With so many different takes on music festivals and a countless number of factors going in to the construction, creation, and production of the whole event, only the most innovative and organized groups are able to throw what would be considered a “successful music festival.”
Just a couple weeks ago, Ganjaology was able to make it down to Southern California where The Do Lab was putting on one of the most reputable music festivals on the West coast, Lightning In A Bottle. For those of you unaware, The Do Lab is an LA based events group known for the construction their one of a kind interactive environments often built of recycled materials and illuminated with world class lights, lasers, and love.
Lightening In A Bottle was literally filled with awe. Between performances ranging from world music in the Temple Of Consciousness, to futuristic bass music taking control of the nights, to renegade rock n roll shows, to house blaring out of a tree house, musically there was something for everyone to enjoy. The stages all these artists were able to perform on were quite impressive as well.
The Lightning Stage was absolutely massive, and with a premium PK sound system straight from Canada, you had no problem hearing this stage from the back of the camping area. During the day the Lighting stage was directly under the sun, but The Do Lab made up for the lack of shade by providing giant colorful open-air space tipi’s which allowed for people to take a breather and relax comfortably while still listening to artist performing. Rusko, PantyRaid, Random Rab, Desert Dwellers, and Emancipator are just a few of the artists that played on the Lighting Stage.
The next stage, The Bamboo stage, was constructed out of giant bamboo shoots, and hosted several of my favorite shows of Lighting In A Bottle. Kastle, Griz, Andreilien, Ill-Esha, Phuture Primitave, and An-Ten-Nae all blessed the stage with a substantial amount of energy, and in return an equal amount of enthusiasm was shown from the crowd. The Bamboo stage had a main set of speakers right up against the stage, but then it also had two sets of island speaker stacks about 250 feet away from the stage pointing backwards. This created a really deep dance floor that extended back 500+ feet from the stage. There was live painting to the left of the stage, and on the right, underneath a canopy of small trees, were people hanging out on blankets and in hammocks enjoying the unique sounds of the West coast. The last official stage of LIB was the Woogie stage. This was by far the coolest stage due to the fact that the DJ’s were in a TREE HOUSE that looked like a birds nest and the sound they had blasting from the Woogie stage was coming from Funktion-One speakers.
As awesome as all the music and stages at LIB were, the aspect that set this festival apart from others that Ganjaology has attended in the past was all the next level art spread throughout the festival grounds. Some pieces of art at festivals will make you say “Oh that looks cool…” or “Wow…that’s interesting…” and then continue on your way, but what The Do Lab brought (artists and pieces of art combined) was art that made you think. Art that invoked strong emotions from all festival attendees and made them want to not only look and gawk, but ask questions and give feedback about what they were experiencing. I saw some people hanging out underneath instillations like the giant spider or in Neil Johnson’s human sized termite mound for HOURS. I asked a few people why they were sitting in/under these instillations and their response was “Why not? Where else will you get to experience something like this? This is magic.”
All in all, Lightning In A Bottle is a festival not to be missed next year. The energy was high, the people were exceptionally awesome, the music will truly speak to your heart, and The Do Lab loves what they do.
What else could you ask for?
Last but not least, Ganjaology would like to give a big thanks to The Do Lab, The Confluence, Kelsey’s Creations, Roadz Less Traveled, Dropping Form Designs, and Neil Johnson. You’re all awesome and we will see you next year!
Now enjoy some images of Southern California’s favorite festival, Lightning In A Bottle.
All Photos Taken By Alex Gaynor, Jorge Meza, Cameron Jordan, Jessica Bernstein, and Brian Erzen. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!
We’ve been searching, listening, longing and laughing – and now it’s time to sound the alarm… Welcome to the West Coast! Here in the belly of the beast, we find the California producer SaQi with his latest creation – the title track to his new album Quest’s End. As the newest addition to Jumpsuit Records, headed up by The Polish Ambassador, SaQi is poised to take the summer by storm. This past year I caught his set at Lightning in a Bottle which came equipped with a superior team of musical backup including Russ Liquid, Lafa Taylor and more. This track is beautifully crafted, with a bass line built for baby making. Enjoy!
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With Lighting In A Bottle less than a month away, people from across the globe are gathering their energy and preparing for the journey they will soon be making to Southern California, for one of America’s most unique musical gatherings of the year. As you’ve probably heard already, The Do Lab has done an extraordinary job (once again) booking the most original and inspirational artists to bless LIB with the sounds and vibes that participants crave. One of the groups that I love to see time and time again are the West Coast duo, Desert Dwellers. Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe have an incredibly unique electronic/world sound that mostly contains a downtempo/glitch-hop vibe, and is composed of live instrumentation, new-age synthesizers, and fat gurgling bass lines. You’ll surely enjoy this easy listening, positive music. Make sure you don’t miss their set at Lighting In A Bottle this year!
California never fails to keep things funky. With this fact being well known across the globe, it makes sense that at one of the most incredible festivals to come this year, Lightning In A Bottle, they will be hosting one of the funkiest artists of our lifetime, The Polish Ambassador. Upon pressing play on any of this Oakland artists songs, you’ll feel nothing but purely positive vibes being blasted through your speakers. The Polish Ambassadors live shows seem to have the same effect on people. Everyone is dancing harder than they have all week… people are sharing smiles left and right with best friends and total strangers… peoples moods and minds are lifted to a higher dimension of understanding… and then there is the visual show to go along with the music…
Lightning In A Bottle has an absolute stellar lineup this year, and The Polish Ambassador is only one of the many talented artists who will be performing between the days of July 11th – 15th in Temecula, California.
All the music below is free to download, so be sure to beef up your music library and take all your favorite Polish Ambassador tunes to go!
There is only 24 hours left to purchase your Rush-N-Get-Em discounted presale tickets for The Do Lab’s legendary music festival in Temecula, California, LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE. Having moved locations this year, the energy at this festival is going to be like few other in the world. Music, art of countless different forms, people from every corner of the planet, positive vibrations, and a beautiful landscape, will create an unforgettable and magical memory for all participants alike.
The lineup is still unannounced but stay tuned for more about Lightning In A Bottle….
– Who’s that uber-bad blond behind the decks?
– Oh the one that’s been dropping all those future funk, tropical taste, bass breaks for the last hour.
– Ya ya, the one swagged out in that fur cap.
– Ohhh ya, yo that’s DJ Shawna. I think she’s from Canada, but I heard she’s been lampin’ off somewhere in the Bay when she’s not touring the beyond bass west coast festi circuit.
– Well damn!? I guess leave it to the Do Lab and the whole Lightning in a Bottle Crew to bring all the freshest DJs. This set is very rare.
– Very rare in deed!
Words cannot express the phenomenal magnificence of my experience at Symbiosis Gathering held at the astonishing Pyramid Lake, NE this past week. If I had to choose, I would call the event magical, momentous and exhilarating. While the terrain was a bit more than anyone was expecting, the overall vibe was phenomenal. We participants were up against the harshest of desert environments; navigating rocky earth, shielding our faces from narly dust storms and praying not to find any rattle snakes or scorpions inside our tents. As we ventured into the wild, we were uplifted by radiant healers, moved by marvelous music, inspired by seductive dancing, and amazed with eye-popping visual art. Symbiosis was a multitude of exotic energies brought forth by people from around the globe who had gathered to share knowledge and truth about our understanding of the universe. Most importantly, we gathered to experience an energetic alignment that manifested in the form of a solar eclipse. If you had the opportunity to view this as I did, you know that it can only be described as real. Following the Eclipse, Tipper played a set worth remembering. Big ups to UseYourHead20 for providing this unique footage.
More about the unbelievable music from both Symbiosis and LIB to follow. Stay tuned…
Don’t forget to thank spirit and bless up to the goddess. And most importantly, don’t forget to love.
Thanks to DJ Dick Trevor for the photo.