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T/F Film Fest comes to the Note

It’s the most wonderful time of the year because True/False Film Festival is here! The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall are lucky enough to be part of the magic and we’re beyond excited for what T/F has to bring this year.

Every year, downtown Columbia is graced with T/F’s unique and eye-catching art installations, happy volunteers, powerful musical performances, and of course, the brilliant, eye-opening, perspective-altering documentaries the festival is known for.

The whole experience can be a little overwhelming and we don’t want you to experience any FOMO so we outlined three events that will be happening at The Blue Note and Rose that you absolutely do not want to miss.


T/F Screening: Long Strange Trip at The Blue Note

Date: Thursday, March 2

Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m.| Film at 7:15

Tickets: Click here.

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead is an inside look at the never-before-seen side of the legendary and iconic band, The Grateful Dead. This film will take you on an emotional journey that spans from the band’s acid-test experiments, to a rare look at Jerry Garcia’s past and his transformation by psychedelics. This doc includes the “unearthing of rare film footage, audio recordings, photos and live tracks,” and is described as making a “mind-expanding case for the band as a utopian, cosmic phenomenon.” Director Amir Bar-Lev spent 15 years creating this legendary film that is said “to make even non believers grateful.” The run time is 240 minutes long including a 20 minute intermission. If you think that sounds like a long time, you’re clearly not very familiar with The Grateful Dead. In a recent article, Rolling Stone magazine said “Anyone who walked in thinking there was no more left to be said exited the theater after midnight thinking that four hours was way too short.” Oh and did we mention there will be a full bar? So the longer the film, the longer the party! (That’s how we see it at least.) So all Deadheads and non-believers alike, come to Note and unite for an experience and a night you won’t forget.


T/F Friday Night After Party: MNDR DJ set at The Blue Note.

Date: Friday, March 3

Time: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Tickets: $6 GA | Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $3 Lux & Juggernaut passholders.

If there is one thing to know about the True False Film Fest, it’s that the fun never ends. There comes a point in the day when the film screenings will end but that means it’s time for the party to begin. MNDR will light up the stage of The Blue Note with her electro-pop sound and bass-dropping beats after the last film of the night at the Note. Good music is a staple of the festival so that means we wouldn’t provide you with anything but the best musical experience. MNDR is a master of getting in touch with the energy of the room and getting people to dance and connect with the music. If you’re not already on a mind and body high from all of the amazing films you have seen, this performance will definitely get you there!


T/F Music: Saturday Night After Party at Rose Music Hall

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: Doors 8:30 p.m. | Show 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5 GA | Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, Juggernaut passholders.

If you can’t tell by now, the two things that we love as much as T/F are good music and a good party. Rose Music Hall is the perfect venue for an even more intimate musical experience. Wind down your Saturday night of film watching and festival exploring with an amazing indie-folk-country lineup featuring The Big Sky, Max and the Martians, Very Be Careful and Jack Grelle. Spend this time meeting new people, discussing your experience at the fest and connecting with friends — all while listening to some amazing tunes. Check out this catchy, folky awesomeness by Jack Grelle!

 


P.S. Want cool merch so you’ll have something to remind you of this amazing experience? We’ve got you covered!

You can buy T/F AND Blue Note merch at Muse Clothing this weekend in order to fulfill all your purchasing and souvenir-desiring needs.

So come one, come all! This is a special experience unique to CoMo that film fanatics and directors seek out for the relaxed atmosphere it offers in the world of film festivals. There’s no place like home when it comes to T/F and we can’t wait to be a part of it!


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STRFKR’s performance was out of this world

Portland band STRFKR brought the weird to Columbia last Wednesday. Equipped with inflatable swans, astronaut suits and enough gear to make any music-lover geek out, STRFKR threw a psychedelic dance party unlike anything the Note has seen all semester.  Frontman Josh Hodges strutted out dressed as a woman — a timely political statement that probably went over the heads of less informed crowd members. His choice of attire served an important purpose and informed us of STRFKR’s ideals that the dance floor is a place of love and inclusion.

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STRFKR eased the crowd into the celebration with the sublimely melodic “Atlantis” before transitioning into the jittery synth bliss of “Malmo.” Watching the end of a STRFKR song live is like watching some child savant playing with Legos. Each song is carefully constructed, but the tension they create by threatening to tear it down is absolutely thrilling. If you couldn’t figure it out from the crowd surfing astronauts, this willingness to toss out convention and improvise directly reflects the bands ethos — they’re just here to have a good time. Nothing embodies their lack of fucks given better than their gleeful cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The bass line triggered a roar from the crowd and sent the place into a frenzy.

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Other highlights of the night were the euphoric “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” and fan favorite “While I’m Alive.” Considering all of the improvised jams, STRFKR cruised through over twenty songs in a set that went for two hours. It was a fantastic show. As I  left The Blue Note, I heard rave reviews from excited, newly converted fans as well as from a guy I shared a cigarette with who has been following them on tour for the last month. This may sound like typical post-show enthusiasm but it’s a testament to a band that has been near the top of the indie-pop pyramid for a long time and still brings it every night.

This post was written by Ben Kane, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog. 


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5 reasons Lotus will be just like a music festival

Where: The Blue Note

When: Wednesday, March 1. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Openers: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Summer is only a couple of months away and we all know what that means — festival season. Tickets for popular festivals such as Bonnaroo and Electric Forest are selling quick (if they haven’t sold out already). If only there was a way for you to see one of the festival artists right here in Columbia, right? Well, you can! Lotus will be gracing the stage at The Blue Note with their post-rock/electro vibes in less than a week.

Lotus is an innovative and inventive band with a unique sound. They pride themselves on being equally rock and electro, a combination that completely challenges the idea of normal. But who wants to go to a normal concert or  live a normal life?

Lotus describes themselves as being the “Only band with two guitars at an electronic music festival,” and the “Only rock band that will play house beats.” Not convinced this concert will live up to your idea of a festy-type experience? Well, allow me to prove you wrong.

    1. They recently released “Eat The Light,” their latest album that’s packed full of jammy goodness. Here is one of my favorite songs.
     
    2. Festivals always feature a variety of tunes that cater to every type of music-lover and Lotus somehow manages to cover most of those genres on their own! They cover everything from instrumental to electro to rock to indie to jam. You can listen to all types of genres without having to migrate to a different stage like you would at a festival. For example, this song has a very island-like sound with a female vocalist. Random…but totally awesome.
        3. They’re all about good vibes. Seriously, their website is

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      . That’s what festivals are all about, right? Here’s a playlist that showcases songs from Lotus’s newest album and also some pretty awesome songs that totally go along with their sound. This playlist features the likes of ODESZA, Pretty Lights and more.  All the vibes, man.
    4. Their opener is seriously AWESOME. If you haven’t heard of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, you’re already missing out. Listening to their album puts me in a funky heaven. Check this song out and you’ll know what I’m talking about:
    5. This concert will be at The Blue Note and a night at the Note is a night away from reality. People go to festivals to take a little break from the tribulations and stresses of everyday life and let the music and good feelings bring everyone together. This concert will do just that. After all, what could be better than good music, good people and a little escape from reality?