Recently I had a conversation with a few music industry people about how we have a hard time understanding those who do not like music. Because music is the soul reason many of us feel alive, it's hard to imagine people not being passionate about music ... you don't have to be into the exact same music I am ... but be passionate about something! Then .... our favorite Aussie threesome drop this track late last night ... and I ask the same question ... how can you not feel anything when you listen to this ... because I feel EVERYTHING! RÜFÜS's new single "No Place" IS everything! For years this band has touched my soul in every way, from their magical jams to their amazing friendship - there is definitely no place I'd rather be when I'm with RÜFÜS. Listen to this new track, and tell me you feel nothing, because it's just not possible! I can't wait for the new record!
Curt Reynolds channels the laid back San Diego beach town mentality with his recent single release, “Fill In The Blank.” This release draws closer to his forthcoming EP, dropping early next month. With recent performances at Lollapalooza, SnowGlobe, and Splash House, he’s been gaining recognition and making an impact on the busy scene over the last year. He credits his happy, funky-disco sound to growing up in Solana Beach with constant sunny days. Now residing in Los Angeles, he draws inspiration from different angles, living by the beach to stay connected to nature, in the midst of fast-paced urban sprawl. Beautiful Buzzz spoke with him and he’s promised a variety of feels, styles and fun sets in the near future!
Sensual, smooth, and properly in sync- New York producer Element and Boston’s R&B genius, Khamari have teamed up to release their sultry, intellectual single, “You.” Taking the East Coast by storm, the duet shares a sense of respect and admiration for one another's respective craft. Having already been homies, the partnership comes to fruition by the likes of buttery production, rolling drum cadences, and a controlled ebb and flow of synth. Carefully layered and curated, “You,” is the sound of electro-r&b at its apex. Khamari’s crisp, palpable hymns cascade with ease atop a genre-blending horizon of sexy, synthesized sounds. Navigate your Tuesday with this cool track from two brilliant collaborators.
We all know that at some point during every music festival after hours of dancing, sometimes even days of it...when you finally sit or lay down and rest your body, it rejoices as you feel a pent-up weight float off of your body. Recharging your body is almost a constant necessity when it comes to a festival, which is something that Lightning in a Bottle understands and caters to well. According to The DoLab, “Yoga is the antidote to tired festival bodies; our classes will restore your body and re-inspire your breath.” There are two dedicated movement spaces at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle festival, Luna Yoga and Yoga Sol. These carefully and creatively crafted spaces are inviting and offer yoga and guided meditation classes from the early morning all through the evening.
Whether you’re a professional yogi, or simply learning and in need of a stretch, Lightning in a Bottle will have something for you. The festival’s yoga offerings purposely range to be inclusive of all styles and levels of yoga, and are taken from both traditional practices to those that are wildly fun and unconventional. If you’re familiar, some of the practices you can find at the festival are Vinyasa, Kundalini, ecstatic dance, kids yoga, sound healing, guided meditation and more.
This year, Lightning in a Bottle has announced that they will be hosting a roster of highly-esteemed practitioners ready to lead and support your journey to mindfulness. There will be practices led by world-renowned instructors such as Cristi Christensen, Shiva Rea, Sianna Sherman and more. Furthermore, there is sure to be a practice for everyone...with a “Reconnect, Recharge, Reboot” class put on by Kiyomi Takahashi in addition to a “deep house yoga” presented by JQ Williams, Valerie Rutka, and DJ AlissaJo. The full Yoga & Movement lineup can be seen here:
So whether you’re ready to immerse yourself deep in a prana flow or simply want to savasana under a beautiful shaded structure and relax, Lightning in a Bottle has the spaces and teachers for you. Lightning in a Bottle invites you to check out and learn more about the variety of classes and instructors, and add to your festival schedule on their interactive lineup here. Check out all of the lineups that the festival has to offer, including music, art, performance & culture, and vendors so that you can plan your schedule accordingly, and leave room for rejuvenation.
All pictures provided by LiB from 2017’s festival.
Some artists are so versatile; you have to hail them as creative gods. Jimmy Edgar continues to impress, often regarded as a renaissance man for his various talents, ideas, and style. From music, graphic design, fashion design, filmmaking, and photography- he seems to be a student of all art. Edgar began experimenting with electronic music at age 10, preforming at 15, and iconically signed to Warp at 18. Influenced by music theory, modal interchange, and jazz transitions- he brings a unique style and flair. He recently released “Puzzled,” a single track, version of “switch switch.” Less than 2 minutes long and sourced from various hardware synthesizers, Edgar intends to give every sound away. The basic principle is creating songs within songs, to keep attention and harmonic variety. The Detroit native became legend during Detroit Electronic Festival when security guards began raving with the crowd. Turning music into a sensory experience, Edgar continues to gain following from his one-of-a-kind sound.
He claims he is never mad, and never takes naps- quite the conundrum considering his name is Madnap. Tune into his remix of Win and Woo’s “Chasing Tail,” and you’ll get a proper feel of his refreshing, optimistic, awakening energy. A musician named after the perfect contradiction, Madnap leaves a distinct imprint on Win & Woo’s original piece, loosening the feel of a once specifically-tuned framework. Delicate melodies compliment a striking layer of synth production, lengthening the frequencies of the original single. As Madnap continues to release gem after gem, his signature sound becomes more defined, solidifying his position as one of our favorite producers to watch this year. Chill out with this fine flip of “Chasing Tail.”
Picture this moment in time: I’m sweating, intoxicated, and digging my own grave in the name of networking exhaustion at SXSW in Austin, Texas. It’s 10 PM at Austin’s historic Scoot Inn, and ThisSongIsSick is showcasing artists by the likes of Louis Futon, and Classixx. All I need is a lighter. I meander my way past the bar and find a stool to set up shop, I dig through my purse for my Turkish Royals, and a lighter. Naturally, I have no luck on the lighter. I glance around to find a seemingly “cool” human to bum fire from. I strike up conversation with a handsome fellow who aptly lends his lighter for my self-righteous use. As we continue our small-talk, I come to find he is a member of the creative collective that is NVDES, playing a show a few blocks away in only a matter of hours. We talked about fears, and creative struggles as I made feeble attempts to blow my smoke in the opposite direction of the masses. That was it. I moved on with my evening, falling victim to the beauty that is my down comforter, and didn’t think much of the aforementioned composers.
It was only days later that I realized exactly who NVDES was. The creative collective, led by Josh Ocean, is one of the grooviest, rising contemporary ensembles in the game. They’ve seen a slew of successes over the last 6 months alone, and their latest single, “Anything Goes” was featured in Spotify’s official “New Music Friday” playlist upon release. A rugrats-esque intro drops into a mid-tempo wave of groove, and chrome-like production. The lyricism is outlined to mimic the rhythm of hip-hop verses- conversational and idiomatic. It’s playful aura is inviting, and saturated with vibrancy. Their consistent, colorful aesthetic directly translates into, “Anything Goes,” as technicolor vibrations cause synesthesia, awakening senses beyond the obvious. Tune in and stayed tuned for more from the peachy outfit that is NVDES.
Syracuse-bred Ye. and Austin-based electronic duo Far & Few join forces for their energy-infused new single, “iwantuu.” Blending the sounds of their hometowns- Austin’s pumping bass and New York’s deep melodies, the three concoct a piece that oozes with musical vitality. The single summons listeners, commanding their undivided attention from start to finish through echoing vocal chops, oriental-styled synths, intermingling harmonies, and of course, a compelling rhythm. It’s nearly impossible to deny the chemistry among these producers as you’ll find yourselves absolutely vulnerable to the hooking sound of “iwantuu.”
Lightning in a Bottle is a festival characterized by an eclectic mix of music, art, and culture created by The DoLab with an incredibly vast amount of fun, creative, and unique experiences for all ages. Located at Lake San Antonio’s North Shore in Bradley, CA Lightning in a Bottle is set to return for their eighth year May 23 - 28th. With musical names such as Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Zhu, Griz, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, The Beats Antique and Walker and Royce, to name a few, Lightning in a Bottle 2018 is set to be an unmissable party. In addition to the main stages’ music, there is a plethora of immersive and interactive attractions for all ages at the festival. These activities range from workshops and discussions, to live art and classes, to food and drinks, to yoga and meditation, which make the festival unlike any other. If you’re looking for something to do at LIB it won’t be hard to find. We’ve compiled a list of 26 experiences that can be found this year at Lightning in a Bottle below.
Learning & Culture
Learn by doing: Attend hands-on workshops ranging in topics from trades to medicine making to sacred relationships, among many others.
Talks and Discussions:
Be enthralled in one of the 150 talks and discussions with world-renowned experts, visionaries, and thought leaders.
Health and Healing:
Reset and relax with a session from acclaimed practitioners, body workers, & healers.
Discover and connect with global cultures by taking part in ancient practices & earth-based wisdom traditions, including dance, music & daily Sacred Fire gatherings.
The Learning Kitchen: Food and Wellness Workshops:
Whether you’re an amateur or seasoned in the kitchen, nourish your body & mind with a multiplicity of food-focused classes & workshops centered on both culinary techniques and foundations of health at The Learning Kitchen.
The Grand Artique:
Returning for the 8th year in a row, The Grand Artique will be back in with their town of Frontierville. Do not miss this fully interactive environment filled with a Trading Post/General Store, hotel, gypsy encampment, and a deep music lineup that will surely keep you in town.
Leave the musical stages merely for more magical moments. LIB’s entire grounds are filled with lively fun & shenanigans you can participate in until the sun comes up.
From the Soap Box Derby to the Must-Dash 5K Run & all in between, take part in one of LIB’s many hilarious and incredibly fun activities.
Who says you can’t eat well just because you’re at a festival? LIB has interactive sit-down dining experiences from renowned chefs using farm-to-table ingredients filled with entertainment.
Live Painting & Artwalk:
Over 40 artists have been invited by LIB to transform blank canvases into incredible paintings & murals throughout the festival live, finishing with an art walk & silent auction Sunday evening.
Creative Workshops & Classes:
LIB will proudly offer art classes & hands-on workshops at their new immersive creative space, ArtClave, which was created by a community of artists & creators and invites attendees of all skill levels to activate the artist within.
LIB has an assortment of larger than life art installations carefully curated that you can easily get lost exploring.
Structures & Stages:
The structures and stages at Lightning in a Bottle are iconic and will revolutionize your festival experience and evoke imagination and creativity in all.
The performance artists you will find at LIB whether enchanting on stage or mingling within the crowd will be sure to take your breath away.
Yoga & Movement
LIB’s yoga offerings are purposely assorted to be inclusive of all styles and levels of yoga; they are taken from both traditional practices to the windly fun and unconventional.
Dance & Movement:
Connect with yourself deeper by staying in motion and learning new grooves with those around you in one of LIB’s world-spanning dance and movement classes.
Away from the main stages, LIB has curated spaces and places to find stillness through meditation, breathwork, and more.
Community Crafted Goods & Conscious Cuisine
This is your go-to destination for community crafted goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, skincare, among many festival staples, all from incredible local and international artisans.
Eats & Drinks:
Let your taste buds travel and enjoy LIB’s extensive food vendor offerings including lots of organic, sustainable, locally-sourced options to stay nourished all throughout the festival.
Beer, Cocktails, & Wine:
There are plenty of 21+ beverages available at LIB to quench your cravings and keep your party going; from craft cocktails to local wine and cold beer on tap, LIB’s five bars will have ample refreshments to choose from.
Families at LIB
There is a safe & quiet space inside the campgrounds for parents and children to camp together and get to know other families within the community.
Hands-on games and playful educational activities make the Kidz Zone the must-go location at LIB for kids and their families to connect, play, and learn!
LIB also features a zone for teens to enjoy and express themselves with hands-on workshops and eco-art activities catered for the inspiring minds of the younger generations.
The Great Outdoors
“Lake LIB,” AKA Lake San Antonio is the spot to take a dip, cool off, and show Mother Nature some deserved gratitude for supplying such an amazing resource.
Meet new friends, hang with old ones, and most importantly: create the community that you want to live in within the Lightning in a Bottle campgrounds.
Be sure to take it all in. LIB’s beautiful lakeside venue is located in the hills of Monterey County, just 45 miles from Big Sur and the California’s iconic central coastline.
All of this information as well as LIB ticket info can be found on Lightning in a Bottle’s website. All photos provided by LIB and Aaron Alps.
The Do Lab (co-founders and producers of the event) has done an incredible job curating such awe-inspiring experiences within Lightning in a Bottle. It is the combination of LIB’s community and their commitment to creative expression, freedom, sustainability, and social cohesion that allows this festival to flourish in such an incredible facet. Based on what activities there are to explore, this year’s festival looks like it will be another one for the books. All information about the festival, the activities outlined here, as well as ticket info can be found on Lightning in a Bottle’s website. All photos provided by Aaron Alps on behalf of LIB.