Saturday, November 17, 2012

Grind Out Hunger-Holiday Food Drive with: Spinfarm, Noise Clinic, & The Gillbillies @ The Blue Lagoon Friday 12/14/12

Friday 12/14/12

Please come out to the Grind Out Hunger-Holiday Food Drive at the Blue Lagoon Fri. Dec 14th and donate some canned foods and/or donate some coin to the children of Santa Cruz Cnty. So they can have a meal for the holidays. PLUS you get some really killer music too! :)


Monterey bay area band Spinfarm harvests their original home grown sound from their own local Star Studios, fresh to your ears. This trio of dedicated audio ranchers is composed of well known and long time local Salinas based musicians Adam Stafford on drums and vocals, Brendon Ghiringhelli on the bass guitar, and the anonymous Mr X, who drifted into Central California on a southwest high desert wind, playing guitar, synthesizers, and backing vocals. Their eclectic and uniquely inspired music is infused with tastes of nostalgia, psychedelia, and classic and modern flavors of rock that satisfies the hunger of all ages. Year after year, Spinfarm continues to locally grow sounds for your head with Monterey County Pride, and no GMO’s."

New Wave / Psychedelic / Punk
Santa Cruz

Noise Clinic (USA) is:
Taito Reed: Guitar, Vocal
Sayaka Yabuki: Violin, Vocal, Loops, noiseations
Joe Gabent: Bass, Noiseilator
Trevor McClain: Drums, noise machine 
James Feathers: Visual Distortions, Jello Projector

Originally started in Tokyo, Japan, in September of 2006 with Taito, Tabata, Mitsuru and Kawakita, Ayato to much critical acclaim, played many shows in Japan and recorded with the legendary Charlie in Tokyo to make the remarkable unreleased album, 'Mona Lisa has John Coltrane eyes'. Taito is the mastermind behind the old school West Coast, USA noise-rock band Junk Sick Dawn and also plays guitar for Power Strip and Sayaka Starlite (in Santa Cruz, Ca. USA), Oh My Cow! (Kyoto, Japan) and +DOG+ (L.A., California). Tabata is a founder member of The Boredoms and is active in many projects including Zeni Geva, Acid Mother's Temple and Amazon Saliva. Ayato is an incredible engineer and also plays with the Ayato Kawakita Project jazz group.
Taito Reed re-formed Noise Clinic in Santa Cruz, Ca, USA in 2009 after an abrupt and unintentional departure from Japan in 2008. Teamed up with international recording artist Sayaka Yabuki (Sayaka Starlite, Black Cab, Zen Paradox, Memory Geist) and pioneering loop artist and percussionist Rick Walker (Tao Chemical, Lackadaisy, Done Beginner), the trio set out on a flurry of gigs through the SF Bay Area. This led to the induction of Joe Gabent (Exploding Crustaceans, The Gibbs, SA90, The History Lesson) on bass. More songs were added to the set, and drummer Rick exited and Trevor McClain (Fiends at Feast) was brought in and now rounds out the group. Busily writing new material and resurrecting songs from the Japan Noise Clinic's finished but never released album to add to the live show, Noise Clinic is gearing up for a very busy 2011. James feathers, of original Junk Sick Dawn fame, is along doing an insane array of organic light projection known as the Hikari Saru (Bright Monkey) an almost scary primordial acid flash back they keep promising us. With an enormous sonic attack, textural freakouts, hard rock meets noise meets metal, introspective and often dark subjects and taboo tones, sci-fi psychedelia punk rock grindcore and explosive live shows, Noise Clinic is ready to spark the fuse of a Rock and Roll noise revolution.

surf-a-billy, outlaw surf, gothic western surf punk, diesel-billy cowpunk, roadhouse surf
San Francisco

The Gillbillies are a three-piece instrumental outlaw gothic western surf-a-billy cowpunk band
923 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


City on a Hill Press
Grind Out Hunger
Holiday food drive at Blue Lagoon
By April Stearns
Published December 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

On Dec. 14, the Santa Cruz community will have a chance to give to children in need. Organized by Grind Out Hunger, the Holiday Grind Food Drive will take place at The Blue Lagoon at 9 p.m., where attendees can enjoy live music and make donations of canned food and money to help local children.
Since its inception in 2003, the organization’s Holiday Grind Food Drive has collected one million pounds of food through community fundraisers to fight the plight of poverty.
Grind Out Hunger empowers youths by appealing to their passion in surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and music in order to fight against childhood hunger and malnutrition. Danny Keith, who founded the organization in 2003, said they use action sports and music to teach kids about advocacy, community and purpose. The organization reaches out to youths involved in action sports or who have faced hunger themselves through events such as “skate jams” and benefit concerts.
“The kids are what really drives Grind Out Hunger and their passion and dedication to the community,” Keith said. “Together they’ve raised almost two million meals for the community of Santa Cruz County.”
Keith, who owns the Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop, founded the organization when the Second Harvest Food Bank set up a barrel for donations in front of his shop. Forty-five percent of Second Harvest’s clients are children, and Keith was shocked to find out that children in the Santa Cruz County were hungry and malnourished. He began going to schools to raise awareness among children.
“Our mission statement is to empower the youth by utilizing the passion of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and music to take leadership in the fight against childhood hunger and malnutrition,” he said.
Spinfarm, a local Salinas band, will be one of three bands performing at the upcoming event. This is the band’s fourth time performing for a Grind Out Hunger show, which take place more than once a year.
Spinfarm has been playing at local Santa Cruz venues like The Catalyst and The Blue Lagoon for the two years they have been together. The band’s lead singer and drummer Adam Stafford contacted Keith, made arrangements and promoted the Blue Lagoon show as a Grind Out Hunger event.
“I have an interest in [the cause] just because of being a parent,” Stafford said.
Stafford, who has lived in Santa Cruz for 20 years, said in between working as a purchaser/bulk commodities buyer at Sunridge Farms and being a parent, he now plays in the band for fun.
“I’m still young at heart, and I’m going to keep playing,” he said. “I believe in this cause too. I feel like it’s a really good cause.”
Stafford said they call the band’s genre of music lo-fi desert rock, but it can also be classified as hard rock. Two other bands, Noise Clinic and The Gillbillies, will also be performing at The Holiday Grind Food Drive.
Grind Out Hunger raises awareness by selling merchandise such as wristbands, t-shirts and stickers. This merchandise will be on sale at The Holiday Grind Food Drive. Grind Out Hunger works with Second Harvest Food Bank to ensure these proceeds will go to feeding hungry children in Santa Cruz.
“We’re kind of layering in giving back and paying attention to people,” Stafford said.

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