Block Party Appetizer: Beat Connection

| July 23, 2014

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Combine breezy electro-pop with percussive disco-dance beats and you get the magic that comes from the group Beat Connection.

Comprised of Seattleites Reed Juenger, Tom Eddy and Jarred Katz—along with Mark Turner when performing live—the group broke onto the scene with their 2010 debut EP, Surf Noir, and their latest single, “Hesitation,” has them moving in a new direction, with Juenger admitting that the track is, “about letting go and trying new things.”

Beat Connection, while still making laid back dance grooves, are a little funkier these days, bringing together many different sounds that will appeal to all different fans who share a love for a variety of genres.

The sexy airy vocals of lead singer Tom Eddy carry the listener to a tropical isle party, which will get the entire Block Party audience psyched to be in attendance to experience.

If you’re ready to get your dance on, check out Beat Connection on the main stage, Saturday, July 26th at 7:30pm.

Featured Product of the Week: Porlex Mini Burr Grinder

| July 23, 2014

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While it’s always a little bit simpler to use an automatic grinder, there’s something just a little bit more elegant when one does it by hand.

Maybe it’s the special care that goes into it or the feeling of being self-reliant, but whatever it is, hardcore coffee drinkers know that it’s an acquired way to do things.

For those looking to break the instant grinders most kitchens and offices have, the Porlex Mini Burr Grinder is the ideal option, giving users a chance to choose between a number of different grind options—from powder to french press.

Weighing just 25 grams and having a removable handle, the Mini Burr Grinder is easily carried in a glovebox of a car, a computer bag or large purse, making it a great accessory to use during any sort of travel.

With ceramic, conical burrs which will remain rust-free and are simple to clean, the Porlex Mini Burr Grinder will be the new best friend for any coffee drinker no matter where they are in the world.

Buy the Porlex Mini Burr Grinder in our Online Shop.

Block Party Appetizer: RAC

| July 22, 2014

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RAC, aka Andre Anjos, from Portugal, started remixing songs in 2007 with former members Andrew Maury and Karl Kling. Since then, he’s reinvented hundreds of songs by a range of artists including Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding, Bob Marley and Phoenix, displaying immense talent that includes an ear for remixes.

Fans have probably even heard a remix or two by RAC without realizing it.

Lately, Andre has been creating original music that can be found on his debut album, Strangers Parts I and II, released in March and April of this year, which includes original songs like “Sixteen” and “Cells,” in addition to upbeat remixes of several other hits.

Taking the main stage on Sunday, June 27 at 5pm, RAC’s upbeat, electro-pop tunes will be sure to put every fan in a dance-happy mood.

Block Party Appetizer: The Budos Band

| July 22, 2014

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The Budos Band sound will transport you straight back to the 70’s.

Influenced by Afrobeat King Fela Kuti, their retro vibe makes listeners want to get down and move every part of their body. But it doesn’t stop there, though. With some added soul, funk, jazz, psychedelic rock and a killer horn section accompanying the large group, and one feels the complete melting pot of genres that makes the band so unique.

With a number of their hits featured such places like commercials and TV shows, it’s obvious that the transcending sounds they make are both catchy and hip, and their four different albums are proof that the group has managed to gather a following that will travel far and wide for good music.

Made up of 10 different members, The Budos Band blend incredible sounds up the rich and raw instrumentals you can groove to.

Performing on the main stage at Block Party on Saturday, July 26 at 9:10pm, The Budos Band is a group that is sure to make anyone to dance around thanks to the good, funky beats.