SHOW ME: Funk Volume x Famous Stars and Straps Present: FVMILY Halloween Bash Ft. TRAVIS BARKER, HOPSIN & More at The Observatory OC 10.30.14 PHOTOS

Written by Marina Moreno

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WHAT:
Funk Volume x Famous Stars and Straps Present:
FVMILY Halloween Bash at The Observatory OC

WHO:
Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Swizz, DJ Hoppa, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor, Mod Sun, Xzibit and Travis Barker on drums.

WHEN:
October 30, 2014 10:30pm-2am

This past weekend was probably one for the books for many people coast to coast. Halloween landed on a Friday, which meant the festivities would carry on past one day. However, there is one crew who got things started a day prior. They are, Funk Volume.

On Thursday October 30th, the most notorious independent label, Funk Volume, held their first ever FVMILY Halloween Bash at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. In collaboration with Travis Barker’s, Famous Stars and Straps, FV founder Dame Ritter pulled off a magnificent, high energy show with performances from Xzibit, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor, Mod Sun and FV signees, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, DJ Hoppa on the tables all night, and of course Travis Barker. Prior to jumping on stage, the backstage area was busy as well. Though many might think it’s always one big party going on behind the scenes, it’s not that exactly. With all the guys lending a few minutes to SKEE’s new series, The Calm Before The Storm, slapping hands with familiar faces and saying cheese for photographers, it was proven there’s always work to be done even before the final assignment.

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As the evening carried on and The Observatory filled up with barely any more standing room (upstairs and downstairs) with crowd favorites Mod Sun, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor and West Coast veteran X to the Z. DJ Hoppa pumped up the crowd for the first batter up from FV – Jarren Benton. Jarren did one hell of a job as the first of the final acts not just because he jumped from one side of the stage to the other, interacting with the crowd, but he also brought out the next hitter – Dizzy Wright. The crowd seemed to get louder and louder with every song and got a hundred times more wild when Dizzy crowd surfed through the front and middle row. But it didn’t end there.

Next up was FV’s other emcee, SwizZz. As probably known as one of the most lowkey of the bunch, SwizZz didn’t act as anything close; dominating the stage and owning the crowd, it was evident that he felt right at home and Santa Ana was welcoming him with open ears. At the closing of his set, SwizZz began the chant for his next label mate, none other than, Hopsin. Face painted and suited up from the hat down to the shoes, Hop continued to feed the crowd what they came out for. However what ended up being the most notable part of his performance was when he put complete trust into the hands of his fans as he dove and had them carry him from the stage to the back of the venue, hold him up to spit a lyric or two, then help him jump to the second floor. But it didn’t stop there. Hopsin jumped from the second floor back down to the crowd! And with their assistance, made it back to the stage. Never in my life, and I could tell never in half of those fans lives, have we ever seen that be done. If fans didn’t believe they were in for a treat, they knew now.

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With the night coming to an end, and the lights dimming down, whispers began to flood the air; Where was Travis Barker? Before everyone could get riled up, out came one of music’s most legendary drummers – Travis Barker. Face painted just like Hopsin, the two closed out the show bringing out the whole crew. Backstage, fans were excited to see local hometown hero, Phora from the 714 hanging with the Funk Volume family, commenting in hopes of what would be a memorable collaboration. He mentions he is planning to release his new projects, “Nights Like These” in the next few months.

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Take a look at pictures from the show below and don’t forget to sign up for Funk Volume’s up-coming Hip-Hop Conference. Who knows, maybe you’ll be rocking alongside these talented guys one day and your name will be included in a review. Visit www.FunkVolumeConference.com for more details!

On behalf of Third Floor Network, a huge thank you to Dame Ritter, Brooklyn Martino, the whole Funk Volume family, Famous, and The Observatory – OC for allowing us to bring back to life this amazing bash. We’ll be back soon enough with all the great shows coming to the venue soon.

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SHOW ME: SSMF MURS 3:16 Stage Day 1 At Sunset Stip Music Festival LIVE On Dash Radio 9.20.2014 (PHOTOS)

Dash Radio was on site for their very first festival livestream at the first hip hop stage that the Sunset Strip Music Festival has ever had, curated by indie hip hop icon Murs. Toni Monroe, TayF3rd, Zion I and Joey Fatts warmed up the crowd in the already heated crowd (by the Cali sun.) Highlights included POS performing in the middle of the crowd, Mod Sun from Minnesota performing for the first time in LA after recently moving here and winning over the crowd with his amazing energy. Shout out to Propoganda giving props not only to West Covina, but the historic Project Blowed and DJ Hed keeping the bodies moving in between sets. Climax of the night belongs to headliners Dizzy Wright with his live band, Riff Raff getting braided while performing and Houston’s Bun B of UGK who had everyone leaving feeling like International Players rapping to their anthem. Looking forward to seeing the increase in hip hop to the annual festival on the infamous Sunset Strip.

Not in LA? Don’t worry, catch ALL performances on the #IndependentGrind station on the all new Dash Radio FREE streaming APP or online at dashradio.com

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Dash Radio To Live Stream The MURS 3:16 Stage At Sunset Strip Music Festival On “Independent Grind” Station On 9.20 & 21, 2014

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WHO: DJ Quik, Bun B, Killer Mike, IAMSU, Riff Raff, Dizzy Wright and others (Full lineup of both days below) Tickets are $79 with the code SSMF14MURS at: bit.ly/SSMFMURS

WHAT: Dash Radio will provide a live audio stream of the MURS 316 stage at the Sunset Strip Music Festival with exclusive interviews from performers via Dash Radio’s Independent Grind channel, powered by Tech N9ne

WHERE: Listen live at http://www.dashradio.com or download the app through iTunes App Store & coming soon to Google Play for Android Users

WHEN: Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21

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Dash Radio’s “Independent Grind” channel will stream the two-day event of live performances and exclusive interviews. “Independent Grind” on Dash Radio is the first all-independent hip-hop radio station and is powered by independent hip-hop king Tech N9ne.

DJ Skee says of the partnership, “I’m excited this year to partner with the Sunset Music Festival for the exclusive live stream of MURS debut stage at SSMF featuring the hand-picked artists he’s selected to perform. We felt it was a perfect match for our “Independent Grind” station powered by Tech N9ne and Strange Music, where MURS is also signed to. We’ll add this to the long list of things MURS and I continue to do to support the Independent Hip Hop community. On Dash Radio, we have a station called ‘The Strip’ featuring music you’ll hear being performed at the infamous Sunset Strip. I’ve always supported the Sunset Strip Music Festival and look to doing even bigger things together in the years to come.”

MURS also spoke on the collaboration, saying “DJ Skee and his team are always on the cutting edge. To have the opportunity to partner with them on their latest venture Dash Radio is truly exciting. I believe the MURS 316 stage will be leaving an indelible mark upon the Sunset Strip this weekend just as Dash Radio is already making a huge impact in the world of streaming music services and beyond. I think it’s absolutely amazing that fans from all over the world will be able to tune in and experience the MURS 316 Stage at SSMF with a swipe of a finger. And the fact that it’s going to be hosted on the Independent Grind station, which is powered by my label Strange Music, makes the union perfect.”

For more information about the Sunset Strip Music Festival visit ssmf.com
and Dash Radio: dashradio.com