LIB'ing Legends

LIB’ING Legends: Doctor Solar

With a whimsical spirit that makes his medicine show one of a kind, Doctor Solar brings his trailblazing solar powered theatre to Lightning in a Bottle year after year for a light-hearted act reminiscent of traveling medicine shows that toured much of early America in the 1930’s. Children and adults alike can take a seat at his show to learn about the power of the Sun alongside some clever magic tricks and quirky ventriloquism. That’s right, ventriloquism! The wooden companion, Ducky O’Neil, introduces another dimension to the show that brings the kids belly laughs and parents full hearts. Even the random passersby can’t escape a few moments of awe.  Stop by and charge your phone, learn about solar power, or just kickback for the next performance at Doctor Solar’s Medicine Show and prepare to enjoy a timeless family memory that is sure to last a lifetime.

LIBing Legend: Doctor Solar - First Year at LIB: 2010 - Total Years at LIB: 7 years - Offering: Doctor Solar’s Medicine Show
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Doctor Solar

Tell us about your first experience contributing at LIB.

That would be at Lake Irvine, much smaller than today’s festival setting. Since that first year here I have been filled with wonder by so much to take in. I thought there was so much going on and a solid mix of beats into the late hours but nothing like today’s lineups and offerings. I was struck with elation by the melding of ART & MUSIC. The Sixties had the ART/ MUSIC renaissance of the infamous San Francisco Sound, for which I was a part of, with Fillmore Auditorium and Family Dog. The Eighties again with New Wave, Devo, Talking Heads, B-52s, etc. Now, LIB’s ART/MUSIC/SUSTAINABILITY movement has been in the forefront of music festivals.

I was, and am, in awe by the young participants at LIB, their warmth and exuberant attentiveness to my eco magic and Vaudevillian style show, circa 1920. The love and harmony, now, created by FAMILY VILLAGE has been a spiritually uplifting familial feeling of shared closeness with the children. The children do come first. They are our future and I am so very pleased to be part of, and feel confident of their future when I’m at LIB.


What do you think makes LIB different from other festivals?

My festival experience shows me the LIB has provided the best programing and festival experience for children and families. Crafts, workshops, conscious parenting workshops, interactive ART & MUSIC are just some of the offerings. Come take in the children’s TALENT SHOW performed on the stage of THE WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR POWERED THEATRE and cheer them on and enjoy their spontaneity.
I find LIB attendees are highly evolved, helpful and peace loving. I see more and more people pitching in to make everybody’s experience much richer. Conscientiousness is high and litter is never present, a very thorough system of recycling, waste reduction and composting.
Great food offerings in the food bazaar, workshops on yoga, permaculture, health and Earth stewardship set LIB apart from many festivals giving others something to reach for, lighting the path. And speaking of lighting the path, Dr. Solar has provided all the alternative power, solar, to run the Kids Zone, this the eighth year.


What’s a piece of advice you would give to someone coming to LIB for the first time?

Wear good shoes. There is so much going on and such diverse settings, some distant so there is a lot of hiking about. Please do keep in mind the “leave it better, leave it beautiful” ecological mantra in respect for Mother Earth and keeping the costs down for future festivals.


Pack-it-in, pack-it-out.


One of the great philosophical ideals at LIB is fostering the premise that it is up to each one of us to be builders of dreams, practitioners of ecological consciousness in all our actions.


Above all else, be prepared for the time of your life.


If you could perform with anyone on the LIB’17 Lineup who would it be and why?

Well, I do have a strong penchant to hang out with those that make up the Grand Artique, being of similar taste, they have such great live music acts there. Shovelman certainly has a unique sound and style. Paul E. Amori and his Burlesque Casino is a high form of entertainment that I never miss. Forever burning the midnight oil, I always give a little time to Super Tall Paul’s Jive Joint for their lively, candid improv humor, and marvelous music. I love the DJs and dance and boogie as much as possible but variety acts is in my bones. W.C. Thornbush and the Great American Show is high camp entertainment in that line.


Describe LIB in three words or less.

Fantasmagorically collective loverliness!


What are you currently working on?

Stop on by to see the doctor to talk solar, alternative health issues with his vast thirty five year study of Holistic health and diagnostic capabilities. I do plan on becoming a Certified Holistic Nutritionist this year dealing with Vibrational Healing, Morphogenic Field Technique diagnostic approach to many ailments that seem to stymie Western Medicine doctors. Over the years I have been helping many attendees at least be answering questions on health matters.
One can find me out and about with my World’s First Solar Powered Oddities Museum, often a critique of Americana medical history laid down with a whole lot of flimflam to tickle one’s funny bone.
Casa del Sol, my handcrafted, 1920’s inspired off-grid, solar electrified thespian gypsy TINY HOUSE will be open for inspection to interested parties. Casa del Sol is totally custom made on the base of a 2003 Sprinter chassis. Casa del Sol will be providing the extra power for my Solar Charging Station for digital devices so the cameras are ready to capture those special moments, activities or wonders of beauty..
By providing the electrical needs of the Kids Zone for the past years to present, and LIB being voted THE GREENEST DOMESTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL for five years, I am honored to feel part of that.

Disclaimer: Doctor Solar is not a real doctor.

Featured Image Credit: Courtesy of Doctor Solar

In a new series by Do LaB, we take a walk down the immersive side of memory lane with the co-creating characters that have returned to Lightning in a Bottle time and again with a full-fledged world in tow. To hold onto those moments that transport us to other realms and deepen our connection to one another, we commemorate the greats who made them possible in a weekly interview series that we like to call LIBing Legends.

by: Shoshana Luria

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