This coming weekend Beauty in the Backyard, a revolutionary art-focused retreat, is taking place at Maryland’s scenic Camp Ramblewood, and at the front lines of an already notably tasteful line up sits The Rust Showcase, showing off their own handpicked selection of the northeast’s finest up-and-coming producers.
In its first year, Beauty in the Backyard is taking ambitious steps to integrate forward-thinking features like cryptocurrency, collaborative arts, and sustainable thinking into their set up. But at the heart of every music festival is its musical offerings, and Beauty in the Backyard didn’t slack in that department, either.
Alongside northeast standouts like Bunk Buddha and Bassdread, New York City’s The Rust has been tapped to bring in a handful of their record label’s artists for one of the many showcases they’ve curated at top-tier events this year, including Disc Jam, Wormhole Wednesday, and later this month, the Jewel in Manchester, New Hampshire. Knowing The Rust, nothing but their A-game will be present at their mainstage takeover of the Bass Barn this Saturday, so let’s take a look at who to expect.
1. 5AM Trio ft. Tygris & ZONE Drums
As 5AM, Sam Andrus has established his name as a master of transcendent musicality with impeccable speed, yet somehow his project alongside Tygris and ZONE Drums as the 5AM Trio is a step above even that. His performances radiate deep-bass bliss mingled amongst snippets of jazz fusion and soul for a mystical exploration of digital psychedelia, making him a choice artist to open up for Tipper this November in Brooklyn. This will be the second time the 5AM Trio has come together, so this is a set you won’t want to miss.
Philadelphia’s Connor Schmitt brings an ethereal attention to detail in every clean, dynamic composition he brings to life. His immersive live sets offer an equally enriching piece of the cosmos through their ambient nature, flowing through a blend of organic and digital sounds that speak to his well-developed musicianship.
When it comes to mastering the diverse sonic ingredients needed to make bass music, multi-instrumentalist Zach Plocic comes out on top. Hip-hop, jazz, and dubstep are just a few of the components woven through his potent live performances, each flaunting a unique amalgam of live mixing, vinyl scratching, and live instrumentation.
4. Face Plant
Fresh off the release of his spirited Boom Slang EP out this August, Jason Shepherd is no doubt ready to harvest an exuberant ambience for his live set this weekend. Having shared stages with names like Ott, Kalya Scintilla, and Desert Dwellers, Shepherd is no stranger to crafting emotionally expressive atmospheres, wielding an exceptional knack for crisp sound design.
With an audio engineering degree from NYU, Malakai Linden’s musical background is grounded academically. Yet, it’s clear his understanding of sonic composition goes far beyond that. His musings both on and off stage show a musical interplay unlike many others, traversing downtempo dreamscapes that take listeners on a celestial journey to connect on an otherworldly level.