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      October 31, 2013 - November 1, 2013

      Thursday   7:00 PM - Friday 1:00 AM

      400 Beach Street
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      Monster Bash Masquerade

      Thursday October 31st


      Raindance Invites you

      6th Annual Monster Bash Masquerade


      Halloween party

      For a celebration on All Hollow's Eve. The time when the veil between the worlds

      are thin between the spirit world and ours!


      7pm doors / 21 + / Coat check available


      OPIUO (Austrilia)



      featuring GANGA GIRI, Shasha Rose and Plantrae




      JPOD the Beat Chef


      LITTLE JOHN (Raindance)




      Ever wanted some extra funk in your life? What about some warm syrupy bass sauce to compliment your daily adventure? Well now you can have all that and more within the perfectly crafted sonic soundscape that is Opiuo. A Kiwi who now calls Australia home, Opiuo is a chief sufferer of intense musical addiction, spending every spare second creating audible treats and selling out venues throughout the entire world.

      He's performed alongside the likes of MC Hammer and Bassnectar, reached #1 chart positions on Beatport, Addictech, and iTunes. His latest full length release, "Slurp And Giggle" was nominated for Best Dance / Electronic Release at the Australian Independent Music Awards and was the most downloaded album for 2010 on In turn, inspiring and captivating people all over with his highly original and uncontrollably addictive take on fun fueled electronic music.

      His remix credits span world renown artistic icons like Infected Mushroom and Kaya Project. Music from the Opiuo Lab can be found on television, in documentaries, on radio (BBC Radio One + JJJ) and specifically selected for compilations by artists such as legendary broken beat pioneer BT (Black Hole Recordings).

      Live, Opiuo is an ever evolving feast for the ears. From a one man show equipped with drum machines and synths, all the way to The Opiuo Band, amassing a collection of the worlds best musician's to perform his music 100% live. The last Live National Australian tour showcased his ability to translate these electronic manipulations into a live form, showing the true musicality of Opiuo and his creative endeavors.



      Led by Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion (HDC) and Sasha Rose, and supported by members of the Shipibo Tribe, Liberation Movement (LM) is a new collaborative music project that pushes the boundaries of human experience. Each LM performance is a communal ritual that opens portals to the realm of spirits and invokes new levels of consciousness and healing.

      Infused with recordings of 20 Shipibo Shamans made by Resurrector over the course of 30 traditional ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon, Liberation Movement channels the healing power of the plant spirits’ Ikaros (medicine songs) with the intention of removing the veils that separate us from the vibratory pulse of the Earth.

      Drawing on powerful alchemical sound devices, such as analog synths, acoustic guitar, human voice, tape delays, analog filters and consensus-reality distortion units, the LM experience goes far beyond the limitations of laptop based performance. The live offering is a powerful transmutational synthesis of structure and improvisation—ancient and future.

      Each Liberation Movement performance is a communal ritual that opens portals to the realm of spirits to invoke new levels of consciousness and healing.


      I got my 1st 45 single in 1980 & it was the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s delight”. I used to go crazy dancing around the living room to the b-side “Apache” (Jump ON it, Jump On it) I also liked big rock music like Rush & the Who (i was 9). I was deep into breakdancing in Junior high. The movies “beat street” & “breakin’” were huge in my world. I couldn’t convince my parents to buy me technics 1200’s and a mixer for my 12th birthday, but i did hook up my sister’s and my whole stereosystems next to each other so that i could scratch (read: ruin) a mint worth of classic vinyl. i got like $300 worth of gift cirtificates to a dance music record store for my bar mitzvah (no joke) so i bought a couple crates of some serious classics (i was living in Evanston, Il right outside of Chicago and house/electro/techno and underground hiphop were burgeoning styles). i had original pressings of Al-Naafish (the original electro tune in my book) Art of Noise’s “Into Battle” (”beatbox”, “moments in love” – this shit directly formed my musical sensibilities) Kraftwerk’s “Tour De France” (i still start poppin just hearing the breath soundz and those chirpy hihats- that shit IS breakdance music) i had slick rick n doug e fresh “ladidadi” memorized the week that tune came out. we would go to dances at the YMCA and the DJs (who were like the 14 year old younger brothers of some serious Chitown DJS) would play all of these jams with no regard for genre/style it was all underground dance music. i remember that Shannon track “let the music play” had the sickest “double pump” kick drum pattern that i couldnt get enough of….. “AEIOU”, herbie’s “Rockit”….And yes i sold all of that shit except for “into battle” and “ladidadi”. I really miss that al-naafish (”ITS TIME”)… but i was finished with puberty and then it was New Wave/Goth music nonstop (Bauhaus, Skinny Puppy, front 242, New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, Ministry, Souxsie, 4AD, WaxTRax, man i was all over it- i saw them all live and yes i wore a black trenchcoat and eyeliner), my friends & i had a goth band called “charge, recoil, and swoon” and we would drink coffee and smoke cigarettes and have a shitload of fun being depressed. Then i discovered , um, “psychedelic excursionising” and in comes the psychedelic rock (grateful dead, pink floyd, led zep) then Reggae/Dub/n a heavy dose of ol skool funk (P/F & Ohio Playerz & Zapp, etc..) this was around 1986.

      In 1989 it was off to college in Massachussetts right as Phish was emerging as the new deal in east coast psy-jam culture. Then it was all about Jazz for a few years. i studied w/ saxophonist/composer Yusef Lateef and played jazz guitar for 8 hourz per day. then i discovered samplers! Joined a band called Boogie Shoes from Chicago and toured for 3 years straight (95-97) playin hiphop/live band flava (like the beasties w/ a funk band) until that wore out. Then i dropped out of music for a couple of years…

      Then i Joined Denver’s Future Jazz Project in 2001. I made a kids CD called “Kids Are Funky, Too” in 2002. In 2003 Zilla appeared out of thin air (long story), in 2006 we started Sporque w/ Ooah (Glitch Mob) & Jamie Janover. I played my 1st VibeSquad set at Symbiosis Gathering 2006 (30 minutes long right before the Zilla set), but 2007 wast the year that VibeSquad really got rollin: releasing ep’s “Return of the Pudding People” & “Songs to Accompany Dance Move: The Worm” on NativeSate and Proboscis & playing numerous live sets Colorado, Oregon, California, BC, Texas, & BlackRockCity…. 2008 is starting off with a bang!

      I listen to mostly electronic music these days (havent picked up my guitar in quite a while). I love making music with a computer.

      I like so many artists that it is silly to make a list. my friends are my biggest musical heroes these days. i listen to lots of idm/downtempo/dubstep/electro/glitchhop/breakbeat/ but these genre names are getting silly already ;) lets just say i LOVE BASS & ill beats in all of their glorious formz.

      I am dedicated to making music that vibrates POSITIVITY, LOVE, and LIGHT… w/ ridiculous amounts of BASS & a nasty-ass beat of course


      JPOD’s signature sound combines dropkick drums, bobblehead bass and intelligent instrumentation that uniquely represents the flowering West-Coast Canada flavor.

      With highly original productions, remixes and an innovative DJ style, JPOD’s live performances never fail to impress listeners and dancers alike, invariably creating an army of smiling faces.

      In addition JPOD runs a cutting-edge digital label called Swing Set Sounds ( ) which is aimed not only at providing great music but also various tools for new wave producers and remix DJs.

      Having toured extensively in Western Canada and Australia at both clubs and festivals, JPOD continues to energetically spread his sound to all open ears.



      Hailing from Australia, Ganga Giri personifies the sound of Traditional Australian Didjeridu, creating a powerful rhythmic style. The ensemble mixes pumping, percussive Didjeridu with fat tribal beats, funky dub bass lines with world percussion sounds to create a unique tribal-technological deep earth dance experience.

      The Ganga Giri live experience is constantly evolving. Ganga Giri's live show has been strengthened by the inclusion of a live electronic drummer replacing the DJ aspect of his show. Along with French Guyanan vocaliser Jornick, the full stage ensemble includes Traditional Indigenous singers & dancers, percussionists, keyboards, World melodic instruments & a custom designed visual show.

      Ganga Giri's music has been widely & wildly appreciated by music lovers in many countries across the globe including Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, United States & Canada - igniting audiences at international music festivals, events, shows and gatherings.

      Explosive and pulsating, at times ambient and flowing, the music is a multi-layered experience of complex grooves and raw natural sound. It is a truly unforgettable organic dance music experience acclaimed by audiences around the globe. Giving respect and acknowledgement to his ancestral roots and Indigenous Australia!


      As an ubiquitous fixture of Northern California's music scene Little John is more than a DJ and an icon; he is a force of nature.

      An extraordinary DJ, producer, remixer, and music historian, Little John's musical artistry transcends genres with an intensity, knowledge and savviness possessed by few. Whether he's playing Tech-House, Mid-tempo, Future Bass, or Booty Slap, this innovator continually unites factions and taps new levels of creativity simply for the heart of it. With an acutely discerning ear and an open mind and heart, his ability to read a crowd and mix the perfect vibe truly sets him apart. His is a genuinely unique approach that will move body, mind, and soul.

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