Berries & JAM
Let Your Voice Be Heard: An Interview with Ayla Nereo
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Ayla Nereo.  I was headed to The Polish Ambassador at the Fillmore Auditorium, and before the show I had an antsy feeling to get to the venue early.  I knew there were openers, but I hadn’t done any research on them.  I decided to head over anyway and as I walked in, my body was filled with an other-wordly enchantment.  I was whisked away on an auditory journey and became completely lost in the music; myself and the entire crowd were encapsulated in an orb of heavenly sound.  When I finally came...
Surrender to the Divine Journey: A Review of ARISE Music Festival
Many believe there’s an all-knowing energy that guides our human experience. This motherly force is said to put us exactly where we’re supposed to be at any given moment. Whether this concept resonates with you or not, it allows us to release the stress of yesterday and tomorrow, and live in the here and now. When anticipating a music festival, it’s only natural to imagine the weekend you’re going to have based on experience and friends who will be in attendance.  Over the years I’ve realized that what actually happens is a far cry from what’s envisioned- sometimes for the better,...
What We Do When We Go to Lockn’
A Story from Lockn’ Music Festival Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA September 11th – 13th, 2015 Written by Alex Kratzert * “Magic is what we do. Music is how we do it.” – Jerry Garcia Also from Jerry, “What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.” * Thursday The rain stopped when night came and we were driving south toward Lockn’ Music Festival. I was with one friend and we had been listening to a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Phish (Halloween ’14 with all the spooky sounds), and when we...
Symbiosis 10 year RE:UNION Re:View
In a saturated festival market, where lineups and themes start to blur into eachother, you have to pick wisely. This year’s 10 year Re:Union of Symbiosis was my big pick of the summer, and I was not disappointed. I had not attended a Symbiosis event since the legendary 2009 Symbiosis in Yosemite, and I couldn’t wait to Re:Unite with this magical family. The Symbiosis production crew always delivers with a style and class that is hard to match. I know this because I have had the pleasure of attending 4 Symbiosis festivals, first in 2006 and 2007 in Angels Camp,...
Lockn’ Fans Anticipate Festival’s Third Run
A Preview for Lockn’ Music Festival September 10th – 13th, 2015 Arrington, VA Written by Alex Kratzert It has been a fine summer to hear music, one which has had many firsts to accompany that big goodbye. Aside from those Fare Thee Well shows was a sold-out Electric Forest, the Dear Jerry Concert, and the Seaside Allstars and the Old and in the Way Incident at Gathering of the Vibes, not to mention all the other great music that’s been around. It has been a grateful time to be alive, and as such I see no better way to wrap up...
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