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HEMPFEST in Seattle August 21 & 22

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , on July 22, 2010 by worldromper

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MUSIC FESTIVALS: Traveling to the Beats on a Budget

Posted in Events, Festivals, Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by worldromper

DEMF. Mutek. Coachella. Decibel. Earthdance. Esthetic Evolution. Prosperity. High Sierra.  Photosynthesis. Joshua Tree. Shambhala. Operation Apex. Bobolink. Harmony. Sonic Bloom. Emerge-N-See. Hempfest. Burning Man!

FestivalWith so many bad-ass music festivals right outside your door, up and down the West Coast, across our beautiful country and around the globe, it is enough to put a music-loving freak in a deliciously lingering state of euphoria!

Combining my love of travel and dancing makes me happier than a hippie in a hot tub: a rainbow of music varieties, friends from all over the world, lots of screaming and laughing and Tecate, campsites with shag carpet and clubs with lasers- I live for music and art festivals and want to go to every single one!

FestivalBut how do you get to all these festivals when money is tight? And when isn’t it? Most people are stretching their budgets and cutting back these days. Maybe you’re broke. Maybe you’re hella broke. Maybe you were laid off from your job writing for a website and decided the best course of action in this lame economy was to relocate across the country and try to make it as a freelance music writer.

Either way, you still want to party your rocks off, right? Here are some tips to help you get to those music festivals, whether you want to go to a city party requiring flights and hotels or outdoor festies with tents and dogs. Or both. LIFE IS SHORT, people, and if we are lucky we will all be old and wrinkly before we know it. Don’t let the summer pass without getting down proper like you know you want to. 

Festival1. PLAN AHEAD. Buying presale tickets will save you cash at almost every festival, and if you are flying anywhere, purchasing domestic air tickets at least one month in advance is highly recommended. Planning on DEMF or another Memorial Weekend festival? Buy your air tickets and book your hotel room yesterday.

2. PICK AND CHOOSE. This part sucks. I want to go to every festival, every weekend, every year! But in order to get to the parties you really want to go to, you have to pass up some of the festivals you aren’t too keen on. Having trouble deciding? Do what I do, and go where the good music is. Compare the lineups, and see which artists are really gonna do it for you. Factor in distance, make a decision, and stick to it.

3. GO WITH FRIENDS. This part rocks! When you share expenses like hotel rooms, food and gas, it becomes cheaper for everybody. Pack your cars and hotel rooms full of friends and you will save money! Are you the only one of your tribe intent on getting to Shambhala but you live in San Diego? Hop online and meet new people who want to carpool and save money as much as you. They are out there.

Festival4. STAY THE WHOLE TIME. It seems counter-intuitive, but since a big part of festie expensive is travel and pass-type tickets, the longer you can stay, the better value it will be.

5. DON’T BUY EXTRA SHIT. Yeah yeah, I know you want a cute new outfit for the dance floor or a swank-ass pimp tent that all your friends can hotbox, but you don’t NEED this stuff. What you already own will work, and no one is even gonna notice that new purple skirt when you are dripping sweat in the club. Ever returned from a campout with a cooler full of food you didn’t eat? Yeah. You have. Don’t buy shit you don’t need.

Camp Don't Be Jealous6. FESTIVAL IN YOUR TOWN? Offer to let people stay with you. They get a deal, you get a unique experience waking up to Heinz from Berlin on your couch, and when you head to Germany you will have a place to stay as well. Again: Google is your friend, and check out Couchsurfing.com as well.

7. FLYING TO A FESTIVAL? Book ahead, at least a month for domestic travel. Check sites like Kayak, Mobissimo or Sidestep to compare prices, and when you get ready to purchase your tickets, CLEAR THE COOKIES on your internet browser. If you don’t, Zeut Hoops!travel websites will remember you have already been there and jack up the price of your ticket. Once you find the lowest price, then book directly with the airline’s website for the best protection in case some bullshit comes up. If you are checking luggage, read the airline’s baggage allowance- some domestic airlines are charging $15 per bag. You may be better off with another airline whose ticket price is $10 more.

8. EAT CHEAP. When you travel it is easy to become tired or rushed and opt for a pricey meal or snack at an airport lounge or crappy restaurant close to the festival. Plan ahead. Bring granola bars if you get hungry and ornery like me, and know that there ain’t NO shame in PB&J- that’s one more show you get to hear!

Festival9. DRINK CHEAP. AKA: PBR & Tecate. Or get your buzz on with your own bottle of vodka BEFORE you’re in the venue where drinks are eight bucks a pop. Sneak in a flask and order a lemonade- bartenders will often give free refills!

10. JUST DO IT. The awesome thing about money is that it’s printed on paper that comes out of machines mounted on walls and you trade this colored paper for life experiences! What a freaking deal! Your bills will be there next month. The supersweet festival of your dreams with you on the dance floor surrounded by your friends, face hurting from smiling so much, a growth-inducing experience that becomes part of you as a person? Not so much. Quit worrying and buy your damn tickets already.

“LIFE IS EITHER A DARING ADVENTURE OR NOTHING.”

Helen Keller

See you on the dance floor!

50 Reasons Why I Love Seattle

Posted in Lists, Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by worldromper
  1. Walking around Green Lake, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and freaking out all the housemoms running with three dogs, a double stroller and a phone in their faces.
  2. The sweaty, dirty, gnarly second room at Chop Suey .
  3. The party at the abandoned milk factory- one of the best in my life, and I was there for about 3 hours. Still don’t know who the DJ was spinning tight glitch hop.***Amended: I DO NOW! Jesse, from Hawaii- met him at a party at the Adriatica, the abandoned restaurant on Dexter***
  4. Sneaking pallets into Golden Gardens, dodging the cops and partying all night with a big ass bonfire. Ask me how.
  5. The smiling househeads.
  6. The serious techno crowd.
  7. Mount Rainier dominating the skyline; it never fails to drop my jaw.
  8. The Loft, a.k.a. The Produkt Dance Studio. One of those places that belongs to the community and is greater than the sum of  its parts; a moment in time that people will look back on in 50 years as an epicenter of arts culture. For real.
  9. Standing at the very bottom of Gasworks Park and feeling like you are in the middle of the fishbowl of Seattle.
  10. When you are in a really shitty mood and the weather just matches perfectly.
  11. Spy parties at Hengst when the outside stage was open. I met many of my best friends and favorite DJs there, aka: “Who the FUCK is that playing the Glitch Mob???” The Seattle midtempo community was born that night.
  12. The crackheads in Pioneer Square, both the creative (“I’ll trade you 12.5 million dollars in stock options for one cigarette”) and the hackneyed (the guy who tells my own jokes back to me).
  13. Under the 99 on-ramp by Contour where everyone goes to smoke.
  14. The Olympic National Park. If you live in Seattle and have not been out to the peninsula, first slap yourself then GET OUT THERE. One of the most beautiful places in the world is right out your back door.
  15. MC Anton Bomb.
  16. Photosynthesis, one of the best festivals and parties of the summer and where I fell in love with techno!
  17. The small size and intimate nature of the EDM community; headliners perform and you can jump right up on stage after the show and thank them.
  18. Value Village, where I get 99% of my clothes.
  19. The Alaskan Way Viaduct/earthquake thing- every time you drive on it, you know if there is an earthquake you are dead, but you do it anyway.
  20. The Stranger. We can all agree on the declining relevance of print publications, but their passionate adherence to snarky, critical, smart-ass reporting makes me laugh, every week.
  21. Rain. You kind of have to love it to live here, right?
  22. Truckasauras.
  23. How everyone FREAKING HATES the Ducks. The amphibious tour-vehicle kind, not the quacking kind. NON LE CANARD!
  24. Our fair weather sports fans, so very fickle.
  25. DECIBEL FESTIVAL.
  26. How you can smoke weed ANYWHERE in public and no one gives a shit.
  27. City kids putting flyers everywhere, even on tents at festivals and parties WAY out in the boonies.
  28. Hempfest, the largest protestival for the reform of marijuana laws IN THE WORLD.
  29. The Pacific Science Center- lasers and raves and those sweet multi-colored hoop things!
  30. Discovering that friend after friend after friend is a DJ.
  31. The SeaMonster in Wallingford BEFORE Andrew sold it. R.I.P.
  32. Springtime and its accompanying pink, purple, white and yellow trees.
  33. How people put ‘THE’ in front of club names: THE Contour, THE Rebar, THE Chop, THE Noc- you know you’ve done it.
  34. NWTekno.org and the living, vital community it supports.
  35. Sailing, always amazing whether you are on Lake Union, Lake Washington, or Puget Sound.
  36. novaTRON.
  37. How West Seattle is practically BFE- is it even a 206 area code?
  38. Seattle style: city kid hipster with a dash of emo, and rolled up jeans are always okay thanks to the weather.
  39. Broadway. Gritty, colorful, beautiful Broadway.
  40. Doin’ the Tour- popping around Pioneer Square on weeknights, hitting all the dance clubs and saying hi to friends.
  41. The uber-politeness of drivers: you go first, no YOU go first, no you- all the while saying FUCK YOU BASTARD MOTHERFUCKER under their breath.
  42. The dirty, genuine, underbelly feel of the city which is unique in this world. We love the dirt like we love the rain; squeaky clean-green Portland we are NOT (thank God).
  43. Being on the dance floor of Noisemaker’s set one very late afterhours party watching this kid just standing there beside me with his mouth open saying, “WHAT?!?!?”
  44. Seattle cops who, for example, might pull over a license-less friend and passenger wearing a mullet wig and then give them back their bag of Chronic and 12 Xanax and send them on their way with the words, “Don’t kill yourself.” 
  45. RENEGADE PARTIES and dancing on the rocks under 1st Avenue Bridge in February at 5AM in the freezing cold wearing a pink bikini and white net shirt.
  46. Working in Fremont and telling people my office is located between “the troll and the rocket.”
  47. Riding fat snow in the Cascades. Holy shit.
  48. Our progressive, educated, tolerant, liberal, book-reading citizens.
  49. Vito’s- classic Italian gangster kitsch with two disco balls and a bartender who pours ’em right.
  50. The amazing, open, and smiling electronic music community who has made me feel more welcome, loved, at home, and a part of something than I have ever felt before in my life. Thank you.

AND 5 Things I Won’t Miss About Seattle:

  1. Cougars fans. “GO COUGS!” is like the mating call of the asshole. I hear it and run the other way.
  2. Passive-aggressiveness, particularly in those with a Y chromosome. GROW SOME FUCKING BALLS, PEOPLE!
  3. The Noc. 
  4. Overcast weather with no sun for months- makes Shilo want to die.
  5. The lack of media coverage of the electronic music scene in favor of the “roots/folk rock” music scene. BARF.

So I really had trouble thinking of 5 things I do not like about Seattle! I have lived many places in this world (Austin, Maine, Paris, New Zealand) but have never had a home like this. Much love, rainy city!

Space Needle