Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Sep 30th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Garden of Sonic Delights

mus edgeCan the Edge of Eden Festival change UCSC’s image?

As the stream of Coachellagrams begins to dwindle, and that hollow, empty feeling begins to sink in, it’s time to ask yourself: can you make it until the next music festival?

Just in time, here’s something you don’t have to sell your bike, Pokémon collection and soul to attend: UCSC’s new Edge of Eden festival.

An incredibly determined group of Student Union Assembly members have navigated a maze of red tape to bring to Santa Cruz the likes of Dillon Francis, Zion I, Two Gallants, Ill-Esha, Irene Diaz, and local favorites Eliquate.

On Saturday, May 10, the UCSC OPERS field will host the first-ever Edge of Eden Music Festival. And, better still, it’s not just a bunch of kandi-wearing neon bro-tank enthusiasts stoked on EDM.

These students are kind of over being defined by the haze that rolls in once a year; they’ve moved on to bigger and better things, and they’re taking their campus with them.

“4/20 is one of the number one things that comes to people’s minds when they think of Santa Cruz; it’s a big stereotype and a big stigma that we have,” says Kayla Oh, chief of staff for the on-campus Internal Vice Chair (IVC) office of the SUA. “We thought that this could be something to draw attention away from that, and have something else that we can put our name on and be proud of.”

Elliot Wright, UCSC alum and front man of the local band Eliquate, has been thinking the same thing for years.

“Every year I see [4/20] and think ‘why don’t they just sanction this and have live music? Then everyone could be safe and happy and have something to do,” he says. “I think they got the right idea with this one.” 

Wright isn’t the only one—when the Catalyst’s head talent-buyer Thomas Cussins attended UCSC, he would have given his left leg to go to a festival like this. Now he gets to see his dream fulfilled, and keep both his legs.

Cussins, who helped the SUA shape the lineup, agrees that Edge of Eden has the potential to be the extra impetus needed to shrink the campus-city divide because of the variety of musical tastes that cater to locals and students alike.

“Maybe this event can be something we all rally behind, and can be proud of as UCSC students and alums, and people who live in Santa Cruz,” Cussins says.

Headliner Dillon Francis has garnered the most hype for the festival. Edge of Eden director Jose Olivas, who has worked for SnowGlobe and Outside Lands, felt that Francis would be a perfect fit after the much-anticipated deal with UCSC-alum Bassnectar fell through due to campus sound regulations. The 3,000 people who already bought tickets for Edge of Eden seem to agree that Dillon and the rest of the lineup are kind of a big deal.

“I think it was a kind of perfect storm,” said Olivas of the long process of seeking out artists, trying to accommodate their requests, and fitting it into the school’s budget. “Easy? No, but it’s the first time. There have been challenges, because it’s a new orientation of dealing with things like major staging. Ultimately, the campus has really gotten behind it.”

Led by what seems like it must be a small army—but in reality is, like, 20 people—the festival will be a lot bigger than a sound system dragged into the forest behind College 9 or a drum circle in the Porter field.

“We have a major lighting, staging, video component to the show. It’s a real gig,” says Olivas. “It’s not going to be dumbed down.”

With only a few days to go, the expectations for locals and students are climbing.

“We don’t have a big football team to get ready to watch on game day and cheer together. I would love for students to come away from this and realize that there are opportunities to be a whole united school,” says IVC chief of staff Oh. “Even if for just a few hours, to dance next to someone you’ve never seen before, and just have that bond.”


The first Edge of Eden festival will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 10 at the East Field at UCSC; all ages. Tickets are $45; www2.ucsc.edu/edgeofeden.

Comments (1)Add Comment
Appetizing
written by LILO, May 07, 2014
What a great alternative to football bro bonding. Always knew UCSC had the better ideas.
Good going.
And I love that I will only have to stop buying lattes for a week or so to be able to afford a ticket .

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

Do you think you are addicted to technology?

Santa Cruz  |  Unemployed

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”