Sensorium (noun): the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli
When considering the definition of “Sensorium”, Philadelphia’s own Tweed has exercised their own due diligence in creating and curating their own interpretation of the word, serving as the mastermind behind the one-day music festival, SENSORiUM. Taking place on Saturday, August 25th, at Philly’s Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association (The Ukie Club on Franklin), SENSORiUM seeks to provide an experiential sensory overload of the music variety, which looks more than likely to happen in just a few short weeks. In addition to sets from the host band, this year, the festival’s lineup boasts performances from Colorado-based electro-funk outfit SunSquabi, producer-on-the-rise Flamingosis, Daedelus, Wax Future, Electric Love Machine, and Worldtown Soundsystem, plus late-night sets from the likes of Zebbler Encanti Experience, Esseks, and more. (Purchase tickets here).
SENSORiUM 2017 Recap
The electrofunk stylings of SunSquabi’s Kevin Donahue, Josh Fairman, and Chris Anderson are quickly making the trio one of the hottest bills in Colorado and the rest of the west, and the legend is making its way east as this very moment. With major appearances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Electric Forest, headlining gigs at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, and an upcoming appearance at STS9‘s inaugural Wave Spell Live, SunSquabi is on a steady climb to the top. The group is sure to lay out a can’t-miss performance for fans in the Philly area August 25th. For example, the trio joined forces with Lotus for a special hour-long improv set at Camp Bisco last month, which by all eyewitness accounts was one of the highlights of the weekend.
Kevin Donahue of SunSquabi has a certain affinity for the City of Brotherly Love. He explains, “Philadelphia has always been like a second home to us. Ever since the beginning people have been asking us to come and play in Philly, and the last few years we’ve been able to come out more and more. SENSORiUM is an amazing culmination of so many of our friends in Philly; we can’t wait to see all of you.”
SunSquabi – Red Rocks 2018
Philly-born-and-bred psychedelic funk quartet Tweed (and hosts of SENSORiUM) have been delivering high-octane, dance-driven performances since their early beginnings in 2010. The group is a straight-up collective, with each member of the band’s individual energy bouncing off one another other to create a uniquely cohesive and positively elevating performance. Anybody with a pulse can easily find the groove with Tweed.
Drummer Joe Vela, who puts a lot of his own energy into putting this event together, explains,
This is our way of doing something special for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding community. Tweed has always been about crafting a scene, so in addition to curating SENSORiUM’s music lineup, we’ve collaborated with local artists and unique vendors to deliver this extra-sensory experience. There will be art galleries, performance art, installations, lounge spaces, and we’ve even commisioned a mural on the venue ahead of the event.
Tweed – “Best Thing On The Menu” – Luna Light Festival 2016
Delivering a tight blend of hip-hop, dance, and funk beats, New Jersey’s Flamingosis has rapidly gained attention as a well-respected producer around the nation. He has toured in support of Emancipator Ensemble, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Motet, and most recently OPIUO and fellow SENSORiUM headliner SunSquabi at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a set that quickly spiraled into an all-out, early evening dance party. Flamingosis will be on the road with Big Gigantic this fall, and beyond that… well, let’s just say the future is bright for this one.
Flamingosis – Flight Fantastic (ft. Birocratic):
On August 25th, Tweed will host their annual SENSORiUM festival at Philadelphia’s Ukie Club, making for an outright sensory overload during the daylong celebration of music. Tickets for SENSORiUM are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the FB Event page. Check out the festival’s full lineup below: