Being a live music enthusiast, it seems to me like the majority of music festivals these days are getting “better,” but only because they’re getting bigger. They’ve become grand spectacles that span days or even a week, with massive stages packed with the most elite DJ’s and musicians from around the world (playing over sound systems that cost more to run for a day than most of us make in a month). They’ve become $300-a-ticket meccas for fans and college kids to get together for a drug-addled long-weekend of swaying to music and paying too much for bottled water. In short, they’ve become enormous money-making machines that, frankly, don’t really give a shit about the music or your experience.
But one northern California music festival is looking to change all that, and ditch the stigma that music festivals around the world are rapidly acquiring.