Daily Archives: July 21, 2014

Block Party Appetizer: ODESZA

| July 21, 2014

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If there’s one thing that listeners can’t help but do when hearing the sounds of ODESZA, it’s bob their heads and move their bodies.

With an amazing mix of looped melodies and vocals, the Seattle duo will no doubt leave fans talking about the banger hits that group members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight produce.

After forming in 2012 just prior to graduating from Western Washington University together, the group earned their diplomas and followed that with an acclaimed debut album, Summer’s Gone, which had fans in the underground electronic music scene buzzing.

ODESZA followed their first full-length album with an EP entitled My Friends Never Die in 2013, and plan on releasing another LP in September of this year called In Return.

Holding down the main stage at Block Party on Friday, July 25 at 7:45pm, ODESZA is a perfect group to get the good vibes and your body grooving to set the tone for the entire weekend.

Block Party Appetizer: The War on Drugs

| July 21, 2014

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Blending together multiple sounds, The War on Drugs bring a classic rock feel to their music, taking in the same breaths as legends like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to compose smooth, indie rock.

Hailing from Philadelphia and forming in 2005, the band is steered by lead singer Adam Granduciel, and is accompanied by David Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (keyboards, guitar) and Patrick Berkery (drums), releasing two EPs and three, full-length studio albums in the nine years since.

The group’s 2011 album, Slave Ambient, peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Heat—a ranking of the top-200 albums—and their most recent record, 2014’s Lost in the Dream, has received similar acclaim, sitting No. 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the U.K. Indie charts, with the song “Red Eyes” becoming an instant hit.

Showcasing the many talents of their group members, The War on Drugs mix various melodies that give their music a unique sound.

Performing on the main stage at Block Party on Sunday, July 27 at 6:30pm, The War on Drugs is a show that every concertgoer should experience to understand the journey of their lyrics and vibrant sounds.

Vita Served Irish Coffee at Tales of the Cocktail Festival

| July 21, 2014

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This past weekend, Caffe Vita brought our Farm Direct Guatemalan coffee to the 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival in the Big Easy. Vita’s Head Trainer Ross and Jeff Bell of PDT served an Irish coffee two ways, focusing on the quality of each ingredient. As Jeff said about one of his favorite beverages, “an Irish coffee only has a few ingredients, and usually each one is shitty.” A drink that is such a comfort and mainstay of any late night (or early morning) bar service should be crafted with some integrity, for once.

We focused on giving the attendees of The Diageo House Party two options, each paired with a beautiful Guatemalan coffee that tastes of maple, cocoa and allspice.

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For the first cocktail we made an iced coffee with Irish whiskey, Guatemalan cold brew, and fresh unsweetened whipped cream. The second was a classic done well; Irish whiskey, a double filtered brew, and fresh whip.

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We spent the majority of Thursday and Friday preparing to make hundreds of cocktails and they disappeared in less than three hours. Ross had a great time meeting and drinking with some of the best bartenders in the world and working alongside his good friend and 2013 U.S Bartender of the year, Jeff Bell.

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