Lucidity Pumpkin Tribute: A Celebration of Life, Love & Blissful Beats
More than most festivals, Lucidity Crossroads was just that — a point of connection across disparate communities. Families congregated at playgrounds, seekers attended Lucid University, and revelers bounced between stages. But what brought all the Lucid dreamers together was a profound sense of gratitude, love, and loss for Nicholas “Pumpkin” Alvarado, who died tragically last month on the way to perform at Head for the Hills.
Pumpkin first made a name for himself on the L.A. scene as a member of the Wandering Marionettes in the mid-2000s before transitioning to life as a DJ. His early days as a DJ began with the same spirit of collaboration and generosity that he came to be known for. His festival and burn families were tight-knit, and several of his closest kin came together to honor their fallen brother at Lucidity. Lou E Bagels, Littlefoot, and Everyman brought the crowd to their feet and to tears, playing Pumpkin’s set at what was without a doubt the biggest party of the weekend.
Brian “BC” Crane, a.k.a. Lou E. Bagels, was a collaborator and Burn brother. Josh “Littlefoot” Burns also had a family connection of sorts. The two met after Burns’ sister called him up and said, “I just went out with a guy named Nick but I don’t think it’ll work out. He reminds me too much of you! You two should meet, though.” Once she connected them, they became constant collaborators and sources of mutual inspiration. “We got our start by sending each other tracks,” recalled Burns. The last time the two played together was in Aspen last January, with Littlefoot backing Pumpkin on drums. Although Nick was best known as Pumpkin, he also formed half of Little Giants with his best friend and constant partner in crime, Evan “Everyman” Shafran. Shafran will be playing Pumpkin’s set at Coachella this weekend. With Pumpkin scheduled to play at every major festival of the season, you can count on seeing this crew honor Nick at more events.
Lucidity’s Pumpkin memorial was an occasion for healing, celebration, and community-building. Sure, there were tears, but the tribute to Nick was a celebration of life if there ever was one. Performers and festival-goers alike cloaked each other in love and gratitude, bathed, as we were, in the bliss-beats and love-step that made every Pumpkin set a celebration. Rest in power, Pumpkin. You are loved. You are love.