JANUARY 2015

Hello Again, Family, Friends and Fans

We are already a half year past the final Esthetic Evolution and the dust is gradually settling as we all transition into the next phase of our lives. Yet, while Esthetic is definitely complete, in some respects, it feels like we were celebrating with all of you just last weekend, and that the next gathering is just around the corner. We have created a truly profound and inspiring community together, whether it is in the meadow or through our many other collective endeavors as friends and community members.

There are several ways that the core Esthetic producers plan on keeping the Esthetic vibe thriving. First and foremost, we are archiving the event's gorgeous history for posterity. Esthetic supporter and visionary filmmaker Cameron Jessup shot extensive footage at the last two years of the event and interviewed the core producers at a planning retreat last year. He is working on a mini documentary that we will be launching in the next few months. We plan on hosting viewing parties in Boise (and perhaps Seattle and Portland) once it is complete. Please let us know if you would like to host or attend a party!  For a preview of the documentary, click on the image below:

We will also be revamping the Esthetic website soon! This will include links to the documentary preview (and the final thing, once it is done), along with our promo/preview videos from the last few years, our recap slideshow from year ten, a brief history and synopsis of the event, a YouTube channel of our favorite Esthetic fan videos, and -of course- pictures from Dave Matthews and our other professional photographers over the last several years.

Most of us are involved in other event promotion work, and we all plan on working together in the future, both on eventual Esthetic reunions and other community-oriented events. In the meantime, we are very excited to maintain the legacy with the film and website. Please let us know if you have any creative content you would like to contribute, and feel free to post on our FaceBook profile with how you plan on keeping the vibe alive.

Love, As Always
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Greetings to Our Cherished Community

Many of you are probably wondering why we've been so silent since the Final Evolution wrapped up just over two months ago. To be honest, it's probably because we've been experiencing a little denial, doing a fair amount of grieving, and subconsciously realizing that writing this thank you letter means we are actually finished with the festival. We have all returned to our regular lives knowing both that we will have more profound experiences with so many of you throughout the remainder of our lives, but also that none of us will ever experience whatever it was we all created in the meadow together over the last decade. It is both saddening and deeply inspiring, as many of life's greatest transitions often are. So, yeah, it's taken us a while to write!

It's also hard to put our thoughts and feelings into words, particularly after such a long and wild ride (with so many drivers violating so many traffic laws). This simple but rambling message can't even begin to do justice to the complex range of emotions we've all been feeling this summer. But we are meaning making human beings, and we will try our darndest to share our thoughts and express the deep gratitude we still feel for each of you. Luckily, there are also pictures, meaning you don’t have to read all this pedantic rambling if you don’t want to (but you should)! As usual, we have a sprawling, sexy and inspiring photo set by our dear friend Dave Matthews, which you can find linked on his Facebook profile at:

https://www.facebook.com/madefy/media_set?set=a.10152203031531923.1073741862.568271922

We are also adding our favorite pictures by Dave to our Esthetic Facebook profile, and will be hosting ALL of them on our website soon, along with a plethora of other material, including a forthcoming documentary (see below).

In the meantime, read below for our reflections on the Final Evolution. As usual, we will touch on this year’s music, art, staff and overall participation, but also add a fair amount of reflection on why we’ve done the things they’ve done, what they meant for the event, and what they mean for the future. Thanks for bearing with us for ten long years and this huge summer. We love you and can’t wait to share in all the memories with you over the years to come.

Music

In creating this year's lineup, we sought to accomplish two extremely basic goals that we feel are often neglected in the increasingly commercialized music festival world: sharing what we most cherish and creating space for personalized narrative journeys.

First and foremost, we wanted to share the music we and you most loved over the last decade, regardless of its commercial success or "festie cred." We have always specialized in doing what we love, not what is expected of most festivals. Each artist we booked meant something special and unique to one or more of us, as we are sure they did for you, too. But we had a huge pool of incredible talent to draw from. This meant going to painstaking lengths to balance out our desires with each other's and our attendees without too many sacrifices or bruised egos, particularly given the limited time and space we had to work in. It also meant making some hard choices, and not being able to do everything we wanted. Thanks so much for your faith in us through this process, particularly to those of you who have performed for us in the past but weren't able to this year. We love you and promise you we would have booked everyone if we were able!

We also wanted to curate a musical experience that took people on a particular journey, hopefully of their own powerful choosing. We setup our main stages so that at any given time, there would be one that felt more like a raging party and one that felt headier and more intimate. We setup the ambient/downtempo stage as a safe haven, but also as somewhere that would push the limits of what is considered acceptable "music." We programmed each night to start with one feel, morph into something else and eventually reach a very specific peak, before fading again. This is something that was common in early rave culture, but has become a lost art as events become more commercial and concert-like. We don't want to get too caught up in this or toot our own horns. We mention it mostly because we hope others pursue something similar in the future and because we genuinely don’t want Esthetic to be a “last of its kind” type of situation. We hope to join you on similar journeys somewhere else, hopefully soon.

We don't think it would be appropriate to single out a small handful of performers who we thought had the best sets over the weekend, probably because we ultimately wouldn't agree with each other. Needless to say, we think all of our performers brought their A game. We were constantly shocked to see the caliber and thoughtfulness coming from each and every one of them, from the local who has only played for us once, to the good friends who managed to sneak in sets several times, to the headliners that hadn't visited us in many years. It was like experiencing our favorite set by our favorite DJ, over and over again. Thank you all for blowing us, each other, and everyone else away. What a talented and sexy bunch of folks!

Art and Participation

Our art curation was much like our music curation. We have always been a music AND art festival, and we have been very proud to bring the art side to much greater fruition over the last few years. What started out as a few of us and our friends dinking around with relatively simple (but awesome) Burning Man projects turned into a stable and growing community of funded and unfunded artists ramping up the ingenuity and quality of their productions over the years. This was in no small part to our attendees internalizing our values of open participation, radical inclusion and collaboration. Way to go, kiddies!

Our funded projects this year consisted of some of the most ambitious stuff people have ever pulled off at Esthetic, whether they were first time art grant recipients or veterans. The Canopy of Dragonflies was an outrageous and beautiful spectacle requiring a huge amount of planning and group coordination, and clearly a huge step up from the creation teams’ earlier projects. The Music Go Round and the Pyramid of Life were really inspired and creative first time projects, and the Ekur pyramid was way beyond anything we expected, even if it adapted to something new over the years. Thanks also to our great traditional projects, most of all the street signs.

Of course, our funded art projects are just the tip of the participatory iceberg. EVERYONE contributed something. One thing that was really driven home for us over the years is that at some point, in became impossible for us to take in the full Esthetic experience. There are just so many amazing people doing so many beautiful things. All of the camps, costumes, mini parties, themed events and random acts of kindness at some point became impossible to capture. Often, we don’t even see certain things at the event itself, and only discover them later. None of us knew about the first couple to get married there back in year six, and we only found out about the marriage in year nine because the bride and groom asked our permission at the last minute. Luckily, all of your pictures and videos have helped us live vicariously through these experiences and so many others. All the great aerial drone videos this year came the closest to capturing the scope of your awesomeness, but even they can’t quite do it. Thank you for sharing you memories with us.

We’ll never know exactly how many people participated in Esthetic over the years, but we can safely say it was several thousand of our best friends, that they came from almost every US state and many countries over the years, and that they travelled from near and far to forge new relationships, rekindle old ones and get down just for the funk of it. And, while we may have some really inspiring music and art over the years, all of our headliners were people you could see on any given night at any given club in any given major city. While many of you first came for the music (and we thank you for this), we know that ALL of you stayed and returned for the sense of community that you created together. Thanks to all of you who tried on Esthetic’s values and vibe, from the person who came one year and made what you think was the tiniest little dab on our canvas, to the many co-creators of our sacred space, to the core supporters without whom it would be unimaginable to have the event. You have each made your own special contribution. We hope you take that with you and reflect on it now and again.

Staff / Volunteers

Thanks also to the many lighting, sound and decoration crews we’ve worked with over the years. Starborne and Kraken are two of the best sound companies on the West Coast. Platinum Lasers and Christie Lights really dialed in our visuals over the last few years. Killing Frenzy and Tracer Visuals are quite literally the Northwest’s two most respected VJs. Add that we got to work with other amazing VJs like Psychedelic Television, Brandy Grey, and Technobeez TV and you have yourself one helluva party. Thanks also to the crews who helped get us off the ground. Kinetic Sound and Spaceshaping helped turn us into what we were, and we can never thank them enough. We would not be what we are today if all of you hadn’t contributed your passion and energy, adopted our values and intentions, and give us great deals on amazing gear, all out of a commitment to spreading the vibe and making the party go off. We look forward to continuing our relationships with all of you in the future, regardless of the form and function they may take.

We’ll also never be able to know how many volunteers we had, particularly being that so many participants stepped in at critical moments to lend us their hands in ways known and unknown. That said, we do have a core group of regular volunteers, including some folks who were with us all ten years or longer. Thank you so much for your commitment, compassion and expertise over the long arc of our love affair. It goes without saying that Esthetic wouldn’t have become what it became without you. Thanks most of all to those of you who worked the late night shifts, covered for other people who didn’t make it, missed huge parts of the party to help out in emergencies, and put out all the proverbial and very real fires over the years. You know who you are.

Twin Springs

Finally, we want to share the most respectful and loving place for the meadow, for Twin Springs as a whole, and for everyone there who helped make this event happen. That place is truly magical, and all of us have a hard time imagining we’ll ever find anything quite like it, and certainly not for a music festival. It really did feel like a slice of some enchanted, spiritual, liberating and safe realm where we could be ourselves and celebrate life together. We all also realize how privileged we were to create something as outlandish and over the top as Esthetic in the middle of a rural county in conservative Idaho. This is largely due to the consideration, dedication and kindness Tom and everyone else on the Twin Springs staff showed to us for the entire decade we shared space with them. We always said Esthetic wouldn’t be the same thing if it left Twin Springs. It also wouldn’t be the same thing without everyone on the crew there. Thanks and blessings to you all. You are an essential part of the community experience that helped bring everyone back over the years. Even if you do charge way too much for ice and water!

The Future

Esthetic Evolution is indeed done, and we don’t plan on rebirthing it any time soon, at least not in its current form or location. There are a myriad of reasons behind this, many of which we touched on in our last newsletter, so we won’t go into detail here. Suffice to say, we feel very solid and grounded in our decision, even if it has led to a ton of self-reflection and even some much needed grieving. Still, we are not ending it with any sense of sadness or loss. If anything, we feel a deep wholeness and connectedness with all of you, something that may fade and grow over time, but will never be lost.

That said, we don’t plan on ending the legacy or values of Esthetic any time soon, and we want to preserve the personal and collective memories it created for all of us. We plan on doing this in several ways. First and foremost, our friend and supporter Cameron Jessup is creating a mini documentary about the end of Esthetic, featuring footage from the last two year’s of the event, along with interviews of the core staff. We will be hosting the video on our website and plan on doing a screening party in Boise, and potentially parties in Seattle and Portland, if there is demand. This should come out later this year or early next year.

Over the next several months, we also plan on turning our website into a time capsule of Esthetic’s history. We will be uploading Cameron’s film, the video montage and aerial footage from this year’s event, all of our promotional videos from the last few years, and a ton of Dave Matthews’ pictures from 2007 (the first year he attended) to 2014. We will also be adding pictures from other close friends and supporters, and hopefully linking to a Youtube channel that acts as a clearinghouse for video. We are committed to hosting the website for at least another five years, and hopefully in perpetuity.

We are discussing hosting five and ten-year anniversary events, most likely on the Twin Springs property. It goes without saying that a lot happens in five years, which might derail these plans, but it is definitely what we are aiming for right now. We would love to spend some quality reunion time with our closest supporters. Be on the lookout in 2019. Hehehehe!

In the meantime, some of us will step back from throwing events, while others are already moving on to other projects. Dave, Jessa and Matt will continue to play a vital role in the Boise dance music promotion and performance world, and Jessa has been working in international artist management for a while now. Jared intends to focus his artistic endeavours out of the Salt Lake area. Devin is continuing his long involvement with Shameless in Seattle, which has morphed from a DJ/promotion crew into a record label. Ryan and Devin are plotting and scheming about their next big Northwest festival promotion adventure and hope to work intimately with most of the Esthetic crew. It is impossible for us to imagine not collaborating on more projects after over 15 years of friendships and a decade of intimacy and vulnerability. All of us love everything we created with Esthetic more than we can express, and we are excitedly looking forward to creating a great new future with each other and all of you. We don’t know what the future will bring, but we are sure as shit excited about it!

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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JUNE 2014

Holy Shit! It’s Only a Few Days Away!!!

The Final Esthetic Evolution is in just a few short days and we need to make some more big announcements about this year's festival. Please check out some great updates to our schedule and website, then read ALL of our ESSENTIAL reminders about getting to-and-from the event safely! We apologize if some of the rules come off as harsh or overbearing, but we promise they are there for everyone's benefit and that obeying them will make your festival experience much better.

Ten Years In the Making

In a few days, we will have the distinct honor of sharing the many results that ten years of love and hard work has generated with all of you, packed into one intense, nostalgic, yet forward-focused weekend. We hope it will be a send-off that all of us carry with us for the rest of our lives.

Many people have asked us why we are stopping Esthetic Evolution. The truth of the matter is that there is no one explanation, and each of us has our own reasons. But there is one thing that unites all of us; we want to end the event on a high note, leaving our community united, reflective and inspired.

Over time, almost every good idea or organization evolves from being focused on some uniting belief or goal, to being focused solely on self-preservation and expansion, automatically negating its original intention. We feel Esthetic Evolution is at the optimal place to avoid this trap, and that together we can create a beautiful, unique and authentic experience. We thank you for sharing this intention with us and joining the experiment.

We realize not everyone can make it to the event. We ask those of you who couldn’t get tickets or are stuck with some other major commitment to hold us in your hearts and spend at least some time this weekend reflecting on the experiences, values and lessons you’ve drawn from Esthetic. We also want to remind people that sneaking into the event is totally unacceptable and created undue stress on the environment, Twin Springs and our staff. Please honor our desire to respect the property and our event’s legacy.

No Early Arrival - Out By Monday!

The gate opens at 10:00 am on Friday morning.

Anyone showing up before 10:00 am Friday will be turned away unless they have express permission from the event. We only gave this permission to select staff, volunteers and sound camp / art camp setup crews, and we are not granting it to any more people. PLEASE respect this policy, as it makes our final setup much easier and helps prevent traffic problems and entrance issues for our more respectful attendees. Also, you should seriously consider waiting until later in the day to head out from Boise. A huge rush of arrivals right at the beginning makes our gate staff's jobs harder and creates major traffic problems. It is imperative that we keep a lane of traffic open on the road to the event at all times. Failure to do so may jeopardize our permitting. Waiting a while to head out will not make you lose a choice camping spot and will shorten your travel time significantly. Also, all attendees must leave the event by Monday afternoon. We have a very small number of pre-approved people who are allowed to stay later. They have already been informed.

No Trespassing

We have a zero tolerance policy.

Esthetic Evolution strives to keep our festival inexpensive and safe for all paid participants and has a zero tolerance policy towards trespassing. Excess attendees and illegal entrants damage the fragile Twin Springs environment, overcrowd the meadow and will drive up ticket prices in future years. You will receive a wristband upon entry and you must keep it on at all times. We have heard numerous rumors about people planning illegal entrance into this year's event. As a result, we have chosen to search people's vehicles and trunks at the gate for illegal entrants and will have a security team patrolling the road below the event. Our security team will be the biggest it has ever been. We also reserve the right to search vehicles and campsites for trespassers, and to eject and prosecute anyone without a wristband. We apologize if this seems draconian, but we feel it is essential to honor those who purchased tickets. As always, we promise our security staff will be friendly and courteous to people obeying the rules.

Strictly 18+ To Attend / 21+ To Drink

Check to see you have your printed ticket and ID with you before leaving home!

We will be IDing every attendee as they arrive in the gate and giving different wristbands to 18-20 year old attendees and 21+ attendees. Anyone who arrives without an ID will be turned away at the gate, with no exceptions. Please make sure you have your ID and printed ticket with you before leaving for the event. We would hate to have anyone make the 1.5+ hour trip back to Boise (or further) for any reason. Also, our security team will enforce minor consumption laws. Anyone under 21 caught drinking will have their alcohol confiscated and risks ejection from the event and/or prosecution. Sorry, kids, but that's the law!

Leave No Trace

Pack it in, pack it out!

Esthetic Evolution is a leave no trace camping event and does not provide any trash or recycling facilities on site. This means you are responsible for bringing ALL of your waste back to Boise and disposing of it by yourselves. Please plan accordingly and try to minimize the amount of packaging, food waste and other potential trash you bring with you. Feel free to inform your neighbors of such policies if you see them leaving trash at the stages, in the meadow or at their campsites. Remember, respecting nature and the beauty of Twin Springs is by far one of Esthetic Evolution's most important core values, and we hope it is yours, too.

Meadow Layout

The stages and camping roughly match last year's layout.

We are maintaining last year's meadow layout, but adding additional art areas. The sound camps will remain significantly closer to our stages and the regular camping will be slightly further away, making it easy for people to go party when they want, but always have a somewhat quieter, more chill area to return to when needed. The "Gestation Station" stage will be a shoes-off area featuring low-key, chilled out ambient music at night and will not intrude too much into campers' sleep. We will also be using the gully leading up to the event (now empty) for overflow parking, thus creating a more roomy atmosphere at the main event. Please see our handy meadow map, which is now posted on the website and will appear on our main bulletin board, as usual.

Security & EMT Staff

Friendly, safe and here to help.

Once again, this year's festival will have around-the-clock EMT and security teams on site. The EMTs will be located at our normal medical tent area, just adjacent to the parking tent at the entrance to the meadow. They will have full ambulance service, along with the knowledge and supplies to help with dehydration, sunstroke, snake bites, minor to moderate injuries and other medical-related issues. They will also be our liaison with life flight in the unlikely case of a medical emergency.

The security team will be friendly, safe and respectful, and will mostly be on site to deal with trespassers and/or any highly unexpected fights or violence. They will spend most of their time at the main entrance to the event or patrolling the perimeter, and attendees should feel free to contact them from the medical tent if you ever need assistance or have any type of security-related emergency. Please remember that both the medical and security teams are here to assist you, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Road Condition

Drive carefully!

The dirt road out to Twin Springs is in relatively good shape this year, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't drive with the utmost caution. You should always remember to drive as carefully as possible on the dirt road, particularly the part with higher elevation and numerous switch-backs. Don't be afraid to let other drives pass you if you feel uncomfortable with driving fast, and obey the speed limit at all times (see below). Also, please note we will NOT ALLOW ANY DRIVING in the meadow unless you are coming to or from the event. This is for the safety of all attendees.

Drive Carefully & Obey the Speed Limit

Please remember to obey all traffic laws and drive safely to and from the event.

The speed limit on Spring Shores Road & Arrowrock Road is 25 miles per hour. This is unmarked for the last mile or so of paved road and for most of the dirt road. Both Ada County and Boise County Sheriff regularly patrol this high traffic area and will pull you over for speeding. A significant number of last year's attendees were pulled over for speeding and cited for various offenses. Also remember that the dirt road is very narrow, has many switchbacks and can be quite dangerous, particularly if you have had a long drive or are coming in at night. If you are coming from out-of-state, we advise you to have someone who is well-rested drive this last stretch of road. If you are local, please remember this is a high traffic time of year and there are many drivers unfamiliar with the terrain.

Overall Police Presence

Remember to obey all state and federal laws on and off the Twin Springs property.

Boise County Sheriffs will be patrolling the roads around Twin Springs and will cite you for reckless driving, open containers and minor consumption, among other offenses. Esthetic Evolution is an 18+ event, does not sell alcohol and only allows drinking by legal adults with the proper identification and wristband. Attendees will be ejected from the event if staff catches them drinking as a minor, distributing alcohol to minors or breaking other laws.

Know Your Rights

The Boise County Sheriff is here for your protection and to ensure attendees make it to and from our event safely. If you are pulled over or questioned by a police officer, please remember to be respectful and courteous at all times. They are professionals and will treat you respectfully if you do so for them. It is your personal responsibility to know your legal rights if pulled over or detained. If you would like to know more about your rights during an arrest or traffic stop, please visit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website at:

http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/know-your-rights-bustcard

Or download their handy "bustcard" at:

http://www.aclu.org/files/pdfs/racialjustice/rp_bustcard_eng_20090929.pdf

Thank you so, so much for reading this newsletter through to its conclusion and for ten years of continued support. We wish all of you a safe, happy and infinitely awesome festival experience. See you in the meadow!

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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MAY 2014

Big Announcements!

The final Esthetic Evolution is less than a month away and we need to make some extremely important announcements about this year's festival. Please read all of the great updates on progress with our workshops, special events and website, then check out some essential reminders about this year's policies.

Event/Website Update

We have finished all of our major updates for the Esthetic Evolution 2014 website. It now includes information on our workshops, which are spread out over two days on two stages. They cover topics such as vulnerability in communication, eco art, music and the brain, meditation and (of course) all sorts of yoga, broga, movement and dancing! We have also added in one last major event, an epic photographic montage of Esthetic’s ten year history at the festival’s peak on Saturday night. Finally, we’ve made a couple small changes to the lineup. This should be the final update for major event-related information. We will inform attendees if anything else changes.

No Early Arrivals

The gates to Esthetic Evolution 2014 open at 10am on Friday. We do not admit anyone before that point and we absolutely cannot allow for a long line on the dirt road Friday morning. We also do not allow Thursday arrivals without prior authorization from the event. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please contact themecamp@estheticevolution.com before June 1st if you have a large theme camp you need to set up on Thursday. Asking for a camp space does not guarantee you will receive one. Anyone who arrives early without prior authorization will have to camp off-site until the gates open at 10am Friday. There are no exceptions.

No Children or Pets

We do not permit minors and all attendees must provide proper photo identification showing they are over 18 years of age to attend and 21 years of age to drink. We will not accept Birth Certificates without another form of photo ID. We will also not admit pets, with the exception of service animals. Service animals are used for Visual, Hearing and Physical impairments ONLY -- not for emotional support! If you do not meet this criteria, we will have to make you camp off property. Both of these policies are for the safety of all potential participants. Thank you for being understanding.

Limited Space for Camps & Vehicles

As most of you know, this year’s event goes an entire extra day. This means we have a significantly larger number of staff, security, performers and volunteers. We also hear that MANY people are planning on brining large structures such as domes or RVs. People obviously want to go out in style! We respect this, but we want to remind all of you that the meadow is going to be by far the most crowded it has ever been, and it is a serious concern for all of the core promoters. We may run into legitimate space issues.

It is essential that we maintain an effective road system for our staff and emergency vehicles, and that everyone has enough space to feel comfortable. Please be conscientious. Try to carpool whenever possible, bring as few vehicles as possible per camp, avoid unnecessarily large structures, and think creatively about sharing space. Also, please remember to honor our “leave-no-trace” policy.

It is OK to bring motor homes and trailers to this year’s event, but you must limit them to no larger a 38’ class “C” style. There are no class A or tour-bus style motor homes allowed. If it looks like a tour bus OR is longer than 38 feet, please leave it at home and bring a tent instead.

Most importantly, we reserve the right to have you park over-sized vehicles or extraneous vehicles from your camp in the lot halfway up the hill. We will DEFINITELY make camps with lots of cars use this space. Please be prepared for this, and try to bring as few vehicles as possible.

If you have any concerns about the size of your camp or vehicles, please address them to themecamp@estheticevolution.com

Take Out Your Trash

Always remember that we are a "leave no trace" event and we do not provide any type of trash pickup. Anything you bring up with you must be taken home. Be sure to leave room in your vehicles to take your trash with you when you leave. More importantly, no one likes a litterbug. The vast majority of our attendees have internalized these values and will call you out if you are disrespectful to their camps, Twin Springs or mother nature. If you don’t want to be called out, then don’t be a jerk! Pack-it-in, pack-it-out!

Security & Wristband Policy

We will have a dramatically increased security presence at this year's event. This will not only ensure the safety and happiness of all our participants, but also eliminate illegal entry. Anyone caught trying to enter the event illegally and anyone who attempt to assist another individual in illegal entry will be removed from the festival. Remember that wristbands must be worn at all times and if you are caught without one, you will be removed from the property. Make sure to keep your ticket stub in case your wristband comes off so that you can obtain another one from the gate staff. Please be prepared to show your wristband to staff members and security at any time during the event. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Fires & Cooking

We don't allow any fires except in designated fire pits. Fire pans and above ground pits are also not allowed, but BBQs and grills are okay. Staff and security will put out fires in any non-designated areas and you risk ejection from the event if you start one.

No Amplified Sound

The only camps allowed to play amplified sound are the designated sound camps. We ask that you please respect this and refrain from playing amplified sound at all times. We will turn off your sound and violators run the risk of expulsion.

Thanks for understanding all our policies and committing to help make this event the best it can be!

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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APRIL 2014

Major Ticket Update

As you all know by now, tickets for Esthetic Evolution 2014 sold out in just under 14 hours.  This is monumental for us, and far better than even our wildest dreams.  We can’t even begin to express our deep gratitude for all of your support this year, and across the last ten.

We have a few major announcements to make about tickets.  First, we have sent out confirmation emails to everyone who purchased a ticket.  If you didn’t receive a confirmation, there are two most likely explanations:

  • It may have gone to your junk mail, OR...

  • You may not have the correct information linked to your PayPal account.

    Please check your PayPal account to verify the email address AND your shipping information.

Second, we will be distributing all tickets by mail around May 5th.   If you are concerned about your order, please verify your information by replying to your Confirmation E-Mail or write us directly at tickets@estheticevolution.com.  Please include your PayPal transaction information if you don’t have a confirmation from us.

Lastly, we have a few words about after market ticket sales.  There are a lot of rumors going around about scalper buying tons of tickets, but they just aren’t true.  Very few people exceeded our ticket purchase limit per household or buyer and we have dealt with them accordingly.  So far, only a handful of people have tried asking more than face value for tickets, and this is before they even have them in hand.  There may be a few more people who do this, but we highly doubt it will be a major epidemic.  The simple solution: don’t buy tickets in excess of face value from anyone.  This will discourage them and force them to sell at face value.  Also, don’t buy will call tickets from other people, as they are much harder to verify and make things significantly more complicated for us.

Space at the Event

As most of you know, this year’s event goes an entire extra day.  This means we have a significantly larger number of staff, security, performers and volunteers.  We also hear that MANY people are planning on brining large structures such as domes or RVs. People obviously want to go out in style!  We respect this, but we want to remind all of you that the meadow is going to be by far the most crowded it has ever been, and it is a serious concern for all of the core promoters.  We may run into legitimate space issues.  It is essential that we maintain an effective road system for our staff and emergency vehicles, and that everyone has enough space to feel comfortable.  Please be conscientious.  Try to carpool whenever possible, bring as few vehicles as possible per camp, avoid unnecessarily large structures, and think creatively about sharing space.  Also, please remember to honor our “leave-no-trace” policy.

It is OK to bring motor homes and trailers to this year’s event, but you must limit them to no larger a 38’ class “C” style.  There are no class A or tour-bus style motor homes allowed. If it looks like a tour bus OR is longer than 38 feet, please leave it at home and bring a tent instead.

Most importantly, we reserve the right to have you park over-sized vehicles or extraneous vehicles from your camp in the lot halfway up the hill.  We will DEFINITELY make camps with lots of cars use this space.  Please be prepared for this, and try to bring as few vehicles as possible.

If you have any concerns about the size of your camp or vehicles, please address them to themecamp@estheticevolution.com

Performers, Schedule, Art Grants & Special Events

OK, now for the fun stuff!

We have uploaded bio information for the significant majority of performers at this year’s event and posted the schedule for "This Stage", "That Stage" and "The Other Stage."  Prepare to be amazed by three days of incredible music and annoyed by our absurd naming conventions.  We’ve also added information on SEVEN more art grant recipients and several AWESOME SPECIAL EVENTS, including such festivities as our Opening Ceremony, Breakfast with Manos, Burger Fest, Sweet Peeps Kitchen, a Ten Year Retrospective, and the Pink Paulee Parade!  Please visit these sections of the website now for major updates.  We will be announcing workshops in the May newsletter.

Super Duper Superlatives

The window is closing to nominate people for our Super Duper Superlative awards.  Nominate now while you still can!

That's right, We will be giving out a number of awards for things both heartfelt and ridiculously silly. Categories could include things such as "best non-funded art project," "best new friend collector," "best dirt napper," "most inappropriate use of chaps," "longest time spent passed out in a porta-pottie," "most likely to forget a headliner at the airport" or "worst renegade DJ set."

We will be coming up with a variety of our own awards, but we also want to hear from YOU. That's right; you can use the handy link below to nominate YOUR friends for heartfelt or silly awards. We will choose a sampling of the best online submissions to include in our awards ceremony. The more people participate, the better it will be! Click the link to participate!

 

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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MARCH 2014

 

ESTHETIC EVOLUTION 2014 TICKETS GO ON SALE TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST (TECHNICALLY MONDAY NIGHT) AT MIDNIGHT!

 

Esthetic Evolution 2014 tickets will be available on our website at Midnight on Tuesday, April 1st (technically MONDAY night). Please remember that we are an 18+ event and that you will be asked to verify your age online and provide an ID upon arriving at the festival. Online tickets can be delivered by mail or added to our will-call list. There will be no tickets sold at the gate and no physical tickets distributed at any retail location. We are once again limiting Esthetic Evolution to 1,000 paid attendees and are guaranteed to sell out before the event.

 

All tickets will cost $100. There are no tiers and NO GATE SALES. This event is guaranteed to sell out. Tickets will be available at http://estheticevolution.com/tickets/buy/

 

Given Esthetic’s growing popularity and the fact that this is our event’s final year, there is absolutely NO WAY TO TELL HOW FAST TICKETS WILL GO. In the past few years, we have sold well over half our tickets (500+) within the first few hours of sales. This was partially because of our tiered ticket system, but also because of popularity, and at least a couple hundred of those tickets were in higher tiers. The remaining tickets usually sold out over a couple more months. This may end up being the case again. However, to be safe, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BUY YOUR TICKETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

Esthetic Evolution Flyer Available (Online & In Person)

 

We have received our printed flyers and uploaded digital copies to our website. The flyer contains all sorts of exciting information about the event, along with our 70+ performers! Click on the preview below to see a digital copy:

 

 

On that note, please visit our website for all sorts of information about this year’s event. Go to www.estheticevolution.com for all your party planning needs!

 

Super Duper Superlative Awards!

 

We are extremely excited to announce that Esthetic's final year will feature a "super duper superlative" award ceremony! We will be giving out a number of awards for things both heartfelt and ridiculously silly. Categories could include things such as "best non-funded art project," "best new friend collector," "best dirt napper," "most inappropriate use of chaps," "longest time spent passed out in a porta-pottie," "most likely to forget a headliner at the airport" or "worst renegade DJ set."

 

We will be coming up with a variety of our own awards, but we also want to hear from YOU. That's right; you can use the handy link below to nominate YOUR friends for heartfelt or silly awards. We will choose a sampling of the best online submissions to include in our awards ceremony. The more people participate, the better it will be!  Click here to participate:

 

 

Sound Camp and Art Grant Winners!

 

We had some truly amazing sound camp and art grant submissions for this year, and we are absolutely positive that all the approved and funded projects will make this by far the best year yet! We are listing the approved camps below, and will get more information on them on our website soon.

 

Approved Sound Camps:

 

Happy Hour – Bend, OR

Fun, dancing and relaxation at an eccentric dance pad creating a chill-out vibe and a comfy crash corner. Featuring white-board open time slots for DJ’s, a bocce court, a tapestry community-art project and visually stimulating lighting running day and night. It’s a perfect oasis for daytime music and relaxing.

 

Morning Wood Ranch Kindergarten / Old Folk’s Home – Portland, OR

Are the kids running the class or are the old people disguising themselves as children? Who's in charge here anyway and who will change my diaper? Is it nap time yet? Join Morning Wood Ranch Kindergarten & Retirement Home for a bevy of activities such as: recess, nap time, classes/workshops, blanket forts, field trips, buddy systems, and a few daytime dance parties.

 

Boom Camp – Seattle, WA

Go For It! Boom box jam culture complete with a Saturday theme party (think 80’s and 90’s mainstream hip-hop, parachute pants and break dancers) life-sized Operation and Jenga games, Ping-Pong with a twist and a slew of other interesting and weird environments for insiders and outsiders to visit. While taking a break between games and dancing, one can relax in the camp Chill Dome, visit the Fortune Telling Tent or frolic in the meadow in a costume from the Trunk of Funk.

 

Approved Art Grants:

 

We are still negotiating all our terms with the art grant recipients and will be providing details on the funded projects and their creators on our website soon. In the meantime, we are excited to announce the names of the projects who have accepted our funding offers.

  • Street Signs – Yet another year of our absolutely awesome street signs!

  • The Very Unbalanced Tea Party – A “Madhatter’s Tea Party” themed project/event!

  • trEE Roots – A project to plant native trees at Twin Springs commemorating our event!

  • Music Go Round / Sound N Spin – Musical chairs meets a Merry-Go-Round!

  • Canopy of Dragonflies – An interactive puppet troop by the creators of Dazbog!

  • String Theory – Blacklight reactive string art wrapped around structures!

  • Ekur – Think of the Great Pyramid of Giza and you’re on your way there!

  • Balloon Chain – Yup, we’re bringing back the giant balloon chain!

There are also a couple other projects that we have written to with offers, but haven’t heard back from by the time this newsletter went to press. We will be announcing them soon. Thanks again to everyone who applied, even if we weren’t able to approve your project or give it funding. We love all of you and hope you still contribute to the event!

 

Thanks again for your participation in this year’s event. Whether it’s through an art grant, a sound camp, a theme camp, awesome costumes, gifting, volunteering, or whatever it is you decide to do, we love it that so many of you contribute so much. See you in the meadow in less than three months!

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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FEBRUARY 2014

 

Another Wave of Artists Announced

 

The final evolution is just around the corner! Our flier comes out in a couple weeks, tickets go on sale April first, and we will all be with each other in the meadow in a few short months. We have been working feverishly to finalize all of our bookings and create the best music and art program we can envision. We can’t even begin to imagine all the great things you all must be preparing!

 

This newsletter presents three more major headliners and eight of our favorite regional performers over the last decade. This brings our total number of headliners to sixteen, eleven of which are international. This will be our last major artist announcement until our flier comes out in mid March. But never fear, we will be announcing DOZENS more regional and local artists at that time. Thanks so much for believing in us and enabling us to bring such wonderful and talented performers.

Volunteering at Esthetic Evolution 2014

 

All of our longer, reimbursed/ticketed volunteer shifts have been filled. However, given that this year is so much more complicated than any of our previous years, we have a number of other small tasks that people can help us fulfil, if they’d like. These would be entirely voluntary positions that would be fun, last less than a couple hours, and potentially have you working alongside Esthetic Evolution’s core volunteers, staff and producers. Please email us at Volunteer@EstheticEvolution.com if you would like to volunteer for one of these spots. Please remember that you will still have to purchase a ticket to fill one of these roles.

 

Workshops at Esthetic Evolution 2014

 

We will once again be hosting events such as yoga, performance art and –of course- a variety of workshops in our expanded and improved chill stage. We are currently soliciting workshop presenters, and we encourage people to apply to give presentations on a wide variety of topics. In the past, we have covered such diverse issues as food sustainability, harm reduction, flirting and consent, environmental activism, hula-hoop making and all manners of dance education. Please write to us at Workshop@EstheticEvolution.com if you would like to participate.

 

A Reminder About Art and Sound Camps

 

Remember, we are taking applications for art grants and sound camps until March 15th. Apply now if you want to get art grant money or setup your own sound camp! The applications for both are available on our website.

In the meantime, feel free to contact the following email addresses for more information:

 

  Art Grants & Installations Art@EstheticEvolution.com
  Sound camps SoundCamp@EstheticEvolution.com
  Theme Camps (without sound) ThemeCamp@EstheticEvolution.com
  Workshops Workshop@EstheticEvolution.com
  Administrative Questions Admin@EstheticEvolution.com

 

See you all very soon!

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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JANUARY 2014

 

Greetings, earthlings, and welcome to the January edition of the Esthetic Evolution 2014 newsletter! Everyone at pr0cess and P.O.E. has already been putting in hundreds of hours towards making our final year the biggest, most well organized and best event we’ve ever produced. We are all hoping that you’ve all been putting in a lot of thought, too. Remember, we are a community, and we will thrive most when everyone contributes. Please read below for important information on how you can participate in this year’s event, along with important dates. And remember, if you don’t see something here, you should always feel inspired to create your own unique contribution.

 

Second Wave of Artists Announcements

 

We are extremely excited to make another artist announcement, including three more major headliners and several of our favorite regional performers from over the years. We will make one more announcement in the February newsletter before announcing all artists in the flier, which comes out in March.

Participating in the Final Evolution

 

Many people have been asking us how they can contribute to the Final Evolution. We remind you that there are numerous ways to participate in the Esthetic experience, and we try to assist your participation in every way we can. We are once again allowing several permitted sound camps and a wide variety of theme camps. We have added even more money to our art grant budget and encourage you to apply for funding. We will be hosting workshops on a variety of issues and are always happy to have community members present and assist. As usual, we have limited resources and we imagine this year's sound camp and art grant applications will be highly competitive. We will also be creating a number of new volunteer positions this year, which we will discuss in our February newsletter. Keeping all this in mind, we want everyone to know of some important upcoming dates. Please be mindful of these when making your plans.

 

The 2014 website includes art grant and sound camp application forms, along with much more detailed information about the application process. It also includes important information on theme camps, special events, music, art, safety and all sorts of other good stuff. Please check it regularly for updates, starting now.

In the meantime, feel free to contact the following email addresses for more information:

 

  Art Grants & Installations Art@EstheticEvolution.com
  Sound camps SoundCamp@EstheticEvolution.com
  Theme Camps without sound ThemeCamp@EstheticEvolution.com
  Administrative Questions Admin@EstheticEvolution.com

 

Important Dates

February Newsletter – another artist announcement and valuable information on volunteering and workshop registration.

 

March 15th – All Sound Camp and Art Grant applications due (please note this is one month earlier than in the past)

 

Mid March - Esthetic Evolution 2014 flier released with full lineup

 

Late March – Sound Camp and Art Grant recipients notified

 

April 1st (midnight) - Esthetic Evolution 2014 Ticket Sales Begin (ONLINE ONLY). All tickets will be $100 and we are guaranteed to sell out quickly.

 

June 19th - Permitted Sound Camp and Art Installation Setup Teams Arrive Early

 

June 20th - Esthetic Evolution 2013 Gates Open @ 10:00 am

For more information on this and all sorts of other stuff, please visit:

www.estheticevolution.com

 

Thank you for your continued love and support. It is what makes this event possible in every way.

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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DECEMBER 2013

 

Greetings family, friends and fans!


The Winter Solstice of 2013 is upon us. Like usual, we are choosing the shortest, darkest days of the year to announce the longest, brightest, most inspiring days in our collective lives – and hopefully yours. Please join us on the Summer Solstice for three nights of peace and love, ten years of reflection and a lifetime of memories and achievements created by all of you. It is with deep honor, excitement and humility that we announce Esthetic Evolution 2014.

 

Esthetic Evolution 2014 – The Final Evolution.

06.20.14 – 06.23.14

 

This year’s event will feature THREE nights of music provided by many of your favorite performers from the last decade, along with the best collection of art, lighting and sound we have ever amassed, all thanks to our highly dedicated staff, volunteers and vendors. We are doing away with our traditional themes. Instead, we ask all of you to reflect back on your favorite moments over the last decade of the event, and to use the final year as a blank canvas upon which you can expand them. We also ask that you endeavor to take the experiences home with you from the meadow and hold them in your hearts, just as we do ours.

 

Please check the recently re-launched Esthetic Evolution Website for updates, information and promotional material, including our gorgeous 2014 promo video:

First Wave of Artist Announcements

 

We are delighted to make our first wave of artist announcements. We are still confirming headliners and regional artists, and will be announcing more soon, but we think our first wave is indicative of how ridiculously awesome this is going to be. It also represents many of YOUR favorite artists from the last decade!

 

Survey Results

 

Speaking of your favorites, we are listing the top vote recipients for our two main stages over the last decade below. The list includes your top ten headliners, regional artists and locals for each stage. There are, of course, numerous other performers who all played stellar sets, and we thank them all! We will be releasing other survey result information at the event itself.

 

 

Ticket Costs and Sales Dates

 

All tickets for Esthetic Evolution 2014 will be $100 and will go on sale on our website on April 1st at midnight. We understand that this may seem like a big jump in our ticket prices, but it was absolutely necessary to provide you with the magical 3-day experience we are endeavoring to create. We are operating with our usual very low margin and are getting great deals from many of our performers and vendors, mostly because they respect the community surrounding our festival and want to provide you all with the best experience they can, including reasonably-priced tickets. We appreciate everyone for understanding this, and we believe we are announcing early enough for everyone to save money for tickets.

 

Thank you all from the bottom of our collective hearts for a decade of love. Lets make magic together at the tenth and final Esthetic Evolution.

 

Love,
Everyone with pr0cess/P.O.E

www.EstheticEvolution.com

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