:00 pm- Mattson 2
5:00 pm – Nancarrow
6:00 pm – Trouble in the Wind
6:45 pm – Inspired & the Sleep
7:30 pm – Triceratropical

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