Burning Man is all about building rad things in the middle of nowhere, Nevada, partying in them for a week, and then dismantling or incinerating them at the end of the festival. It’s in this spirit that a local group is building a life-size (150-feet-diameter) Stonehenge replica, which will be powered by 100,000 watts of sound, over 120 LEDs, pyrotechnics, interactive art, and circus performances on the 2000-person capacity dance floor.
“2012 is a mystical time for the world, so we wanted to build one of the wonders of the world,” says Cosmic Family promoter Christophe Lobe, a project manager behind the Basshenge sound camp.
“Somebody built a ’henge in ’04 and burnt it afterward, but we’re going to take this on tour around the country. Our goal is to supply jobs and to be of service to local and cross-continental promoters,” says Lobe.
To fund the project, which will be fabricated in Chula Vista by volunteers from across the country, Lobe and project partner Persepsion have initiated a Kickstarter account to raise $5000 by February 17, an Indie Go-Go fund to raise $10,000 by April 17, and a series of fundraiser parties over the course of the next few months.
Anyone interested in hopping on the Basshenge bandwagon, can catch up on Saturday, February 25, at the World Beat Center, where Treavor, Dela, and Brad MoonTribe will join Nikroma Aragon, Rose Kennedy, and Michael Be playing through San Diego’s popular Turbosound set-up, the Ohm Guru sound system. And on Friday, March 30, Ruby Room will host DJ Swamp, Tryxx & Jinx, MK Ultra, Rebellion, Genevieve, and MC’s CSD & Disekt.
Virtual participation starts at “Basshenge Kickstarter” and “Basshenge IndieGoGo,” where you can volunteer or donate in return for incentives, including Basshenge dogtags, a DVD, clothing, and Burning Man care packages.