ELLipHANt tHroWs iT DoWN HARd at CLuB BaRdOt, HoLLyWooD, CALiFoRnIA. ELLiPHANt iN tHe RooM!!!!

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Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as Elliphant, is a provocative, lawless Swedish pop-artist with a sound that is a cross between M.I.A. and Diplo. No wonder she is joining M.I.A.’s tour in Canada with performances in Montreal and Toronto, May 3rd and May 4th. She is a definite uprising superstar and the real musicians that listen just know it – including Coachella’s most recent popular, live electronic-act, SKRILLEX, who she is collaborating with and thus pushing her music out further into the masses. This chick knows how to throw it down hard LIVE, with a progressive reggaetonesque, hip-hop, dance-beat that blasts you into a sexual, rhythmic, body pulsation.

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Check out Elliphant LIVE at Bardot:

 

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We had pre-drinks in Venice and got warmed up for the show as we were super-charged to catch ELLIPHANT sing her songs that we have been vibing to lately.

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Elliphant’s mesmerizing show is filled with her sweaty, sexy dance-moves, as her hair flies around with her fingers pointing out, shaking her booty with confidence while laughing and singing her provocative songs like “BOOTY KILLAH”, “BITCH OUT”, and “MAKE IT JUICE” – progressive beats that palpitate a crowd into a surging wave as her lyrics just flow. It is rare to fine a caucasian in this genre with authentic talent, and even to find one that is a confident, sexy female that shows us how to really move. Her strong use of language falls in line with her music with “DOWN ON LIFE”, an addicting melody with intro lyrics that thump your body into a lampoon of laughter: “we are waking up in a pile of shit, whole bed, is full of it”. She breaks-down the audience into heavy movement as she delivers the catchy chorus: “I could use a break, me need to go, down down down – on life, I need you to to take, all my shadows for a walk tonight”.

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WATCH music video “DOWN ON LIFE”:

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Her debut album, titled “A Good Idea”, has a heavy, urban sound with heavy beats and breaks that bring energetic changes, and fast, melodic, shocking-sexy lyrics that echo the vibrations of reggaeton and Denmark’s “danskhall”. She proved to me that she is right in line with the authenticity of the roots of a mix of genres, like Jamaican dance-hall and reggaeton – as a heavy sweaty dance-show is what the mecca of real reggae is all about, and Elliphant’s show at Bardot would have moved the toughest crowd down in Kingston or Montego Bay into loving and respecting her because she MAKE YA WANNA MOVE. No wonder she traveled to the island to collaborate with Jamaica’s Ras Fraser Junior. They feel her. Her energetic songs capture me into hopping around on the dance floor when her raw energy draws into you, similar to how Jamaican legend BUJU BANTON would make me feel at a live show.

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Her music also echoes progressive pop music and that is probably why she is fusing and collaborating with such acts like SKRILLEX that are now super popular at big festivals like Coachella. I’m not sure what they are drinking in the water up in Stockholm, but this Northern European, Elliphant, has taken hip-hop and Jamaican influence and made it her own in progressive pop. Her Swedish dictation of the English Language and native accent has given her edge into spitting out her English words into hypnotic phrases that roll off her tongue with attitude similar to the way an authentic dredlock-islander with talent would hope to.

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Although her sound seems to be more influenced by reggaeton and dance-hall, she probably listens to classic, energetic hip-hop music to gear her up to create this type of Scandanavian pop. African Americans created hip-hop because their genetics lead them there from their rhythmic, African roots, with their unique use of the English language, and distinct African-American culture, giving them a different dictation then a caucasian-American. Maybe it’s her Swedish accent that helps her flow the way she does.

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ANDY WARHOL would approve.

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I had the pleasure of hanging out with ELLIPHANT on a farm recently where she stormed around the dusty ranch on the dirt road naturally in bare-feet, energetic and always laughing with her Swedish crew and friends from Los Angeles.  People that didn’t even know of her music would still feed off her funny, positive vibes and style. Some of her Swedish crew and friends that were at a recent private festival in Ojai, joined together at Bardot to get down with her; backstage they were all pumped up after the show as it was a success.

Check Cowboys and Indians festival in Ojai:
https://sweeneyseas.com/2014/04/28/cowboys-and-indians-in-ojai-2014/
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Most Americans that I know don’t understand how hip-hop is taking off in Northern Europe in different native tongues, not English; especially Denmark, where local, legendary, hip-hop artists draw large crowds as hip-hop is most popular now to the uprising youth. It’s the way the Danish and Dutch languages are spoken, allowing words to come out freely, rhythmic and speedy with hip-hop. There are some very talented singers in Northern Europe that us Americans know nothing about because we don’t understand Danish or Dutch, nor will those underground, local singers be promoted in the American corporate music industry because they aren’t singing in English.

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Copenhagen has a KILLER outdoor venue, located in an autonomous region of Copenhagen called CHRISTIANA, an ex-military area from the 1970s that was squatted by artists and turned into a ruffian free-zone area where marijuana and hash is traded freely in open kiosks on the street. CHRISTIANA is a lawless area which has become a center for the arts and music and a sort of legal drug-trade area in a country where drug trade is illegal, and this is the place where the hardcore hip-hop acts perform in Copenhagen. An authenticity is always brought to art when it is underground, dirty, raw, and on par with the ruffians and the dregs. Every reggae musician outside Jamaica wants to play in Jamaica, but they will probably just get shot down in Kingston because to Jamaicans their music is their life, and their lives were oppressed, so don’t ruin their life with shitty reggae please. BUT THEY RESPECT ELLIPHANT. Who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch ELLIPHANT throw it down at CHRISTIANA in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am thankful she is in America and singing in English and giving us a window into where music is going in Northern Europe.

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It is no wonder that her talent is already noticed with love from the islanders. Those people know good music when they hear it, because ITS THE WAY IT MAKES YOU MOVE.

Watch how she dances with the locals down on the island:

http://www.elliphantmusic.com/news/behind-the-scenes-with-elliphant/

ELLIPHANT brings out the dance-protest in you, and pulsates the audience with a violent, anthemic, rebellious vocal in “REVOLUSION”. It makes you want to DANCE-RIOT.

WATCH music video “REVOLUSION”:

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Elliphant is signed with Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint Kemosabe, releasing her new track “MUSIC IS LIFE” which you will hear on the radio now.
Watch music video “MUSIC IS LIFE”:

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Im a music-lover, and it is rare for me to find up-and-coming acts in small venues that are throwing it down hard, walking on the edge of super-stardom with addicting energy that gets you slammed with musical excitement – it’s all about luck and timing to witness a killer show in a tiny venue and know that it was a special night that will be lost in time but forever remembered. Years ago, I walked into a small club on Sunset blvd, the Roxy, and witnessed a very young, long-haired Kings of Leon throw it down with raw, exciting energy while heavily smoking and proving themselves to be the shit – the timing of that show made it one of the best shows of my life as they had a buzzing energy, firing off on all cylinders; the next time I saw the Kings of Leon, I knew I would never see them the same after their performance in a much bigger venue, The Hollywood Bowl. I will probably never see them in a venue as small as the Roxy ever again, and now I witnessed Elliphant at Bardot, a small club in Hollywood.  I am hoping she doesn’t blow up the charts too fast so I can gain access into a small club and see her throw it down hard again.

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Next time I see her rock a crowd, it will most likely be a much larger venue, so catch her now if you can, cause she is an ELLIPHANT IN THE ROOM, and she probably needs more room cause she stomps all over the place in your face. I knew the live band that followed her set, DWNTOWN, had a very tough act to follow as ELLIPHANT took us all to SKOOL at Bardot on School Night.

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Mondays at Bardot:

http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/

DWNTOWN played to a much emptier room, but ELLIPHANT was a tough act to follow.

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DWNTOWN came with a full live-band with a great vibe, beautiful singer, good music, and apparently with a music buzz, but Elliphant’s show was on a whole other level, making it an extremely hard act to follow because her beats are so heavy, melodic, and she spits out on the mic honest and hard while shaking her hips. Any shift to another musical energy could clear out some of the room which happened – the audience already got their heads kicked off for the night – fucking raw, sexual attitude, and honest entertainment.

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Elliphant spoke to the crowd on the mic and shared with everyone with her thoughts between some songs, connecting, and then throwing it down to her next hit single. She brought it to the table with dirty, sexual vibes as she sang “BOOTY KILLAH”. She then lead into an anthemic, rebellious “REVOLUSION” that makes you want to dance-riot. Maybe that’s why when she finished her set, the crowd surrounded her with a demanding applause for a proper encore. We all wanted more. I guess we are needing a fresh taste of what raw, female singers should sound like and what hot shows should be like, and HOW YOU MAKE ME WANT TO FEEL LIKE – yep, ELLIPHANT is the BOOTY KILLAH.

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My band, PUNAMI http://www.punami.com, echoes the influences of my love for reggae. What I have learned from my elder, reggae mentors is that if you are a musician heavily influenced by that genre, you need to be your own, intelligent, natural-self, and Elliphant is more then just that, she is completely unique and just makes ya WANT TO MOVE.

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ELLIPHANT would make reggaeton legend, NANDO BOOM proud. NANDO, a reggaeton and “reggae en Espanol” singer from Panama is known as a super-legend that brought grinding dance moves that changed the way people danced. I grew up in the Republic of Panama, where I started drinking and dancing downtown Panama as a white, 15 year-old teenager in dark, smoky Panamanian clubs where sweaty grinding to reggaeton was just Panamanian culture. I love that SHIT. The only thing we danced to was reggaeton – which moved the entire club into a sexual surge on the dance floor, everyone holding their partners body to body, grinding eachother so close that an American would think we were SCREWING ON THE DANCE FLOOR, but it was just reggaeton DANCING-LOVE.

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Reggaeton is very sexual – you can always feel a woman’s sexual language when you move to this style of music as hips connect on the belt and you move with eachother in sexual rhythm. Men and women can feel eachother and know if he or she is a good lover by the way they connect on the reggaeton dance-floor, knowing if it will be good sex or bad in bed is known by how you move and dance and what energy you bring to the floor. I miss living in Panama and dancing in reggaeton clubs where everyone is on a heavy vibe together getting dirty but just good fun times. In the United States i feel disconnected from the crowd and a disconnection with the crowd from the band. It is not like where I am from in Panama, or like Jamaica, where THE AUDIENCE IS JUST AS MUCH A PART OF THE MUSIC AS THE MUSIC IS A PART OF THE BAND.

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That is reggae at it’s best – the LIVE SHOW with the AUDIENCE feeling it.  The venue is where it all happens with this type of music. I have been missing this energy in the United States, and the people in the club THAT REALLY KNOW HOW TO HAVE A FUCKING GOOD TIME. People can be SO FUCKING BORING on the dance floor.  Maybe ELLIPHANT is here to SHOW AMERICANS HOW TO DANCE in sexual style and how to have A GOOD TIME. Yes, I consider myself AMERICAN as well, but that doesn’t mean I dance like one. Probably because I grew up sweating to HOT DANCE-music while going through puberty. I have to thank my love for the dance movement to legendary Panamanians like NANDO BOOM for songs like “FIESTA” and El GENERAL for songs like “MUEVELO”.

Listen to NANDO BOOM song “FIESTA”:

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Listen to EL GENERAL song “MUEVELO”:

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ELLIPHANT has the energy, the moves, and feel and she will sex you down to beats on the floor with lawless, provocative MUSIk. CHECK HER OUT.

http://www.elliphant.com

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Check out her music video “COULD IT BE”:

LAST BUT NOT LEAST. There is nothing like finishing off a good night in Hollywood by getting some IN and OUT.  WHAT DOES THAT SOUND LIKE?  It’s burgers bitch, damn right it’s IN-N-OUT.

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Symbiosis Gathering 2013

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I drive away from Symbiosis Gathering at the Woodward Reservoir in California, enchanted by the warm and wonderful connections I made.  I ventured here alone, not quite sure what to expect, but I did hope for something wonderful and unexpected. After I pitched my tent along the water, an endless adventure of yoga, meditation, dance, and artwork ensued.

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Symbiosis is defined as an interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both; a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.  There isn’t a better definition that encompasses my magical experience that this event was able to create in such a short amount of time, simply because this festival is a gathering of people that have a similar interest of loving life, our planet, music, creativity, and the sustainability of everything in hopes to create happiness that is shared with one another by embracing our Mother Earth.

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The hypocrisy of these major events is a relevant topic because the earthly-principled standards of what these festivals dictate do not always jive with the generation of trash and consumerism that they digest.  However, this festival does provide a temporary environment for the “civilized” to live outside the normal commerce of civilized life.  One can feel that our society is uncivilized when you examine the big picture of mass-consumerism which feeds our addicted, gluttonous economy while bleeding our generous planet of her beautiful resources and polluting her in the process.  Freegans and their “anti-consumerist” ideologies proudly showed up at Symbiosis, digging for tasty vegan meals out of the trash.  Mother Earth loves Freegans.

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At Symbiosis you can easily get involved in a deep discussion about understanding how sustainable beliefs and behaviors are in conflict, and that is why events like these are important and relevant even though there are many hurdles to overcome until ideals equate with real actions by the majority.  You can find eco-friendly, intelligent earth-lovers that are eager to converse about change.

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The social conscious of the youth may be advancing towards understanding the consequences of consumption and how each individual has an unseeingly, substantial contribution to the cumulative effect of every problem and solution – if only we could come together and act on our unified understanding of this we could create no waste or at least manage it more efficiently to renew energy and sustain resources.  Festivals like Symbiosis and Burning Man are trying to make a difference, but at times there purpose is lost in the shuffle of a seemingly endless party.  Maybe there were answers found at the many available discussion groups and seminars at Symbiosis, if not, at least they tried and had a good time doing it.

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If you have a conversation with a festival waste-management employee, then you will see the disgusting problem that exists at most festivals from Bonarroo to Coachella to Burning Man.  It takes weeks on end for Bonarroo to clean up abandoned camp-sites and overflowing trash bins, and this problem is easier for them to solve because Bonarroo owns the land, allowing them to develop compost areas on site.

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Unlike some festivals, Symbiosis Gathering is a festival on the move, which keeps a relatively small, dedicated following.  Fortunately, this magical gathering is still a relatively small festival, and the movement helps keep the network of peaceful, music-yoga-lovers and vegans re-uniting in a mellow setting without too much disturbance from a local community; small towns embrace this festival as it temporarily brings in a good amount of business and exposure to remote areas.

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The energy was very pure for me at Symbiosis because it wasn’t overblown with 50,000 guests, and people were accessible as you could run into a new friend, time and time again, actually bringing people together for the full event instead of just one magical moment lost in time.  You will find “Burners” at Symbiosis Gathering most likely going through Burning Man de-tox, reminiscing about the crazy and beautiful artwork at Burning Man this year.

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The relaxing atmosphere at Symbiois Gathering was enhanced by the meditation and yoga centers which I truly needed; i was wonderfully seduced into more then one venue by harmonium chants that would lay me down to downward dog and long yoga sessions – one of the main reasons I felt comfortably alone.

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Water is one of the most undervalued commodities on this planet and it is one of the most important draws for me to come to Symbiosis Gathering.  At Burning Man I find myself in swirling dust storms and I cannot dip into fresh water and swim from venue to venue, listening to music as I backstroke in the fresh water, and then dance next to uninhibited people after a long swim, pulsating my wet body to fresh rhythms with clean mud swirling between my toes.

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This water-haven festival could be my temporary heaven on earth and this is why Symbiosis is so special to me as it will always be held on a waterfront area, allowing festival guests to naturally cleanse themselves in the buff and lay themselves on the grassy waterfront.  Although skinny-dipping is not allowed, it is still widely done with no bother.  I admit that I was naked in the water as well.  Why not?  Why should we be afraid to show our naked bodies when it is us in the most pure form.  Power to the naked.

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I would begin my long swims just beyond where my tent was pitched along the waterfront. I swam around the festival entrance where security checks wristbands, feeling like a water-ninja, although I was swimming with an expensive wrist-band. It was a very lovely, long swim; I just put my head down, flopping my arms in the cool water until I reached the first venue area, The Cove, with the wolf statue nearby that was brought from Burning Man.  I got out, danced in the crowd, and warmed my body in the warm sun to sweet grooves.

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The hill on the Cove proved to be a large gathering place and there was non-stop dancing on the bamboo towers.  Climbing up the towers gave me an amazing bird’s eye view of the craziness.

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After I got my fill of music at The Cove, I jumped back into the fresh reservoir and began swimming my next journey to the Empire of Love. It was a routine that felt so healthy, and when combined with Yoga and amazing vegan food at the Kiosks, I was energized with a very healthy weekend that gave me a high on good health and sobriety (well almost).  Another great aspect of Symbiosis Gathering is the great selection of vendors that provided a wide selection of food, including a great selection of vegan meals and earthy desserts to die for.

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I came to Symbiosis on a journey by myself not sure what I was looking for, but somehow it found me, immediate connections with positive people that were open to communicating.  Some would immediately greet me with a hug when meeting for the first time – a wonderful, warm first reception that Americans normally aren’t use to.  Most European cultures greet with a kiss, or two or three, on the cheek – much better then a handshake, well, at least for me!

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Another great aspect of Symbiosis was the commerce that was allowed by artists.  Artists were selling their artwork, goods, clothing, and creative wares.

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I also noticed at Symbiosis that there were musicians that would wander around with their instruments, hoping to meet another wandering, soulful musician with notes to share.   I witnessed this violin and trumpet player jamming not too far from the heavy beats of the Pantheon, feeding their impromptu jam-session.

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I was ecstatic to see the band, Ecstatic Union, wandering barefoot past the food kiosks while jamming their songs, with their posse singing along.  Their girlfriends were handing out free copies of their latest Album titled Sundog while they walked along the field singing their songs. http://www.ecstaticunionmusic.com

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The most welcoming group I met was the Hare Krishnas, and one in particular, Chandra, was so completely magnetic with positive energy; I was drawn into their circle of open arms and soothing chants.

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Chandra would spend her time face-painting new friends and entertaining them with her exuberant and animated conversation that would have me smiling and laughing.  I spent a lot of time with the Krishnas, surrendering to their harmonium meditations in a relaxed state of bliss.

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They gave me free cookies and taught me their prayers and beliefs.  I wandered away with beads and subconsciously feeling and hearing the transcendental vibration of my consciousness being revived by the love of my new Hare Krishna friends.  There chants remain inside me.  Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare…

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Symbisosis festival really lives up to it’s definition of interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both; a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups – well, maybe it should be defined as an interaction of many different organisms living in close physical association.  I learned from some people that were really different then myself, but we came together vibrantly because we shared the common interest of loving the people very much that care for our planet and really live it in celebration.  The Hare Krishnas have contacted me again and I shared with them a blurp about my latest adventure, sailing away on the ocean to Alaska.  We will meet again and I will venture to Symbiosis again and again!  This love is to be continued.  Thank you Symbiosis Gathering.  No more words… just photography… here you go festival lovers…

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cOwBOys and iNdiANs in OjAi 2013

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It was a dreamy Saturday afternoon driving down the windy road towards Ojai. I had my cowboy hat and boots on and was charged-up because it was my first-time ever crashing the Cowboys and Indian’s festival, located on a horse ranch in the quaint, artsy town of Ojai, California.

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This year was the 3rd Annual Cowboys and Indians festival, a private festival and potluck for friends and locals put on by a very dreamy French woman and her two lovely daughters.
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Festival participants arrive dressed in their finest cowboy’s and Indian’s attire, ready to enjoy a day with great food and live music from a local band.
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However, this year there were more Cowboys and Cowgirls and I had trouble finding a Pocahontas to keep my tepee warm in the early Summer nightfall. Nevertheless, I ate lots of great food and couldn’t get enough of the gigantic pot of lamb stew that the hungry cowboys and indians encircled at nightfall.

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After we barbecued, we relaxed on the blankets and dove into some deep discussions of life, sustainability, and all kinds of cosmic topics. I enjoyed the relaxing conversation, but I knew things were about to heat up when we started hearing the coyotes howling in the distance. The cowboys and Indians protected their dogs from being lured into the dark by the coyotes’ fake cries.

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The group then wandered up the hill to the tepee flat as it was time for us to have our ritual night-dance and release our spirits to the dark with fresh beats provided by the Festival Princess. Some of us slept in trailers, others in tents, and Brian went gangsta on us and slept in his car with his lovers stacked up next to him – surfboards.

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I came completely unprepared for the sleepover as usual – but I was able to steal a pillow and a blanket from the Festival Queen and found refuge in the tepee. I woke up to another lovely, sunny, cool California day feeling the effects of my dancing with the wolves.

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I clumsily wandered down the hill and pass the horses in the quiet morning to find the Festival Queen and a family of cowboys and Indians cleaning the horse stalls and shoveling horse manure. I grabbed my shovel and joined in – flip flops and all.

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I relaxed as the Festival Queen cooked up gourmet breakfast tacos with goat cheese outside under a shaded tree. Then a strange cowboy walked out of the woods from up the hill with his guitar in hand. The awkward cowboy played an impromptu show on the wagon while drinking whisky coffee.

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It just turned out that I was the last of the Mohicans of Cowboys and Indians 2013. I just couldn’t leave the dreamy Festival Queen on this beautiful horse ranch – so I kept on asking if there was any more horse manure to shovel or chores to attend to. She insisted there was no more work at the moment and then locked the rusty gates behind me, sadly bringing Cowboys and Indians 2013 to it’s final end.

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Nevertheless, there were warm goodbye hugs from the Festival Queen and great memories to think about on the drive home. I’m not really counting the days, but there are only 355 days left until I crash Cowboys and Indians 2014.

i’M a MiLLioNaire!!!!! tHaNk YoU KiCkstArtEr!!!!!

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——> I ONLY WISH THIS WASN’T A JOKE <———

I was only hoping to raise $40,000, but somehow it went viral and today i just passed the $1,000,000 mark!!!!!   As you might know, I have been running a kickstarter campaign to fund a music tour with my Filipino band and release my album already recorded in the Phillippines.  If you haven’t seen the video then check it out.

Here is the link —->

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/404493872/sweeney-record-artbook-tour

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Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s a lot of money!!!  I think I am going to buy a yacht!!!!   I would like to thank all my campaign supporters that will be receiving a special sunken treasure coin.  There will be additional valuable gifts given away in the Bungalow Club!!!  Thank you!!!  I will probably live like a gluttonous pig the rest of my life now thanks to you guys!!

My campaign still has 11 days to go!!!!  Who knows what my final campaign might generate?  They say that I have a chance of surpassing Amanda Palmer’s recent, record setting, million-dollar, successful campaign.  She raised $1,192,793 and is now touring!  You should check her out too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amandapalmer/amanda-palmer-the-new-record-art-book-and-tour?ref=live

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http://www.amandapalmer.net

Unfortunately, my love for the sea and being a salty, swashbucklin’ sailor will never fade… so I took a seagoing job today.  Tuesday, July 31st, my birthday, I will sign aboard a container ship bound for sea.  It’s not a very long trip.  I’ll keep you updated and will be home before I even know it.  I will also update soon with my recent adventures, but forgive me as I am recovering from my zen trip to the mountains.

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I have a very exciting year ahead and everyday seems to be an adventure at late.  I cannot reveal some of my future adventures, but one that is in the works is another trip to Burning Man this year for a creative project at the end of August.  I guess you can call me a “Burner”.

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The whole country was enduring a heat wave this past week and I was off the grid, high up in a secret location somewhere in the mountains of Northern California.

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Chopping wood makes me feel good and so do bad-ass mountain dogs that love me.

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I am now considering giving all of my money to charity after a deep reflection of my values that have gone astray.  Meditation has navigated me to a destination that has allowed me to broaden a deep perspective of self.  Damn, that million dollars just feels good right now though.  It must be the devil running through my veins. I need to cleanse myself with the evil desires of wealth, power, and fame.  I will try to continue posting during this deep meditation process of reflection and cleansing.   But I will use some of that million dollars to make an epic tour!!!  For now, into the mountains to mentally prepare for the deep sea.  When you are a sailor, it is a wonderful thing to hear “last line” and depart to sea on the day of your birth.  I love celebrating the beauty of Mother Earth by being tossed around in her big, salty pond.

—->TRUTH BE TOLD JOKE IS ON ME <——

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“Honest, subconscious truth is always present when a dreamer feels awake.”

-Captain Sweeney

YeS, I jUst sAiD tHaT.