Peace out at Markleeville music festival
By the time Jimi Hendrix closed out Woodstock, most of the crowd was either exhausted or absent. That scenario is unlikely this weekend at Turtle Rock Park when the closing band will be, most appropriately, Blue Turtle Seduction.
Earthdance will feature 12 bands over three days, Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16 on Highway 89, four miles north of Markleeville. The 11th annual event runs simultaneously in 60 countries and 360 locations and is highlighted by Saturday’s 4 p.m. Prayer for Peace lead by an elder from the Washoe tribe. It will be followed by a 12 minute om.
“We’re here to synchronize good energy,” said Tahoe organizer Jennifer McLevis, who anticipates 800 to 1,000 festival-goers.
There will be vendors from all parts of the globe and cuisine options naturally will be entirely organic. A beer garden will be up the hill, next to a the county planning building, which will be a musical venue after the sunsets.
“This mega-event’s mission is to foster an environment of peace and harmony throughout the global sphere while supporting nonprofit humanitarian charities and peace-related causes,” McLevis said.
Most of the bands are from Tahoe.
The festival opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. with Liz Broscoe’s drum group Java Djembe, followed by the South Shore reggae band Ancient I’s. Planting Seeds featuring Seth Hall from Strive Roots is next followed by M 02. At midnight the party moves into the Late Night Diner with laptop rockers Absynth, who also play Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s bands are OneVoice, Permagryn, Frame of Mind, Ten Cent Lure, Montana Slim, Ancient I’s, Planting Seeds, Mama’s Cooking and at midnight inside M 02.
On Sunday Huayllipacha, a Peruvian group by way of Humboldt County, plays at 12:22 p.m. Blue Turtle Seduction hits the stage at 2:22 p.m.
The band starts 22 minutes after the hour to “attune to a special specific frequency, the Shuman Resonance that is derived from the natural sound of the Earth itself,” McLevis said.
Blue Turtle Seduction is an appropriate headliner, and not just because the venue is Turtle Rock Park. The year 2007 is the Mayan year of the turtle, McLevis said.
Blue Turtle Seduction, which last week headlined at the Independent in San Francisco, Ten Cent Lure and Montana Slim are each planning to record an album this fall.
Ten Cent Lure and Montana Slim, respectively, are happy to be performing just before and after Saturday’s 4 p.m. Prayer for Peace.
“To be playing at the pinnacle, it’s really sweet,” said Chad Oleson, the Ten Cent Lure bassist and a former Woodfords resident. “It’s a really cool thing to be a part of and were pretty stoked about it.”
Montana Slim, named after a character in Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” is a year-old electric string band playing in its first outdoor festival.
“We’re really looking forward to meeting some new people and seeing a new area and playing in front of some people who have never seen us before,” said guitarist-harp player Jesse Dunn.
The bluegrass band out of San Francisco features Brent McClain on Mandolin.
Montana Slim was also a moniker used by singer Will Carter in the 1930s, but the band was named after Kerouac’s fellow hitchhiker in the back of a flat-bed pickup.
Earthdance began modestly a year ago at Regan Beach with a DJ. McLevis anticipates the event will grow.
“Next year we’re getting Michael Franti,” she said.