Bottom Forty

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Bert & Chewy, live at XenoConception 2011

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June 5, 2013


‘Twas a gorgeous night on the playa in 2011, and our first year as Burning Man theme camp “Conception.” For those who don’t know already, Conception is a Seattle-based sound and arts camp, which I co-founded with some friends to bring our own northwest brand of love and psychedelia. I had asked Seattle techno visionary and Re-Bar co-owner Michael Manahan if he would play our big XenoConception (“conception with aliens”) party at Burning Man, but he was working on Bumbershoot and unable to make it to the playa that year. “However,” he said, “I have the perfect people to play.”

I hadn’t met Bert & Chewy (aka Rob Noble and Zacharia when they play drum & bass) before, but when Manahan says someone’s good, I listen. So, I booked them for the closing set with a bill of other techno-focused acts, including PG Tomasi and DJ Tatar from San Francisco camp Want It!


Though the night was only moderately attended as it was our first year (especially compared to our 2012 party with DJ Dan and Donald Glaude, which brought around 1000 people), the vibe was just right, and when Bert & Chewy showed up they dropped this face-melting madness on us:

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A terrific time was had by all.

Bert & Chewy, along with Conception friends & fam Karl Kamakahi, Xan Lucero, Chris Tower, Matt Stands, Robby Clark, Mz Art Iz and myself will be jacking it warehouse-stylee at the upcoming Camp Conception Summer Solstice fundraiser on June 22. Please join us:

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