In 2018, Plastic Culture founding member/lead vocalist Kaitlin A. – AKA “Sauceyhead” – and lead guitarist Eddie Garcia began recording and writing songs as a duo. Based in Orange County, California, Kaitlin and Eddie have made it their mission to bring back heart and soul into rock ‘n’ roll. Their unique blend of multiple genres includes rock, psychedelic, reggae, ska, metal and funk.
In 2019, Plastic Culture recorded its original four singles, engineered/mastered by multi-platinum record producer Frank Gryner, best known for his work on Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe.” On March 6, 2020, Plastic Culture recorded a live studio session with Jung Records in North Hollywood. A month later, Plastic Culture participated in an online Canadian music relief contest to see which band could raise the most money for Autism Canada. Plastic Culture won first place. Plastic Culture now has an international distribution deal with Sony Music/The Orchard.
Plastic Culture released its first official music video in September 2020 for its song “So Much Stress.”
“As a big rock fan, I felt like rock kind of, in a nice way, all sounded the same,” says Kaitlin. “Nothing really stood out and if you’re a fan of 90s music, what I love about the 90s was there was just so many different things that you could pick that were so good and so unique from one another. That just completely got lost when I was starting the band (2012-2013) so I was thinking how everything’s so fake and so plastic now and I want to be against that and do music like it was before.”
Plastic Culture was the first-place winner of The Valley Cultural Foundation’s Rock The Valley Battle of The Bands in March 2021. As a result, the band performed at the All Together Now LA2 Telethon two weeks later. This event helped raise money for COVID relief with a lineup of amazing iconic musicians, actors and a few great emerging artists.
Plastic Culture, under the management of MSP, has been featured on television newscasts, podcast and radio shows. The future is looking bright for Plastic Culture and with a tour lined up and festival dates for 2022, these musicians are poised to be one of the new breakthrough acts of this decade and beyond.
Friday July 1st @ 5:30 p.m.
Merican Slang is one of Albuquerque’s premier funk bands that’ll be sure to bring a lot of energy to the UFO Festival!
James Haynes attended DePaul University and Columbia College in Chicago, IL, where he studied Music Business. Haynes was a band leader in New York, Chicago, and Albuquerque. James began his music education playing trumpet at age 11 and completed three years of symphonic band. Haynes then, at age 12, was inspired to learn guitar. He took four years of private guitar lessons with Gordon Moore in Syracuse, NY. James started his first band at age 14 and has since performed at venues all over the country including Syracuse, Chicago, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado and Texas. Hay nes also spends some of his free time teaching guitar in local Albuquerque Elementary Schools.
James Haynes tours the US performing at premier venues and festivals.
Shared the stage with international acts ranging from Cody ChesnuTT (Roots, “Seed 2.0, featuring Cody ChesnuTT”), Thompson Square, Frank Hannon (Tesla), Morris Day and the Time, and One Be Lo, Future man and Bela Fleck.
Opened for touring acts such as Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, and many others at the VIP Stage at Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque.
He has performed for TED Talks Albuquerque, multiple Albuquerque Isotopes Pregames.
Merican Slang, his original and cover band filmed, was chosen to be in the music video for “Meant to Be” by BeBe Rexa and Georgia Florida Line (over 300 million views and counting). James’ original songs and recordings have been used every year since 2015 for the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival promotional advertising for Kasa Fox 2, and Q13. Many of the appearances on the news morning shows were aired live and are available on YouTube. He also co-wrote the “alt rock” volumes for Allen Ett Music group which can be heard on all the Cable Network channels and have also been used globally for many purposes. Merican Slang was featured as Albuquerque Band of the Month in February 2017, was runner up in 5 categories in Albuquerque Albi’s Best in the city awards, nominated for Albuquerque music award for debut album (Livin in Merica), and featured as one of Albuquerque’s best bands in Albuquerque Live the Magazine.
At Galaxy Fair at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1st
Doso Dirtbags are an energetic and unique 3-piece from the mountains of southern New Mexico. Formerly known as Jones & Miles, Doso Dirtbags features Tyler Jones on guitar and vocals, Chris Miles on the upright-bass and vocals, and Donny Marling on drums. With an echo of American bluegrass/folk, a splash of Irish/Celtic traditional, and layered with rock/blues and punk – Doso Dirtbags bring a delightfully dynamic and amusing live set. The trio offers a vast collection of old time American classics, Irish folk favorites, jazzy blues jams, as well as their own original material.
Fire Dancer Show
Night Sky Light Show by Sky Elements Drone Shows
Note: The UFO Festival and its associated activities are rain or shine events. No refunds will be given for inclement weather.