Want to liven up those Memorial Day weekend ideas plans?  Here are a few choices:

Lightning in A Bottle         Wednesday May 25 2016 – Monday May 30 2016

lightning-in-a-bottle-guideIts like Coachella’s brother that really does not get along with his younger brother ad loves all sorts of esoteric, spiritual tunes also in the high desert.  This is the first time the up and coming festival has sold out before the gates open today. 

Some know it as the anti-Coachella or as Billboard calls it: the yoga and campout music festival, but LIB is much more.  the musical festival that actually cares about the music.  Might not be major headliners, but with Grimes, Cashmere Cat and Chet Faker showing up it is sure to be an enlightening experience.     

Heres your survival guide and a great article about the music at LIB: check it out.  Brought to you by the people at EarMilk.

The setup is pretty amazing.  Three huge stages, art installations and an environmentally mindful stay is promised for everyone.  The event, according to AXS, aims at bringing together music, art, personal discovery, meditation, as well as many other great outdoor activities. You get to enjoy electronic music throughout the festival and also attend workshops that mainly focus on self-discovery and environmental protection. Unlike many other events, LIB is open for both adults and children. http://www.axs.com/lightning-in-a-bottle-2016-83945

The 2016 edition will be held at Bradley, CA, Memorial Day Weekend. The event is likely to undergo some changes for a better overall experience for the participants. First of all, it will add one more extra day without music so that the guests can familiarize themselves with their new environment. The early guests will have access to the epic Grand Artique and various workshops as well as yoga at LIB’s unique venues.

Full Lineup

lightning-in-a-bottle-guideLightning Stage: Chet Faker, Grimes, Jamie xx, Big Gigantic, Lucent Dossier Experience, Moderat, Ibeyi, Emancipator Ensemble, Nahko & Medicine for the People, William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, Alina Baraz, Hundred Waters, Tourist, Marian Hill, Rubblebucket, Raury, The Russ Liquid Test, Elderbrook, Dirtwire, Pimps of Joytime, NoMBe, Fungineers, Vokab Company, Lafa Taylor

lightning-in-a-bottle-guideThunder Stage: Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta, The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Carmack, Mija, Crying Over Porcelain, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota b2b G Jones, Eprom, Haywyre, Autograf, Desert Dwellers (Live Experience), Thriftworks, Ekali, Dimond Saints, Hayden James, Bleep Bloop, The Funk Hunters, The Librarian, Clozee, David Starfire, Space Jesus, Atyya Haana, Michael Manahan, Gilligan Moss, Henry Pope

The Woogie:  Four Tet, Guy Gerber, Josh Wink, Magda, andhim, Lee Burridge, &ME, Steve Bug, Just Be, Monkey Safari, Lane 8, Francesca Lombardo, Justin Jay, Jonas Rathsman, Guido Schneider, Shall Ocin, Sacha Robotti, Jonas Saalbach, David Scuba, Jamie Schwabl

Here is more info on Lightning in a Bottle

Disneyland 24/7 for Three Days

imgres-9Disneyland is celebrating its 60th anniversary and this might be great time to take advantage of recent 24 hours open times and see some of the three new night-time shows and eat eat eat!  Get ready to be mobbed the moment you arrive.  Crowds are off the Richter scale this weekend, so make sure to arrive early.


Sultry Sweet Burlesque: Red White & Boobs

memorial day weekend ideasAccording to TimeOut LA: Tapas and topless are the first orders of business at Sultry Sweet Burlesque, the spirited dinner theater show at El Cid, and in celebration of MDW, the girls are gearing up for “Red White & Boobs: A Memorial Day Tribute to the Troops.”  Tapas and topless are the first orders of business at this spirited dinner theater show at El Cid. Burlesque dancers and comic cabaret singers are backed by a bumpin’ live band that plays original music, giving Sultry Sweet the feel of a unified musical (each show explores a different theme). The feats of fire dancing, aerial hoop, and athletic pole dancing will knock your socks off (while they knock a whole lot more than socks off the performers). Learn more

Eat | See | Hear: The Big Lebowski    (May 28)

@ the Autry, 5:30pm

Legal Beachside Fires!   

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There is something deeply satisfying about a fire and a beach.  It’s like my instincts are taking me back to another age when my ancestors marveled at the awesome power of fire. Nothing can portrays the quintessential Southern California mystique better than watching the sun go down on the beach and with  roaring fire in the background.  We cannot all be Jackie Treehorn.  Most beaches would consider these beachside fires a big no-no, but we have the inside scoop on beaches in and around Los Angeles that you can check out anytime during long weekend.    http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/5-great-places-to-have-a-bonfire-in-los-angeles-051815

Fiesta Hermosa @ Hermosa Beach

memorial day ideasHermosa Beach is gonna be packed packed packed.  Some people tend to stay away from that type of thing, but Hermosa always does it better.  After roaming the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sampling the fine foods and listening to the music, you may want to take it off for a dip in the nearby Pacific. 

JazzReggae Fest                       MAY 30TH AT UCLA DOORS OPEN AT 11AM

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Above graphic shows how little interest people have in reggae in LA.  It is amazing musical genre and the only one I know that is guaranteed to leave you feeling irie, with or withour mind altering herbs.  🙂  You should check it out.  Guaranteed to be a great time.

jazzreggae-fest-2016-lineup-minJazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.  http://www.jazzreggaefest.com/

Cinespia:     (May 28)

Singin’ in the Rain