Sacred Bass sessions: A performance like no other
by Elyse Tan
Sacred Bass Sessions offer a unique twist on live music events in an effort to bring together the vibrant community of Bellingham. It builds on different facets of the community’s robust, dynamic scene, and integrates yoga, dance, workshops, theatre entertainment, live music, tea ceremonies, and storytelling, among other interactive experiences in a series that will occur twice this month, May 3 and May 30.
Erik Moore and Christian Martin are the minds behind Sacred Bass Sessions. After meeting in 2007 and spending quality time at Burning Man building a pyramid, Moore and Martin eventually realized they shared a common passion and urge to create an experience Bellingham doesn’t already have.
Sacred Bass Sessions attract a diverse mix of people ages 18 and up that differentiates it from the average EDM event. At 8 p.m., the event begins with yoga and creates a positive and comfortable space for everyone. Live performances follow, varying from storytelling to belly dancing. Then, live music, acoustic and electronic, ensues dancing until the wee hours. It is a whirlwind of artwork and good times based around movement, connection and dance, Moore said.
This month, Sacred Bass Sessions will take place at a bigger venue, Eagles Hall located on Forest Street, a refurbished 100-year-old ballroom where they will be debuting a new 70,000-watt sound system, Martin said. May’s Sacred Bass Sessions will have light installations by Sensebellum and Groove Merchant in addition to Acorn Productions. “It will be a special night in Bellingham music history,” Martin said.
Moore, 38, said their primary mission is to continue letting creativity, dance and expression thrive in our community and have fun. As the founder of Boogie Universal Arts Collective, Moore has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 14 years. However, Sacred Bass Sessions is a volunteer-based production and put on for the love of it rather than any financial gain.
“Although we started it, there’s a lot of people to make it something really special,” Moore said. Moore is extremely appreciative of the incredible support from volunteers who have helped make Sacred Bass Sessions momentous.
Sacred Bass Sessions began six months ago and is a creative outlet for a lot of different elements of our community, Moore said. With lines out the door and approximately 20 to 30 eager volunteers at each event, Sacred Bass Sessions is evolving into something far bigger than its founders. There were more than 300 attendees at the February event, Martin said. People travel from Seattle, Portland, Olympia and Vancouver to experience the event, Moore said.
Martin, 42, drew inspiration for Sacred Bass Sessions from attending Burning Man and other small regional fests like Photosynthesis Festival, Symbiosis Gathering and What the Festival where every square inch flows with creativity. He wanted to bring the spirit of Black Rock City to Bellingham and celebrate friends, creativity and good times, he said. Martin also has a website destinationburningman.com, a hub for people of the playa to keep the flames of the Burning Man spirit lit year-round.
Martin hopes people gain an appreciation for the sacred bass style of music and feel like they’re a part of a community they didn’t know existed when they leave Sacred Bass Sessions. It is welcome to everyone and is a great opportunity for social alchemy.
For more information about the Sacred Bass Sessions, see www.sacredbass.org. See them perform May 3 at Eagles Hall (1125 N. Forest St.) and May 30 (TBA).