Music bliss | Diverse lineup to rock Wanderlust

By Jenn Sheridan  ·

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Wanderlust returns to Squaw Valley for four days of yoga and music bliss from July 17 to 20 ranging from intimate campfire jams to raging, late-night DJ sets, the music will be jamming all weekend.

“I’m looking forward to this fest, it will be a welcome change of pace,” said RJ Krohn, more commonly known as RJD2, one of the headliners at this years Wanderlust Festival.

The producer is no stranger to the festival atmosphere; he’s been on lineups across the nation since he hit the scene in the early 2000s. His music has been used in a few high-profile media and advertising campaigns. Most notably, his single “A Beautiful Mine,” is the theme song of the hit show “Mad Men.”

Krohn’s music doesn’t easily fit into any one genre, instead embracing a variety of beats and sounds from classic hip-hop and funk to rock and jazz.

“I feel like the most common spread in my work is the groove and the rhythm,” said Krohn, who cites the era of funk and soul from the early 1960s to present as a big influence on the music he creates.

“Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Jazz. Bebop, fusion and some rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “It sounds weird – I was very into classic rock when I was younger, but I never listened to the Rolling Stones, so I’m recently discovering them.”

Recently, Krohn spent a lot of time in the studio working on a collaboration album, the details of which have yet to be announced, as well as putting down tracks for his next solo record. This summer, he is hitting the road for two stops with the Wanderlust Festival – one at Squaw Valley and a second stop in Whistler, Canada – along with a number of other festival and club stops.

“I’d like to see Polyphonic Spree – I’ve never seen them live – and Big Gigantic,” he said. “It’s hard because you want to experience (the festival) as a patron and as an artist. I’m trying to be realistic about my expectations while I’m there.”

Abandoning expectations is a common theme, while listening to Krohn describe playing in a wide variety of venues.

“I’m there for the experience just as much as the crowd,” he said.

RJD2 will play at 10 p.m. on July 18 at The Greatest Place during Wanderlust.

 

Nahko and Medicine for the People

July 18 | 8:30 p.m.

Oregon-native Nahko, born from a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy, when he took up the piano at age 6.

Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual and communal healing. His lyrics bear the burden of heavy messages, but the load is lightened by agile melodies and driving rhythms that coerce all who bear witness into spirited, purifying, movement.

 

MC Yogi

July 19 | 8:30 p.m.

Wait. Hip-hop and yoga? The Ramayana with a backbeat? Stories of Shiva and Shakti, Ganesh and Hanuman and the rest of the ancient Hindu gods, all funked up and slamming against potent, propulsive graffiti beats custom built to drive eager listeners into a divine frenzy? It’ll never work.

Unless it does. Unless it works so well that you wonder why no one’s thought of it before. The truth is, you’ve never heard anything like Pilgrimage. You’ve never heard anyone like MC Yogi. Together they just may change the world.

 

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Big Gigantic

July 19 | 10 p.m.

With a provocative sound that’s as thoughtful as it is danceable, Big weaves whirling melodies into addictive beats and samples that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Kanye West or LCD Soundsystem single. No genre is off-limits for Big Gigantic, whose breakthrough sound channels everything from funk and dub-step to house and hip-hop.

Big Gigantic’s transcendent live shows are a showcase of brilliant improvisation and a tightly-knit bond between Salken and Lalli, who breathlessly alternates between keys, sax and laptop, building a futuristic wall of sound that keeps the crowd on its feet. The marathon shows feature a variety of songs new, old and unreleased, as well as outside-of-the-box remixes including Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” Aloe Blacc’s “I need a Dollar,” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Notorious Thugs.”

 

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Polyphonic Spree

July 20 | Noon

The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000, as one man’s desire to hear a sound he dreamt about, before most bands over the last decade that are often compared in sound and vision to the Spree were formed. They have traversed the globe several times over, much to the dismay of those that thought the band would never leave its hometown of Dallas, Texas. They have appeared at every major music festival and on every late-night television program.

The Polyphonic Spree has ranged in size from 13 to 27 members. But, it has never been about the size but about the sound. The band currently has 22 active members.

 

The full lineup

Shows free unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, July 17

12:30 p.m. | Beau Campbell & Christen Edwards of Quixotic | Rue Boheme
1:30 p.m. | Kevin Paris | Casbah Stage
1:30 p.m. | Natasha Blank | d’Om Stage
3 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
3 p.m. | Kevin Paris | Casbah Stage
4:30 p.m. | Garth Stevenson | Casbah Stage
5 p.m. | Shane Suffriti | d’Om Stage
6 p.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer | Rue Boheme
8:30 p.m. | Wanderlust Spectacular | The Greatest Place
9:30 p.m. | Thriftworks | The Shala
9:30 p.m. | Campfire Jam with Nahko | Rue Boheme

Friday, July 18

11:30 a.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
Noon | HANNAH, RootHub | Casbah Stage
Noon | Shane Suffriti | d’Om Stage
12:30 p.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer & DJ Chakra Khan | High Camp Pool  ~
1:30 p.m. | Beau Campbell & Chrsten Edwards of Quixotic | Rue Boheme
1:30 p.m. | DJ HyFi | d’Om Stage
1:30 p.m. | HANNAH | Casbah Stage
2 p.m. | Pool Party w/Natasha Blank | High Camp Pool ~
3 p.m. | RootHub | Casbah Stage
3:30 p.m. | Beau Campbell & Christen Edwards of Quixotic | d’Om Stage
3:30 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
3:30 p.m. | Pool Party w/Happy Happy James | High Camp Pool ~
4:30 p.m. | Jeff Liffmann | Casbah Stage
5 p.m. | Natasha Blank | d’Om Stage
5:30 p.m. | Kevin Paris | First Street | 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. | Mark Sexton Band | Rue Boheme 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. | Kevin Paris | First Street | 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. | Mark Sexton Band | Rue Boheme 5:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. | Nahko and Medicine for the People | Greatest Place *
9 p.m. | Manic Focus | The Shala
10 p.m. | RJD2 | The Greatest Place *
10:30 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
11 p.m. | DJ Krush | The Shala
Midnight | DJ Hyfi | The Spot

Saturday, July 19

11:30 a.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer & DJ Chakra Khan | Rue Boheme
11:30 a.m. | Shane Suffriti | d’Om Stage
Noon | Kevin Paris | Casbah Stage
1 p.m. | Natasha Blank | d’Om Stage
1 p.m. | Pool Party w/DJ HyFi & Jeff Liffmann | High Camp Pool ~
1:30 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
1:30 p.m. | HANNAH | Casbah Stage
2:30 p.m. | Pool Party w/Shane Suffriti | High Camp Pool ~
3 p.m. | Garth Stevenson | Casbah Stage
3:30 p.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer | d’ Om Stage
4 p.m. | Pool Party w/Happy Happy James | High Camp Pool ~
5 p.m. | DJ Drez | d’ Om Stage
5 p.m. | RootHub | Rue Boheme
7 p.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer | Rue Boheme
8:30 p.m. | MC Yogi | The Greatest Place *
9 p.m. | Insightful | The Shala
10 p.m. | Big Gigantic | The Greatest Place *
10:30 p.m. | DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer | Rue Boheme
11 p.m. | Bluetech | The Shala
Midnight | Natasha Blank | The Spot
1:30 a.m. | DJ HyFi | The Spot | 1:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 20

11 a.m. | Jeff Liffmann | Casbah Stage
Noon | Polyphonic Spree | The Greatest Place *
1:30 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
1:30 p.m. | Shane Suffriti | d’ Om Stage
1:30 p.m. | Pool Party w/Happy Happy James | High Camp Pool ~
3 p.m. | DJ Drez | d’ Om Stage
3 p.m. | DJ HyFi | | High Camp Pool ~
3:30 p.m. | Philip Steir | Rue Boheme
4:30 p.m. | Pool Party w/ Shane Suffriti | High Camp Pool ~

* Ticketed event
~ Tram ticket required