It's been a tough year for a lot of people. Ashley Glantz and Brittney Goldberg recognize that nature and music are two of the best ways to heal. Thus, the two joined forces and created Moonshadow Festival, a music, healing, and arts festival that will take place at Abita Springs Be & Be, located at 75368 Moonshadow Ln., on September 4 and 5. They've created a weekend festival with a lineup composed of all local artists, vendors, and production teams, with the goal of supporting New Orleans artists who have been battling unrest and uncertainty while the pandemic put their careers on hold.
The lineup is composed of a variety of New Orleans musicians with talents ranging from blues, jazz, and hip-hop to soul, funk, indie, punk, rock, and late-night electronic festivities. As of now, you can expect to see artists such as Handmade Moments, Anna Moss & The Nightshades, Ray Wimley, and Mahmoud Chouki, but there are still more that have yet to be released.
Unlike a typical music festival, this one involves camping! Festival go-ers have the option to spend the night at the beautiful property and fall asleep under the stars. The Camping Pass Ticket gives you full access into the campgrounds for one night, or you can go big with a VIP Pass that fits four people in a private RV! Of course, if camping isn't for you, you can stick to the day passes.
In addition to supporting musicians, local artists will also be able to feature their work. You can expect to see installations, fashion shows, and maybe even some interpretive dance numbers. There will also be a market made up of specialized vendors that sell handcrafted goods. Perhaps you'll find the perfect jewelry here to purchase as your weekend souvenir!
Moonshadow has partnered with delicious and nutritious food preparers to bring in some of the best meals to enjoy throughout the weekend. It is also encouraged to pack additional food and water. While they won't be selling alcohol, it is BYOB!
Since the primary objective of this festival is support, relaxation, and healing, wellness will also be at the forefront of the weekend. Curated workshops will take place over both days to guide the mind, body, and spirit. Some of the practitioners you can expect to see are yoga instructors, herbalists, botanists, art teachers, life coaches, therapists, and more. There will be no Wi-Fi, cell phone charging stations, or electrical outlets available, making it a true unplugged weekend.
With the uncertainty of the pandemic, they will continue to create a healthy environment for the safety of their guests. Tickets are limited to ensure safe capacity, sanitation stations will be set up, staff will be supplied with PPE, and there will be plenty of space for social distancing. As news changes about the new variant, so will their requirements, so be on the lookout for any updates.
After all of the stress and uncertainty of the past year, this weekend experience is a great opportunity to relax, unplug, and enjoy quality time with friends. Grab your crew, pack your bug spray, and get ready for a weekend unlike any other!
To purchase tickets, view the packing list, or find out more information, visit a-glantz.org.