dining in the dust

EleVant Rising 

Echo and 2:15

vegan or carne
5:30 pm
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albert the matchbox. 

a mutant vehicle. 
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What is the Elevant Rising Experience? 

For the past five years on playa, we have served a delicious meal, family style to 10-12 individuals on Mon, Tues, Thur, and Fri of Burn week.

This year, we're mixing it up and bringing our culinary expertise to a wider group of of our neighbors with regularly scheduled tacos (vegan and carne)!

Tacos will be served Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of burn week from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm or until we run out of tacos. Whichever happens first. 

We are also the support camp for Albert the Matchbox, a mutant vehicle aiming for its second year on playa in 2019. Last year, Albert helped us expand our offerings and bring tacos and pancakes to deep playa at unexpected times and places. 

​Our mission, from home to Home, is this: as a camp, we aim to create an environment of functional comfort, fun, and fantastic food for ourselves and our guests.

Providing first for ourselves in accordance with the principles of Radical Self Reliance, we go by this motto: Clear Eyes, Clear Lungs, Clear Minds until Everyone in Camp has adequate Shelter and Shade.

We solidify our internal community spirit by working and playing together to create an extraordinary on-Playa culinary experiences for fellow Burners. These inclusive meals feed body & soul, entertaining and delighting minds and taste buds. Throughout this process and especially as we head Home from home, Leave No Trace plays an essential role in all our camp practices.


Burn Family


albert the matchbox:

Origin of the name

In 1983, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn collaborated to make an album called "Live in Session".  On this album they play a version of Blind Lemon Jefferson's song "Matchbox Blues," written in 1927.  Mr. King sang this song throughout his career and was the inspiration for the name of this mutant vehicle. 


This rolling piece of art was built from a 1987 3/4 ton van, re-purposed and recycled metal, wood, and parts, and many, many hours of hard work and labor from the members of EleVant Rising. 


A Mutant's Origin Story

We're often asked where the name "elevant rising" came from. It started back in 2012 when Mr. Goodbar purchased his first playa-bound van and first conceived of the idea to turn it into an art car. He initially planned to make it an an elephant. Elephant quickly morphed into eleVant because...Puns. 

A French speaker in the group pointed out that "elevant" means "rising or buoyant" in French, and our theme camp name  was born.  

Many iterations of art car ideas crossed our drawing boards, including the idea of a giant cloud, but the one that really sparked our interest was the matchbox! So here we have Albert, the Matchbox Mutant. 

Want to be a Patron of the Arts?

If you would like to support the work of our camp or the maintenance of our mutant vehicle, please let us know using the contact box at the bottom of the page, and we'll put you in touch with our donations lead. 

Thank you! 


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