Music Update 6/2: News and Notes

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Our inbox is always open for local music news and notes, via [email protected] Here’s what’s happened so far this week.

Sound Bites was launched: Started on May 25, a Wednesday afternoon, an outdoor music series began at The Gateway. From noon to 2 p.m., Sound Bites, we’re told, “will entertain and delight downtown workers and residents alike.” A wide range of genres from KUAA’s “Locally Made” series will be represented. The series, which takes place at Restaurant Row at the south end of The Gateway, will run all summer; it is created by The Gateway in partnership with The Blocks and KUAA 99.9 FM. (The latter is currently running a summer membership campaign via its website, kuaafm.org.)

The programming of Das Energi is preparing for the summer: Taking place in Saltair over the weekend of August 12-13, the 10th annual Das Energi festival unveils a lineup of heavy hitters and fresh new names in the world of EDM. V2 Presents sends a note with some names and descriptors: “Deadmau5, Excision, Louis The Child and a Cyclops Records stage cover featuring Subtronics, Dion Timmer, Level Up and many more. Brand new artists like Kasablanca, Inzo, Leotrix, Kill Script, ACraze, Reaper and Kumarion will bring a new sound to the festival lineup, combined with DNB veterans such as Matrix & Futurebound, 1991, Delta Heavy and Fury House and progressive sounds to be provided by No Mana , Eddie, Tinlicker, Mz Worthy and Phantoms, with house bass and dubstep sounds from Kayzo, Wooli, Trivecta, Decadon and more.

A press release goes on to say that: “”Each year at Das Energi, we are proud to highlight the forerunners of the next generation of dance music, while paying homage to the classic roots of House and DNB. from which V2 was born,” said V2 co-owners Jeremy Moreland and Brandon Fullmer. “Bringing a diverse and inclusive lineup of the industry’s top talent combined with a continuously improved production and experience for our attendees remains our top priority.” Ticketing information and other event-related news can be found at dasenergifestival.com.

An eye on the sky: In some news from the site, we learned that SKY is witnessing a change in ownership and management, while pursuing a programming arrangement. The following is an excerpt from the statement sent on behalf of Live Nite Events (also owners of Soundwell) and Realine Group: “Salt Lake City-based independent event production company Live Nite Events, along with local hospitality company in Realine Group, have just announced their joint acquisition of SKY – SLC’s most recognized downtown nightlife and event space. Located at 149 Pierpont Ave in downtown Salt Lake City , the 15,000 square foot open-air building features state-of-the-art sound and lighting, 20 VIP suites and an iconic retractable glass roof. 2015, SKY has hosted thousands of nationally acclaimed touring artists and has become a staple of the city’s nightlife and entertainment scene.SKY is also home to Trellis, one of the city’s few rooftop bars -City of Salt Lake Reli Apart from a few elements of that message, the release goes on to say that “The team will continue to enlist the programming support of V2 Presents – Utah’s leading electronic music promotion company and the entity behind DAS Energi Festival – who have a long-standing relationship. with SKY and helped grow the brand into what it is today.