Nebulosity: A State of Mind, a Mind of Music

Nebulosity Music and Arts Festival is a psychedelic gathering of artists and musicians showcasing their unique talents.  The performers coming together at Nebfest hail from all walks of life;  they meet for three days and two nights in Atwood, Tennessee.  July 20th – 23rd the festival will feature a spectacular array of songs, exhibits, specialty workshops, and so much more.  I can’t help but get the feeling that Nebfest really does have something for everyone.

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Here’s the basic information you’ll need to get there:  the music and art lover’s version of Nebulosity logistics.

  • Your source for tickets
  • Google Maps to the rescue
  • Need more Info?
  • If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, volunteer!
    • psssst – there are other ways to participate in the magic of making Nebulosity a mind-blowing experience

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Are you still with me?  Good, buckle up.  Exploring the myths, the men & women, and the legends of Nebulosity is going to be an exciting ride.  Just a heads up, there are plenty of websites and individuals selling tickets for Nebulosity.  You aren’t limited to the official website, but why not go straight to the source?  The early bird tickets have already sold out, so don’t wait too long to get a general admission ticket or single day pass.  General admission includes four-day entry, parking, camping, and showers.  That’s right, you are welcome to come Thursday night to start the weekend early.  The single day pass for Saturday provides the same perks for a shorter time span.

Read through the festival information linked to “Info” above to find a more thorough explanation of parking and entering the campgrounds.  One rule of thumb:  keep up with your wristband.  You’ll get your wristband after the check-in process is complete.  It will be your fast pass to the festival.

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Indie Pop artist Robyn Harris is listed for Thursday’s lineup

How do I even begin to describe Nebulosity?  Well, if you’re looking for a map of the campgrounds, look no further.  “I’m the map

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Nebfest’s stellar lineup is sure to impress whether it’s played in rain, shine, or under the starry night sky.

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Music represents the heart of Nebulosity, but what are musicians if not artists?  Nebulosity features eleven amazing performers this summer.  Fire manipulators, impressive dancers, acrobats, and more will fill the campgrounds with thrills.  Watch local artists Thundermoon Art and Chris Raves in the midst of the creative process as well!

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Don’t sweat the small stuff when you’re planning your trip.  The vendors at Nebfest will have the minimalist traveller covered.  You can find several food, alcohol, and craft vendors.  Vegan and Vegetarian options are included.  Eating a variety of delicious foods and purchasing creative mementos will be easy; knowing when to stop might be the hard part.

The entertainment reaches a more interactive level with the eight workshops available to all festival attendees.  The wristband you’ll get at Nebulosity’s front gate is all you need to participate.  Learn the basics of a few skills that may be totally new to you.  Introductions to belly dancing, contact improv, Earth heart activation, ice water therapy, and four other topics will be available.  There’s going to be a wizard teaching one class; lifelong Harry Potter fans unite!

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Even the brilliant minds behind Nebulosity can’t control the weather, but summers in the South usually call for sunshine.  The average temperatures for mid July in Atwood, TN are a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 68 degrees.  You can beat the heat with a 90 foot long, 26 foot high inflatable water slide.  They call it a slip-and-slide; I call it a fantastic idea.  Fun fact, it’s the biggest water slide the organizers of Nebulosity could find in the state of Tennessee.  The best part:  the slide is free to use for all festival attendees.  Do you feel the love yet?  These people know how to take care of their own.

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Water Slide / Bouncy House / Cool-Off Station Extraordinaire!

Camping on-site is an option if you’re (wo)man enough.  Whether your style is rocking out in a hammock, tent, sleeping bag, RV, or glamping {a new word for a new kind of travel, defined as glamorous camping}, you can find a temporary home on the festival grounds.  Check out the map video linked above for a thorough description of this year’s layout.

Are you ready to see Sunracer perform live?

Feel free to check out all of the 41 musicians on your own time.  For now I’ll just take a look at the three headline bands.  The stages include the Main Stage, the Cosmos Stage, and The Lounge.  You need pictures?  Voila!

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Levitation Jones‘ genre has been described as Dubstep, Future Bass, Drumstep, Trap, Purple, Grime, Jank on his Facebook page.  Some of you know what all of those words mean.  I don’t, so let’s review a few of them.

  • Trap:  a genre of music that could most simply be described as a combination of 1/3 hip hop, 1/3 dance music, and 1/3 dub.
  • Purple:  whether described as the ‘purple wow sound’, ‘the purple wave’, ‘purple dubstep’, or simply ‘purple’, this is a bombastic, melodic and funk-laden sub-genre that developed out of two of the UK’s youngest and most exciting scenes – grime and dubstep.
  • Grime:  developed from a multitude of styles; primarily reggae, bashment, dancehall, garage, and drum and bass.
  • Jank:  From an online slang dictionary – A replacement word for an unnamed object or thing.  An all-purpose word that can mean literally anything, yet really means nothing on its own. Understood by the context in which it is used.

This Rhode Island native known as Brian Gardner off-stage is notorious for masterfully improving his sets.  Levitation Jones “blends his original productions with heavy influences of underground dubstep and future bass paired with a seemingly effortless style of live mixing.”  The About tab on his page has a great biography.  To sum it up, Jones isn’t afraid to bend, stretch, or break the rules of bass-physics.  He enjoys testing the limits of audiences and sound-systems all across the United States.  His favorite quote is, Make honest music.”  Listening to Levitation Jones’ work live should be a memorable experience.      

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Waker is a seven piece group crafting a mashup of soul, rock & roll, and funk.  The eclectic music they produce reflects their image:  Nashville’s most woke band.  You may find yourself grinning from ear to ear while involuntarily dancing to the beat of their drums upon hearing a few tunes.  A line from their song, “Fever”, Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” points to the roots of the band’s name.  Waker’s purpose has always been clear, to wake people with their music.

The dream started with two talented childhood friends who had a knack for lyrics.  Luckily, Chase Bader and Conor Kelly never outgrew their imaginations.  After adding Ryan Ladd to the mix, they founded Koa in 2012.  Will Youngclaus and Alex Matthews joined the scene in 2013.  Koa dropped their first single, Cool It Down”, the same year.  Fast-forward to 2014, Ryan McClanahan joined Koa a few months before they won Belmont’s Battle of the Bands.  2016 saw the loss of Youngclaus followed by the addition of David Crutcher and Dave Czuba.  August 15th, 2016 the band officially changed their name from Koa to Waker.  The rest is history.  Come hear them live in Atwood, TN to become a part of Waker’s story!

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Sirius Colors is seriously out there, and I love the good vibes.  Thomas Orr Anderson delivers a spiritual experience with “Intergalactic Deep Bass Trance Dub Music direct from the Sirius binary pulsar star-system”.  To give you a taste of the science behind that, pulsars are the neutron stars oriented such that Earth lies in the path of their lighthouse beam.  The first neutron stars to be detected were observed by radio telescopes as regularly repeating pulses of radio light with periods of about 1 second:”  hence the name, pulsars.  I don’t quite know how to describe Sirius Colors’ unique sound; have a listen to the Magic of the Music.

Sirius Colors uses global influences to produce songs with the potential to move you to your core.  Anderson’s music conjures up vivid imagery.  I doubt any two people will interpret it exactly the same way.  When trying to figure out where the name Nebulosity came from, I Googled Nebula and clicked on images.  You can see a screenshot below.  These pictures reflect what comes to my mind when listening to Sirius Colors.  You and your friends can join the musical movement at Nebulosity July 20th-23rd.

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Nebula: perhaps the root word of Nebulosity?

The attractions I’ve described are only the beginning of the wonders you can find at Nebulosity Music and Arts Festival.  Merriam Webster defines the noun nebulosity in two ways.  1) The quality or state of being nebulous.  2) Nebulous matter.”  You can define Nebulosity however you like.  It’s a place where you’re free to express yourself, find yourself, and be yourself.  Come as you are for an experience like no other.

  1. Invite your friends
  2. Buy tickets
  3. Pack your bags
  4. Make your way to Atwood, TN
  5. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Nebfest!   

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