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Re:generation Festival & Birthday Week

The past two weeks I have had quite a lot going on, so I’m going to start with the most recent and go from there.

My birthday was on Monday, and we celebrated by leaving the previous Thursday and spending 4 days in the middle of the woods in northern Oregon at a place called Horning’s Hideout. It’s a beautiful venue with one stage right on a resevoir, and wild peacocks wander around the area, fluffing up their beautiful feathers.

Camp sites were tight, tents right on top of each other, but it made for an interesting experience, and unlike at Sasquatch, we actually interacted and chilled with our neighbors when we weren’t asleep or at one of the shows. People had driven from Santa Cruz, and even as far as Chicago.

We really didn’t know what we had walked into, I thought it was going to be like Sasquatch but it became apparent that we were surrounded and immersed in counter culture. This has been by far the most hippe, for lack of a better word, fest I have ever been to, but I say that with respect. I have never been to a music event where people aren’t shoving each other for space to see an artist. There is room to dance and throw your arms about, and people are all about sharing and interacting.

It was beautiful to say the least.

Glitch Mob started Thursday night off with a bang, and after the show edIT was on stage shaking fan’s hands, and I asked him to sign my shirt. “Are you sure sweetie?” He asked. Tehe! Made my whole trip. Glitch Mob was the only act we saw the night, also the final act for Thursday. We walked back to the tent and the campground was alive and hopping with activity.

Friday was another awesome day. We saw Paper Diamond, Big Gigantic, Lynx, the first Sound Tribe Sector 9 set, and of course, Bassnectar.

This is the 3rd time I have seen him in the past six months. He killed it yet AGAIN. The man can do no wrong! Who can successfully dub-ify L’autre Valse D’Amelie (theme from the French film Amelie)? He can and it’s oh so amazing. I am determined to go to any Bassnectar show when he comes to the area. Hands down, one of the best artists to see over and over because it’s different every time. He blew my face off with Bass last weekend and I love him for it.

The rest of the weekend was pretty chill…we saw Lotus, Little People, Emancipator, more Sound Tribe and their acoustic set, Eliot Lipp, it was a pretty small festival, but we had a blast.

Everyone was there to be a apart of something, and show their art, performance or painting or drawing…it was all there.

There was also quite a bit of hula hooping going on all weekend. I haven’t seen that in a while.

It was a good weekend, and we arrived home Sunday evening, tired, filthy, and left with impressions of a culture we hadn’t fully anticipated.

Cheers Sound Tribe, and thanks for a weekend the best birthday week yet, that I will never forget.

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