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Lightning in a Bottle 2008: music notes

May 27, 2008

We set up under the oaks and by the river in Kids Camp on a sunny Thursday afternoon and wandered the camp a bit, dancing some here and there and catching an “undress” rehearsal by Lucent Dossier, looking forward to a weekend of dancing and art and learning a la Burning Man Festival.

And then on Friday it rained. From Friday 6am on and off until ….well, the whole event was a bit damp (and organizers and participants seemed unprepared).

FRIDAY: That said, the musical highlight for us was Friday night show by WEST INDIAN GIRL on the Bamboo Stage (even though because of the rain they started late, we missed most of it, and they had the set cut short). That is one talented band! Beautiful harmonies–we would have loved to have seen more musical groups like them at LIB, although we caught a good groove from Marques Wyatt on the Woogie Stage after West Indian Girl.

SATURDAY: A second musical highlight was the Saturday night performance by the YARD DOGS on the Bamboo Stage. Now they know how to put on a show! Lots of fun for the whole family although fortunately some of the jokes went over the 4 year olds head. We also loved the Stilt Circus show and appreciated the grooves of J Bogies Dubtronic Science which followed. Lucent Dossier’s show that night on the Treehouse Stage was cool but there was sooo many people there it was very claustrophobic and uncomfortable. The best part of the show for me was the preshow impromptu beat boxing by a group hanging out nearby; saw them on Sunday on the Bamboo Stage performing as Lynx (I think–there were no signs posted to let you know who was performing etc)

SUNDAY: A third musical highlight had to be by the March Forth Band from Portland which led several parades and performed Sunday night before and aft Cirque Bezerk where we enjoyed ringside seats and happily cheered on dancer Suze Q who led a children’s dance class earlier that day.

By Sunday night our feet were beat from dancing adn playing and walking and talking so we headed out about midnight, windows rolled down to hear Adam Freeland as we drove by on out way home…

UP NEXT: some notes about the art and from the workshops

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  1. Jason permalink
    May 27, 2008 10:32 pm

    too bad we couldn’t have hung out dagnabbit. i could have used some sanity/stability/workshop friends. i really wanted to do more workshops. being camped in the direct bassvortex between woogie and treehouse was a bit all-consuming. and then it seemed to be mass consumption from there on out. i can’t imagine trying to navigate an exit during sunday night madness.

    we did chipmunk and squirrel rescue on Saturday. the bass was just too much. they had evacuated all their holes in search of sanctuary.

    my art placement was a debauched failure, but there will be a revival in the future.

    recharged in interesting ways all around.


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