Burners Invade the Bible-Belt!

The repressive, racist, red-state culture of the Bible-Belt has been invaded by Burners!  Apparently, it’s no longer just a west coast phenomenon. The Burner subculture, along with its unique form of totally participatory, commerce-free weekend camping festivals, can now be found even in the darkest corners of the former Confederacy.  Within half a decade, events like Transformus, Alchemy, and Euphoria (held this past weekend near Dalton, GA) have brought the culture and philosophy of Burning Man to the part of the country where, arguably, it is most needed.  And the people down here really seem to enjoy it!

Hell, I’m a thirty-year-old veteran Disinfonaut, and I still enjoyed it.  At least when I was smart enough to get my tickets early …  Two out of three of these festivals, all official Burning Man Regional events, each sold out within hours.  My friends and I were so bummed out that we couldn’t go, that we decide to throw a couple of Burn events on our own.  Below, you will find a brief guide to Burner events in the South that are currently not sold out.  It is a short list, so if you know of others, please add a link into the comments section of this post.

Upcoming Burns in the Bible-Belt:

Infusion Festivals 2012 — near Carrollton, GA — Aug. 17–19, Sept. 14–16, Nov. 2–4

Serendipity Burn – Morrison, TN — June 21–24

Alchemy: The Georgia Burn – Sep 27 – Oct 1

 

Please help us add to this list by posting event links in the comments section below.

 

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  • saint_al

    /knows burners in IN, OH, KY, etc. Kind and smart folks. Just look up ‘regional burns’- it just might change your life. You don’t have to go to Gerlach, NV anymore- the tickets to BMan are often hideously scalped.

  • Matthew

    Its not the ‘burner’ culture. Its simply an outgrowth of the underground counter culture that has always been a part of southern culture and most recently manifested in the 90s rave and jam band scene.  The Myth is that the south is backwards, I grew up in the south and have lived in NYC and L.A. and let me tell you, the south is more advanced.

  • http://twitter.com/belikemike mike clagg

    Cute article, but we have been doing satellite burns in Texas for more than a decade and these burns aren’t new, they are more than a few years old.  The should be about China’s burn, or one of the international ones in repressive countries, not that there are burners in shitty parts of America.

    • MoralDrift

      really? in China….that’ll be the day. Most people here are brainwashed to think all drugs are heroin and are the reason for a century of humiliation 

      Not to imply that is the sole focus of these festivals but I just couldnt imagine it even being sanctioned…

  • Taylor

    Alchemy 2012 is not yet sold out. Tickets are still available

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Occupy-Everywhere/100002950194121 Occupy Everywhere

    I’ve already come to hate you, disinfo. And I was here from the beginning in the erly ’00′s. Don’t give me a reason to despise you. Leave the regional burns alone. Those who need to be there will get there. Those who should not be there should not be able to find out about it on a shity disinfo spewing site like disinfo.com. This is war. GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR BUSINESS, YOU PIECE OF SHIT!
    -DUBTHEWORLD

    • Heath

      So you’ve been here on a this site since the early 00′s? and it’s a shitty disinfo spewing site,and your still here…hmmph.. 

    • Calypso_1

      i’ve been here since the 20th century, pray tell who were you in these days of yore and I will vouchsafe your bonifides

    • MoralDrift

      what a maroon

  • Jonathan Hayes

    Hurr durr we ain’t know nuthin’ ’bout no readin’ writin’ or ‘rithmetic well time t’get offa this here disinfo gotta clean the possums our from under m’trailer y’all

  • Raymond

    Taylor – Thanks so much for letting me know about Alchemy, I was under the impression it was still sold out.  We will move it to the not sold out list.

    Occupy Everywhere – I really honestly expected someone like you to pop up on this thread.   “Those who need to be there will get there. Those who should not be there
    should not be able to find out about it on a shity disinfo spewing site
    like disinfo.com”  Who decides who needs to be there and who doesn’t need to be there?  You?  I thought principle number one was that it is all-inclusive, and that all are welcome.  You and those like you are exactly why I wanted to start a burn event.  These ideas are for everybody, not just a few cliques of cool kids.  I love how people would never be willing to deny another human water, yet they are so willing to deny them fire.  People need this, a lot more than you do apparently.

  • Redacted

    I saw “burner” and “bible belt” in the same sentence and I must confess I was hoping for something more… permanent.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I sorta had flashes of Sherman when I first read the headline, I have to admit.

      • Calypso_1

        : ) many of sherman’s raiders where in fact southern unionists.  particularly cavalry from tennessee & alabama

        • Redacted

          Diamonds in the rough.

        • tooCents

           His body guard troops were from northern Alabama.

      • Redacted

        Sherman is a true hero.

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          I will admit that he is among a long line of distinguished American war criminals.

          • Redacted

            Everyone dies. Some people just expedite the process.

          • tooCents

            What are Sherman’s crimes? Please don’t say his troops raped women, etc. And the looting is way the hell blown out of proportion. And believe it or not, but Hood’s men started the fire that burnt Atlanta. But I’d not would hold it against them for wanting Atlanta raised to the ground, at that point of the bloodbath that was the American Civil War.

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            If you don’t already think what Sherman did to the Plains Indians were war crimes, then I don’t think anyone would ever be able to convince you…

          • tooCents

            You’re right. Terrible. Well Sherman was a racist. Oh fuckin’ people.

          • Andrew

            I don’t think he’s accusing Sherman of just having racist opinions.

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            I didn’t even imagine that tooCents was simply being facetious.

            It just didn’t occur to me that it would be possible.

            Sherman perpetrated what amounted to an attempted genocide against the plains Indians.

            You’d think someone (tooCents) who self-identifies as a Jew would be a little more on the ball than that. Especially I suppose, when the person under discussion was such a hateful racist that he had every known Jew ejected from his section of the Union army because he felt they were fundamentally untrustworthy.

          • tooCents

            Here’s a clearer post on what I think of Sherman and his crimes against the Indians: The behavior of the U.S. Government and military leaders like Sherman is evil.

          • Lizifer

            It’s “razed.” I’m southern, in a long line of Southern folk; raised by Southern hippie bikers, and even I know that “raised” means ” to be built” and “razed” means “to tear down.” Way to condescend. Badly.

          • tooCents

            Fucking whatever. Seriously. That was an absented minded harmless misspelling. Here’s condescension:
            Ohhh I am soo fucking sorry southarn biker hippie for your pain over being from the shithole ignorant asss loooser south. I am glad Atlanta was razed to the fucking ground.

  • charlieprimero

    How much are tickets to these “commerce-free” events?

    If you want to attend a *real* counter-culture event without the nanny patrols and pathetic hipster desperation to be something other than a brat, find a Rainbow gathering.

    • davakins

       you will find one in East Tennessee this year!

  • davakins

    Yes, thank you for your condescending attitude towards the south! Fuck your bourgeois Burner hipster campout!

    • http://internetkhole.blogspot.com/ Pb

      ^^^ this.  Fuck off back to the Nevada wastelands you horrible cunts.

    • Redacted

      Why did we spare you fuckers? Sherman should have put his men at arm to arm interval and marched through the South killing anything white. The world would be much better without you people, I can promise you that. As is it now I suppose you people could be used as chattel labor. Doesn’t that sound fun?

  • tooCents

    There’s been stuff like this going on for ..decades. I mean “counter-culture” /hippie type get togethers out in the country where thousands of folks camp out, party. I cannot remember the name a friend had for one event but that was in the 90s. Same thing.
    I’m grew up in the South and make fun of it as much as a smart, resentful, alienated Jewish guy can. I’m thinking of David Cross. The South is actually -especially in 2012 but going back to the 90s as  I well remember- filled with people that aren’t “rednecks” or right-wing. A growing minority. And that’s whites I’m thinking of. Black people aren’t red state Republicans either and there’s more blacks in the South (for an obvious sad historical reason) % wise than anywhere else.

  • http://profiles.google.com/joshuabardwell Joshua Bardwell

    This blog post is ignorant and bigoted. As a southern burner, I’m sorry to be associated with it. Burners aren’t invading the south. Southerners are burners. Way to make a big splash for your first event–but at what cost?

  • Trevor

    What an incredibly bigoted post. Transformus, Alchemy, and Euphoria didn’t bring culture and open-mindedness to the south. It was already there, and the people who believed in the 10 Principles (who also happened to be southerners) helped make it happen and spread the burner culture.

    You know where else has racist bigots? Oh, um, everywhere. Don’t play into such petty stereotypes.

  • Raymond

     Wow, this is a thin-skinned lot for Disinfo.com.  I’ve lived in Georgia all my life, it’s an evangelical proto-fascist police state.  I don’t think that is ignorant or bigoted to say at all.  I think it is naive to think that the racist, repressive, red-state cultural milieu of this place has somehow magically gone away.  How is it untoward suggest that the counter-culture of Burning Man represents a positive invasion of that culture ?

    • http://profiles.google.com/joshuabardwell Joshua Bardwell

      1. When you say, “The repressive, racist, red-state culture of the Bible-Belt,” you are tarring all southerners with a hateful brush. You can try to argue, “Oh! I’m not talking about liberal Georgians! They’re okay!” It doesn’t matter. You sound like a carpetbagging Yankee come down to tell us poor dumb southerners what’s what. No wonder people are irritated.

      2. Burning Man is not an invasion of Southern culture. Look at Dirty Southern Burners. Southern through and through, and also Burners. Look at Alchemy and Transformus (to name a few): it’s not immigrants who founded those burns–it’s Southerners. So maybe, just maybe, Burning is not exclusively some West Coast Liberal Hippie tradition, which is “invading” the South. Maybe Burning is universal, and applicable to many cultures. Again, by framing Burning as an “invasion,” you frame Burners as “invaders”. You frame yourself (and me, no thanks) as outsiders, come to show the hick natives what’s good for them (“where it’s most needed”).

      Let me know if you need me to keep explaining what’s offensive about what you said.

      (PS: I’ve lived in the South since I was 8 years old, and I’m a burner too.)

  • Noah Whay

    Eat shit hippie.

  • Shinemoon

    So much for shining a light on tired, lazy, old bullshit stereotypes. This idea that Burners, Atheists, LBGT, Pagans, or otherwise ‘different’ folks are not a legitimate part of the South/rural areas/ the Appalachian Mtns, etc is just a sad myth perpetuated by those- everywhere- in whose best interest it is to keep the division going.  It is not Burner events that intolerant people most need (they’re not going to buy tickets), but acknowledging that people other than them grow up in the same families, neighborhoods, churches, and towns that they did. 

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  • TruthMonger

    WTF dude, I thought this was about a bible-burning trend sweeping the heartland.

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