BoomBox presents fifth-annual BoomTown Festival at Rancho del Rio
If you go
What: BoomTown Festival, presented by electronic duo BoomBox
When: Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19
Friday: BoomBox, Need & Necessity, Sami
Saturday: BoomBox, Miguel Migs, Lil Ryan
Sunday: BoomBox, Ramona, DJ Darrell Foxx
Where: Rancho del Rio, on the banks of the Colorado River, Bond
Cost: General admission three-day passes are $119, including camping and fees; Saturday-only passes are $59, and Sunday-only passes are $49; all tickets are will call only, so bring an ID
More information: This is a no-pet event. Visit www.thisisboombox.com for tickets.
RANCHO DEL RIO — BoomBox presents the fifth annual BoomTown Festival Friday through Sunday at Rancho del Rio, on the headwaters of the Colorado River in Bond. After selling out the two-night event in 2014, the band is excited to expand the festival from two to three nights for the first time, and early-bird tickets, released in May, sold out in less than 24 hours.
Electronic duo BoomBox will headline all three nights, with supporting acts Miguel Migs, Ramona, Need & Necessity, Sami, Lil Ryan and DJ Darrell Foxx.
BoomBox, the electronic duo composed of versatile producers, DJs, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux, recently released its first new studio album in four years, “Filling in the Color,” following 2010’s “downriverelectric” and 2006’s debut record “Visions of Backbeat.” Godchaux calls the new record “further evolved” from the band’s signature sound, an electronic blend of soulful rock and blues-based dance music incorporating backbeat, psychedelia and funky house sounds. The band created a majority of the album on the road.
“It was written mainly in transit — backstage, hotel rooms and places like the interstate in different vehicles,” Godchaux said.
A handful of tracks on the new album, including “Waiting Around” and “Dream,” incorporate live guitar riffs that were pulled from soundboard multi-tracks as the band experimented with the new tracks on the road.
“There’s a live energy mixed in with that. A lot of the new tracks were developed in the live setting,” Randolph said. “And you’re recording that part with an audience in front of you, so it’s a totally different vibe than if it were just the two of us in the studio or hanging out at my house.”
‘WE ARE SONG MAKERS’
The band returned to its hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to complete the tracks at Randolph’s home studio.
“Ninety percent of it was cut in the Shoals,” Randolph said.
There was an added historical significance to recording in Muscle Shoals, given its rich recording history, where legendary soul artists such as Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding once laid down records.
“The history obviously has some bearing on the emotional tone of the creative process.”
While “Filling in the Color” draws from many influences in Randolph and Godchaux’s lives, the record ultimately comes from an honest, personal place.
“It comes down to a search for a certain sound,” Godchaux said, “a certain feel. It’s something we hear in our heads all the time. Forces from within are the driving, motivating factor in pointing this sound out to people.
“We want the listener to be able to play the record front to back, not just a few tracks. To enjoy the album as a whole — day or night, happy or sad, from the speaker on their phone to the thumping sound system. We are song makers. That’s what we do. And this record should be confirmation that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing with our lives.”
For more information about BoomBox, the band’s music and the BoomTown Festival, visit http://www.thisisboombox.com.