It’s not listed on most calendars, but many people in the Bay Area take the 420 holiday seriously. San Francisco venues are celebrating with ganja-friendly parties throughout the city.
Here’s a selection of some of the best 420 parties:
Whether he’s performing as Snoop Dogg or as his reggae persona Snoop Lion, the quintessential gangster rapper claims to be “born again” after officially converting to the Rastafari movement just last year. This recently announced show is sure to be a smoky scene filled with classic hip-hop hits. Snoop is definitely the most appropriate and high-profile act of the weekend.
Thankfully Snoop isn’t the only headline West Coast hip hop act to visit San Francisco. Before Cypress Hill travels Red Rocks, Colorado for the official 420 celebration, the OG stoner rappers make a stop at the Regency ballroom.
Glasgow talent Hudson Mohawke of Warp Records and Montreal’s Lunice of LuckyMe team up for trap, electronic hip-hop and wonky bass. Underground dance floor hits include “Higher Ground,” “Goooo” and the heavy-hitting recently released track, “Acrylics,” heard below. The talented duo was also featured in a remix of Kanye West’s “Cold.”
Born in Israel but based in L.A., Infected Mushroom delivers psy-trance fusion of unrelenting metallic rock. Expect plenty of novel audio and visual elements during their live show. Their high-tech stage production setup only enhances their already intense psychedelia.
The Loft hosts Estonia’s dance-oriented performer, Maria Minerva, whose London upbringing helped craft her indie funk style. Her friendly percussion and thumping disco-house remixes should pulse pleasantly on Public Works’ powerful sound system. The alternative evening performer is Laura Clock, better known as Butterclock, brings a distinctly weird pop sound, consisting of trance-friendly vibes with interrupted hip-hop beats. She’ll blast her ghoulish over plenty of auto-tune and reverb effects.
Plenty of multi-instrumentalists to be heard during an evening of electo-psych tunes. DuChamp plays using bass guitar, baritone guitar, keyboard, and accordion, while Portland rock ground JOMF with more than twenty rotating members drawn from the U.S. experimental scene, playing a variety of obscure genres such as drone, free jazz, and space-rock. Freemountain Pulsewave is part performance art, part experimental improvisation built using looped vocal textures, luscious synths and tribal rhythms.