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Oregon Eclipse

 

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When 30,000 people from across the globe trek to a singular spot in Oregon for the purpose of being humbled by the Totality of our Cosmos, a game ensues. A game of patience, accents, endurance, festivity, intention, and organic connection. Over the course of August 16-23, Oregon Eclipse’s world-spanning hosts put on a week-long gathering that, at its heart, was a test of what humanity can strive to become. Big Summit Prairie in Oregon turned into a veritable “prairie of Babel” by which people could see, touch, hear, share, and deeply experience artistry and knowledge from all over the planet. With the abundance, subject, and quality of music, yoga, speaker series topics, art, workshops, it might as well have been a peace rally. The Gaslamp Killer’s rather political remarks sure made it feel that way.

 

 

 

 

 

With any global endeavour of cooperation, traditions, ethics, and work mentality always come into play. It was clear that Global Eclipse had to deal with the same. The event was still being built as we arrived on Wednesday and work continued throughout the week. It took us 8 hours to get in. (Burning Man waits, anyone?) Attractions like the MOVA and Eclipse stage were built during festival hours. But as with any experience like those our hosts put on, random pop-up attractions are the norm and so it quickly became passable considering the amount of enchantment already in place. One thing is for certain: the attention to detail at this festival remains unmatched. Affirmations, gift baskets, art pieces hidden about the festival, themed troupes (space fairies, sun-children, and swamp monsters!), and the delicate design from stages to booths to signage markers – color schemes and themes are important! – made it truly evident this was not some “Fyre-ready” excuse for not being fully up and running come showtime. Rather, a deep care for making sure things were experienced properly.
It bears repeating that this event was not backed by corporate sponsorship.

 

 

 

 

Nearly every other person we talked to came from a different corner of the world. Our camp of over 60 people represented 6 countries in itself. And the new friends we made inside the event made up for the rest. While the lack of cell service definitely added an aura of stress – it was a mission all its own to find people – it was refreshing to have so sharp a digital disconnect. Not being constantly bombarded with the trouble brewing around the world for a week really put life into perspective. At the same time, reducing the fest to its own human creativity efforts made for some resourcefully improvised message boards, meaningful chance encounters, and clever meet-up strategies. In this itself it is clear: people will always find a solution.

 

 

 

 

As far as music goes, there was something for everyone. Every act we saw had their own unique flavor and the top of their game in check. Standouts include Audley, The Polish Ambassador, Charlesthefirst, Machinedrum, STS9, Antibalas, Justin Martin (more Drum and Bass, please!), System 7, The String Cheese Incident, The Gaslamp Killer, OPIOU, Patrice Bäumel, Nico Stojan, CloZee, EPROM, LOUD, Nicola Cruz’s Sunrise, Mortisville, William Close, and Madmotormiquel. Even with the quality of the billed acts, music all about at the festival was a given – The Sym-bi-oat, the Guayaki Tent, the Traveling Bug Car, the Silk Road side stage, and the Astro-Slide had their own special following all week. There was music everywhere and that’s the way we like it (yes, even the endless Sun Stage Psytrance blasting into our campsite – what would we do without a beat to put us to sleep?). P.S. props to the people who by the end of the week had literally set up camp right at the Sun Stage.

 

 

 

 

And then there was everything else; which, while “everything else”, was definitely not to be taken lightly. From classes on googly-eyed booty twerking at the Dance Shala; to unleashing the kundalini serpent at the Yoga Shala; to walking the path of a healer at The Shrine of the Cosmos; to developments toward an environmentally stable world, edible landscaping, and free apple trees at The Permaculture Plaza; to Sensory Speed Dating with Guerrilla Science; to the Liminal Caravan full of mystic odds and ends and altars; to the Roadkill Saloon’s Westworld theatrics; to sound healing opportunities at the Wellness Oasis and throughout the festival; to family-friendly (and actually really fun) fun at Kidzbiosis, to chiropractor sessions, haircuts, and B12 shots outside The Silk Road; to learning how to eat for your soul at The Nourishment Lab; to native practices in sustainability with 1Nation Earth; to Android Jone’s 360-videography and VR Dome; to the most intricate and detailed art at the MOVA (with the added bonus of meeting and signing with The Greys); to Shamanic ceremony instructions with the Village Witches; to the Fringe Theater’s all-are-welcome talent shows; to martial arts and functional movement training at the Play Zone; to free drawing and unleashing creativity at the Art Temple; to poignant discussions of current paradigms at The Hub and The Parlor; to delectable and healthy treats from all the food vendors (shoutout Killa Dilla!); the organizers of Oregon Eclipse made sure there were ample offerings available for anyone looking for a respite from being caught up in the spontaneous dancing dust and fleet-footed spirits.

 

 

 

 

Yet, what truly stood out to us were the multiple talks we stepped in on that discussed giving up individual ownership and giving in to the sharing economy. Some highlighted simple topics from sharing wi-fi and cable with your neighbors (why not reduce everyone’s costs?) to complex topics of how a sense of individuality creates a need to defend “what is mine” and the anxiety, violence, and fear it creates. Instead, what would it take to truly understand we don’t bring any of it with us when we pass? As we have grown through the years of going to Transformational Gatherings, the talks and interactive art have taken more hold of our time. It has become evident that music is a leading complement to inspiring these deeper connections to community and what type of world we can create if we merely pay attention.

 

 

 

 

Lest we forget the Eclipse, those two minutes of totality were breathtaking to say in the least. Having an entire tribe of people gather at the Sun Temple was an experience in itself (music and art and festivities and “everything else” were just icing on the cake). Several marriage proposals beneath the diamond ring effect brought tears to our eyes. Or maybe it was being surrounded by a family of like-minded individuals whom we’d only ever probably meet a fraction of. Meeting under this cosmological rarity really brought home the idealization of what it is to be human – despite our distances and differences we are indeed “All One”, hurtling through space. The call for unity has long since passed. We sensed it in the prairie among us, and we sense it now at home; we are ready for change and Oregon Eclipse has stoked our fire to seek it out. Or rather, create it. Now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Irvine grown duo Starfari‘s newest EP is a step above their first release Clear the Clouds. This time, they’re shooting for space with Total Solar. Whereas their first EP featured more tropical and cinematic sounds, their newest EP is an ode to the Great American Eclipse, and the wonders found in exploring the shadows. To that effect, the EP has a much higher energy influence with dashes of world and hip hop.

 

Hanuman is the heaviest hitting track on the upcoming EP. It features Niko Brahman and Jules telling a story of passion, distraction, the rat race, and being the judge of your own journey. It’s clear to see there’s a level of sophistication and sound experimentation that the homies Ali and Alex have taken on with their Total Solar EP. A few words about “Hanuman” from STARFARI themselves:

 

“The main thing we’ll vividly remember from this song is that we were writing and finishing it as we were shielding ourselves from the election results coming in back in November. This song is coincidentally about not letting ulterior distractions get in the way of your focus and being the hero of your mind; realizing the courage and strength within you like the Lord Hanuman.”

 

 

 

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WORLDZ

 

From 7|31 – 8|1, Loews Hotel in the heart of Hollywood became the playground of some of the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential minds. Brought together by the invite-only PTTOW!‘s face man Roman Tsunder, these world-leading minds mingled with aspiring marketers, entrepreneurs, leaders, change-makers, and risk-takers with a sole purpose: Make the World a Better Place.

 

 

Unlike any other professional conference, WORLDZ blends topics spanning from the creative arts, leadership, philanthropy, marketing, holistic care, and cutting edge design and throws it all together for the purpose of redefining play, rediscovering wonder, and losing sight of the shore (a proper theme borrowed from Andre Gide).

 

 

2017 marked the event’s second chapter and saw an increase from 800 to 1,200 attendees. Yet, the group felt like family – made clear from Roman’s opening remarks on Radical Inclusion and how looking out for one another is the highest order. Perhaps the most remarkable takeaway from the conference is the amount of people who were willing to thrust themselves into the ever-changing ocean of culture – though filled with fear, confusion, and doubts – hoping and knowing that coming out on the other side will prove fruitful. The type of positive energy this amalgamation of risk-takers gave off was, in short, contagious.

 

 

In itself, WORLDZ stands out solely for the culture it attracts. The event draws together a wide-ranging group of professionals with the common factor of an ever-willingness to help. The “brain dates” (self-organized 1:1s or small group sessions) feature made this all the more evident. One of the brain dates we attended had the topic of: “How do we save the world?” that quickly delved into philosophical territory of what is the biggest problem with our society and ended with creative brainstorming on how to support failure as it pertains to learning, inspiring people to listen to their heart and passions, and bringing those concepts into reality. If nothing else, we all came to the conclusion that there are things in life we still want to do and the only way to be happy is to do it (as opposed to hoping tomorrow will have better set plans).

 

 

From forward discourse on entrepreneurship and playing to your strengths with Gary Vaynerchuk; to techniques for how be a better leader with Jim Kwik; to discussions on actionable alternatives across the spectrum of environment, racial awareness, gender equality, and gun violence hosted by the Young Turks; to creative mind-play for leadership growth with In-Q and Perestroika; to expert case studies on how to reach the masses with Raja Rajamannar; to navigating a sea of controversy for a greater purpose with MedMen and Cannakids; to inspiring ideation on designing with social awareness with Parley; and to informative remembrance of what it means to truly be human with Daniel Flynn and Deborah Dugan; the workshop and discussion package that WORLDZ brought to the its attendees was thoroughly curated and poignant to our time. Most of all, it was refreshing to be a part of a culture hellbent on saving our world in the midst of the turmoil and crassness we are bombarded with thanks to modern tech and media.

 

 

 

It is hard to boil WORLDZ down in terms of its scope and reach because the information dispensed can really apply to anything, but it is easy to say: don’t miss the opportunity come 2018. The nature of WORLDZ is something entirely new; the speakers have all pushed the envelop of what it means to live in our time and are willing to share all of their techniques (better read as: saving the planet is our call to action, and WORLDZ is at the ready to help instill that for generations to come). Roman Tsunder hinted at 9 total chapters in this voyage. There are 7 more left. We’re just getting started. We hope to see you along the hero’s journey to our better world.

 

 

 

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Few live touring acts give us the feels like British electronica group Alt-J do today. Comprised of singer Joe Newman, drummer Thom Sonny Green, and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton the English trio have been melting hearts and faces around the world since 2007 (Hope all is well with you, Gwil Sainsbury).

 

On June 2nd the guys released their 3rd studio album Relaxer to fantastic critical and public acclaim. The 8-tracker retains the same garage-indie-rock style that the band become famous for while straying into newer territories of sound heard in seedy underground of the world. Relaxer is their first album to feature guest vocals; and given that they are from Wolf Alice‘s Ellie Rowsell and Maricka Hackman, they couldn’t be more welcome.

 

To celebrate the release of their new album and subsequent national tour we wanted to do something special. The LA leg of their show ends 8/10 at the Shrine. In honor of the album’s title Relaxer we’re asking you to post a picture on our Facebook, Twitter, snail-mailbox, high-school locker, etc. of you in your place of relaxation. It can be anywhere you find your center whether it be meditating on a mountaintop or simply listening to your favorite podcast during your morning commute (Don’t text/call/anything-but-drive and drive!). We have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the best photos! Be sure to tag @ShrineLA @controlaltdelight and @Goldenvoice for full credit. Check them out if you’re at OSL too!

 

With support from SOHN and Bishop Briggs, this promises to be a heart-wrenching show in the best of ways. Come tear up with us.

 

 

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Not much needs be said about Hans Zimmer. If you’ve watched any movies in the past 20-30 years, you’ve likely heard a soundtrack directly from his fingertips or from an artist who’s whole style has been influenced by his work. For someone who spends most of his time working literally behind a scene, a “revealed” tour like this is no joke.

 

His world tour has already passed through Europe, with a short stop at Coachella Valley in April (if you were there, then you know). The Shrine presents a much more intimate scene than the desert, however. Don’t miss out come August 11th.

 

 

 

 

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Just as the sun rises, so too does Oregon Eclipse near. With 7 stages each boasting a lineup worthy of an entire festival, we’ve decided it wise to feature our top picks by stage. Some we love. Some we just discovered. All essential.
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The Earth stage, just as its namesake might suggest, features a melting pot of World, Electronica, Dub, Psychedelia, Instrumental, Classical, and Ambient all tied up with a grounded essence. This is the stage to come back down to.

 

Phaelah

Phaelah‘s breakbeat-cum-balearic minimalist machinations have a place all their own. His sets flow through a multitude of garage, electronica, and house soundscapes while maintaining a spatial beauty that provides a fine soundtrack for a cinematic journey into Self.

 

SaQi

SaQi produces reggae, jazz, and hip-hop infused World/Dub; his live trumpeting adds an extra element of sexy smooth. As is customary with many of the artists on Jumpsuit Records, he’s got plenty of vocal features on his work so expect this to be quite a show.

 

Living Light

By name, Eartha Harris, is an almost synchronism for this stage. As Living Light, she uses symphonic psychedelia to create uptempo ambient soundscapes. Her use of hopeful melodies and ambient soundscapes also lends to spiritual swaying.

 

PLANTRAE

Oregon’s Plantrae is known for a unique atmosphere driven by bass and beautified by viola. The grace of the spaces he creates has a distinct serenity fueled by the intensity of emotion via his live acoustics. Suffice to say, it is a sound and experience to behold.

 

Mirror System

As Mirror System, the duo behind the also Sun Stage-present System 7 (Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy) get more in touch with their techy-downtempo sides. The result is an ambiance that is akin to soul-gazing. We suggest you lay down and stare at clouds or maintaining a deep eye-locked connection during their set.

 

Sun:Monx

Sun:Monx is formed by the powerhouse duo of Opiuo and Austero. They each bring their taste and skill in glitch, bass, and dub to the table to create some of the most funky festival dance instrumentalism. Don’t miss out on either of their own appearances either!

 

Hideyo Blackmoon

The sacred spaces of Japan’s Hideyo Blackmoon are designed to induce a sort of healing meditative state with native tongue over depth of sound. She’s also performed at 6 Total Eclipses throughout her career, so she’s right at home in this element.

 

 

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With a style that’s reminiscent of early Pinback and a dash of Radiohead, Klangstof sends listeners on an ethereal journey through space and time. Every time I listen to them, I imagine I’m driving down PCH, top down, not a cloud in the sky; I’m home. Their name is a combination of the Norwegian word for “reverb” (“Klang”), and the Dutch word for “dust” (“Stof”). Reverb Dust seems fitting, as their guitars, vocals, and synths drift to give you a floating feeling and tease the echoes of an empty room.

 

Klangstof is nestled comfortably, and borderline unusually, among the Mind of a Genius family, whom you may be familiar with (Zhu and Gallant). As of late, they were picked up to tour with Phantogram and Miike Snow. Be sure to go early, not just to get a good spot (thank you General Admission), but to see them when they make their way to the Greek Theater on Saturday July 1!