In observation of the holiday that gives marijuana enthusiasts and civil rights activists an unclaimed right to speak up and smoke out, the Miramar Theater hosted their annual 420 Festival on Friday, April 20th, 2012.
Headlining the event were Cosmic Railroad, Undercover Organism, and Boney Fingers. The artists were accompanied by local vendors including Nathan Folsom with SydeTrek Glass, Paul with his legal healing stand, and Ariel Tucker-Jones, Mary Inderrieden and Ashleigh Fischer with Euphoric Clothing.
The hazy stupor in the attendees showed through with relaxed attention spans, glazy eyes, cemented stances, and permanent smiles and gave away their celebratory secrets. The conversations regarding ganja edibles, strains of marijuana, and variations of hash oils, kief pucks, and devices to smoke these meticulous products out of seemed enlightening. The enthusiastic approach smokers take to this particular plant intrigues the majority, but draws negative attention from others.
Cosmic Railroad, a Kenosha local jam band, kicked off the event that night with a stellar performance. Their style varies from one of their shows to another. Songs they played in the past come alive in new direction as the band plays to the mood they feel at a particular place in time.
Undercover Organism’s set supplied a natural flow from their set-list to the dance floor. These boys were on point and just let the disposition stream. This was the aura of the entire evening, but the set displayed by Undercover had a trance-like nature, bending the ability to simply watch the performance by engaging the fans mentally. A heavy, dream-like state dripped from the instruments, held by the members, lending an almost visual feel.
Paul, The High-Stepper, gave his long awaited annual speech on respecting your fellow self, relaxing the mind and body, and healing the soul. This portion of the event is always a humorous fan favorite.
By the time Boney Fingers laid their fingers on the strings there was a high presence of people utilizing the seating area. The ones left standing…forgot to sit. This Grateful Dead cover band takes the sunshine blues from the ever-so-loved Dead, and use their individual talents to create a compilation of new age Dead jams. The soulful vibes cherished during this performance reach out and give a warm tribute to the one and only, Grateful Dead. It was one happy bluegrass moment after another as the jolly ole artists brought out the sun in the Miramar that eve.
This event although slow-moving, mind you, showed divine respects to the local talent that came together to make this year’s 420 Festival one for the bedtime books.