As far as I know, the first time my name was in the newspaper was in college, and by “newspaper” I mean “college newspaper.” Max and I and the homie Oscar had set up a taco stand, just outside the back gate at LMU. That’s a longer story, but anyway, five years later, here we are. This year has been our best yet, in my humble. Back home in the Bay for another year, we’ve been able to experiment and try out new shit, and some of you have been rockin with us every step of the way. So thanks. Also, on the flipside, some new folks have tuned in to what we’re doing, which is always cool.
With the dust finally settling post-Feels, we wanted to quickly acknowledge some of the very cool coverage we’ve gotten from two of our favorite local press outlets, East Bay Express and Oakland Local. Below are links, pics, and excerpts from articles by three authors, Sarah Burke and Sam Lefebvre from EBX and Natalie Meier at Oakland Local. While Sarah takes some time to dig into the W&B backstory, Sam and Natalie offer on-the-ground takes on the scene at Feels II. In any case, we’re grateful to have thoughtful, talented people taking the time to show love and document. Read on below.
“Oakland Feels” by Sarah Burke // East Bay Express
“You might have heard of the Oakland-based online magazine Wine & Bowties (wineandbowties.com). Maybe you’ve been to one of their warehouse shows in West Oakland, or to a documentary screening they’ve hosted at Oakland Surf Club. Or you might have seen their crew roll past you on the street during one of their big bike parties — leaving you thinking, ‘Those kids look hella fun.'”
“Art is the Party” by Sam Lefebvre // East Bay Express
“Early in the evening, [Will] Bundy stood outside of two West Oakland warehouses — where an art exhibit and micro-music festival featuring a group of Oakland’s most interesting upstart local hip-hop artists — was beginning to teeter from quaint multi-disciplinary gathering to bacchanalian splendor.
Merging party and art show is always a noble endeavor — one digitally rendered on Wine & Bowties’ website by a mix of sober gallery analyses and zealous praise for select local hip-hop and electronic artists — but the party usually supplants the visual art (Imagine the unlikelihood of the reverse: The dance floor disperses to vet the composition of prints.) And if the measure of success is how quickly gallery ambience gives way to club atmosphere, Feels II shifted swiftly and without apology.”
“Wine & Bowties Brings Twice the Feels to West Oakland” by Natalie Meier // Oakland Local
“According to Gibson, Feels II and its predecessor, Feels, have been years in the making. The primary aim of a microfestival of this scale was to combine some of Wine & Bowties’ previous successful events, like art shows and DJ sets, to create one immersive, mind-blowing experience.
‘We wanted [Feels II] to be a transcendent experience that plucks out the normalcy of everyday life,’ Gibson said. ‘You can go to any regular bar, but hopefully when you go to a Wine & Bowties event, it’s memorable. You don’t forget it, and it doesn’t fade.'”
December 16, 2014 BY Will Bundy