2015 marks the first year Ganjaology was able to attend Colorado’s leading transformational music festival ‘Sonic Bloom’. After starting the festival with nothing but smiles, and ending the festival with more smiles and laughter, we conclude that the transition from one festival decade to the next was a success. Having had the last week to reflect on the experiences shared over the summer solstice weekend, we’ve got a handful of photos and a few words to share with you.
Sonic Bloom was held at a new location to celebrate it’s 10th year of existence. With the elevation just above 6,000ft, warm nights were not a dream, but a reality. Shade was of abundance, and the live painting zone set up within the festival grounds was one of the most beautiful and thought invoking places of The Bloom. Now-a-days it seems as if live painting is quite common at festivals, however the attention, care, and detail of the artists chosen to display their work was (literally) world class. With well over 20 live painters and visionary artists in attendance at Sonic Bloom, the ingenuity of this festival was comparable to none.
‘A carved violin in the Art Dome’
It’s easy for a music festival to have a main focus and one main focus only. Music. What’s difficult, is to host a music festival which engages participants through active workshops, visual arts, learning experiences, positivity, and music equally. This is the exact feat that Sonic Bloom can say they’ve accomplished during their 10th year on “Festival Earth”. From yoga classes, to rock balancing seminars, to motivational speakers, all the way to YOU, there were teachers and students of all ages and backgrounds sharing happiness, knowledge, and new experiences with one another.
Sustainability is a main focus of Sonic Bloom and they are doing a great job of being a leader in ‘Leave No Trace’ events. Get ready for this…All of the electricity used at Sonic Bloom was offset with 100% solar power from SunPort! That is the type of positive action that festivals world wide need to pay attention to. All participants are encouraged to carpool to the event, re-use materials as much as possible, and compost, recycle, and dispose of trash in separate labeled receptacles. All of the food vendors were locals from the region and many carts featured organic and/or vegetarian options. Sonic Bloom had their Green team working hard at all times and the cleanliness of the festival reflected that in a beautiful way.
‘Another favorite from the art dome’
10 years is a long time to host a festival… It seems it was just long enough to get the perfect musical lineup in order for the decade anniversary. Sonic Bloom brought out STS9, Talib Kweli, Thriftworks, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Random Rab, Emancipator, Andreilien, Templo, Jpod The Beat Chief, Caspa, Russ Liquid, The Desert Dwellers, Kaminanda, and Ill-Esha, just to name off a few favorites… With a lineup as eclectic and intelligent as that, you could host a festival in the middle of the desert with no shade and people would still come and have a great time. Sonic Bloom didn’t do that. Jamie Janover and his experienced team of builders, connectors, fun conspirators, artists, motivators, and everyone in between, came together and worked extra hard to bring you the highest quality party the Rocky Mountains will see this summer.
BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
– All pictures by Ganjology –
The Ganjaology team recently returned from an enlivening journey down the blessed coast, where we traveled to Oakdale, CA to participate in one of the summer’s most inspiring events – Symbiosis Gathering. For those that are not familiar, Symbiosis Events is a production team which hosts gatherings around the world focused on music, art, healing and collaboration: all necessary elements which will launch us into our new collective paradigm.
From the larger-than-life art installations, to the live painting and stunning galleries… From the the variety of workshops, dance classes, and theatre performances to the magnificent marketplace of fashion and food… From the perfectly tuned sound systems to the astounding musical talent which kept us moving through the night – Symbiosis Gathering was a glance into our freely floating cloud-based foundations of the future.
With respect to the music… (breath) Wow. Words cannot describe the level of talent represented at Symbiosis this year. Six major sound stages were on the scene with superior sound systems to carry us through the weekend. Each stage had it’s own flavor, hosting many artists, all of whom were top notch in their respective fields.
To highlight, The Juke Shack was a favorite with the team, hosting artists like Max Ulis, Shawna, Ana Sia, Pumpkin, Samo Soundboy, Sabo, Brodinski, T. Williams and Popof. Surrounded with water on all sides, The Empire of Love held space for Lapalux, Vibesquade, Christian Martin, Love and Light, Delachaux, and more. Maybe the largest of the stages was The Big Island which was home to some of the biggest acts including STS9, and Poliça, plus performances by Vau De Vire Society, Sambadrop, Saul Williams, Shakti Bliss, Odesza, and Pyronauts.
The Pantheon was one of the most magical of all the stages with it’s jaw dropping design, mixing the future with the ancient. Artists represented here include Thriftworks, Kilowatts, Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Ott, Kyrstyn Pixton, Dakini, Bird of Prey, and The Human Experience, plus workshops on bass mantra, mycology, comedy, slam poetry, Qi Gong, and the sought after class with Claire Thompson & Freq Nasty, Yoga of Bass.
For a more relaxing environment in which participants could experience both live and digital music alike, The Living Room zone was a meeting place for participants who wanted to have a coffee, grab a slice and just kick back before heading from the camping zone into the main festival arena. The homies Lafa Taylor and Nico Luminous performed here to close things out Monday morning.
Last but not least, my personal favorite stage was The Cove. With two side by side platforms for the performers, this stage was literally TWO GOOD! The audience was setup with a large grassy hill which fed into a sandy dancefloor beside a beautiful beach. The stage was packed with insatiable sounds all weekend, but Saturday night was certainly a scene to remember. The lineup, in order, starting at dusk included Bluetech, Starslinger, Cashmere Cat, Lunice, RL Grime, BOGL vs. Dials, Danny Corn, The Librarian, and Random Rab to set the morning off right. Others to perform here were Gaudi, The Coup, Mr. Carmack, Phaeleh, Shpongle, El Papachango, Dirtwire, Sidecar Tommy, Emancipator, Plantrae, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Chet Faker, Ryan Hemsworth, Mount Kimbie, Laura Low, Secret Bass Guest – Mimosa, and the digital dancefloor don An-Ten-Nae who dropped strictly bangers. God bless great music.
All in all, the gathering was a huge success. Those that made it out will continue to spread the word about the symbiotic breath that we shared this weekend. We are moving, stretching, pulsing and perspiring with newly found energy to build, to collaborate and to create. Symbiosis Gathering was an opportunity for the many levels of participants to engage in this new space and to put forth what he or she could muster to add to the already incredible alchemical production of idea into matter. From the organizers, volunteers, musicians, and vendors to the the sound techs, the production crew, and the ticket holding festival participants; everyone had a hand in making Symbiosis Gathering the cornucopia of creativity that it was.
We are standing at the edge of a sparkling sea of creation. In our hands are the stones that will ripple our very souls into the future. Use your imagination. Hold your base. Define your stone…
Big thanks to The Confluence Group and all the photographers who’s works are represented here. Scroll over each image to see the name of the photographer. Photographers include Zipporah Lomax, Setareh Vatan, Samantha Rhea Lawson, Piak Boonlert, and Mario Covic. Also, catch more footage of the gathering by The Confluence Group here. Thanks![vimeo http://vimeo.com/75804580 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75432727 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75820660 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75818588 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75430003 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75428198 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75426041 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75425261 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75806751 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″]
To kick off February this year, the world famous Gem & Jam festival will be taking place for it’s 7th year, in Tucson, Arizona. Featuring music from Michal Menert, Nit Grit, Vibesquad, Random Rab, and Polish Ambassador, and live painting from Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Oliver Vernon, Damon Sole, and Des10, this is going to be a very rare exhibition of music, art, creativity, diversity, and acceptance of everything amazing.
Gem & Jam will be taking place February 7-9th, which, incredibly, is right before the 59th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show…aka…the largest gem show in the United States. With almost half a million in town for both events, you should probably just take a week and a half off for this adventure…
Ohio Bird – By Alex Grey
Cannabaccus – By Alex Grey
Secret Writing Magic – By Allyson Grey
Requiem For A Dream – Oliver Vernon
Collaboration Mural between Damon Soule and Oliver Vernon – Flagstaff, AZ
Pipe Dreams – Des10