Originally set to take place at Lake Hemet, Serenity Gathering was forced to make a last minute venue change which could have been disastrous. Instead it was a blessing in disguise and quite possibly a fortuitous intervention because there are few places comparable to the magic of Joshua Tree.
In the world of science as well as metaphysics, the moon is always a divine symbol of transition, synchronicity, and illumination. Its many lunar cycles affect the planet itself as well as the creatures who populate it.
Dark Star Orchestra, named after the Grateful Dead's epic psychedelic tour de force, re-creates the Dead experience. They are seasoned and evolving musicians who have played with the living members of the Dead at one time or another.
I just moved to the West coast a few weeks ago, and before I finish drinking the full pitcher of "California Kool-Aid" (don't worry it's organic and made with agave syrup), I have to write from the perspective of my East Coast self.