[Giveaway] Win 2 Tickets For UpNorth Festival To See Rezz, G-Jones & More


’REZZ – Relax’

Everyone would go to festivals if they were free. Sure, you have travel costs, but if you happened to come across a free ticket, travel cost would mean basically nothing. What if you came across two free tickets though? That’s entirely possible, at least for UpNorth Music & Arts Festival if you happen to be in the dojo, which you are.

That’s right, we’re giving away two general admission tickets to UpNorth in Michigan. All it takes to enter is a few simple steps that can take less than twenty seconds if you’re quick enough. This year UpNorth is hosting a an array of artists including Rezz, G-Jones, Louis The Child, Big Wild, KOAN Sound and many more. It’s not something you want to miss, so go on ahead and enter to win these two tickets below! The festival runs from August 18th through the 20th and if you want to go ahead and buy tickets instead, you may do so on their website.

Contest Entry Instructions:

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) “Like” the UpNorth on Facebook:

3) Comment below this post with why you deserve to win. Did you recently get fired? Can you jump clear over a sedan driving 25mph straight at you? Did you just get married and want to get weird with your significant other out in the wilderness to celebrate? Let us know.

Contest Details:
– Winner will receive 2 GA Weekend Passes
– TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
– Entry For All Ages
– Winner will be chosen on August 2nd at 8PM EST.
– You must come correct with some wicked dance moves all festival long.

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[Event Preview] TMN heads to WORLDZ Masters & Titans Conference

I’ve been to more conferences than I can count–music, tech, entrepreneurship–the list goes on and on. The next sentence I’m about to write comes from a place of absolute confidence, authenticity, and steadfast conviction. This is the most excited I’ve ever been to go to a conference. Ever.

Taking place in the epicenter of entertainment, Hollywood, California, WORLDZ has a lineup that, if compared to a music festival, would call on associations of Goldenvoice’s masterpiece, Desert Trip. It’s made up of absolute legends–the kind most people would kill for a chance to hear live once in their lifetime.

On a personal level, I’m looking forward to speakers from the music and journalism industries. That should go without saying. Industry leaders like Kaskade (Multi-Grammy Award-Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Producer), Quincy Jones (Producer, Conductor and Musician), will.i.am (7x Grammy Award-winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Bob Pittman (CEO & Chairman of iHeartMedia), Tom Punch (Chief Commerical & Creative for VICE), Marc Ecko (Chief Brand and Creative Officer for Complex), and a handful of others will be representing the sectors I’m most passionate about, but it doesn’t stop there.

Beyond my place in the music industry, I come from a marketing background. My degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver is in marketing, and I’ve worked in a handful of firms and advertising agencies while running The Music Ninja. As the landscape of business continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to keep looking forward. And, who better to lead that vision than top global brands, startups and creators?

If you’re a self-starter, looking for personal or professional growth, are interested in the entertainment industry, I would highly advise picking up a ticket. You can do so here.

FULL LINEUP WITH MORE TBA
Shaun White (CEO, Shaun White Enterprises & 2x Olympic Gold-Medalist)
Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia)
Kelly Slater (11 Time World Surf League Champion, Outerknown Founder)
Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG)
John Amato (President, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter)
Sebastian Copeland (Polar Explorer & Photographer)
Sophia Amoruso (CEO & Founder, GIRLBOSS)
Deborah Dugan (CEO, (RED))
Jon Buscemi (Founder, Buscemi)
Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit)
Steve Clayton (Chief Storyteller, Microsoft)
Kathy Calvin (CEO & President, United Nations Foundation)
Jeri Ward (Chief Communications Officer & SVP, Audi)
Mike Tunnicliffe (EVP & Head of Universal Music Group, USA)
Justin Weniger (CEO, Life Is Beautiful)
Greg Thompson (President, Maverick Music)
Marc Mathieu (CMO, Samsung, Mobile & Marketing, North America)
Dream Rockwell (Co-Founder, Lightning in a Bottle)
Bob Safian (Editor & Managing Director, Fast Company)
Meredith Perry (CEO & Founder, uBeam)
Ali Shirazinia (DJ, Dubfire)
Dirk Ahlborn (CEO, Hyperloop)
Andy Walshe (Head of High Performance, Red Bull)
Marcus Shingles (CEO, XPRIZE)
Diana Nyad, Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
Stephen Attenborough, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Galactic
Shelley Zalis, CEO & Founder, The Girls’ Lounge
Nick Foster, Head of Industrial Design, X
Randy Freer, COO & President, Fox Networks Group
Donny Makower, President, RED Interactive Agency
Rives, Co-Host, TED
Joe Desena, CEO & Founder, Spartan Race
Marlies Dekkers, CEO & Founder, Marlies Dekkers Lingerie
Jim Kwik, Founder, Kwik Learning & SuperheroYou
Kevin Bailey, President, Asia Pacific, VF Corporation
Mark Weinstein, SVP & Global Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide
Charlie Engle, President, Charlie Engle Inc. & Ultramarathon Runner & Author of “Running Man”
Jeff Kearl, CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, Stance
Ryan Wilson, Street Artist ThankYouX

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[Event Review] Project Pabst: Denver 2017

In just its second year in existence as a four city national event (Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta), the barley-pop funded Project Pabst has quickly cemented itself as one of the hottest tickets in each town it lays it Laser Horse inspired hooves. Always an eclectic lineup, in its brief run Project Pabst has consistently boasted a mix of both established and upcoming acts spanning myriad genres from Tame Impala, STRFKR, Violent Femmes, FIDLAR, Duran Duran & Iggy Pop to A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, K. Flay & Big K.R.I.T. to name but a few; and this year’s Denver date served only to stoke the already vibrant fire within our Ninja hearts. It was yet another excellently curated day in Denver’s hipster bastion of the RiNo neighborhood, and we’ve got plenty to dish about the second Denver Project Pabst date.

As always, the day kicked off sprightly at 2:00 p.m. behind a choice segue into the beautiful day with a frenetic performance from Chicago indie rock outfit Twin Peaks. In a rather short span beginning in 2013, Twin Peaks have rapidly evolved from a hectic, sloppy group of teenage rockers into a firmly polished five piece with the ability to command a stage with the best of them. Twin Peaks cycled primarily through fare from LP’s Wild Onion and Down in Heaven including staples like “I Found a Way”, “Making Breakfast” and “Holding Roses”, but more than made sure to satisfy their diehards as well with a few cuts from debut long player Sunken. With the day’s first performance under our belts, it was time for some $3.00 PBR and a jaunt to the other end of Larimer Street for a little slice of scuzzy L.A. rock duo Deap Vally.

Read Our Entire Project Pabst Review After the Jump!

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[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Black Marble @ Lost Lake – 5/27

Chris Stewart’s darkly tinged avant-pop, lofi bedroom recording project turned Ghostly International staple, Black Marble, has always managed to stir within a slew of our writers some of the most emotive connections to music we’ve formed in years. Last October, Stewart put out a second long-player under the Black Marble moniker, It’s Immaterial (check out our coverage & video for “Woods” here), which followed highly acclaimed debut full-length A Different Arrangement; while now, Black Marble find themselves finally embarking on It’s Immaterial‘s accompanying North American tour. With an expansive run of dates which extend through July, there will be plenty of chances to catch Black Marble in the coming months.

This Saturday, May 27th, The Music Ninja is delighted and excited to present Black Marble at one of Denver’s most intimate indie venues, Lost Lake Lounge, along with Draa and Voight for what will be top-to-bottom an excellently curated night of music. As always, we want to pack the venue with some fellow Music Ninjas, which is why we will be giving away a pair of tickets in utter anticipation. As always, entering our contest is as simple as ever.

How to Enter

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) Comment below this post (click on the post header if you are still on the homepage) and tag who you’d bring to the show and BOOM, you have been entered!

There are a few rules, of course:
– Must be 18+
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to guarantee entry at the Lost Lake door.
– 1 Winner will be announced May 27th, the day of the show.

Enjoy our mini-playlist in anticipation of the show, and we will see you on the 27th Denver! Start commenting below!

’Black Marble – Frisk’
’Black Marble – Iron Lung’
’Black Marble – Woods’
’Black Marble – A Great Design’
’Black Marble – Pretender’
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[Contest] Win Two 3 Day VIP Passes To Dreamscape Festival With Autograf, Keys N Krates & More

Autograf
Simple (ft. Victoria Zaro)

With festival season upon us, it’s hard to choose which exact festivals to go to. Sure, you want to make them all, but you’re not made of money. Luckily, there are giveaways and contests to get you those festival passes for a charge of $0. One such festival who’s running a contest is Maryland’s Dreamscape and they happen to be running it in the dojo. Now that you’re here, you’ll get a chance to get the prize!

The three day festival boasts a lineup that includes Autograf, Barely Alive, Destructo, Ekali, Keys N Krates and many more talented artists. However, despite the fun of the festival starting on Friday, the current giveaway will allow you to roll in Thursday to get all your camping needs set up so your Friday can be spent simply enjoying the music.

Two, 3 Day Full Immersion Passes can be won, alongside a Standard VIP upgrade which allows access to the VIP lounge that will have secret headliner sets, a private bar, games and artist meet & greets. You’ll also be given a lineup poster and commemorative wristband and merchandise discounts. Enter below and you just might be taking a friend to Dreamscape next weekend! If you would just like to purchase tickets, you can do so here.

Contest Entry Instructions:

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) “Like” the Dreamscape on Facebook:

3) Comment below this post with why you deserve to win. Can you say the entire ABC’s with one burp? Did you just get a speeding ticket when you were only going 1 over? Do you hold the record for most fish caught bare-handed at your local lake? Whatever your reason, we want to know!

Contest Details:
– Winner will receive 2, 3-Day Passes + VIP Upgrade
– TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
– You have to be 18+ to enter.
– Winner will be chosen on May 30th at 8:00 EST.
– You must come correct with some wicked dance moves all festival long.

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[Event Review] Gabriel Garzón-Montano Delivers a Passionate San Francisco Debut

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Rickshaw Stop

Saturday May 13, 2017

Following the release of his debut full-length album Jardín (see our review here) in January, it was only a matter of time before Gabriel Garzón-Montano shared his creation with fans in person. After kicking off his tour to start the month of May, Garzón-Montano introduced himself to San Francisco’s music scene at the Rickshaw Stop this past Saturday. The sold-out crowd enjoyed 75 minutes of passionate soul-baring as Gabriel gave the crowd his all. 

With the help of drummer David Frazier, Gabriel Garzón-Montano delivered an incredible musical experience in the intimate, hazy ambiance of the Rickshaw Stop. Highlights included GGM’s sensual crooning on “Six-Eight”, and the funky vibes of popular song “Crawl”. He relied heavily upon a participatory audience during the show, one that was very excited to engage in clapping, snapping, and singing along to Gabriel’s call-and-responses. Furthermore attendees were delightfully treated to a bilingual set. After interlacing a song or two in Spanish throughout his repertoire, Gabriel’s encore was nearly entirely in Spanish with the exception of first track “Bombo Fabrika”.

Garzón-Montano took us through a musical journey of his entire discography, and then some. With his masterfully-crafted music and soulful approach to showmanship, we continue to have high expectations for this artist in the future.

Future tour dates can be found here— don’t miss a chance to see Gabriel Garzón-Montano live! Continue reading

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[Event Review] Sango Returns to the Comfort of San Francisco

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Sango at Regency Ballroom, Friday February 3, 2017

“In the Comfort Of” Tour w/ Monte Booker

Sango has been pulling double duty for a few years now, touring at a constant pace while also releasing full length works consistently through the year. Following the release of his Dave B. collaborative album Tomorrow in 2016 which we covered here,  a nationwide tour kept the Seattle native busy well through the winter months. Shortly after the end of the Waldo/Sango tour, fans were gifted news that the star producer has been hard at work in the studio, a new release titled In the Comfort Of. While the latest project has not yet been circulated, Sango revealed the first single titled “Dance for Blessings” on the night of his Bay Area performance. Hoping to catch some of his new music as well as the evolution of his live performance since his October show, the Ninja team set out to the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco to evaluate.

Unsurprisingly, Sango did not disappoint. With an advanced set up comprised of multiple CDJs as well as the ever-challenging Novation Launchpad at his disposal, Sango took a distinctly different turn from previous performances. Mashing some of the Brazilian percussion-based elements made popular in his Da Rocinha album series, Sango sampled a healthy dose of hip hop and R&B tracks that were staples to our collective millenial childhoods. Starting with a reimagined version of UGK’s 2007 “Int’l Players Anthem”, Sango had the crowd engaged from Bar 1. Leaving a mark with his remixes of Justin Timberlake, Craig David, Missy Elliot and many more, Sango wrapped up the show with a satisfying Stwo remix to his most impressive song, “Middle of Things”.

’Sango ft. SPZRKT
Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (Stwo Remix)’

Listen to “Dance for Blessings” on Spotify here , on Soundcloud here, or if you prefer on Tidal. Continue reading

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