Archive for the ‘festivals’ Category

Sold out – Burning Man 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

File under #White People’s Problems.

Scalpers on eBay are starting to go for it, as are the counterfeiters.

But this ad on Craigslist in LA is hilarious!

Burning Man Ticket. One Million dollars. – $1 (Echo Park)

Date: 2011-07-25, 11:23PM PDT

Hi. I have a Burning Man ticket, and I’m selling it for one million dollars. The million dollars must be paid in United States one dollar bills which i will burn in a pile on the playa as some kind of retarded example of the futility of money or something.

  • Location: Echo Park
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 2513615968

Burning Man 2010 photo gallery added

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I’ve just added a Burning Man 2010 gallery to – I’ve already posted most of these shots on my Facebook page, but for those that want to share these with folks not on FB, this is the place to send them to…


He Who Hesitates…

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

misses out on the lower price tickets.  Happy Valentines Day Lovers!  Case in point… I hesitated to buy my tickets to the 2010 Beloved Festival on Friday when they went on sale.

The price Friday was $108 (single ticket) for the four day festival, but I didn’t think that I needed to buy right that instant.  Wrong!  When I looked today the price is now $144!!!   Darn, missed the lowest tier again!  Oh well.  The month of August is just about booked for me now.  And the tickets made a really nice Valentines Day present too 🙂

beloved 2010

Beloved - Oregon Open Air Sacred Art & Music Festival

Last year’s Beloved was one of the best festival experiences I have had in a very long time.  The coastal forest setting in the hills just West of Waldport, Or was wonderfully calm and comfortable for this Northwesterner.  It almost made tears come to my eyes when I thought about how much easier to survive it was in the forest compared to the desert of Burning Man.  Fog instead of windy, dusty whiteouts – what a concept!  And not a single stumbling drunk in the bunch to bother anyone as you might have had at a more rawkish festival such as Coachella or Sasquatch.  The intent of creating a sacred event in which people could share the beauty of living on this wondrous planet really shined – from the booking of the talent (so tasty and juicy!), to the sound and light crew who kept things clear throughout, to the workshops, to even the choice of food vendors and the portable sauna and shower company that provided the space to go get squeaky clean.  All my interactions with festival staff was amazingly positive considering the workload that was thrust upon them as camping and parking space rapidly dwindled.  I’ve already gushed about Beloved on this website earlier – please check out the short excerpt of the Beats Antique performance I video recorded here.  One of these days I will get around to posting some of the photos I took at last summer’s Beloved.

Oracle Gathering: The Fountain photos

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Oracle Gathering: The Fountain

Last weekend was the 23rd and final Oracle Gathering.  It was a sweet, intimate festival, a fitting conclusion to an eight year run of near mythic parties.  The setting was magnificent.  The people were kind and friendly.  The music was danceable and spatial and sounded great – Filistine, Bluetech, Androcell and Pitch Black were highlights for me.  The prayer-formance of “The Fountain” was moving and verged on trancendent.  The daytime weather was hot and the river was cool.  My good friend Lorenzo Hagerty was there to give a lecture about the Genesis Generation, visiting all the way from San Diego with his lovely wife Mary C and their friends from Ashland who I got to hang out with for a few hours, which was nice considering none of us are going to Burning Man this year.

Check out my gallery of photos from my visit to The Fountain.

If you are interested in finding out more background, visit the official Oracle Gathering website – they actually lost some money on the festival, so maybe you might want to order a deck of the Oracle cards or something from them.

One worthwhile note:  judging by the evidence left on the ground Sunday night, the attendee’s adoption of the Leave No Trace ethic seems to have been near 100% .

Oregon Country Fair 2009

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

2009 will go down as the 40th Anniversary of Oregon Country Fair and as the least dusty one as well.  The Dust Abatement Plan of 2009 was a bit over the top on Sunday, when we were bombarded with thunder, lightning and heavy rain from about 10 am to 2pm.  I have a video of the muddy aftermath posted on the Video page here.  It was almost comical to watch the Grounds Crew spread bales of hay over the mud, often times skipping over some of the larger muddy spots to focus on higher trafficked areas.  As usual the people were fantastic all week and the sauna was wonderful, even if the the weather was a bit cooler than usual.  I have posted the photos here, in the Photos Section.  All in all it was a fabulous year out there, one of the best ever, lots of magic happening for everyone…

Beloved Festival

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

The Second Annual Beloved Festival looks like it will sound fantastic.

belovedBeloved will be featuring a stellar lineup of tribal and downtempo, ambient artists – a few that make me think a ticket purchase is not far away:  Makyo, Beats Antique, Hamsa Lila, Sasha Rose, Karsh Kale, Banco de Gaia, Phuture Primitive, Obo Addy, and more than a few others…

This is the kind of festival that usually doesn’t attract too much mainstream media attention, and who knows what kind of advertising budget they have, so I figure mentioning them here is just the right thing to do.  That and I love this kind of gathering of art and music and conscious peoples.  It will be a bit like camping next to the Hookah Dome on the Esplanade at Burning Man 2008, except this time it will be in a blessed forest.