Beloved.

August 26, 2013 in music, nature, Oregon, travel by rachaelrice

Beloved Festival.

woodsy-dreamcatcher

It was my first time. I was able to attend this year because I was invited to install some dreamcatchers on the Sufi Path.  I camped with Flora Bowley and Lynzee Lynx — you’ll see the live painting photos below.

I had been to Bread & Puppet several times in Glover, Vermont. The vibe was similar, yet dramatically different. More intimate, more focused on transformative experiences. And big on the electronic dance music. Serious communion happening on the dance floor. Zero alcohol being sold (so awesome). Instead, kombucha on tap. Vegan vendors. Lots of families and kids. You could leave your iPhone in the charging station all day and no one would steal it. So….safe.  Even the porta-potties had Hafiz and Rumi quotes in them along with fresh flowers and herbs and fiber optic lights. I tried to focus on being there, and not on taking photos.

Highlights included:

  • A “Big Love” tent with an array of altars and crystals left there all the time, with rugs and relaxation teas. Perfect for introverts, with a view of the stage.
  • Attending Nicki Scully‘s shamanic group journey in which we visualized our DNA helix as a snake inside a snake charmer’s basket. We uncurled it, helped it to relax, and returned it to the basket with a different pattern on its head. Later, I got to snuggle with an actual snake (see photos below).
  • Singing into what I can only describe as an ayahuasca pyramid echo chamber of indigenous sound.
  • A nest the size of a small yard with steel cut laser chakra meditation centers.
  • An airstream trailer turned into a sauna.
  • Altars of unspeakable beauty scattered everywhere.
  • The hugs. At first, startling and invasive. By the end, totally normal.
  • Goddesses dancing with fire on stage (see video below).
  • Lounging in a girl pile with new friends in a psychedelic 4am twilight, watching Youssoupha Sidibe play the West African harp kora.

Overhead quotes:

“This does not look like a turtle area. I lost my hula hoop at the turtle area.”

“There were just, like, SO MANY vaginas. I mean, I had no idea.”

“No, not that camp. The Wounded Goddess camp. With the nudists.”

“Hold my baby so I can go do some acro-yoga with my husband.”

[a friend's child has wandered off] Friend: “Sorry I’m freaking out.” Me: “Dude, I freak out when I lose my phone. This is your kid.” [kid was found, btw.]

“This Care Bear suit is actually an embodiment of sacred geometry.”

I can’t wait for next year.

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart: Free download

January 9, 2013 in music, ukulele by rachaelrice

I recorded this on December 14th, 2012.

Just me and a ukulele.

2013: Year of the Dream

January 7, 2013 in holiday, music, Portland Oregon, Reflections, Wisdom by rachaelrice

2013

Huge year. Huge.

First full year of not working a straight job. Of being a full-time artist. Successfully.

First print article feature.

Made a bunch of pieces for a Hollywood pop-up store.

Which led to a piece for a Hollywood wedding.

Which led to a photo on People.com.

Two big successful tributes.

All-female rock revue launched.

Dream School Salon for Creatives coaching group launched.

Moved out of a shared space into our own gorgeous, little apartment.

Visited two tropical islands, played music and made art on both.

Major breakthroughs in my mental/emotional/spiritual health. (Gratitude? Check. Forgiveness? Check. Miraculous, daily.)

Music expansion: ukulele, shows, collabs, and even a little EP.

And friends…so many new old friends. Feels like I’ve known them for so long already.

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Judy Garland!

Judy Garland!

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Cinnamon Girls: Women Sing Neil Young

March 19, 2012 in music, Oregon, Portland, Portland Oregon by rachaelrice

Cinnamon Girls Poster

I spent too long trying to approximate the look of Neil's Harvest album.

On February 25th 2012 I produced an all-female tribute to Neil Young at Mississippi Pizza Pub in Portland, Oregon. It featured over 20 performers and was the first event of its kind I’ve done out here on the best er, west coast.

L to R: Marilee Hord (fiddle), Alexa Wiley (guitar), Renee Muzquiz (lead guitar), Gina Noell (in the back), Alex Nicole, Rachael Rice, Christine Havrilla, Darka Dusty. Photo by M I R I Photo

Miriam German

Miriam German of Miriams Well - Photo by M I R I Photo

Yours truly. Photo by M I R I Photo

I knew that when the Facebook event was at over 100 rsvp’s I was in trouble…the evening sold out before it began. It was a kickass night playing with women I’d barely met.  Despite some technical difficulties (hello, no stage monitors) we rocked…hard. Here’s a YouTube playlist of the entire evening:

Exactly two hours after the show ended I got on a plane to the Caribbean to visit my dad.  More on that in my next post.

Last Waltz Fashion

December 6, 2011 in fashion, music, Portland Oregon by rachaelrice

I took some photos at a tribute concert called The Next Waltz at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon last week where my man Dan Haley sang This Wheel’s on Fire (Bob Dylan/Rick Danko). The cool thing about the show was that they played EVERY SONG from that concert, not just what you see on The Last Waltz Scorsese movie ~ which if you haven’t seen, you should immediately!

So many that night dressed like the original performers; I think we were all scouring Good Will stores trying searching for 1976 duds. After a lot of internetting and geeking out on the 70′s vibe, I took a bunch of photos. And I’m blown away by the similarities! Here’s my own little visual tribute to The Last Waltz, which includes the poster I made of my last show in Vermont.

The Last Waltz with Rachael RiceHere are some photos and photo collages based on The Last Waltz, and taken from The Next Waltz.  Hard to tell which are the newer photos!

Concert photo with flowers and flag

from The Next Waltz

Ladies of the Waltz

clockwise: Little Sue, Heidi Shu, Michael Hessling, Kris Deelane, and Miriams Well

Joni Fashion

I want to dress like Joni 24/7

Bob Dylan/Al James

Bob Dylan/Al James

comparisons

Dan Haley

Dan Haley


full band

The Band and the other band...and Jeff Roseberg as Van. Priceless.

Adam East as Neil Diamond

Adam East as Neil Diamond - nails it.

Next Waltz Photo Collage

The Next Waltz photo collage

“dream eyes & god catchers” art show with kate sprout

October 12, 2010 in art, craft, decor, doilies, dream catchers, fashion, feathers, interior design, leather, music, photography, print, sculpture by rachaelrice

Montpelier Art Walk event, sponsored by Montpelier Alive:
DREAM EYES & GOD CATCHERS
by RACHAEL RICE & KATE SPROUT


sculptural, large-scale dream catcher installation from montpelier’s favorite sister act duo at salaam boutique in montpelier, vermont.  big, reverent, and re-imagined interpretations of this native cultural symbol through the lens of modern bohemia.  show also showcases photography by both artists, all prints are $5.


opening reception friday october 15th 4-8pm with special live performance by LITTLE ENGINE, my new duo project also featuring kate sprout.  free LITTLE ENGINE download here on our bandcamp profile.
more about kate can be found here:


and here:


art show

hand bill

some photos of the works:

white object

white object detail

white object detail

see more photos of the art here on my flickr:

Portland, Oregon tour!

November 8, 2009 in music, travel by rachaelrice

So Dan Haley, Noah Hahn and I are out in PDX playing some shows as a trio…mostly as “Mister Casual” at the Laurelthirst Public House but also some Cosmic American stuff thrown in here and there.  We’re packed in a VW bus which just today ran out of gas, so we got in a different VW bus to get to the gig.  The schedule is here:

http://www.myspace.com/mistercasualsings

Dan Haley is Mister Casual

Dan Haley is Mister Casual

concert posters i have made

October 13, 2009 in design, music, photography by rachaelrice

Here are some examples of my promotional materials for my own band(s) and events:

Concert Poster Collage using original record purchased from Exile on Main Street in Barre, VT

Concert Poster Collage using original record purchased from Exile on Main Street in Barre, VT -- this is the one that went in the window of Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier.

Detail of Some Girls Concert Poster Collage

Detail of Some Girls Concert Poster Collage

Poster for Documentary Film about Koko Taylor

Poster for Documentary Film about Koko Taylor

Concert Poster for my Opening Show for Birdie Busch -- showcasing my Poladroid fascination

Concert Poster for my Opening Show for Birdie Busch -- showcasing my Poladroid fascination

Concert Poster for Claire's of Hardwick

Concert Poster for Claire's of Hardwick

Concert Poster

Concert Poster Design for a Solo Show

Concert Poster Design

Concert Poster Design

Poster Design for Daniel Haley

Poster Design for Daniel Haley

Concert Poster for Daniel Haley

Concert Poster for Daniel Haley

Concert Poster

Concert Poster

Poster design for Katie Trautz

Poster design for Katie Trautz

CD Jacket Design for The House Carpenters: simple, effective, and cheap to print, glue and fold!

CD Jacket Design for The House Carpenters: simple, effective, and cheap to print, glue and fold!

Concert Poster

Concert Poster

Poster Design for Anais Mitchell

Poster Design for Anais Mitchell

Concert Poster for Dave Keller Solo Shows

Concert Poster for Dave Keller Solo Shows

Concert Poster for Dave Keller Band

Concert Poster for Dave Keller Band

Concert Poster

Concert Poster

Concert Poster Design for The ImproVisions

Concert Poster Design for The ImproVisions

Concert Poster for the ImproVisions

Concert Poster for the ImproVisions

Concert Poster

Concert Poster

Concert Poster for Show at Higher Ground

Concert Poster for Show at Higher Ground

psychedelic retro vintage rock posters

July 8, 2009 in design, music by rachaelrice

i will always love retro psychedelic rock and movie posters.

but Tadanori Yokoo took it to a whole nutha level:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert poster, 1972

Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert poster, 1972

Movie poster: "The Trip" with Peter Fonda

Movie poster: "The Trip" with Peter Fonda, 1968

i mean, how crazy are these?  i love the how the registration is deliberately off, like in those turn-of-the-century offset screen prints or the WPA propaganda posters from the 30′s and 40′s.

"The Trip"

"The Trip", 1968

[and is it just me or does the woman in this poster totally look like Marie-Louise Parker?]

"Cochin Moon", 1978

"Cochin Moon", 1978

pretty sure they were done without Adobe Illustrator.  this gives me hope.

(images via pinktentacle.  even more TY awesomeness here)

sheet music art

June 21, 2009 in craft, decor, music by rachaelrice

got a bunch of old sheet music and liked the vintage looking fonts and stuff…so I spray-tacked them to some scrap pieces of foam core and thumbtacked them on the walls of our music room:

the raw materials

the raw materials

above part of the cd library

above part of the cd library

sideview

sideview

above the piano, on either side of a piece made by sandra mudge (i could devote several posts just to her work)

above the piano, on either side of a piece made by sandra mudge (i could devote several posts just to her work)

library side view

it's hard for me to find cd's so i made alphabet cards