Swaager and The Waka Winter Classic are proud to announce that Boulder-based musicians SunSquabi will be bringing the disco-tronic, organic rooted fire to Wakarusa Music Festival at Ozark, Arkansas this year! The annual Waka Winter Classic is the perfect competition that gives local and unsigned musicians a chance to step up, prove themselves, and take the stage next to musical stars at the Wakarusa Music Festival atop Mulberry Mountain.
Wakarusa originated as a grassroots festival in 2004, and has transformed and adapted over the years to a line-up, which is literally based on bass! Colorado’s own local talent SunSquabi will be performing alongside music idols like Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic, and MiM0sa. If you have not looked at the full line-up, check it out here! You can also check out the other 12 stops the Waka Winter Classic has made around the country and who the winners are here.
Wakarusa is decidedly more centered on electronic-based acts this year, and SunSquabi is the perfect representative from the Denver area to fill that niche. Some of the other bands like The Big Motif, James and the Devil, and Atomga Groove Alliance had incredible skill, but appealed more to the older Wakarusa style of brass, bluegrass, and old western strings.
Of course, anyone could have guessed that the regulars at Cervantes would vote for the most electric sounds they heard, but SunSquabi has that groovy, high energy, dance the night away sound that the people need to hear. They defined “the next level” for the audience by bringing two sets of piercing lasers and a mesmerizing, color-changing DJ booth! SunSquabi’s set time became so intense that the security had to step in and pull a girl off of the stage!
Some must hear tracks that SunSquabi threw into their set list on Thursday include In the Studio and C.H.E.A. They even played a new song called Wave your Flag (remix) which will appear on their new EP that drops on February 20th. Their most recent album can be downloaded after donation or for free here. Be sure to show them your support and stay updated by “liking” them on Facebook here.
The musical duo Andrew Clymer (bassist/synth/ producer) and Kevin Donohue (guitarist/producer) started the band about a year ago and when extreme musical talent was evident they added Chris Anderson (drums/percussion) to the mix. SunSquabi’s goal of 2012 is to bring together a well blended atmosphere of community and a new live music experience through electric elements that compliment fundamental roots of blues, disco, and progressive rock. “Music is all I know how to do. I quit my construction job in September and now do this full time,” says Andrew Clymer.
At first listen, one would think SunSquabi was a collaboration project between STS9 and Pretty Lights. Get on board with these musicians while they are still local because this band is on a rise to fame. Stay tuned to Swaager for more updates on Wakarusa and most of all, stay with the music!