May 29--Remember the disappointment of watching "Amityville 3D," "Comin' at Ya!," and even worse, "Jaws 3D," in the '80s?
It was all a cheesy waste of technology, sent away to the vaults for decades.
Now, the return of 3-D has given Hollywood a major box office boost, but can the same be said for musicians looking to fill seats in venues across the country?
For legendary rockers Primus, the answer just may be yes. The trio rolled into the Fox Theater on May 22 for a stop on their final tour: Primus 3D.
The theater was packed to near full capacity, as concertgoers stood in awe of a giant screen and larger-than-life inflatable spacemen standing guard on either side of the stage. Audience members had the option of wearing the provided 3-D glasses or enjoying it through naked eye -- but why do such a thing?
Animated scenes, vintage cartoons and snippets of claymation dominated the view as the band stood in the foreground, silhouetted darkly against the colorful montage. The two-segment show's set-list consisted mostly of the group's latest record, "Green Naugahyde," along with a few classic gems ("John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver").
The images jumped from the screen and pulsed in time with Primus' psychedelic funk rock sound. The audience was visibly held captive, entranced and amazed. From my seat located near the center rear, I was able to get the full experience with some of the best concert sound the Fox Theater has ever had. The only question I had leaving the show was: Why hasn't this been done before? Having attended numerous festivals where electronic dance music is prominently featured, I've seen how vibrant images and deep beats can engulf and feed a crowd. As EDM continues to flood the market, many rockers find themselves struggling to catch up with a genre that has been stealing their young fans. With this show under their belts, Primus may have found the answer to the industry's problem.
If you missed the show, don't hold your breath for an encore. Bassist Les Claypool informed me the band would be retiring the 3-D show after this trek. Check out more photos from show at bakotopia.com.
Summer music festivals
The summer music festival season is here, and even if you missed the big ticket presales, that doesn't mean you should stop making plans just yet. You can still count your ducats, get your mates together and set out on a post-graduation or vacation road trip.
If you don't feel like traveling, Bakersfield's Rockin' Roots festival makes its final bow June 7 and 8 at Stramler Park. Among this year's headliners are Circa Survive, New Found Glory, Of Mice & Men, plus more than 100 bands from all over California. Advanced two-day tickets are available $59.50 or $50 if you purchase it from one of the bands listed at timgardeapresents.com. We'll have a full preview for you next week.
And if love road trips, check out some of these upcoming California area festivals:
Jubilee Music Fest (June 7 and 8): Formerly known as Silver Lake Jubilee, this indie art and music festival held in Los Angeles can best be described as a mix tape of some of the best up-and-coming acts from both the hip Silver Lake music scene, along with some big name headliners. In addition to the music there's also L.A.'s famous gourmet food trucks, beer and alcohol drinking gardens, live comedy and rows of cool art displays. More info at jubileemusicfest.com.
Vans Warped Tour (June 23): This annual tour has become a right of passage for kids across the country, and Bakersfield is lucky to be closest to the tour stop with the best weather: the Ventura Country Fairgrounds. A mix of skate, music and moshpits, this year's cavalcade of artists are among alternative rock's bravest lads. Most drive themselves in the crummiest of vehicles living off junk food and free beer for months as a badge of honor just to say they made it home alive. More info at vanswarpedtour.com.
FYF Fest (Aug. 24 and 25): If you have any money left from all your summer binging, you should really plan to close things out at this mini-Coachella festival held at the State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Co-founded by Circle Jerks' lead vocalist Keith Morris, it's a last gas before school schedules resume and the countdown to Coachella begins. More info at fyffest.com.
Poi Story II at Camp Okihi, 13277 Round Mountain Road, all day today through Sunday. $20 to $30. 472-5935. Bakersfield's electronic dance music scene continues to blossom no matter what the temperature. According to some festivalgoers who attended last year's Poi Story I, there wasn't an ounce of misery to be found on the sprawling Camp Okihi campgrounds. This time around, EDM enthusiasts of every age can expect more of the same. On both days, there will be plenty of sights and sounds, courtesy of art from various local and visiting DJs and artists, fire spinning, plus dance workshops and more. In accordance with their sound permits, music of high decibels will end at midnight, making way for a less noisy but equally rhythmic drum circle. Camping is allowed on the grounds for a fee, which includes admission to the event. Don't forget the sunscreen and stay hydrated. For a road map of information including set times, rules and requests, visit stereotypeproductions.com or call 472-5935.
Tigercide and The Bird Channel at Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St., 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 322-8900. Fans of trip-hop music with spacey beats and evocative pseudo-cabaret vocals a la Portishead and Massive Attack should definitely check out Southern California's Tigercide, which make a rare visit to Bako. Although little is known about the group other than they made their debut at the SXSW music festival in Austin last year, you can check out some of their music at reverbnation.com/tigercide. Also appearing are Bakersfield favorites The Bird Channel, KSVG radio personality Lord Looney and the Mothership's DJ Sabre.
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