New Noise Music Festival and Conference 2013
Underway in Downtown Santa Barbara
L. Paul Mann
Although the three day New Noise Music Festival and conference does not officially get underway until today, October 17th, there was an opening night preview show at Velvet Jones nightclub. The show featured a special showing of the movie, “Filmage”, a documentary on the legendary punk band the Descendents. After the movie, there was a live set by Alt-Country rock band, Drag The River, from Colorado. The festival moves into full swing Thursday night with dozens of top Indy bands playing five venues in downtown Santa Barbara. Friday features a full day of music industry related lectures, before another night of music. Saturday an all day street festival is added to the mix.
Tonight’s line up features at least three top acts, including Soft White Sixties, who wowed thousands with a main stage performance at this years massive Outside Lands Music Festival. They will perform at the tiny Muddy Waters cafe. The Bay area band plays their own unique style of classic R&B rock, reminiscent of the Black Crowes, but with a new and more youthful approach to the music. One of the favorite acts to regularly play Soho, the White Buffalo will be bringing his extensive song writing and musical talents back there as part of the festival. Hard rocker, Andrew W.K., who just finished touring with the legendary Black Sabbath, as an opener doing a DJ set, will rock the walls of Velvet Jones. On Friday night, one of the most innovative new synth bands, Holy Ghost, will be at Velvet Jones, while Indy sensation He's My Brother She's My Sister, will be closing Soho. Saturday an all ages block party will feature a diverse line up of great music, headlined by Haim. This all girl (sans the drummer), band rocks. The young femme fatales captured a huge crowd on opening day of this years Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Their music is remisncent of a young Joan Jett, when she was still with The Runaways, but with a more sophisticated and modern sound. Saturday night also features a whole host of well known bands, including Califronia reggae band, Dirty Rice, and Indy favorites Gardens & Villa.
For a complete schedule and ticket information visit:http://newnoisesb.org