Sonic Bloom 2014 was one for the books. Our brothers and our sisters of this amazing community came with open arms and a new respect for the new location at American Safari Ranch. Celebrating its 9th year in Colorado, Sonic Bloom took this new venue by storm and showed us all what this gorgeous state has to offer. It was a drastic change from what most of us were used to but a good, refreshing change none-the-less. The lovely trees and flowing river will be missed by anyone who attended the festival when it was at Shadow’s Ranch in Georgetown, but with this change comes a new picture that will capture your wildest imagination. I’ve personally lived in top ski towns like Vail and Breckenridge and would say the imagery we had at American Safari Ranch is untouchable. Literally surrounded by a 360 degree view of mountains in a wide open…

Berries and JAM

Sonic Bloom 2014 was one for the books. Our brothers and our sisters of this amazing community came with open arms and a new respect for the new location at American Safari Ranch. Celebrating its 9th year in Colorado, Sonic Bloom took this new venue by storm and showed us all what this gorgeous state has to offer. It was a drastic change from what most of us were used…

YES! We’re going to Gratifly Music and Arts Festival this year! This was an experience I wanted to be a part of last year, but couldn’t make it work, and sent our brave reviewer Sally to cover it for us. Sparkleberry Lane is super stoked to be supporting this event because they are promoting a conscious, uplifting, community-building festival experience right here on the East Coast. While “transformational” festivals- festivals…

A Preview for the Frendly Gathering Timber Ridge, VT June 27th-28th, 2014 Written by Britton Beal The Frendly Gathering is back for the fourth consecutive year and guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s Frendly Gathering boasts a bigger line-up, bigger crowd, and bigger gaggle of giggling girls swarming now, U.S. Olympic Snowboarder, Danny Davis. The end of June every year seems to be a fast-paced transitional…

A Review of Mysteryland USA Bethel, NY May 23rd – 26th Written by Alexander Kratzert Photos by Drew Obston      That strange time that we call 1969 is far behind. Thoughts and minds carry on in many ways, but still much has changed since the days of Jimi, Janice and Jerry. In this world of seven billion (and counting!), the factions of the music scene have grown wide, wild and…

DelFest: May 22-25, 2014 (Cumberland, MD) Author: Aidan King Photos: Hanna Lane DelFest was my first true festival experience since the days of old, when I would dart around the Winterhawk bluegrass grounds (currently known as Grey Fox) year after year, with sun-bleached blonde hair flowing in the breeze. In those days, I tumbled down hills, hopped over colorful blankets, and befriended the resident pizza-vendor, who gave me free gobs of…

Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Stockbridge, VT – June 20th – 23rd Written by Mitch Smith This coming weekend—from Friday, June 20th until the wee hours of Monday morning, June 23rd—the sun will be riding high in the sky, shining its beneficent rays, and smiling down upon the festival-goers at  Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival in beautiful Stockbridge, VT, nestled nicely in the Green Mountains, surrounded by nature’s finest. My skin…

June 19-22, 2014 Sparkle spread by Shaun Kukla        Sonic Bloom. So many words could be used to describe this beautiful gathering of some of the best artists, healers, teachers, and of course fans in all of festyland. A new chapter is to unfold this weekend as Sonic Bloom takes us to the majestic mountains within South Park, Colorado. The magical adventure that awaits us  is located at a new…

Electric Forest 2014 Rothbury, Michigan June 26th – 29th Written By Alexander Kratzert       It makes me glad to see that imagination and creativity are very much alive and well. In fact, I think that they are at an all-time high, at least lately, despite all the other noise that is out there. I also think that the conscious state of mind is at an all-time high; of course,…

B-Conscious

Wherever your festivities bring you today, I invite you to take a moment to consider the word ‘freedom’ and the role it has played in your life. Although the meaning of this expression has changed gigantically since it’s authorized inception the experience, through time, has granted many a similar opportunity. Be it the right to vote, marry the same sex, medicate with the use of cannabis, identify yourself as an individual of your own creation or simply just speak your mind; this word creates POWER. Not to be confused with the occasional corruption we see in government today, but instead the ability WE THE PEOPLE are capable of achieving- conquering the American Dream, whatever that means to you.

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…

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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