08/08/13-08/11/13  :  Hemlock Hollow Farm  ::  Claverack, NY This review is written by Chadbyrne R. Dickens and it sounds like he had a blast!!   “No intoxication, Unless you see what I see, Dancin’ hot and sweaty, Right in front of me.” – Jans Ingber singing Prince’s “Musicology” with Kung Fu Up up up and away!  The Big Up has lift off!  New Orleans is nicknamed, “The Big Easy” and perhaps henceforth Clavernack, NY should be renamed “The Big Up” as the euphoric eruption that is The Big Up Festival (www.thebigup.com) took place in that small town August 8th-10th.  It is centrally located only 2 hours North of New York City, 170 miles West of Boston and 200 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The reasonable ticket price of $135 includes 3 nights of camping, yoga, competitions, challenges, guided meditations, rock star karaoke, hula hoop workshops, art installations, theme nights and more!  With…

Berries and JAM

08/08/13-08/11/13  :  Hemlock Hollow Farm  ::  Claverack, NY This review is written by Chadbyrne R. Dickens and it sounds like he had a blast!!   “No intoxication, Unless you see what I see, Dancin’ hot and sweaty, Right in front of me.” – Jans Ingber singing Prince’s “Musicology” with Kung Fu Up up up and away!  The Big Up has lift off!  New Orleans is nicknamed, “The Big Easy” and…

Check out the hyperlinks for complete set lists!  It all started when Prints Charming stimulated my inbox with a surprise text on Thursday:  “Are you in the Bay?”  He said.  ”Phuck yeah,” I thought then quickly replied, “Yes, and I’d love to see you!” Two texts later I was making dinner for this Twarriour (tour-warrior) and laughing at his stouries. Ah, phresh tales from the Canada border patrol…Toronto must have been great!…

As festival seasons come and go, there is little you are left with but an ever-lasting memory and retrospective view of the festival. I have been trying to tap into this post-festival euphoria to better understand the lasting impression a show or fest has on me. A music festival can boast an impressive line-up, be nestled in a beautiful place, and have plenty of visual artist and workshops, but there…

Flagstaff, Arizona is a quaint mountain town with an abundance of beautiful, creative and well-intentioned individuals. The earthly vibration of Soggy Bottom Ranch was the ideal space for this magically mindful gathering. Scattered with chunks of volcanic rock and aromatic ponderosa pines, this private land became a safe haven for many to unwind and blast off into bliss as they explored their inner cosmos of potential. Each year, building on…

[This review was written mostly by Alex Kratzert but Christina also felt the need to chime in from time to time.]  “Sex; drugs; those are the things that they’re using to sell rock n’ roll, which seems a damn shame. When you get down to it, the music is certainly capable of doing that on its own.” – Levon Helm of The Band. I found myself writing this article maddeningly…

Road trips are great. Allowing my imagination to run wild with the anticipation of the upcoming destination makes for quite the entertaining drive, especially with 1000 watts of sound to keep me company. Enchanted Forest, a three-day conscious festival in the Redwoods of Mendocino? Yes, please. Although a hefty journey for someone like myself living in Los Angeles, the drive up the California coast includes stops in San Luis Obispo,…

Get ready to blast off to The Big Up! Anticipation has been building for weeks as many have been looking forward to the unique magic this festival brings! There is a reason why so many have been clamoring for a chance to return for the sights and sounds of this rare offering. The Big Up (www.thebigup.com) takes place from August 8th-10th in Claverack, NY which is centrally located only 2…

Overview… As soon as I read a Facebook status by fellow Sparkleberry Christina Sava asking if she had any “spontaneous friends” that wanted to go to a music festival, I got that feeling. The Forecastle Festival was the name and I immediately looked up the website and saw that it was taking place in Louisville, KY. As I realized it was only a few hours away from me and that…

B-Conscious

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…

“We proclaim the spreading of SPARKLE!!!” Is what echoes in my mind whenever I think about Sparkleberry Lane.  I have interpreted Spreading the Sparkle as being the power of living life with a positive attitude. I have learned that attitude is a seemingly small thing that makes the biggest difference! What a change it can make in someone’s life! A positive word modifies perspective in such a way that the…

  I’m halfway through law school, but it seems like just yesterday I was sending in my application.  With winds of fortune at my back, I accepted a spot at a school in South Florida, and rather eagerly began my first semester.  I’m happy that, standing here at the halfway point, I can say that my enthusiasm for this massive accumulation of knowledge has not dampened; a law school education,…

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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