Dance Goes On

Techno-Tribal finds new harmony in independence

It was the perfect storm—a mixture of rapid expansion, financial meltdown and bad weather—that led to the collapse of the Harmony Festival. But the late-night electronic dance party lives on.

Techno-Tribal Dance co-producers Damian Peters and Zack Darling are outspoken with gratitude for the 12-year reign as the Harmony Festival’s after-hours show. “Like a flower that dies and spreads its seeds, all these great camps sprout up,” says Darling, referring to the finite life cycle of festivals that offer up fertile soil for a positive shift in innovation. Change, it seems, is always good for a scene.

This year’s headliners Love & Light (above) introduce “love step,” a melodic adaptation of the wompy bass-heavy beats of dubstep, plus Russ Liquid, jazz musician turned DJ, who infuses live instrumentals into deep house. Inside the open-air “Silent Disco,” wild and wonderful troupes from fire dancers to swinging aerialists atop a 40-foot contraption span the tame to the risqué.

With an entirely volunteer production staff, the community benefit is meant as a collective “thank you” to support the continued survival of Techno-Tribal Dance. Be part of the new chapter on Saturday, June 9, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $20–$30. 707.829.7300.—Jacquelynne Ocaña

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