switchboard festival 2016

The 2016 Switchboard Music Festival is the ninth annual installment of the day-long, genre-mixing fest, which showcases new works from a variety of local and out-of-town performers. This year’s Switchboard takes place this Saturday at the Brava Theater, and it’s headlined by Tyondai Braxton, previously of Battles.

Braxton will be performing HIVE, described by his record label as “a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.” Sounds like wild stuff — take a listen to one of the compositions from the work below.

An intriguing array of eclectic artists round out Saturday’s bill. Among others, there will be what feels like a rare performance by local trio Religious Girls, as well as an appearance from former local Dominique Leone, who will be playing songs from his SF-inspired album San Francisco.

More details about all of the performers and how to grab tickets can be found at Switchboard’s web site.