For Memorial Day weekend, I attended the Lightning in a Bottle #LIB music festival along with my beautiful campmates in the Oasis experience area (within the Namaste village).
Top Non-Musical Moments
#1) On Friday and Sunday, I hosted the Arts Co: Lab, an interactive experiment which encourages collaborative creativity. Along with Audette Sophia of Catalyst Arts, we are hosting similar events monthly throughout the Bay, if you’d like an invite to the next one, drop a line in the comments below.
A group of 10 enthusiastic strangers gathered at the Co-creation Roundtable on Friday, crafting and echoing each other’s responses to some crowdsourced questions. We started with “What is your name?” and progressed to “What are you looking for this weekend — in one word?” followed by “Where are you from — in one word?” (which led to some very creative responses), and finally after half an hour of collaborative crafting, “What did you gain from this experience? — in one word.” The cool thing about the one-word answers is that the whole group echoes the responses, raising the energy and impact of each sentiment.
On Sunday we hosted a champagne brunch / dance party for Fest 300. I enjoyed getting everyone to play the spinning wheel game to earn an essential oil-scented clown nose, a nice treat for those dusty nostrils. They had to do everything from give out hugs to 5 strangers to giving or receiving 5 spankings. I even got a few massages and a beautiful, heartfelt acknowledgement from participants.
#2) The immersive set design at Frontierville (The Grand Artique). Perfectly located amidst some large oak trees, you are instantly transported to a time of yore, amidst a Disney-perfect fantasy environment resembling an old Western movie. Kind of makes you feel like you’re inside the Tim Burton movie, Big Fish. Pair that with a funky gypsy jam band soundtrack and you have the perfect late night festival setting for romance or… whatever you do at festivals.
#3) Finally snagging a pair of leggings from talented designer friend Gigi Moll.
Honorable mentions: The art! The tarrot card room installation. Lightning in a Paintcan. The Ferris Wheel, which I did not get a chance to ride but provided a beautiful landmark. The Lost Tea Party art car, which drove around Burning Man this past year but was stationary at this festival.
Top Musical Moments
#1) Popping out of a friend’s tent in the wee hours of the night to follow our ears to some live music, where we found CelloJoe prepping for a renegade bikerphone performance!! Bikerophone is a mobile, bicycle-pedal-powered sound system. In between sets, emcee Narayan from Zion encouraged members of the audience to take over pedaling the bike so we could keep groovin. And though I am not usually a fan of emceeing, Narayan had us all captivated with his flowing, skillful verse.
#2) Delachaux’s set at Cafe Amori’s casino & burlesque stage. Here is your electro-swing fix for the week. Fav segments:
- 26 minutes – ah, that riff!
- 35 minutes – Cuban Pete “chick chicky boom” (sorry, you won’t be able to get it out of your head).
#3) The Thunder Stage – all bass music all the time 😀
Honorable mentions: previous Bass Cabaret performer, violinist Hannah Thiem at The Grand Artique. Also, the Earth Harp.
Classical music #ftw!