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Lucidity – A Transformational Experience feat. Optimystic Media Interview

time March 22nd by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , ,

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Beginning with a collective dream of the community, Lucidity is a triggering open-source vision of known possible truths stemming from the depths of our transformational culture.  Created through an intentional and co-creation approach, Lucidity has illuminated a vision in 2012 where separate entities stemming from the Santa Barbara arts, music, and conscious community were fostering dreams of a greater vision than they were about to produce on their own….so together, a dream has blossomed.  During this approaching collaborative gathering, Crossroads, taking place from April 4th – 10th, 2016, we enter the second chapter of our collective journey and the fifth installment of this epic saga which brings us into the now of our socio-cultural evolution as we recognize all of the shadows that we face, and as a whole, engage in finding solutions to further and clear our growth as a society.

A movement highlighting 7 core values: Participation and Immersion in the Artistic Process, Personal Growth and Global Healing, Awake and Aware Consciousness, Environmental and Social Responsibility, Family Fun and Creative Play, & Transparency, the folks at Lucidity are gearing inside-out growth as an enlightening form of transformation.  Branching a Universal bond of connections through co-creations, we will fractalize through open channels of sound, movement, art, dance, and visual creativity; it’s an artistic wave of conscious communication.  Transformational Festivals are real triggers into higher levels of consciousness, I can vouch as I am currently on a healing and transformational path through inspiration stemming from these experiences which have been guiding me since Summer of 2012 w/ Sonic Bloom, Art Outside in 2013, Sonic Bloom 2014, and Envision, Enchanted Forest, Art Outside 2015. Exactly two years ago today, March 16th, 2014, I also aligned on a path of discovery through an intuitive following of passions and removal of blockages…I healed myself through writing.  Transformational festivals have triggered limitless depth, inspiration, & aligning patterns…they have helped me to remove blockages, and through it, I have experienced a life changing journey.  Experience a spiritual uplift of like-minded people who gather together to live, learn, discover, share, & synchronize!  I am eager to go to the ultimate transformational gathering that is Lucidity…I hear nothing but magic!

Lucidity has captured many through its meta narrative, revealing truth, discovery, realization, and deep intention – it’s what sets them apart as they focus on connecting the theme.  For more history on its previous chapters, explore their website.  Featuring a total of 6 mythic chapters, the first three years have been about personal transformation, last three are about collective transformation into the present, our culture, and finding solutions.  Through sustainable living a lucid visions, we explore next level solutions towards healing Earth.  Will you be part of the solution? We can’t do it without you… so I encourage you to come experience Lucidity.  I’m looking forward to this weekend as its profound intention has captured me.  Featuring over 40 workshops with over 90 workshop presenters from topics ranging from: activation & empowerment, art & creativity, consciousness & spirituality, dance & movement, education, flow & martial arts, food & lifestyle, gender alchemy & intimacy, healing arts, kids, lucid dreaming music, sustainability & permaculture, yoga & meditation.  I am especially stoked for some expansions on crystal healing, reiki healing, sound healing, meditation & creativity, anything along those fields!  Filled with themed and creative villages, reusable “mapdana’s”, emphasizing a zero-waste event and a “leave it better mentality”, providing mindful organic feeding, featuring dope music and visual art, they are also extending their vision into “Lucidity Course Week” happening April 4th – April 10th.  Immerse yourself in a powerful movement stemming from the West Coast and remember to bring what you experienced and learned into your everyday life.

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Throughout the weekend of April 8th – April 10th, our Lucidity star family has also provided lush nourishment of sonic vibrations, visual and installation arts, & mesmerizing acrobatic movement stemming from artists and performers from all over the world including top-notch, fresh, & diverse national and local genre taste.  Musical headliners such as Keller Williams, Haywyre, & Kalya Scintilla w/ Eve Olution will be gracing us with eclectic vibes.  Over 100 other musical acts were announced and artists such as Mark Farina, J.Phlip, Bluetech, Om Unit, Kaminanda, Mike Love, Mr. Bill, EPROM, Pumpkin, Mihkal, Psymbionic, Merkaba, Whitebear, Mihkal, Yheti, Saqi, HAANA, Secret Recipe, CharlesTheFirst, PartyWave, Dissolv, Yaima, DubCOliNG, Nas-Ja, Oneness, Grymetyme, Irieyes, Shaman’s Dreams, Benjah Ninjah & more will be providing a lucid dose of bass, live-tronica, funk, conscious hip-hop, glitch, glitch-hop, sacred bass, trip-hop, acoustic, jazz, reggae, & more.

One of my favorite aspects of music and arts festivals, asides interactive workshops, are the visual artists!  Creating live art while getting inspired by their surroundings of smiles, live music, art, and other creations is truly something inspiring to visually experience.  A total of over forty visual artists ( Gallery Artists & Installation Artists ) will be present at Crossroads so be sure to tap into your surroundings to discover, learn, and engage while exploring their styles so you can feel, relate, understand, and reflect. I have so much respect and love for visual artists as they truly display themselves in the present moment and engage in co-creation, as everyone else does! Support! Last but not least, a vibrant array of Performers will be performing all over the stages and on campgrounds so be sure to keep your eyes wide open for movement all around you.

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When listening to an interview on Lucid Planet Radio w/ Dr Kelly featuring Jonah Haas ( Founder and Co-Marketing director of Lucidity ) on How Festivals Evolve Consciousness a couple weeks ago, I was eager to find out that Lucidity folks are currently seeking permanent land space to create permaculture design and to host people all year around during smaller, intimate events/retreats, culture of growing food, healing arts, & movement – a whole systems’ approach to community living. Enter ‘LucidPlanet’ as a promotional code, while purchasing tickets & save!

The time is now to come together for Crossroads at Lucidity Festival 2016!  Bring yourself, your hoops, creative tools, a clear mind, art, camping gear, but most importantly, bring your higher self and awareness!  New world change is the atmosphere of these transformational festivals, so be sure to come play to learn!  Envision lush views, smiles, laughter, silence, languages, & deep intention decorating the festival!  A nourishment awaiting to trigger life-changing paths is on its way to Live Oak so be ready to experience creative and artistic breakthroughs, aligning movement, co-creations, explorations, truth, discovery, & sustainable living.

‘Lucidity’s environmental commitment is to leave Live Oak better than before.’

Inspired by Lucidity’s deep intention, I reached out to Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham of Optimystic Media, operating at Lucidity Festival.  He shares with us his visions on the presence and future of Media.  Wesley guides us through a deep exploration of the foundations behind his creations, his affiliation with Lucidity, triggers that led to this creation, community co-op theme, breaking down the vicious repetitive cycle, transformation, the game changing solution, fearlessness, & manifesting dreams.  Wolfbear is gearing a path of innovative approaches leading into breaking down mainstream society’s stagnant ways, and how co-creation & proper tools can break through and illuminate a sustainable society.

Lucidity Festival feat. Exclusive Interview w/ Wesley Pinkham of Optimystic Media 

1. Hey Wesley, happy to connect.  I want to say that I’m intrigued by Optimystic Media, I want to congratulate you on a new found vision!  Lucidity Festivals are the key into “transformational” culture, share with us your affiliation with Lucidity and how you plan to further the vision via Optimystic Media.

I had a friend of a friend doing promotions for some event and I visited the website. When I got there, I watched this video at a TEDx in Canada, this guy driving around a magical spaceship tour through this world I’d never heard of: Transformational Festivals. That video was Jeet-Kei Leung (founder of The Bloom Series). I packed up my car and I went up a few days before the gates opened. Instead of throwing me out, the production crew put me in the box office, where I spent the next 3 years of the festival, building a system and taming the chaos.

By 2014, I was writing and photographing about 12 festivals a year, including coming full circle and working with Jeet-Kei on The Bloom, Festival Fire, LostinSound, Reinhabiting the Village… A lot of other organizations and publications. Working with so many different publishers, marketing firms, festival producers, I was developing an idea of what I, as festival media, needed to do my job better.

For the 2015 season, I took the torch from the ineffable Spencer Weiner as Media Coordinator at Lucidity. My natural tendency is to create systems that are replicable and open-source. There’s so much time and energy that goes into making things that work, prototyping and testing, getting feedback. I was lucky to inherit a realm that had a lot of excitement and previous successes. But we got a whole new set of feedback from a new set of hands working the spreadsheets and application cycle, the media dumps and the follow-ups.

Those systems, and a desire to work co-operatively and not competitively, that’s where Optimystic Media was born. From the connections and experience of creating a truly remarkable Media experience on-site, we realized just how many things were missing to create the sort of footage we needed to tell the story of this rapidly changing movement.

2.  What initially triggered the inspiration to create a new vision with Media at Lucidity?

There were quite a few triggers in creating a new vision for Media at Lucidity. First of all, the festival itself is a major driver for communal change and best practices in festival prouction. Industry insiders in the Transformational Festival scene know that Lucidity is one of the best-run small festivals in the country, one of a small handful of events that is building open-source systems to improve the entire scene. Festivals such as Enchanted Forest Gathering (Mendocino), Envision (Costa Rica), Desert Hearts (SoCal) and Beloved (Oregon) all have Lucidity producers in major roles.

Once you have the basics under control, when you know there are the systems in place to keep the bathrooms clean, the cars parked, the stages from falling apart, you get to move up the Maslowian pyramid. You go from checking the boxes for safety and security to trying to fulfill the emotional, spiritual and metamotiviational needs of your community.

So it’s only natural for Lucidity to try and push the edges of Media to match the cutting-edge programming on-site. Last year, I noticed on the schedule that there were 12 different workshops going on at once during some parts of the weekend. We produce more content than Lightning in a Bottle but have maybe 1/8th the population.

We’ve needed to expand our Media plan to reflect the intentionally wide diversity of experiences, ages (young and old), genders, cultures and interests both curated and developing organically.

We got tired of seeing the same recap videos, the same soundtracks, the same language being used over and over. At Optimystic Media, we call these media products “Hot Chicks and DJs®,” just slow motion booties, bass, hands on laptops. Where were the stories? The dialogue? We want to create narratives that invite you on a journey, your own adventure, where you already feel like you belong before you ever get to the gate. So we’re working on doing more of that. Our cut of the Lucidity promo for this year reflects that direction.

3.  You define your vision as “A Community Co-Op”, could you please elaborate?

The overwhelming sense in this industry has been that in order to succeed, you need your own brand, your own identity, your own clients, your own systems. Setting up Optimystic as a community co-operative is the chance to break down the competitive, winner-takes-all approach to the limited resources of festival marketing budgets. It is a direct rejection of the scarcity mindset, viewing ownership and opportunity in terms of contribution and participation.

A Co-Operative business means that it is owned and operated by its employees. It is democratically administered, and is part of an evolving set of business models beyond the traditional top-down organizations traditionally seen in creative agencies. Some of the processes of creating agreements and bylaws are still on hold while we try to establish revenue streams and core systems.

In the mean time, we’re an open tent as we try to build bridges between the many elements of the Mediasphere: the few PR firms in the scene, the shooters and production companies, the myriad blogs and writers…

4.  Mainstream Media is something that needs to change.  Through your vision, how do you intent to break the vicious repetitive cycle, and instead push forward feels of sustaining and empowering independent storytelling?

“The Media” seems to be the kind of boogieman both politicians and New Agers like to agree to hate. I’ve had people confront me with at a festival and tell me I was the problem since I couldn’t participate with a camera in my hand. The truth is, this is the way I participate. This is the gift that I bring to the table, and the way I love to contribute. The Media is not the problem, Capitalism is. And the conglomeration that hides hidden agendas of the major players in the scene. Today, we have more conglomeration than ever, but we also have a vast array of democratic channels by which we can distribute information.

Our vision is one bred by the thoughts, hopes and work of many media practitioners, theorists, futurists and entrepreneurs. Antonio López’s The Media Ecosystem is a seminal guide to our goals: viewing media as an essential expression of global ecology, of making media that speaks not just for the humans but for the animals. If we are to give a microphone to the quieted voices, we must put a microphone to the earth as well.

That book came to me by way of the publication wing of Evolver Network. The work of its founder, Daniel Pinchbeck, informs the moral compass that drives our efforts. It’s so easy to look at our world and be drawn into hopelessness, a lack of power. By aligning with groups such as the Center for Planetary Culture, we become bigger than ourselves, part of a powerful coalition of changemakers.

Optimystic Media has its vision written right into its name. We’re optimistic about the future: we live in the most interconnected, global and fast-moving era of all time. We have, at our disposal, the tools to bring down companies and governments, shed light on darkness and review the best beer selection in the history of mankind. We also call on the mystical to bring us back

5.  Define the “Game Changing Solution” and how it evolves through Optimystic.

During the coverage over racial frustration in Ferguson, I saw a story about the Media getting muscled out of a local McDonald’s where they had set up for the week to cover the developing drama. How can we expect our media streams to remain journalistically neutral when they’re setting up in such a toxic and corporate environment? What if we could set up a mobile environment that provides the core needs of power, wifi and hospitality while also instilling a sense of community, collaboration and democracy?

Festival Media is a source of immense joy and love for the shooters and writers that find themselves mixed up in this world. It’s a place to truly capture honest, magical, beautiful moments and it feeds your creative side throughout the year.

But there’s little to no money in it. The publications pay their photographers in writers in a comp ticket, which means they aren’t even paying for it, the festival is. The shooters and editors that work in-house sometimes get small stipends, but it’s nowhere near their day-rate. It’s a passion project for some, a weekend with a camera to play and collaborate. For others, it’s something that they truly want to succeed and become financially independent doing.

The Game Changing Solution was the creation of a system where Media can thrive and producers can tell more complex stories. We create a better working environment, called the Optimystic Media Hub: a cleaner set of operations, a central point-of-contact, hospitality, power, wifi, coffee and the reliability of Media Coordinators who are on-point, not on drugs, phones charged, ready to help. For those that want to develop their economic models, we’re developing systems that allow us to diversify our revenue streams, including direct media sales, vending and merch opportunities, licensing and collaborating on leads and projects.

6.  How many years have you attended Lucidity? What is it about Lucidity that screams out transformation and possibility?

I have been at Lucidity since its first year in 2012, in the muddy, chaotic hilariousness of a first year festival’s box office. I was immediately changed, my own experience screams out transformation and possibility. I had gone to bluegrass festivals, raves, world music events, large civic festivals, but nothing like this. I was immediately swept up and enamored with the community.

Now, five years later, I see that so much of the scene has hit a stride, we’re comfortable with what we’re doing and creating. There’s all the makings of a culture or sub-culture: style of dress, music, art, insider language. Some festivals just take these elements  and put them on a poster and expect “Transformational” results. It takes a lot more than that.

What makes Lucidity different is that we’re constantly pushing ourselves to collaborate with new and different ideas, concepts, directions. We create a container for a vast array of co-creation. Last year, we upped the permaculture game by creating three different programs: a pre-event intensive, a permaculture action day with The Polish Ambassador and Ayla Nereo and an on-site hub that provided programming and demonstrations throughout the event. This year, we’re expanding our pre-event intensives into the Lucid University Courseweek where we’re offering 5 different tracts of learning: Reiki Healing, Permaculture, Art and Creativity, Leadership and Embodiment and Lucid Dreaming.

7.  What is(are) Lucidity Festivals mission(s)?

Lucidity is an open-source transformational arts and music festival. When we become lucid in our dreams, we realize ourselves as infinite potential, we let go of fear, and we are free to create that which we want to see in the world. Bring those visions, those possibilities, and that delicious conscious energy with you to Lucidity and wake up in the dream.

Our economic model creates a strong balance between music, art, workshops and sustainability. We don’t use our lineup as a way to sell tickets, our community has come to a sold-out festival every year because they trust our values. They’re written clearly and inform everything that we do, as an organization:

  1. Participation and Immersion in the Artistic Process
  2. Personal Growth and Global Healing
  3. Awake and Aware Consciousness
  4. Environmental and Social Responsibility
  5. Family Fun and Creative Play
  6. Communal Reciprocity
  7. Transparency

The long term goal is to collectively purchase land, move away from the build/strike cycle and create a community resource for learning and education. Lucidity belongs in a place, we aren’t just a floating, nomadic community. We are deeply connected with the Santa Barbara scene, including the SOL (Sustainable, Organic, Local) Food Festival, the Santa Barbara Food Co-Op, programs for community building in Isla Vista, and many other projects. We’re hoping to find land nearby to create a needed permanent resource in the community.

8.  Share with us the importance of personal growth, letting go, being fearless, tapping into creativity, and losing the ego.  What can manifest?

I think many of us understand, theoretically, that the Ego is the enemy of success. But our society rewards the Ego, especially in the Media landscape. We judge our famous people by their Instagram followers, their book sales or the size of their fortunes. My own Ego has gotten me quite far at times, but it all comes crashing down eventually. The space between how you project yourself to be and what you truly are becomes discordant, leading to external and internal lies. The Ego gets in the way of personal growth, convincing you, manipulating the facts in order to see yourself in the best possible light, despite the realities of your behavior.

By developing Optimystic Media into a Co-Op, the goal is to manifest something that is hard to take individual credit for, something much larger than myself or any of our other core team. By developing open source systems that regenerate back into a project that shares our values and interests, we hope to manifest something that any of us can step away from at any point to take care of ourselves, to treat our own wounds without the fear that another world will come crashing down if we walk away from it. Much of our traditional workforce teaches us this panic, that if we let go, the world will collapse. There is power in numbers, especially knowing that there are people you’ve never even met who will help you along your journey.

By tapping into a more collective creativity, we allow the free flow of movement from professional to amateur, from traditional to experimental. We know who has the right gear and knowledge to capture hyperlapses or long-exposure light painting or who is developing a new technique for a certain kind of shot or post-production style. We can also keep each other honest with our intentions, ask for help when we need it and get more perspectives into the creative process.

9.  Are you also expanding Optimystic Media into other festivals outside of Lucidity? If so, which ones?

Yes. Optimystic Media is a collaborative movement that belongs to the festival community, as a whole. Lucidity is a driving force, our home base, but we’re developing systems that are useful to organizations at different budgets, sizes and existing systems.

Though we function as a visual brand of our own, we are ultimately a white label solution. You might see some of our branding in a space, but at Lucidity, we run the Lucidity Media Hub. We’re a business-to-business project, and our many members are involved in almost every major festival in the Transformational Festival movement. We were down at Envision supporting Justin Brothers, Alexa Rae and the fabulous folks at The Confluence. We’ll be at Boogaloo Mountain Jam providing media support and slinging organic, fair trade delicious craft draft nitrogen infused cold coffee. We’re deeply involved with the squishy magical goodness of Enchanted Forest Gathering in Mendocino. There are a host of other events, vendors, sub-projects that we support with media creation, creative direction, copywriting, websites… You name it. Check out our website for an ever growing list of our community.

10.  Anything else you would like to share with us?

Don’t cut out the watermarks.

And check us out at our website, on our Facebook or, better yet, come by Lucidity Festival’s Media Hub – open to the public – by the Lucid University.

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The Untz Festival [ 1st Annual Extravaganza ]

time March 8th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

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The Untz Festival is here.  The creators of an underground and fresh web-magazine, The Untz (founded in 2009), are hosting their first annual “The Untz Festival” at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Mariposa, California from June 2nd – 4th, 2016.  Built on a foundation on connecting, they align the electronic music community of fans, artists, and promoters.  A collaborative experience and interactive approach with their artists and promoters, they allow them to add information and music to be discovered and heard!   Being an avid reader for years now, I am happy to see a new vision, extension, and real life experience has arrived .  All ticketing include walk-in-camping upgrades, so be sure to arrive early to take on this opportunity! The Untz Festival.

Experience a dope, fresh, and underground experience in soothing temperature’s of 80’s during daylight and 50’s at night, an in-depth uplift is approaching.  A stellar lineup has been announced, I am eager to see The Untz Festival continue to inject ideas in the industry and expand underground visions into the mainstream.

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Dope lineup.  Legends such as Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution, The Desert Dwellers, Mr. Bill, Merkaba, Kaminanda, Treavor Moontribe, Amani, & Illenium will be gracing transcending soundscapes and providing fresh sets as they always create a vivid and ever-growing experience.  Rising artists such as Marvel Years, Tribone, Dynohunter, Sixis, Blunt Force, CharlesTheFirst, Outersect, LabRat, and more will be revealing fresh feels throughout the weekend.  I dig that the lineup is diverse in style and genres, you have everything from electronic to live expeditions in realms of psytrance, bass, dubstep, word music, glitch, glitch hop, live electronica, downtempo, and future funk!

The Untz is also hosting The Untz Challenge:  two winners of the Untz Challenge VII will be playing at 7 major music festivals across five months!  Those festivals include Summer Camp Music Festival, The Untz Festival, SONIC BLOOM, Electric Forest, ARISE Festival, Imagine Music Festival, and Backwoods Music Festival! ORIGINAL tracks can be submitted beginning February 29th, and we will continue to accept submissions until March 18th at 11:59 pm PST. MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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Mindful Massive

time January 8th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Mindful Massive is a collective stemming from South Lake Tahoe, California since 2011.  Founded and inspired by Ryan Kandell, aka: Irieyes, they’re known for their eclectic, fresh, and awe-inspiring conscious events, they are known for massive elevating growth, from a event production stand point and from an inside-out experience.  The crew also engages in lighting, staging and design, sound, concert touring, and visual craft! Their mission is “to create, inspire, and invent new ways to bring music to the Massive.”  I first heard of the Mindful Massive crew Winter of 2014 when I was writing Nas-Ja’s bio!

I was definitely inspired when I was traveling around that region of the U.S.A  a few weeks ago, and was lucky enough to check out one of their events which featured Andreilien, Digital Rust, Dubcoling, Oneness, Blue Louie, Nas Ja, Subdocta, & Benjah Ninjah.  The stage design was next level, very geometric via laser woodcut creation, two stages made for an ever growing experience as hundreds of music lovers danced away.  A spectrum of kaleidoscopic lighting and psychedelic visuals were present, as they featured mind-altering visions through dope talent, Fractaled Visions and Sophos collaboration gave a balancing effect that was well received.

Design by Irieyes

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Sound was of high quality, smooth, crisp, and mind-expanding feel.  Overall, the evening was an experience to be remembered.  If you’re in California, or anywhere else in the United States, I highly suggest checking out one their gatherings as they’re as fresh as it gets.  Mindful Massive is expanding their concert tour, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing this collective growing through the nation.  Aside Mindful Massive, Ryan has recently jumped on board with the Re:Evolution family as a Talent Agent.  His networks have been of continuous collaboration and growth, I’m eager to see the projects that Ryan continues to build within the artistic and creative underground.

Ryan, aka: Irieyes, Founder of Mindful Massive | Stage design: Mindful Massive

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Majestic Ent & EC Presents: The Road to Sonic Bloom: Bluetech, IAMNOBODI, ProJect Aspect, The Digital Connection

time January 6th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Majestic Entertainment & Euphonic Conceptions Present:  The Road To SONIC BLOOM featuring Bluetech, IAMNOBODI, Project Aspect, and The Digital Connection!  Taking place on January 14th in Denver, CO at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, this is as fresh as it gets on the regular out in the mountains!  Leading the industry in Colorado, and outside states, both of these communities will continue to inject fresh talent into the music industry. I remember experiencing endless Cervantes and EC Presents shows back when I used to reside in Colorado during their years of developing stages (2007 – 2011). Ticketing: Limited Availability

Bluetech set I can already predict will be very lucid, elevating, and legendary.  Stoked on my first IAMNOBODI’s set as I’m a fan of the Soulection crew.  Looking forward to Project Aspect live set in a hot minute, I’m sure he will throw down some magic.  I am especially stoked to check out my friend Ricky’s (The Digital Connection) set as he always impresses!  I haven’t experienced a live set since his last one in Austin, TX, stoked to listen some new , esp that new drippy downtempo ( Chasing The Midnight Sky release). Present now speaking, I am embarking on a continued journey into my old stomping grounds, Boulder, Colorado, next week for the rest of Winter and am eager to experience a Cervantes show (Denver) for the first time in a few years.

Sonic Bloom’s initial lineup will be revealed on January 11th, so be sure to stay tuned, as they are known for giving light to rising talent stemming from all over the underground electronic scene.  Having already announced 2 nights with the legendary Tipper, they are expected to gear growth through innovation and consistent lineups full of dope, eclectic, and underground gems.

Bluetech sound:

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Listen to The Digital Connection – Chasing The Midnight Sky ( released September 2015 ) out on Gravitas.  Experience a full-length album, 10 tracks, full of fresh downtempo feels, Ricky Shine is continually perfecting his craft.  Embodying fresh underground talent with eclectic creation through music production, he always puts forward a next level phase.   The chillout side of  The Digital Connection is immersed with emotive depth, acoustic instrumentation, psychedelic vibes, and bass magic.

Stay Connected w/ Majestic Entertainment and Euphonic Conceptions

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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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Kaminanda | Liminal Spaces [Merkaba Music]

time June 28th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , ,

Kaminanda (of Re: Evolution booking) released “Liminal Spaces” on June 17th, 2014 on a forth moving conscious label based in Australia – Merkaba Music. Liminal Spaces is a journey into the nearest distant star and back into the future, it is a transition. A futuristic ancient ritual, a maze of the found, a blanket of stardust, a discovery of a universe, a foreshadow of the unthinkable. I’ve had the pleasure of catching Kaminanda’s sets multiple times since my discovery of his blessed sound-waves at Sonic Bloom 2012, and I will continue to do so. I befriended him one year later at my friend Kati’s (Hibri Designs) birthday party in San Antonio, TX and was brought to life as he sprinkled glitter sparkles on my forehead. His live performances and stellar dance moves are magically uplifting as they will leave you in a transcendent state where time is forgotten, and the mind will become more clear as his deep psychedelic dubs and organic yet tribal journeys will breeze in through you leaving you feeling fresh and in an awakened state. Shout out to Francis Mckeon for the breathtaking artwork!

This uplift of audible soothingness consists of seven lengthy spiritually galactic cosmic wonders: “Moment to Moment”, “Elements”, “Opal Eyez”, “Empathic Spaces”, “Mystery School”, “The Jade Palace”, and “Euphoric Stillness”.  Moment to Moment is initiated by a crescendo of melodic glare accompanied by drum and snare. A symphony of differentiating auditory drum composition which tell a story of the importance of every moment to moment, and each journey within it felt through glitch twirls.  Elements is a tropical dreamscape of nature bird calls wrapped in psychedelic whomps. Each beat gives light to the next making it a heart-felt moment to treasure accompanied by vocals by Atreyu Harvest Moon. Opal Eyez has a very lively melodic feel to it with plenty of tribal instrumentation which fade in and out. Are you ready for a drive into infinity? Glitch frequencies illuminate a different feel, making it an unforgettable tale which teleports me into the eyes of the Opal, the national gemstone of Australia.  Empathic Spaces has an organic galactic sound to it, gentle whomps blend well with the rhythmic downtempo sensual vibes. Bright future for endless possibilities.

Mystery School is an upbeat psychedelic journey. Atmospheres and landscapes full of organic tempos create visions of lively heart beats. Tribal theme sounding melodies and brass instrumentation will bring forth energies meant to heal.  The Jade Palace is deep mystical glitch hop space heaven initiated by Buddhist gongs, bells, and chants. The melody and beat to this tune is nourishing and oriental-esque, and will ignite new dance moves. Welcome to The Jade Palace.  Euphoric Stillness is glitch euphoria at its finest. Feels of downtempo wonders will enter your brain waves, and spiritual water glitch wurbbles will clear passages and expand breakthroughs, creating a deep shamanic ritual cleanse.  The incorporation of  Gemma Luna’s voice adds to the heavenly feels of this magical tune.

Kaminanda is a spiritual shamanic sound guide who wants to show you possibilities of not only endless dimensions, but of endless encounters in spaces. Composed of sacred geometrical alignments, this alien being will ignite fresh new beginnings within you. With “Liminal Spaces”, he will create deep dub psychedelic realms and tribal glitch frequencies full of wonders that will ultimately open the mind’s eye. Yes, the third eye – the gateway to higher levels of consciousness.  He’s hit countless festivals and performances this summer and will continue to do so. He will be at The Parish here in Austin, TX on Friday, July 11th, so be sure not to miss an uplifting experience sure to create an experience within itself.

LISTEN HERELiminal Spaces by Kaminanda

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What The Festival 2014

time June 15th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

WTF!?! Super stoked to be attending this event for my second time. WTF is a really well put together and elaborate event, focused not only on showcasing some of the best electronic music from all over the world, but emphasizing the creation of a fully immersive festival experience. Nestled between striking views of Mt. Hood and an extensive valley, the festival grounds are literally surrounded by beauty, which is further highlighted by sculptures, interactive art, and live artists to complete the visual atmosphere. The event almost seems reminiscent of a festival much larger than it is, while still creating and supporting the sense of an intimate environment. There are 5 stages total, each hosting a unique feel and vibe. Due to the ridiculously perfect lineup at the Effin Stage last year, I hardly spent any time at the main stage a.k.a the WTF stage, but was impressed with it nonetheless. Placed on a sprawling grass meadow, the WTF stage holds up to everything I want out of a main stage: ample room to both dance and kick it, elaborate lighting and a simple, yet professional looking stage.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 


The aforementioned Effin stage is my personal favorite and is the perfect side stage, hosting most of my favorite acts from 2013’s event in an intimate yet poppin environment. The one big issue that I know was shared by many others last year was with the dirt dancefloor of the Effin Stage, which resulted in hacking dirt induced coughs, deeply dirty bodies, and unwelcomed dirt mustaches. BUT I’ve heard that the WTF has spent the year fixing this problem and the Effin Stage will be all grass this year! This was a major selling point for me returning this year and I’m really looking forward to getting down, hacking coughing free.

WTF’s pool stage (“The Splash Stage”) is truly the highlight of the event and one of WTF’s most unique elements. The pool stage pops off from 11-6 daily and the vibes are always right. The pool is about knee deep and gets changed every day, so the water stays relatively fresh and since it was quite hot last year and will likely be the same this year, the pool is super crucial to stay chill. The surrounding grass area and sandy dance floor leaves plenty of room for those not in the pool to still enjoy the party. I seriously CAN NOT wait for this year’s pool party, especially Friday’s lineup which includes Geno Cochino, Jobot, and Trippy Turtle!


I never made it into the OMG Lounge last year, as it was only available to those who purchased the OMG experience , so I was really happy to hear that this year the OMG lounge will be open for all people 21 and over! The OMG Lounge hosts an awesome lineup of local and visiting DJ’s throughout the day and into the night in a comfortable environment with drinks and food for sale.


And finally there is the Late Option Lounge (LOL Stage), which is coming back with a new and improved custom designed stage set up. The LOL stage is another relatively unique part of WTF, hosting a variety of types of performances from live music, to comedy, to beatboxing, to cabaret, to some like kind of weird but totally amazing, undefinable stuff. LOL Stage runs late, starting at 10 and going till sunrise!


One of the most exciting element of WTF is the 100% Funktion One sound . I really commend the WTF crew for recognizing the importance of this! It shows me that they truly want their festival to be of the highest level. Literally everywhere that the WTF crew has set up sound in this event is completely Funktion One. It’s nothing short of heavenly.


They also have a silent disco, movie screening area(Decked Out Cinema), hookah lounge, amazing vendors, and a wide selection of classes and workshops. Yes, I know, it sounds incredible…and it is! I can officially guarantee you, that you will not be bored at this event. There is something for everyone and the entire weekend is stacked with all the materials necessary for a good time.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

Music by Day

FRIDAY:
Kaytranada
: Kaytranda is easily the act I am most looking forward to in this event. Kevin Celestin is a canadian producer who has taken the beat music world by storm over the last year. He’s young, his style is super fresh and unique, and overall innovative. His jazz influenced beats are just simply amazing and he’s won the hearts of thousands of fans all over the world. Including mine! Great booking on WTF’s part. Catch him right before Cashmere Cat and directly after Giraffage at 10 PM on the WTF Stage!

Cashmere Cat : I’m sure most of you are familiar with self declared “cute music” of Cashmere Cat, but if you haven’t seen him live, it’s an absolute must! He’s an amazing DJ and plays lots of unreleased tracks and remixes in his live set. Such a great artist, can not wait to get down to him on the WTF Stage at 11 PM!

Robot Koch: I’ve been a fan of Robot Koch for quite a few years now and have yet to catch him live. I’m stoked to see him still getting great sets at festivals and am excited to groove to his multi-layered, melancholic beats at 8 on the main stage, Friday night.

Also, make sure not to miss Giraffage, Trippy Turtle, Nightmares on Wax, Geno Cochino, Washed Out, Jobot, Noah D, and Natasha Kmeto!

SATURDAY:
G Jones
: DUH! This Bay Area producer is at the forefront of West Coast Bass Music. His almost all original live sets are epic every single time and he is certainly one of the performances I am most excited for. NOT TO BE MISSED! 7 PM at the Effin Stage on Saturday night.

What So Not: Australian producers have been straight killing it these last two years and none has received more recognition than Flume. What So Not is the brainchild of Flume and Emoh Instead and their tunes, especially massive hit “Touched”  have been getting tons of love over the last year. What So Not is a lot more hip hop influenced than Flume’s solo project and Emoh Instead’s DJ skills are legendary, so it should be a really high energy and fun set! Check em at 10 PM on the main stage.

Smasheltooth: BAY AREEEAAAA!!!! Being from Santa Cruz, I’ve been watching Smasheltooth sets since her very first at Freaker’s Ball 2009. You can always rely on her to put together a unique, dynamic, and straight up gangster set, chock full of good ol RAP MUSIC <3 She’s a great DJ with a ton of energy and steez for miles. Catch her in the OMG Lounge on Saturday night at 10 PM.

Also, make sure not to miss RL Grime, The Librarian, Pressha, Phutureprimitive, and Goldrush!

SUNDAY :
We Got This Showcase 
: We Got This is a collective of West Coast artists, headquartered in Portland. Their showcase on Sunday night starts at 3 and goes till 7, featuring the talent of Spekt1, Prism Lab, Exodub, Tiger Fresh, Chase Manhattan, Doc Riz, and a special guest at 6:30. The crew is generally hip hop and future bass oriented, so these will be some top notch dancing hours!

OTT : Ott is a long standing favorite in the West Coast festival scene and all over the world. Ranging from chilled out ambient dub to organic influenced psychedelic music, Ott is a widely experienced and dynamic producer who makes trippy, earthy, and soulful music. Come get down to him at 8:30 on the main stage, Sunday night.

Vindata : Vindata is a two person duo from L.A. Combining Hip Hop and R&B influences with more experimental Indie sounds, Vindata makes some really beautiful, rich, and soulful music and should be a lovely live performance.

Also, make sure not to miss VNDMG, Fort Knox Five, The Dirty Bird Pool Party, DJ Balance, and PRSN!

What The Festival is shaping up to be one of the best parties of the summer, so I really hope to see many of you out there. Tickets still available till Thursday and then at the gate Thursday and Friday!
BUY TICKETS HERE

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

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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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SONIC BLOOM 2014 Preview | South Park, CO | June 19th – 22nd

time May 31st by Sofia authorTags: , , , , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014, the Unified Field, will be taking place at a new location, The American Safari Ranch in South Park, Colorado for its 9th annual gathering, an electrifying experience waiting to happen.  Sonic Bloom was my first music camping festival, an initial inspiration into my musical journey – a trigger of transformational light.  This is honestly, hands down, THE festival to experience during the Summer.  Not only does it consistantly showcase forth moving and ground breaking talent, but it is an eye-opening experience both inside and out.  It is a transformational gathering destined to nourish the mind, body, and soul.  Aside it’s stellar musical lineup this year, they will also be hosting, as always, a wide-variety of unique features such as live painting, performance art, yoga, movement, speakers & workshops!  Tickets are moving, time is passing, the moment is approaching…let’s all bloom creatively this summer!

Four predominant and forth moving headliners were announced in this vibrant lineup, a futuristic blessing: Tipper, Shpongle, Eoto, & Opiuo!  Tipper will be performing TWO sets, his only appearance in Colorado in 2014, so don’t miss out on this special synchronicity of uplifting sound waves- he is known for his mastery of electronic music ranging from mid-tempo, glitch hop to downtempo melodic composition and recently released a new album “Forward Escape“…so come out and listen to his latest sounds in a sweet sound setting provided by the largest Funktion-One sound system to ever be showcased in Colorado.  Along his set, will be the LEGENDARY visual artists Android Jones & Johnathan Singer…is this real life?  Shpongle (Simon Posford Dj Set), of Twisted Records, was the final headliner announced, the perfect addition.  I’ve caught his dj sets a couple times, and he never fails to satisfy with his downtempo yet psychedelic sound waves that will open new gateways within you.  I am so stoked on Eoto, and so should you.  Eoto, the dubstep duo that is 100% improvisational – a mix of organic sounds of live drums, bass, and guitar through a variety of programs come together to create a unique experience, and consists of members of The String Cheese Incident- Michael Travis and Jason Hann.  Opiuo, a blooming funk and bass producer who has given me the ultimate brain massage every time is currently on tour, “World Tour”, and his mid stop is in CO – I caught him recently here in Austin, TX and experienced yet another fresh set.

Over 100 more artists will be performing at this years BLOOM.  The entire lineup is too fresh, it consists of a plethora amount of rare talent surrounding the Zilla, Re:Evolution, familymoons, Merkaba Music, and sub.mission families.  Such artists are continually rising from today’s national/international conscious electronic music scene:  The Polish Ambassador, the premiere of Michal Menert Big Band, Zilla, OTT, Random Rab, Quantic (live band), Zion I, Break Science, Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother Dj Set), Quixotic, Vibesquad, Kalya Scintilla ft. Eve Olution, Desert Dwellers, Zoogma, Dopapod, Kaminanda, Mr. Bill, Supervision, Bird of Prey, Paul Basic, Fort Knox Five, Janover & Resunator, The Human Experience, Dirtwire, & Merkaba.  I honestly can’t wait for The Sonic Bloom Orchestra which will feature a collaborative performance with names such as Eoto, Break Science, Zilla,  ill-esha, Kaminanda, etc.  The rest of the bill still showcases VERY talented up and coming national and international artists, so be sure to look out for:  Skytree, Whitebear, Polar Vortex (a new audio-visual collab project from ill-esha & S∆UCEmonster), Mumukshu, kLL sMTH, Futexture, Deloscinari, Soulacybin, Dubvirus, Shwex, Quanta, Akasha, Psymbionic, D.V.S*, Sunsquabi, Marvel Years, Dynohunter, Michael Garfield, Sixis, and Living Light.  I’m getting all giddy over here just by looking over the lineup and writing about it… it’s like a dreaming state about to hit reality.  I’ve had the pleasure of catching a great majority of these artists live within the past few years and I can assure it’s worth your time, both mentally and spiritually.  I walked into this scene unexpectedly and am so happy I discovered this community.  If you happen to be unfamiliar with this lineup or are only familiar with some of the artists, I highly suggest taking little time to discover something rare that will inspire you and potentially ignite the fire in your life purpose.

Featuring a breathtaking 360 degree mountain panorama and views of the continental divide, the new site in South Park adds to the magical touch of Sonic Bloom. The size of the site will allow for a car camping option, allowing just a short walk from the stage to cars/campsites. There will be an indoor saloon with late-night music and VIP packages will include optional on-site lodging packages.  Among the many spaces and zones will be The Oasis Bath-house complete with private hot showers, a woof-fired sauna and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap “healing hub” where you’re able to kick-back, relax, enjoy the sauna, and get sprayed by delightful smelling soapy foam meant to rinse and cool you down.  The Glassblowing Dome by the Colorado Project, the interactive recycled glassblowing demos by the Nectar Collector, Boomtown by Jimmy Bleyer & Temple of Visions, and the Hammock Zone by the Elevated Movement will definitely be lively and interactive.  Beyond that, there are numerous amounts of other workshops, yoga classes, speakers, and live painters who will keep you learned and entertained.

A time to consciously unify on a beautiful weekend is approaching, so I hope you are ready for the ultimate life experience full of endless possibilities.  Unifying a cast of some of the world’s most electrifying musicians, performers, visionaries, and artists, SONIC BLOOM, is an inspiring showcase of Colorado’s forth moving Conscious Music Scene.  It has been credited for helping to break the careers of artists such as Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique and Pretty Lights,  so come out and engage in discovery of some of the most progressive electronic innovators and live electronic acts with styles that are out of this universe.  Words can’t express how excited I am to return to a place that initially inspired me and will continue to inspire me.  Thank you Jamie Janover and the whole Zilla and Sonic Bloom family for making this possible.

    • Watch Android Jones create the album art for the new Dave Tipper album “Forward Escape” in this time-lapse video:

Life Raft for a Death Trip from Android Jones on Vimeo.

 

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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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