‘Party Like a Rockstar’ with Matt and Kim at Heavenly Village
If you go
What: Matt and Kim
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
Where: Heavenly Village
Matt and Kim’s last experience in South Lake Tahoe didn’t quite go as planned.
Seven or eight years ago, back when Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino were doing there own merchandise sales and lugging their own gear between performances, they picked South Lake Tahoe as a spot to relax for a few days between shows. A Vermont native and a longtime snowboarder, Johnson discovered the Block, a former snowboard-themed hotel at the state line, and gave it a go. The two cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon provided by the hotel with the room key were a nice touch, but the Shop Boyz “Party Like a Rockstar” playing at high volume for next three days, not so much. Under different circumstances, the rock-star vibe would have been appreciated — not just when you’re just trying to relax, Johnson said, laughing as he recounted the experience during a Tuesday phone interview.
Rest and relaxation will not be on the agenda this weekend, when the Brooklyn indie duo returns to South Shore, this time bringing its energetic live show to Heavenly Village. The Saturday night show is free and open to the public.
Matt and Kim has always tried to incorporate the whole crowd’s energy into its stage show, Johnson said. One needs to look no further than the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for evidence. The band is listed among 2014’s records for having the world’s “Largest Harlem Shake.” The duo’s video of their contribution to the dance craze has nearly 12 million hits on YouTube and is just one of many examples of the band’s infectious enthusiasm when it comes to playing live.
“It’s not like the show ends at the front of the stage,” Johnson said of the connection between Matt and Kim and its fans.
The group is knee-deep in touring for and promoting its latest album (“New Glow,” released in April), but Johnson said he’s looking forward to writing some new music when the opportunity allows. Folk rocker Kevin Morby, punk band White Reaper and electronic dance music artist Lucien are among some of Johnson’s latest musical favorites. Matt and Kim’s diverse songwriting is based around what Johnson and Schifino want to hear themselves, Johnson said, adding he loves playing in an indie band that has no problem inserting a 20-second Ludacris sample in the middle of a song.
Although Johnson’s snowboarding may have taken a backstage to his musical career, the group’s performance at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, last year allowed for some on-hill time.
“I got on the mountain, and as I was going down I found myself with this grin I couldn’t wipe off my face,” Johnson said.
He’s hoping to get some time on the slopes in Southern California when Matt and Kim catch a break this winter. Johnson said he likely won’t have time to make any turns this weekend, but he offered some snowboard-savvy advice for concert-goers Saturday night — dress in layers.
“Be prepared to dance and sweat it off,” Johnson said.