The wave of influence and impact of Burning Man knows no bounds. The way people take the spirit of the burn back into their lives is evident of the life changing impact it can have on a person and in few people, that feeling, that spirit, and that mindset can become the main inspiration in their daily lives. Desert Hearts is a Southern California based collective of like-minded, fun-loving, music-obsessed ridiculously talented and creative burners to the core composed of Christopher Kristoff and DJs Mikey Lion, Marbs (Matt Marabella), Porkchop (David Leon) & Lee Reynolds.


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Inspired by Burning Man and ignited by their immense passion, last November 2012 the boys finally brought to fruition their fantasy of creating their own little desert oasis. Their vision was to create a house and techno fueled wonderland reminiscent of, in honor of, the spirit of the Burn. They wanted to create something that could be enjoyed more than once a year that could emulate that spirit and leave people with something to look forward to, something to contribute to, something to walk away from feeling blessed, to hold you over during that year long wait between coming home to The Playa. What began with the first Desert Hearts was a very small gathering with a big vision, but what has grown in the last year, in just two Desert Hearts and two Tropical Hearts, a collaboration with Ben Annand’s Tropical House, is beyond impressive. It has been amazing to see the progression and rapid growth of not only their parties, but of the community and family that has rapidly grown with it.


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In true Burning Man form, Desert Hearts has been a beacon of the desert and has brought together a beautiful community of like-minded lovers in California. The growth of the second Desert Hearts saw the inclusion of well-established larger scale Burning Man theme camps, such as San Diego based Ego Trip and Shangri-Lawless, and art installations all brought by attendees wanting to contribute their time and energy to make the weekend more magical for the community. The One Year will also see the inclusion of the two camps mentioned above as well as Desert Hearts’ own Burning Man camp Pile Palace and new art installations and workshops.


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It is most definitely the way Desert Hearts manages to embody that vibe and spirit of the Burn that makes it such a magical experience and such a beautiful community. The One Year will also see a wide expansion of workshops, yoga, food vendors, and live art & installations, including Adam Christoff and Jamie Valentine from Symbiotic Creations who will be transforming the Indian Reservation into a beautiful tribal playground full of elaborate psychedelic designs and outstanding unique deco. The Anniversary will be held at the beautiful La Jolla Indian Reservation, where last spring's Tropical Hearts and San Diego's annual Burning Man Decompression are held, just about an hour outside of San Diego.


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Behind all the art, the workshops, the yoga, the spiritual center, the music is the main fuel to the fire that inspires these weekends to keep happening. A huge community of like-minded music lovers coming together in Southern California for 48-72 hours of non-stop house and techno fueled dancing is the main source of pulling this crowd and this family together. With past lineups including just one or two headliners such as Jimpster, Safeword, and Hoj, the Desert Hearts boys have expanded their headliners with a loaded little lineup for the one year. The main masters of sound will be Marc Houle (Live), Noir, James Teej, Three, Thugfucker, Atish, Dance Spirit (Live) and the best of California local legends from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego.  Be sure to get your tickets to the event on Pulse Radio!


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