Imagine if you will, the divinely inspired love child of Super Saturday and Burning Man. Mas Sol promises to be that: a three-day fusion of raging parties, random artistic regurgitation and Bar-B-Q style block parties. Lazlo Steele, Zach Lincoln, Jacob McDonald, together with the support of the Olympia Summer Arts Project and all the supporters from various communities, are organizing the first of what hopes to be an annual celebration of everything. Starting Friday June 10th, happiness and creative excess will overflow from a field in Fort Matlock, WA.

I recently had a chance to meet with Lazlo Steele (aka. Turbo Duck), one of the events biggest organizers, and he described the event as I have summarized here.

This is actually a picture of Helsing Junction 2010, also a music festival in a field. Pictures of Mas Sol don't actually exist yet. Maybe you should take some.

Mas Sol: The Event

In the format of Burning Man, hosted a field in Fort Matlock, WA, Mas Sol will follow a mostly trade based economy with music, food, art and a BYOeverything attitude. Across the field from Mas Sol  (literally translated to “more sun”), theme tents and attendees will feature artwork, performances, and various displays of human creativity. Theme camps are areas consisting of five to seven people who work to provide some sort of themed space to benefit the masses.  Criteria for what constitutes a theme camp range from cool places to hang out, temporary restaurants, to my own personal intention of demoing homemade explosives; when it comes to theme camps, truly, the potential is unlimited. If you are completely uninspired or lost to the notion of Burning Man, check out Phil Steele’s photography of the event here to get the creative juices flowing.

Some larger “theme villages” already planned include a bar and grill type cantina with a small stage for more intimate shows; a Hooka Lounge; a Zen Garden; a Beauty Salon offering free tattoos, hair, and henna; a group of fire artists; and a visual arts camp featuring several graffiti artists and free walls.

Discounts all the way up to free admission are available for anyone who aspires to create a theme camp. We at The Least Pretentious Music Blog Ever are currently in the process of making the Mas Sol website, so attendees wishing to do their own theme camp should contact the festival’s creators on Facebook for now.

Mas Sol will be equipped with most all the necessary amenities for an event of this scale, including first aid members on staff and environmentally friendly composting toilets. So come. Bring everything that you want. There may be free food and free drink assuming people bring enough to share, but the ability of this rests on the notion that every person brings more than enough for their need. There will be power provided by generators, but it is limited. If you plan to use any power, like every other aspect of Mas Sol, to guarantee it will be there, be sure to provide it. Don’t forget your artwork, instruments and bartering materials!

Prices, money, tickets, parking, alcohol, and life

Tickets will soon be available online at purplepass.com, so act fast. Capacity for this event is five hundred and already just over two-hundred attendees have secured a spot. Prices range from $12 for a single day pass to $30 for a three-day pass. Mas Sol will also provide a series of food and drink vouchers available for purchase before the event. Food vouchers will be available for $5 dollars a day or $10 dollars for the weekend; likewise, drink vouchers for 21+ will ideally be available to anyone who also brings a contribution to the communal bar.  Plan accordingly,  without a voucher food and water are not guaranteed. Make sure to bring the bare essentials. Assuming everyone does, there will be a communal surplus and everything will be fine. Mas Sol does not condone irresponsible drug or alcohol use. Creativity and expression are the ultimate goals of this festival.

There is a limited number of parking spaces available at the site, so attendees are encouraged strongly to carpool. If would-be attendants cannot find a ride or prefer not to drive, Lazlo and other coordinators of Mas Sol will be running shuttles to and from the Evergreen State College. If you think you will be using the shuttle service, contact Lazlo or another member through the Facebook page (and later the website) directly as shuttle scheduling is subject to change based on volume.

Guidelines

In the spirit of expression and open mindedness, there are not truly steadfast rules, but you should nevertheless adhere to these two essential guidelines:

  • Take down what you put up. In the spirit of Burning Man, Mas Sol intends to create a village that should leave its field almost as barren as it was found.
  •  Don’t be an asshole. If you don’t know what I mean, don’t worry about it; if you know what I mean, don’t do it, please.
The Future of Mas Sol: We love you

Lazlo has bright hopes for the future of Mas Sol, not only as an annual festival, but to one day establish an eco-village that will hold down the property during the “off season.”

What makes the very idea of this festival possible is the support it receives from the community. The radical participation of the attendees is what will make Mas Sol as wonderful as it aspires to be. To quote Lazlo Steele:

“I could not have even begun to do this without the help of all the who’ve come to lend a hand.”

So come! Be a part of a theme! Be a part of a soon to be annual celebration!  Loose your mind amongst the fields of Washington! The hard working people of Mas Sol cannot do this without you, and frankly, they really wouldn’t want too.

And of course, remember to visit Mas Sol on facebook and show some love.

-Andrew Taylor

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Comments
  1. I’d really like to get on the DJ line up. (SoundVillains) We are a Bay Area Cali. based DJ crew spinning a wide variety of sounds from electro house to fidget house to dancehall reggae/ dub. Please check out my site with some of our most recent mixes.

    http://www.soundcloud.com/soundvillains

  2. My advice would to be to check out the Mas Sol Facebook page (link above) and message them about playing. They might still be looking for acts!

  3. Lazlo Steele says:

    Hey Jordan and Kaso, we have you on the the late night during Saturday (I believe, but I’ll have to double check). Unfortunately our line-up is jam-packed so we only had about one hour open. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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