Yoga, music symbiotic at Wanderlust

By Priya Hutner · 

Michael Franti | Courtesy Wanderlust · 

Music abounds throughout the day and into the night at the annual four-day Wanderlust Festival. With so much amazing music to choose from every night, it might just be a bit challenging to wake up for your morning yoga class. And, for those that don’t dance the night away, there will be plenty of music to listen to while practicing one’s favorite asana.

Veteran Wanderlust performer Michael Franti will be bringing his light and positivity to the lineup this year. Recognized as a pioneering force, Franti’s music is a vehicle for positive change.

“Every time I get on the mat, I learn something new about myself,” says Franti, who is also a yogi. “I am challenged in some way not only physically, but yoga has helped me with insecurity and fears that arose growing up. Life is a constant journey of things coming up and a constant practice of letting go.”

Franti brings his depth of awareness and consciousness to every performance he embarks on. His high energy transforms a room.

“I want to take people through a journey that brings emotions to the surface to uplift,” he says.

Franti is one of those unique beings that when you speak with him he opens himself in a deeply authentic way, whether it’s talking about reuniting with his 92-year-old biological father recently and the learning process that occurred or discussing the challenges his 16-year-old son has faced diagnosed with a rare kidney disease.

“It’s brought our family closer and it is a gentle reminder that we need to love, hug and kiss the people around us at least once a day,” he says.

Franti says that he is proud and excited about the new release of his single, “Once A Day.”

“The song has profound message about the unexpected moments in life,” he explains. “The goal of our band is to take the pain and suffering of life and help uplift and inspire people to keep going through our music. The more I see, the less I know,” he adds.

He is truly living his mantra, “Be the best, serve the greater good, and rock out wherever you are.”


Rob Garza | Courtesy Wanderlust · 

Diverse sounds of Thievery Corporation
Also headlining at Wanderlust is founding member of Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, a pioneer of the electronic music movement. He’ll be bringing music from his latest solo release album, “Palace of Mirrors.”

Much of the music is inspired from a trip to India. Garza met up with a friend in the Bombay Dub Orchestra and says that he was moved by the Hindu singing over the music and that is when Andrew McKay suggested that he connect with Vasuda Sharma, who is featured on a number of the tracks on the new release.

Ever the entrepreneur, Garza and a few partners have created a brand of Mezcal, which will launch in the U.S. in the next couple of months.

“I learned about the process, the land and the culture spending time in Mexico. I spent time playing my acoustic guitar and writing music,” he explains.

“Blue Agave” is another song from the album born while he was travelling around Mexico and came upon the blue agave fields at sunset.

“With a large record collection from all over the world, I’ve never felt limited,” Garza explains.

Thievery Corporation has become known for the carnival-esque atmosphere of their live shows, during which they bring out a 15-member live band of musicians and vocalists. Their music is diverse with an amazing depth and breadth of eclectic influences. One can hear the threads of Reggae, Middle Eastern, Latin and Jazz sounds throughout their work.

“I love travelling the world, experiencing different cultures, cuisines, people and places. It’s all part of an experience,” he says. “I enjoy the moment.”


Expect a wild ride when Rob Garza DJs and Thievery Corporation performs at Wanderlust this year.
There will be a number of great artists performing many genres of music throughout the festival. Check out MC Yogi, who blends hip-hop and chanting. Then there’s the High & Mighty Brass Band!, who will rev it up with New Orleans Funk and R&B, and folk rockers Buster Blue bringing some blues to the yoga world while Mandolin Orange offers up bluegrass, country and folk vibe.

At Wanderlust music and yoga are symbiotic partners, one can practice vinyasa to the mystic music of Bob Marley with LouLou and Natalia of Thievery Corporation or settle into pranayama with the choreographed music.


Wanderlust offers four days of live music and entertainment throughout Olympic Valley with many events free and open to the public. Visit for more information or to purchase individual tickets for shows.


Michael Franti with My Brightest Diamond

July 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.
$25 advance | $30 at the door | $45 2-day pass


Thievery Corporation with Trevor Hall

July 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.
$25 advance | $30 at the door | $45 2-day pass

Thursday, July 16

11 a.m. | DJ Urn
1:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
1:30 p.m. | SWELLS
1:30 p.m. | SeriousBlack
3 p.m. | Mandolin Orange
3:30 p.m. | DJ Urn
3:30 p.m. | SWELLS
5 p.m. | Vinnie Fallico
5:30 p.m. | Mandolin Orange
5:30 p.m. | Tasha Black
7 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
8:30 p.m. | DJ Drez
9 p.m. | The Wanderlust Spectacular

Friday, July 17

11 a.m. | Wild Child
11:30 a.m. | DJ Urn
11:30 a.m. | Tasha Black
Noon | SeriousBlack
1 p.m. | Mandolin Orange
1:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
1:30 p.m. | SWELLS
1:30 p.m. | DJ Urn
3 p.m. | Mandolin Orange
3 p.m. | SWELLS
3:30 p.m. | DJ Urn
3:30 p.m. | SeriousBlack
5 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
5:30 p.m. | Buster Blue
5:30 p.m. | SeriousBlack
7 p.m. | Buster Blue
7:30 p.m. | My Brightest Diamond
9 p.m. | Michael Franti
10:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
11 p.m. | Rob Garza DJ set
12 a.m. | Tasha Blank

Saturday, July 18

11 a.m. | Vinnie Fallico
11:30 a.m. | DJ Urn
11:30 a.m. | SeriousBlack
Noon | Tasha Blank
1 p.m. | Wild Child
1:30 p.m. | SWELLS
1:30 p.m. | DJ Urn
3 p.m. | SeriousBlack
3:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
3:30 p.m. | SWELLS
3:30 p.m. | Tasha Blank
5:30 p.m. | DJ Drez
5:30 p.m. | Wild Child
7:30 p.m. | Trevor Hall
8:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
9 p.m. | Thievery Corporation
10:30 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
11 p.m. | MC Yogi & DJ Drez
12 a.m. | SWELLS

Sunday, July 19

11 a.m. | Vinnie Fallico
11:30 a.m. | SeriousBlack
11:30 a.m. | DJ Urn
1 p.m. | High & Mighty Brass Band!
1:30 p.m. | DJ Urn
1:30 p.m. | SeriousBlack
3 p.m. | DJ Urn