Written and photographed by Fatima Hasan and Cory Callahan
For its 14th installment, Sonic Bloom 2019 was held on June 20 – 24 at Hummingbird Ranch in Colorado. As the state’s premier electronic music festival, year after year, Bloom presents a solid variety of musicians, performers, speakers, and instructors throughout the weekend. Attendees are encouraged to participate in all of the festival’s activities that are curated with the intention of improving physical and mental well-being. The festival also offers opportunities for attendees to enroll in courses through the Sonic Bloom Academy. These courses offer a chance to further enhance knowledge in music production, nature, and much more.
As we traveled through the scenic Spanish Peaks Country near Rye, Colorado for our third year at Sonic Bloom, I realized how much like home the Ranch has become to us. I was thrilled that our crew would be staying in RV camping for the first time this year too! We arrived onsite Thursday late afternoon just as the sun was beginning to set, and since we were in one of the last rows of vehicles in RV camping, we ended up in a very spacious and secluded area. Although we had our own privacy, we still felt close to the community.
This past June concluded with relatively cool temperatures compared to previous years, which was definitely nice during the day. Without question, mountain weather can be very unpredictable and can change quickly! At one point, marble-sized hail even fell briefly during one afternoon! Due to last winter’s heavier snowfall, this was the first time I’ve actually seen Sonic Bloom’s celebrated creek flowing with cool, refreshing mountain water. It was absolutely wonderful to experience the love and liveliness on the rocks by the creek. There were quite a few groups of people chatting, hammocks draped over the water, and a small family brought their children for a quick dip. Observing all of the happiness and friendship at this moment was very heartwarming for me. So many different types of people peacefully gathered in the same place because of their mutual love of music and arts.
Sonic Bloom is very special and unique because the entire weekend is curated under the principles of the Unified Field. On Saturday afternoon, we attended Jamie Janover’s workshop on Nassim Haramein’s Unified Field Theory. If you don’t already know, Janover is the founder of Sonic Bloom. We had a chance to sit down and interview him last year about Sonic Bloom and the Unified Field — this workshop really helped tie everything together. I also attended workshops like Forgiveness & Natural Law, Reiki, Kriya & Sound Healing, and Lucid Dream Journey Through Sound. During these sessions, the strong, positive interconnectedness between all attendees was further demonstrated.
Of course, this year’s edition of Sonic Bloom boasted some incredible musical talent as well! Jamie Shields played alongside Michael Travis and Jason Hann (of EOTO and String Cheese Incident); they called the special set “The New Observatory” and it was a remarkable live performance. Jamie Shields is part of the group called The New Deal — this band was formed back in 1998 in Canada and has become legendary in the improvisational electronic scene (livetronica). We are huge EOTO fans, so experiencing Travis and Hann with Shields in this special guest performance was a total treat. In addition, Prophet Massive, Yheti, Vibesquad, Kalya Scintilla, Gramatik, The Widdler, Russ Liquid Test, and The Librarian were some of my favorite performances over the weekend.
This year, we also had a chance to sit down and chat with Kalya Scintilla, Jason Hann, Blossomn, and um.. We will be publishing these interviews shortly, so keep an eye out!
Big thank you to Sonic Bloom for having us out again! Tickets to next year’s installment are going to be available on July 5, 2019, for a discounted price. This is an event that I would recommend every festival-lover attends at least once, so now you’ve got plenty of time to start planning your trip to Colorado for next June!
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