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.
My name is Scot Fenton, 23 year old recent grad from Florida. After volunteering with WET the past two years at Electric Forest and All Good, I’m really excited to be on the other end of things interning for Shimon Presents this summer! The same day I graduated college up in Ohio I packed my car and drove all the way down to Atlanta to start the next morning, and it’s looking to be an awesome summer.
It’ll be hard to top All Good last year and Electric Forest the year before, but it’s even harder to pick a festival that I am most excited for this year. I make electronic music on the side as a hobby, and seeing so many of my idols on the lineup, I just know Electric Forest will blow my mind, plus String Cheese! On the other hand, the funk, jam, and bluegrass tour-de-force that is the All Good lineup pretty much can’t be beat, and Legend Valley has a special place in my heart because it is only 20 minutes down the road from Denison, where I went to school! I’ve gotta say though, if I HAD to pick one I’m looking forward to the most, it’d be Wakarusa. I’ve never been able to go before, and it’s got probably my two favorite artists of all time, Umphrey’s McGee and Shpongle!
Can’t wait to get out on the road and help make some music happen!
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There is something that happens on that boat that does not happen anywhere else. The music, the activities, and the people all come together to make the best party ever created, and each new year tops the last. It may even be utopia. Forget the money, just go. You will be pleased. Like Jam Cruise on facebook to get pics and vids form this year’s cruise.
Mayan Holidaze in Mexico was a celebration of the End of the Mayan Calendar, set in Tulum Mexico near the famous Tulum Mayan Ruins. The celebration featured sets by Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9 on the sandy Tulum beach. The new sun that rose on the 21st was heralded by a local baroque guitar artist, and as the new rays pierced the grey dawn, every face was smiling. Sound dramatic? Well, it was.
A few words on the Mayan Calendar:
The new meaning to the world we live in - according to the ancient Maya. We have come a long way since the Mayan Calendar was first created on August 11, 3114 BC. The creators of this incredibly accurate time clock had everything right that has come to pass so far, so now what, now that their calendar has come to an end? According to the Maya, this is not an end but a beginning to a new era of the 5th sun, and with it will come thousands of years that may be known later as the era of destruction, with world wars, poverty, and great depressions. Not exactly what we wanted to hear, right? Well, at the end of this era of destruction will come the era of enlightenment, which is worth it all - if we humans can learn to live in peace with each other and nature, then we see the light at the end of the tunnel! Just wish we could actually live to be there, but at least our children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children will.
Introducing Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd film, Flow State. The Flow State is a place of such singular focus that, here, the faster you ride, the slower time passes. Join host Jonny Moseleyand world-class skiers like Ted Ligety, Colby West and Jess McMillan as Flow State takes you on a tour of the world’s most striking mountains—including peaks in Japan, Switzerland, Norway and beyond. You won’t see ski or snowboard action of this magnitude anywhere else. So buckle up, because this Warren Miller film will take you into the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind. Get tickets at warrenmiller.com.
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Leaving a Positive Legacy One Music Note at a Time
Ever wonder how you can connect music, sustainability, travel, and service? Check out Positive Legacy!
Positive Legacy has found a way to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. They transcend cultural boundaries by learning about the needs and aspirations of the communities they visit during events like Jam Cruise and Mayan Holidaze and create service activities for the fans, musicians, and local community members to participate in together.
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Shimtern Stories: Electric Forest WET After Party ft. Cherub, Two Fresh, White Noise
Our Summer Shimtern, Meg, tells it straight - WET Electric Forest After Party shook the summer:
This summer has been a wild and crazy ride, and it’s hard for me to choose one specific favorite memory. Thinking back, I’d have to pick the Electric Forest After Party featuring White Noise, Two Fresh, and the two crazy guys who make some of my favorite music of the moment, Cherub. From setting up the event earlier in the day, to having everyone arrive and enjoy the music late into the night, it was unforgettable.The party was a combination of great vibes from the crowd of 150 plus fans, my fellow Shimterns and staff celebrating a successful festival, and the music as the soundtrack to it all. Two staple drummers from Electric Forest, Jason Hann from SCI and Jeremy Salkan from Big Gigantic, brought their unique touch to the Cherub DJ set, making the evening that much more memorable. Next year, WET has a lot to live up to because this year’s party has set the bar high!
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As the Summer Festival Season comes to a close and our Summer Shimterns leave us with their pockets full knowledge and festival finesse, we asked them share a piece of their journey with us.
We have the pleasure of sharing Katrina’s story with you today, if you need us we’ll be hiding under our teary-eyes under our desks for a moment.
This summer was an experience you cannot get many other places. The shimterns and I became really close in just a short period of time. While on the road or in the office, we became friends and got to enjoy an amazing opportunity to work in the music industry together. There were so many moments throughout the summer that cannot go unnoticed. From all of the states we traveled through together and the world-class music we got to enjoy at every festival. We were living the dream doing what we love and learning so much along the way. With this aside, my favorite moment of this past summer wasn’t being front row at Phish or even the casual beer after a day in the office, it was closer to the end of our adventure.
The last night of All Good truly stands out to me as a satisfying and celebratory moment for the shimterns together. We were at the staff party on Monday night after the madness had calmed and clean vibes left the fields of All Good spotless. We decided that when all of us had arrived at the party we would make a toast with some champagne to this summer. We were lucky enough to catch some Shimon staff (Kylie, Jess, and Kerry) at the party to join in on the toast. This was awesome because they are the people that make it happen and also taught us and supervised us along the way.
The toast was nice with a mix of genuine feelings and of course some comedic relief from the jokesters in the group. It ended a new chapter for my friends and I as we began to look forward to our “real world” and take in everything we had gained from working with Shimon Presents. This moment was satisfying and real which is why I enjoyed it so much. We truly became a family. Kylie poured some champagne out for Gabriella who could not make it to All Good, but we always kept her in mind.
What an amazing experience. Some of us cried from being overwhelmed and I know all of us laughed until we cried. Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better summer or a better group of people to spend it with! Thanks everyone, you rock!
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