Renowned multi-faceted artist Todd Rundgren will host Todd Rundgren’s Mythic Pacific Retreat from August 18-22, 2014 at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s scenic Central Coast. This will be the fifth in his very successful series of Todd-hosted camp events: Toddstock (Kauai 2008), Toddstock II v6.5 (New Orleans 2013), and two in Big Indian NY: Music Survival Camp (2011), and Musical Revival Camp (2012).
MPR is already 80% sold out, as a result of the early tease posted by Todd on the event’s website:
“As the pioneers made their way inexorably westward in search of new lands and adventures, so the Rundgren Nation must explore the nether regions of this vast continent.
Thus we encamp this August for our first Mythic Pacific Retreat at the Cambria Pines Lodge on the Middle Coast of California.
Our agenda is still in development, but do not hesitate to explore the site of our destination — www.MythicPacificRetreat.com — and consider joining us for what is sure to be an historic event.
Todd “Sunshine” Rundgren
Todd Rundgren’s Mythic Pacific Retreat will offer fans a chance to share once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Rundgren, including enjoying nightly musical jam sessions at this sublimely serene location.
Guests at Todd Rundgren’s Mythic Pacific Retreat will choose from a variety of room options at Cambria Pines Lodge (www.cambriapineslodge.com). Located on 25 acres of Monterey pines and landscaped gardens, Cambria Pines Lodge is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst Castle, and is close to hundreds of wineries. Cambria, California is easily accessible by air via the San Luis Obispo airport and by car via the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
In other news, Todd will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC Awards). The awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production and will be presented January 24 at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. This honor has been granted to such luminaries as Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel. There will be a webcast of Todd receiving the Les Paul Award at 7:00 PM Pacific Time, followed by a short performance (Todd will be joined onstage by Jesse Gress and Prairie Prince). This webcast is free and will be streamed at www.namm.org. For more details on the NAMM TEC Awards, visit: http://tecfoundation.com/news/2013-09-23.html.
The same day Todd is presented with the Les Paul Award, he will formally announce details of The Spirit of Harmony Foundation (www.spiritofharmony.org)–a charity organization created to help school programs with music education–at NAMM’s Support Music Coalition webcast, on Friday, January 24, starting at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. The webcast is free, but you must register to attend. Please click here for more information and to register.
The Spirit of Harmony Foundation will promote cultural, academic, social and personal benefits of music for young people through special events, mentoring, advocacy, social entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships. “The purpose is to provide support and funding to school programs and other sorts of organizations who are trying to bring music to people who don’t have it, especially in terms of learning how to play instruments, learning how to understand what music is all about and having opportunity to express yourself through that medium,” Todd Rundgren said in a video announcement [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDbd8O0Ra3s]. For more information about The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, visit www.spiritofharmony.org and www.facebook.com/spiritofharmonyfoundation.
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About Todd Rundgren
As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972’s seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind.” It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”
In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included the hit singles “Set Me Free,” “One World,” and “Love Is The Answer,” and albums Oops! Wrong Planet and Adventures in Utopia. Along the way, Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that, for millions, defined the terms “progressive rock” in Utopia’s early configuration, and “power pop” in its latter years.”
Rundgren’s myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall And Oates, and one of the best selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. Rounding out his reputation as rock’s Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp’s 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also composed the score for Dumb and Dumber as well as a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.
Todd released his latest album State in April 2013 on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red. Todd’s latest musical vision is a fusion of rock, soul, r’n’b and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious. 2013 also saw Todd’s most active touring schedule in decades, circling the world twice, once in support of State, and again with Ringo Starr.
About Dreamcatcher Events: Dreamcatcher Events is the leading independent producer of musical and other event-related immersive retreats for young adults and adults. Dreamcatcher retreats provide unique, intimate, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans to spend several days with a legendary artist, while at the same time providing the artists a chance to connect with premium fans and earn impressive non-tour revenue. Dreamcatcher Events is privately owned, independently financed, fan-centric, artist-friendly, and provides completely turn-key operations. Past artists-in-residence have included Medeski, Martin and Wood, Paul Gilbert, Richard Thompson, Todd Rundgren, Umphreys McGee, Dweezil Zappa, and members of such bands as King Crimson, Megadeth, Yes, and the Allman Brothers. 2014 events will feature Todd Rundgren, Steve Earle, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, Mike Keneally, The Chieftains, and many more.
About Cambria Pines Lodge: Cambria Pines Lodge (2905 Burton Drive, Cambria, CA) offers extensive grounds and gardens available for exploring. Therapeutic massage and body treatments are also available onsite at Sojourn Healing Arts Center. For a more active experience, check out the Cambria Pines Lodge Nature Trail, which leads down a steep hill into Cambria village via 250+ steps. Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant features organic produce hand picked from the Lodge’s organic kitchen garden. The restaurant’s wine list offers a selection of some of the finest award-winning wines that the Central Coast wine regions have to offer. If internet access is needed, complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the Cambria Pines Lodge rooms and suites.