Just two more days until the very first Cognitive Awakening in Paradise, CA (near Chico). Believe me, you won’t want to miss out on this one! There is a stir about Tahoe regarding the festival; people are excited to get out of town and experience something new altogether. I know that I am ready for the mind cleansing and soul rejuvenation that inevitably goes hand in hand with gatherings such as The Cognitive Awakening. I am ready to challenge myself and my instincts, make myself vulnerable, spark my creativity, and fine-tune my senses. I have a wonderful fuzzy feeling inside that this will be an unforgettable weekend where I will meet dear old friends and curious new souls. The Cognitive Weekend is somewhat of a family affair… it is low key, family oriented, and focused on quality over quantity. Yes, huge festivals are usually great fun and put you in party mode, but what gets me excited about The Cognitive Awakening is this family aspect as well as the interactive parts of the festival. Also, I have never been to a festival in climate like this so I am excited to see what new elements are brought to the table; I’m sure the unique environment will make the festival all the more dynamic! Some of my favorite DJs are performing on Funktion One sound… what’s not to be stoked about?
Check out the lineup for Sunday night at the main stage, it’s pretty unbeatable!
9pm Andrew The Pirate & Smasheltooth
10pm Zeb Early
12am Love & Light
1am Russ Liquid
3am Rich DDT
Conscious, forward-thinking minds will meet to join forces in Northern California’s Paradise, CA for The Cognitive Awakening. Held on July 13-16, it will be a much needed cool-down from the mayhem that is July 4th weekend. The location looks to be nothing short of spectacular, on a 90-acre ranch on a bluff in Northern California. Combine the majestic setting with top-notch electronic DJs, mind-expanding art, and our open-minded bass community, and you are guaranteed to have a kick-ass weekend! The aim for The Cognitive Awakening is quality over quantity. It is a participatory event and those contributing are considering each and every detail that will make the gathering unforgettable. I can already imagine drifting around the blessed space through different soundscapes, meeting and learning from vibrant souls, and witnessing the multitude of visual stimuli offered at the gathering.
First off, Nexus is bringing the Funktion Ones so you know no matter what your soul will be shaken and your ears tickled with auditory delight. The lineup is incredible and features some of my all-time favorites such as Love & Light, Random Rab, Heyoka, Ill.Gates, Russ Liquid, Gladkill, Kalya Scintilla, Mihkal, and Nicoluminous. I absolutely love the focus on thought-provoking, melodic bass… you won’t be finding any brostep here, that’s for sure. Some awesome Tahoe kids are playing which will make for great family time! And of course I can’t wait to wander and discover some new amazing music while there.
The interactive and visual installations sound out-of-this-world. Giant water balloon slingshot? Yes, please. There will be a Love Tech Digital Jam Dome which will provide an immersive multi-sensory experience. We have Erin Branwell’s awe-inspiring and complex yet massive jellyfish-like structures which are sure to inspire. Michael Heltebrake’s art is always mind-warping and I am excited to see what he brings to the table. Then we have a Nexus fire cauldron, portals, mutant vehicles, and a huge laughing yoga circle. Sounds like way too much fun! I can’t wait to release my inhibitions and open my senses to new possibilities. Come join me on the bluffs!