So now that we have moved to Atlanta there is all this talk about what we are going to do for Thanksgiving. Some of us interns now live hours away from home, so traveling to our homes for Thanksgiving probably won’t happen. Now I guess it’s that time in our lives to make our own traditions as a little intern family. So what do we plan on doing, you ask? Well we have some sweet ideas in mind. Our first idea was to have a catered party with a champagne fountain, but let’s be logical about the situation. A potluck dinner seems like a much more plausible idea, with everyone bringing a favorite dish to pass, and of course there will be drinks, but not in a fountain form. Let’s face it as we grow older and start our own lives, traditions are bound to change, but certain aspects of Thanksgiving remain the same. Being surrounded by good people, friends, and giving thanks to the many blessings that we have been provided with throughout the year, those aspects of Thanksgiving will never change. With that being said, all of us here from Shimon Presents, wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Shimtern Megan and Abbey
So I know this is a little delayed, but better late than never! Let’s talk about TomorrowWorld! For those of you who do not know, TomorrowWorld was the first international edition of Tomorrowland, which is one of the largest EDM festivals in the world! TomorrowWorld itself had 9 different stages, all changing names and genre everyday. With an estimated number of around 150,000 people total in attendance over the 3 day festival, you could say it was a festival of epic measures!
The WET team traveled on down to the magical lands of Chattahoochee Hills, right outside of Atlanta, GA, where we would find some of the most insane production any of us had ever seen! It was like we were placed smack dab in the middle of an adult playground! Just take a look at the pictures above, every twist and turn you took inside the festival brought you a new unique experience. There was everything from a bookshelf stage with a center talking book to a scorpion stage that moved and spit out fire. Throughout this whole festival I was never left disappointed, and with its expected return next year, you will for sure see me there in attendance!
As they say at TomorrowWorld “Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift, Tomorrow is Mystery…”
Peace and Love,
Lockn’ Festival September 5-8, 2013
My name is Abbey Vinzant I am 23 years old, and a recent graduate from The University of Alabama. I just began a internship with Shimon Presents, and was able to kick-off this experience working my first event on the farm lands of Arrington, VA. The 1st annual Lockn’ Music Festival provided me with a weekend full of music, joy, and awesome people getting down to their favorite bands over the four day event. A few of my favorite acts that performed over the weekend were The String Cheese Incident, Furthur, TAB, Keller and The Keels, and Widespread Panic to name a few. We arrived on site Tuesday before the festival began to setup and explore the green farm lands that were awaiting the tents and crowds of people to fill in. This venue became thousands of people’s new home for the next few days. Throughout the festival the WET team arose to the occasion working hard to provide the best possible experience to everyone in attendance helping out where ever they were needed and over coming any obstacles that presented itself. I want to thank Lockn’ for providing me with an unreal experience that I will never forget. Lockn’ definitely set the bar high for my festival experiences in the future. See you next year Oak Ridge Farm!
Halloween is always one of my favorite times of year, because you can dress up and be whoever you want to be with an added bonus of catching some great Halloween shows. This year I spent my Halloween at The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL for Hulaween, which turned into a magical 3 day experience spent with friends listening to good music and enjoying good company. The String Cheese Incident headlined this festival (one of personal favorites) playing 7 sets alone. Other bands that were in attendance throughout the weekend were STS9, Leftover Salmon, Emancipator, Catfish Alliance, Elliot Lipp, and many more. I know that I will be talking about this past weekend for many years to come! There are no words to describe the joy and happiness that live music can bring into your life. If I can offer you any advice I would suggest that the next time your favorite band is playing and you are able to attend go for it! It is sure to bring you a lifetime of memories and experiences for you and your friends to share. I hope that everyone enjoyed their Halloween as much as I did now it’s on to the next adventure!
Until next time,
More Electric Than I Expected: EF2013
As I rolled out of my tent Monday morning into the blistering sun, I thought to myself, “there is no way it could possibly be over already!” My first Electric Forest experience had come to an end and it was honestly an exciting experience. With top artists such as the legendary String Cheese Incident, Passion Pit, Pretty Lights, Lotus, Benny Benassi, and Empire of the Sun headlining, but the event gets ever better than the top headliners. The magical Sherwood Forest is full of different surprises every night. From surprise silent disco performers to small skits and recitals on various stages throughout the forest, there was always something to look forward to. In the middle of the forest there was a large Chinese Pagoda stage called The Observatory, which was also conveniently a bar. The forest kept surprising me, as well as the great performances by all of the artists. Electric Forest is definitely a festival I will be returning to. Until next year, Electric Forest! Hopefully, 2014 will be even more electric than this year was.
String? Or Cheese?
String Cheese Incident, a jam band from Boulder, Colorado, is well-known for its diverse sounds and wide-range of musical styles. In one single song SCI might go from a bluegrass-influenced sound in to an electronic, bass-heavy sound. It makes sense that the music festival that they headline every year, Electric Forest, reflects their eclectic style!
Every year since the festival started in 2011, the bands booked have covered almost every genre. It is a lot of fun to listen to the music during the daytime which is usually bluegrass or jam music and then at night hear EDM blasting out of the speakers. One of my favorite aspects of Electric Forest is observing the diverse crowd that this festival attracts and watching people who normally attend very different music concerts come together in Rothbury every summer for an amazing weekend of music.
My friends and I joke that the bluegrass side of SCI is the “string” and the electronic side is the “cheese.” So which do you prefer? String? Or Cheese?
After attending Wakarusa, I understand now why everyone said it was nothing like I have ever experienced before. First off, I recommend rain boots to anyone who is thinking of attending a festival during the rainy season! Mud does not go away after it rains but expands. That said, compared to the concerts and festivals I have been to, Wakarusa was definitely bigger and unique. I was amazed at how far the campgrounds went back into the woods. Waka also had five stages with hours of music that went until six in the morning on some nights. One of my favorite aspects of Wakarusa was that they had so many activities to participate in when your favorite band wasn’t playing. They had chalk drawing, yoga classes, hiking Mulberry Mountain, shopping and so much more.
My favorite activity was the venue itself. Mulberry Mountain established the atmosphere for the festival. Isolated deep into the mountain created another world. My explorations included creeks and waterfalls, which was an awesome experience since I am a Florida native. In addition to the beautiful scenery, everyone at Wakarusa was incredibly friendly and nice. The volunteers as well as attendees were always happy and in a good mood. This was due to the music, festival itself and the sixties like atmosphere. I got an insight into the hippie culture and enjoyed learning about their lifestyle.
Peace, Love, and Happiness!
Wakarusa Music Festival 2013
The WET team got down and dirty this past weekend at the 10th annual Wakarusa Music festival that took place atop Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. We arrived to the grounds at midnight on Tuesday night and woke up to sunny blue skies and great weather, but little did we know that would not last long. After a great day of Pre-fest work on Wednesday the storms started to roll in. The beautiful green fields we came to know and love become packed with campers and the litter of tent colors was a beautiful site to see. All the happy faces of the festival goers who were ready to dance the night away slowly turned to frowns as the down-pour begun. When the rained stopped, spirits at the festival were starting to rise and it looked like everything was going to be ok. Then again on Friday there was rain and some more rain, and some mud and more mud. The WET team powered thru the two rainy muddy days, waking up for the 9-hr 8 a.m. shifts and closing out the 8-hr shifts ending at 1 a.m. without a single complaint. Despite the rain and mud work was actually enjoyable and extremely rewarding, the volunteers were all happy and loving life, driving the golf carts around the festival grounds was awesome and having hot meals was definitely a plus. Saturday and Sunday came around as we hoped the rain would finally stop. With sunny skies and muddy grounds festival goers danced like they had never danced before, despite the fact that they were standing in ankle deep mud with no shoes on. I love the fact that no matter how much it rains or how muddy and smelly the festival can get; everyone still comes together to dance and sing the night away. I had a wonderful time working with the WET team and had a wonderful weekend on Mulberry Mountain I and cannot wait to return next year. Thank you Wakarusa for a magical weekend with great people, amazing friends, and the best music anyone could ask for.