Yes… yes, this post happened over a year ago, but I’m catching up! Bee happy!
So Sex God turned to me one day and said, “Lets go to EDC!?” (he recently did this to me again saying ‘lets go to Burning Man!’ which was a definite and resounding NO!) My response was, “How about we try a baby rave first.” I began to research and found several rave events but settled on Nocturnal in September. It was nicely priced, set on grass and not cement (a negative in my books for events), had several stages which meant choices, and most importantly it had a camping option! I got a cortisone shot for my heel spur to survive walking and dancing. And for the first time I dyed my hair! Two colors, a mix of red and blue.
We didn’t spring for the exorbitantly priced car camping just the tent camping so it was a little different than Coachella. Once we parked the car we had to drag ALL our stuff to the site. The problem with this was 1. we’re doing this at night, 2. we foolishly thought we should do this in one trip, 3. we had to also go through security! (they confiscated ALL my glow sticks!!) So by the time we got through all THAT we were so tired we picked the first spot we saw. It quickly became apparent the 10×10 allotted space was rather small for our large tent/canopy AND that we’d forgot the blow up bed & sleeping bags!
The first day doesn’t start until sunset, so there is lots of relaxation time and time to explore. And time to let my Sex God painted shoes and hat to dry! Nocturnal was held at the Glen Helen Regional Park and there’s a water slide plus a large wading pool! From the camping to the event there was snacks sold and space with house music dancing which turned into a silent disco at midnight.
There was a long line to get into the event and they separated the lines into two sections, male and female. Of course the girl lines went SLOW since we carry purses to inspect! But the BONDING that was happening in line was wonderful. When I told them I was over 50 it seemed to inspire the youngsters that they wouldn’t get boring in the future when they got old . lol…if they only knew how unique I am! The kids quickly introduced me to P.L.U.R. which is Peace, Love, Unity & Respect, with all the corresponding hand motions and bracelet exchange! Like I said, it was delightful!
That wonderful acceptance and instant friendship was continued through the weekend! I noticed that whenever Sex God left me comfortably sitting on the grass, happily watching everything to go off to get food or drink or the bathroom or do something I chose not to do… I was ALWAYS inexplicably joined by a single woman who would sit and chat. And when he returned, I’d introduce her and after a minute she’d abruptly off and go. At first I thought it was them who needed the company, but by day three when it also happened at the pool during the day I was realizing they thought I needed taken care of or protecting! I’ve never experienced
such female solidarity! Say WHATEVER you want about this new generation and raves, but they are truly wonderful people who look after each other.
I’ll be honest, I really don’t remember “who we saw” as it was all more of a random wandering lead by our ears, and there was alcohol. There was A LOT of walking. A locker we purchased but NEVER used because Sex God never goes anywhere without his small backpack. Probably the reason people often asked us if we were “carrying” lol. Since we knew none of the artists… and since my hard rap nephew was our sole suggestion source… we just let the music and the moments guide us each night.
The drink choices weren’t that thrilling but it was more like Bottlerock than Coachella in that it didn’t have a special fenced off drinking area and just let you walk around with your drink. It lived up to all our hopes! Oh and did I mention there were costumes? hahaha! The naked guy was great but the guy dancing in the disco outside of the venue in a Big Hero 6 costume was a lot of fun too!
The El Rey is one of my favorite venues to see a band. They often host my favorite
types… up and coming musicians…. in a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. It used to be a theater and the decor represents that with two raised areas on each side and a balcony in the back. Once of the things I very much enjoy is the full bar!
I saw Nothing but Thieves there twice and it was the best performance of my life! Of course, it could be because they are just the best young band out there! And if I don’t say it enough… you should be listening to this band!!
We also saw Sir Sly play at The El Rey and that was a lot of fun. We were completely unfamiliar with the band beyond the one hit playing on the radio. And they were very good! With a bit of a heartbreaking back story they maintain a positive music vibe.
I fell in love with Mondo Cuzmo from their hit Shine on the radio and jumped at the opportunity when I found them playing at The El Rey! What I’ve downloaded from iTunes I’ve loved and I hear they have a new album coming out!
Sex God and I always check in with The El Rey to see if there are any favorites we want to see playing there. I hope you have a favorite venue also!
Last year, when Bottlerock lineup came out I bought 4 tickets. Gloria and Sex God were absolutely in and my friend Ali was also…at the time I bought the tickets. Ironically she couldn’t afford it when the tickets came, but we took her anyway because it was VERY difficult to try and sell tickets to a relatively new festival. Even with such a great lineup!
Knowing Napa was a 6 hour drive we got up at 4ish, piled into my car with our stuff and hit the road! I managed the drive pretty well with only a few stops for food & bathroom breaks, but by hour #4.5 I was BEAT! I had Sex God take over the last part of the road & slept while Glo and Ali dealt with the car sickness that happens when Sex God drives! He will deny it but he drives every car like its a Go-cart. The hotel was farther than last year by quite a bit, but that’s all I could get last minute. My bad. We threw our stuff in the room, freshened a bit and headed to the festival. And had a hilarious drive through Napa’s back country roads blasting old school rap off the radio!
Day One was introducing Ali to all the grounds, food, events, stages. It was fun. 🙂 We didn’t really have anyone we were desperate to see until Saint Motel at 3:15 so we took our time. Because right after Saint Motel we were SUPER excited to see Fitz and The Tantrums! Two bands I love, back to back! It was GREAT! After that we split up and Sex God & Ali went to Macklemore and then Maroon 5 while Gloria and I went and saw Silversun Pickups & Modest Mouse. (which I regret now!) By the end of the night, all four of us were very “relaxed” but me the least so I drove. And what a horror THAT was! The back roads at night felt like I driving Topanga Canyon with no street lights! I knew beyond the unlit 2 lane highway was only vine fields but without my brights on it felt like a cliff edge! Having to turn off my brights for oncoming traffic and the pressure to go fast from the MANY cars behind me it was an intense, white-knuckle drive! I was soooooo happy to finally get there with my snoring companions!
Day Two started with a nice breakfast at the hotel and since it was a Saturday, the GPS had a go a different route. We managed to get there in time to see Judah & the Lion (very nice), Andra Day (who was amazing!!). We then popped over to the lovely shade of a covered stage to see Mavis Staples who was playing just before Bishop Briggs. Sadly when she played long we realized the rumor of Bishop Briggs too sick to play was true…sigh. So we popped over to hear some Ani DiFranco (a bit boring, but relaxing and kind of stayed there while Sex God went to see Tom Petty. Sadly none of us were that interested to join him! Once back at the hotel we quickly did a planning for day three on the fly lol This is what happens when I’m too busy to do ALL the work, lol.
On Day Three we tried a new different breakfast spot, that was local. It was fun, and the looks we got in our exuberant conversation was even more fun! hahaha We got there in time to see Cobi (more commercialized hottie than real talent.) After that we kind of stayed at that main stage to wait for LIVE, which was WONDERFUL to see!! Sex God popped over to see a bit of The Strumbellas but came back soon after, VERY sun stroked. I kept a cold rag on his face and head while plying him with water and Motrin. He slept through Band of Horses, and while we WANTED to see The Naked and Famous we couldn’t dare leave our good spot because up and coming was Foo Fighters!! And wow…. they were amazing! Gloria and Sex God and seen them before but it was a first time for Ali and I. And, I must say, if you’ve never seen Foo Fighters, definitely take the opportunity to see them. Worth it, completely.
Last year Glo drove me & her all the way home Sunday night because I had to work. THIS year we all made sure we got the day off and leisurely drove the 6 hours home. Or I should say “I” drove us home. When Sex God offered, but Ali and Glo said, “No!”
We all have high hopes, dreams, ideas which time, reality and life seem to overshadow. For example, I had hoped to get the ideas written and posted in January, dreaming I would manage to finish a blog once per month. But life…. or rather the desire NOT to life intervened and I procrastinated until March.
It was a difficult year in 2017 watching our government, those in charge of protecting the general “us”, act crazy and betray all precepts of protection for the sake of greed. But I found a way to do something more than bitch. Normally, the thing they tell you is to get ACTIVE in politics. But I’m in Southern California in a very Blue area of the state, so I wasn’t sure what I could do. Until I signed up for email notices from SwingLeft.org. This group lists the closest swing seat near you which can be very valuable information if you want to get more active in politics.
I realized the power of the grass roots organizations could work to my advantage. Everyone talks about voting OUT all possible Republicans this year, but unless you’re actively able to join every campaign that can seem like nothing more than talk. But there is a way to help…. with money. The GOP has proven THAT is how you rule in politics and the Sander’s campaign taught us how to use the internet to that advantage.
Basically what I’m saying is every person should decide to donate $10-$20 a month to change politics. It’s rather easy…you donate $1 a month to 10 or 20 like minded campaigns around the country. If EVERY person who wanted change did this we could remove the BIG $ influence OUT of politics and perhaps get politicians less dependent on corporations. You might find the website Ballotpedia.org very informative!
So in the interest of this, I got a few names for you. (I’m just gonna list sames & what they’re running for…look them up, they’re worth supporting) Paulette Jordan-Idaho governor, Tammy Baldwin-WI Senate, Jay Hulings-TX Congress, Marie Newman-IL congress, Jess King-PA congress, Dan Canon-Indiana Congress, Chelsea Manning-MD senate, Lupe Valdez-TX governor, Conor Lamb-PA congress, Elissa Slotkin-MI congress, Kendra Ferishee-WV congress, Jess Phoenix-CA congress, Zach Walls-IA senate, Pete D’Alessandro-IA congress, Mallory Hagan-AL congress, Cort VanOstran-MO congress, Ben Jealous-MD governor, Chuy Garcia-IL congress, Brendan Kelly-IL congress, Tina Smith-MN-senate, Lindsey Davis Stover-VA congress, Beto O’Rourke-TX senate, . There are of course, MANY MORE, and research is a pain in the ass….but so are Republicans! lol
Oh and there are other grass roots ways to support. Buy a shirt or two from Wildfang or support their Indiegogo campaign to save the last abortion clinic in South Dakota. Shaun King has started a Real Justice PAC to try to help areas vote OUT discriminatory policing, he’s got boots on the ground support. Keith Ellison is trying to keep the Progressive Movement going even as Tom Perez the DNC chair is purging Sanders supporters from the DNC. grrrrrrr…
What I’m going to do is send money to a few in my state, then to some southern states cuz they need to CHANGE!!!
I have won many radio concert contests from 98.7 AltRock station. Although since they changed their contest format, not so much now. But I did win through KROQ once! And I will say in comparing the two I’d prefer the 98.7 win. In summer 2015 I got free tix to see 21 Pilots at the KROQ Red Bull soundstage. Sex God was hugely excited as this was his #1 band at that time. Don’t get me wrong, I love them too, just not to that level of fanaticism.
Anyway we get to the venue and realize everyone is waiting in this long line to get in. We didn’t think we were that early but joined the queue thinking it would move soon. We were there for almost 30 minutes! Shocking! 98.7 lets you into the venue and mill about getting drinks, etc, but their venue is a Penthouse off site of the studio. Anyway, they check tickets and I.D.’s handing out wristbands for drinking while we all wait. Then finally, the line begins to move! And as cattle we herd into a small room with a roped off section for 21 Pilots to play. That section isn’t raised and since we weren’t the first 20 people there I technically didn’t get to SEE 21 Pilots play! Curse my shortness!
There was free RedBull and you could buy drinks but we opted out since it was noon! lol Hearing them was marvelous and Sex God was able to see over most heads to the performance. I was able to watch a smidgen of it through the camera of the guy in front of me filming off his phone! Ha! Again, my heel spurs really made my feet pain to just stand there, so once the band finished we didn’t mill about but left the venue.
It was fun, but I won’t be entering any more of THOSE contests… well, not unless I plan on getting there early and waiting an hour outside!