By: Harry Coomer
It's that time of year again... your local Army/Navy surplus store is dishing out goggles and cold-weather sleeping bags by the barrel full, and RV rentals are getting hiked up to the heavens across the country.
Burning Man is upon us, and while legions of Burners would line up to flog us if we even remotely referred to it as a festival (because it is not, as they will tell you repeatedly), we are still music junkies, and had to weigh in on the sonic aspect of everything. Sure, it's an experience, and there are amazing art cars, and you should totally play around in all the imaginative worlds and visit that rustic old front porch on wheels with the lady inside baking cookies in a real working oven, but you should also probably catch some world class DJ talent.
The Burn is a melting pot (no pun intended) of music styles. The smallest, unknown producers rub shoulders with some of the biggest superstars on the planet, because at its heart, this is a class-free society. While some celebrities certainly know how to Burn in style, all things are (mostly) equal on the Playa.
So get your dust-proof pencil and pad ready to jot down some of the best sound camps setting up shop at Burning Man this year, and make sure to check your list twice for extra special nights these camps are throwing.
10. Sacred Spaces - 4:00 & Freak Show
Sacred Spaces is housing a lot of that downtemple and sacred bass we like, with some live fancies in the form of TROPO, Deya Dova, and Dub Kirtan All Stars, mid-week, and some Burner Bass royalty like David Starfire and Andreilien towards the back half!
9. Distrikt - 9:00 & Geek
Sometimes it's about the notes you don't play, as any musician will tell you. Distrikt will hold a moment of silence for Fort Knox Five's fallen brother and Playa favorite Jon Horvath at 6pm on Tuesday, September 1. Many Burn regulars remember Jon H, and will commemorate him by holding up signs with a heart and Jon written in the center whenever the music hits them just right. Funk in peace, brother.
8. Opulent Temple - White Party - it's complicated
Because Opulent Temple did not get its official sound camp placement this year, the annual Wednesday night "white party" was in jeopardy. But have no fear, the party will now rotate between a number of art cars over the course of the evening, as the show moves between four different spots. While it's difficult to follow, if you want to attend, we suggest getting the full scoop here. Special guests include Carl Cox and Skrillex and Diplo performing as Jack Ü. Jump on the train!
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