Behind The Scenes
Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha, and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, the co-host of Occupy Radio, and the cofounder of the Love-In-Action Network. She is also the social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Sun attended the James Lawson Institute on Strategic Nonviolent Resistance in 2014 and her essays on social justice movements appear in Truthout and Popular Resistance.
Diane has been performing at festivals and venues since 1991. Beginning with co-fronting a world beat band in Davis, then starting the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet with three fellow songwriters and two percussionists, followed by 13 years of solo, duo, and trio work, mainly with Al Torre on guitar and, for the last three years, Sara Tone on Cajon and vocals.
“Joni Mitchell meets Ani Di Franco… Patterson is a modern day folk goddess. Diane is a young Pete Seeger.” — Percussionist & Composer, Geoffrey Gordon
Based in Northern California, independent and supported by her community, Diane considers herself a micro magical munition of manifesting: highest consciousness, cleanest food for body and mind, best balance and highest integrity of relations between all Peoples, Elements, Directions, & Resources. For this the songs are caught, carried, sung, rocked, and recorded.
Shelly Johnson was born in Trinidad, West Indies and raised in the continental US. She has traveled coast to coast and beyond. Shelly has enjoyed connecting, creating, and embracing all that this beautiful world has to offer. She holds a BFA with a focus in Graphic Design from Virginia Common Wealth University, which has informed both her artistic & design senses. Shelly appreciates the culture & people she has experienced throughout her travels - hitching the Pacific Coast Highway & Alaska, Europe, Central America, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, & Hawaii. Now the founder of Shanti Community on the Mesa, an off-grid collection of artists and musicians, Shelly is dedicated to creating space that inspires the collective. Shelly Johnson is a prolific artist, featured in magazines from Boomer, Home & Design, House Beautiful, Home Style, THE Magazine, Studio Visit (Featured), among other local and national papers. Now, while maintaining her art practice, Shelly is also busy with her band Dandelion Liberation Front (DLF) - a witchy-gypsy band singing songs of Whiskey, Heaven, Love & Revolution - playing banjolele, guitar, ukulele, & contributing to both lyrics and song while heading up promotion for DLF & their new label Rebellion Revival Records. Also, the Marketing Director for Studio 14 (a gallery in the heart of Madrid), Shelly spends her time playing, laughing, connecting, & enjoying life. She is proud to be co-founder of The loveASrevolution Festival!
Lonnie McGuinn was born in NM, raised in Chicago, while maintaining her ties to New York & the Land of Enchantment. She has enjoyed exploring and living in disparate & eclectic spaces - from Chicago to New Mexico, Vancouver to India, Mexico to Ireland, Chile to Puerto Rico. Lonnie graduated from the University of New Mexico Summa Cum Laude & received her Masters from the University of British Columbia in Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education. Throughout her travels, she has been bestowed the gifts of books, people and experiential learning. She has combined this with the contributions of inner journey to create an informed interpretation of artful living. Lonnie has spent lives in business, theory, activism, community, and government, and celebrates the “infinite divisions” of creation and actualization. Her passions lie in advocacy and outreach to diverse populations; supportive communication; authenticity; development, direction and success; and increased love and care, for ourselves, each other, and the planet. Lonnie's parents informed a lifelong commitment to community activism, which led to academic critical thinking surrounding Eurocentric ideologies, epistemologies, and methodologies that promote exploitation and hierarchization in the production and distribution of knowledge. Lonnie, founder of The Lotus, a Human Sanctuary located in Madrid NM, enjoys creating space, art & poems, playing her drum, dancing, creative opportunities, growing food & flowers, and writing. She is proud to be co-founder of The loveASrevolution Festival!
Bruce McIntosh, of Wild Dog Road Video, will be recording The loveASrevolution Festival 2015. Bruce has spent the last 4 years recording live events in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. His objective is to give extended life to these beautiful but transient happenings. Bruce will be creating The loveASrevolution Festival DVD with samples from all of the happenings and performances of the weekend.
Shawn Green, experienced in both movie & festival sound work, will be providing his expertise for The loveASrevolution Festival performers.
Aya Trevino was born in Zaragoza Spain and raised in the 505. She is a human, a mama, a painter, a designer of Desert Fairy recycled clothing, adornments, and health & beauty products, and the creator of the beautiful photographs at Aya Trevino Photography. Aya is a lover of life who sees beauty on the smallest scale to the largest sky. Up close and personal - It's the small things in life. Love your Love!
M.I.S.T. - Madrid Intervention & Safety Team
M.I.S.T. – An unofficial volunteer group of concerned community members committed to crisis intervention in the Madrid, NM area. Co-founder Michael T. put the idea out to the community after noticing police presence in situations in which they were not needed. M.I.S.T. does not try to replace law enforcement, but rather, tries to act as liaison between community members and law enforcement and other agencies. M.I.S.T. tries to alleviate and solve situations, without force, before law enforcement officials are necessary. In this way, they assist their community relations, avoid unnecessary arrests, and help community issues find resolution within the community. M.I.S.T. can also provide transportation, reducing improper utilization of ambulance and EMT services. M.I.S.T utilizes walkie-talkies to communicate. As of June 2015, there are 42 folks participating. Michael T. is hopeful M.I.S.T can become a template organization for other communities across the country.