Updated Wed, Jun 4, 2014 2:22 pm
Ozric Tentacles, the legendary England-based psychedelic space rock band that ignited the underground festival scene overseas in the 1980s, is making their summer debut appearance in the United States later this month at Family Roots Music Festival at Smoke Rise Ranch held June 19 to 22.
“We’re excited to host the first performance of Ozric Tentacles here in the country and we’re fortunate to have such a great lineup this summer,” said Raye Sanborn, Family Roots coordinator. “Ozric Tentacles is a master at blending livetronica with world music and for the first time fans will meet the band’s new drummer, Balázs Szende. Both Ozric Tentacles and Melvin Seals/JGB have decades of musical experience and are sure to put on great performances.”
Ozric Tentacles completed a 40-date-concert tour in North America, Europe and Russia in 2012, but disaster struck when their studio in Colorado was destroyed by a wildfire just one date shy of finishing the tour. Several musical archives and masters were lost, but Ozric Tentacles is returning to the United States this summer determined to deliver their own unique musical sound to fans.
The four-day festival features three nights of music including an eclectic mix of bluegrass and electronic artists, rock ‘n’ roll, reggae and jam bands. The artist lineup includes two nights of Melvin Seals/JGB, as well as performances by Rumpke Mountain Boys, Cabinet, Greenhouse Lounge, Dr. Fameus, The Heavy Pets, Spikedrivers, Adam’s Ale, Sugar Kayne featuring INdovisual, Jahman Brahman, Glostik Willy, Mood, The Animal Crackers, DJ Topspeed, Boogie Matrix, Manitoa, Broccoli Samurai, Flatland Harmony, Greenhouse Lounge, The Ark Bank, New Old Cavalry and Flatland Harmony Experiment.
Graffiti artists will create special live artwork at the festival, and there also will be a gallery featuring the work of multiple local artists.
Famed visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey will be at the festival on June 19.
“We’re fortunate to have live artists who create such amazing artwork,” Sanborn added. “Each will create art during performances and create something based on their inspirations while hearing the music. We have Alex and Allyson Grey, Fabric of the Universe, Cerebral Concepts, Cat (Ethereal), Jo Jo Davis, Patrick Milscu, Dawn Zigler and Jessica Starkeeper who will help create great new memories through their art.”
The festival also features beatbox exhibitions by Lethalfx, Tony C, JFLO and AMIT. Bboy (breakdancing) exhibitions are by The Mighty Zulu Kingz and Modern Ancients, and fire and flow performances are by Nocturnal Arts.