Video by Ben Gondrez, shot in July, 2018
Solstice Festival, June 21 to 23
Three Days of Music and Resonance
Friday, June 21
Welcome the Summer at Sunrise in the Desert
Ring the Titanium Bell
Friday Evening Concerts
One Hour Before Sunset
When The Tank Swallows The Sun
Joshua Hill leads a contemplative soundbath
with ambient drones and electro-acoustic violin
Mysteries of the Night
“Extraordinary music… ethereal, spiritual,
meditative, and absolutely amazing”
–World Flute Society
James Marienthal (indigenous flutes)
Tom Wasinger (guitars & percussion)
Lois LaFond (vocals)
One ticket for both Friday evening events
These are benefit performances.
All proceeds support The TANK.
Saturday, June 22
9am to 1pm
Free admission to all
to Sing, Play, Experiment in the Tank.
Musical presentations on the hour.
Percussionist William Winant
says the New York Times.
Winant plays the whole TANK
as one enormous drum,
using marimbas, drums, gongs, superballs
and an array of found percussion instruments.
A peak experience!
Purchase tickets here.
Sunday June 22
Visit Gorgeous Rio Blanco County
Discover Dinosaur National Monument
Scout for Wild Mustangs
Swim in Kenney Reservoir
Sunday at Sunset
Ring All the Bells
Closing Ceremony at The TANK
Bring a bell or ring one of ours
For three years, folks have celebrated the solstice at The TANK, welcoming the first day of summer and greeting the sun at its zenith for the year. It all begins at dawn on June 21. At solstice solar noon on Friday, we’ll ring the titanium bell, the huge nose cone of an Apollo mission oxygen tank, which produces a deep, resonant roar, multiplied over and over in The TANK’s powerful reverb.
On Friday evening we present two back-to-back concerts.
At sunset, experience When the Tank Swallows the Sun, a transporting and contemplative soundbath with Joshua Hill from 7:48 to 8:48pm. Joshua is a young musician, composer and violinist, whose film scores have appeared in several award-winning movies. For this soundbath, he’ll play ambient drones and electro-acoustic violin.
Then at 9pm, we present Mysteries of the Night, a fabulous and transcendental deep listening experience, which you can enjoy inside The Tank (for $20) or outside under the stars (for free). A stellar lineup of musicians, all of whom have much experience playing in The TANK: James Marienthal, Tom Wasinger, Lois LaFond.
One ticket for both Friday Night events. Purchase here. These artists are donating their performances as a benefit to The TANK.
The following morning we have a special version of our Open Saturday at the TANK, when anyone can sing, play or just bask in the mighty resonance, free of charge. We’ll have short musical presentations on the hour.
Then on Saturday night, June 22, our festivities culminate in a concert with an awesome drummer and percussionist, William Winant, playing marimbas, drums, gongs, superballs and an array of found percussion instruments. Winant will bring the sonic splendor of The Tank to life. Winant has performed with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton, James Tenney, Frank Zappa, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Steve Reich and Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Joelle Leandre, Oingo Boingo, Mr. Bungle, Sonic Youth, and the Kronos String Quartet. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. Admission to this concert is $75 for inside seating–a peak experience–and $10 for outside seating, where you can listen to the concert through our landscape speaker array under the stars. Purchase tickets here.
On Sunday, you can explore the gorgeous high desert country around Rangely. Take a tour of ancient Fremont rock art, visit nearby Dinosaur National Monument, seek out the nearly mythical herds of wild mustangs in the wild lands southeast of Rangely (we recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle for this). Or swim in nearby Kinney Reservoir on the White River.
We close the festival at sunset on Sunday with a group bell ringing. We invite you to bring your own bell and help us raise a joyful noise in the deep reverberations of The TANK.
We hope you’ll join us for this stunning, one-of-a-kind festival. You’ll come away with a new sense of deep listening and a new reverence for the planet.
Mark your calendar now!
Seating and accommodations are limited.
“One road to the musical future now runs through Rangely.” – Alex Ross Illustration by Vincent Mahé Read Alex Ross’s article about The TANK in The New Yorker
A Water Tower Turned Music Venue
In Colorado, a uniquely resonant performance space.
Alive Inside The Tank, last year’s standout recording by Mysteries of the Night, continues to receive its accolades. Music critic Lloyd Barde has just proclaimed it the #1 Healing Arts and Yoga Music Album of the Year. The album features James Marienthal on world flutes with vocal harmonies by Sarah Gibbons. Plus royalties benefit The TANK Center for Sonic Arts. Click here to buy the album.
Listen to James Hoskins playing his cello in The TANK: beautiful, stately, resonant pieces, recorded at The TANK in 2017 and released as an album in 2018. Listen to this album here.
We’re pleased to share these voices of children from Rangely, Colorado. Composed by Kathaleen Hancock Todd.