👀You have to see these Burning Man photos; Tropicalia is moving – Orange County Register

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Years before we worked together I knew the name: Watchara Phomicinda. It was always attached to these colorful, stunning photos from Lightning in a Bottle or the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, photos that exploded with life and made you feel like you were in the center of the Do Lab even if you were in an air-conditioned office an hour away.

So who was this mystical Watchara? It turns out we would become festival ride-or-dies when our newsrooms became one and I got to work with this rare talent who brings us all into his energetic orbit. (We have at least one project each year we dream up together, whether it is having festival goers document their best Coachella memories or celebrating couples who fell in love there.)

But all of the work we have done together pales in comparison to the stunning collection of images he captured at Burning Man this year. When I went through the photo gallery, there was so much beauty that I think it brought more calm to me than any mindfulness app.

Elsewhere in the world of festivals, Tropicalia is coming back but there’s a big change, and catch up with the day that was Pasadena Daydream.

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Erin Ries and husband Andy share a moment beneath the “Sacred Ground” tree sculpture by artist Michael Benisty during the annual Burning Man celebration in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

On the Playa

Treat yo’self and take some time to look through these 100 incredible images photographer Watchara Phomicinda captured at Burning Man.

La Sonora Dinamita performs on the second day of the two day music and taco festival, Tropicalia at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

On the move

The Tropicalia Music and Taco Festival will return in November, but it won’t be in Long Beach. This year you can see stars such as Kali Uchis, Los Tigres Del Norte, Cuco, Chicano Batman and Caifanes in Pico Rivera. And that’s just scratching the surface of who’s on the bill. See the lineup and find out how to get tickets.

In this Aug. 5, 2017, file photo, Havoc of Mobb Deep performs on the Purple stage during Hard Summer festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater. The rapper will perform at The Happiness of Pursuit Festival in Ontario in October. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

In search of happiness

The Happiness of Pursuit Festival will return to Ontario in October with some top talent of Southern California’s hip-hop scene, both established and up-and-coming. Get the details.

Robert Smith of The Cure performs on The Oaks stage during the Pasadena Daydream Festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

A goth playdate 

The Cure both curated and headlined Pasadena Daydream last weekend and while it was a very hot day, the music was something special.

Kajtek Nowkanowksi from Poland enjoys a bowl of Gold Spicy Miso noodles at the Nood Beach Festival in Huntington Beach, CA on Sunday, September 1, 2019. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Life’s a beach

Nood Beach brought DJ Snoopadelic and an 8-foot-long noodle to Huntington Beach last weekend.


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