Berries & JAM
Symbiosis Gathering: Not your Average Transformative Fest
Festival line-ups don’t stand out to me like they did when I was 21; they don’t recruit me the way Rothbury ‘09 demanded my presence.  Now 27- and reporting on fest culture for a 6th year- I wonder if I’m just changing or if, in fact, festival line-ups are overlapping and too commonly duplicating productions with limited diversity. In a time when the latter seems more true, Symbiosis Gathering calls me to participate in what appears to be shaping into the transformational gathering of the year, Symbiosis Gathering’s 10 Year Re:Union. I first encountered Symbiosis Events in West Virginia, at...
Tipper plays intimate show for 500 lucky fans: show review
Experiencing the music of Dave Tipper is best described as an exercise in mindfulness. It’s the attempt to continuously and steadily balance the sometimes overwhelming cascade of multi-sensory stimulation. It’s the challenge of giving one’s full attention to the movement of sound as it dances across a stereophonic playground. It’s the total surrender to the chatter of the mind and its eventual return to the present moment; the ritualization of finding a “sweet spot”.  Experiencing Tipper’s music is trying to pick up on the nuance of his endless almanac of composed beats and rhythms that I think I’ve heard before,...
Gathering of the Vibes to Celebrate 20 Grateful Years
A Preview for the 20th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT July 30th – August 2nd, 2015 Written by Alex Kratzert It is a fine time to be Grateful on this generous planet we’ve been flying on. It’s as fine a time as any, really, what with its fair mix of promising, inspiring good and inevitable, inexorable bad. But in this time, we are lucky enough that one of these goods so happens to be oh, sweet music, especially that which comes straight from the soul and without assumption. It also so happens that the best musicians...
Shambhala celebrates 18th year, fans continue to return!
A Preview for Shambhala 2015 British Columbia, CA Written by Matt Mayer What started as a 500 person party on a sunny weekend back in 1998 has blossomed into one of the most renowned electronic music festivals in the world. This August marks the 18th Shambhala Music Festival and online tickets are sold out. In the spirit of Shambhala, word of mouth continues to fuel the growth of this one of a kind gathering. The crazy part is that this happens without a single corporate sponsor. Shambhala is 100% independently owned and produced. Shambhala takes place in the majestic Salmo River...
Never Ending Sea of Smiles: A Review of Beanstalk Music and Mountains Fest
As the last week of May progressed, excitement grew inside me knowing I’d soon be surrounded by incredible natural beauty, hypnotic music, and smiling faces.  Beanstalk was shaping up to be a family affair, as I spoke with dozens of friends making plans to travel to State Bridge for the three days of bliss that awaited us.  My heart leaped as my friend Kristen knocked on the door Friday afternoon, already “festied out” in patterned flair pants and a sexy black crop top. I was unusually prepared with all my gear by the front door, ready to begin the adventure....
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