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Good morning, Bay Area Burners!

If you’re reading this, you survived last weekend. Congratulations! You win even more awesome headed your way!

First, for those of us wanting to get involved, we’ve got a meet up tonight for Berkeley Spark, an annual Burner-themed day event in Berkeley on July 19th. Meet the promoters, bring your ideas, and eat some tasty grub with some great folks while planning this fun event!

Friday night we’ve got three amazing marching bands getting our asses on the dance floor at the New Parish in Oakland. With the Loyd Family Players & Gamelan X starting us off, and MarchFourth Marching Band pounding out late, you’ll think you’ve teleported to the Marching Band March Off at Center Camp.

Next week, we’ve got a pair of amazing Burner film premieres at BMHQ. With both film makers in attendance, you’ll be able to mingle, jingle, and tingle with them.  These are amazing artists who gift their time bringing us a nice tasty piece of playa when we want it throughout the year.

We’ll see you out there, Burners.

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Is This The Real Life?

*** MarchFourth Marching Band & Friends - Friday, May 9th ***

*** One Couch At A Time & Rules Of The House: Film Screenings - Wednesday, May 14th ***

*** DISTRIKT REVEL STATION - Saturday, June 7th ***

Get Involved

*** Berkeley Spark: Meet & Greet - Thursday, May 8th ***

Save The Date

*** Burning Man Precompression - June 14th ***

*** Berkeley Spark - July 19th ***

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The New Parish Presents

MarchFourth Marching Band with The Loyd Family Players & Gamelan X

The New Parish, 579 18th St, Oakland

Friday, May 9th, Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm, 18+

MarchFourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt-walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown antics, and acrobatics accompany this eclectic ensemble. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. MarchFourth's original material draws inspiration from an eclectic range of influences, such as gypsy brass, samba, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville.

MarchFourth is a date, a command, and a band. Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia. Imagine a 1920′s speakeasy where Mr. Bungle meets the Shogun Warriors in a PG Clockwork Orange. Imagine running into this giant spectacle marching through a festival, down a street, or onto stage. The impact is immediate and infectious!

To MarchFourth Marching Band, art is life. Aside from being performers, the members of MarchFourth are also full- or part-time artists, designers, and craftspeople. All their drum harnesses (welded from recycled bicycle parts), stilts, costumes, merchandise, audio, and visual propaganda are designed and produced by members of the band.

The scope of appeal is almost universal: MarchFourth can fit in (and stand out!) at everything from weddings and school assembly concerts, to nationally known music festivals and top-level sporting events. From the hippest to the most down-to-earth, from conservative to liberal, from infant to elderly: all walks of life have been seen enjoying MarchFourth Marching Band.


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Burning Man Project Presents

One Couch at a Time” Feature Film Screening & "Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture" Short plus Panel Discussion with Filmmakers Alexandra Liss and Dan Porras and others

BMHQ, 660 Alabama St, 4th Floor, SF

Wednesday, May 14th, 7:30pm-10:15pm

"One Couch at a Time" follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using She ends her journey at Burning Man where realizes the beauty of the gift. The film pushes us to ask ourselves, "What would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?"

Short film "Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture" by Dan Porras will kick off the evening. 

Doors open at 7:30p with programming beginning at 7:50p. The ninety minute film begins at 8:30p and will be preceded by a panel about the sharing economy including "One Couch" filmmaker Alexandra Liss, "Rules" filmmaker Dan Porras, Couch Surfing founder Casey Fenton. Light appetizers will be open during the first twenty minutes of the event.  

This is a fundraiser for the Burning Man Project, Burning Man's newest non-profit, and it is a "pay what you can" sliding scale donation of $1-$20.

Space is limited and all guests must RSVP to no later than Monday, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014. 

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16th Street Train Station, Oakland (Wood & 16th)

Saturday, June 7th, 2pm-10pm, 21+

IT'S OUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR: We're pulling out the stops with a new 80 foot "HUGe" stage design at Burning Man, MORE Funktion One sound and other improvements to our bar, lighting, and Bordello...our biggest year yet. The best part about fundraising for a big build/infrastructure year is we get to throw a REALLY BIG PARTY!  Our biggest PARTY yet. 

This is our one and only fundraiser in the Bay Area for Burning Man. One stop. At the historic Oakland landmark, 16th Street Train Station. If you haven’t caught a glimpse of this beautiful building, take a moment to check it out here: Or watch a video here:

4 areas of sound run by DISTRIKT, Dusty Rhino, and Opulent Temple.

Special guest: The Scumfrog

Chill area provided by Zomadic

Art by Flux Foundation

Indoor visuals by Allofitnow, Howard Wong ..and more

Just across the bridge - off very first exit just by American Steel where so many of our fine burner friends create and innovate. Outdoor, Indoor, Day to night. Art. Vending of playa fashions & more. DISTRIKT bars throughout, with food trucks to keep you going.

This is a one-stop-station of EPIC proportions.  News of more performers, artists, vendors, and beat masters to come throughout the next 7 weeks. Watch our Facebook page and check the SF Announce for updates!



Get that TRAIN TICKET (tickets will be at a higher premium at the gate). This will be the best ride you've ever had. 

Can't attend? Consider a donation in your absence via Eventbrite! Both ticket & donation are tax-deductible!

Much love to our community. Always.

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Berkeley Spark Meet & Greet

Phil’s Sliders, 2024 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Thursday, May 8th, 8pm-10pm

We had so much fun last summer at Berkeley Spark, we’re doing it again!

Inspired by Burning Man and the Ten Principles, Berkeley Spark is a free community-based, outdoor event which offers a venue for those wishing to enrich, inspire and promote personal and community engagement through the arts, innovation and local culture.

Our intention is to radically include local artists, makers, creators, performers, musicians, community hackers, storytellers… all for one amazing day in Berkeley. 

We know you have questions, ideas, innovations, creative contributions, and passion for this fun event! Join us at Phil's Sliders for tater tots and hugs, and begin planning Berkeley Spark 2014.


We would like to extend a big loving thank you to Phil's Sliders and Hugh Groman Catering for hosting us.

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