Concert Review: Moksha Art Fair Closing Celebration 12/8/2012
Written by: Jody Eichler
Photography by: Gary Gordon
There’s something mysteriously magical that shifts when you stimulate all your senses simultaneously in a transcendental, multi-sensory extravaganza. Especially when it is amongst local and internationally artists united in a collective consciousness that cross far beyond the barriers of cultural diversity that surround the physical space.
Deceptively ordinary from the outside, the Moksha Family Arts Collective is the last place you’d think to find a refuge for spiritual awakenings through art and music. But for the fourth year in a row the “Moksha Fam” has brought together renowned painters, musicians, artists, DJs, photographers, engineers and filmmakers for their 3-day “Moksha Visionary Art Fair”, attracting art-hungry audiences far off the glitzy Art Basel beaten path to 7th Circuit Studios in Little Haiti. “We have always wanted to showcase a different type of art, one that focuses on art as an expression of one’s spirituality,” said Ray Oraca, founder of Moksha.
Moksha’s “Closing Celebration” held on December 8, 2012 has grown in popularity year after year as the hot “underground” ticket of Basel. This highly unique indoor/outdoor event showcased a diverse 25-act musical lineup headlined by Asheville, North Carolina’s Toubab Krewe alongside Roosevelt Collier of The Lee Boys. Audiences were elated with the ripping fusions of Toubab Krewe enmeshed with the flair of the sacred steel front man Roosevelt C. topped off with the sensational beats of Terrence Houston, drummer for George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners. They totally crushed it!
“One of my favorite aspects of the Moksha Art Fair (and musical extravaganza) is the effort to bring together artists from the North and South, East and West. I know that during the fair I will meet interesting creative artists of many disciplines from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It is a great pleasure and sit down and share the gifts with them. I am a particular fan of Live music and appreciate the fact that musically speaking, there is something for everyone to dance to.” said visionary artist Mark Henson
I don’t know if it was the 10 foot plus “Magic Mushroom”, sensational visuals, seductive costumes, fire jugglers, amazing aerialist, groovy laid back festival vibe or just the feeling of being part of a tribe for a higher consciousness community, but I do know this is one annual event that is not to be missed.