By: Alexia Johnson
Headline: Sacred Movement at the historic Lake Concow Campground will leave you wanting more
Day Two of Sacred Movement saw performances by Jras, Mystic Roots, and the legendary Capelton!
Let me start of by saying Sacred Movement is so much more than a festival, it is a grassroots community of different companies and organizations, trying to build a sustainable future for ourselves, and our children through art, music, workshops, and speakers. This is a very grassroots event, in the best way possible, a festival accessible for families, people of all ages and back grounds. There was truly something for everyone. From the camping and parking being included in general admission, to the “Kids Village”, to the organic and vegan food options, to the workshops. This is truly the festival to take off work and bring the whole family to!
I actually had arrived at 11pm on Friday June 23rd to the festival location after a very long and beautiful trip up the “Sacred Mountain.” My GPS stopped working up the mountain, but thankfully there were hand painted wooden signs to show me I had arrived! Once I descended upon the fairgrounds, I was met with the site of a giant bonfire and the groovy tunes of JellyBread. A funky gospel styled rock band, that left you wanting more. After I got my dance on, I did a quick walk around the fest and headed to bed for a Saturday full of fun in the sun.
I awoke on Saturday to find campers walking with Kayaks to the fairgrounds. How silly did I feel to find out there was a lake at Lake Concow Campground (I know, jokes on me) so I grabbed my blanket, bongos, and bathing suit, and headed down to this lake. What was nice is the festival grounds didn’t open to non-campers until approximately noon, so everyone at the lake were campers of the fest. Children flooded the lake with their floaties and canoe; and adults posted with their joints upon the river’s edge. A much-needed outdoor rest up and swim before the day got started. If swimming isn’t your thing, there was morning yoga available, and the kids open mic, along with aerial yoga practice!
The first band that got me up and moving was Moe’s Family Band. Comprised of Mom: Dena, Dad: Adam, and daughters Bella and Sophia. This family brought us back to the golden age of the Partridge family. The family describes their music as “Woke Folk,” and we couldn’t agree more. Senior in High school Bella played the violin and sang and 8th grade Sophia blew up out of the water with her rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive.” Playing on each other’s talents and smiles, Moe’s Family band reminded of what it means to love your family and others. The band has played the likes of Rainbow Gathering and Burning Man. Formed in 2008 when Sophia was a mere 4 years old! You can catch them at the Oregon Country Fair this weekend July 8th 2017 on the youth stage at 4:45pm.
There wasn’t only music and spiritual workshops! There was also a killer belly dancing troupe by the name of East Wind that preformed multiple times over the weekend. What was really cool is many of the belly dancers in this group are also part of the “Positive I Good Vibes Circus Tribe,” which is a fire dancing circus that preformed the close out of Day 2. These women were so beautiful and the group had dancers from 3 years of age to later adulthood, and many danced with their daughters! The dancers from this troupe represent a collective of artsy women that offer art classes, belly dancing classes, fire dancing training, and more in Chico, CA.
As I stated previously, Sacred Movement was about more than a music festival, but a movement itself, and is supported by companies such as, From the Ground Up Farms who provide organic produce to the community as well as serve to educate the community about sustainable farming measures, and how to understand our environment, food and water, along with understanding the ethics practices involved with the production and consumption of food. Sacred Movement gave From the Ground Up Farms some time to speak on the importance of nutrition, on our physical and mental health as well as the overall health of our communities. To get involved with the organization, I have included a link at the end of this article!
Jras absolutely killed it, Sacred Movements first Headliner of the night he brought the energy of the “City of Trees” to the mountains and totally changed the energy of the festival. Taken from the heat and sun of the day, to the cool breeze upon the water, the sun descended upon the lake, and the beats came and got us ready to dance the night away. Fans were met with songs like “Find My Way,” and “Against the Grain.” As conscious hip hop took the fest with energy of the most high, Jras brought Markos from Mystic Roots on stage for a collab!
As the good vibes lingered, Mystic Roots then took the stage playing hits such as “Pass the Marijuana,” and “Wondering Why.” The crowd sang along and danced with smiles upon their sun burnt happy faces. Repaying the gesture, Mystic Roots brought up Jras for a verse and a dance! They were greeted with an extra dose of excitement when “Lullaby” and “Summer Festival” were played off Mystic Roots new album Change. Which is currently the #1 billboard reggae album on itunes! Link to album and their band page below.
Now Capelton was a sight to see. I personally had never seen or heard of this artist. (I know, reggae legend) However, sometimes that can bring the best experience to see an artist or band live first, and man, was I impressed. This guy was literally in what could only be described as a bedazzled jump suit, and fully wrapped locks jumping all around the stage. Even with the breeze, it was still pretty warm, so needless to say, I was impressed! Playing hits such as “Who Dem/Slew Them,” and “She Looks Nice in her Clothes,” it brought the dancehall to the Sierra Mountains. Backed by a full band with a horn section, his music packed a magical punch. Truly a freestyle artist and band, when Capelton changed his tempo, or chose to speak, the band followed him flawlessly. The timing was unpredictable in the best way possible considering this man is a reggae artist and I think it would be safe to say we all know the cliché as reggae lovers. His energy is truly remarkable, dancing all around the stage and jumping up and down in unison with the fans below; he knows how to engage a crowd! Link to his band page and new album “Sons of Jamaica” below.
Links to bands and brands mentioned:
Sacred Movement: https://www.facebook.com/sacredmovementmusicfestival/
Moes Family Band: https://www.facebook.com/MoesFamilyBand/
East Wind Belly Dancing Troupe: https://www.facebook.com/eastwindbellydance/
From the Ground Up Farms: https://www.facebook.com/fromthegroundupfarms/
JRas: https://www.facebook.com/JRasMusic/ and Album- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/find-my-way/id930079861
Mystic Roots: New album, “Change” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change/id1222225383 Band page- http://mysticroots.com and https://www.facebook.com/mysticrootsband/
Capelton: New Album, “Sons of Jamaica” https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/capleton/id380370
Band page- https://www.facebook.com/capleton/
Protoje's talent is incredible. Check out this very relevant video and pay attention to his thought provoking lyrics.
Common Kings new album Lost In Paradise has us feeling good!!! They did it again! Keeping true to their feel good style each song makes you feel young, wild and free.
By: Jessica Faith
The magical Cali roots festival is held in Monterey, California each year. It all started in 2010 as a one day event and was headlined by Tribal Seeds and Dirty Heads. In 2017 it has grown into the largest reggae/hip-hop festival in northern California with over 13,000 people each day of the event. It boasts 3 stages and a pop up stage Cali roots features mostly reggae with a few choice hip-hop acts as well.
The magic of this festival and the joy it brings to thousands is immeasurable and hard to explain as it is like no other place on earth. The many musicians who fly in from Jamaica and all over the world bring an excitement to the air. This year has some amazing acts as well.
FRIDAY May 26TH: Rebelution, a four member band originally formed in Isla Vista, CA including: Marley D. Williams, Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey and Wesley Finley. Rebelution’s album Courage to Grow was named Best Reggae Album of the year in 2007.
Stick Figure: Is an American Dub/ Reggae band based out of southern California, the band’s front man Scott Woodruff has written and produced all six of their full-length albums. Their combination of roots reggae and dub is magic to the ears. In 2012 the band’s album Burial Ground became No. 1 on the I-tunes and Billboard Reggae charts.
SATURDAY May 27th: Alborosie, Originally from Italy this Sicilian born Rasta moved to Jamaica in 2012 to be closer to the music he loved. He began singing at the age of 15 and has worked with Kymani Marley and Gentleman. In 2011 he became the first artist to win the M.O.B.O. (Music of Black Origin) Awards in the Best Reggae Act category.
Yellowman: Is a Jamaican born musician and deejay and has deep roots in hip hop and reggae and dancehall. Also one of the best selling artists in Jamaica next to Bob Marley himself!
SUNDAY May 28th: Dirty Heads, originally from Huntington beach, California. The band was founded by Jared “Dirty J” Watson they have a reggae/ska influence and some of their influences are Sublime and hip hop. Their newest album, which is self-titled was released July 15th 2016.
Collie Buddz: Colin Patrick Harper aka Collie Buddz was born in New Orleans and was raised in Bermuda. Best known for his single “Come around” he has an energetic style and an appealing voice. He is a treat to see live.
Snowglobe Music Festival 2016 located in South Lake Tahoe, takes place on the Athletics Field at The Lake Tahoe Community College campus. Snowglobe Music Festival is a three day event held December 29th through New Year’s Eve. Artists for Snowglobe 2016 will include: The Chainsmokers, Flume, Major Lazer, Odesza Lido, Echos and many more. With so many artists blending electronic, dance and pop event goers can expect to enjoy nonstop dancing and fun. Snowglobe is one of the world´s premier music festivals, often called ¨Snow– chella¨ in reference to its more famous cousin.
Snowglobe organizers work with local police to insure that event goers are safe at all times, along with making sure locals are not disturbed by the noise level. The event also provides shuttle buses to and from the location so event goers don't have to walk or drive to the event, avoiding any risk of vandalism or danger. Because the event is held outside with possible snow conditions: heated, enclosed facilities are available for each stage. Illegal substances are not allowed on the premises nor are any form of intoxication prior to the event, so all attendees please make sure you are safe and expect to be subjected to a full security screening.
Snowglobe provides lodges, maps and tip along with serval other answers to ensure all questions are answered promptly, as well as making sure that the website updated and easy to use. Wrist bands are shipped three weeks before the event, they are labeled for each day and upgrades are available at the gate unless sold out. Merchandise and accessories are available for purchase at the event along with a full set of amenities, including ATM´s and a wide range of food and beverage vendors.
If you are making New Year plans and want to experience a world–class festival with some of the biggest acts out there, check out Snowglobe 2016 in South Lake Tahoe and get ready for a unique and memorable New Year’s Weekend!
For its 4th straight year The Emerald Cup will be returning to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, December
10-11 2016. As one of the longest running growers cup of its kind, this years Emerald Cup has a full lineup of marijuana, music, & motivation. Speakers will be there further educating cup goers on medical marijuana and its benefits. There will be
100+ cannabis related vendors and non-medicated booths as well. The 2016 live music lineup is one of the best to date,
bringing together some of the hottest reggae bands around including: Damien Marley, Stick Figure, Tribal Seeds, and many
more. From the high you'll be feeling after visiting the 215 medicated area, to the low roar of Damien Jr Gong's voice closing out the night, Emerald Cup 2016 is sure to impress!
Tickets are available for anyone 18+ at
Chants and Pounds Throughout
by: Pascal Domicone
Canadian Native group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) released their third complex, root-driven album "We Are the Halluci Nation" with much anticipation. They find a perfect balance between the line of traditional electronic/dance music and their traditional Native roots. The three-man trio consisting of DJ NDN, 2oolman, and Bear Witness provide an eclectic group of sounds with an intriguing through-story narrated by author Joseph Boyden.
Coming out from their successful second album "Nation II Nation" ATCR seemed excited to seek out a more produced sound, which could easily have been a devastating decision if it did not work out. Singy, chopped up vocals lead the hook on "Indian City" which will bring in any traditional electronic ear closer to investigate. Those give way to a much more authentic native chant that does not give up any sound to mix well with the beat. It's a seamless dichotomy that should please any listener.
Every track boasts a strong collaboration like any good DJ album, but the names won't be familiar to most reading the cover (myself included). The tying element between all of the artists is their native descent, or their strong passion for empowering indigenous peoples and their struggles, celebrations, and passions. Some of the lesser known names included throat singer Tanya Tagaq on "Sila", Jennifer Kreisberg (who made an appearnce in Sherman Alexie's native film "The business of Fancy Dancing") in "The Muse", and even the native drum group Black Bear who provide the pounding foundation for the album's most prominent track, "R.E.D." featuring Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Narcy, a Candian-Iraqi MC.
"R.E.D" is the group's way of saying to most of the Western audience that "Yes, we are real producers!" and the message is received loud and clear. The sound is strong and intimidating, like it is getting its listener ready for war. Bey and Narcy's lyrics twist and wind through feelings of displacement, a distrust of the corporate world, and even a jab at police. The words were written that they roll through in a way that they could be performed as a slam piece if needed.
ATCR continues to stomp their feet and demand their rightful place at the table with no apology. Many of these tracks have the force and punch to blast in any club downtown. But will they? No, and we don't want them to.
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