The 2018 edition of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas will mark my tenth straight year performing for global EDM promoter Insomniac Events. In 2009, Insomniac Entertainment Director MsEasy invited me to join her team of Murder and Rodeo Clowns at the LA Coliseum for EDC’s flagship L.A. incarnation, and I've been involved ever since. I've inhabited a menagerie of characters in the past decade, in far flung locales including Brazil, China, India, Japan, London, Mexico, Puerto Rico and all over the U.S. Below is a laundry list of highlights to date (plus a special announcement about my role in this year’s tentpole event):
Being summoned to Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella's Park City VIP table as he was telling wife Holly Madison about my orange peel sculptures
Buzzing over Headliner heads as a giant purple bee
Careening around on jumping stilts as a florescent orange Furbie
Channeling Jimi Hendrix as a ukulele-playing, stilt-enhanced Marching Band Clown
Chauffeuring New Yorkers and Bay Area residents around in pedicabs and lady bug golf carts
Clowning around onstage with skateboard-riding members of LMFAO in Seattle
Dragon Knights stilt performers straddling the saddle of my four-legged stilt unicorn
Entertaining Pasquale’s daughter Rainbow with my Beanie Baby stilt pants at Sundance premiere
Filming EDC China trailer footage on the seventh floor balcony of Shanghai's W Hotel
Flailing the abnormally long slinky-like arms of Wildchild World's Slinky Stilts costume
Frolicking around Electric Forest as an ukulele-playing, jumping stilt-enabled Pan
Galloping over Forest family as a nine-foot tall, four-legged stilt zebra
Getting high fived by Pasquale after dancing EDC Brazil main stage as a Bee Boy
Having my balloon headpiece popped from behind by a confetti canon at Electric Forest
Hosting EDC Town Post Office as a Hunter S. Thompson-inspired Postmaster
Hugging Orlando attendees as a walking stuffed animal-esque pink octopus
Interviewing Pasquale, MsEasy and Insomniac Creative Director Bunny Eachon for Vegas Seven Magazine
Lassoing unsuspecting Headliners from atop stilts as a Rodeo Clown
Nodding off atop stilts in India
Orchestrating a main stage crowd-blanketing spiderweb in London
Partying at Insomniac HQ with my beloved fellow Insomniac Entertainers
Personifying Super Mario on jumping stilts at Electric Forest
Piloting an inflatable dinosaur in Puerto Rico
Pole vaulting over festie besties as a four-legged stilt tree
Providing a mobile backdrop for the Red Queen and her royal entourage as a four-legged rosebush
Puffing on a hookah and reciting nonsense as a giant foam caterpillar
Roller skating with the EDC Roller Girls
Scaring the bejesus out of EDC LA patrons as an axe-wielding Murder Clown
Serenading a VIP stranger with my original song "Butterflies" during main stage set break in Mexico
Squirting Bunny with my enema as forearm crutch-assisted Stilt Grandpa
Stilting in the sand at EDC Japan’s beach stage
Swallowing unsuspecting Headliner heads as a Muppet-inspired stilt fish
Tapping Halloweeners on the shoulder with my bony, animatronic Stilt Witch hands
Terrifying Escape patrons from my antique wheelchair as a Psych Patient
Wearing prosthetic rabbit mask and fur pants on jumping stilts
Though I've been singing and playing ukulele as a stilt clown for years, not to mention leading performer shuttle sing-alongs, I'd never gotten booked to perform amplified music at an Insomniac event – until now. I'm beyond ecstatic to announce that I'll be playing EDM unplugged in a VIP speakeasy called The Blind Owl at EDC Vegas 2018. Brace yourself for acoustic renditions of hits from Avicii, Benny Benassi, Black Eyed Peas, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Disclosure, Moby and Zedd. My set times for each night are as follows:
Friday: 9 pm - 12 am - 3 am
Saturday: 8 pm - 11 pm - 2 am
Sunday: 10 pm - 1 am - 4 am
Click on the gallery below to see more images from my Insomniac tenure. And see you under the Electric Sky:)
Citric Acid Arts is now casting a drag queen for a cannabis vendor booth at Denver PrideFest Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. Duties include interacting with booth visitors and posing for photographs. Interested individuals can email three to five images, as well as a YouTube or Vimeo link to a 1-2 minute video introduction - show us your personality - and hourly rates to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
California's Symbiosis Gathering has something going for it that few festivals do: a body of water. This year's installment transpires at the 2900-acre Woodward Reservoir just north of Oakdale. Whereas Burning Man has art cars, Symbiosis has art boats. And mermaids. Mermaids who perform mermaid burlesque or “mer'lesque,” regale the children of Symbiosis with ocean stories and even swim in the reservoir. Mike Gaines, ringmaster for San Francisco's Vau de Vire Society, is the man who contracts the scaly beauties.
Gaines spent a stint in Fort Collins once. “I moved to Fort Collins from Southern California, where I'd grown up. I was on my way to medical school but needed to live in Colorado for a year to qualify for in-state tuition. In that time, I started working in film, and became addicted to the art and process of live production. Then I found an old church and decided to forego med school and look into opening an school for film and dance.”
I was never a Deadhead. I never followed Jerry Garcia and company around the country in a VW Microbus. But I would consider following Wanderlust in Deadhead fashion (Volkswagen's new electric Microbus would be fitting transportation). The yoga lifestyle festival is the largest in the world, with incarnations in Vermont, California, Canada, Australia and Colorado. Wanderlust returns to to its current Colorado home-base in Aspen/Snowmass June 30 through July 3.
“Wanderlust is an opportunity to choose your own adventure and live it in a beautiful, natural location,” said Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno. “We look forward to bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas and experience the good things in life.”
Citric Acid Arts is now casting a large variety of roaming performers for Bass Center 2016 July 29-30 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver. AcroYogis, balloon twisters, b-boys, clowns, costumed characters, dancers, flow artists, hoopers, jugglers, LED poi artists, parkour athletes and more, age 18 or older, are invited to submit. Selected performers will receive GA tickets to Bass Center 2016, along with special performer camping. To submit for consideration, please email your full legal name, Facebook handle (if different from legal name), age, performance experience, 3-5 costume/performance photos and 1-2 video links to email@example.com. Please include your full legal name in the subject field, along with your home state (example: Sissy Henkshaw - NY). Patience while we evaluate submissions is appreciated. Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 15.
Water is your friend. Especially when you're dancing for hours on end in desert heat. But it's not uncommon for EDC attendees to neglect hydration amidst the deluge of sensory overload that is Electric Daisy Carnival. Fortunately, Laura Newton and her Ground Control minions have your back.
“We like to make it rain free water,” says Newton. “Last year, it was 114 degrees. They're in Vegas. I can't imagine they're eating healthy and staying sober in their hotels. They're partying beforehand. They're going to pool parties, and being in the sun dehydrates you. And then dancing for hours.”
Dede Flemming's party instincts were evident at a young age.
“My brothers and I would jump around on the furniture like madmen anytime Quiet Riot's 'Cum on Feel the Noize' would come on,” remembers the DoLab co-founder. “It was epic and our parents hated it.”
Go-go dancers are like motivational coaches for the dance floor. Even before the majority of inhibitions are lubricated away by booze, go-gos are already going to town on boxes adjacent to the DJ booth. Go-Go Soapbox highlights individual dancers in different cities. DJs may get paid hundreds or thousands more, but go-go dancers have become instrumental to electronic music performance. On the occasion of the fourteenth annual Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, there is no more appropriate subject than the event's queen bee, Triad Dragons' Performing Arts Director Ms Easy.
I'm an Electric Daisy carny. That's the opening line of a song I penned on the flight to London last year for the inaugural UK edition of Electric Daisy Carnival. And it's true. I've been entertaining EDC festies since 2009, when the main event still took place at the LA Coliseum. From Chicago to Puerto Rico, I've performed in every market the EDM carnival has transpired in. How could I skip EDC's first trip across the pond?
Costa Rica is a biodiverse place. Five percent of the world's plants and animals call the relatively small Central American country home. Still, you'll rarely see a zebra in Costa Rica—especially since the government announced plans to shutter its public zoos in recent years. Envision Festival attendees experienced an exception last Sunday morning when a quad stilt version of the stripey African steed ambled through the crowd during Random Rab's sunrise set, climaxing on stage with a game of Pin the Tail on the Zebra beneath the sizable driftwood jaguar above. Image courtesy JB Photography.
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