This is a Test w/ Acid Mothers Temple / ST37 / USA
Fri May 19 2023 at 08:00 pm to Sat May 20 2023 at 12:59 amUTC-04:00
Oddity Bar | Wilmington, DE
About this Event
What is “Acid Mothers Temple”?
Collective led by Kawabata Makoto. There are currently around 30 members, famous and unknown, musicians, artist, dancers, farmers etc. In order to follow and document their multifarious activities, in 1998 the Acid Mothers Temple family record label was set up. The Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. group is just one part of collective’s activities.
Over a decade ago Kawabata became involved with a commune of Japanese beatniks and hippies, but the whole left-wing ethos didn’t really sit right with him. The members of Acid Mothers Temple have several houses all over Japan, and each of us is free to come and go between these houses. So we’re not a commune in the sense that all of us live together in the same place. There are some members who like to travel, others who stay at home. Everyone is free to live in whatever way they like. Our slogan is “Do Whatever You Want, Don’t Do Whatever You Don’t Want!!”. As a result of this philosophy, we have lost money and the trust of society as a whole, but we’ve gained time and freedom. When all the Aum Shinrikyo stuff was going on in Japan in 1995, there were quite a few of our members staying at AMT’s house. [NB Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth, were the religious cult who carried out the poison gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 that left 12 dead and over 1000 injured]. The neighbors mistakenly thought that our house was a secret Aum hideout and managed to get them evicted. Also, mountain villages are always suspicious of outsiders, and sometimes they are ostracized by the community. These kinds of problems pop up from time to time, but there’s not much we can do about it. One of our members is a farmer, living together with his fields and rice paddies. There’s another member who has travelled through the Australian deserts and lived with Aborigines. There are others who are bumming round India. One went to Africa and never came back. One dropped out of a yakuza gang and decided to travel around Japan searching for mermaids. But we all live according to our slogan, and we all eventually return to the fold. They respect each other’s ways of life, and we try not to tie each other down. The “soul collective” only exists so that we can protect our freedom.
Acid Mothers Temple will be supported on their tour by Texas psychedelic sensation ST37, and at this event by Delaware's own Urban Shaman Attack. Advanced Tickets are highly recommended for this event, as is arriving early. The capacity for this event is 100 people, and there will both food and drink options. You are invited to partake in this psychedelic event. Must be over 21 years of age to attend, even if you bought a ticket.
About the host
The Merry Pranksters were a group of people who formed around American author Ken Kesey in 1964 and sometimes lived communally at his homes in California and Oregon. The group promoted the use of psychedelic drugs. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters are noted for the sociological significance of a lengthy road trip they took in the summer of 1964, traveling across the United States in a psychedelic painted school bus enigmatically and variably labeled "Further" or "Furthur". Their early escapades were chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Wolfe also documents a notorious 1966 trip on Further from Mexico thru Houston, stopping to visit Kesey's friend novelist Larry McMurtry. Kesey was on the lam from a drug charge at the time.
Notable members of the group include Kesey's best friend Ken Babbs and Neal Cassady, Carolyn Garcia (also known as Mountain Girl), Wavy Gravy, Paul Krassner, Stewart Brand, Del Close, Paul Foster, Kentucky Fab Five author Ed McClanahan (also known as "Captain Kentucky"), Gurney Norman, George Walker, Sandy Lehmann-Haupt, Anonymous (Linda Breen) and John Page Browning (also known as "Rampage" or the "Cadaverous Cowboy").
This group is the Diamond State Pranksters, the group in Delaware ( The Diamond State) that is continuing the tradition of the original Merry Pranksters with community work, theater, music, art, and lots of Dayglow in our locale. We believe that improvisational action, in the spirit of humor and good will, can be a catalyst for change in many very serious fields. Help us laugh, and teach others to do so. Be a Merry Prankster
Where is it happening?Oddity Bar, 500 Greenhill Avenue, Wilmington, United States