Bassrush: A Review

This past weekend was proof that even when Jess and I don’t plan on going to a festival, we somehow still end up at a festival! You seriously can’t make this stuff up!

While visiting friends in Long beach for a much needed girls weekend, Jess and I were surprised with guest list spots for Bassrush, a two-day massive put on by Insomniac Events. Big shout out to our friend Marlee for making this happen for us! Bassrush occurs at the NOS center in San Bernardino and focuses solely on bass music (shocking, I know!) Not only is bass music one of my favorites, but I hadn’t been to an event like this in years, making me pretty excited to get to experience this!

Insomniac did a great job organizing this massive, making it really easy and painless to get through security and leave the event at the end of the night. There were also plenty of water refill stations, which is super important, especially at an outdoor summer event like this. I  never had to wait in line for food, drinks, or to use the bathroom! For the size of the event, I was pretty impressed!

After getting past security, we were immediately mesmerized by the fountains and water surrounding them; the water was almost shimmering from all the lights strung above and in the trees. It was simple, but so pretty to look at! I also loved the multi-colored light structures they had by the stages. I think they did a great job at keeping production simple but still having fun lights and structures! The most impressive part of production in my opinion was all the LASERS! They were beautiful and different colored and coming from every direction at some of the stages! So ridiculously cool.

Music-wise, I was so happy with this lineup! There were so many favorites on here that I ended up having to make some hard choices on who to see versus miss. This lineup had favorites like Minnesota, G Jones, Zomboy, Bleep Bloop, Yheti, 12th Planet, and so many more! I have to give it up to Adventure Club, hands down this was my favorite set of the weekend! Adventure Club was the group that originally got me into electronic music back in college, and I’ve never been the same since! This set was full of nostalgia as they played old favorites like “Gold” and “Rise and “Fall”. I loved how on songs like “Gold” they stayed true to the song by starting it out slow and stripped down with the vocals, eventually building it up to an amazing drop I could just lose myself dancing to. You could feel the excitement in the crowd building as everyone realized the song they were going to end their set with was “Crave You”! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “Crave You” introduced me to Adventure Club, and it will always bring up all the feels. Adventure Club was a feel-good dance party from start to finish, and I was left feeling such a sense of euphoria.

My other favorite of the weekend had to be G Jones. I’ve seen G jones a few times now, and I feel like each time he still somehow manages to surprise me with his set. This time around, (maybe it was just because I was riding the rails) it was the most bass in my face set I have ever experienced from him. The bass was vibrating through my body to the point where I just felt frozen in place, with a permanent stank face on. The whole time I was thinking, yup, this bass is swallowing me up. I felt like I could stay lost there forever, without really knowing what time it was or where I was, completely taken over by the bass. Thank you G Jones for such a memorable set!

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I have to mention DC Breaks as they were my surprise of the weekend! I had never heard of them before, but they ended up being a really fun drum and bass sound. Highlight of the set was when the singer made eye contact with me, jumped down right in front of where I was standing, and handed me the Titos bottle he was chugging from! Too funny!

Bassrush was such a fun event with beautiful people in attendance! Everyone was so nice, and I always felt like I had enough room to dance and move around. No one was pushing or shoving to get to the front, which can be so prevalent at EDM events. Great job to Insomniac for putting on such a fun event with a dope lineup! We had the best time dancing and headbanging to the point where we were all sore the next day. One for the books!

Jammin’ in the Desert

With the official festival season fast approaching and the temperature getting warmer it’s almost hard to remember that just a few months ago the days were cold and short with not much to do; however, this is precisely why I’m going to tell you a little bit about a lovely event that happens in the middle of winter with plenty for you festival lovers and festival newbies to do: Gem & Jam Festival!

Gem & Jam Festival is hosted by Euphoric Conceptions and is a 4 day camping music festival now located at the Pima County Fairgrounds only 20 minutes southeast of Tucson, Arizona. The desert is probably not a place where you would think to find a festival (except for the legendary Burning Man), let alone one in the winter time, but because of this festival taking place in a desert climate the winter is the perfect time to host a festival, comfortable temperatures during the day time and chilly at night but nothing a jacket couldn’t fix! The venue is a decent size and was comfortably able to fit all the RV passes, car passes, and walk-in camping passes in their designated areas within the campground without feeling cramped. Another feature that I thought was a step up from all the different festival venues I’ve experienced was that because it was on an actual campground there were actual bathrooms/showers! I personally have used one too many port-o-potties in my festival days and, depending on how efficient the company hired is, those bad boys can get pretty nasty and not get stocked up as frequently as they should. There were some port-o-potties in the walk-in camping section of the festival since that happened to be a little further out in the camping layout however there were a few actual bathroom structures in the festival vicinity and that was such a relief for those attending the festival, especially for the ladies (am I right, girls?).

Let’s talk about the set up. This festival brings the two very different worlds of jam and electronic together with a beautiful collection of artists, from longtime groups like STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, and Lettuce to artists like Maddy O’Neal, Russ Liquid Test and Marvel Years who all seem to have exploded into popularity in the festival community within the last five or so years. Gem & Jam I would say is a small-medium size festival and surprisingly can fit a total of 5 stages: 2 big stages, 2 smaller stages, and 1 indoor late night stage.

The festival did a great job not only in physically spacing out the stages so music didn’t clash together but also set up the schedule in a flowing way so there was only about 10 minutes of overlap, and sometimes none at all! It was so satisfying to be able to wander the festival grounds while still being able to hear whatever artists you were interested in based on where you were standing in the festival. The stages themselves are given gem/mineral names, in respect to the gigantic international gem  and mineral festival that occurs in Tucson every year for 2-3 weeks, along with some of the stages having a sort of crystal altar that is at the front of the stages for decoration.

OK…music. Some of the artists on the lineup I was personally excited to see were: Emancipator, Big Wild, Breaking Biscuits, and Russ Liquid Test! Of course there are many more but these are a few of my newer loves. I also had to leave Sunday since I had a long drive ahead of me back to Northern California so I was unable to see Lettuce and Greensky Bluegrass who are two bands I enjoy so much.

Emancipator’s performance was very pleasing to the ears, the instruments linked with the subtlety of the electronic vibes brings such a fulfilling flow and one you can listen to no matter what time of day and no matter how you feel. During his performance I would look around me and see so many people with their eyes closed, totally in peace, while swaying to the music.

Big Wild is someone that I have such a giddy time seeing perform. I was on the other side of the festival, probably wanting more naan or tacos, when he came on stage. As soon as I heard Big Wild begin I jumped in the air, made an embarrassing squeal and dance-skipped all the way to the stage area. I don’t know if it’s the deep vibration of the drums when he plays, or the fact his music in general has such a happy and upbeat tune, but that is an artist I have seen multiple times and plan to continue seeing. Breaking Biscuits was a fun collaboration I was eager to see.

Breaking Biscuits is a side project that brings together the guys of Break Science with the very talented keyboardist and bassist of the infamous Disco Biscuits…honestly what could sound better than that? This group brought all the jammy feels without hitting plateaus in their set, something that is hard to do in 7 minute long songs. Break Science added their hints of hard electronic tones to the songs and all in all everyone couldn’t help but dance around, making friends in the process.

Russ Liquid Test, oh was I so happy when I saw you. This group performed in the late night building and did they kill it. Their live-electro, psychedelic funky sound filled the building with a burst of energy and groovy waves that no one could escape. The late night stage they performed on was made with laser-etched wood framing around the top and sides of it and color changing lights that shown through them, plus a virtual screen that had different images flashing from it. The music and performances provided at this festival were top notch to say the least.

Besides the music and venue set up itself, there were a few different areas within the festival where people could go to explore art installations, participate in workshops, and meditate. This area had a variety of gypsy looking tents set up in grass (i’m in Arizona?!) and within those tents there were pillows, rugs, and other bedding material to make yourself comfortable. There were beautiful cloth style chandeliers hanging from the tents and some had massage tables if you wanted to get a specific type of massage. The workshops included: event sustainability, yoga, being present in the community, consent, and much more. Gem & Jam also included a drum circle area were at various times in the day they would hold drumming ceremonies and classes for any that were interested in participating.

Some of the art installations were pretty trippy and so much fun to discover while I checked out every inch of the festival. In the grass area of the festival they had these large and intriguing alien-like “gods” all set up in a circle each holding different items with foreign letters and symbols written around them in a sort of halo, along with structures shaped like giant crystals popping out of the earth. The festival also had lights hanging from the palm trees scattered throughout the venue and of course an art gallery full of paintings, photos and LED art from pretty big name artists. Gem & Jam also had many live painters that you could find by every stage, painting anything from nature scenery, psychedelic experiences, deity  interpretations, etc.

One of my favorite encounters and pieces of art though was the Trolley Llama, a company owned party bus trolley decorated in clothes, parasols, and festival-gypsy decor and had the most comfortable outdoor living room set up I have ever seen at a festival, plus all the amazing individuals who came with the trolley and made it an experience in itself.

Out of everything that I experienced at this festival, I think the most important factor Gem & Jam had to offer was the people. During the entirety of the weekend I met dozens of individuals who all welcomed me to Arizona and the festival with open arms and positive attitudes. Yes there were many people who were from California, Texas, etc that I encountered but the vast majority of people were from Arizona (duh) and I had no idea how friendly they were until attending this festival. Even the people working security, guiding you to your parking pass spot, or scanning wristbands at the front were all incredibly hospitable and cracking jokes whenever possible. I didn’t see any fights, I didn’t see security making people feel uncomfortable, I saw eyes all around me full of excitement and people ready to help you enjoy your experience at Gem & Jam in whatever way they could. Gem & Jam impressed me whole-heartedly and I cannot wait to go back!

Product Review: Rainbow Optx

Our current obsession is colored sunglasses. All of the colored sunglasses. As many different colors as possible. Thankfully, Rainbow Optx has us covered!

They offer 6 different styles (Mercury, translucent, aviator, cat eye, heart, round) and 10 different colors (magenta, violet, indigo, blue, aqua, green, rose, yellow, orange, red). Each color is supposed to correlate with a chakra, element, and a need. These glasses are more than about just the color, they’re about balance. I’m including the descriptions for both the red and aqua colors at the bottom of this post, since those are the colored sunglasses we are rocking in the pictures!

 

The best part is whenever you buy a pair of sunglasses, they throw in a free pair! It just depends on whatever they’re offering at the moment. They tend to cycle through all of the different types of glasses and colors though. So basically you are getting 2 pairs of sunglasses for the price of one!

Most importantly, these sunglasses have UV400 protection, aka maximum protection! I’ve been searching for sunglasses that looked fun but also would protect my eyes. Found them!

The sunglasses come in a little protective pouch and with a little card detailing what each color means. They fit pretty comfortably on my face, and I love getting to see the world through whatever color you’ve chosen! BUT! DO NOT WEAR THESE WHILE DRIVING! They will change the color of stoplights, making it extremely dangerous to drive and wear these!

They generously offer every first-time buyer a 10 percent off code when you visit their site! Go check them out now! Rainbow Optx

10/10 would recommend.


Red

Mantra: I Am
Affirmation: I am safe, secure, grounded, protected, supported.

Chakra: Root
Element: Earth
Focus: Survival
Your Need: To feel more grounded.

Red is a stimulating color. It will energize the base chakra. It warms and it activates. It awakens our physical life force. Red strengthens the physical energy and the will of the individual. It can stimulate deeper passions, such as sex and love, courage, or hatred and revenge. Red can be used to raise the body’s temperature and to energize the blood.


Aqua

Mantra: I Express
Affirmation: Matters of the heart are spoken and understood effortlessly.

Chakra: Throat & Heart
Element: Ether & Air
Focus: Communication & Love
Your Need: To speak calmly from the heart with love and compassion.

Aqua is cooling. It combines the beneficial vitalizing and purifying effects of blue and green. Blue is the color of the throat chakra which is the center for communication, and green the color of the heart chakra, the center for love and compassion. Aqua can be used for stimulating the combination of these centers, facilitating heart centered communication.


 

Lightning in a Bottle Packing List

Hello lovelies! After 2 years at LIB and countless other camping festivals, I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list of everything you need to be comfortable and prepared while camping! It’s broken down into general camp, personal, and fun items!

General Camp Items

  • Rug/Comforters for lounge area
  • Pillows for lounge area
  • Camp lights
  • Table
  • Folding Chairs
  • E-Z up
  • Flag for camp
  • Tapestries/Clips
  • Trash Bags
  • Bigger water container/jug for camp
  • Toilet paper/Paper towels
  • Coolers
  • Breakfast and lunch food
  • Smoothies/Coffee/Yerba Matte
  • Plates and cups
  • Pots/Utensils for cooking
  • Portable stove
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Snacks/Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Bluetooth speaker

Personal Items

  • Sleeping bag/Pillow
  • Tent/Tarp for under tent
  • Stakes/Hammer
  • Air mattress/Pump
  • Extra batteries for air mattress pump
  • Daytime clothes/Nighttime clothes
  • Sweatshirt/Jackets
  • Bandana/Face mask
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Floatie
  • Shoes/Socks
  • Flip flops for camp
  • Toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Neti pot
  • EmergenC
  • Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • Sunscreen/Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Wristband
  • Portable charger and cord
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Chapstick
  • Hair ties

Fun Stuff!

  • Eco-friendly Glitter
  • Body paint/Brushes
  • Glowsticks
  • Temp tats/Scissors
  • Face Jewels
  • Onesie