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Las Tortugas: Dance of the Dead IV

Umphrey's McGee performs at this year's Las Tortugas

This Halloween I attended Las Tortugas: Dance of the Dead IV in the Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite National Park. I had the opportunity to write about the music festival for two music and culture magazines, Vermont’s State of Mind and New York’s Impose. Check out my stories and photos below!

State of Mind:

“The west coast sure has a lot of music festivals‚” fellow farmer and transplant from the Midwest‚ Erica Bell‚ remarks as we sink our hands into the cool‚ organic soil of Sonoma County.
We’re planting garlic and reminiscing about our most recent music adventure at Las Tortugas: Dance of the Dead IV‚ where we traded in our Carhartts for wigs and torn tutus in celebration of Halloween.
Point taken. The west wheels in a lot of fests: Coachella‚ High Sierra‚ Hardly‚ Strictly… We begin listing. It’s enough to make us never want to leave. Read More

Impose Magazine:

Dancing with the Dead in Yosemite
I’m riding to Yosemite National Park in a funky green camper. A forest of sequoias gives way to the remote campground where Las Tortugas: Dance of the Dead IV unfolds. The music reflects the spirit of its surroundings: raw, rustic and real. Read More

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Hardly, Strictly featured in Impose Magazine: Scene and Heard

Impose Magazine featured a story I wrote about the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Check it out:

Naked feet sprint through Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park – a distant echo of familiar songs splintering the air as a cacophony of hipsters and old-timey folk listen and share their wares. Just a few more leaps through the thicket of eucalyptus, and we barely arrive at the edge of the “Towers of Gold” stage. My right hand is now pouring red wine, the left slapping my knee to the psychedelic sound of Dr. Dog, just one of the 81 musical performances at this year’s bluegrass weekend festival in San Francisco, Hardly Strictly.

Read the complete story at Impose Magazine: http://www.imposemagazine.com/photos/hardly-strictly-in-san-francisc

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