Sunday, June 14, 2009

Final shots of a SOLD OUT Techno-Tribal show!


I'm realizing how much I've mentioned God in the last few posts. Speaking of, due to religious reasons, Matisyahu took the stage as soon as possible after midnight Saturday night. It was quite a site to see him stand on the Wobble Factory's speakers rapping to a crowd of young boys singing every lyric. Legend Killah Priest joined him as Matisyahu beat-boxed to a delighted crowd.

It's the end of a two-night run, and Techno-Tribal's 10-year anniversary. If epic proportions is what we promised, I can say we got them, from the stage decor, to the dancers, to the aerial displays, to the performers giving each song everything they've got. I literally did not see one performer give a half-ass performance tonight. Not one. All were great. All were on fire. Tonight was/is/gonna still be, incredible.


A pretty NICE sound was attached to Kitaro's digital drum tonight. Sounds like hammering on metal, but movie-like, mystical...and over dubstep, with fire. If he is summoning in the Gods, they saw a dark night with bright fire and angel wings made of white feathers by live performers, Lumisque. A contrast only combined gracefully at Techno-Tribal Community Dance 2009. Ahhhh, more to come.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Right now GAUDiI! TT June 13th

I have closet aerialist envy, I'll admit, the strength and flexibility it takes to be so amazing up in the air either comes from an early start of gymnastics at 6 years old, or a gift from God...Tonight TT Robson blew my mind up on the satin ropes. Also Gaudi came hot straight out of the gates, accompanied by Liquid Fire Mantra who twirled fire in front of the audience as well as amongst each other to the point of worry and fascination.

Saturday night is the night to pull out all of the stops...and we are.

Friday June 12th @ Techno-Tribal


You may have already heard the rumor that The Orb has cancelled their entire 28 day North American tour. This is indeed true. However, we have pulled some strings and are proud to announce that Techno-Tribal will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE North American summer DJ appearance by The Orb's Alex Paterson.

That's right -- the only place to hear The Orb this summer is at the Legendary Techno-Tribal Community Dance!

Friday Night Was A Huge Success!

Here are some Friday night photos by inflatabill

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Full Harmony After Dark Schedule June 12th & 13th


We will see you all there!


June 10, 2009

Don't tell the wife, but I was secretly plotting the whole time: Oh, you want to honeymoon in Paris? Why not?

Surprise: K'naan is playing while we're in Paris? Why not?

Sing: Screamin' Jay Hawkin's version of "I Love Paris" in the shower, in the car, on the plane.

Actually, I had no idea the Somalian rapper would be crack a lackin' through the City of Light. So imagine my bright eyes when I picked up Pariscope and saw the listing - K'naan at the Alhambra (quite possibly the same joint where Duke recorded "Duke Ellington at the Alhambra" in 1958).

Man, what a freaking amazing show. With maybe 200 adoring (mostly white) fans sitting in his lap, K'naan tore through "T.I.A" (peppered with a sample of Bob Marley's "Simmer Down"), invited French rapper Oxmo Puccino on stage for a spell and reigned in Paris time for a stirring trip through "Fatima," the childhood remembrance of a girlfriend who disappeared one day.

But the highlight had to be the original version of "Somalia" - the one he played for his family before recording a kinder, gentler version for the new album "Troubadour" (released in February, landing at #32 on Billboard charts).

"It was haunting and maybe a little too much to put on the album," he told the crowd.

Stripped down and acoustic on stage, the original poem to his homeland underscores a few lines you won't hear on "Troubadour": "Somalia...they say since you know how to kill, you should learn to die...."

Before he plays two shows this weekend at Harmony Festival (11 p.m. Friday @ Techno-Tribal and 5:45 p.m. @ Saturday on the main stage), here's a quick tease:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Friday night Techno-Tribal will be running a raffle for all sorts of fun stuff, and for charity too. A portion of the proceeds will go to Global Clean Water (

Global Clean Water's Mission Statement:

Global Clean Water’s mission is to bring clean water to rural villagers in developing countries. We will also provide sanitation and hygiene education. We will transform the way global communities think about clean water in developing countries and their own.

We implement clean water solutions in villages by first determining the needs of the particular village; be it clean water education, a well or pump if a well is already present or hygiene and sanitation education.

Check out all the prizes up for grabs!

-Natural Aquarium Designs - Free fish tank cleaning up to 100 gallons

-Wilson Leather Outlet, Petaluma - A Tiganillo Leather handbag, goat leather wallet, 2 Dockers hats, and coupons for 30% off in the Petaluma Outlet Wilson's Leather Store

-Laser Guided Visions - 11X17 holographic TTD 10 Year Anniversary poster

-Mystic Beat Lounge hoodie

-Pair of Techno-Tribal tickets to Saturday night

-Joseph at Rapunzel's - complimentary haircut $50 value

48 Hours 'Till Techno-Tribal!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Kitaro's Magical Set Mixed With Dubstep

In ancient Greece and Rome people did not believe that creativity came from the person creating, rather they believed that creativity was a divine attendant spirit that came to and through human beings from some unknowable source. The Greeks called this unknowable source "daemons". The Romans called the creative spirit a "genius", but not in the sense that we define the word genius now, rather a spirit speaking to them from afar. American poet Ruth Stone speaks of her poetry like a roll of thunder coming at her over the landscape that she needs to hurry up and catch. Kitaro says about his musical experience:

"I never had education in music, I just learned to trust my ears and my feelings." He credits ‘powers beyond himself’ for his music, saying, "This music is not from my mind. It is from heaven, going through my body and out my fingers through composing. Sometimes I wonder. I never practice. I don't read or write music, but my fingers move. I wonder, 'Whose song is this?' I write my songs, but they are not my songs."

Kitaro's performance is sure to be a magical moment at Techno-Trial 2009.

Grammy winning Kitaro, will be playing while Mystic Beat Lounge's resident circus oley meets Burning Man sort of troupe, Luminesque, twirls, ropes, and ribbons above your head, and spins fire in front of your face.

Kitaro, our crowning act Saturday night is a local Northern California man who composes songs meant for movies, is an original fan of the synthesizer, and a pioneer of electronic music. He has sold more albums than any other artist at Harmony Festival, and writes songs that embody passion and the dramatic. Besides creating and playing music of a magical gnome forest sort of nature with God-sent mystical sound, for the first time ever while he plays, Kitaro's music will be mixed to dubstep.

The record may have just scratched to a stop in your mind as it did in mine when I heard this bit of information. Kitaro and dubstep? How does such a thing pan out? Expect him to run wildly across the stage playing all sorts of the instruments he plays so well.

Then under the synthesizer, the fervently pounding drums, and the sweet tones of movie soundtrack "Heaven and Earth"…dirty dubstep.

Get down…

Friday, June 5, 2009


One thing I love about this year's Techno-Tribal line-up is that many of our performers are not only awesome musicians, but they also have intriguing backgrounds as people, too. Matisyahu is no exception.

Matisyahu is a reggae artist, rapper, and sometimes beat-boxer extraordinaire. He will take the stage at Techno-Tribal this year shortly after midnight Saturday night. Why after midnight you might wonder? Matisyahu is a devout Hasidic Jew and therefore unable to perform Friday night through Saturday in observation of the Jewish Sabbath. Hasidic Judaism is a fascinating and complex religion; I suggest looking into the religion's philosophies further if it is unfamiliar to you. It is also one of the key aspects that sets Matisyahu apart in the reggae scene. It will be a pleasure to have such a unique musical figure on our Techno-Tribal stage in the wee hours of the morning.

Matisyahu's religion, race, style and music have all caused media interest and sometimes media frenzy as he has grown more and more popular. But Matisyahu steadily continues on the path he is on both spiritually and musically, also gaining him a lot of respect from many.

Born Mathew Miller , Matisyahu in speech sounds like a man from New York. However when you hear him sing he carries a Jamaican dialect. Matisyahu attributes this to his listening to Bob Marley growing up and being inspired by the music he was hearing; so much so that when Matisyahu started singing it was a natural dialect for him to mimic in his music.

Other attention Matisyahu gets is for his awesome beat-boxing, which he attributes to growing up listening to 90s hip hop. Check out these great interviews to get a deeper perspective on Matisyahu as a person and his music.

Monday, June 1, 2009

K'naan - Flyin' High on Life

"…They looting, and everybody start shooting,

Bullshit politicians talking bout solutions, but it's all talk,

You can't go half a block with a roadblock,

You don't pay at the roadblock you get your throat shot,

And each roadblock is set up by these gangsters,

For example, the evening is a no go,

Unless you wanna wear a bullet like a logo,

In the day you should never take the alleyway,

The only thing that validates you is the AK…

So what's hardcore? Really, are you hardcore?

So what's hardcore? Really, are you hardcore?"

These are words by Somalian born hip hop artist, K'naan (his name meaning traveler in the Somali language); K'naan will be performing at Techno-Tribal Friday night, June 12th, 2009. K'naan is of MTV fame these days having toured with the likes of the Marley brothers following the release of Welcome To Jamrock in 2005. Damian Marley says that they are "players of the same team in terms of (their) mission in life, in terms of schooling people to what is really going on globally, and going on in all countries, and all culture." It's the truth in this statement that makes K'naan of even higher importance to us and hip hop music in general.

K'naan's history as a human being born into what would soon become a war torn Somalia seems the biggest influence on his lyrics and musical message. He spent most of his childhood in the Wardhiigleey district, coined "The Lake of Blood".  His mother petitioned the United States embassy for an exit visa as the situation in Somalia was worsening. On the last day the US embassy remained open, K'naan and his mother received their exit visa, boarding the last commercial flight out of the country.

Upon arrival to the United States, K'naan spoke no English. He began to teach himself English through rap diction, mimicking the hip hop style phonetically. K'naan says that language has been an influential part of his development, and his lyrics reflect his awareness of how powerful language is "as a communication tool, and language as a cultural carrier." (

It's interesting to note that K'naan is sober, having never even smoked pot or drank a sip of alcohol in his life. In the following Hard Knock TV interview (, K'naan talks about his choice to remain sober in a predominantly non-sober scene.  Obviously comfortable with himself, his persona, and his state of being, K'naan speaks of sobriety saying, "People can't believe it of me when they see photos or interviews, they say 'Man he is on…he is flying,' I am, but on life. I have a certain appreciation for life that just keeps me feeling like there is a liquid measure of happiness that I have. I can't say that I'm not depressed sometimes; I just don't do anything outside of music that will make me feel better about my life. I just do music, and that makes me feel really good."

K'naan's latest album titled, Troubadour, was released February 2009. We are overwhelmingly excited for K'naan to be with us at Techno-Tribal Friday night.

For more information about Somalia:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

BALKAN BEAT BOX - Friday June 12th, 2009 @ Techno-Tribal

Take the rooster crowing in Balkan Beat Box's debut album as a wake up call - rise and shine soon-to-be pleased partygoers of Techno-Tribal 2009, it's a guarantee that Friday's headliner is going to keep you far from your comfy bed, keep you dancing like an elated monkey…keep you smiling as you say "Ah hell yes!" - Balkan Beat Box is off the chain.

Techno-Tribal has hosted Muytator in years past; Balkan Beat Box is the world beat version of Muytator. What started as a dream to combine a variety of cultures into one project has now manifested into what is Balkan Beat Box. BBB is Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan, two Israeli-born, seasoned NYC musicians and DJs already a part of the many other underground bands on the scene. They are joined by musicians and composers Itamar Ziegler, Dana Leong, Tomer Yosef, Ben Handler, Eyal Talmudi, Peter Hess, Uri Kinrot, and Jeremiah Lockwood. Together they become a high-energy block party.

Balkan Beat Box is all-inclusive world music. They credit their sound to being from Israel and growing up in the Middle East, as well as years of touring in New York. They are Balkan gypsy funk mixed with Middle Eastern rhythm; they combine sounds of the Mediterranean with sounds of Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel and others; they use the power of their vocals, guitars, drums, electronics, turntables, horns and even a clarinet. They put "World" into World Music.

Get perspective on what Balkan Beat Box is all about in this telling interview and live footage, where they talk about fitting in with the group of NYC musicians who are in the process of creating their own "new immigrant music" that falls outside of what is commercial and part of the corporate music industry.

Prep yourself for the intensity,, and get ready to say WOW - Friday, June 12th, at Techno-Tribal's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Countdown to Techno-Tribal 2009 Begins...

Hello good friends of Techno-Tribal, it's time to get excited for this years festivities that promise to be the wiliest two-nights of music, art, and performance shakedown seen yet in Grace Pavilion. We have been working hard to make this year more elaborate and awe-inspiring than ever. Who is ready for a little juggling, Balkan Beat Box, aerial acrobats 40' in the air, dubstep, founding fathers of ambient house music, Andrew Jones, heated fire dancing, and a rainbow of laser lights dancing above your bouncing heads? We'll be updating you here and through all of our social networks over the coming 3 weeks, so stay tuned for party updates and inside info about our performers as we countdown to the Techno-Tribal Community Dance 10-Year Anniversary Celebration! 

Techno-Tribal Community Dance 10-Year Anniversary - June 12th & 13th, 2009!


Mystic Beat Lounge Celebrates the 10-Year Anniversary of Techno-Tribal Dance - June 12th & 13th, 2009

Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 8PM-3AM


Santa Rosa, CA - May 26, 2009 - Mystic Beat Lounge ( is excited to announce the 10-year anniversary of its legendary Techno-Tribal Dance ( June 12th & 13th. Techno-Tribal Dance, which is Harmony Festival’s After Dark music and art extravaganza, is one of the largest independently produced events in the Bay Area. What originally started in 1999 with a few good party loving people has today grown into a full-scale production run by a collective of seasoned DJ’s, artists, visionaries and producers known as the Mystic Beat Lounge. This year Techno-Tribal is adding many firsts to its show and pulling out all the stops to make this the most elaborate fusion of the underground arts, combining dance music, lighting, performance, fire, acrobatics, juggling, aerialists, and performance painters into one spectacular community gathering for two unforgettable nights.

The weekend celebration will host Balkan Beat Box’s sounds of the Gypsy Diaspora, the bass-driven tribal grooves of Medicine Drum (with guests Wisdom), plus Somalia-born hip hop artist K’Naan whose stylings merge conscious American hip hop with brilliant protest poetry. Acclaimed composer and musician, Kitaro, will perform for the midnight celebration while his music is mixed for the first time to an anthemic dubstep soundtrack and visually accented by the dazzling fire feast of Luminesque. Also included in the line-up is multi-genre trance inductions of DJ/Producer Shpongle featuring a very special guest appearance by Reggae artist Matisyahu, U.K. chillout pioneers The Orb, the dub-reggae driven house and breaks of  U.K. producer/performer/DJ Gaudi in his first ever West Coast festival appearance. Bay Area Hip Hop & Freestyling artist Abai will grace the stage, as well as NANDA, an innovative and comedic juggling act. When it's time to relax, the Chill Lounge with live performance painters, cameo stage performances, visual arts, massage therapists and an elaborately decorated temple awaits partygoers.

“We have gone to great lengths to make this year’s Techno-Tribal Dance the very best in our 10 year history.” say Zack Darling, lead producer of the Mystic Beat Lounge. “Our audience expects the most epic and amazing night we’ve ever produced and we intend to exceed their wildest imagination. We’ve let our dreams loose this year.”

To find out more information about the event visit:, or

For artist bios visit:

About Mystic Beat Lounge

The Mystic Beat Lounge is a collective of individuals who are passionate about producing participatory, cutting-edge community events and parties. The Mystic Beat Lounge is continually exploring the transformative possibilities of community interactivity. It is their mission to create contexts where community talent and energy can be shared freely. Mystic Beat Lounge works to create events that act as a catalyst for deepening and accelerating community growth and connection to contribute to the positive evolution of planetary consciousness - and they have a good time doing it.