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Burning Man is all about building rad things in the middle of nowhere, partying in them, and then deconstructing or, better yet, blowing them up at the end of the week.

Last year, a team of about 20 volunteers built an effigy for San Diego called Quemaduras del Sol (“sunburn") — a 20-foot-tall sun on a rotating pedestal that played sounds recorded at local beaches.

In August, I spent a few hours volunteering at the effigy with my buddy Ed halfway through the festival in the Nevada desert. We drank lots of Pabst Blue Ribbon, met some Australians, and were fed beef-jerky-infused vodka by passersby.

The following day, Quemaduras del Sol burnt to the ground along with over 20 other effigies in what I was told was the largest non-forest controlled burn ever to be overseen by the BLM.

This is what it looked like:

It’s in this spirit that a local group is building a life-size (150 feet in 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 afterwards, 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.”

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 to raise $5,000 by February 17, an IndieGoGo fund to raise $10,000 by April 17, and a series of fundraiser parties over the course of the next few months.


Tuesday, January 17

Basshenge Breaks Night at the Air Conditioned Lounge

9-10 Alexander Holden

10-11 Morgan Style

11-12 Michael Be

12-1 Alex Ortiz

1-2 Chris Koz

Live art by Sean Dietrich

Drink specials – No cover

Saturday, January 21

Basshenge Fundraiser at the Kava Lounge

9-10 Starfoxx RSM

10-11 Nasty Neil

11-12 Roric

12-1 Carly D

1-2 MK Ultra


Tuesday, February 7

Basshenge Takeover at U-31

Help Basshenge win $1,000 by contributing to the evening's bar sales with sets by Cervantes Warbird, Mikey Lion, Rebellion, Cloudmonstr, and Elong.

$2 drafts – No cover

Saturday, February 25

Basshenge on the Moon at the World Beat Center

Featuring Treavor MoonTribe, Dela MoonTribe, Brad MoonTribe, Nikroma Aragon, Rose Kennedy, and Michael Be playing through the legendary local Turbosound set-up, Ohm Guru Sound System.

Lighting by Rawness, visuals by VJ Owns, vendors, and Stone Brewery on tap.

$10 presale or $15 at the door.


Friday, March 30

Basshenge Fundraiser at the Ruby Room

Featuring DJ Swamp, Tryxx & Jinx, MK Ultra, Rebellion, Genevieve, and MC's CSD & Disekt



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Ruth Newell Jan. 17, 2012 @ 7:47 p.m.

I have yet to attend one of these...this may have to be the year just to check out BASShenge. Thanks for the info, Chad.


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