From the months of May until the end of September, most of us art and music loving Americans gear up for what could be considered warm weather’s best offering to the masses: The Festival. While the festival could just be looked at as a gathering, it really is whatever you make it to be: The road trip across many states or just a few subway lines, the sweat stained clothes, the gobbling of greasy or vegan food from trucks, the hook up you had in your tent, the sweet drum circle that had 50+ people in it, the mushroom trip that allowed you to see Kutulu, the rare 7″ vinyl you bought from pretentious record store guy who swore it was one of a kind, the sweet band you saw thats “totally going to blow up this year” (and when you were right you totally rubbed in your friends faces and asked “who called it????”), or the time you went backstage and hung out in the trailers of bands on tour…THIS LIST COULD BE HUGE. As stated above, festivals are whatever you make it to be.

From the massive gigantic corporate festivals to the small ones that could one be established and held together by an amazing sense of community, each one is as fun as the next. All festivals have an incredible amount of bands that almost leads one to wonder if the only way to see them all is  if borrow the Delorean from Christopher Lloyd for the weekend. I’m sure he’s using that thing all the time. One can only maintane a career playing some of the most bizzare characters in film by being a Chrononaut. Besides being able to see all the bands (from virtually unknown to globe-trotting gigantic), you get to see all the different kinds of people in the crowd. Bros, hippies, hipsters, the older couple trying to stay hip or the older couple simply trying to get hip, they’ve got it all at the festival. Besides the people in the crowd, there are those that come to the festival as vendors representing their artisan skills. Whether they be vendors in food trucks that travel across the lands providing you with that grease you need to make it through the day or the wonderful lady with sweet tapestries, you are bound to see some quality works that people poured some time and effort into just for YOU to enjoy and remember the festival.

In closing, I just want to ask you all to support live music and see some festivals this summer. Even if you find yourself abroad find a festival and just check out the scene. Expose yourself to new music, new people and new cultures.

Links to a few festivals:








On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Hooterville.

Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was editor of the school’s humor magazine, and studied at Oxford University. There he met Helen Palmer, his first wife and the person who encouraged him to become a professional illustrator. Back in America, Geisel worked as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines and in advertising.

The first children’s book that Geisel wrote and illustrated, “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected by over two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937. Geisel’s first bestseller, “The Cat in the Hat,” was published in 1957. The story of a mischievous cat in a tall striped hat came about after his publisher asked him to produce a book using 220 new-reader vocabulary words that could serve as an entertaining alternative to the school reading primers children found boring.

Other Dr. Seuss classics include “Yertle the Turtle,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “Fox in Socks” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes. “The Butter Battle Book” (1984) was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Lorax” (1971) dealt with the environment.

Many Dr. Seuss books have been adapted for television and film, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Horton Hears a Who!” In 1990, Geisel published a book for adults titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” that became a hugely popular graduation gift for high school and college students.

Geisel, who lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California, known as “The Tower,” died September 24, 1991, at age 87.

-info courtesy of history.com


NYC Filmmaker Zach Goldstein has released his first batch of cinematography reels that showcase his ability to capture life and places in their most beautiful and simplest forms. When watching his works one feels transported into the scenes and fully apart of what’s going on. Check out all of  his video’s here.

Windansea Beach – San Diego Surfers from Zach Goldstein on Vimeo.

Dani’s New Tattoo from Zach Goldstein on Vimeo.