Road to Sonic Bloom runs through Bend

Electronic artists gather at Domino Room

By Ben Salmon / The Bulletin / @frequencyblog

Published Mar 6, 2014 at 01:21PM

Lest you question whether the parade of electronic artists that have come through Bend in recent years really represents the cream of the genre’s crop, check out the lineup, so far, for the 2014 version of Sonic Bloom, one of America’s anchor electronic music festivals, to be held in June in Colorado.

The top four names announced so far are Tipper, EOTO, Ott and The Polish Ambassador, all of whom have played in Bend (or, in the latter’s case, will play here in April). Farther down the poster, you’ll see familiar names like Zilla, Vibesquad, Kalya Scintilla, Pumpkin and Bird of Prey.

In other words, Sonic Bloom gets good stuff, and thus, so does Bend. And on Saturday night, the two will converge as a tour called The Road to Sonic Bloom stops at the Domino Room to unleash a night of bleeps, bloops and whomp on local beat junkies.

The bill is stacked. There’s Kaminanda, a West Coast purveyor of what he calls “ancient future tantric dubhop.” There’s The Malah, a live-electronic jam-pop trio out of Denver. There’s Janover, aka Jamie Janover, electroacoustic dulcimer wizard and the man who puts together Sonic Bloom. Plus Futexture from Asheville, N.C., Space Jesus from Brooklyn, N.Y., and visuals by Deloscinari. Wait … did I say Space Jesus, you ask? YES. SPACE JESUS WILL BE THERE. So go get saved and get sweaty.

The Road to Sonic Bloom, with Kaminanda, The Malah, Janover, Space Jesus, Futexture and more; 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open 7 p.m.; $12; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www .facebook.com/slipmatscience.

— Reporter: 541-383-0377, bsalmon@bendbulletin.com