It's a musical conversation played out in live stereo. See two diverse acts, including Snoop Dogg, perform one show and break barriers of genre and musical convention.
This March, Las Vegas and South Padre Island, Texas, will be THE destination for music lovers during spring break as Red Bull Soundclash presents two unprecedented live music showcases featuring first-time ever match-ups between Cee Lo Green and The Ting Tings in Las Vegas (outdoors at the MGM Resorts International property across from the Luxor on Las Vegas Blvd.) on March 12, 2011; and Snoop Dogg versus Ghostland Observatory at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island, Texas, on March 17, 2011. Pre-sale tickets for each show are available now for $10 at www.redbullusa.com/soundclash. Tickets for the Las Vegas show will be $15 on the door.
Red Bull Soundclash is a totally unique clash of sounds, styles and creativity, where two bands don’t battle each other, but instead collaborate to create an innovative live music performance. The show features two bands with different music styles (e.g. hip-hop vs. electronic) facing off on two stages positioned on opposite ends of the venue with the audience in the middle. In a series of four rounds, the bands perform various tasks, some rehearsed, and some improvised, to showcase their array of musical abilities.
The Red Bull Soundclash format takes each band through a series of collaborative challenges that makes it less of a battle and more of a musical conversation. In round one (the cover), both bands play their own version of the same cover song. Round two (the takeover), begins with the first band playing one of its original songs and mid-way through the other band takes over, seamlessly finishing the song in their own style. The third round (the clash), highlights each band’s musical versatility by having them perform songs in three different styles – for example: country, reggae and techno/dance. The fourth and final round is full of surprises, as each act is allowed to bring on a special guest to join their performance.
Cee Lo Green
Rapper, song writer and record producer, Cee Lo Green originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob. He later launched a critically-acclaimed solo career enticing audiences across the country. He merged into a dynamic duo called Gnarls Barkley with DJ/producer Danger Mouse and the odd couple swiftly received international acclaim for multiple hit songs including Crazy. Fast forward to this year and Cee Lo is nominated for a total of four Grammys, including Record of the Year, for his current smash hit, Fu** You, which may also be the most controversial, most blogged-about and most listened-to song of the year. When asked what attendees can expect from him at the Red Bull Soundclash, Cee Lo Green said, “The experience will be an extension of energy and atmosphere that is positive to people that come to party. Enjoying that experience is a promise I can make.”
The Ting Tings
Grammy nominated, DIY pop-art titans – The Ting Tings are that rarest of pop phenomena: a globally successful pop band with the heart of art-school punk. The dynamic duo made up of Jules De Martino (drums, loop pedals, bass, piano, keyboards, songs, backing vocals) and Katie White (vocals, bass drum, guitar, cowbell, lyrics, melodies) struck gold with the singles That’s Not My Name and Shut Up and Let Me Go from their critically acclaimed first album, We Started Nothing. They are currently working on their follow-up release due later this year.
Snoop Dogg & The Snoopadelics
Rap icon, record producer, actor and Creative Chairman of EMI’s newly-reintroduced Priority Records – Snoop Dogg helped define the laid back decadent West Coast sound and has remained one of hip hop’s most enduring and in-demand stars. Known for countless classics throughout the years, Snoop is releasing his 11th album, Doggumentary, this spring. From music to movies, Twitter posts to TV shows, Snoop Dogg remains not just at the forefront of the rap game but also at the apex of popular culture. When he takes the stage at Red Bull Soundclash, he will be backed by his in-house band, the Snoopadelics.
Texas-based music duo Ghostland Observatory have been described as a combination of electro, rock and funk by Allmusic and “electro-dance soul rock” by Gothamist. Frontman Aaron Behrens provides vocals in addition to occasionally playing the guitar. Thomas Ross Turner plays the drums or synthesizer. With their spectral blend of electronics, drums, guitar and vocals, they have emerged with a sound that is the culmination of past and present influences. They have released four albums, their latest – Codename: Rondo – is available now. On their pairing with Snoop Dogg, Ghostland Observatory noted: “Red Bull Soundclash is a very exciting opportunity for us to twist up some of our original material and work together with one of the most legendary rappers ever!” When asked about the upcoming performance, the band shared: “We’re fans of fusion; using many styles in our recordings. The Red Bull Soundclash gig gives us a chance to step inside unfamiliar music territory live on stage.”
As the official travel partner of Red Bull Soundclash, STA Travel is offering specially discounted flight and hotel packages for these spring break events. Book online at www.redbullusa.com/soundclash. MGM Resorts International has joined up with Red Bull Soundclash to provide exclusive venue space for the event in Las Vegas. For more information about rooms at MGM properties go to www.mgmresorts.com or www.mgmgrand.com.
Touring the globe since 2007, Red Bull Soundclash has entertained music lovers with incredible match ups including The Roots / Miniature Tigers; Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids / Shiny Toy Guns; Talib Kweli / Ozomatli; Wale / Tokyo Police Club and many others.
For more information, visit www.redbullusa.com/soundclash.