In the wake of a trying school year, both KCSB-FM 91.9 and UC Santa Barbara’s MultiCultural Center found a new resolve to expand their creative involvement in Isla Vista, the densely-populated community adjacent to the UCSB campus.
Building on existing efforts to serve that heterogeneous yet unincorporated “college town,” on Saturday, October 25th, at 7pm, the University of California’s oldest radio station and one of UCSB’s largest events organizations are teaming up for their most ambitious collaboration ever, the “Hello World! Free Isla Vista Concert,” which features three major acts: Chicano Batman, a Los Angeles “indie” quartet, the mexico68 Afrobeat Orchestra (from L.A.’s Eastside), and the Tijuana-based electronic-music trio Los Macuanos.
Pitched by the MCC as a free nighttime concert in Anisq’oyo’ Park (and part of a new “Isla Vista Matters” events series), the initiative grew thanks to the community station’s commitment to presenting live music that reflects its own diverse radio programming (eventually becoming the cornerstone of KCSB’s Fall 2014 “It’s Not Just In Your Head” Events Calendar).
KCSB-FM General Manager Rosa Yibing Guo, a fourth-year Film & Media Studies major, says, “We at KCSB are very excited to bring this free ‘mini-festival’ to the center of the Isla Vista community, with a bill featuring some of the best up-and-coming, high-energy talent from our area of the globe. The purpose of this event is to send a positive message and to use the power of art and music to heal our community.”
KCSB-FM Development Coordinator Ted Coe explains further: “Besides welcoming students (back) to the I.V. community, and casting a spotlight on the best attributes of that local scene, the very title of this event, ‘Hello World!,’ also reflects the breadth of backgrounds and styles of the groups we selected. Over the years, KCSB has repeatedly found common ground with the MCC, as we have co-presented several artists that our radio programmers were excited to support — from conscious hip-hoppers Dead Prez and The Coup to Terakaft, Tuareg blues musicians from Saharan Africa.”’
“Hello World!’ takes that partnership to a whole new level,” Guo adds. “We have put together a lineup of bands with positive messages and cutting-edge sensibilities, who take the concept of genre and mix it up with the eccentricities of different regions; similar to our own mission, these artists cross boundaries and refuse to be limited to one style, concept, genre, or locale. This is exactly what KCSB and free-form radio are all about.”
The evening will commence at 7pm with a performance by mexico68 (m68) Afrobeat Orchestra. Fresh off a set opening for reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry at the popular Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, this thirteen-piece afrobeat band is heavily influenced by the polyrhythmic sounds of Nigerian recording artists Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70. m68’s music juxtaposes Chicano funk with the body-moving and illuminating vibes of contemporary West Africa.
Next up, during the 8pm hour, Chicano Batman returns to the local stage with their modern and politically-conscious take on Latin music. The OC Weekly says the group’s mix of funk, R&B, Latin soul, bossa nova, psychedelia and pop creates “a fearless and exhilarating sound too colossal for just one continent.”
Finally, Nacional Records’s artists Los Macuanos — described by Vice as the “Mexican Kraftwerk” — will take the stage at around 10pm. While echoing the hedonism of Tijuana’s lost rave scene, the trio’s other influences range from minimal techno and bass music, to more experimental styles like glitch, noise, and no wave. While sustaining their commitment to traditional Mexican forms, Los Macuanos is part of a vanguard in Mexican electronic music.
KCSB DJs will also be featured over the course of the event. This night of music in Isla Vista will also be noteworthy for casting a spotlight on the missions and operations of UCSB’s two venerable student-oriented organizations, KCSB-FM and the MultiCultural Center, and for being an alcohol-free “alternative” event. Material support is also provided by the Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) and AS Finance Board.
Anisq’oyo’ Park is in the loop between Embarcadero del Mar and Embarcadero del Norte, beneath the 6500 block of Pardall Road in central Isla Vista.
“Hello World!” will end well before midnight to protect off-campus guests from “overnight” parking restrictions at the UCSB campus. For more information or assistance in accommodating people of varying abilities, contact the MCC at (805) 893-8411 or KCSB at (805) 893-3921.
Hello World! Free Isla Vista Concert with Chicano Batman, mexico68, and Los Macuanos
Saturday, October 25, 7-1130pm
Anisq’oyo’ Park, Isla Vista
This Event is FREE & Open to the Public!