Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD May 22-25, 2014           For quite a while, the bluegrass scene had been a foreign sound in my mind, a faction of the music community to which I had little-to-no experience firsthand. I simply had not given it the time, and the bulk of my listening was fixed upon electric instruments, distortion, wah pedals and psychedelic jams. Nothing like Jerry, Jimmy, or Jimi, I thought. Those styles, anyway. But somewhere in my travels, barefoot on the matted grass of a late-spring or summer day, the rapid plucking of a banjo and the slap of a stand-up bass proved more than able to get the feet stepping. Despite any preconceptions or musical taste, the bluegrass style never fails to provide energy and a hell of a time, which will certainly be plentiful at this year’s Delfest. This Memorial Day weekend, Delfest will…

Berries and JAM

Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD May 22-25, 2014           For quite a while, the bluegrass scene had been a foreign sound in my mind, a faction of the music community to which I had little-to-no experience firsthand. I simply had not given it the time, and the bulk of my listening was fixed upon electric instruments, distortion, wah pedals and psychedelic jams. Nothing like Jerry, Jimmy,…

Lucidity Universe Live Oak Campground – Santa Ynez, California April 11-13, 2014 The Lucidity production team and community provides nothing short of an awe-inspiring compilation of music, art, food, energy, workshops, sanctuaries, and unique village environments, igniting the perfect platform for co-creation. It is their open-sourced philosophy that truly awakens the unified Lucid Dream and allows for individuals to immerse themselves in the experience. The presence the Lucidity family has…

I cannot think of a better way to spend Halloween than at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park jammin to some of the best musical acts our festival scene has to offer. Not to mention being surrounded by thousands of my brothers and sisters in their best costumes and Halloween attire ready to get down! This is Halloween for adults at its finest, my friends, this is the first…

“They’re looking for magic. There’s a moment when you see something like that, there’s a crack in your mind, and you know it’s a trick but you can’t figure it out. And that crack lets in all the light, it opens up all the possibilities. When that little split second thing happens when the Dead are playing, everybody in the audience goes, ‘Wow! Did you see that?’ That’s the moment,…

ARISE is somewhere you’ll most definitely want to be next year as it shined bright, last month, through its inception.  From the organizers to the audience bred happiness and everyone was super stoked to be at a brand new Colorado-festival. The music was superb, with an eclectic combination of both live band and electronic music. Aside from the juicy sound vibrations, the festival offered so much more! There was art, yoga, multimedia…

What: SYMBIOSIS GATHERING 2013 When: September 19th (noon) to 23rd (7pm), 2013 Where: Woodward Reservoir Regional Park, 14528 26 Mile Road, Oakdale, California, 95361 Symbiosis events never dare to disappoint.  History from 2009’s unanimously renowned happening, held in Yosemite National Forest, CA, along with 2012’s Eclipse Gathering, celebrated at Pyramid Lake, NV, prove the significance of their efforts. Sparing no oversight for their event, Symbiosis continues to set the bar high for West Coast…

The summer is coming to a close.  Scents and thoughts remain, but the routine changes as the nights begin to grow colder.  For many of us, this time means the start of school, the end or lessening of work, and a minimal amount of funds to scrounge on through the year.  I have since associated the months of June, July and August to be a haven for music and the…

Once again, the summer is nearing its end, but for those of you still aching for some live jams, there is still hope on the horizon, especially if you like the funk. A blend of new and old talent, the 4th Annual Catskill Chill Music Festival has returned with a powerhouse All-Star lineup of classic funk, jam, and electronic artists. With a ticket sales cap at 5,000, this festival is…

B-Conscious

I began studying Horticulture in Charleston, SC about two years ago because I was becoming more and more aware of the atrocities of the government regulating the FDA. I also spent some time on a medical marijuana farm in California right before I went back to college and was inspired by the efforts of the land owners to use all available resources and cut back on utility cost and land…

As the season of rebirth blooms into full fruition, I can’t help but feel a need for new beginnings.  There is no denying this urge is physiologically derived, an echo of our innate, biological call to awaken the hibernating and bundled spirit from the winter’s cold into the newness of Spring.  This past snowy New Hampshire winter was strenuous on my physical and mental balance, so spring has entered with…

“We proclaim the spreading of SPARKLE!!!” Is what echoes in my mind whenever I think about Sparkleberry Lane.  I have interpreted Spreading the Sparkle as being the power of living life with a positive attitude. I have learned that attitude is a seemingly small thing that makes the biggest difference! What a change it can make in someone’s life! A positive word modifies perspective in such a way that the…

Interviews

So wait, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, how did that name manifest? Haha we’ve definitely gotten that question before. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is actually a real thing, not a random collection of P-words. B.F. Skinner, the behavioral psychologist, trained pigeons to peck a ball back-and-forth through operant conditioning… you can actually see a clip of this on YouTube, right above all of our YouTube videos. So back in college when…

BUNK: adj.  1) Substances duplicitously sold as illegal/illicit/recreational chemicals that do not produce the desired effect. 2) Illegal/illicit/recreational chemicals cut to such an extreme that their effect is severely reduced. (www.urbandictionary.com) Ahhhh Festival Season.  The perfect time to give your tent and sleeping bag some much needed appreciation, revel in your favorite musical acts together in one gorgeous natural setting, make new life-affirming friendships, and do other shit (largely in public)…

Musical entertainment has been around for almost all of human history, but the shows designed by V Squared Labs are really a thing of the future. By collaborating with music producers to build “mood boards” summarizing the theme of each show, Vello Virkhaus, the company’s founder, is able to construct reusable sets that tour with artists and accompany them onstage. Creating massive visual arrangements makes the concert-goer’s experience well worth…

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