Great Lakes Sports Festival and more

Since the early days of Michelangelo, there have been dynamic parallels between art and the human form. The time and study of both can lead you into fascinating places with hard work, proper technique and the ability to believe in what can happen when the mind and the body connect.

This weekend, Erie is lucky enough to have an event showcasing the ultimate collaboration. Saturday, August 29th and Sunday the 30th the Great Lakes Sports Festival takes place at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, and will present some of the finest athletes from a variety of disciplines right alongside some of Erie’s most hard working and talented Artists. Hosted by Jack Sullivan (NPC National Heavyweight) Owner of Erie’s REAL TRAINING & FITNESS and Gary Udit (NPC Regional Chairman) of Pittsburgh PA, the Great Lakes Sports Festival will highlight some of the greatest athletes from around the region. This unique festival not only champions athletes and people passionate about health and fitness, it appeals to the whole family (kids under 12 get free admission!) and offers an assortment of activities, vendors and events packed into this two-day Festival in Erie, PA.

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The Great Lakes Sports Festival will offer something for everyone, and took a lot of love and hard work to put together! Live events happening at the Festival cover everything from Body Building, CrossFit, Arm Wrestling, Power Lifting and more. The kids can get in on the action with football and soccer clinics, or a walk for charity.

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Visit www.realtrainingandfitness.com/festival/ to get details and links on how to get your tickets online (erieevents.com) or in town at the Erie Insurance Arena, view the schedule of events, hotel info, and everything REAL TRAINING & FITNESS. (Or pick up a flyer at REAL TRAINING or your local GNC)

>>SportsBlitz Video covering the Arm Wrestling Event and the Sports Fest

>>Facebook Event Page

11892215_838551069574650_649559661638587537_nNot only can you see a whole lot of sporting events, you can get a new tattoo and take your shot at a chance to win a $300 gift card to Erie’s own Mid-Town Tattoo.

11193377_10204252633816057_3527096120850542769_nLast year’s Great Lakes Novice Winner Brandy Artz is not only an NPC Figure Competitor, but an exquisite Artist at Mid-Town Tattoo. This year she isn’t competing in the Great Lakes (t-minus 3 months ‘til Kentucky Muscle!) and instead is doing something extra special to mark six years of tattooing… AT the Great Lakes Sports Festival! Brandy will be tattooing at the Festival and hosting her own contest to win a gift card and custom-designed tattoo.

****BRANDY’S RULES****

  1. Follow her on Instagram OR share her post about the contest from her Facebook/Twitter OR post a photo of you and her/her work linking to her page
  2. Must enter AT the Great Lakes Sports Festival– she’s bringing her trophy which will hold your entry with your name and number
  3. The winner is drawn at random! Lucky guy/girl’s design must be CUSTOM and if it does not amount to $300 the gift certificate cannot be split up/sold

iegearLocal retail clothing company IRON EMPIRE CLOTHING will be at the Great Lakes Sports Festival all weekend selling lots of exclusive awesome merchandise.

Iron Empire Clothing is for the tough minded, the strong willed, and relentless souls who are determined to live life on their own terms and create their empire at all costs. This is a universal brand for anyone and everyone. If you’re an athlete, musician, artist, model, or just an average hard working person striving to be the best you, this is for you. Whether you’re black, white, rich, poor, old or young, this is for you. Iron Empire Clothing isn’t just a brand; it’s a way of life.”

Support for Iron Empire has been growing in the area and around the country. What started as a small local clothing line by passionate husband and wife RJ and Jamie Messenger, being determined to help others, put out a great product and leave their mark, has spawned into something much greater. The brand represents positivity, boldness, kindness, and pursuit to “live life on your own terms.” With unique designs, a huge array of products, a whole lot of local love, and a group of people with a common goal, Iron Empire Clothing is a brand many can stand behind. Catch their booth all weekend at the Great Lakes Sports Festival. Say hi to RJ and Jamie and pick up your own IE gear! They’ll have shirts, hoodies, women’s apparel, sunglasses, bags, and workout attire.

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WHAT A WEEKEND, right? If you are in Erie and/or anywhere near (or far!) do not miss this special event. The Great Lakes Sports Festival only happens once a year, and this year’s is going to be like no other. Good luck to everyone who is part of this amazing Festival, and we’ll see you there!

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THANKS AGAIN TO

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Mixtape Monday: Inspirations of Drum and BASS by NatasK

MIXTAPE MONDAY with NatasK

Inspirations of Drum and Bass, is a exclusive look at the current state of Drum and Bass, with a variety of Jungle sounds and variations to span this ever changing and evolving form of Bass Heavy electronic Music. Inspirations of Drum and Bass, is a sonic landscape, mixed and blended to take you on a journey through sound. With heavy hitters from the likes of Brookes Brothers, Prolix, Gridlock and many more….. This DJ MIx is certain to Jump up the mood and get your day moving. Please enjoy.

For Full Length Album check out www.natask.bandcamp.com
more mixes, videos and more www.814basscrew.com

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Mixtape Monday: Inspirations of House: NatasK

New House Mix from NATASK.

NEW Video- The Stringer : NatasK…. The LOFI Throwback.

Featured on The FULL Length ALBUM….. ” I Keep It Moving”  by NatasK.    Shot with an I phone 5 and an Free App, This video uses modern technology to bring a unique look into a DJ’s mind…. all while capturing that Lofi Element once popularized in Grunge music circa the Early 90s.   The Stringer is a Melodic 140 Bass tune, with Punching Drums, and Deep Bass.    Please have a  view, and enjoy.

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Album Available :  https://natask.bandcamp.com/album/i-keep-it-moving

 

Debut album from NatasK… I KEEP IT MOVING get it here!!!

After over a year in the making, the long-awaited debut album from NatasK I Keep it Moving is here. It’s loud, it’s heavy, and ready to throttle your speakers. Featuring his partner in crime from the 814 Bass Crew, Ghost Alive, resident Hip-Hop/R&B Artist  Lake City Fresh, as well as local Hip-Hop artist from  Erie duo Hollahou$se, Mack Boyer, I Keep it Moving is packed to the brim with talent, passion, and mad soul. From the signature (and new!) NatasK sounds of heavy bass, Dubstep and Trap, to the lush vocals of Lake City Fresh and the dark vibes from Ghost Alive, it’s pretty hard to be disappointed. Listen for yourself. Grab your digital copy from Bandcamp. Hard copies will be available in the Erie area tomorrow. Leave a comment below if you’re in the area and would like to purchase a copy! ENJOY.

Purchase the whole album for $10 through his Bandcamp site

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Chose from 11 tracks via digital download for $1 a piece.

PRESS RELEASE

Artist:  NatasK
Record Label: 8BC Recording
Releasing: Wednesday October 15th  2014
Hosting Digital Release: http://www.814basscrew.com
Album:  I Keep It Moving #IKIM

The debut album I Keep It Moving from NatasK (814 Bass Crew) is an emotional plunge into the deep world of Electronic Music taking influences from a wide variety of genres all expressed through Broken Beats, Bass, and Melodies that drive a dance floor and appeal to the every day listener. Born Joseph Louis Kodba, NatasK has some deep roots in the DJ culture spanning the last 16 years as well as being the founding member of the 814 Bass Crew. This is one of the first looks at this up and coming producers personal take on the music that has been a big part of his life and Electronic music all while trying to create new paths and sounds to broaden the previously type casted molds of individual genres. With a range of Tempos and Speeds, NatasK combines the sounds of Dubstep, Techno, Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, Trap and UK Garage to grab the listener’s attention and feel the mood and dynamic of each track. I Keep it Moving features the vocals of Lake City Fresh and Mack Boyer as well as Production features from Ghost Alive. The first official single from the Album, “Lose it All,” is a Carnival-style Dubstep song, featuring the powerful and inspirational lyrics and vocals from Lake City Fresh. It is a metaphorical rise and come up of a man growing up and discovering himself in a world seemingly hopeless at times. Choice breaks and pulsing baselines give this track a unique feel and sound. Every track has a special vibe, and the intricacies within each beat are sure you make you keep this one in your rotation. After worldwide charting success earlier in 2014 with EP single “Manowar” feat Akuma, NatasK is ready to deliver the driving energy that encompasses his live performances, and his production skills to the world stage.

 

When Fresh Gets Dirty. “Never Lose”

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We are getting your week started off right! Here at the BASS BLOG, we are excited for the up coming release “I keep It Moving” by NatasK, his first full length album release.   As NatasK has been digging deep into the realm of Bass, Broken Beats and a variety of tempos and Speeds, NatasK has started to find an added level in his production adding some dynamic collaborations with some amazing vocalists. One of these vocalists being LAKE CITY FRESH.  a native of Erie Pennsylvania.  Their Featured Track “Never Lose”  will surly get your attention.  With choice drums, Punchy bass, and a driving rhythm and melody that LAKE CITY FRESH is really able to articulate upon.

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Inspired by the RnB greats like Luther Vandross, Lenny Cooke, Al B Sure, R. Kelly, Jagged Edge, Tank, and Michael Jackson,  it was apparent that Lake City Fresh was destined to write music from an early age with over 250 songs written by the young age of 13.  With the Name Lake City Fresh,  a nickname given to him by his brother for his desire to always be clean, we finally have an up close look into this vocalists come up.   After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)   Lake city Fresh found himself back in his home town of Erie PA, and after some hard work and exploration of sounds he released his first mixtape… “The Enlightenment”  to then be followed by now classics “More than Music” , “BayBreeze Music” and the most current Project “Presque Isle Boii.”   With a spark of a musical revolution and the forging of a new sound Fresh has been exploring multiple styles and genres, ultimately entering him into the Bass music spectrum with this Collaboration “Never Lose” with NatasK of the 814 Bass Crew, also an Erie Native.

PromoPIC1WIth the sucess of his mix tapes, Lake CityFresh Has been Artist of the Year in the Rock Erie Awards  of 2012 and 2013.  Lake City Fresh has dropped tracks with PA heavy weight BOAZ, as well as finding himself on Yo Gotti’s “Hard”.  Featured also by the likes of Un Kasa,  LCF recently opened for RnB greats H-Town.  From the west coast to the East Lake City Fresh has started to work with some of the top artists in the industry all while finding his own creative ways to excel his passion in singing.   Be on the Look out for more work from NatasK and Lake City Fresh on  NatasK’s up coming full length Album…. “I keep it Moving.”

https://soundcloud.com/lakecityfresh

Follow  NatasK and Lake CIty Fresh on Twitter :   @natask814   @lakecityfresh

GREENLEAF 2 with NATASK

Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD from NatasK,   The GreenLeaf 2

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Produced, arranged By NATASK and hand mixed with 2 Technics SL-1200 and a Pioneer 400 using Serato SL1.
This is some of the Beats, tracks, and Previews of the material to be released OCTOBER 15th on full length ” I keep it Moving” by NATASK being released Independently on www.814basscrew.com aka “The BASS Blog”
NatasK’s first full length of Original Productions also features some collaboration with Ghost ALive, Mack Boyer, and Lake City Fresh, to provide a journey through Bass, Feeling, and Movement. ENJOY this FREE DOWNLOAD.

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Taking Back the Under-Ground

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  JULY 1st  2014  2 Step Tues: Features:  NATASK  814 Bass Crew,  Plasma Pool REC.

As the summer is getting under way, we here at the BASSBLOG wanted to spotlight a weekly event happening in the Mighty Steel City of Pittsburgh PA, that has taken a Strong arm approach at re surging the Underground Sounds of 2 Step and UK Garage.  Slowly becoming one of the most Dominant weekly events in the 412,  2 Step Tuesdays,  Dishes up some serious Heat.   We recently had a chance to Pick the Brain of  MIAA GLO RIGBY, the events Host and promoter and here is a little bit of what we found out.

Residents:  Eryn Evans, Syneater,  Hanna

1. How long has the event been going, and who are the founding members and residents?

“2-Step Tuesdays has been going since Jan 7, 2014. We’ve been through many venues but we are currently at Gus’s Cafe in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. My goal was to find residents already into the garage sound… I started this night because I was getting bored with the music at parties. It was all so mainstream and had that “dark & dirty” vibe…but mostly everyone played the same sound. I was always a house lover and a friend of mine when I started partying spun speed-garage. As I reconnected with those garage roots and would talk to others about it they would all say “Oh man I love garage but you never hear that stuff played!” If so many people wanted to hear it, why did no one play it? So I decided to change that. We had two weeklies in Pittsburgh end in the past two years and The city was definitely looking for the next big thing. I’ve personally never been someone who wants to DJ, i connect to music through dancing – and I wanted to go out and dance to the music I like! so I grabbed three of the best Djs I know, put them all in a room every Tuesday, throw in some drink specials, and 6 months later its still growing every week. I encourage all genres as long as it has a garage feel to it, break beats, real, authentic dubstep & grime, bass line, speed garage (which i affectionately call ‘hardcore for big kids’) We started out as a bi-weekly, that changed after about 3 weeks. At first it was also just my residents and a monthly guest, but that changed quickly as well when so many people wanted the chance to play. That is really what its all about for me. Getting these DJs, who you would never think would play garage music, to come out and throw down a set. They spend so much time digging through old and new stuff and then get infected. Its awesome when i go to parties now and someone we’ve had as a guest throws some 2-step or bass line in their set. And this new generation of EDM enthusiasts aren’t quite aware of the spectrum of music and I’m hoping by introducing people to it we can get it to revive with the next generation of DJs, although I have to say I don’t mind the underground.”

2. How do you feel your event impacts the Western PA EDM scene, and with such a Massive history of Broken Beats in Pittsburgh, How do you see this furthering the landscape for DJs and Producers currently?

Its crazy because a year ago everyone told me a garage night would never pick up. They’d laugh and say “No one plays that stuff because they don’t make it anymore.” or “its too hard to find.” Just because something doesn’t have its own beat port category or you can download the top 100 tracks doesn’t make it hard to find, it means you have to make a soul connection with the sound and really get into digging things up. That ends up being what everyone loves about it in the end.

www.soundcloud.com/2steptues  For mixes and Tunes

www.facebook.com/2steptues Fan page and Event Info.

 

May 17th The Realness!!

SATURDAY:  May 17th   from 9PM – 2AM  Paca Performing Arts Center, Erie PA  1505 State Street.

2189 and GETTIN BUSY  Present:

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Coming off of the Debut Mix-tape collaborative of Iggy2189 and NatasK, as the “RUSTBELT CONNECTION”   2189 and Gettin Busy present one of the Tri State regional Hip Hop Connections spanning From the Mighty Pittsburgh 412 backed by the ever vivacious 58s , Hubbs, Jon Quest and Shad Ali,  up  I-79 to Erie PA , backed by none other than Holla Hou$e and Flannel Gang.  Last but certainly in NO way least a short trip up I-90 to Buffalo NY we proudly present Keith Concept of the EVC crew.  The Formation of The Rustbelt Connection Vol 1 …. LIVE.   also for the night, 814 Hero  NatasK on the wheels of Steel Dropping an arsenal of original material mixed and cut live.   A show that will bring out the Heavy weights for an all out Lyrical and Beat Assault.  Calling all Bboys, Bgirls, and Hip Hop aficionados. RUSTBELT CONNECTION VOL 1. FREE DOWNLOAD

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The 58s (PITTSBURGH PA) www.the58s.com

HUBBS (PITTSBURGH PA)    JON QUEST (PITTSBURGH) gitbeats.bandcamp.com

KEITH CONCEPT (BUFFALO NY) reverbnation.com/keithconcept

SHAD ALI (PITTSBURGH PA) soundcloud.com/shad_ali

HOLLA HOU$E (ERIE PA) http://www.datpiff.com/HollaHoue-The-Setback-mixtape.604561.html

FLANNEL GANG (ERIE PA)

https://soundcloud.com/flannelgang814

FB Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/272367122946030/

DOORS AT 9PM/ ADMISSION $7

ALL AGES TO ENTER/21+BYOB(ID POLICY STRICTLY ENFORCED)

PACA CENTER 1505 STATE ST ERIE PA

 

 

 

UPcoming BOOM! Get your Fix…

The 814 BASS CREW has some exciting shows coming here in the Month of MARCH.   First on the 6th of March….. The ELECTRONIC SHOWCASE with NATASK featuring AKUMA, (OH)  Celebrating the release on his full length Album on Plasma Pool Records. Look out for a slamming Night of Big Eneregy with choice sounds ranging from Hous eand Electro, to Dubstep and Jungle.  also with  With Resident…. NATASK .

https://www.facebook.com/events/687736001249065/?ref=22

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Then March 7th   For the HIP HOP HEADS!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/668880879822026/

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