2014 Vibrant Sea
“Sea of Dreams was suddenly without a venue. We’d lost our home of the last 6 years, the Concourse, and spent the summer searching for a new one. We’d set our sights on Treasure Island (home of the Sunset offices) and were all but ready to pull the trigger and erect a huge tent overlooking the city when Another Planet Entertainment called and invited us to join them at the epic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium! This was a big dream come true. Bill Graham is a legendary musical/production hero of mine. In the blink of an eye, we’d landed a new mega venue with an awesome partnership. Pinch me. Dream ON!
We quickly pulled together a show with our Thievery Corporation family. Little Dragon, who we’d fallen in love with at Symbiosis the year before, came on board along with A-Trak and Dillion Francis. Never seen a crowd so frenzied! Emancipator was mesmerizing in the Kinectic Kosmos room on the arched stage designed by Audio Waska, where Rob Garza’s set also generated crazy buzz that night. Sea sidekicks Lowriderz and Minnesota were crowd favorites. We dedicated the “Beetlejuice Ball Room” to the Dirty Bird Posse, immersing them in a panoramic video environment.
In the main room, we dropped with giant inflatable corsets from the ceiling; hung a giant sprawling octupus above the stage; 10ft round video screens featured killer graphic projections, and an insanely choreographed rainbow light shaft show by our friends at BlastHaus, illuminated the Auditorium. Anon had the honor of conceptualizing the “VibrantSea” theme through art & decor, including pychedelic cyberpods, glitterati underwater chandeliera, light trees, alongside zomes by Rob Bell and live painting walls by Artismobilus.
My favorite? As midnight hit, we watched from stage as Inflatabill’s 6 fingered claw opened flawlessly, dropping our “Live Your Dream!” message balloons on the packed ballroom and everyone went absolutely wild!
It became an amazing “first” for our team again, in a new home, in a legendary venue, named after a great man and mentor to us all! Definitely love at first party…
Sunset-SF did our first collaboration with Allen Scott before Another Planet or Sunset-SF even existed. Back then it was Mystery Machine Productions and Sunset Promotions and we collaborated on many an Elbo Room show. For the past decade since we have consistently admired and respected one another’s work and collaborated on countless productions. When the BGC became available and the deal to co-promote Sea of Dreams with APE became a possibility, we jumped at the chance. They are truly one of the best, maybe the best independent concert promoters in the business and we knew that the collaboration of Anon, Sunset-SF, and APE would bring Sea to unheard of heights. All of those hopes were borne out in the first year as we pulled off an incredible production. MY highlight was the show-ending 2 hour collab set by A-Trak and Dillon Francis. Just to see thousands of people out on that floor going batshit crazy made me so very sure we did the right thing.
~ Robbie Kowal, CEO, Sunset-SF