Bassnectar {beys nek ter} : Other Side Tour

Bassnectar, Other Side TourSo, what does Bassnectar mean? According to his website it means, “A freeform project that merges music, art, new media, social involvement, and community values; dedicated to a constantly-evolving ethos of collaborative creation, self-reinvention, and boundary-pushing experimentation.” My personal meaning is, “WOW, this guy FUCKIN’ ROCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!”(Fist raised and pounding).

I have had the wonderful opportunity to see Bassnectar twice since I have been alive. The first time was at the Southern Comfort Music Festival held in Denver, CO, which featured headlining artists like Blonde Redhead and Gnarles Barkley; in addition to, the outrageous, whomping bass and eclectic visual display of new media broadcasted behind the low-hanging head of Bassnectar himself. The second time was more recently at the Ogden Theatre located on Denver’s renown Colfax Ave located on Capital Hill. I had just walked in when I heard the bass going through my sternum and knocking down the young raver behind me. A triad of lights, video, and sound, (specifically bass), overcame my senses as I jockeyed for a good position to watch the montage. Bassnectar was mixing everything from Slayer, Aphex Twin, MIA, and Lil Wayne, while producing ear-shattering cheers and roars from the crowd.

His diverse style of presenting and processing music, both audibly and visually, lulls eardrums into an ancient, transcendent melody of rhythm and rhyme. His music makes me look past hearing and seeing music at a live show, but rather the mixture of what Bassnectar stands for: A merger of music, art, new media, social involvement, and community values.

Keep reading for all the dates for the Other Side Tour…

May 2, 2009 – Elemental Experience Festival@ Mission Bay Park – San Diego, CA
May 4, 2009 – Hopmonk Tavern@ HopMonk Tavern – sebastopol, CA
May 5, 2009 – The Red Fox Tavern@ Red Fox Tavern – Eureka, CA
May 6, 2009 – Stillwater Theatre – Ashland, OR
May 7, 2009 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
May 8, 2009 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
May 9, 2009 – The Showbox at the Market@ Showbox – Seattle, WA
May 10, 2009 – Night Light Lounge@ The Nightlight – Bellingham, WA
May 16, 2009 – The Catalyst Club @ Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
May 22, 2009 – Formerly State Theatre – Lincoln, NE
May 23, 2009 – Bella Music Fest – Harmony Park@ Harmony Park – Geneva, MN
May 24, 2009 – Summer Camp@ Three Sisters Park – Chillicothe, IL
May 29, 2009 – Henry Fonda Theatre@ Henry Fonda Music Box Theater – Los Angeles, CA
June 6, 2009 – Starscape Festival 2009 @ Fort Armistead Park – Baltimore, MD
July 10, 2009 – All Good Festival @ Marvin’s Mountaintop – Masontown, WV
August 15, 2009 – Electronic Music Fest @ Camp Zoe – Salem, MO

It is without further ado that I give you a live video of the performance @ Ogden Theatre (02.27.09):


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