By Mike Frash //
Sea of Dreams NYE 2013, coined “Lunasea,” offered four stages of live and electronic music, interesting chill-out areas in a tea room and burlesque room, and the best group of revelers you can find in San Francisco on New Years.
The scene that’s created at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center at the end of every year jolts you out of the routines and rigors of life, and enables you to take a journey if you choose, if just for one night. The people that made their way to “Lunasea” seemed to be a mix of Burners and High Sierra Music Festival goers – meaning that most everyone was kind and in a sharing mood.
Gogol Bordello – Lunasea Stage: East Hall
The crazy-sexy music choices at Sea of Dreams are another reason why many people choose this event for New Years. This year, gypsy-punk troupe Gogol Bordello stormed the main stage for the NYE countdown show.
Gogol Bordello’s stage presence, energy and WTF awesomeness is probably only matched by Die Antwoord, but Gogol Bordello brings the crazy with five people taking the spotlight at points. Eugene Hütz is the lead presence, and he doesn’t disappoint.
Shpongle’s Quixotic Masquerade – Lunasea Stage: East Hall
Shpongle premiered his “Quixotic Masquerade” at Lunasea 2013. The electronic music pioneer joined forces with performance art troupe Quixotic to create a show that was sexy and exotic. The first half hour featured only the art troupe Quixotic, then at 1:10am Shpongle appeared from behind his multi-colored DJ platform
Shpongle’s sound is decidedly rooted in traditional & world music sounds, and a live violinist accompanied the digital music for the show. The experience was sexy, weird, and exotic – perfect for Sea of Dreams.