By Rob Goald
Rage Against The Machine, Iggy & The Stooges, Muse and Daft Punk To
Headline 3rd Annual Vegoose Music Festival October 27 &28 at Sam Boyd
We are witnessing the rebirth of the music festival and once again
America’s de facto entertainment capital, Las Vegas, is leading the way
with the third incarnation of the Vegoose Music Festival. While not the
wisest or oldest festival in the nation, it is clearly the most rad
featuring a potpourri of indie bands, hip- hop and jam bands performing
in a carnival atmosphere celebrating the Halloween weekend October
27-28. To add to the fun there will be an Impersonators Café designed
for faux celebrity sightings and a Vegoose Wedding Chapel performing
quick and fake nuptials for all so inclined. Halloween costumes while
not required are strongly suggested. Tickets for both days run $146.50
with a one day pass priced at $79.50 and a very special VIP ticket
package at $477.50.
Promoter Jonathan Mayer has planned a non-stop party weekend taking
advantage of the Vegas reputation for after partying by kicking off the
festival the night before (i.e. October 26th) at The House of Blues with
the trip- hop sounds of Thievery Corporation playing an 11PM set while
Moe, a venerable favorite at music festivals jams things up at The Joint
After parties are scheduled every night after the Festival day ends.
What follows is an annotated line-up for Vegoose 07:
Saturday October 27, 2007:
DAFT PUNK: French duo will supply electro- funk with a dash of
existential madness and a “Carrot Top” approach to staging and
IGGY & THE STOOGES: Iggy Pop (aka James Osterberg Jr. ), Godfather of
Punk, will perform with the original Stooges (minus Dave Alexander who’s
dead) their entire second Elektra album entitled Funhouse for the first
time in 37 years! Some of the great cuts on that album include: “Down on
the Street”, “Loose” & “ T.V. Eye”. At 60 years old let’s see if Iggy
still has the washboard stomach.
A classic indie guitar pop group from Albuquerque, NM that writes hook
infused pop tunes that will put a smile on your face.
The first Latino hip-hop superstars, notable for their slow, rolling
bass-and-drum loops that pioneered a new, stoned funk that became
influential in '90s hip-hop
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Formed from the ashes of a band called Kyuss, this California stoner
band is supported by many fans including head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.
Hip-hopping for over 25 years with lead rapper Chuck D hitting on more
social problems than Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton combined.
Aka Sound Tribe Sector 9 brings a style of dub-influenced, break
beat-infused psychedelic music with a heavy emphasis on group
Make abstract, instrumental, mid-tempo dance music somewhere between
trip-hop and acid jazz
London based hip hop with a unique voice
A hip-hop group from Minneapolis that centers around rapper Slug (aka
Plays an innovative, hard-to-categorize blend of metal, grind core, and
Noisy, dissonant guitars, alternate tunings, and quiet, stilted lyrics
have often been compared to early Sonic Youth
Grammy nominated Chicago based rapper
Combining elements of punk, gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret, Gogol
Bordello tells the story of New York's immigrant Diaspora.
NYC based experimental rock
Argentine guitar player who dabbles in electronica and is tied to the
Sunday, October 28, 2007
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Bombastic, fiercely polemical music, with sloganeering leftist rants
against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government
oppression into a I.E.D. of punk, hip-hop, and thrash.
English synth rock that is both emotive and dynamic
Distinct blend of Americana, playful melodic turns, exceptional
songwriting, and diverse arrangements
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
Angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent
A jam band coming out of the Midwest in the mid-'90s, Umphrey's McGee
edges toward the late Frank Zappa style of improv rock scale
ROBERT RANDOLF & THE FAMILY BAND
New Jersey style blues rock
One of Israel's key trance producing duos
GHOSTFACE KILLAH & The Rhythm Roots Allstars
One of the original members of the seminal '90s rap crew The Wu-Tang
Clan, Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks) performs hip hop with a NYC
Experimental hip-hop outfit launched the instrumental mid-'90s down
tempo breakbeat revival eventually termed trip-hop.
Mashing together electro, rock, and funk and taking cues from artists
like Daft Punk.
Pharoahe Monch developed a reputation as one of underground hip-hop's
pre-eminent lyricists, crafting intricate and intelligent raps with
partner Prince Poetry.
California funk jam
For up to the minute details check out the official Vegoose website at: