Wednesday, December 19, 2012




MULTIPLE ORGANISMS (The new evolution)

ORUKUSAKI (from Berkeley)




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Sophistafunk + Eliquate - Wednesday, January 16th

Sophistafunk + Eliquate
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Wednesday, January 16th
Live Funk & Hip-Hop
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $7/10,

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Moe's Alley presents the Santa Cruz debut of SOPHISTAFUNK from New York.  Sophistafunk brings an infectious blend of live party funk and conscious live hip-hop.  Local favorites ELIQUATE round out this double bill making for a party not to be missed!

"Combining the vibes of funk music with the intensity of hip hop and spoken-word poetry, Syracuse-based group SOPHISTAFUNK specializes in cross-genre music. The three-man band features vocals from Jack Brown, drums by Emanuel Washington, and keyboard, bass, & backup vocals by Adam Gold." - Evan Johnson, The Ithacan

SOPHISTAFUNK met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. SOPHISTAFUNK is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments. Catch ONE show, and you will be hooked!

What people are saying:
"Syracuse’s SOPHISTAFUNK, who blended hip-hop, funk and rock flawlessly to create a sound very much their own, moved seamlessly between improvised jams on the keys, soul-filled choruses and blistering rapping... A remarkably proficient band of top notch musicians... a fantastic hip hop jazz band." - TJ Olsen, Beyond Race Magazine (New York City)

"SOPHISTAFUNK has a genre-destroying range of musical ability and mix of socially-conscious lyrics. Much of the trio’s set was spent rifling through thick instrumental funk, fluid vocals, soul crooning, metal, reggae and intricate interplay between Adam Gold’s four-keyboard setup and Emanuel Washington’s drums -- an infectious journey that left the full crowd gasping for air." - Dan Rys, The Daily Free Press (Boston)

"Syracuse's SOPHISTAFUNK, like the name implies, prefers its hip hop covered in a dripping later of funk. ...Between putting out an album, winning the 2009 Syracuse Big Break Contest, and opening for superstars like Fergie, it seems like the band is off to a great start." - Rob Sickelco, City News (Rochester)

"SOPHISTAFUNK has proved that they have the staying power to make an impact on our scene. Their full summer schedule includes a number of club shows and an alarming amount of festival performances. Be sure to catch them on the road this summer, you will not be disappointed... Who knew that merging the new school with the old school could be this much fun?" - Selena Hodom, The Groovelink Magazine

“If all we have are dreams, then dream big,” spits Elliot Wright, frontman and philosopher for the five-piece, California Beat Rock troubadours, Eliquate, on their latest EP, Who The F*ck is Eliquate? Packing an arsenal of rhymes that range from satirical social commentary and inner-soul searching to all-out, shake-your-ass-‘til-the floor-is-wet jams, Eliquate’s music has been charging parties up and down the West Coast since 2009. In that time span, they’ve graced the stage with underground royalty such as Murs, Del the Funky Homosapien, Zion-I, and RJD2 just to name a few. But, who the f*ck is Eliquate anyway?

Unlike most MCs, Wright didn’t start writing until later in his life. His love for words pushed him to jot down more than just lyrics but meaningful messages for Wright’s peers to think about and connect with. The next piece of the puzzle would fall into place when a friend told him about a guy who was making beats that he might want to connect with. Wright met beat-maker and soon-to-be Eliquate guitarist, Jamie Schnetzler, one day as Schnetzler was eating some questionable-looking Chinese food. As Wright tells it, “I asked him if it was any good, he said, ‘yes.’ I tried it, it was, and I’ve trusted him ever since.”

The dream would continue to grow over the next year with the addition of bass-slappin’ sounds by Cosmo Stevens, the pounding beats of Dan Wells and Tanner Christiansen’s blend of samples and keyboard. In 2010 Eliquate released their first album, Arch Rhythm, perfecting their sound by tapping into a social consciousness greater than any of their individual selves. “We wanted it to be party music with a purpose,” claims Schnetzler.

Drawing influence from all musical styles, the creative quintet build an energetic, live performance that is second to none. On any given night, Eliquate will break from convention and bust into an improvised jam with Wright free-styling on the mic to every audience’s amusement. That’s where Eliquate’s real power lies: they’ll hook anyone on the dance floor with their passionate melodies and create fans with their ingenuity and insightful lyrics.

So, who the f*ck is Eliquate? Well, now you know. They are a powerful mix of music and message currently rocking down doors on their Northwest Tour. But the final question remains: what does the future hold for our gang of intellectual deviants? Two words: dream big.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tour Recap: Eliquate - The Day Job Tour Oct. 9th - Oct. 20th

A Story of a Northwest Tour    
The first thing you have to expect when going on tour is that the bus is going to smell bad. Though you can try to mask this smell with air fresheners, sprays, and pot smoke; there is no repellent from the conjured odor of seven men on a bus. I speak, of course, in generalities. I don’t know what its like for other bands when they tour; because, frankly I have never been on tour with any other band. In fact, none of us have. So for us (the respective members of eliquate) to say that this is what tour is like is really another way of saying this is what tour was like for eliquate. That being said, I think it is important to distinguish that we (Eliquate) don’t do things like most bands. We run this band very much like a kid who discovered how the gas pedal works, before he learned how to drive.

Yet despite our best efforts at self sabotage, we always seem to land on our feet. This is because failure has never been in our vocabulary, and remains as obscure a concept as say, giving up, or backing down. As cliche as it sounds, we would just as soon die than give up, on anything... ever. However, one thing that I find remarkable is that it has become undeniable that we are getting better at this. On our first tour of the Pacific Northwest, we left with no home to come back to, and a bus that barely made it 10 feet before it attempted to off itself. This bus was filled with stuff that had more business in a storage unit or a dumpster then on a three week tour. Our next tour, same story, homeless upon arrival “home,” same deadbeat tour bus.

We were then forced to humbly admit that Carla Malone had met her match, and that touring was going to have to consist of a caravan of cars and Dan’s pick up truck until we could save enough money to purchase another bus, preferably one that wasn’t going to break down every thirty seconds. After some fancy footwork, we were able to procure Carl Malone, a top of the line International diesel school bus with a huge Aztec calendar airbrushed on the side. This coupled with the fact that we were all comfortably residing in a consistent living situation at “home,” eliquate was more ready for this tour than anything we have done in the past. However, despite all our preparation, the weeks leading up to the tour were hectic to say the least. We  even ended up staying awake the final three days before departure tying together all the details.  

Which bring me to another important fact, we (Eliquate) do everything ourselves. From construction of the bunks on the bus, to rewiring of the dashboard, to booking dates, to mailing our promo material, we do it all. Though not all the members actually play music, eliquate is a seven man operation and every member contributes to be as hard headed and un-discourageable as possible. Another thing that sets us apart from a lot of touring bands is that for the most part they are going to play for already established fans.

When we go out on the road we treat it as if no one knows who we are (which is more often the case), but we are not going to give them a choice but to find out who we are.

Honestly, to say it was our pleasure to live like gypsies and tour this great land would be a horrific understatement, it was our honor. Not just because we got to spend nights partying with the Washington State Cougars, or cyphering till the sun came up outside the 2 Bit Saloon in Seattle (big ups to The Knowgooders, Kelly Castle Scott, and The Nightcappers. and Thad Wenatchee for making it happen) Or basking in a warm Oregonian hot spring with 6 of your best friends. It was mostly because we were able to give back. In Point Arena we played a fundraiser for the Grace Project : Our good friends Dysphunctional Species, have a wonderful cause they call the Grace Project. They host events that bring Autism awareness to those in the Humboldt County and surrounding areas. The whole town showed up to The 215 (Main) and we were able to raise a good amount of money. Not only that but they came to party, like par-tay! Playing shows is always the most fun we could be having, and to know that our fun helped contribute to a good cause automatically validates every bit of effort we have ever invested, and makes any discomfort we have ever endured seem so trivial that it is hardly worth mentioning.  

Riding that high we entered Chico. We had never played in Chico before so we made up for it by playing three shows in one day. Again, cyphering till the sun came up. This all served as a good warm up for the reason we were there, to play Splatterfest with Del the Funky Homosapien. However, there was a misunderstanding about permits or something and the show got shut down before we were able to actually able to hit the stage. Our sentiments were equally matched by that of the crowd, but being the kind of band that never takes a shitty situation as anything more than encouragement to triumph over adversity, we grabbed the acoustic gear and headed for the middle of the compound. After crashing someone’s campsite we played to a growing and captive audience of previously disappointed and disenchanted festival goers who did not get to enjoy the show they were promised. It all culminated with a crowd of about 60 singing ‘Just a Friend’ at the top of our lungs, dancing and celebrating in the stead of lamenting and sleeping. A lot of people spent a lot of money for a show they didn’t get to see, and to be able to bring people together in a shitty situation is another significant perk of what we do. We then returned to Downtown Chico, where Common Culture Clothing hosted us at Lost on Main for an insanely fun last minute show. Those folks sure do know how to have a good time.

After that we pressed on home where it was back to the real world. Exhausted and hungry we couldn’t help but feel a bit anxious about when our next departure would be. Sure enough we began planning that trip the day after we got back. It may not be the most glamorous or impressive way of going about things, but its our way, and its getting really exciting, no matter how bad it smells.    

Oct. 12th - WSU - Pullman, WA / Oct. 13th - 2BITSALOON - Seattle, WA / Oct. 15th - The Ash Street Saloon - Portland, OR / Oct. 17th - 215 Main - Point Arena, CA / Oct. 18th - TRUCKER - Chico, CA / Oct. 19th - SPLATTER FESTIVAL - Chico, CA / Oct. 20th Lost on Main - Chico, CA

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Santa Cause n' Santa Cruz 12/12/2012

Come join us and Toys For Tots Wednesday December 12th at the Blue Lagoon for this special event.

10 Local bands all day, starting at 3 p.m. Entry for the entire day requires either a 5 dollar donation, or a new packaged toy.

The roster is as follows...

3pm - Projekt2

4pm - HowDareYou

5pm - Custom Fit

7pm - Grieve

10pm - Atomic Aces

11pm - Eliquate

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2012The Blue Lagoon(Santa Cruz)
(3PM)(21+)($Gift for Kids/ Donation)(Facebook Event)(Website)
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Friday, November 16, 2012

George Watsky and Eliquate at The Catalyst 12/1/2012

The name says it all.

George Watsky is a rapper, writer and performer from San Francisco now living in Los Angeles. A versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically complex and simply heartfelt, George won the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals and the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam in 2006. Immediate after, George appeared on the final season of "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" on HBO i

n 2007 while himself a college Freshman and subsequently performed at over 150 universit
ies across the country. Rapping all the while under the name 'Watsky,' George released a jazz-hip hop record with his band Invisible Inc in 2007 and the self-titled 'Watsky' in 2010, which peaked at #7 on the iTunes hip hop charts. In January 2011 George's fast rapping went viral and led to two appearances on the Ellen Show, a slot on Last Call with Carson Daly, and an exploding online profile. George has performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, the NAACP Image Awards on FOX, three times at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has been featured in XXL, Billboard Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. Watsky's social media presence made him one of only 23 artists dubbed by 'The Next Big Sound' as a 'Big Sound of 2011,' alongside Mac Miller, Kreayshawn and Skrillex.


Eliquate 9pm
A-1 10pm

Watsky 11pm

Get your pre-sales, it will sell out.

Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012- The Catalyst Club
(8PM)(16+)($12ADV/$15DOOR)(Facebook Event)(TICKETS)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012: FOCHO Presents the 2nd Annual Fall Funk Stew!

Join the Cliqua for our 2nd annual smorgasbord of Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock, and Soul! Featuring Performances by:

Hot Pocket (comprised of members of Bayonics) (San Francisco)
The entire FOCHO Cliqua! (Bay to LA to NYC)
Eliquate (Santa Cruz)
Sayo (San Francisco)
and an extra special set from FOCHO's own In(Flu)enza and UniverSAL!

$10 - Doors at 8, Show STARTS at 9, so don't be late!
Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012- Rockit Room(SF)
(8PM)(21+)($10)(Facebook Event)(Website)
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Black Apples with Forrest Day/Eliquate at The Crepe November 8, 2012

STOKED to be at the crepe with all our SC friends. This time the Black Apples are bringin their newest addition on bass, long time Santa Cruzer, Mason Rothschild. Sharing the stage is the lovely Forrest Day and Eliquate. $8

Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2012- (Santa Cruz)
(8PM)(21+)($8 DOOR)(Facebook Event)
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Saturday, Nov. 10th: The Eureka Effect

Get ready for the greatest mountain gig ever! 9 hours of entertainment coming straight at you!

This is an outdoor benefit concert for The Cabrillo College Outdoor Club and Growing Up Wild, a local nature adventure program located in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Here's your lineup!

Eliquate, Boostive, Ancestree, Drop Bear, Basehead, LabRat, Low Gritt, DownsquareZ, Stony, Dab City, Chops Junkie and Babba Jah I (not necessarily in that order.)

And for further enjoyment...

The Do-Rights Burlesque Troupe, Body Painting, Fire Poi and Dee Dee's Taqueria will be providing food.

18+ event ONLY. Valid ID required.

$10 Advance tickets
(available NOW @ Streetlight Records & Cabrillo College Student Affairs)

$15 At the door ($10 with CURRENT student ID card)

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2012- (Watsonville)
(3PM)(18+)($10/$15 DOOR)(Facebook Event)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Splatter Festival - "A Paintball and Music Campout"

OCTOBER 19th-21st
Location: Oroville, CA

$45 Jump Start Tickets until 8/16
$60 Early Bird Tickets start 8/17
$75 1st Tier Pre-Sale starts 9/1
$95 Regular Pre-Sale starts 9/14 until the Event
Buy them on
Here is the link if you missed it above:

$120 at the Door!
3 Day Campout with Music & Paintball

2 STAGES of DJs and Live Bands
Paintball Competitions
Free Range Paintball
Live Art & Splatter Art

**Live Performances**
Del The Funky Homosapian with Live Band
Serendipity Project
Bukue One
Mike Pinto Band
Nerd Nate
Awaiting the Apocolypse
Life of da' Party
I Wish We Were Robots
The Genie
Madison St.
The Eclectic
Jake Lopes
Jessica Sterling
FatherTime feat. 2-tone
Top Soil

**Electronic Lineup**
Russ Liquid
Nico Luminous
Zapper (live pa)
Datgirl (live pa)
Ratchet (live pa)
Trevor Kelly
Golden Toast
Andy P
The Goon
Harris Pillton
Bass Buddha
Mr. Kitt
Benjah Ninjah
Phil Harmonic
Eyere Eyes
Eastbay Jay
DJ Chipy
Scotty Trees
iLL RhythM
DJ Bear
DJ Wigglez

More artists to be announced!!!!!

Sound Provided by: Nautilus Sound System (

2 STAGES of DJs and Live Bands
Paintball Competitions
Free Range Paintball
Live Art & Splatter Art


Vendors & Volunteers still needed!
If interested, please contact us at

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Day Job Tour

We are happy to announce that Peter Penguinton is out of rehab and ready to hit the road again, along with the rest of the Eliquate crew. It's been awhile since the last time we danced Northwest but we are coming back to you. We are happy to re-announce that we have a new bus, and had the new brake caliper not gotten stolen out of Cosmo’s trunk- we would be happy to say she is road ready and eager to show us across this glorious coastline of ours. Last time we made the rookie mistake of taking a bus we had never taken on any distance voyage before, to the farthest destination in the tour, and working our way down. This proved to be disastrous on the bus so this time we decided to take a bus we have never taken on a distance voyage before to the farthest destination on the tour and work our way down. We couldn’t be more excited about it, we have literally been talking about it all day. Though the rout is familiar, we still have no idea what to expect except that anything can happen. Keep up with all the shenanigans on our website, Facebook and Instagram as Eliquate embarks on...
"The Day Job Tour"
 October 2012

10th: Bellingham WA - Western Washington University
(For more information please email thomas@eliquate)

11th: Seattle, WA - University of Washington
(For more information please email thomas@eliquate)

12th: Pullman WA - Washington State University
(For more information please email thomas@eliquate)

13th: Seattle WA - 2Bit Saloon
Facebook Event
4818 17th Ave NW
Seattle, Washington 98107

15th: Portland, OR - The Ash Street Saloon
225 Southwest Ash Street
Portland, OR 97204

17th: Point Arena, CA -215 Main St
Facebook Event 
"The Grace Project" Fundraiser
215 Main Street
Point Arena, California 95468

18th: Chico CA - Trucker
Facebook Event
232 Broadway st,
Chico, California 95928

19th and 20th: Chico, CA - Splatter Festival
Facebook Event
4444 Pacific Heights Rd
Oroville, California 95965
Link above for ticket info.

Tour Updates:
Video Updates
"The Day Job Tour" Part 1

"The Day Job Tour" Part 2

Photo Gallery:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Eliquate" The Day Job Tour

Oct. 10th - WWU - Bellingham, WA
(Email Us For Information:

Oct. 11th - UW - Seattle, WA
(Email Us For Information:

Oct. 12th - WSU - Pullman, WA
(Email Us For Information:

Oct. 13th - 2BITSALOON - Seattle, WA
(8PM)(21+)($5)(Facebook Event)(Website)

Oct. 14th - TBA
Oct. 15th - TBA
Oct. 16th - TBA

Oct. 17th - 215 Main - Point Arena, CA
(8PM)($10 )(TBA )(Facebook Event)(Website)

Oct. 18th - TRUCKER - Chico, CA
(4PM)(FREE)(ALL AGES)(Facebook Event)(Website)

Oct. 19th/20th - SPLATTER FESTIVAL - Chico, CA
(3Day Event)(All Ages)(Various Pricing)(Facebook Event)(Splatter Festival)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Good Times in Mendocino County

This weekend Eliquate fell in love. 

That's right, to a small town (that we will not name because, like The Shire, we want to keep it protected from the woes of the outside world) in Mendocino County. Eliquate would like to say, “We Love You.” 

Not only was our first venue a swanky old theatre that reminded us all of better times, but our sound was being run by none other than world class producer Selector Science. For a town with a population of 437 they sure know how to gather and have a great time.


Quite possibly the friendliest hosts we have ever been gifted with, Dysphunctional Species took us into their home and gave us the royal treatment. We spent the next morning jamming with our good friends boostive as Al Bundi and Elliot freestyled to the improvisations of their bandmates.

The latter part of our afternoon was spent at the town’s Harbor Festival, where we got to play into a gorgeous Pacific Northwest sunset. The town was so appreciative of our music we all gathered together for a group hug at the end of the set.


Saying our goodbyes and jumping off the pier we realized we had truly found something special. Thank you Mendocino County.