Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention CenterDecember 26, 2014
650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Operating under the name 12th Planet, Los Angeles electronic producer, John Dadzie, has been passionately championing the dubstep sound since it emerged in the US in the late 2000s. Dadzie co-counded the reputable electronic record label SMOG and hosts a monthly DJ night in Orange Country devoted to high profile and up-and-coming dubstep artists. In his own work, he incorporates twinkly vibraphone and piano lines into the typical dubstep formula of deep bass tones, spliced vocal samples and breakbeat style drums. Dadzie is also frequently commissioned for remix work for both electronic and rap artists.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team and a member of the National Basketball Association. They are one of the most illustrious franchises in all of sports. Some of the greatest players in NBA history have played for the Lakers including Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. The Lakers were founded in 1947 as the Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball League. It wasn't until 1960 that the franchise moved west to Los Angeles. The Lakers currently compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.
With a name that his friends conceived around a campfire, Shakey Graves has taken the independent folk scene by a storm. Born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin, Texas, native has been booking gigs and touring the U.S. and Canada since as early as 2010. He released his debut album, Donor Blues EP, in December 2012, quickly followed by a full album, Story Of My Life, in February 2013. Rose-Garcia writes, records and produces his own music, which can be heard online or at one of the many music festivals at which he plays.
Originated as a genre of country music that is unique to Oklahoma, Red Dirt music (named in reference to the state's colorful soil) is a hybrid of several American styles, including blues, Southern rock and Western swing. The members of Jason Boland & the Stragglers, despite now living in Texas, were born and raised in Oklahoma, and therefore pride themselves on recreating the Red Dirt sound. The band formed in the late 1990s and performs its neotraditionalist country style via a combination of classic and modern instrumentation that includes pedal steel, fiddle, electric guitar and drums. Boland himself sings with a mellow twang that takes influence from popular outlaw country singers such as Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck. The band's debut album, Pearl Snaps, was released in 1999.