Santa Barbara’s annual, highly anticipated adult playground, a.k.a. the Alumni BBQ at EOS Lounge, is back in full force for UCSB’s 2016 Alumni weekend celebration on Saturday, April 30th. Complete with an outdoor stage showcasing nonstop world renowned musical talent, live art from local artists Chadillac Green, Gone Gallery and Martin Leyhe, specialty cocktails, BBQ-style drinking games like corn hole, beer pong, life sized Connect 4 and Jenga, eye wear demos by Fello Eyewear, and food provided by Mony’s Mexican food truck and 805 Boba, EOS is once again transforming its outdoor patio into a full fledged festivity under the sun.
This year’s outdoor gathering will coax Santa Barbara’s beautiful party people to move their feet and shake their hips to the musical stylings of globally beloved acts Just Blaze, Cut Snake and Wuki as well as local sets from alumni residents Tyler Robinson, T-Fresh, Convex, Don P, The One Timers and Zeek Beats. While hip hop’s Just Blaze has left a permanent mark in the music world by lending his refined production talents to huge names like Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Rick Ross and Baauer, Cut Snake chooses to bring a different kind of heat with their unabashed, fuck-all attitude that translates to their lush, atmospheric and deep-leaning sound suited for any and every environment. Wuki, on the other hand, uses his trademarked genre-blending musical perspective influenced by the sounds of Detroit ghettotech and Chicago footwork scenes to seamlessly deliver booty, breaks, electro, and house into hard-hitting club-shakers.
Those who caught wind of the initial launch of this year’s Alumni BBQ lineup announcement have been anticipating the irreplaceably uplifting and beloved stylings of Pumpkin at this year’s gathering, however, due to inexplicably tragic events, Pumpkin, a.k.a. Nicholas Alvarado, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, March 26th. With his passing, our community has experienced a loss of epic proportions, as Nicholas radiated as a highly influential champion of music, passion and a collective, conscious togetherness. Pumpkin’s music emanated with the unfathomably intense power of bringing everyone together in a fervor of true bliss and both outward and inward acceptance. Those who had the pleasure of experiencing his brilliant, exuberant energy firsthand carry with them the permanent blessing of his insurmountably splendent influences for the rest of their lives.
We will pay tribute to the truly inspirational life of Nicholas Alvarado at this year’s Alumni BBQ to honor the loss of our dear friend.
Tickets for Music is Love and RedEye Presents 2016’s Alumni BBQ at EOS Lounge Saturday, April 30th from 2:00 to 8:30 pm can be purchased here, and be sure to grab tickets for the BBQ’s Pre Party on Thursday, April 28th featuring Sleepy Tom and Dr. Fresch.
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