Lockn’ Music Festival Oak Ridge Farm – Arrington, VA September 4-7, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert Tonight as I write, whenever this is, I type on my couch in a hooded sweatshirt and corduroys – no socks. There is no air conditioning, but there is a fan that is really only reaching my bare feet. It is well into August, I know that much, and for a pair of weeks now I have heard much talk of fall vibes and changing times. Since school is over for me now and the real kick is just a loan-deferment away, I am reminded of only one of few things: the cool Appalachian air of Arrington, Virginia in early September. I am then reminded of the red clay earth that spreads vast across the plane toward the mountains, so smooth to the touch yet rigid enough to break several of my dad’s aluminum…

Berries and JAM

Lockn’ Music Festival Oak Ridge Farm – Arrington, VA September 4-7, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert Tonight as I write, whenever this is, I type on my couch in a hooded sweatshirt and corduroys – no socks. There is no air conditioning, but there is a fan that is really only reaching my bare feet. It is well into August, I know that much, and for a pair of weeks…

The Gratifly experience was many things rolled into one, but at the end of the weekend we looked back on a time that had been full of love, connection, and learning. Even though everything may not have gone as planned this year, this festival definitely has the potential to be an important staple of the East Coast festival scene. Read on to see why.

But the Best Ships are Frendships and May They Always Be A Review of the Frendly Gathering 2014 Timber Ridge, VT Written by Britton Beal Photos taken by Andrew Sergeant Well another Frendly Gathering has come and gone and with immense success may I add. So let us cheer: to sunrises and instant coffee; to good weather, better music, and the best [Frends] crew; and to all of you, with…

Wild Woods Music & Arts Festival August 8th-10th, 2014 Croyden, NH Written by Mitch Smith “We actually had to check the airspace over the grounds to make sure there weren’t any planes crossing over because of our lasers and the lightshows and all that. So, yeah,” Jeff Blair’s disembodied, laughing voice was saying over the phone, “our lights and production and the whole visual aspect of Wild Woods is going…

Covered in glitter by: Abby Benjamin The uniqueness of each festival experience never ceases to amaze me.  No matter how many festivals you have under your cute fairy utility belt, each one still has its own flavor, personality, and bundle of memorable conversations and experiences. Shadows Ranch is one of my favorite festival venues.  It’s comparable in feel to Horning’s Hideout outside of Portland, OR and Spirit of the Suwannee…

A Preview for ARISE Music Festival Loveland, CO August 8th-10th, 2014 Written by Matthew Cocinero I can barely contain the bubbling energy inside me! It’s a side effect of the recent realization that I will soon be returning to the beautiful Colorado landscape for another incredible and refreshing co-created event.  For the second year, Arise Music Festival will be returning to Sunrise Ranch, which is nestled in the stunning foothills…

Light the Fuse: a Review of Electric Forest 2014 June 26-29, 2014 Rothbury, MI Written by Alex Kratzert “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can…

An Interview with Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu Electric Forest Music Festival Rothbury, MI Written by Alex Kratzert At about 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 29th 2014, I was sitting in the media tent flipping through photos, guzzling water and nursing down a chicken quesadilla. There was a threat of rain for that day and photographers became very anxious and curious as to how their gear would hold up. Then…

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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