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Music for different tastes

By Paul Iiams
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday October 25, 2002

Getting people in Tucson to get out and experience music is like trying to pull a dog's teeth out. It just does not happen unless you are feeling extremely lucky.

Well, consider your options and then consider yourself lucky. Local music takes center stage, actually four separate stages, at the Tucson Convention Center as Harvest Season Records presents their first ever fall music festival on Saturday, Oct. 26.

If you go

Where: Tucson Convention Center
When: Oct. 26, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $15 from the TCC box office, Harvest Season Records, 423 N. 4th Ave., any Ticketmaster outlet or
Information: Call (520) 670-0027

The music festival will feature local bands like Chango Malo and the Beating, along with Phoenix favorites the Phunk Junkeez. But don't expect just a normal rock festival; the people at Harvest Records have so much more in store.

"Basically, we are just trying something different, innovative," Ricardo Gonzales, producer of the festival said. "We just want to get the whole community behind it."

Their innovation shows in the variety of music that is being presented. On the hip-hop stage, the headliner will be DJ Rectangle, a nationally known DJ who has appeared on MTV and on the David Letterman show. Rectangle will be one of eight different hip-hop acts to appear on the single stage.

In addition to those acts, stage one will feature what is being called a "Massive B-boy Battle." Groups of three compete against one another in a sort of dance off. The winner, determined by a judge, will receive $500.

"(Each team) gets like five minutes (to perform)," Gonzales said. "The competition will go on for about an hour and a half."

The second stage features rock, punk, trip hop, and whatever else the bands performing on it can think of playing. Local bands will be given a chance to shine in front of the audience along with some better know bands. Chango Malo, while not the headlining band, has a solid fan base.

"When I hand out flyers, the people are all about Chango," Gonzales said. "They will probably bring in as many people as the Phunk Junkeez will."

Justin Lillie, bassist for Chango Malo, is looking forward to playing with and getting to see so many bands at one time.

"We should be there for quite a while. We don't have to go onstage until 11 p.m. We're looking forward to seeing the Phunk Junkeez, The Beating, The Jons, and Mankind," he said.

"We've never played anything like that before. It'll be cool to see how that all works out. It's a great thing for the local music scene."

The Jons, who will also be playing on stage two, are a band to keep an eye on. Festival production manager Chris Walling said that they will be making a lot of noise in the near future.

To change things up a little on stage two, Tamara's Closet will be presenting a fashion show. The show will feature handmade clothes and local models. It will also feature, according to Gonzales, a crossdresser that performs at shows across the county singing a song specifically for the fashion show.

"The Electronic Evolution" stage will feature some of Tucson's top performing DJs. They will play everything from trance to house, dance hall to break beat. The organizers of the event, when describing this part of the show, wanted to avoid the dreaded "R" word. They wanted to let everybody know that this wasn't going to be a rave.

"There is a lot of love for (raves), it's a good time," Walling said. "But at this (festival) you are not out in the desert, there (are) no drugs. We have put it in a place where all the bad elements are taken out."

The idea of having three different music styles on three different stages was put together so people won't get bored with one type of music.

"If you get tired of listening to someone on the hip-hop stage, you can just go over to the rock stage, or whatever you want to do," Walling said.


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