Music,Music Festival

Euphoria Music Festival 2015

19 Apr , 2015   Gallery

Euphoria Music Festival

Austin, Texas, what a weekend it was.

Euphoria Headliners

Euphoria Headliners

Dates: April 10-12, 2015 [The festival has expanded from 2 to 3 days]

Location: Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Rd, Austin, TX 78742

Camper’s Entrance Address: 1500 Crozier Lane, Del Valle, TX 78617

Age Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Info: 3-Day GA ticket passes, 3-Day GA + Camping passes and VIP passes were available for purchase far in advance (online and in several hard ticket locations throughout Texas). Closer to the time of the festival they released single day passes. You could also upgrade to camping, if you decided later that you wanted to set up tent instead of driving in every day.

Prices: General Admission (single day and 3-day): $55 – $149+, VIP: $279+, Camping Upgrade: $75+, RV Camping Upgrade: $300 [Compare this to 2014, which saw $99 for 2-day, $54 daily]

Lockers: $45 for 3 days (available, as far as I know, only for campers)

General Store: Set up near the main entrance, decent selection of tents, sleeping bags, snacks, batteries, glow sticks, etc.

Euphoria Full Schedule

View Printable 2015 Lineup

Getting to the Festival & Parking

So the camping entrance and parking lot was an easy 8 minute drive from the Austin airport, or about 10 minutes from the La Quinta Austin South, which is where we stayed the night before. Certainly not the nicest hotel around, but it’s conveniently located about 2 minutes driving from the Walmart Supercenter across the highway. Would have been even nicer to stay within walking distance of Walmart, but I couldn’t find anything on that side of the road.

Since we arrived by taxi, we didn’t need to pay to park, but it would have been $20. It was easy-going, self-serve parking- meaning you could park wherever you liked in the large rectangular lot. By the time we arrived at 12:30pm, most of the area near to the entrance had filled up. Organizers also started laying down wood shavings to help prevent the highly trafficked areas from becoming giant mud pits (it had been raining heavily all morning).

Camping & Security

Entering the venue was an organizational nightmare, no sugar coating it. We stood in line for 45 minutes before an angry security man stomped over and told us that the line we were in was for re-entry only, and that if we were going in for the first time, we needed to move to the other line. This “other line” was located about 200 yards down the parking lot, making it a bitch to get to because of the mud, the vehicles, the people milling about and the luggage left everywhere.

At this point, the sun decided to come out, and it was suddenly 90 degrees and blisteringly hot. We stood in the second line for an hour and a half, moving very, very slowly towards security. Met some great friends though, and cracked open plenty of beers to pass the time. Also, speaking of beer, rumor had it that there was a limit of how much alcohol you could bring in through security. Not only did they not check or ask us how much we had, but- if we’d had a car- we could have simply stored all we wanted in the trunk and gone out to re-stock as often as needed.

We made past the ATM machines and up to the security checkpoint- luggage, coolers and supplies in tow. Do yourself a favor and get one of those $59 Folding Camping Wagons from Walmart. Security barely glanced at our shit, perfunctorily digging through a suitcase or two before IDing us for 21+ wristbands. These were for a) allowing you to buy alcohol inside the festival and b) allowing you to re-enter the festival after 2pm. For some strange reason they decided to prevent re-entry for minors after 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Vendors & Merchandise

There weren’t any hot food vendors in the camping area, through there were one or two hippie clothing stalls and a General Store, which sold camping supplies, tents, snacks, batteries, etc. There was also a cooking area with two or three BBQ pits where you could grill. The BBQ pits were surprisingly popular, and almost always busy whenever we walked by.

To purchase made-to-order food, we had to make the trek down the wooded path from the camping field, through security and into the festival venue. Most of the venue was gated off and didn’t open until noon, including the Euphoria Stage, Unearth Tent and Dragonfly Amphitheater, merch and shopping stalls and a few food vendors. But there were a handful of food options that offered plenty of early morning grazing options.

The easiest and quickest food vendor of the lot was the Pizza stall, which was the very first in the row at the festival entrance. They had cheese, pepperoni, special and gluten free options for between $6.50 – $7.50/slice or $22 – $27/pie. Lines for the rest of the vendors were very, very long, and we waited upwards of an hour both Saturday and Sunday mornings. The quality of food we tried- a breakfast sandwich, a quesadilla and a breakfast burrito- was pretty decent, but again, organizational nightmare. Orders were being messed up left and right and vendors seemed to struggle to keep supplies in stock.

Available food and drink options included: pulled pork sandwiches, paninis, pancakes, grilled cheese, fried oreos, wraps, cheesesteaks, build-your-own-mac and cheese, soups, french fries, smoothies, hot coffee, iced coffee, sports drinks, sodas and beer (Blue Moon was $7).

A downside of purchasing from the food vendors inside the venue was not having anywhere to eat our food once we finally got it. It had rained both nights, causing the ground to be wet and muddy and altogether not pleasant for sitting. There was a tent set up at one end of the field (for workshops and yoga), but it was still wet under there too. Note to self: plan ahead and bring chairs or a tarp.

Final note on one standout vendor: We had the great pleasure of meeting two sales reps for Tentsile Tree Tents. If you- like me- hadn’t heard of them before, Tentsile sells these elaborate, spaceship-esque tents that hold between 2 and 8 people. Really, really cool looking, not to mention a fun way to meet people at a music festival.

Stages & Artists

Euphoria is a small festival, so it was a quick walk between the three music areas: Euphoria Main Stage, Unearth Tent and Dragonfly Amphitheater. The most unusual of the three was the Dragonfly Amphitheater, which was located right on the water, nestled between two clumps of trees. It was set “below” the audience, with wide terraces set into the hill along which you could stand, dance or sit. Very neat, small feel. Multiple viewing areas extended outwards towards the stage on either side of the amphitheater- plus, there were a handful of hammocks strung up in the trees.

Euphoria Main Stage was your typical festival main stage, with great sound and lights and plenty of room at the back if you needed to escape the crowd. The Unearth Tent was also sick, very reminiscent of the tents at Bonnaroo, with open sides and vaulted ceiling. The highlight of the tent was by far RL Grime, who closed the festival with an amazing light show and, of course, the killer drops of his recent hit- “Tell Me“.

Other highlights included a surprise joint performance by Break Science and Manic Focus, which amped up the crowd in preparation for the masterful Big Gigantic. Of course, Mr. Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights stole the show, turning the sky into a multicolored ocean of shifting waves and clouds. Also keep an eye on Thomas Jack, he’s going to do big things.

Photos from Euphoria Music Festival

Recipe

Chewy Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

11 Mar , 2015  

granola-bar

So chewy. So good.

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen.

Ingredients 
1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oat flour created by processing 1/3 cup oats until finely ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
handful dried pineapple, blended to small chunks
handful dried mango, blended to small chunks
1/2 – 1 cup walnuts, blended to small chunks
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup coconut flakes (preferably not sweetened)
1 cup raisins or dried cherries
1/3 cup peanut butter or another nut butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup honey and/or maple syrup (a combination is yummy)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the sides to give you something to grab onto post baking. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan with spray.
  • Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond extract, melted butter or oil, liquid sweeteners, peanut butter and water.
  • Stir wet into dry until the mixture is evenly and crumbly.
  • Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan.
  • Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges. They’ll still seem soft and almost underbaked when you press into the center of the pan but do not worry, they’ll set completely once completely cool.
  • Cool the bars in their pan partially, then remove to either a cooling rack or the fridge (to finalize the “gluing” process).
  • Once cool, a serrated knife to cut the bars into squares.
  • To store, wrap the bars individually in plastic or stack them in an airtight container. In humid weather, it’s best to store bars in the refrigerator. They also freeze well.

 

 

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CocoCay, Bahamas

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Nassau, Bahamas

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Downtown Miami

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Hit us up at the Hyatt Regency before we make it to Holy Ship tomorrow morning!

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South Beach, Miami

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Art

Monkeying Around with Zebras

3 Dec , 2014  

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Lots of new things kicking around these days. Still designing and programming websites most of the time, but trying to branch out into visual art.

Over Thanksgiving I purchased a Huion 1060 Pro drawing tablet- which is awesome. Few little kinks with the programmable hotkeys along the side, but easily worth $79 (compare to $300+ for similar Wacom models).

Of course my first doodle is a wacky zebra!

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Music,Music Festival,TomorrowWorld

TomorrowWorld 2014 Lineup

16 Sep , 2014  

TomorrowWorld 2014 Lineup

The official TomorrowWorld lineup (http://www.tomorrowworld.com/friday-september-26) is almost impossible to read let alone navigate. Hope this makes your festival planning easier!

TomorrowWorld 2014 Friday Lineup

TomorrowWorld 2014 Lineup Friday

TomorrowWorld 2014 Saturday Lineup

TomorrowWorld 2014 Lineup Saturday

TomorrowWorld 2014 Sunday Lineup

TomorrowWorld 2014 Lineup Sunday

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Be Creative,Web Design

Ongoing Web Adventures

31 Aug , 2014  

amypeniston.com

It’s been a hot minute since I last checked in- so here are some of the highlights…

Recently I:

  • Built a web portal at www.amypeniston.com/web to host my web-related thoughts and discoveries
  • Built a Python Twitter Stream parser to analyze tweet frequency
  • Built a personal website (“digital resume”) for my friend who is applying to grad schools
  • Built a fun and bright website for Cafe 4, a restaurant in Bermuda
  • Built a coaching/consulting website for Transform (Bermuda)

-In the next week, I will be going on a 10-day road trip from Los Angeles to West Virginia and then onward to Maryland and finally New York City.

-I am also looking forward to my next music festival, which will either be Voodoo in New Orleans (haven’t booked yet) or Holy Ship (booked!). I also can’t wait to buy myself a new laptop, as this one is on its last leg.

-The issue that I am struggling with the most is eye-strain (no, but seriously). I’m also trying to understand MongoDB (having worked exclusively with MySQL in the past).

-I am currently working on a website for a Bermuda-based landscaping, maintenance and trucking company.

 

Please visit my online portfolio at www.amypeniston.com and shoot me a message if you’re interested in working with me.

Recipe

Coconut White Chocolate Cupcakes

30 Jun , 2014  

Coconut White Chocolate Cupcakes

Coconut White Chocolate Cupcakes

My god, these things are as good as they look.

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
4 ounces shredded coconut

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Cream butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, blending well between additions.
  • Add extracts and blend again.
  • Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Add half of dry mixture to butter mixture, blend. Then add buttermilk, blend. Finally add the remaining dry mixture, blending only until just combined.
  • Finally, fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
  • Gently scoop batter into lined muffin tins, just to the top of each cup.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Cool slightly in pan, then remove to wire rack.
  • Frost when cooled completely and top with more toasted coconut.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 pound confectioners’ sugar (or enough to reach desired consistency)

  • Blend cream cheese, butter and extracts.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar and blend some more!

Coconut White Chocolate Cupcakes

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Bonnaroo,Music Festival

Bonnaroo 2014!

20 Jun , 2014   Gallery

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Another epic Bonnaroo for the books. This year we camped in the RV section and let me tell you- it is unbelievably nice to have a “home” to come back to every night (*cough* morning).

For those of you wondering what the RV section is like, I’ve put together a list of the highlights:

  • RV Campers are allowed plenty of space around the vehicle to set up a popup tent. We even had a friend set up a single-person tent to sleep in and still had lots of room.
  • Generators can be run all the time. Yes, it was noisy at the beginning, but by the end we were so used to the sound that it got to be almost comforting. We held out until the last day to run the A/C, however, and man did that feel good.
  • The RV sections are really close to the highway. It took about 30 minutes from first entering the line to the time we parked the vehicle. Leaving was also a breeze; we were out in about 10 minutes, tops.
  • Water trucks and dumping trucks run through the RV sections frequently throughout the day. It costs $50 to empty the RV and $50 to fill it up again. They were very helpful and took care of everything (thank God, because we had no idea how to do it). Between 4 people, we used 2 rounds of re-fills.
  • There were SO many different types of RVs. Decorated school buses, tricked out campers. Holy crap. We felt lame bringing in a boring old Cruise America RV!
  • Security and police do come through the RV sections, on horseback and on foot.
  • Pack games! We saw beer pong, giant jenga, cornhole, the game with the balls attached to strings that you fling at 3-runged posts (?), playing cards and kiddie pools.
  • Yes, you’re allowed on the top of your RV. However, Cruise America RVs do not come with a means of getting up there- so if you’re planning on doing a bit of roof-top sunbathing, invest in ladder.

Bonnaroo RV Section

Bonnaroo Shopping, Vendors & Food Trucks

Sights, Stages & Spectacles

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Art,Bermuda

Tinder Bermuda

29 May , 2014  

Tinder Bermuda

I’m sorry, I had to.

Tinder Bermuda

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Music Festival

MYSTERYLAND 2014

27 May , 2014   Gallery

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May 23-25, Bethel Woods, NY

Wow, what a weekend. It began with rain on Friday and turned into a mudfest by Sunday night. There was a 30-foot tall teddy bear, a Swedish cider sanctuary, rolling grassy hills, fireworks and a stage shaped like a giant wooden boat. I saw people pass out, make out, black out and even get engaged.

Hell yeah. Live on, Woodstock.

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