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Photos: Two nights of Re:Creation at Cervantes'

Euphonic Conceptions' "Re:Creation" at Cervantes's Masterpiece Ballroom ended its two-night run last night with a banging closing set from Opuio. Unfortunately, fellow headliner Jakwob couldn't make it, purportedly because he broke his arm and therefore couldn't play, but nonetheless Cervantes got down.

Both sides of the venue were filled with contrasting music, but somehow it meshed perfectly giving dual-venue ticket holders the opportunity to witness quality live funk, real hip-hop, glitch-hop, dubstep and some mellow, electronic beats. We've compiled some photos from both nights, so click through, find yourself dub stepping or hip-hopping, and enjoy.

Vendors and live artists lined the outer walls of the Ballroom. Cervantes' has recently undergone some more renovations in the upper balcony, replacing the old carpet with rubber tiles, much less conducive to beer and sweat soaked stench. The benches along the north balcony wall have been removed, opening the area up for much better mobility.
Vendors and live artists lined the outer walls of the Ballroom. Cervantes' has recently undergone some more renovations in the upper balcony, replacing the old carpet with rubber tiles, much less conducive to beer and sweat soaked stench. The benches along the north balcony wall have been removed, opening the area up for much better mobility.
Photo by Britt Chester
The Malah opened the first night of Re:Creation up with some high energy, progressive jam tracks. These guys have yet to reach the top of their game, but their increasing popularity filled the venue shortly after doors opened. The drummer Seth Fankhauser gets the MVP for the event with a closing drum roll beat that had even myself wondering if he was playing over a studio track. It was on point and skillful, while still creative and enjoyable. Here, bassist Elliot Vaughn gets backlit by the lights, which are always impressive and synched perfectly.
The Malah opened the first night of Re:Creation up with some high energy, progressive jam tracks. These guys have yet to reach the top of their game, but their increasing popularity filled the venue shortly after doors opened. The drummer Seth Fankhauser gets the MVP for the event with a closing drum roll beat that had even myself wondering if he was playing over a studio track. It was on point and skillful, while still creative and enjoyable. Here, bassist Elliot Vaughn gets backlit by the lights, which are always impressive and synched perfectly.
Photo by Britt Chester
Phidelity's sound was off for the majority of his set. The sound engineers were running around like mad men trying to find out why, but for some reason a cord wasn't plugged in, or a wire was not grounded, and the audio was muffled severely. The aerial dancer cleared a giant circle in the middle of the Ballroom, and within the final 15 minutes of his set, all audio problems were fixed. He still raged it on stage.
Phidelity's sound was off for the majority of his set. The sound engineers were running around like mad men trying to find out why, but for some reason a cord wasn't plugged in, or a wire was not grounded, and the audio was muffled severely. The aerial dancer cleared a giant circle in the middle of the Ballroom, and within the final 15 minutes of his set, all audio problems were fixed. He still raged it on stage.
Photo by Britt Chester
Zobomaze, who recently opened for the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at City Hall last week, brought the same hype to the Otherside to open things up on the first night of Re:Creation. Like The Malah, their sound is unique and inspiring, as is their dedication to having fun on stage.
Zobomaze, who recently opened for the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at City Hall last week, brought the same hype to the Otherside to open things up on the first night of Re:Creation. Like The Malah, their sound is unique and inspiring, as is their dedication to having fun on stage.
Photo by Britt Chester

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Live artists along the south wall - this area often gets jammed with patrons looking over the shoulder of artists and people attempting to maneuver their way to the bathrooms.
Live artists along the south wall - this area often gets jammed with patrons looking over the shoulder of artists and people attempting to maneuver their way to the bathrooms.
Photo by Britt Chester
Orchard Lounge played the first night in the Ballroom, opening with rotating sets between the brother/sister/friend trio. Each one brings a certain flavor to the tables that compliments the previous and the oncoming members sound perfectly. There was scratching on the turntables, effects on the mixers and dope tracks laid underneath all of it. Bluetech headlined the first night following Orchard Lounge.
Orchard Lounge played the first night in the Ballroom, opening with rotating sets between the brother/sister/friend trio. Each one brings a certain flavor to the tables that compliments the previous and the oncoming members sound perfectly. There was scratching on the turntables, effects on the mixers and dope tracks laid underneath all of it. Bluetech headlined the first night following Orchard Lounge.
Photo by Britt Chester
Mike Slott held things down in the Ballroom on the second night before Ras G and Mono/Poly came out.
Mike Slott held things down in the Ballroom on the second night before Ras G and Mono/Poly came out.
Photo by Britt Chester
Ras G followed Slott, but didn't bring the house down. His hype was on point, but the sound was painful at times coming out of the mixer. Mono/Poly came out and saved the set in the end, but Opuio's anticipation kept the venue on their toes.
Ras G followed Slott, but didn't bring the house down. His hype was on point, but the sound was painful at times coming out of the mixer. Mono/Poly came out and saved the set in the end, but Opuio's anticipation kept the venue on their toes.
Photo by Britt Chester
Z Man, an unknown artist to this writer, blew the Otherside away by jumping all over the stage and continuing to shock and awe with his clear, concise flow.
Z Man, an unknown artist to this writer, blew the Otherside away by jumping all over the stage and continuing to shock and awe with his clear, concise flow.
Photo by Britt Chester

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Opio of the Hieroglyphics crew, and Equipto followed Z on stage at the Otherside. We heard some new tracks from the California legend, along with classics like "Oakland Blackouts," a favorite among Third Eye followers.
Opio of the Hieroglyphics crew, and Equipto followed Z on stage at the Otherside. We heard some new tracks from the California legend, along with classics like "Oakland Blackouts," a favorite among Third Eye followers.
Photo by Britt Chester
Opuio headlined the second night in the Ballroom. Have you heard this guy? His bass heavy glitch tracks are delicately placed under hip hop vocals. Last night, we heard Ol' Dirty Bastard getting thumped by the subs, then a whomp-stompin' remix of Adele's "Rollin' in the deep."
Opuio headlined the second night in the Ballroom. Have you heard this guy? His bass heavy glitch tracks are delicately placed under hip hop vocals. Last night, we heard Ol' Dirty Bastard getting thumped by the subs, then a whomp-stompin' remix of Adele's "Rollin' in the deep."
Photo by Britt Chester
Aceyalone headlining the Otherside. His set time conflicted with Opuio's in the Ballroom, which drew a lot of the people over the main room. We heard him flow through some songs off "Grand Imperial," but I missed "Everything Changes," if he did play it.
Aceyalone headlining the Otherside. His set time conflicted with Opuio's in the Ballroom, which drew a lot of the people over the main room. We heard him flow through some songs off "Grand Imperial," but I missed "Everything Changes," if he did play it.
Photo by Britt Chester
Opuio in the ballroom - feeling the vibes.
Opuio in the ballroom - feeling the vibes.
Photo by Britt Chester
Re:Creation has another show coming up in October with Ill Esha and Blockhead.
Re:Creation has another show coming up in October with Ill Esha and Blockhead.
Photo by Britt Chester

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