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Get Down for the Sake of Getting Down
updated: Jul 20, 2013, 1:00 PM

By Jenny Schlax

Summer Shakedown 2013 ~ July 14, 2013 @ Haley Ashbury

Imagine, if you will… a beautiful summer day, neon pop colors, surf loving vibes, vibrant giant jellyfishes, rocking new music, local commodities for sale, a family friendly environment… Now imagine this in your very own neighborhood, walking distance from the beach and downtown Santa Barbara.

SSD Jellyfish (Photo by Paul Dunkley)

If you went to the inaugural Summer Shakedown event in the Funk Zone this last weekend, you don't have to imagine it, you experienced­­­­­ it.

The pop-up day festival was the conception of a few of Santa Barbara's established and budding local music promoters. New Noise Santa Barbara, along with Kyran Million Productions and Haley Ashbury Studios, had a vision of a festival that featured more local artists in an outdoor setting that was a family friendly event. According to Kyran, "The day setting allows for more freedom for families to enjoy local businesses, vendors, and artists; giving Santa Barbara a reason to connect and a space to bring their families. This festival is not solely focused on the music or art, but people being engaged with each other. Hopefully, creating a sense of community."

Jessica Puchli of NNSB, Kyran Million of KM Productions (Photo by Paul Dunkley)

And create they did. Arts from Scraps, a local business that sells gently used items for art stuff, had a table where patrons could build "wish necklaces" - with little bottles to hold your wishes and gems, free for all to enjoy. Some of the local vendors slinging goods included McConnells Ice Cream, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and Blaze n Blues BBQ. Businesses that contributed to the event included KjEE, Arbor Skate Shop, and Eureka Burger. All this to build community.

But of course - what of the music? Kyran claimed the Summer Shakedown was created for people to get down for the sake of getting down and they made an effort to bring new music that's happening right now to SB. Some local music, some not. Jared and The Mills are from Arizona, Torches are from LA. The Kinds, Indian Trading Furs, and Saint Anne's Place - all from Santa Barbara baby.

Each band offered a different flavor. Need some indie rock - you got Torches. Need some bluesy rock jams with a strong female voice - The Kinds. Need some fast paced folk rolk - Indian Trading Furs. Need some psychedelic rock - St. Anne's Place.

The Kinds (Photo by Paul Dunkley)

There's an opportunity to fall in love with something new. I fell in love with The Kinds (mostly because I have seen the other bands before, and The Kinds were new to me - I like new). The Kinds consists of Khasy Modisette (vocals, guitar), Nathan Modisette (bass), Anders Bergstrom (guitar/keys) , and Erich Riedl (drums, owner Haley Ashbury Studios). Khasy's voice is gripping, drawing you in and keeping you there until you are a bit uncomfortable. The music is rootsy, combining easy rock jams with a bit of southern soul and California ease. The Kinds have a sophisticated sound, that is both new and familiar. The future is bright for this band.

Imagined or not, the Summer Shakedown accomplished what the creators set out to do - brought the Santa Barbara community together to enjoy new music, local vendors and artists, and each other. Cheers to getting down!


Things You Should Be Seeing:

July 21 Sunday ~ SB Jazz Society Presents: Bruce Babad Quintet @ SOhO [Jazz]
Spend the day listening to jazz, and the SB Jazz Society presents a tribute to Paul Desmond. Show at 12:30 pm.
For more information, go to SOhOsb

July 27 Saturday ~ Soul Majestic @ SOhO [Reggae]
Local reggae sensation returns to SOhO to rock the house.
For more information, go to SOhOsb

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Jenny Schlax is a non-musician in love with music and live entertainment. For more Jenny, read her blog at JennySchlax.com


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