Oaktopia 2017

Oaktopia 2017

The Bomb Factory:, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Casey Veggies, Azizi Gibson, Blue, The Misfit, Tyler Sloan, Bobby Sessions, Canton Hall:, A-Trak b2b Baauer, Infected Mushroom, Juicy The Emissary, DJ T-Walk, The John Stewart, E-Kow, Trees:, Tobacco, Bane's World, Pearl Earl, War Party, Samus David Jr.

Fri, November 17, 2017 - Sun, November 19, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$40.00 - $175.00

This event is all ages

1 ticket gets you in Trees, Canton Hall and The Bomb Factory! First come first serve, ticket does not guarantee entry if the venue is at capacity. Get there early!

For more info on the festival, visit https://www.oaktopia.com/

Oaktopia
Oaktopia
Originated in Denton, Texas, Oaktopia is a two festival that showcases the best and most diverse experience in art and music. This festival combines chart-topping and critically acclaimed music acts with art, events, vendors and activities. Oaktopia was voted the Best Festival of 2015 and 2016 by the Dallas Observer (Dallas Observer Music Awards) and the Best Music Festival by The Dentonite (Dentons Arts & Music Awards).
The Bomb Factory:
The Bomb Factory:
The Bomb Factory is a state of the art, 50,000 square foot venue located in the heart of historic Deep Ellum in Downtown Dallas, known for it’s rich music history.

The new and improved Bomb Factory is capable of accommodating up to 4,300 fans, with its mezzanine, casual suites & VIP options. The Bomb Factory can be sized to four different capacities and multi-seated options to accommodate shows as intimate as 1,000 people.
In the early 1900’s, the building manufactured automobiles for Ford. Later, The Bomb Factory was commissioned during WWII to produce bombs and ammunition for the armed forces, hence the name “Bomb Factory”. In the mid-90’s, The Bomb Factory was transformed into a venue for a few years, hosting bands such as PHISH, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Sonic Youth, The Ramones, INXS, Nine Inch Nails, and Fugazi at its peak. Utilizing only the existing foundation and walls, the complete multi-million dollar redesign will make The Bomb Factory the premier Live Music Venue of Dallas, Texas.
21 Savage
21 Savage
An Atlanta rapper who kicked off his career with the crew Slaughtergang, MC 21 Savage hit as a solo artist with his 2014 single "Picky." Born Shayaa Joseph, he formed Slaughtergang with fellow Atlanta rapper Lotto Savage. "Picky" launched his solo career in 2014, then his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, dropped in 2015. The Free Guwop EP with Sonny Digital landed that same year, as did a second solo mixtape, Slaughter King. In 2016 he joined Metro Boomin for the collaborative LP Savage Mode. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty
With hair that looks like red-hot cheese curls and the wild Atlanta ATLien style to match, MC Lil Yachty bounces between the party attitude of Migos and the druggy weirdness of Future with the greatest of ease. Part of this is due to the use of two personas, the wild Lil Yachty and the stern but strange MC Lil Boat. He began to break in 2015 when Drake's OVO Sound Radio show aired his bizarre number "Minnesota." In early 2016, his other persona became the name of his popular release Lil Boat the Mixtape, which featured "Minnesota" along with the woozy party cut "1Night." An appearance at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show followed soon after, along with an appearance on Chance the Rapper's charting mixtape Coloring Book.
Casey Veggies
Casey Veggies
Casey Veggies started out as one of the founding members of the hip-hop supergroup Odd Future (OFWGKTA), then he decided to strike out on his own following the release of his first mixtape, 2007’s Customized Greatly Vol. 1, which he dropped at the age of 14. In 2011, Delicious Vinyl helped with digital distribution of Casey Veggies’ independently released full-length debut album, Sleeping In Class, which he followed up a year later with his latest mixtape, Customized Greatly Vol. 3, released earlier this year. Veggies are good for you and so is his music. Live and grow.
Azizi Gibson
Azizi Gibson
“I’m trying to create a lane”, explains 26-year- old rapper, Azizi Gibson, “I want the world to see what I’m doing and be like, ‘damn!’, you know?”.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, but raised in Thailand and Singapore — as well as spendingtime in Cambodia and even Zaire (now the Democratic Repulbic of Congo) — before moving to Maryland with his family aged 11, Gibson’s early life enamoured him to the cultural complexities — and challenges — of the world he was growing up in. “I felt like an outcast”, he states, reflecting on first moving to the US, although, as evidenced by his bold, extroverted and abstract approach to making music, it was these experiences that would equip Gibson with the tools to push boundaries within the world of US rap. “I come at things from a completely different angle”, Gibson ascertains.

A decade after moving to Maryland, Gibson moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper. It was a chance meeting with Flying Lotus that proved the catalyst for his current trajectory, bumping into him at a small gym in his then apartment complex. After a series of emails were exchanged, Gibson sent across some demos and Flying Lotus was impressed enough to offer him a deal with his Brainfeeder label — itself a hub for experimental, genre-blurring and boundary pushing music.

In 2013, Gibson dropped his debut solo mixtape, ‘Ghost In The Shell’ — inspired by the classic Japanese manga series of the same name — after working with Flying Lotus and fellow Brainfeeder artist Jeremiah Jae on collaborative tape, ‘Ignorant Prayers’, in 2012. Met with both critical acclaim and serious hype from underground hip-hop fans in the US,

‘Ghosts In The Shell’, saw Gibson build on his penchant for warped flows, zoned-out beats and emotive, conscious lyricism — and alerted the wider rap community to his potential. “I just try strike that balance between the smooth, melodic stuff and what bangs in the club”, he says humbly.

In 2014, Gibson then went onto release ‘Backwards Books’, an 11-track project on Brainfeeder, before parting ways with the label to release two follow-up EPs in 2015 — ‘The Last’ and ‘Grim Meets Evil’ — the former of which landed courtesy of Waka Flocka Flame’s 36BrickHouse agency.

2015 also saw Gibson form his own imprint, preHISTORIC, and release 18-track album, ‘preHISTORIC Till Death’ — again via 36BrickHouse — an LP described by Complex as “incredibly modern and chock full of life”, spanning “multiple levels of tempo, intensity, and subject matter right from the get-go.”

His latest album, 2016’s ‘A New Life’, pushed his sound even further, also welcoming in imagery and an overriding aesthetic consistent with the grim reaper, a character to whom he feels he relates. “I’m always doing something with the grim reaper”, Gibson explains. “He’s someone who has a bad name, someone people automatically perceive to be evil —and I like that.”

As an ‘outsider’ first moving to US shores as an 11 year old, it is the task of challengingperceptions — both of himself, and fictionally, as the grim reaper — that provides continual motivation for his music. “People are blinded by stuff they hear on the radio, when there’s people out here making just as great in their own lanes”, he explains. “All I do is watch anime and play video games, but I happen to be good at making music. I don’t have the 21 Savage background, but I know how to make bangers.”

With a new album in the pipeline for 2017, Azizi Gibson continues to push rap music into new and uncharted territory — and delivers as one of the most creative, intriguing and conscientious rap artists in the game today.
Blue, The Misfit
Blue, The Misfit
Los Angeles born & Dallas raised, the experimental producer and cultivating lyricist, Brandon "Brain Gang" Blue started his musical voyage in 2004. Running with the torch that has passed on by his influences (which range from Timbaland & The Neptunes to Danger Mouse & The Gorillaz), Blue has always felt like his time is now as the music industries next innovative producer-artist combo.

Blue is well known for his extensive production work with national hip hop artist such as, Kendrick Lamar (P&P, P&P 1.5, & Faith), Mac Miller (Down The Rabbit Hole), Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Dorrough Music. And he's also praised as one of Dallas' best producers based off the work he put together as half of the groundbreaking duo known as Sore Losers in '09-'10 (Free Loaders, Get A Life).

As a producer, Blue prides himself on evolving and progressing as a musician. Though most of his success is in the Hip-Hop genre, he has an everlasting love for adding all forms of music into his own, especially those of the electronic nature. You can easily hear a trance arranged synthesizer here, an alternative rock sequence there, Texas "screw" style vocals in the backgrounds, and dub step wobble baselines behind it all. He simply calls his approach "experimental", because he won't limit himself to toying around with one genre.

As an artist, Blue takes a different approach to rap than your average hip-hop artist. He looks at rap as a form of self expression to share his artistic side which takes you on a journey with well thought out concepts and stories of his life experiences rather than to "out rap" everyone in the industry with metaphors and punch-lines.

Looking to expose this new sound to a larger audience, Blue released an EP entitled "Numb." at the end of 2011 and it was well received amongst the public. Numb. held a huge internet presence on Hip Hop blogs (2DopeBoyz, OnSmash, Pigeons & Planes, Sneak Hype, & More), proving that there is a lane for something as unique and different as Blue's vision.

Blue plans to continue this success into 2012. He promises that this is the year that he really bounces into the national spotlight as both a trendsetter in sound and as a provocative lyricist.
Tyler Sloan
Tyler Sloan
In 2014 the Rvd Pvck toured with Too $hort and E-40 on the Texas Invasion Tour hitting 9 cites. Also they opened up for DMX, Gangsta Boo, Mickey Avalon, Maino, The Ying Yang Twins, Juicy J, and Bone Thugs Twice. The Rvd Pvck is currently booking shows for the summer of 2015 and wrapping up time in the studio for there first EP.
Bobby Sessions
Bobby Sessions
I'm Bobby Sessions from Dallas, TX. I'm a legend.

Bobby Sessions is the collective's resident poet laureate. Think Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem with him. Or, as he puts it himself: ""I carry the lyrical load load of the group, if you will."

Album: LOA (Law of Attraction) to be released on November 20.
Canton Hall:
Canton Hall:
Located next door to The Bomb Factory, the new and improved Canton Hall will host a multitude of events including Corporate and Sponsored Events, Public and Private Concerts, Fashion and Art Shows, Weddings and Receptions, Trade Shows and Workshops, Non-Profit Galas and Fundraisers, and Holiday Parties. Canton Hall is equipped with state of the art production, high-end finishes and unobstructed sight lines that are sure to impress.
A-Trak b2b Baauer
A-Trak b2b Baauer
At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.
Infected Mushroom
Infected Mushroom
Electronic dance music legends Infected Mushroom are best known for their sonic innovations and pioneering of the Psychedelic Trance genre. Twice ranked amongst the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by DJ Magazine (the bible of the EDM scene), and with over 14 million hits on YouTube and a #8 position on the Billboard charts, the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have created one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world of dance music.

Following the success of Infected’s 2009 album “The Legend of the Black Shawarma”, Erez and Duvdev delivered their most multi-faceted electronic album to date with “Army of Mushrooms” in 2012 on Dim Mak Records. More recently, the duo released “CVII”, a long-awaited sequel to their critically acclaimed 2003 album “Converting Vegetarians”.

Adoring fans continue to congregate en masse for Infected Mushroom’s averaged 120 show/year tour. Their jaw-dropping live performances never fail to impress with psychedelic visuals, their trademark enigmatic vocals, hypnotic arrangements, and psy-trippy synthetic rhythms.

Infected Mushroom continues to sell out shows around the globe and all walks of life gather in attendance for the same reason: to experience the world’s greatest Psy-Trance band of the decade.
Juicy The Emissary
Juicy The Emissary
Juicy the Emissary is a musician from Denton, TX.

As a producer and composer, he has worked with University of North Texas, Dish Nation, and Impractical Jokers as well as independent artists like Opio, Vast Aire, and Bonnie Whitmore.

As an artist, his latest release Attention Kmart Choppers on Street Corner Music flips old Kmart in-store tapes into something new. It was awarded an artist microgrant from the Greater Denton Arts Council and received some praise:

“He took the basics of chopping and looping samples and turned it into something way more musical, plus the way all of the tracks connect to one another is pretty genius.” - Black Milk

“I can honestly tell you that I have never seen a concept executed so flawlessly. Especially an instrumental concept album.” - House Shoes

He currently DJs and gigs with various groups regularly in the DFW area, playing Electronic, Hip Hop, Country, Latin, Hawaiian, and Punk, and works out of his studio in Denton.
DJ T-Walk
DJ T-Walk
Denton-based DJ.
The John Stewart
The John Stewart
Dallas-based DJ.
E-Kow
E-Kow
DFW based artist.
Trees:
Trees:
The world famous Trees is the premiere live music in Deep Ellum and the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Originally opening in May of 1990, Trees has been host to some of the biggest names in music including Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Arcade Fire, Deftones, Dave Mathews Band, Tool, Erykah Badu to name just a few. With a recent renovation and an award winning sound system, Trees is the place to see your favorite bands!

On top of being the best place to catch a concert in town, Trees also is a premier event space & catering business. Contact us to throw a party or have yours catered!
Tobacco
Tobacco
TOBACCO has proven throughout the years to be an enigma choosing to shroud his personal life in mystery in order to keep a deeper level of focus on the music. That has all helped tremendously as there’s a lot to chew on from 2008’s debut FUCKED UP FRIENDS to 2010’s MANIAC MEAT, all leading up and spilling into TOBACCO’s Ghostly debut, ULTIMA II MASSAGE.

Over the course of three LPs and a number of EPs, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer has continuously depended his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage brings the listener up to TOBACCO’s speed as he widens a jagged swath through his own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of

contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state.

There were notable breaks en route to TOBACCO in the present a commission to remix White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss 65, a new Black Moth Super Rainbow record entitled COBRA JUICY, and producing Demon Queen’s EXORCISE TAPE with vocalist Zackey Force Funk. All these experiences no doubt played a role in TOBACCO’s progression. You can hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of 80’s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you’ve ever loved melting away. At the end of the day, TOBACCO’s just trying to make meditation music.
Bane's World
Bane's World
Bane’s World is a group coming out of Long Beach, CA, lead by singer/songwriter and guitarist Shane Blanchard.
Pearl Earl
Pearl Earl
Pearl Earl is an all-female, psych/pop/prog/garage rock group based out of Denton, TX. The band was founded in late 2014 and released an EP titled "Karaoke Superstar" in 2015 which was nominated "Best EP" in the Dallas Observer Music Awards. They recently were awarded "Best Indie/Rock Band" and "Best Song" in the 2017 Denton Arts and Music Awards. Their first full-length album was recorded at Elmwood Recordings with Alex Bhore and Brack Cantrell and mastered by Dave Cooley, releasing July 15th 2017
War Party
War Party
"It takes a lot of nerve to use a word like “party” in one’s band name anymore. Fortunately for Fort Worth-bred garage rockers, War Party, audacity is in no short supply.

Since 2011, the retro-minded, punk-leaning lot have used a mix of skuzzy guitars, horns and a dirty organ to wage a two-front war on the music world: on the road, where they’ve spent relentlessly hitting both coasts with like-minded acts like Dallas’ Sealion, and at home, where War Party has been named “Best Punk Band” by the Fort Worth Weekly, and where members of the band have helped foster Fort Worth’s emerging DIY scene through the Lo-Life Recordings label they founded and the Dreamy Life Records brick-and-mortar shop they help run.

In 2015, War Party's "Teenager on Drugs" single was released in a 7" boxset also featuring Texas' own John Wesley Coleman through Windian Records, that saw the band significantly pumping up the Dion & The Belmonts portion of its patented brand of “don’t-wop” – though not at the expense of some of its rougher edges."
Samus David Jr.
Samus David Jr.
Samus David Jr. is an indie rock band with jazz and garage rock influences. Made up of members of Lone Wolf Club and is currently writing new material and will be on a stage near you!
Venue Information:
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://thebombfactory.com