Sacramento Electronic Music Festival celebrates 3rd year

Dustin Druecker | Staff Writer | dmandruecker@gmail.com

Image courtesy of SEMF.

Electronic music has been gaining ground over the years, emerging from 808 beats to new sonic heights. The Third Annual Sacramento Electronic Music Festival is growing with nearly 50 artists included on the bill.

The event features local and Bay Area artists, as well as worldwide talent showcasing the genre- bending music.

“We are bringing out some of the biggest and most essential artists and producers from the most respected beat scenes and labels in the world,” says Clay Nutting of SEMF.

These acts include Mux Mool, Shlohmo, DJ Nobody, Salva, Lorn, Jonwayne, Dibiase, Eames, Light Year and Jantsen (www.soundcloud.com/jantsenmusic). The Bay Area talent includes Giraffage, Yalls, B Bravo and the Starship Connection and James and Evander.

The festival, which was held at Townhouse lounge in the past, will be moving into a new venue at Harlow’s and Momo Lounge, which now includes a stage upstairs, downstairs and a patio. An outside stage will be a new addition. There are bars on all levels of the complex to keep attendees from getting thirsty. The Red Bull Music Academy Radio will be on hand to record and broadcast some of the performances according to their website.

This event will also showcase Sacramento’s own producers and DJ’s, including Dusty Brown, Young Aundee, Ernie Fresh, Master System, Paper Pistols,

Image courtesy of MuxMool.

DoomBird, Little Foxes, Favors, D.A.M.B., DJ Whores, Bad Looks, Raleigh Moncrief, El Indio of World Hood, AID, Sam I Jam, Taylor Cho, Adam J, Tel Cairo, Thriftcar, Boss Magic, Tha Fruitbat, CrookOne, El Conductor, Ryan Lindow, Wes Steed & Ross Hammond and Death Grips.

Death Grips just released an album April 24 on Epic Records, titled “The Money Store”, which can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/deathgrips.

The event is important to the electronic music scene, as there is nothing like it in the valley, bringing together a number of subgenres and something for almost everyone.

“We wanted to create a platform to recognize some of the talent we have here as well as bring some of the world’s best to our city,” Nutting says.

Tickets can be purchased at www.harlows.com, there are three-day ticket packs on sale for $30 or $13 for each individual night.