Woodsist Festival: Real Estate, Woods, Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, Michael Hurley, and more
|Little Wings performing at Woodsist Festival in Big Sur. Photos by the author.|
Sunday, Sept. 22-Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur
Better than: A camping trip without drugs and rock 'n' roll.
The dogs are running. The flies are buzzing. A baby is tottering. Most people are either sitting or laying down on the lawn, reading or napping or drinking or smoking. The afternoon sun has set the canopy of redwoods above our heads aglow, bathing them in that magical post-4 p.m. orange. There is a stage at the end of the lawn with people on it, and those people are making wispy, confounding, glacial noises with guitars. They do not seem to warrant urgent attention. The dogs run more, the flies get swatted, and the people wake up from their naps or take new ones, and the redwoods stay magical as the sun creeps down toward the horizon. Somewhere on this earth, something wild is happening. But not here.
This is the Woodsist Festival, a tiny, two-day gathering at the Henry Miller Memorial Library that pairs rock bands of the type you'd normally see at the Chapel or the Independent with a few notably weirder artists, and presents them on an outdoor stage in the temple of natural wonder that is Big Sur. This is one subculture's idea of paradise, and at least this year, that paradise involved a lot of music better suited to soundtracking your daydreams than firmly holding your attention.More »