Tribal Visions Festival
Near Taos, New Mexico * http://www.tribalvisionfest.org/ * http://www.myspace.com/tribalvisions2009 *
Down by Taos, New Mexico; across the Rio Grande Gorge, just south of the Earthships, lies an annual festival in the desert Juniper scrublands dedicated to the Tribal visions of the people who have together to live sustainably in the area. Many from the Rainbow Tribe of Light, associated with the Rainbow Gathering, have bonded together to bring a music and spiritual festival for four days centering on music, ceremony, and transformative workshops. It sounded to good to be true. In addition, one of our favorite bands – Lunar Fire was playing, so regardless we figured it would be worth the road trip from Colorado. We could of sworn the web site billed Lunar Fire for Saturday night, but that was the first downfall of the festival since we didn’t arrive until saturday morning in that Lunar Fire actually played on Friday night. Apparently the festival started on Thursday, though we were told by others it started friday and lasted through monday. This was atypical of our experience with the festival. There was no guidebook or official timeline except some etchings on some wood outside the maingate that was not noticeable at best. The main music stage was well put together and appears to have offered the musicians all they needed to astound the audiences. However, the audiences were lacking as the festival was poorly attended. This affected the merchants I’m sure as saturday and sunday I saw little to no activity or clientele in the merchant area. I’m sure they came out at a loss. They had billed some great acts – that alone should have brought people into the festival, but unfortunately the directions, signage, and routing failed – poorly conceived and organized. I’m not sure who all arrived as was billed – but by saturday, the festival was a dud. Billed were: Festival Emcee, Fantuzzi, Arjun & Guardians, The Human Revolution, Lynx & Janover, Lunar Fire, Elephant Revival, Retono, Planet Jam, Peace Tribe, Xander Greene, Lindsey Vona, Medicine for the People, Galactic Council, Inti, The Electric Primadonnas, Moose Caboose, Rivet Gang, The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Super Conscience World Conquest, Oso, Lil’ Sum’n Sum’n, and Gabriel Starchild. DJ’s Audio Buddha, Labdwella, Mingus, Osyrus, Ram, DJ Tribe, C Love and the Irie Pirates.
Tribal Visions Festival