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July 6, 2015

Sonic Bloom 2015 – Festival Review & Photos

 A Solstice Shakedown

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Sonic Bloom continues to push the boundaries of sound and artistic expression, growing each year into something larger and more meaningful.

For the past few years Sonic Bloom has been a leading name in transformational, music and arts festivals. This being its 10 year reunion, organizers and artists alike went above and beyond to make it the best year yet.  Reuniting crowd favorites and introducing new talent, the musical lineup was stacked, head to toe with must see performances.  With yoga/movement classes, quirky workshops and live visuals, this event is just as much about the art and culture as it is about the music.

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This years venue at Hummingbird Ranch was a refreshing new atmosphere of shady trees and creek side camping.  The forested labyrinth created great space for exploration between stages.  Hundreds of hammocks hung from the canopy above.  Art installations and hidden gems could be found behind every corner.  Yoga domes, gravity rock sculptures, and a large metal owl on fire were just a few sightings as you walked the grounds.  With larger stages and a multitude of vendors, it was great to see how fast this event is growing while at the same time keeping its small festival charm.

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Some musical highlights of the festival included: Desert Dweller’s live performance with aerial acrobatics by Tammy FireFly and live vocals by Meagan Chandler. Crowd pleaser STS9 played a four hour set on the main stage, mixing new tunes with old classics. The Funk Hunters brought the heat with a high energy set featuring Chali 2Na. His smooth, hip-hop vocals were a great addition to the duos funk influenced beats. The Submission stage became the place to be Sunday night with a musical journey from Kaminanda during sunset. Later in the night, Kayla Scintilla seemed to conjure a storm with his tribal sounds, while Eve Olution’s elaborate costume blew in the wind. Concluding the long weekend of incredible talent, no Sonic Bloom would be complete without a feel good set from Random Rab.

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With such a great lineup it was almost hard work to catch all the action.  Each stage had it’s own special ambiance and unique features to set them apart.  Geometric installations overhead provided shade during the warmer parts of the day.  At night LED backdrops and visuals illuminated the performers.  Each night offered a fresh palette of musical influences, from deep funk to the ultra psychedelic.  Sonic Bloom is truly a platform for refined music production and a cultivated cultural underground. With a sold out festival and a promising new venue the unified field may have finally found it’s home at Hummingbird Ranch.

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Written by: Greg Powell

Photography by: Molly Buckiewicz

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