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Unleash Your Downward Dog at Wanderlust Squaw Valley

April 4, 2014
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We’re always excited for Wanderlust. It’s one of the events we most look forward to all year and lucky for us, it’s right in our backyard. So many festivals have pushed the
music as the primary draw while including yoga and wellness as a side note, but not Wanderlust! While the first few years sported heavy a musical line-up, featuring headliners such as Sharon Jones, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Michael Franti and The Wailers, Wanderlust has curated its own vibe by inviting yoga teachers from across the nation to teach yogis of all ability levels in the surreally beautiful Squaw Valley.

 

Caravan Palace captivates crowd at Wanderlust
Caravan Palace captivates crowd at Wanderlust

When Wanderlust was initially announced in 2009, I anticipated a very haughty-taughty crowd. Would they turn their noses up because we don’t have yoga pants, or that we didn’t know our brand of yoga mat (someone had to tell us!), or our downward dog wasn’t perfect? Turned out, that was not the case at all. Not only are the organizers great, but the yogis and music fans who come together for this event make it truly special. I began seeing a dramatic change in myself after beginning about yoga in early 2011 and I truly believe my participation in Wanderlust 2010 was important in it’s cultivation. In addition to the really nice people, organizers and instructors, the exposure to classes like  Budokan yoga, Slackline yoga, Backbends and Inversions … or even ridiculously fun classes like Seane Corn’s “Lite FM” (a class which featured all music and love songs of the 1970’s and 1980’s) has enamored us more with the practice. The diversity of classes ensure someone attending Wanderlust can be  as serious or light-hearted as they choose.

 

The music, workshops, speakers and yoga line-ups are top notch for Wanderlust 2014. DJ Krush and The Polyphonic Spree on the bill satisfy our “always have wanted to see yet haven’t” craving. Then a few of our favorites … RJD2, Big Gigantic and Thriftworks add in the “wows,” “whomps” and “what!?” In the non-musical landscape, we are looking forward to Roman Torgovitsky’s Soma System, Schuyler Grant’s Kula Flow, Eion Finn’s Blissology, ChiRunning with Steve Mackel, ELMNTL Fitness, and Yin Yoga with Liza Dousson…just to name a few! We are still reading up on all the enormous offerings Wanderlust offers.

 

Wanderlust founder Jeff Krasno answered a few questions for us about Wanderlust 2014
FB: What was the original inspiration for Wanderlust?

JK: The original inspiration came from going to Costa Rica on my wife’s (Schuyler’s) yoga retreat. There, we learned that people loved to travel, to be with like-minded community, to practice yoga in beautiful places, to eat good food, to drink a little wine and listen and dance to music. We asked ourself could we make this experience work for 4000 people instead of just 20?

FB: What could a person who practices yoga very casually receive from Wanderlust?

JK: We want to make yoga fun and accessible. Sure, we have a lot of very accomplished teachers. But many of the classes at Wanderlust are beginner / intermediate. I think the emphasis on music within the classes makes the yoga experience something that everyone can really enjoy.

FB: Your first year was a tough one! Besides bad timing of Franti’s appendix bursting, what other things did you learn that first year that has improved following years?

JK: In the first year, we ran a yoga event and music festival concurrently and, in some ways, split the audience. We learned that yoga, hiking, lectures, rafting, running formed the daytime meal of the festival and music was the nighttime desert.  

FB: Do you have any input in the music? Anyone you’ve really wanted that hasn’t been able to get on the festival?

JK: I personally booked every single act for years. Now, I defer to a younger staff that is more familiar with the cool, new acts. That being said, there are some acts that I have been working on for years. Caravan Palace was one of them. I finally made it happen last year. Fat Freddy’s Drop, a New Zealand-based dub band, is another band I’ve been chasing for years.

FB: Caravan Palace was amazing! I was very happy to see them on the line-up when it was announced. Are we back to music in the parking lot again at night or in the yoga tent? Was there any particular reason you all cut the parking lot stage out? (btw we loved the musc in the yoga tent!)

JK: The idea for 2013 model was to cluster more people in and around the village and to create a seamless nighttime experience that spanned the main tent, the tea tent and a smaller DJ stage. We like the idea that a guest can wander and discover different experience and not be confined within a tradition gated venue. We spent all this time and effort making a beautiful yoga tent and then it sat there empty at night — that didn’t make much sense.

FB: Anything you would like to add to Wanderlust?

JK: A truly next level food experience.

 

Wanderlust is July 17th-20th in Squaw Valley, California. For tickets, complete class schedule, lodging, camping and all information visit http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/. Keep an eye out as Fresh Bakin’ has partnered with Reno Tahoe Tonight and The Bounce Festival to give away some Sage passes and music-only tickets. CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO ENTER!

 

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BIG FREEDIA at Public Works (Pride Sunday in San Francisco)

June 3, 2013

EVENT: Pride Sunday with Big Freedia, Lady Tragik, and many more.
PRESENTED BY: Sunset SF, Fresh Bakin’ and Whatever Forever
LOCATION: Public Works, 161 Erie Street (Off Mission between Duboce and 14th) San Francisco, CA 94103
DATE: Sunday June 30, 2013
TIME: Doors 7 PM Music 8 PM (Ends at 1 AM)
TICKETS: 21+, $20 – $25 http://ticketf.ly/185XGNq
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/138480456345204/

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PRIDE SUNDAY AT PUBLIC WORKS FEATURING BIG FREEDIA, LADY TRAGIK, SMASHELTOOTH, ANDREW THE PIRATE, DICK VAN DICK, VOGUE AND TONE.

Sunday June 30th, 2013 Sunset SF, Fresh Bakin’ and Whatever Forever (120 Minutes/Future:Perfect) present a special evening at Public Works with New Orleans MC and Bounce Music pioneer Big Freedia, Los Angeles rap artist Lady Tragik, Santa Cruz hip-hop DJs Smasheltooth and Andrew the Pirate, Power-Punk-Pop artist Dick van Dick, and San Francisco’s own Vogue and Tone.

Big Freedia is an accomplished “Bounce” Rapper who lives in New Orleans and has had several New Orleans hit singles such as “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” from her albums “An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003). Bounce is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of the housing projects which dominate the city’s street culture. “Sissy Bounce” is the informal name for a derivative of Bounce that has risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes. Big Freedia is at the forefront of this movement and

Indie blogger Velvet Park describes Lady Tragik as “a renaissance woman who takes photos of her sexy California life, makes short art-films, collaborates with designers and dancers and actresses, and writes, AND raps. It should go without saying that she’s a rising star in art or fashion or music or possibly even all of the above. She’s repping an emerging scene out there that appears to be glimmering with creativity and excitement.”

Smasheltooth and Andrew the Pirate both represent the Santa Cruz / West Coast hip hop scene and are notorious for infecting dance floor jams with inner-city raps, reggae infused bass, and soulful hip hop.

Dick van Dick  and Vogue and Tone will start the evening for what promises to be the party of Pride Weekend. Tickets are available at Public Works and http://ticketf.ly/185XGNq

 

More:
http://www.FreshBakin.com
www.bigfreediaqueendiva.com
www.ladytragik.com/
www.soundcloud.com/smasheltooth
www.soundcloud.com/pirateslaps
www.soundcloud.com/dick-van-dick
www.facebook.com/VogueTone