Photos From Polish Ambassador At Freebird Live & Permaculture Event

To put it simply, David Sagalski aka The Polish Ambassador, is one righteous dude. Everything the man does has meaning and purpose to it. From Permaculture, to Digital Freedom, to truly appreciating what it means to have fans and young folks who look up to you. The Polish Ambassador has become a shining example of what the scene should be, a place for creativity, unity and above all things, love.

Two days ago, HYPE contributing photographer, Cherish L’Dawn aka Black Creek Photography, got the chance to take some awesome shots of The Polish Ambassador featuring Liminus and Mr. Lif.

Heres some music from TPA and his wife’s project, WildLight

Yesterday, Cherish also got the chance to cover another part of The Polish Ambassador tour and that was his Permaculture event in Jacksonville, FL.

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On the first night of Kung Fu’s fourth annual Toys of Toys Holiday Spectacular at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, the band will perform Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam in its entirety with legendary Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington and drummer Bernard Purdie. The celebrated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists will join Kung Fu playing hits like “Kid Charlemagne” and “Green Earings” in this incredible once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.

Also added to the bill is special guests Consider the Source and Gubbulidis (Mihali & Zdenek of Twiddle). Fans that arrive by 9pm will be entered to win two weekend camping passes to Gathering of the Vibes taking place July 30-August 2, 2015 or to Kung Fu & Deep Banana Blackout – Equifunk Escape New Years Eve Party at the Full Moon Resort on December 31, 2014.

Special guests for Saturday, December 20th will be announced soon!

Since launching the annual event, the band has helped to collect and donate more than $13,000 in new and unwrapped toys to area hospitals and organizations. This year, Kung Fu has extended the event to a two-night run taking place Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20. They hope to collect an entire box truck full of toys to be donated to US Marines’ families, local hospitals and families in need this holiday season.

“Nothing compares to the feeling of delivering a thousand toys, four days before Christmas, to the families of children who might not receive a gift during the holidays,” says Todd Stoops, Kung Fu keyboard player. “For the fourth year running, our band has the opportunity to give back to the community that fostered our creative efforts and dreams, while at the same time creating a forum for our hometown fans, friends, and family to do so as well. I couldn’t be more proud of this event!”

“This is a night to celebrate and give back,” says Tim Palmieri, Kung Fu guitarist. “It’s incredible, really. We have the time of our lives during the show and then when you think it can’t get any better, we get to play Santa to children who really need something to smile about. It’s truly something special, and we are so grateful to everyone who helps to make it a success.”

Tickets can be purchased through Toad’s Place at the box office or online at Guests can receive half price admission before 9pm on day-of-show tickets by bringing a new and unwrapped toy, but tickets may be sold out by then so fans are encourage to purchase tickets in advance.

AUDIO: Tsar Bomba

Friday, December 19 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 8 pm

$20 per day ADV
$25 per day DOS | Half price before 9 pm with a new and unwrapped toy

Toad’s Place
300 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511
203.562.5589 |

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Envision Festival Unveils Stellar Video of Highlights “Viva La Experiencia!”

The fifth annual Envision Festival announces it’s return to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26th to March 1st, 2015 with the release of their Official 2015 Video of highlights and first music headliner announcement.

The fest just announced the first musical headliner, The Polish Ambassador, the world’s funkiest diplomat, with the rest of the lineup to be released soon.

Past Envision headliners include Beats Antique, Tipper, Alex Grey, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Emancipator, Rising Appalachia, Papadosio, Rootz Underground, Midnite, The Lucent Dossier Experience, Quixotic, Random Rab, and Costa Rican favorite, Sonámbulo.envision14_RonWorobec1

Now in its fifth year, the magic of previous incarnations of Envision Festival has driven travelers of all types to the scenic beaches and exotic jungles of Costa Rica each February for world-class music, adventure tours, stimulating education, meeting new friends and one epic party.

In this little slice of paradise, explorers find more than a music and art festival, with an abundance of life-changing experiences that enrich the senses and open the mind. Globally-renowned performance artists create whimsical environments, along with interactive art installations and live painters. envision14_CarlyCarpenter3

Yoga teachers from around the world teach rapturous classes for all levels, from those looking to expand their existing master practice to those stepping onto the mat for the first time.

Dance under the stars all night and play all day, theres swimming, surfing, cliff diving and more. Hike to an enchanted waterfall and make lifelong connections in the Village.

As the sun dips below the rim of the Pacific, hundreds of beautiful smiling faces glow in the remaining crimson rays on the beach, gathering to grow, celebrate and create together, to implement permaculture principles, and manifest plans that have been years in the works.

Keep your eyes peeled for the initial lineup coming soon. Discount Early Bird tickets are on sale now. Please sign up for the newsletter, read more about previous Envision Festivals on the website, and visit the links below. Pura Vida!envision14_CarlyCarpenter8

Envision Links:
Envision Facebook
Envision Instagram
Envision Website
Envision Ticketing

About Envision Festival:
Envision festival is an annual gathering in Costa Rica that seeks to provide a platform for different cultures to inspire one another to co-create sustainable community and practice yoga, spirituality, art, music, dance performance, education, and acknowledge our fundamental connection with nature.envision14_DavidEdwards6

At the festival’s core, the Envision organizers are leaders of a sustainable permaculture movement that is blossoming throughout Costa Rica. With initiatives such as banning single use tableware in lieu of bamboo and banana leaf alternatives, a festival wide composting system, green building and multiple spaces dedicated entirely to environmental education, it is clear that the intention runs deep.

Costa Rica, a world leader in eco-local awareness, serves as the perfect backdrop for such initiatives and the festival itself is designed to provide an example of a style of communal living that is more attainable than ever in an impressively hospitable and lush growing environment.envision14_CarlyCarpenter7

Photos by

Carly Carpenter

Ron Worobec

David Edwards

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Lost In The Archive: Weezer and Jeff The Brotherhood Photos

While going through some of the HYPE archives, I realized I never got around to posting these awesome photos from Dan Florez of Weezer and Jeff The Brotherhood at the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre back on June 6th. Enjoy!

Words by Phil Sunkel Photos by Dan Florez


10 Do Not Miss Acts At The 18th Annual Magnolia Fest

This year, will incredibly mark the 18th year for Magnolia Festival at the magical Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 16-19.

The lineup includes Willie Sugarcapps, March Fourth Marching Band, The Duhks, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Anders Osborne, North Mississippi Allstars, The Wailers, Donna The Buffalo, Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dr. John, The Indigo Girls, Jason Isbell, Lyle Lovett and many many more.

In all honesty, Magfest is one of the coolest experiences you can ever have. The family atmosphere makes for a festival completely dedicated to the sound being produced from the stage for ears of all ages.

Camping options range from primitive camping, RV spots, cabins or you can stay at a motel just down the road in Live Oak.

To HYPE everyone up for Magfest next week, we present the 10 not to miss acts at the festival this year.

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Easy Star All Stars Interview About Tour, Food and Doing Laundry

The Easy Star All Stars are easily one of the best tribute bands ever formed. By breaking out onto the scene in 2003 with their beloved tribute album of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” (Dub Side of The Moon), the group has shaped a home for themselves in the world music festival scene.

HYPE editor, Phil Sunkel, got a chance to sit down with Shelton Garner (Guitar, Vocals), Elenna Canlas (Keys, Vocals), Kirsty Rock (Vocals) and Buford O’Sullivan (Trombone) of Easy Star to talk about tour life, the food on the road and doing laundry together.

HYPE (Phil Sunkel)- So I’m gonna do this interview a little different and just hand off the mic to you guys to pass around. Easy Star just got back into the states from being overseas for a bit. Could you tell me a bit about how that tour went?_DSC2258

Elenna Canlas- We did a bunch of festivals, a few in the UK, Belgium, France, Spain and Poland. The highlights for that trip were definitely the festivals. We did Rototom Sunsplash, which is one of the biggest reggae festivals in Europe. We also did BoomTown Fair, which is really fun, thats a big one in the UK. I also think another highlight was Scotland, where Kirsty’s family is from.

Buford O’Sullivan- Another thing about these long trips is that your playing every single night, traveling every single day and it starts eating away at your brain until you get to the end of the tour where you really don’t have much of a brain left. I mean you have some, you can remember a little bit of it but mainly its just guttural reaction. Like grabbing for food or like oh yes theres beer, time to drink now, or oh time to play, where is hotel. In the beginning of tour everyone is a bit fresher and more enthusiastic to go. We actually began the tour in Italy which was great…DSC_2160

Elenna- Oh yeah…

Buford- See Elenna forgot…

Elenna- It was only a few weeks ago…

Buford- It was only a few weeks ago but it seems like it was about a year ago, you know? Remember we played Milan in that industrial park? There was maybe a thousand or more people there.

Kirsty Rock- I think in terms of your performance as a lunatic, I think all of that added to your performance.

Buford- I mean probably yeah. I have to get into character singing “Brain Damage”, so I guess thats what happened, method acting. But where were we after Italy? After Italy we were in the UK and we played a bunch of festivals, Then…
Elenna- Then Belgium…

Buford- Yeah, then we did Belgium on the coast on the beach. We did the Reggae Sun Ska Festival in Bordeaux, then we went back to England to play up at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, which was rocking. Sold out London at the Jazz Cafe, we sold out a bunch of places. Where else did we sell out? This has been good To Rock, I’m Buford O’Sullivan.

Elenna- Hahahahhaha

Kirsty- We sold them all out, I’m pretty sure we sold all of our shows out…

Buford- Oh wait, ladies and gentleman, Elenna Canlis.

Elenna- Hi.

Kirsty- This over here is Shelton Garner.

Shelton Garner- Hello…

Kirsty- Any highlights?

Shelton- One of the biggest highlights for me had to be Spain, I’ve never been there and it was pretty awesome. The whole tour was really good, a lot of great audiences and shows.

HYPE- Well, I also want to ask you all, what makes hitting the road so hard, worthwhile?

Shelton- The fans. For me thats what makes it all worthwhile and thats kind of why I do this, thats why we go out and play. We wouldn’t be going to any of these places without the fans.

Kirsty- For me, its all about the food. We’re all foodie connoisseurs and we all just want to try whatevers the local thing in each region. In France we’re going to drink the Bordeaux wine, in Italy it was all about the figs, since fig season was just starting.

Buford- Yeah, food. Definitely food. You go different places and theres different kinds of food, your gonna want to eat the food that they have there. Especially Italy. The catering is great, I mean tremendous pasta. Forget Olive Garden, thats not real food. When you go down to the south of Italy and get some really great pasta, the breads are all really crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the wine doesn’t have a label on it cause its made by the guy around the corner who owns a vineyard. Desert. Incredible desert. DSC_2191We were eating the culture. We’re all complaining that we gained so much weight just because, even in England where they say the food just ins’t that good, I mean c’mon, Cornish pasties? We had someone tell us that if you have a cold, the cure is a Cornish pastie and a pint of cider. That will cure your cold. I mean there were other things. You want to see the locale, see the old castles or the beach. You want to try and go swimming in all the different places you can, its kind of like that and we made money doing it, so it was wonderful. Elenna, what do you have to say?

Elenna- I guess another thing that makes it worthwhile and is cultural as well, is meeting all the people along the road. Musicians, people that are coming out to the shows a lot,

its amazing to see people every where we go who have this thing in common, the love for this music. Its quite a great experience to see that every where.

HYPE- Now I want to talk to you all about music. Can we expect a new album some time soon? Perhaps a cover album?

Kirsty- Well we’re all currently working on some original material, whether its for Easy Star or ourselves is to be determined. We’re all constantly writing music and working on different projects and so on. In terms of what Easy Star might put out as our next tribute, we’re not sure when thats going to be coming out. But we do have some stuff in mind as material that we’ll be using. As Buford will tell you though…

Buford- Buford will tell you that its Top Secret and if we were to tell you, you wouldn’t be able to live through the night. So out of respect for you, we’re just not going to tell you what it is. So that you can live a nice long healthy life.

HYPE- Could you tell me a little about the progression of Easy Star form a studio band to a live act?

Shelton- I think that with the success of Dub Side Of The Moon, people wanted to hear that live. So the original lineup decided to get a band together. The musical force behind the label is Michael Goldwasser, whose also a guitar player and writer, so he knew a lot of folks from different places and from that point its just become an ever-growing family of people and friends of his or other band members who have joined in, it just keeps growing.

HYPE- What would you say is the most interesting thing about being in Easy Star?

Elenna- The most interesting thing about being in Easy Star, aside from the Top Secret lose your life thing, is the diversity of our group, which is based in New York and kind of captures that. Everybody is from different places but the band is based in NY, so most of us live there now and the ones who don’t had lived there. We all really came from the NY reggae scene. Yeah we just got some characters up in this bitch.


Elenna- Myself not included, I am not a character. I’m a real person damn it!

Buford- Elenna is not a character at all, neither is Kirsty. Shelton’s not a character. I’m not a character. But it is just like Elenna said, theres so many different personalities in the band. Its like a little microcosm of a universe. People talk about politics and how we’re going to have world peace and whatever but we just have to sit in a van together and not kill each other. The fact is though that we all get along really well. I mean of course we’re gonna fight, have a blow out every now and then, people are gonna get tired and yell at each other but ultimately, we all know we’re in it for the fun, the love and the fact that we get to play our music…

Elenna- And do our laundry together…

Buford- And do our laundry together, oh yeah we did do laundry together. There was actually a nightclub in England that took our laundry in separate bags and gave it back all in one basket…

Elenna- The women were not pleased.

Buford- The women were not pleased. The men however had a good time…

Everyone- HAHAHAHA

HYPE- Thank you for sitting down with me guys. Always great getting to speak with you all.

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Watermelon Park Fest 2014 Photos

The 11th annual Watermelon Park Fest featuring The Sam Bush Band, Keller Williams, The Woodshedders, Town Mountain, Leftover Salmon, Dan Paisley and many more in Berryville, VA was a huge hit this year.

Check out these awesome photos from HYPE staff photographer, Richele Cole.

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