Ziggy Marley highlights big musical acts this week at Wanderlust California 2012
Special to the Sun
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; For the fourth year, Wanderlust Festival is returning to Squaw Valley with new musical and artistic acts to shake up the usually quiet mountain town.
The festival, on July 26-29, will feature musical acts such as Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Garth Stevenson, MC Yogi and more. The four-stop tour has been making its way across the county over the summer, beginning in Vermont, heading to Colorado, now to Squaw, and then onto Whistler. The event has quickly become one of the biggest concerts on the North Shore during the summer, and something visitors and locals look forward to every year.
While yogis have a variety of classes and workshops they can attend, the musical side of the festival often takes place later in the day, as a way to relax and let loose after long days.
Event founder and musical organizer, Jeff Krasno, explained that while looking for musicians to perform, the organizers try to find a variety of acts, some that fit in with the mantra behind Wanderlust, and others that put on a dance party type show.
and#8220;There is specific criteria we look at when looking at different music and how it is going to fit in with the overall festival. There are a lot of different things to take into account,and#8221; Krasno said.
Certain artists, such as Marley, practice yoga and have music that is associated with positivity.
and#8220;We look for crossover,and#8221; Krasno added. and#8220;Ziggy Marleyand#8217;s music has always been associated with positivity, like (his song) and#8216;Love is our Religion.and#8217; Thatand#8217;s something weand#8217;re trying to promote: peace and harmony within the world.
and#8220;Ziggy is very much aligned with that idea and a family that has been long associated with uplifting ideas.and#8221;
On the other hand, event organizers look for acts that will help yogis, visitors and locals all cut loose and dance at night.
and#8220;Thereand#8217;s also the dance party side. We find that people are doing yoga or taking a hike or in a lecture, and by the end of the day they want to have a dance party,and#8221; Krasno added. and#8220;Some of the more DJ-led groups and iconic dance music side is geared toward people wanting to let loose and have a good time.and#8221;
Lastly, Krasno and his crew look for acts that will be visually appealing and light up the valley. This year, groups such as Beats Antique, Quixotic and Shakti Sunfire will bring lights, fire, aerial aerobics and more to Tahoe.
Krasno called these groups and#8220;visually incredible,and#8221; adding that the mix of dancers and performance art goes hand in hand with yoga, in that they are extremely body conscious.
The festival features new and different musical acts every year. In its first year, Wanderlust showcased a lot of indie rock bands. Since, the festival has expanded to have more eclectic music that ranges from acoustic sessions during the day, to large scale dance parties at night.
and#8220;(The music) has evolved much more toward world music and electronic music,and#8221; Krasno said. and#8220;Both bode well for the yoga audience we have and the local music loving audience we have.and#8221;
Locals are beginning to anticipate the event, both with the crowds it brings to the valley, as well as the fun events and concerts that are steps away from their doorsteps.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s the highlight of the summer in Squaw,and#8221; said Chris Shea, who has lived in the valley for the past two years.
While the festival brings an influx of visitors during a slower time in the summer, Shea noted that is good to see the local businesses thriving and a different crowd in the valley for the weekend.
Amy Benton, also of Olympic Valley, said she is looking forward to the event and participating in the yoga classes during the day.
and#8220;Iand#8217;m excited for the festival this year. Iand#8217;m considering volunteering at it as well,and#8221; she said, adding that sheand#8217;s most looking forward to seeing headliners Marley and Beats Antique.
And while all the musical acts are worth checking out, there are a few Krasno considers musts.
and#8220;Quixotic. Iand#8217;d be sad if anyone missed them,and#8221; Krasno said. and#8220;Theyand#8217;re so unique. Itand#8217;s DJs and lighting mixed with dancing and aerial work.and#8221;
On the other side of things, Stepham Wremble is another highlight. Wremble received an Oscar nomination for his music in the movie and#8220;Midnight in Paris.and#8221; His gypsy/jazz group will perform during and#8220;Winderlust,and#8221; an and#8220;organic wine tasting extravaganza,and#8221; in Krasnoand#8217;s words, which takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. each night.
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