- SKI WEEKEND & MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL-
SNOW SPLASH 2014 in HAKUBA
March 1, 2014 at The Pub at the Mominoki Hotel
Official After Party for Red Bull Kick & Shred
"Powda inna day, louda inna night!" Celebrate winter in Japan at Snow Splash '14 in Hakuba. Spend your day enjoying some of Japan's finest skiing and snowboarding areas then kick back or get down to some great live music and DJs. In Hakuba, Snow Splash will be the official after party for the Red Bull Kick & Shred, guaranteed to be an unforgettable weekend. Get regular updates by joining the Snow Splash community on Facebook!
Enjoy a day at one of Hakuba's great resorts or join a tour or lesson with our friends at Evergreen Outdoors, grab an onsen and dinner then head over to The Pub for Snow Splash!
7:30pm: Doors Open
9pm: Swell (main stage)
10pm: Mitsukaze & Green Massive (main stage)
[The Cellar Club Opens - DJs)
11pm: Osaka Monaurail (main stage)
12pm: Shape Shifter DJ Set - MC P. Digsss and DJ Sambora (The Cellar Club)
[Followed by Snow Splash DJs]
Tickets: Enjoy all four live acts plus international and local DJs for just 3,000 yen (guys) 2,500 yen (ladies) - Includes 1 Free Drink!
*** 500 yen discount flyer is available at the Outdoor Japan booth at Red Bull Kick & Shred.
SNOW SPLASH TOURS
Come up on your own or join one of the all-inclusive Snow Splash Bus Tours. Join now space is li! Tokyo Snow Club (two buses). Join now space is limited! Tokyo Gaijins Snow Club (one bus)
SNOW SPLASH ARTISTS
Make sure you are in Hakuba on March 1 for Snow Splash in Hakuba at The Pub at the Mominoki Hotel. This will be the official after party for Red Bull Kick & Shred. Featuring Shapeshifter DJ Set (AKA The Peacekeepers), Mitsukaze & Green Massive and friends! Join a tour! Tokyo Snow Club or Tokyo Gaijins
After two decades, the wheels are very much still turning for Osaka Monaurail, Japan's premiere funk orchestra. Decked out in sharp 60’s inspired garb, trumpets spinning in the air, and band leader Ryo Nakata dancing "Mashed Potato" in true James Brown-form, funky dancers jumpin' to be-bop instrumentals.
In 2012, Osaka Monaurail celebrated their 20th anniversary by touring Japan, Europe, Canada and Australia, appearing at top venues, nightclubs and festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July. In 2013, the group is performing in seven European countries, New Zealand, Australia and of course Japan.
The group was named after the 1975 funk classic, "It's The J.B.'s Monaurail" by the J.B.'s (misspelling intentional). Signed to RD Records in 1999, OM released its first album entitled "What it is – What it was" in 2000, followed by nine albums: three more albums on RD Records; four albums on P-Vine Records (signed 2006-2009); and the latest "State Of The World" on King Records (2011–present). In Europe, the last three albums are available on Unique Records (Dusseldorf, Germany).
Since the summer of 2006 Osaka Monaurail had toured with a soul/funk legend, Marva Whitney, known as one of James Brown's original Funky Divas. Her hits include many Funk classics such as "It's My Thing," "Unwind Yourself" and "Sunny" (duet with Mr. JB).
The partnership became arguably one of the most exciting collaborations in funk in modern era and left two albums "I Am What I Am" and "Live In Japan," three European tours and two Japanese tours. (Sadly, Marva Whitney passed on in December 2012.)
In November 2012, Osaka Monaurail played a show with Fred Wesley, the world's funkiest trombonist, whose career spanned from James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic to the Count Basie Orchestra. It was one-night special show - OM played as a backing band to the man, and performed more than a dozen of funky classics by Mr. 'Friendly Fred' Wesley.
The group has experienced many member changes. However the most of the current line-up have been in the group for more than ten years. Osaka Monaurail as of 2013 are Ryo Nakata (vocals and keyboards); Kentaro Yamagata and Yohchi Masago (trumpets); Shimon Mukai (tenor saxophone); Dan Hayami & Yuichi Ikeda (guitars); Dai Nakamura (bass); Soki Kimura (drums).
SHAPESHIFTER DJ SET
Shapeshifter DJ Set, also known as The Peacekeepers (MC P. Digsss and DJ Sambora) has been ripping it up overseas with their original dubstep productions and heavy soul/drum and bass, Sambora mixing with the unmistakable vocals of P-Digsss, the voice of Shapeshifter, and one of NZ's all-time top MCs. He joined Shapeshifter in 2003, has recorded with Fat Freddy's Drop, Salmonella Dub and many others while touring New Zealand, Australia, Asia & Europe. P.Digsss is also front man for Sunshine Sound System. MC Sambora (Keyboards, guitar, percussion for Shapeshifter), has played alongside some of New Zealand's greats, such as Tiki Taane, The Upbeats, Sate of Mind and Bulletproof.
MITSUKAZE & GREEN MASSIVE
We are pleased to announce Hakuba's favorite Jam band will get things kicked off at Snow Splash this in Hakuba. The group formed in the summer 2008 in Hakuba Village. Their music draws inspiration from the Nature that surrounds this mountainous area of Nagano; we think guests will enjoy the "swell" of sound that feeds from this energy.
DJ Fergus, one half of the Snow Splash & Summer Splash Sound System, has been rocking the house since 1988. His ability to play extended sets, and mix genres and bpm to keep the crowd moving is the reason he has played at parties all over the globe for more than 20 years.
Spinning since 2004, DJ Spiritus was a regular on the Queenstown, NZ music scene as well as the infamous Full Moon Parties in Minakami, Gunma. The other half of the Snow Splash & Summer Splash Sound System, Spiritus' style could summed up as "mashup bass madness."
One of Hakuba's most diverse DJs, Yuuchee has played Snow Splash but this will be his first time spinning at Summer Splash.
Long time Hakuba local DJ Dorobo will be dusting off the vinyl and dropping an eclectic b-boy bouillabaisse to twist and twerk your body down to. Cuts and switch ups to keep the dance floor popping and locking post skiing and shredding.
Visuals by Tokyo Dex