|| Wild Child + The Crocodile ||

It was a sold-out show at the Seattle music venue staple - The Crocodile in Belltown. Wild ChildStelth Ulvang

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Wild Child rocked the night into a blissful state of all the feels. Not only am I a huge fan of them, but there was a room full of many more. I have Wild Child a handful of times in Seattle, Austin, Texas, and even won tickets to their show in San Francisco. I have been listening to them from the beginning. Once when I thought about getting a tattoo, and I briefly thought of getting the Wild Child logo permanently attached to my body. (I'm still tattoo'less though)

I knew the room was full of fans when I was up front taking photos I could hear harmonious waves of the audience singing towards the stage. It was the first show I have heard that many people sing along to all their songs, from their first newest album, Expectations, to their very first, Pillow Talk. 

"Wild Child won't settle. For seven years now the Austin-based ensemble has carried its infectious blend of indie-pop and infectious melodies across the international music scene, charting viral hits and wrapping their arms around a diverse and dedicated fan base. But earlier this year when the band set out to make their fourth studio album, they found they had their hands full: After half a decade of maturation, the group had grown beyond its traditional writing and recording process." (Read More Here)

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The moment this band got on stage it was pure fun and joy! From running around a keyboard while singing into a rotating mic, to jumping on a small wooden briefcase on stage and using it as another platform. At one point Stelth Ulvang invited someone from the audience to come up on the random. "I need someone who can really play though, more than just a few chords". a guy right behind gets noticed at as he says "I can do it. I am a jazz musician, I got this!" He is invited to hop on stage, and once he does he gets so down with it! Not only is the audience in shock and feeling giddy, but the band is impressed as well.


|| A Bailey Wedding ||

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The Baileys got married inside of the most beautiful venues in all of the world, but specifically in Oakland, California. The 16th St Station has so much character, from the beautiful architecture in the main hall, to the graffiti walls around the backside.

This venue has been in top movies and music videos and has been a place to throw special Burning Man events and various parties, but furthermore - to host the place where The Baileys could show devotion to each other in front of their loved ones. 

The groom put it perfectly on why they choose this spot - "The reason why we picked this building was because we both are kinda are diamonds in the rough, and the graffiti on the building is the like experiences we've had, whether good or bad, we have to take a step back at look at it. The room is beautiful because of the graffiti and because of the cracks, that goes for how we are as well."

Also, I am going to nominate the Baileys for holding down the bad ass card. They had one of Oaklands finest rappers perform as a special guest at their wedding. Too Short did not disappoint anyone and neither did the Baileys.

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|| Jags Charity Drag Show ||

Every other month there is a charity drag show thrown by Jag Crystal Lake. This month all proceeds went straight to "Meals on Wheels" which helps out low-income seniors in Snohomish County. This months theme? Super Villain Show! This show had 7 performers, some drag queens, others that go by a bio queens.


Lay It Down - Lily Fangz

Lily Fangz brought all the feels to the festival grounds at the sacred Unify Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She pulled out her original "Lay It Down", a song inspired by feeling the pains of addiction through a loved one. It's emotional, its real and raw. It grasped me like lungs needing fresh air.

I connected to this song so much because I have close friends, and even a sister who are going through a mad addiction right now. It's hard and heavy, its tough to get out of without getting hurt yourself. This song helped me heal in the processing of it all. The way she can turn pain into poetry is marveling and so soul spoken.

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|| Burning Man 2016 ||

DISCLOSURE || CONFESSION :

This is not going to be a blog post about how Burning Man changed my life in the most uplifting spiritual way. Simply because if you know someone who went, you most likely have already heard about the magic that surrounds the Desert in Black Rock City. It's there, and you will have to find it on your own. This is from my experience alone.

The place where all festival goers have told me (many of times) to go. A place that would changed me once I arrived. Burning Man. I finally have popped my cherry to one of the most world famous festivals on this planet. This was an exciting thing to check off of the bucket list.

These last few years as a festival photographer I have found it to be rewarding to capture the builds and hard work of a beautiful event going up in its glory. With the builders who work together with the ability to intertwine a creative passion into art piece. With the different aspects to soon to be appreciated by many who come to get away, who come to be themselves and to enjoy the art that has been build up around them. Its a sight to see and a gratuitous action to witness.

A literal city was being built in front of me, which was mind blowing. Then I realized for a week this was not going to stop. As soon as something went up one day, it felt like it was being burned down the next. The FEAR OF MISSING OUT haunted me, knowing that things were constantly being changed, and I wasn't going to be able to see and capture everything in its glory.

At Burning Man, my mind at times felt like its was on a long roller coaster ride, where one cannot just get off when ever it wanted. It kept running and running and running. Although, then a realization comes through, this is BURNING MAN> a place where radical self reliance is a huge thing. Taking care of yourself, in the desert, is a huge thing!

Everyone had a piece of them to share. If that meant by gifting homemade pieces in costume form, or to be a part of a team; by building an art installation or helping out with camp set up and tear down. Everyone had something to bring to the table.

Burning man gave me lessons. These lessons are the ones I am still trying to grasp onto. Lessons I will need to keep to myself for awhile, so I can understand them over time. They are right to say experience Burning Man. It's something that cannot be totally explained, but better off expressed.

Raised By Wolves

The Temple

A space that allows many emotions to overlap in many different ways. Some of those who were in grievance of a loved one, could also hear the joy of two lives being brought together right outside the temple.

EXODUS


|| Enchanted Forest Gathering ||

Right off the 101 is a land called Black Oak Ranch. This is a place where Oak trees and the Grateful Dead have common ground. It's was filled with many familiar faces from many other festivals. Each time I attend a festival, there seems to be one thing that stands out from the rest, and EFG is one that focuses on being a family-friendly and non alcohol event, that being said "Get saucy, not sauced" held importance to EFG and the attendees.

 - Sensible reason -

-"Traveling to Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California for Enchanted Forest is something magical all on its own. Driving through kitsch towns and towering trees has a real “American road trip” quality to it and pulling directly off of highway 101 to enter the venue is almost hilarious. Can you imagine seeing a festival going on right off of the highway and a bunch of festival kids driving their packed-to-the-brim and dust-covered vans and cars straight into the shenanigans? It’s a sight to be seen."--

|| FULL GALLERY ||

|| Lightning In A Bottle ||

Lightning in a bottle is on it's 16th year running. It began as a private event back in 2000 starting out as a birthday party, but in 2004 the event producers {who are now known as the Do LaB} started to host more and more festival attendees. It is unclear to how many festival goers attend LIB, but I have heard that it ranges from 25,000 - 31,000 at the sold out capacity.

The Grand Artique

Hands down, The Grand Artique had to have been my all time favorite place to be. There were many nooks and cranny's all around the old frontierville. There is a time for EDM, which had been playing at most stages, and then there is a time for live music, which was what the Grand Artique was about. A general store, {also know as the trading post} was present for anyone who wanted to do some bartering, you could partake in the fun by playing some carnival styled games, or kick back on the front porch, where you could watch either stage from that view point. I was kickin' it HARD. I had stayed up through the night on Sunday, into Monday morning, and my last moments at the festival had been at the Grand Artique, drinking whiskey and playing cards with new friends. I was seriously sad to leave this place!

This place has my <3

The Do Over

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Have you ever had to harass a drag queen in a sensual and seductive way? How about with a carrot? Well... it sure is something to see. After 5 contestants gave it a go, 2 were chosen to spin the wheel for a DO OVER. Whatever you landed on {Bowie, Punk Raw, Festie Glam, even a mystery choice} you got a make over on the spot. Strut your stuff down the cat walk and you were now even more ready for LIB!

Pumpkin Tribute

The Woogie was the place to be during the tribute to Nick. He was all about the Woogie, and everyone was all about him. It was great energy and lots of love being spread across the dance floor.

Harmonic Lights

So, there is this genius out there who really knows how to work a camera, a crowd and a very creative light wand. He goes by Harmonic Lights, and let me tell you what, these shots are 100 % unedited and will in fact blow your mind.

The Gong Sanctuary

This year I was able to do some hands on sound bath work. For 4 hours each day I was able to help with sound therapy to all the people who came in the space to enjoy and relax. After I did my first sound bath at Lucidity, I was hooked. I was asked to help out in the space this year and I felt honored and rewarded to be able to do so.

The Last Sunrise


|| Lucidity Festival ~ Crossroads ||

I have been looking forward to Lucidity ALL YEAR LONG, and that is not an exaggeration. When I attended last year’s Lucidity – Kindred Quest, I felt like I was living in a dream world. I was in a place where the festival was being built up by the community. Where people would come in, plug in, and contribute in any way possible to make this festival happen. I describe Lucidity as my family reunion, and this year was 5 of of the 6 saga!

Build Crew – Volunteers - Leads - To all you warriors!

Thank you. Seriously, thank you!

The work I see put into this event gives me such joy! I absolutely love being apart of this community where I can forward to plugging in each year. People who inspire hard work and love in the same place is the kind of place I like to be. 


Branches Mobile Gallery

Branches is a traveling fine arts gallery that brings together structural artists who are able to sell and share their art in the space they have created connection and creativity. This year I was excited to come back to document the Branches Mobile Gallery, like I had the last. 

- CROSSROADS VIDEO COMING SOON – 

but don't be shy, and check out my video from last year! Lucidity - Kindred Quest

I felt transformed when I saw the space come together in less than one weeks time. There is so much hard work and dedication that go into setting up an art gallery. From constructing bamboo walls into place, to hanging and securing glass pieces and circus framed fabric from ceilings, to tearing it all down….. I have the greatest admiration.

This year the lounging area was placed in the middle of the gallery. A great spot to kick back and take a few sips of tea from the Redwood Sprout CommuniTEA Lounge, where plushy rugs and pillows were available, along with being engulfed by out of this world art from many talented artists. A custom LED DJ booth gave the best light show to the on going audiences who came rolling through, and every night from midnight to 2 am there was an acoustic set.

There was a circular walking space on the outside of the lounging area of Branches. On the beautiful bamboo walls hung art, and in the middle of the walking path sit a few art boxes that included mirrors and lights and a space where you could stick your head in. It was such a trip to play with this kind of art!


Lucid University

This year they really amped it up by offering courses at the Lucid University, providing 3-day intensives: dynamic courses designed to offer immersive educational experiences.

Intro to Permaculture Design Certification + Embodiment & Leadership + Lucid Dreaming + Art & Creativity + Reiki Healing 1 & 2

"Lucidity solidified the phenomenon that I had started to sense occurring—the essence of the word “family” taking on a whole new meaning. With the growth of our transformational festival community, the word “family” is becoming more than simply a term to reference blood relatives, even more than one to reference close friends. It has inevitably become the only word that can accurately describe the oneness of the tribe we have grown to be. I have long begun to refer to these beings as "family" but little did I realize that they'd inevitably come to be r e a l f a m i l y. And I mean real, real family. (Wow. I fuggin love you guys.)"


Nomads Nook

This year in Nomads nook held a tender and soulful presence. A tribute to Pumpkin was held at an official time and date, but from the time of the build and into the festival, people were there to celebrate for Nick 

The tribute to Pumpkin in the Nook was an emotional one. There was so MUCH LOVE that was being spread across the dance floor. There was many literal signs of love, Pumpkin pins, and the many embraces being exchanged by one another throughout the set. I was tearing up at the sight of this, and felt how much I enjoy the fact that I was there to capture these moments and events.

{How Pumpkin reminded me}

To the many good times ahead!

"It's often been said that you learn more from losing than you do from winning. I think, if you're wise, you learn from both. You learn a lot from a loss. You learn what is it that we're not doing to get to where we want to go. It really gets your attention and it really motivates the work ethic of your team when you're not doing well."  -Morgan Wootten


Crossroads Stage

I enjoyed many moments at the Crossroads Stage this year. From the children’s parade into the opening ceremony, to feeling the positive presence of my past family, and the reminder of bringing back gratitude of those lived before us, who looked after us while we were still young and had no ability to take care of ourselves. To loving those around is in any situation, to care and to connect.