“Stand by your early work”

This – and the full range of Solange’s performance, sharing pieces from Solo Star to A Seat at the Table – truly resonated at the intimate space at FORM festival in Arcosanti, Arizona.

The festival, curated by Hundred Waters, provides space for a union of thoughtful creators and unconventional thinkers. Paolo Soleri truly designated us a reflective future when envisioning and constructing the space that fuses community living, ecology, and architecture. Throughout, we were reminded of our place as visitors, beings whose impact on the earth and the space around us can breed and amplify harmony or disruption. It’s something about laying about with others in the high-desert – birds in the rafters, people on the grass and ground, music in the wind. It’s like this dance of timeless elements.

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The performance was like that as well, striking energy from the group’s gestures in complex arrangements, deep auras from the flow of their fashions, familiar and unexpected sensations rippling throughout the crowd (don’t take my word for it, you can feel it in our responses and see it when she joined us offstage).

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Despite being in the midst of an intense bout of travel, Solange shared of herself that comfy night, and lent inspiration to our small, eager group. The segment we’ve documented captured this message – to nurture friendships and value those that lift us, because that reciprocal energy gets you through. I’ll be revisiting her words for creative insight.. be sure to catch Solange and the band when you have the opportunity.


Footage and photography by Cameron Spann of Deadfly Films.

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman at FORM Arcosanti 2017. Shot by Cameron Spann.

FORM Arcosanti and Moogfest are both on our radar this year. The former is three days in the high desert of Arizona, appreciating the integration of architecture and ecology, ‘arcology’ brought to life by Paolo Soleri and the dedicated residents of the gorgeous urban laboratory. Hundred Waters’ 4th year brought 1500 creative, environmentally concerned, and curious people out – more than previous years – for their most diverse lineup yet. Among those, Omar Souleyman stood out. He filled the APSE with elated vibrations, each of us connecting differently with rhythms amongst the complex, fluctuating bumps and waves of his tunes, sharing pure joy at his steady, simple gestures of encouragement.

Souleyman has produced over 500 albums and his next, To Syria, With Love, is dedicated to his country and hometown of Ras al Ayn. Keep an eye out for it in June of 2017. With a career like that, his stoicism could be perceived as the resign of experience – but it felt like there was light in his eyes and he carried a knowing smile – that everything and everyone swaying and shaking and popping, were in their rightful place.

A week and a few flights brings us to Moogfest, on the other side of the country, also inspired by another innovative man, Dr. Robert Moog, to explore art, technology, engineering, and philosophy through workshops, lectures, films, installations, and musical performances. Underway May 18 – 21, Moogfest began bringing extra bustle to Downtown Durham, NC in 2016. There’s something for everyone. This year’s themes range from Technoshamanism to Protest to Black Quantum Futurism, all asking vital questions of the potential at the intersections of existence, expression, and electronics.

Check out his performance tonight on the Protest Stage at Motorco Park (along with Pie Face Girls, Talib Kweli and others) from anywhere, at 8 EST at If you’re in Durham, you won’t want to miss the party!


Footage shot and edited by Cameron Spann of Deadfly Films.

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso at Hopscotch 2017

Vibes swelled and rolled across Raleigh’s Downtown City Plaza, as Sylvan Esso got comfy 4 years after their first show – ever – at the Hopscotch Music Festival. The duo migrated back to the Triangle from Brooklyn recently; so, surrounded by a tune reminiscent of high school, also embraced the nostalgia of being back on the hometown-adjacent Hopscotch stage. It’s no coincidence – of the festival’s 120 bands, forty percent are local to the state – and bopping from venue to venue as well as hitting the main stages throughout Raleigh can feel like mixing up a CD for yourself.