4/20/21 LIVESTREAM CONCERT

Glass House Farms and Jam in The Van have come together to bring you the first ever Glass House Fest: a 4/20 celebration of cannabis and music with musical performances from Flying Lotus, Duckwrth, Blackillac, and a stand-up performance from Mike E. Winfield! Glass House Fest will be held in-person to a SOLD OUT audience and live-streamed for FREE for everyone else.
Show starts a 7pm on 4/20/21.

FLYING LOTUS

Nearly half a decade has somehow elapsed since the last Flying Lotus album — the Grammy-nominated cadaver tetris of You’re Dead! During that intermission, the multi-disciplinary Los Angeles artist has remained in constant orbit, collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on the classic To Pimp a Butterfly, directing and writing the Sundance-premiered comic horror hallucination Kuso, and producing much of Thundercat’s Drunk. He’s also nurtured his Brainfeeder imprint into the most consistently innovative record label of the decade. Yet throughout that span, there was the matter of his next full-length statement.

Enter Flamagra – a work that sweeps up every quantum advance and creative leap of the last dozen years of Lotus’ career and takes them even further; the Warp release encompasses hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, tribal poly-rhythms, IDM, the L.A. Beat scene, but it soars above a specific vortex whose coordinates can’t be accurately charted. Other than to say that it is a Flying Lotus record, perhaps the definitive one. An astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality.

He’s aided by a dream cast of collaborators: Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, Toro y Moi, and his telepathic kinsman, Thundercat. David Lynch even pops up for an eerie narration wherein he somberly warns that, “Fire is coming.” But they all naturally bend to the magnetic warp of Lotus’ spells — a transfixing hex unto themselves.

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind — a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill,” Lotus says. “Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire. Then I went to this party and heard David Lynch saying the words that he wound up saying on the record. And I was like, ‘that’s it, we’re just going to go in that direction.”

What had previously been a series of experiments coalesced into a transformative vision. The DNA for Flamagra was being built on traditional elements of hip-hop but there was also a newness present, as Flylo was developing an appreciation for the piano.

From here the spirit of Flamagra continued to flicker — It was the fall of 2018 and fantastic colors swarmed Flying Lotus inside an art installation created by Tokyo’s Team Labs. It triggered the memories that adulthood sometimes conspires to repress: our childlike capacity for wonder, music’s ability to heal and transcend physical boundaries, the illimitable possibility only accessible to those who dream big.

Flamagra is emblematic of that expansive mindset in its epic and universal nature. The result of slowly chipping away until a miraculous burst of inspiration appeared. It was going to be a ten-track project, then a straight up beat record with no jazz solos, and who knows what else. Until Lotus realized that it had to contain everything, the complicated and jagged realms of emotions and ideas spiralling in the smoke-riddled, light-polluted San Fernando Valley sky. All the guest spots save for Nagano were recorded in Lotus’ home studio and you can hear the cohesion: George Clinton croaking like the demented infernal voice of Ra on “Burning Down the House,” Solange cooing like a celestial ambrosia drip on “Land of Honey,” .Paak tapping into lecherous eternal soulman lust on “More” and Thundercat’s wounded falsetto from the far-off future.

There was also the mournful impact from the death of Lotus’ friend and collaborator Mac Miller, who receives a pair of tributes on the album (“Find Your Own Way Home,” “Thank U Malcolm.”)

“This album has been a refuge for pain and trying to make the most out of that pain,” Lotus says. “Music can heal and in the wake of that tragedy it reminded me what I’m here to do. As we get older, we start to figure out what our purpose is and embrace it and I want to do good things with my work. I want it to be able to help people through tough times and inspire them to be creative.”

So here is Flamagra, the work of a master surrounded by other masters, summarizing, refining, and reinventing the last century of the most brilliant black American music. If Lotus emerged from the sacrosanct tradition of his great aunt Alice Coltrane and her husband John, of Miles and Madlib, Dilla and DOOM, he has constructed his own shrine, a sect that has absorbed all the past genius and carried it into realms that his predecessors couldn’t even imagine. Flying Lotus did it again. Fire is coming.

Duckwrth

South Central recording artist and designer, DUCKWRTH, is known for releasing honest, in your face, genre-defying music and an ​even more electrifying live performance and he is ready to bring that energy to a city near you.

Duckwrth, born Jared Lee, started developing a cult fan base by appearing on popular TeamBackPack Youtube videos and releasing local mixtapes like “Ducktape” and “Taxfree V1”. After a stint living in New York during the increased tension of police brutality and gentrification, he saw firsthand the determination, sacrifice and commitment it would take to be as great as he wanted to be without compromising his integrity. This journey led to the release of the politically charged Kickdrums collaboration project, titled “NOWHERE”.
DUCKWRTH’s overall experience inspired him to take a fearless approach to writing, producing and performing his own music.

In 2016, DUCKWRTH took the energy he developed in New York back to Los Angeles where he created and released his critically acclaimed debut LP, I’M UUGLY. I’M UUGLY is equal parts mainstream and underground. With smooth crossover tracks like I’M DEAD and RAREPANTHER to mosh pit songs like BL
AKK RAGER and RUUUN, this was a project that merged the most unique parts of DUCKWRTH’s personality and talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicated he had not only grown as an artist but well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for his generation.

DUCKWRTH’s recently released project, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape, vowed to take that vision a step further by blending genres from rock to hip hop to funk and soul and incorporating live elements from guitars to violins. What started as just an accumulation of demos he started while working on his previous release quickly proved to be more than just a few leftover tracks sitting on his hard drive. It is a legitimate body of work that caught the attention of tastemakers around the world.

Duckwrth

South Central recording artist and designer, DUCKWRTH, is known for releasing honest, in your face, genre-defying music and an ​even more electrifying live performance and he is ready to bring that energy to a city near you.

Duckwrth, born Jared Lee, started developing a cult fan base by appearing on popular TeamBackPack Youtube videos and releasing local mixtapes like “Ducktape” and “Taxfree V1”. After a stint living in New York during the increased tension of police brutality and gentrification, he saw firsthand the determination, sacrifice and commitment it would take to be as great as he wanted to be without compromising his integrity. This journey led to the release of the politically charged Kickdrums collaboration project, titled “NOWHERE”.
DUCKWRTH’s overall experience inspired him to take a fearless approach to writing, producing and performing his own music.

In 2016, DUCKWRTH took the energy he developed in New York back to Los Angeles where he created and released his critically acclaimed debut LP, I’M UUGLY. I’M UUGLY is equal parts mainstream and underground. With smooth crossover tracks like I’M DEAD and RAREPANTHER to mosh pit songs like BL
AKK RAGER and RUUUN, this was a project that merged the most unique parts of DUCKWRTH’s personality and talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicated he had not only grown as an artist but well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for his generation.

DUCKWRTH’s recently released project, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape, vowed to take that vision a step further by blending genres from rock to hip hop to funk and soul and incorporating live elements from guitars to violins. What started as just an accumulation of demos he started while working on his previous release quickly proved to be more than just a few leftover tracks sitting on his hard drive. It is a legitimate body of work that caught the attention of tastemakers around the world.

BLACKILLAC

Voted Austin Music Award’s “Best Hip Hop/ Rap 2020,” the southern duo known as Blackillac has been buzzing in the south. Rappers ZEALE and Phranchyze came together in late 2018 under the guidance and production of multiple Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr.. They started their journey in Willie Nelson’s historical Arlyn Studios writing and recording with Gary to establish the roots of Blackillac. After establishing the foundation of their sound Blackillac began expanding their library with producers and artist like KOTA The Friend, Quin NFN, Black Pistol Fire, Missio and more. In 2019 Blackillac launched their first North American tour including debuts at festivals like ACL Music Festival, Summerfest, Capitol Hill Block Party, Fortress Festival, and more. Releasing new music monthly to their growing fanbase, Blackillac is preparing to lift the veil on their debut album including long-awaited songs with their partner and friend Gary Clark Jr..

To date, Blackillac has been featured on No Jumper, Ebro’s Beats1 on Apple Music, and more.

Mike E. Winfield

Mike E. Winfield, from Baltimore, has raked up various credits after moving to California to pursue comedy. He’s a warehouse worker on Season 8 of NBC’s The Office, been on Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo on Netflix, and a movie with rapper DMX called PIMP. He currently has two one-hour specials one of which is on Amazon Prime. He’s refreshing and brings keen observations to situations we talk about every day whether it’s relationships, pandemic stuff, or eating.

JAM IN THE VAN

The solar-powered mobile recording studio and YouTube Channel that’s changing the way the world discovers new music.

Launched in 2011 as a backyard project inspired by a love for music festivals, JITV has since turned into a full-blown business venture for Jake Cotler, Dave Bell and Louis Peek. The company has filmed over 1,000 bands in remote locations across the United States. With new sessions, every day of the week M-F, Jam in the Van is the leading tastemaker when it comes to music discovery.

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