RAJ Festival 2013: It’s More than an Alternative Music Fest
Three stages and three nights - the Rhythm & Joy Festival is an amazing fest.
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Take the concept of Coachella (you know: music, outdoors, camping, etc.) and subtract the EDM DJs and festivalgoers on drugs and alcohol. Then, add alternative music, motivational speakers, art, poetry, a conscious effort to be green, and you get the Rhythm and Joy Festival.

The Rhythm and Joy Festival has been described as more than an alternative music festival or a sustainability conference; it’s a “celebration of the creative genius deep within us,” according to its website. 

Occurring from Oct. 4 to 6, the three-day festival wants people to leave inspired, informed and encouraged to bring their best to life. To achieve this, festival makers have arranged a one-of-a-kind event with numerous musical acts and activities for everyone.

Situated in the Santa Susana Mountain, the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley will be this year’s home for the Rhythm and Joy Festival. It’s less than an hour away from Los Angeles, and it has a beautiful scenery. There are olive groves, majestic canyons and an overall serene setting. Attendees can camp under the stars in tents, RVs or experience “glamping” (which is basically camping in a luxury tent with a queen size bed, chairs, furniture and more).

This year’s music lineup at the Rhythm and Joy Festival is impressive. Much of the music will be urban contemporary, roots, world music, R&B soul and jazz. Invited artists include Mandrill, Chaka Khan, Georgia Ann Muldrow, the Agape International Choir and more! Special guests may also be announced. 

For college students, this festival has a special program in store. Students can take part in a day of workshops, performances and sharing. They can join others in music, mural making, songwriting, art, poetry jams, hip-hop and dance workshops and battles, and more. College students can also get special discounts on tickets: there’s a $150-special student discount for three-day festival passes, and soon it will cost $50 for a student one-day pass.

Other activities that college students, as well other attendees, will experience include site-specific installations created by artists, an “experimental dome” (a mind-bending experience with films, visual music and light shows), yoga, trance dance, meditation and inspirational speeches (Don Miguel Ruiz, Eris Latham, etc.).

As for food and drinks, there will be vegan, vegetarian and raw food trucks and restaurants. The food court is green in every sense. It's important to note that the Rhythm and Joy Festival is a meat, alcohol and drug-free zone. In addition, there will also be free water.

Experience this unique festival, and you’ll leave as a healthier, more enlightened and spiritual person. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun you don't want to miss out on! 

The Rhythm and Joy Festival 2013 takes place from Oct. 4 to 6 at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, Calif. For more information on the festival, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.