Since 1998, Future Forward Music, Design & Culture in Salt Lake City by Mr. Jesse Walker

20/20 Psychedelic Vision

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Probably way behind the curve here, but I've cultivated a growing obsession with these weirdo-psychedelic-krautrock-shoegaze bands like Montreal's Suuns. (See the video playlist above). Very inventive, dark and brooding stuff that's currently inspiring NOW-ID's 'FEAST' project.

Also enjoying Outfit, Wooden Shjips, John Grant, Monoinput, S. Carey, Moon Duo, Psychic Ills, Diiv and Anika. Some of which are in a playlist I'll continue to tinker with on Spotify. Friend me there by searching: spotify:user:mrjessewalker

'FEAST' Fundraising In Final Week, Get Tickets Soon!

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Dear friends and supporters of the arts, NOW-ID is approaching the final week of our Indiegogo campaign for the upcoming FEAST, to be held at Saltair on May 24th. The work has begun and we're feeling immensely grateful for the support we've received. So far, we've raised $8,000+ of our goal towards supporting artists and infrastructure for the performance, about half of our bare-bones budget... but we could use your help, and soon!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out our Indiegogo pagethis is the time to make a difference:

 
 

Together, we can push ‘FEAST' over the edge. We all did it last year with 'The Wedding', and we plan to make this project equally amazing.

Simple, affordable event tickets are available now on Indiegogo - JOIN me and the brilliant team at NOW-ID (on the 'Fun Bus' if you can...) for an entertaining, meaningful, and mythical evening.

All our love and appreciation,

Jesse

p.s. Share FEAST with your friends and family. We need eyeballs and enthusiasm!

Chalk Garden Co-Op

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The Chalk Garden Co-Op on the corner of 74 S. Main St. and 100 S. has some nice spring stock in for men and women including Rag & BoneLevi's Made & Crafted and Adriano Goldschmied and a fun assortment of socks and bow ties. My gang and I stopped in yesterday and found some perfect pieces for the upcoming Bunny Hop this Easter Sunday.

While the prices are a little high, you get what you pay for in excellent service and personal attention. The renovation of the historic Crandall Building is also pretty cool. You've gotta love those old bank vault dressing rooms, something Urban Outfitters can't make out of plywood. 

Become One In A Million

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145Fund.Org is helping to create marriage equality $5 at a time, by making it easy for people like YOU to become part of the change. It's as simple as texting short code "145fund" to 50155 or clicking the donate link link at 145Fund.Org.

145 is a grass roots funding campaign of Restore Our Humanity, the group creating marriage equality in Utah. Our case has a good chance of creating a national impact for equal marriage rights, but it's going to take a lot of financial support to make this possible. With nearly 314 million people in the United States, we're looking for the support of only a fraction of you to help make marriage equality a reality. Become one in a million, donate today.

“Restore Our Humanity is a small group of everyday citizens who saw a wrong that needed to be righted,” said Mark Lawrence, the volunteer Director of Restore Our Humanity. “Now we’re asking for our fellow citizens, in Utah and throughout the country, to help us see this through to victory. For just $5, everyone can become part of this historic change.”

Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014

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Being the night owl that I am, I was shocked... shocked! to hear of the news late last night that 'The Godfather of House' music passed away yesterday in his home in Chicago. Needless to say his music and spirit have been a huge influence on me and millions of others over the years and it's terrible to have lost him at such an early age (59) to complications from diabetes.

If you don't know much about Knuckles, you should read this great obituary/tribute by Michaelangelo Matos at Rolling Stone today and listen to some of his music. But I'll tell you a funny story which goes back to when I was a young, young DJ/Promoter starting out in Idaho Falls, Idaho and happened to be getting married blindly for the first time to my high school girlfriend, one of my favorite memories from that night was playing my new Franke Knuckles mix CD "United DJ's of America" for our party and everyone, young or old getting down to it. We danced away under the stars that night. The way Frankie mixed and the spirit of the music he was known for was full of love and celebration, but always on the cutting edge, and that's something I've tried to carry with me to this day.

Frankie Knuckles with the 'Krush' crew. (Sergio is photobombing on the far right)

Frankie Knuckles with the 'Krush' crew. (Sergio is photobombing on the far right)

Another connection goes back to when I was living in Utah for the second time and having my friend Sergio Hernandez, a transplant DJ from Chicago tell me stories about growing up in the club scene there in the early 80's and 90's. About all the DJ's he heard on the classic WBMX Hot Mix radio shows and then in person, including Knuckles. When Sergio moved back to Chi from SLC he started throwing parties with a crew called called Krush which threw an amazing dj battle/party that Frankie showed up to support. It was then that he finally got to introduce himself and thank him for the music. This makes me insanely jealous because I had hoped to hear/meet him myself one day. But I feel like Sergio, by proxy, was able to convey that for us fans. What the DJ's are saying around the web this week is that, "Heaven has a new resident DJ". I can put my hands in the air for that.

For a sampling of his great vibrations watch and enjoy his recent Boiler Room Set, which he claimed as being the best party he'd played in recent memory–like a real old school NYC loft party. His RedBull interview from 2011 is fascinating, and you could explore more on his Soundcloud page. Headphone dance party anyone?

Fashion Slugs

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Me and my wardrobe were photojournalized by these nice young Slug youths tonight. Thank you kindly Robin Sessions and Carl Acheson for laughing with me - not at me for the newly minted Slug Style column.

Modern West Fine Art Gallery

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Multipurpose 'Swivel Desk' (click to enlarge)

Custom Branch Chandelier (click to enlarge)

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After (click to enlarge)

Our dear Mark Hofeling, in partnership with Greg Walker (WOW Atelier) and Linda Johnson delivered this stunning fine art gallery design and build-out for clients Diane Stewart and Donna Poulton in just 25 working days! The 'lickable' (as Mark puts it...) hand-stained hickory herringbone turquoise floor is a showstopper with support from custom pieces including a multipurpose swivel desk, rolling art storage walls, a chesterfield style couch, modular benches, stools and a beautiful branch chandelier. View images of the entire space at MarkHofeling.com and visit the gallery in person at 177 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Hours of business and more information at ModernWestFineArt.com