One of the highlights of Wanderlust Festival is the music and this year is no different. There is something for everyone offered at this festival from reggae, experimental rock, funk and blues, kirtan, to live electronic DJ sets and more. Genre-bending lines blur as the sounds of consciousness and love vibrate throughout Olympic Valley. Here East meets West as electronica collides with kirtan, hip hop mashes with mantras, and world beat merges music with messages of peace, love and understanding.
“Genre-bending lines blur as the sounds of consciousness and love vibrate throughout Olympic Valley.”
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda’s chanting is a heart-opening experience. Whether they are chanting Hindu kirtan or Kundalini Yoga or offering their Kirtronica experience, a fusion of their sound is ecstatic, ethereal and enlightening.
Lakshmi studied with her guru, Srila Govinda Maharaj, while living in Hawaii. Her journey led her to write songs and sing devotional chants. She was the lead singer and songwriter for the techno-tribal group, Lost at Last, before meeting Ananda. Ananda found his way through Kundalini Yoga while studying at the University of Oregon.
“I fell in love with Kundalini Yoga and was taking 2 to 4 classes a week,” says Ananda who has been practicing for the last 11 years. The couple began playing together in 2010. Ananda sings, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute, and Lakshmi plays harmonium and guitar and sings.
Chanting to open the heart is a beautiful thing, the duo says. “That’s the bottom line. I feel like my belief system is so open. I am open to god, I am open to the spirit, whatever you call it, the form, formless, or nature,” offers Lakshmi, who also finds resonance with the Native American path.
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“It’s all about being in the moment with god and whatever is coming through,” says Lakshmi. “Our vision is first and foremost about connection, divine connection. Breaking down barriers. There is no separation,” says Ananda. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be offering numerous workshops, classes and offerings such as a Kirtonica Dance experience, a yoga flow and Kirtonica workshop, a singing and mantra workshop, and a sacred Cacao Ceremony.
Cross-cultural futuristic experience
Beats Antique hits the late night on Friday with their electronic and experimental world fusion music. The acclaimed musical trio is compromised of David Satori, Tommy Cappel and Zoe Jakes. The band is theatrical and mind bending. Jakes dancing is hypnotic.
“It’s a cross-cultural futuristic experience, a mosaic of future and ancient celebration smashed into one party,” Satori said when asked to describe their sound. “We dabble in everything and not one genre. We elicit music that is playful and try styles and music from different cultures from around the world. We like to find new pieces of music. It’s a cultural mash-up.”
“We experiment with performance art, we’re absurdists’, we are zany, having fun and do not take ourselves too seriously,” says Satori, of the band that has been together for 10 years. Satori admittedly considers himself a jack-of-all-trades, which he says is one of his strengths, enabling him to see the big picture
Their recent release “Killer Bee” from their upcoming album “Shadowbox” is new and fun. The band worked with Lafa Taylor on the project.
“It’s delving back into our old hip hop world that is within us,” explains Satori. The official video, which was also just released, promotes sustainable bee practices and sends a strong and important message about prejudice and bullying. “It’s up to us to decide who we are and not let others or society tell us.”
“The yoga community is open, self-aware and in their hearts it’s always a good time on the dance floor,” says Satori of their upcoming show at Wanderlust. Satori has been practicing yoga for the last 13 years. “We love Tahoe and always grateful to play in such a beautiful setting,” says Satori.
Upbeat, serious and full of love, check out the slew of artists bringing the conscious beats to Wanderlust and come dance to the music.
For more information, visit wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley.
7 p.m. | Magic Giant
8:30 p.m. | The Wanderlust Spectacular
9:30 p.m. | RON, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Rafe Pearlman, Elijah Ray
10:30 p.m. | Luminaries, DJ Amore One
Midnight | Gene Evaro Jr.
7 p.m. | Gene Evaro Jr.
8 p.m. | Elijah Ray and Open Mic w/RON
8:45 p.m. | Yeasayers
10 p.m. | DJ Sol Rising
10:15 p.m. | Beats Antique
11:30 p.m. | Kaminada
7 p.m. | Magic Giant
8 p.m. | Karaoke w/RON
8:30 p.m. | Son Little
10 p.m. | Stephen “Ragga” Marley
10:30 p.m. | Sultan32
Midnight | GaudI