Sorry it took me a few days to get to blogging about Artscape.
These days, I'm kind of the de facto music/nightlife/local entertainment reporter, which means I've been writing up a storm lately. And that, unfortunately, has kept me from blogging as much as I'd like.
Last Friday afternoon, I took a few hours and strolled around the sprawling Artscape festival grounds.
For me, some of the most interesting, innovative stuff was on Charles Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Lanvale Street ...
I poked my head inside the abikus tiny rave (pictured, top), which was just just that -- a miniature tent dance party.
A little bubble machine sat out front, and you could hear the pulsing techno beats down the street. Inside, it was almost pitch black, with laser lights. Sweeeeeet.
I also ran into Baltimore-based photographer Jim Lucio, who told me I had to check out the Love Particle Accelerator (pictured, bottom). The Love Particle Accelerator (or, LPA, as I like to call it) consisted of a suggestion box and a giant heart with a gong in the middle of it.
To operate the LPA, you write down something you love on a piece of paper (with a crayon, of course), and put it in the box. Then you think about whatever it was you wrote as you hit the gong. The vibrations from the gong accelerate the love.
And lemme tell ya -- if there is one thing this world needs, it's amplified love.
What did I write? I'm not telling. But it was powerful, man.
I didn't get out to see Cake or Robert Randolph, but I heard the security was pretty cool during Randolph's set. I heard that they let some kid get up on stage and bust a move during one of the Michael Jackson covers, and they let a bunch of women up there to dance, too.
I also heard Cake had the biggest crowd of the weekend, which isn't surprising. If you were there, tell me whatcha thought.
(Photos by me)