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Bass Mtn Festival | July 25-28 | Kyburz, CA

time July 17th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bass Mtn Festival, in its fourth year and now held on July 25th-28th in Kyburz, CA, is not one to miss! With the perfect proportion of party to nurture and wellbeing, last year it was truly one of my favorite gatherings. Lately I have been comparing festivals to a much-needed vacation. They encourage harmony with nature, a relaxed mindstate, magnificent scenery, and an overall bitchin’ time. Like traveling, a festival is a “choose your own adventure” affair. Incorporating a sense of sublime freedom and kinship, participants leave feeling fulfilled and jubilant. Bass Mtn will be the quintessence of this – a wholesome retreat from our realities to a space of complete ease and liberation. It will provide us a sense of abundance like none other. Prepare for endless synchronicity, the best bass around, mind warping visuals, elaborate stage design, thought-provoking workshops, awe-inspiring art, rejuvenating yoga, luscious organic food, and soothing healing that will warm you inside and out.

Bass Mtn is an intimate gathering designed to enrich the soul and cultivate bonds. The opportunities for both self-reflecting and connecting with others are infinite! There is something for everyone, whether you want to activate your booty shakin’ skills at one of the sound stages, gaze in awe at amazing art creations scattered about the grounds, test your agility on a structure, delight in an organic smoothie, learn about plant alchemy, go on a hiking adventure in the woods, or simply wander aimlessly and giggle with friends.  What more could you ask for out of a weekend in the enchanting meadows, welcoming tree groves and majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevadas? Nothing, if you ask me! It’s a weekend that is set up perfectly for pure bliss and connection…. All you need to bring along is a sense of curiosity, an open heart, and intentions set on growth and awakening. This experience will likely cause all-sensory gratification – auditory, visual, mental, aromatic, tactic, even your taste buds may do a little dance once or twice.

The music will be sure to please… Opiuo’s unique party music is always super fun to get down to; his newest release Meraki is on point (if you haven’t checked it out I highly suggest doing so to get pumped for Bass Mtn)! Kalya Scintilla’s eclectic womps always get you in the groove. Digital Rust will provide brain melting gooey bass like none other. I recently had the pleasure of booking him for a Bass Tribe Tahoe and he did not disappoint! Nico Luminous always keeps it fresh with his fusion of hip hop and West Coast Bass flavors. Colorado fam 2NUTZ always gets a crowd going with their appealing glitch-hop vibes. Trevor Kelly has been crushing it all along the coast and has played some of my favorite sets this summer. If you’re into booty shakin’ bass, look no further than The Pirate. Musical mastermind Hypha will provide us with his “rhythmic bass poetry”. I first saw him perform at Emissions 2011 and he has killed it every time since. SELBY will get the crowd going and getting rowdy with his seamless mixing and future bass frequencies! Hailing from Vancouver, PerkulatOr has been taking the West Coast by storm and will be sure to please. Muppet Punk’s booty bass is always a good time Other favorites that I’m stoked about include Zeb Early, The Originalz, Duffrey, Bim Tim, Irieyes, Craigslist Hookup, DubColing, Boggan, S1nth3sys, Subdocta, Richard Xavier, Benjah Ninjah, Phil Harmonic, Mr. Rooney, Motorhome Music, Mizl, Coop da Loop, Lil Miss Mixer, IJV, Gurbtron, Game Genie, AUX, and Bassment-Ality. What a killer lineup – it is well-rounded and diverse, sure to please music lovers across the spectrum.

Check out the Bass Mtn website for information about the reasonable memberships (rather than purchasing a ticket as a commodity, participants procure memberships for a collaborative and participatory tribe), music, directions, preparations, and more. BIG UPS to Mindful Massive for working so diligently to make this spirit-enriching weekend a possibility. See you in the woods… surround yourself with love and frequencies at Bass Mtn next weekend!

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niceFingers | Dreamery

time June 17th by Taradactyl authorTags: None

niceFingers’ new release Dreamery is definitely reminiscent of a dream, taking listeners on a funky cosmic journey laced with deep basslines and exquisite melodies. From time to time I listen to niceFingers’ album Intercontinental Beat Collection and enjoy its diverse brilliant sounds. Dreamery takes it to a whole new level. It is this kind of timeless, stunning music that I never tire of. You see, unlike trap, moombah, or other genre “trends”, I enjoy easy listening that just sounds undeniably good whether you are listening today or a few years from now. This album is the quintessence of that sentiment. The album is well thought out from start to finish, provoking thought and emotion in listeners. It is just the right length to keep you engaged; there is no dreaded “filler”. This could be the lush soundtrack to an adventure to another planet with other lifeforms. If so, then I’m ready.

The album starts off right with Ecliptic. It has a bright, emotive intro that tugs on your heart strings as if they are part of a massive harp spanning time and space.  Then enter the funk. Groovy melodic beats lace the remainder of this truly enjoyable track, getting listeners excited for the album to come. Kaleidos starts of with pretty melodic intro (I’m all about the beautifully slow-building intros), then incorporates fun and interesting jungle vibes that keep building and put you in a trance for the rest of the track. Delirium blends in some retro beats nicely but it doesn’t lose the futuristic feel of the album. Kyrstyn Pixton’s heavenly vocals in Subduction add a fresh element into the mix at just the right time. This track is buttery smooth sailing and is so easy on the ears. Fun bleeps and bloops make up Cosmosis, which is uplifting and somehow seems to crunch and stretch you out all at once. The album ends beautifully with Dreamery, a rich and ethereal soundscape that stirs up fervent feelings.

So much imagery comes to mind in the listening of this album; it gives me nostalgia for out of this world psychedelia as well as times and places that I haven’t even experienced firsthand. It is textured and tells a story, weaving together the fabric of unreality.

Check out niceFingers’ Dreamery below (pay what you want download!).

~Taradactyl~

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Raindance Festival | June 6-9 | Belden Town

time June 2nd by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Raindance is a festival that has captivated my attention for years but I have never had the chance to participate in it yet. This may surprise some who know my typically packed festival circuit each year; however some responsibilities had always somehow taken precedence over my attendance. That being said, I am more elated than usual to immerse myself in Raindance. It is nice to be completely open to all possibilities and going into the weekend without expectations, while at the same time knowing full well that I will be blown away. Multiple trusted, sage festival friends of mine have endorsed the gathering as their favorite in existence so I can’t wait to see what it’s all about! It will be the gathering’s 10 year anniversary which is a perfect time to join in the fun. Having experienced gatherings across the board, I can really appreciate one that is put on by wise and seasoned organizers. The fact that it will be held at Belden Town, a place which I associate with such profound comfort (it truly feels like a second home at this point), will make the entire ride even much more pleasant and smooth.  I truly can’t wait carouse in this joyful jubilee!

When you unite such experienced festival masterminds, talented performers, sublime bass-laden melodies, breathtaking art and installations, enlightened healers and intellectuals, inquisitive imaginations, and downright intention in an extraordinary wooded location on the Feather River… the outcome is inevitably pure bliss. A complete synergy that is Raindance. I can’t wait to explore the tall timbers, stargaze at our boundless universe, make soul warming connections, giggle with glee, have my jaw dropped at the art and beauty that humanity and nature together can co-create, dip my toes into the water, tap into my true essence, and DANCE. I can feel my excitement bubbling up inside of me (that has been building up for years of missing Raindance, actually), my champagne cork ready to burst.

Music 

The talent at Raindance is of the highest quality and includes many personal favorites; they’re not messing around here. There is a lot of variety which I love. Shpongle’s Psybient DJ sets are consistently unique and brilliant. I am perpetually pleased by Bluetech’s stunning soundscapes; his music gives me that indescribably spine-chilling feeling. Eprom’s glitched-out futuristic beats are always far from ordinary; I haven’t seen him perform in some time so am excited to see what he will bring to the table. Russ Liquid’s sax-laced bass is always a winner and Kalya Scintilla’s eclectic bass always strikes it right. The more I look at the lineup the more I get overwhelmed with feelings of stoke…

Ill-Esha’s soulful resonance always tugs on my heartstrings and her passion is unparalleled. Vibesquad is always a rager full of fun! I just had the pleasure of hosting MiHKAL for a Bass Tribe Tahoe show as I have always dug his style. His mellow yet turnt up bass is catchy, pretty, and gangster all at once. I enjoy Dimond Saints’ style and can’t wait to experience their live performance. Nanda always provides nice sunset or sunrise flavor. And Pumpkin’s genius mixing and unbeatable remix selection is undeniably fun! Wala is a badass chick with the best beats around. Trevor Kelly never fails with his zesty original vibes. Nico Luminous is beyond talented and I know I will be awe-struck once again during his set. No one can deny the fun that is a G Jones party. Other favorites on the bill include Plantrae, Liberation Movement, Mr. Rogers, VNDMG, Timonkey, and Smasheltooth.

Art, Workshops, and Healing

I know that my senses will be tantalized by all that Raindance has to offer. There will be unbelievable lighting and projection mapping courtesy of Audiopixel and many others, incredible stage design, and other endless visual delights. A plentitude of live painters will guide us to question our limits and reality. I have yet to experience Freq Nasty & Claire Thompson’s Yoga of Bass and am elated for the chance to look inward on my mat alongside low frequencies. While reading through the fascinating list of workshops I get excited to learn and expand my understanding of the world and life. I am particularly overjoyed to partake in the “Keep Going, Keep Glowing” workshop wherein we will build LED hula hoops from start to finish, the levi-wand workshop, the Qi Gong talk, and Chakra Yoga. Prepare for some divine energy, people!

Raindance will be full to the brim with synchronicity and a beautiful sort of pandemonium. Awaken your senses to the visceral thrill of letting go completely among the forest groves, effervescent waters, and sunshine of Belden Town. It’s just a weekend away; get your tickets for Raindance here!

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Pacific Standard | Local Honey EP

time May 15th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , ,

Pacific Standard, comprised of producer Trevor Kelly and emcee Ro Knew, will be taking the Pacific by storm. This duo represents the quintessence of the West Coast Bass scene, integrating the best of both worlds with their elements of hip hop and electronica. Their new EP, Local Honey, is delightful and inventive. The sax-laden beat that Trevor lays down is catchy; I positively dig its swankiness! Ro Knew then throws it down with his clever and inventive rhymes that offer up an appealing narrative.

When I hear this original track I literally envision nourishing honey drops oozing from a honeycomb. Bliss. I love the message that these guys are endorsing; that natural and raw remedies trump Western forms of medicine. I am such a believer and proponent of this and it’s refreshing to hear the message communicated in such an expressive and engaging manner. Without pollinators and flowers our world would not be the same and many affirm that pollinators’ sweet nectar has awesome immunizing effects. One way or another you can’t deny that it tastes damn good!

The remixes by B.Bravo and Le Moti are distinct and both are very well done. I have always enjoyed B.Bravo’s style; his remix blends in some retro yet futuristic sounds nicely. Le Moti chops it up a bit and then smoothes it out making for a really pretty and renewed version of the track.

Together the Pacific Standard dudes are simply synergetic. Seeing them perform this track together at Lucidity during Trevor Kelly’s set at Audiowaska was a highlight of the weekend; their spirit was contagious! Their energy was emanating out into the crowd, making for some unforgettable moments. This teaser made me really want to hear more of what they are capable of.  Pacific Standard will be performing at Emissions Festival this weekend, if you’re attending don’t miss them on Sunday at 5pm at the Beach Stage (this is always where the party is at during magical Belden days anyways, so it will be damn near perfection!). I can’t wait to experience what else these guys bring to the table. See you West Coast bass enthusiasts there!

Did I mention that this release is free on SoundCloud? Grab it below and drizzle some of that local honey in your life!

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Lucidity Festival 2014 | Review

time May 2nd by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

 

I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that every participant left from Lucidity Festival with a renewed lust for life and a nourished spirit. Together we breathed new and unique energy into those woods and together we co-created something so magical and beautiful, it was almost surreal. Synchronicity abound, the weekend was full to the brim with soul warming connections, jaw dropping art, and formulaic chaos like none other.

I went into the weekend with no expectations and was blown away by the result. This year I experimented by focusing more on the overall experience rather than concentrating mainly on musical acts. I truly enjoyed cruising from one space to the next and being welcomed and immersed in the different vibes of each respective village. I also abstained from alcoholic beverages and was very pleased with having a clear mind to soak in the totality of the splendor around me. I highly recommend staying sober at a festival; your experience will be so much more mindful and memorable. While the festival sold out, Lucidity really felt intimate. Perhaps it was the sense of inclusion and participation in the air that made me feel this way. Our nurturing and talented family surrounded us all.

Here were some of the most memorable moments for me…

• Starting the weekend off with The Rainbow Girls was excellent; these girls embody the female essence in such a strong and positive way. They had just the right ratio amount of bubbliness and badassery; the whole crowd was beaming from ear to ear.

• The Opening Ceremony was absolutely incredible; everyone there was glowing and I could feel the presence of each participant uniting to bless each other, the land, and themselves. Astarius Miraculii’s performance of his Spirit Rap was beautiful. There was an aura of such peace and tranquility I will never forget. I remember thinking to myself, “THIS is what it is all about.” It was a beautiful way to begin the weekend and set things off just right.

Opening Ceremony Bliss
Photo by Trevor Selby

• Later that night my favorite performances were by 2NUTZ and Haywyre. Coloradan duo 2NUTZ was a great transition into night time; everyone pulled on their dancing shoes and got down to their glitched out bass. Haywyre’s melodic dub was a treat; I was stoked to see him live for the first time.

Heart Centered Vinyasa Flow with Kishan Shah on Saturday morning was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate and prepare me for the wonderful day. Music was soulfully provided by one of my all-time favorites, The Human Experience. Does it get much better than this? Following the deep stretches, Kishan led us in an experiment wherein everyone had to be touching at least one other person at all times, but everyone was in constant movement. It was truly beautiful and each and every participant was full of smiles and unforgettable giggles. This was such a beautiful moment and any adverse feelings were lifted off of our chests!

• For the rest of the day I wandered amongst the different villages and made connections with lovely people. I loved mingling at the Healer’s Sanctuary; the vibe was unparalleled. I got caught up with the Yosef Stone’s Crystal Council meeting, chatted about essential oils, and was mesmerized while watching Astarius Miraculii provide didgeridoo healing transmissions.

• SpinCycles’ Warriors’ Dayparty was a lot of fun; JOBOT, ChrisB., Morillo, and some other talented DJs performed some really fun sets. Overall amazing vibe!

• Later on Saturday Digital Rust and Tipper both provided brain melting gooey goodness that pleased all. I don’t think there was a single person having a bad time in that crowd!

The Lucid Stage came alive at night.
Photo by Trevor Selby

• On Sunday our camp hosted a Pancakes & Mimosas Brunch (more like lunch as it started a bit later) at the Lunatic Fringe. We really enjoyed providing yummy nourishment (pancake + nutella + berries, anyone?) and libations for all. Our friend was playing at the Jenkstars stage so lots of booty shakin’ was to be had.

Trevor Kelly’s set on Sunday afternoon at the Audiowaska Stage was truly one for the books and some of the most fun I had all weekend. Nothing compares to an all-original set and Trevor put so much love and energy into this experience that was enjoyed by all. It was a treat getting a sneak peak of his new project Pacific Standard, comprised of Trevor and rapper Ro-Knew. PWest also spit some rhymes which was fun. It was a rager and we were all getting down in the front; every time I looked around I saw smiles for miles and I felt the most supreme vitality in mine and the crowd’s being. What a wonderful celebration of life!

Trevor Kelly crushing it
Photo by Trevor Selby

After the weekend I felt invigorated and ready for a coastal road camping trip with my lover (whom I met at Lucidity 2013). I will never forget Lucidity’s endless moments of bliss and harmony; the woods will forever resound with our remarkable presence. I am so grateful for this experience!

Until next time, Lucidity!
Photo by Trevor Selby

~Taradactyl

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Emissions Festival Ticket Giveaway!

time April 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

“It is time to gather in the forest and dance in the trees. To immortalize this moment through sound, expression & people. In its 6th year, The Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the west coast’s bass music & festival community. A reflection of the appreciation felt from these. It shares both a forward thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. All within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music & everything surrounding.
May 16th through 19th | Held in beautiful Belden, CA.”

You don’t want to miss this festival! Follow the instructions below; 2 random winners will receive full weekend tickets for Emissions.

By simply liking Afro Monk on Facebook, you are granted 3 entries to the contest.
By tweeting about this contest you are granted 2 entries.
By sharing a post about this on Facebook, you are granted 1 entry.
See below for instructions…. Now get going!

Afro Monk – Emissions Festival Giveaway

Purchase tickets to Emissions here!

~Taradactyl~

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Tycho | Awake

time March 19th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

Isn’t it all about music that makes you feel alive? Music that evokes cognizance, music that invigorates you, music that immediately fills in any cracks in your spirit? Tycho has always done a stellar job at fabricating lush and refined melodies that sooth the soul; his new release, Awake, is the quintessence of this. It’s almost as though he can transform emotions into music, manifesting aural sensations that go beyond the eardrum. The exhilaration flips vice versa as well… While listening through this album your sentiments change from lively to mellow or cold to warm, depending on the track. You can tell that Scott Hansen put it all in while making this album; it speaks directly from his heart. His aim isn’t to impress the masses but rather to use music as his creative avenue for living life in its entirety. That’s how music should be.

“Awake”, out March 18 on Ghostly Recordings, is impeccably orchestrated from start to finish; I appreciate its concision and ephemeral nature. You have just the right amount of time to soak in the transient brilliance of the release without over-thinking how it makes you feel. The track “Awake” is stunningly simple and invites you to gently close your eyes and fall into the music. I love “See”; it makes my heart flutter a bit with its ambient effervescence. “Apogee” is a bit more melancholy yet also sprinkled with bright notes. The entire album is vibrant and each track is a unique puzzle piece to the cohesive whole. Listening to this release makes me nostalgic for days spent driving through rolling California coastal hills with nothing better to do than explore Mother nature’s treasures, daydream, ponder our existence, and simply let go. Let yourself surrender and awaken – check out Tycho’s Awake here.

Positive Vibrations.

~~ Taradactyl~

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Tara’s Winter Mix Fix

time March 1st by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

There is no denying the awesomeness of mixes. Put one on and float away on a roller coaster of delight without having to put thought toward what is next. There’s always that perfect mix for a road trip while driving by rolling landscapes or seasides or through the redwoods, another while prepartying and getting hyped up for a show with friends, another while lounging with some bomb food and a doobie by candlelight… You name it. I love the juxtaposition of light and dark that a lot of great mixes play around with. These are some of my favorites lately; tune on in! Most of them are free mixes that are great to add to your mobile library. So, without further ado:

ODESZA -NO.SLEEP Mix Series
I have been really digging ODESZA’s style (one of my favorite sets at Symbiosis ’13 too). It’s the best when you’re really feeling certain producers and then they release mixes – easy listening made even easier! Their NO.SLEEP mix series is a nice blend of instrumental hip hop vibes, fun trappy tunes, and lovely melodies. They are about to go on tour; I definitely suggest catching them at the city nearest to you!


Subdocta – “Heartbreak Lullabyes” Mix
I love this mellow mix done masterfully by the homie Subdocta, perfect for a stormy day or times of reflection. My favorite thing is discovering new great tunes while listening mixes; I was very stoked to hear “A Baru In New York (Flume Remix)- Yolanda Be Cool & Gurrumul” for the first time while tuning in to this. I also love his quote: “You can’t start a new chapter if you don’t turn the page.”

 

MiHKAL – LiVE at CoSM
I can never get enough of MiHKAL’s sultry, flowy sets. This one makes me feel like I’m going on a cosmic journey to Alex & Allyson Grey’s The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC, where it was recorded on the Winter Solstice.

 

STWO: From Paris with Love
French producer STWO has been absolutely crushing it lately; I have been seeing him pop up all over the place. With good reason, too! This chilled out mix features some other up and coming French producers… check it out. I imagine listening while eating a crepe and sipping coffee at a Parisian corner cafe (as cliche as that is).

Afro Monk – Late Night Sessions 009 – Bliss
Soak in Afro Monk’s auditory euphoria with this mix. I enjoy all of the Late Night Sessions he has been putting out; they remind me of tranquil nights spent with friends and loved ones talking about life, existence, and truths. Intoxicating.

 

JOKER – Winter Mix
JOKER never got out of the game. I used to jam his purple synth-driven tunes regularly and this mix reminds me why. I love his sense of adventure with ranging BPMs and blurring of genres here. I’m beyond excited to see him perform for the first time with MartyParty next week!

 

Mr. Rooney – Future Strange Mixtape Vol. XXVI
I have really been enjoying my friend Mr. Rooney’s style lately, and this mix exemplifies it quite well. Laced with groovy beats, tasteful remixes, and stellar mixing style, this one is satisfying from start to finish. Check out the other Future Strange mixtapes; these kids are doin’ good things!

Ta-Ku – Triple J Friday Mix
If this doesn’t put you in the zone then I’m not sure what will… This one is hypnotic and well mixed> Love Ta-Ku’s low-key sexy vibes.

 

The Widdler – Fall All Original Mix
All original mixes are always fun, and this one has a lot of “Oh, WOW” moments. At times it goes hard and heavy and at others evokes totally chilled out bliss. That juxtaposition of light and dark that I was talking about before :)

 

Nicoluminous | Exodub – We Got This Mix Series
The homie Nico and Exodub keep it fun and fresh with this mix. The incorporation of hip hop, future sounds, and 808 is intriguing and stimulating… check out this straight FIYAH!

 

The Do LaB presents In the LaB feat. Kaminanda at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1
I was very grateful that The Do LaB posted many of their Coachella sets from last summer for free download. I am a sucker for Kamininda’s style that fuses eclectic percussion, low frequencies, and squishy goodness. Another favorite set from the weekend is jOBOT’s.

I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear back about some of your favorite mixes as I am constantly adding to my listening repertoire. Love and Light

~Taradactyl~

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Autograf

time February 21st by Taradactyl authorTags: , ,

I’m all about soulful, funkadelic tunes with nice electronic elements sprinkled about, so I was delighted when a friend tipped me off to Autograf. Their remixes are stellar; they are expressive and succeed in smoothly blurring the lines between genres. Who needs genres anyway? Stir up a pot of  uplifting rhythm, futuristic blips, deep vibrations, and mellow flow and you’ve got Autograf. Their sound is full and hypnotic yet crisp. It’s more on the house-y side than I am usually drawn to, but I am diggin’ their sound. Groove to this!

 

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Lucidity Festival: Universe | April 11-13 | Live Oak Campground

time February 20th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

What happens when you fuse together festival masterminds, transcendent melodies, awe-inspiring art, sage healers, and inquisitive imaginations in an extraordinary wooded location? A complete synergy that is Lucidity Festival: Universe. This joyful jubilee, held at Live Oak Campground in the Santa Barbara hills on April 11-13, will be sure to please all revelers in attendance. Now in its third year, Lucidity Festival has sprouted from its primary seed and blossomed into an immersive and thriving ethos. Everyone is a participant in this open-source journey; all you need bring along is a sense of curiosity, an open heart, and intentions set on growth and awakening. We will cultivate harmony and collaboration and nourish our souls in unity. Expect the unexpected and be ready to experience a formulaic chaos like none other. Lucidity will be a pleasant reminder for our spirits not to take life so seriously while embodying our truest essence. Prepare for mind warping music and visuals, elaborate art and stage design, thought-provoking workshops, rejuvenating yoga, delectable organic and locally-sourced food, holistic soothing healing, and soul-warming connection.

Music
Tipper. Need I say more? I will never tire of Dave’s intricate and lush soundscapes; seeing him at the Lucid Stage may very well be the highlight of my experience. Love and Light’s bubbly thwomping bass is sure to please. The Human Experience’s “prismatic” stunning melodies will be happily soaked in by listeners. I am beyond excited to witness Haywyre’s performance as I have yet to be graced with his presence. Kalya Scintilla’s tantalizing eclectic bass never lets me down. Other favorites on the Lucid Stage bill include Bird of Prey, Mr. Rogers, Digital Rust, Nominous, 2Nutz, Mumukshu, Soulular, Nanda, Alia, and the homie Irieyes. The Alive stage incorporates some most excellent live vibrations with incredible lyricist Eligh, the ever-enchanting Quixotic acrobats, and the positively energetic Poor Man’s Whiskey. The Rainbow Girls will bring some boisterous fun into the mix. Cello Joe will grace the stage with his unique “Classical Hip Hop”.  The party will be continually thriving at the Audiowaska Stage; we’ve got passionate, genre-paving Trevor Kelly, effervescent and melodic MiHKAL, hyphy Stylust Beats, and many more.

Community
Partake in one of Lucidity’s seven villages and its respective archetype; there’s the Vivacious Jaguar of the Goddess Grove, the Courageous Dragon of the Family Garden, the Humble Tiger of Warriors’ Way, the Wild Monkey of Nomads’ Nook, the Loving Dove of Lovers’ Nest, the Wise Owl of the Healers’ Sanctuary, and the Playful Coyote of the Tricksters’ Playground. These niches will each be alive with their unique mood and identity.

Art
Art will be much of the fabric of Lucidity Festival, weaving together a story between the music and the environment, the people and Gaia. With aesthetics ranging from luminous textured installations to obscure and thought-provoking creations, your eyes will feast on the art that is intertwined so seamlessly into the gathering.

Workshops & Healing
Learning is a perpetual process. Expand your mind and senses to ideas unknown before and leave the woods a different and more enlightened being than as you came. Workshops at Lucidity will be inspiring, uplifting, meditative, interactive, creative, informative, empowering, musical… you name it. Don’t miss your chance to grow and perceive together with Wisdom Keepers in the most stunning of outdoor classrooms. Nothing is beyond our cognizance. I can’t wait to practice yoga among the trees with amazing instructors. Healers will also aid in the well-being (mind and body) of participants.

So the Lucidity saga continues, full to the brim with synchronicity and a beautiful sort of pandemonium. Awaken your senses to the visceral thrill of letting go completely among the timbers and sunshine of the rolling Santa Barbara hills. Discover the exquisite divinity that resides within you and all beings alike. Get your tickets for Lucidity here; please contact me at tara@afromonk.com if you would like a discount code.

~~Tara Dactyl~

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