Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Lightning in a Bottle 2013
Lightning in a Bottle is one of the most unique offerings in a veritable sea of summer festivals, and it’s set to kick off this weekend in Temecula, California. Conceived as a hybrid music/arts/wellness festival, the Do Lab’s well-regarded production features forward-thinking musicians, visionary art, and no shortage of yoga sessions, learning seminars, and quirky activities to keep its Burning Man community satiated. As early arrivals trickle in today and the multifaceted festival fills with colorful attendees, we’ve got you covered on the essential acts to check out along the shores of lovely Lake Skinner.
Wild 2 Blind, Lumi Lounge, 2:00am
While Thursday night features a much lighter lineup of mostly rock and acoustic lower-billed artists, there are still gems to be found. Take Los Angeles duo Wild 2 Blind, who have made some waves combining electronic beats with blues-infused guitars and sultry female vocals. They’ll be holding down the late-night closing spot at Lumi Lounge, providing good vibes to the early arrivals to get down to.
Also check out: Mike Schadel (Lumi Lounge, 11:00pm), The Ferocious Few (Lumi Lounge, 1:00am).
Activity spotlight: Get stretched and ready for the weekend’s festivities with Ryan Herr’s Ecstatic Dance workshop at 10:30pm at the Temple Main Stage.
Worthy, The Woogie Stage, 6:00pm
A veteran DJ/producer who helped oversee the rise of Dirtybird from fledgling San Francisco label to international funk house institution, Worthy has made the most of his opportunities since his 2007 breakout track “Irst Tre” put his name on the map. With a slew of releases on Dirtybird and the conception of his own Anabatic Records, Worthy has continued to develop his eclectic hybrid house and techno sound, which should be well-showcased in a late-afternoon Friday set in advance of one of the weekend’s most festive night.
Also check out: Christian Martin (The Woogie Stage, 7:30pm), Emancipator (The Lightning Stage, 7:40pm), Purity Ring (The Lightning Stage, 11:00pm).
Activity spotlight: Trace the development of an iconic Australian instrument at William Thoren’s Didgeridoo Evolution seminar at 3 pm in the Temple’s Interactive Teepees.
Nicolas Jaar, Lightning Stage, 9:00pm
If you’re coming to Lightning in a Bottle for reasons other than music, you’re far from alone. However, Nicolas Jaar’s Saturday night live set is mandatory viewing. There may be no more visionary mind in electronic music today than that of the 24-year-old Chilean-American prodigy. While his album offerings are downtempo, moody and melodic, Jaar always switches things up for his live shows, incorporating driving bass-lines, complex beats and live singing in sonic tour de forces. After drawing rave reviews for his Movement Festival performance, and then unequivocally topping it with his instant-classic Wavefront Festival set last weekend, Jaar is on top of his game right now. Don’t miss this one.
Also check out: Thugfucker (The Woogie Stage, 7:00pm), Eskmo (The Lightning Stage, 6:30pm), Griz (The Bamboo Stage, 10:30pm).
Activity spotlight: Learn about the holistic healing properties of nature’s bounty at Derek Kouros’ Herbal Medicine for the Home (Temple Interactive Teepees, 12:30pm) and Richard Grossman’s Evolving Shamanism and Plant Medicines in the 21st Century (Temple Mystery School, 4:00pm).
Lee Burridge, The Woogie Stage, 6:30pm
The architect of the perennial All Day I Dream parties brings his brand of laid back musical voyages to Lightning in a Bottle this year, commandeering a Sunday evening time slot that should make for a perfect sunset soundtrack. Burridge has always been known for feeding off crowd vibes and adjusting his sets accordingly, so expect a special set from the veteran English artist sprinkled with the sort of atmospheric magic that the festival’s free-spirited freak-flag-waving attendees will evoke.
Also check out: Gigamesh (The Woogie Stage, 2:00pm), Acid Pauli (The Woogie Stage, 10:00pm), Pantyraid (Lightning Stage, 10:45pm).
Activity spotlight: Experience the intersection of dance and yoga with Greenz’s Groove Theory at 7:00pm at the Temple’s Ohm Yoga area.