A Review of the Inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL September 11th-14th, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac We got a flat tire 19 miles from Danville. It may have been sooner, really; in fact, I’d say it was probably much sooner. I had some difficulty keeping our 1990 Volvo 240 in a straight line on I-74 W, attributing the effect to the uneven pavement of one of those one-lane construction drags, as well as my own fatigue. We had once again driven through the night without really sleeping – another mad dash through rain, wind and flat plain – and I figured it would be best to stop before getting to town. It wasn’t until…

Berries and JAM

A Review of the Inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL September 11th-14th, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac We got a flat tire 19 miles from Danville. It may have been sooner, really; in fact, I’d…

My heart swells as I prepare to head back to north Florida’s beautiful Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park and Campground. For the second year in a row The String Cheese Incident returns to this venue for their legendary Hulaween run.  Nestled in the heart of the Suwanee River Valley, the campgrounds truly are a sight for the dreamer’s eyes.   Spirit of the Suwanee is no stranger to amazing music.  They host multiple…

Lockn’ Music Festival 2014 Arrington, VA September 4th – 7th Written by Alex Kratzert “The whole thing is remembering, this is who we are. Remember who we are? We are in reality a group of misfits, crazy people, who have voluntarily come together to work this stuff out and do the best we can and try to be as fair as we possibly can with each other, and just struggle…

An Interview with Kyle Hollingsworth September 12th, 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Danville, IL I arrived slightly late to the press trailer and so, I would be the last to get an interview. It was going on five o’clock, and the first set of the String Cheese Incident was only a few short hours away. It was a long, chilly night for everyone, and it was…

It is so beautiful that thousands of strangers can come together and form such a tight knit community within days. We are bearing witness to a conscious awakening and it is powerful. Thank you to everyone who made this event happen and thank you to Paul Bassis, Producer of ARISE, for your vision!

Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL September 11th-14th, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert “Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss Festivals are everywhere. Just as organic foods, fuel-efficient vehicles, gas-guzzlers, YOLO, iTools and savage public violence have decorated our country like a Jackson Pollock painting, these gatherings have become widely known and distributed – another piece of our time in the…

Festival Preview: Catskill Chill Camp Minglewood – Hancock, NY September 5th – 7th Written by Rick Acevedo The collective consciousness of our human race as a whole is changing. That may seem pretty heavy when you think about what it means in relation to a music festival, but in fact it’s truly the reason we come together. The celebration of life through music and dance, Electronic and Jam; it’s all…

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…

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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