The biggest celestial event this year is taking place during the biggest annual event for hoopers – Hoopcamp! How big is it? Well, it’s the first total solar eclipse to occur over the United States since 1979, and it’s the first to go coast to coast since 1918. For the astrologically inclined we were told the eclipse is in Leo trine Uranus in Aries – “so it has liberation written all over it!”
We knew we wanted to do something special for the closing of Hoopcamp this year, something really memorable, and we’ll see about an 85% solar eclipse in Boulder Creek on Monday morning. So what could bring us all that feel good, solar wonder, heart liberation, hoop dance transformational closure we were hoping for? My personal dream was that Sunshine Jones of Dubtribe Sound System would come to perform live at this once in a lifetime hoopjam. So I tracked him down, talked to him about the significance of it all, and I’m so happy to announce that Sunshine Jones is coming to Hoopcamp. He’ll be playing a very special live analog performance just for us. We’re super freakin psyched!
The man behind Dubtribe Sound System, Treehouse Muzique, King Street Sounds, Cosmic Disco and Sunday Soul has been producing some truly delicious house music for years. He spent the 1990’s traveling the world with Moonbeam Jones and distinguished themselves as performers rather than replaying their recordings, often bringing their own sound, lights, and traveling family with them. But unlike its few North American counterparts, Dubtribe departed from the warehouse movement to establish itself as a grass-roots tour de force, refusing help, press, or money from any outside interests. Loop’s 9 year anniversary in Tokyo made for a fantastic beginning for Sunshine’s solo work too, and he’s been singularly blowing our minds ever since. He’s also been challenging what dance music is too, often never raising the tempo above 118 bpm. Instead, he uses musical force, live vocals, loops and effects to simply take us somewhere deeper and greater.
So join us for something very special at Hoopcamp 2017, a closing hoopjam during the the most significant solar eclipse of our era with Sunshine Jones. If you plan to observe the eclipse itself, remember: never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection as serious and permanent eye damage can result. Proper eye protection can include specially made solar filters, eclipse glasses or No. 14 welder’s glasses. You can also observe the eclipse indirectly, by making a pinhole camera.
So this year when you’re making your travel plans for Hoopcamp 2017, don’t plan on returning home Monday morning. Schedule your stay so you can be with us for the whole shebang and this very special Hoopcamp 2017 finale. It promises to be a most magical hoop experience, and when you combine it with everything else at Hoopcamp this year, Hoopcamp 2017 is an experience you must not miss.