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Big Day In #13 (Update!)

Saturday, December 2nd, join Ithaca Underground once again for our end-of-year celebration event, BIG DAY IN #13.

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Speedy Ortiz | Suzi Analogue | Xenia Rubinos
Sammus, Izzy True, Escuela, Seeming, Howlo, Morbs, KNEW, Difficult, WackGenius, Zero Mean, Dirty Bandaid

Enjoy tons of bands across post-punk, electronic, hip-hop, indie, grind, shoegaze, and more for a low price, thanks to the help of generous contributions of local, similarly minded organizations. This program was made possible a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program & with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Difficult-With The Owl (live) from Chris Reilly on Vimeo.

 

Vagabon, Sammus, Pleistocene

Vagabon, the moniker for multi-instrumentalist, Lætitia Tamko, was born in late 2014 during her final years of engineering school. Currently living in New York City via Cameroon, Tamko’s cultural duality and engineering background informs her inspirations as a musician and a producer. Blending elements of west and east African music from her childhood with punk as well as electronic leaning instrumentation, Vagabon songs vary in themes and genre.
In November 2014, Tamko self-released an EP, “Persian Garden”, a collection of the first songs she had ever written. “Persian Garden” caught the attention of a larger than imagined audience which led Vagabon to a couple of U.S tours and several Northeast tours.

Sammus is the stage name adopted by Ithaca, NY producer, rapper, activist, and PhD student Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. Now ready to make her Don Giovanni debut, she is poised to cement herself as an artist who consistently thinks outside boxes and dances across lines (and does other neat things with geometrical figures).


Pleistocene – Brilliantly melodic shoegaze pop from Rochester.

 

Busdriver, Zeroh, Winston Bongo, Robot Detective

Underground legend Busdriver returns to Ithaca! Having collaborated, toured, worked with the likes of Deerhoof, Milo, Clipping, Mono/Poly, Modeselektor, P.O.S, Daedelus, and Boom Bip, Driver is ever evolving with releases on imprints like ANTI-, Fake Four, and Polyvinyl. Most recently, Bus costarred in the Brainfeeder/Flying Lotus film KUSO, which premiered at Sundance this year

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Ithaca Underground 10th Anniversary Celebrations & Fundraiser!

Ithaca Underground celebrates ten years of nurturing a radically inclusive, safe space for music & art outside the mainstream.

Over the last decade, Ithaca Underground has grown from a hobby for DIY concerts to an ever-expanding, caring community of the talented, the inspired, and the weird.

In addition to hundreds of live, all-ages music events, IU continues to provide learning and growth opportunities for volunteer artists, designers, photographers, videographers, grant writers, sound engineers, and marketeers.

Our 10th Anniversary celebration kicks off, with your chance to meet the Ithaca Underground board in a relaxed atmosphere, to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and safe space that we provide to our local community. Thanks to The Watershed co-owner and long time IU-supporter Ashley Cake for the space to meet and mingle.

We continue our 10th Anniversary celebration with a visual retrospective of Ithaca Underground. Join us to look back through student documentaries, performance videos, photographs and stories from our panel to catch a glimpse of how we’ve grown into the second most active independent booking organization in Ithaca. $5 Admission.

We close our the weekend with our annual February fundraiser at the Haunt to fund another year worth of events, volunteer training, equipment, and supporting local musicians. Ithaca Beer will provide our Rolemodel IPA, exclusive to the event. A Beach Parade Spritzer, N/A mocktail will also be available just for the night. Get your tickets now.

Big thanks to our partners at McNeil Music of Ithaca, Ithaca Beer Co., Cinemapolis, & Ithaca Fantastik.

Interview with Monki

I recently caught up with Monki, the notorious noise artist, in anticipation of his upcoming performance at Big Day In, which takes place this Saturday at the Haunt. Upon sitting down with Monki, I became aware that he is actually incapable of communication. Thankfully fellow No Aliens member, Mad Brain, was present and willing to discuss: Monki, No Aliens, & their unique backstory.

Evan: Hey Mad Brain, could you explain how Monki came to be?

Mad Brain: Monki was actually once a wild monkey, abducted by scientist in order to test a new Gerber Baby Bath & Skin product. Unfortunately, due to lack of care his face was badly disfigured. Later, an uprising took place in the animal containment, which led to a fight between animals and humans. During this fight a device in the lab was activated, which coded Monki’s brain with a human scientist. After this, the animals escaped leaving Monki free to roam, fated to never find his past.

Evan: Why does Monki feel the need to create music?

Mad Brain: In his case, the music is a search to call on something that can’t be particularly seen. It’s primal, every noise and sound you hear in his music expresses his story. Even though his [Monki] level of intelligence is considered genius, he is still unable to communicate.

Evan: No Aliens, what exactly is it and can you tell me about the other group members?

Mad Brain: No Aliens is a three person collective comprised of Computer, Monki, and myself [Mad Brain]. Monki created Computer, similarly cursed with a high level of self-awareness, he is better able to cope due to his ability to communicate. Computer is also responsible for all production for No Aliens, his music specializes in trance & ambient loops. His inspiration includes Brian Eno, Miles Davis, and Soulja Boy.

Evan: I [Mad Brain] am the voice behind No Aliens; I’m responsible for the lyrics and expressions where Monki fails. Typically, when you hear rapping in our [No Aliens] music, that’s me. I was once a scientist, whose mind was fused with Monki, leading to a constant struggle for control of this body.

Evan: Has Ithaca Underground helped you find a sense of community?

Monki: For the time being, I suppose so, but the point of No Aliens is to never have one home.

Ithaca Underground is proud to present our 12th annual Big Day In. Featured artists on the Main Stage include: B. DolanGuerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, LVL UP, Eskimeaux, Sharpless, Izzy True, Sammus, Alter, Mr. McBean, Imperials, First Pet, Spazzare, & the Horses. Featured artists on the Deck Stage include: Benjaminto, Shull (formerly _____), Tender CruncherotodojoKNEW, MONKI, FlocariousMotorcyclez, Eternal Savages, & LC Jones. The show takes place this Saturday, from 12pm to 11:59pm, at the Haunt.

Ithaca Underground Poster Show & Sale

As part of the First Friday Gallery Night, Ithaca Underground, presents it's second annual Poster Show & Sale, showcasing select event posters throughout our history, celebrating the unique talents of our artists. Prints will be available for sale, as well as additional artwork from IU artists. Proceeds will drive Ithaca Underground's commitment to radically inclusive, all ages music & art events.

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