When Luna Breeze was 14-years-old, her sister Shakti Sunfire took her to Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado, to see a band called The String Cheese Incident. Luna explained, “At the time she was simply an admirer of hoopers, and I remember her saying to me with raised eyebrows ‘Just wait until you see a hula-hooper! They’re sooooo amazing. They do things with hoops that I could never do!'” When the concert began everybody started dancing and Luna, feeling rather shy and reserved, confessed, “I don’t know how to dance. I’m not good at it.” She replied with a smirk, “Nobody here cares how you move or what you look like doing it, this is family.” Luna trusted her and tried shakin’ her booty confidently for the first time. While neither of the famous hooping sisters thought they had it in them starting out, in our 2012 Hoopie Awards both scored themselves major awards with Luna being honored as Instructor of the Year. So how did Luna go from being a shy and awkward kid who couldn’t dance to a professional mover and shaker? Find out in our interview with Luna Breeze, our Hooper of the Week!
First released last summer in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft, Hoopla Pale Ale makes a triumphant return to the Boulder Beer seasonal lineup again, and does so with with the new addition of 12-ounce 6-pack cans. Yes, magic happened last year in Boulder, Colorado, USA, when local music and local beer came together. In search of the perfectly drinkable, yet flavorful, festival beer, the Boulder Beer brewers and avid homebrewer Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely and Hoopla Pale Ale was born.
For any of our hooping beer lovers out there, Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing! Its lively hop character is wonderfully balanced with a crisp, clean finish from the unique blend of US and German grains, making Hoopla the perfect companion for hooping it up this festival season. “We wanted to make a beer that was hoppy, but still appetizing to non-hop-drinkers and drinkable on hot days at summertime festivals,” Kyle explained about the recipe. And the introduction of Hoopla cans this summer adds another element of outdoor fun to this already colorful, festive brand. The can art includes a QR code to scan for free music downloads from Kyle and more information on Hoopla to help generate a buzz about the beer and the new packaging. Twenty-two ounce “bomber” bottles and draught are available this season again as well, along with nitro kegs presenting a new option for experimental on-premise retailers that are interested in pouring pale-colored, hoppy beers on nitrogen for a smooth, creamy taste. Hoopla Pale Ale hits store shelves now and will only be available through early October. It is sold in select markets throughout Colorado and 37 other states.
While all the Summer Hoopla Photo Contest submissions were amazing, a couple captured the spirit of hooping in summer beautifully and we have our winners. Each will receive a a Hoopla Pale Ale T-shirt celebrating the limited edition brew available this summer from String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, in collaboration with Boulder Beer. We wanted sunshine! We wanted summer! We wanted hoopla! And your entries were so awesome we even need your help to vote on our finalists. Our Summer Hoopla Photo Contest Winners are:
One female prize winner is ISAria, aka Isabel Biehl, for this amazing shot caught while hooping it up at the Summerflame Festival in Serbia. She lives in Munich, Germany. Photo by Samu Samsara.
And our male prize goes to Douglas Delorey from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, for this great shot taken at St. Pete Beach by his fiancee, Linda Sellers. Congratulations Isabel and Douglas and thanks again to everyone who participated and voted. All of our finalists will be receiving a Hoopla Pale Ale sticker. Happy Summer Hooping Everybody!
There’s still time to enter our Summer Hoopla Photo Contest, through the end of the month actually. For those just tuning in, String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth is also a brewer, and in collaboration with Boulder Beer Kyle has released Hoopla Pale Ale as a limited edition beer available this summer. The Hoopla name and hooper silhouette on the bottle pay homage to the ever present hoopers at the music festivals where Hoopla has been available – like at Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, or Electric Forest for example. And here at Hooping.org you can win a piece of Hoopla for yourself as we’ll be giving away two prizes with one lucky guy and one lucky girl each receiving a Hoopla t-shirt. In our Summer Hoopla Photo Contest we’re looking for the quintessential summer hooping picture, something that captures the essence of hooping in the middle of beautiful sunny summertime. To enter simply email us your pic and include the following info: 1) Your Name, 2) Location Photo was Taken, 3) Where do you live?, 4) Photographer’s Name. All photos must be received by July 31st at 9pm PST – so head on out for some summer hooping – and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Many hoopers know about the symbiotic relationship between the modern hoopdance movement and the String Cheese Incident, but did you know that SCI keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth is also a brewer? In a collaboration with Boulder Beer, Kyle has released Hoopla Pale Ale as a limited edition beer available this summer. His intent was to create a beer ideal for summer festivals. “You want something easy to drink when you’re watching live music all day and all night,” Kyle explains, “but I pushed the edges a little for beer fans.” The Hoopla name and the hooper silhouette on the bottle pay homage to the ever present hoopers at the music festivals where Hoopla has been available as part of Kyle’s Brewru Experience.
By Philo Hagen
Driving through the Rocky Mountains to the Snow Mountain Lodge in Granby, Colorado, home to the first annual Spin Summit, as we passed the towering, lush, evergreen trees, alongside large pockets of dead timber that had fallen prey to the mountain pine beetle, we spotted a diamond shaped yellow warning road sign. On it, the black silhouette of a moose. It’s not everyday you see a “moose crossing” sign – and to make matters even better, that’s when we realized that the moose was hula hooping. Yes, here in Colorado, home state of the String Cheese Incident – the band those road sign stickers trace to, you won’t just find a man hooping, you just might find a moose.
Have you dreamed about performing on stage with The String Cheese Incident? Then the Electric Forest Inaugural Hoop Troupe Contest has your name written all over it. Why? Because twenty hoopers are going to be selected for the magic opportunity to perform during one of String Cheese Incident’s Main Stage performances. The winners are will, of course, score a complimentary ticket to the Electric Forest Festival -held in Rothbury, Michigan, from June 30th through July 3rd, and they’ll be attending a special private workshop to prepare for it with Shakti Sunfire and Luna Breeze. The EFF Hoop Troupe will be participating in daily performances throughout the Festival, as well as be featured nightly performers in Sherwood Forest, so if you’ve always wanted to rock it out at the music festival you best get to work on your LED hoop video submission. That’s what they’re asking for as their casting call. Shakti told Hooping.org, “I think it will be a great way to activate community and get people on stage who otherwise may not have had a chance to perform with the hula hoop musical legends.” Get all the details.
[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn looks deeper into the legend of how hooping as we know it began.]
For many, the history of hula hooping begins with Wham-O and the 1950’s mania for a tiny plastic circle. Judith Lanigan and Rayna McInturf can take you even further on a hoop-trip into ancient times. But the oil-tinted and black-and-white history of tiny toy hoops isn’t responsible for inspiring the re-generation of hoopdance as we know it, are they? Somehow, somewhere, somebody got it into their head to make an adult-sized hoop, a hoop that most anyone could keep up, a hoop that would change lives. Once upon a time, someone made the hoop that would eventually spawn a community of people whose lives would be centered around it. One day, that person made a “big hoop.” Several years later, there were hoopers. Ever wondered about how that happened? Hooping.org’s reasearcher-extraordinaire digs deep for the story.
Ok, we admit it. Sometimes we’re not exactly sure what hooping is anymore either. Are you? When Hooping.org began in April of 2003 we defined the word as “a term for hula hooping with large customized hoops.” Hoopalicious had begun pioneering this new phenomenon only a few years earlier, taking the larger hoops that had begun appearing at String Cheese Incident shows to the streets and clubs of Los Angeles. Jason Strauss, who followed many jam bands including String Cheese, put the instructions for making your own hoop online. Others were beginning to figure things out for themselves in other cities as well, and when Jason handed me this great big hoop at a party for the first time, those of us who were hooping back then all had some things in common. Our hoops were hand made from black polyethylene irrigation tubing, and they were larger and heavier than anything the world had seen before. The extra space inside the circle gave us room to dance too. We cranked our music of choice and you could find us all hooping, mostly just on our waists, for hours on end.
Those that still had their hands on an original Wham-o style 1950’s hoop would occasionally write to complain about our definition. “Are we not hoopers too? What kind of elitists are you trying to be anyway?” From the beginning, our definition was never really meant to be exclusionary, but simply addressed our need for new language. When we told our friends and family that we’d discovered “hooping” it helped to differentiate that this was something new and different. Dropping the “hula” facilitated that – and saved a lot of us from being threatened with trademark lawsuits (I’m not joking). “Your toy store hoops will never do,” we exclaimed. And yet now, several years later, you’ve probably seen a hooper here on Hooping.org rocking it out with a hoop that isn’t any different in size than the ones we originally weren’t favoring at all. So what is this thing called “hooping” again exactly?