Jurassic 5, Matisyahu with Random Rab and Chali 2NA


Photo by Matt Palmer

When: Feb. 15 & 16 | 6 p.m.
Where: Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley, Calif.
Admission: $20 | Free for passholders

After a full day of skiing and riding, unwind with good friends and good beats at Squaw Valley. Jurassic 5 and Matisyahu headline a two-night party at the KT Base Bar during President’s Day weekend. Saturday’s show kicks off with Northern California-based Random Rab playing a unique blend of electronic music stemming from a diverse background ranging from projects including classic trumpet and heavy metal to country and jazz fusion. From the underground of San Francisco to making a name at Burning Man, Random Rab has shared the stage with Bassnectar, Shpongle and Beats Antique, and headlined festivals across the country.

Following the unique beats of Random Rab are hip hop legends Jurassic 5. Born from the Los Angeles music scene in the early 90s, Jurassic 5 began as a collaboration between two groups – Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee. Their first single, “Unified Rebelution” made a lasting impression on the hip hop scene and cemented the six-member group. Their self-titled EP released in 1997 garnered a strong following and proved that the group was here to stay. Witty word play, funky beats and an optimistic outlooks build the foundation to songs that range from spirited rhymes to harmonized choruses.

Sunday kicks off with founding member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Chali 2Na back on the stage. The emcee’s solo career includes “Fish Outta Water,” “Mixtape Series” and “Fish Market” parts one and two, as well as collaborations with many heavy hitters including K’Naan, Damian and Stephen Marley, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def. In addition to his musical career, Chali 2Na has made an appearance on the big screen in “Never Been Kissed,” and the documentary “This Is the Life.” His paintings have been featured across the globe.

Chali 2Na is joined by House of Vibe, a musical group created from the collaboration of artists in a home recording studio in California. House of Vibe has played gigs with mainstream recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Everlast and De La Soul.

Wind down the weekend grooving with Matisyahu. Once known for his appearance almost as much as his music, referred as the Hasidic Reggae Superstar by some, Matisyahu shed the long beard, black suit and broad brimmed had that defined him for many. This transformation took place after the release of his most recent album, “Spark Seeker,” and actualized one of the record’s central themes: the impermanence of physical form. Matisyahu describes the Spark Seeker as one who “digs for truth and meaning and is willing to let go of everything to find it. He’s honest and authentic with himself and lives life from the inside out. He creates music from the depths and doesn’t worry about what category it or he fits into,” and Matisyahu embraces this way of thinking as he continues to push the boundaries of what he has done before.

Dress warm for this outdoor, après-ski event.