A few months ago a close friend and I decided to do something about the music scene in Orange County. Aside from local weekly gigs with Cubensis and The Groove Syndicate, there is a gaping hole that lurks over O.C. and never seems to fade. True, there are some decent shows that come through here and there, but for the most part, it's dead. So it was no shock when veteran music lovers Chris Wilson and I put our heads together to tear into the beast that is bringing awareness locally to the wonderful sounds that were happening elsewhere in an attempt to bring more to our stomping grounds. After years of traveling to see shows, networking with people in the scene, and hours upon hours of trading, recording, and conversing about the music we love, wheels started turning and a blueprint began to draft itself. The result was the birth of a growing website and the first ever OCcompound Festival.

Set to take place on Saturday March 27, the day's festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. with an hour long set with Orange County funksters The Groove Syndicate. Blending jazz, soul and funk, this five-piece from Laguna is the perfect way to start off the day. While lounging in the hammock, taking a dip in the Jacuzzi, or dancing along the stage while they throw down, it won't be hard to get the party started. Next in the lineup is San Diego native Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra. With genius lyrics and a band that sounds like liquid color, this midday set looks to take things up a notch, allowing everyone to get comfortable and situated with the open bar. Did I not mention that? Sorry. Included in the ten dollar ticket price is free beer, jungle juice, and Rock Star energy drinks and vodka. If you don't feel like drinking, Culligan Water is donating plenty of bottled water, and just to be fair, we will allow you to bring your own booze on site... as long as you keep the scene clean. Following Al and K23, there will be a lengthy set with Grampa's Grass. Stemming from Costa Mesa, this band is close personal friends to us at The Compound, and we are proud to have them playing. With one hand deep in the South and another in plain old rock 'n' roll, The Grass has established themselves with many a band along the way (they will be opening for Leftover Salmon at The Galaxy the night before).

Moonshine Still by Leah Yetter
Set to take the stage at 6 p.m. are headliners Moonshine Still. The Still will play two full sets, complete with a light show not to be missed and amazing art backdrop. The art promises to be very special for this event, blending themes from the famed children's book Where the Wild Things Are and the psychedelic surrealism of Salvador Dali. Following Moonshine Still there will be two late night rooms. In one, DJ J.P. and DJ Rhines will be spinning house and funk with just the right amount of Pink Floyd all night long till the break of dawn (literally). In the other, expect acoustic music from all the artists, sit-ins, and an allstar jam. Make sure to pace yourself throughout the day, because the late night shows are not to be missed. And we all know what happens when the sun goes down and the moon goes up. The Phreaks come out at night...

This entire event will be recorded for a future DVD and live CD release. It is music fans taking things into their own hands, having enough love, passion, and trust to put their heart, sweat, and homes on the line to create one memorable event that will stay with all who attend forever. Tickets are $10 until March 10, after which they will go up to $15. There are VERY FEW tickets available and they are moving quickly. To obtain information or buy tickets, contact Matt Layton 714-342-1809 or email mateets@hotmail.com. Come be a part of this truly special moment in OCcompound history as good people get together for a good cause: GOOD MUSIC!

OcCompound Festival
Saturday March 27th 2 p.m. - Till Sunrise
680 W. 18th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Featuring: Moonshine Still, Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra, Grampa's Grass, The Groove Syndicate, DJ J.P., DJ Rhines
$10 until March 10 - $15 After
All Ages
At the OcCompound - Costa Mesa, CA

Matt Layton
JamBase | Orange County
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[Published on: 3/1/04]

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