The RIPEcast is the Space Cowboys’ weekly, Breakspoll-nominated podcast featuring the funky and diverse musical stylings of our amazing residents, extended family and friends.
The RIPEcast is also available at www.mixcloud.com/SpaceCowboys
The RIPEcast is also available in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ripecast/id637170409
To listen to the first three years of The RIPEcast visit: http://soundcloud.com/spacecowboys/sets/ripecast
For more information on The Space Cowboys and all of our events, visit
The Space Cowboys are a San Francisco based collective that began its exploration of the cosmos long over a decade ago, as a diverse group of talented individuals who came together in the pursuit of the creation of unique entertainment events, mechanical contraptions and art projects. The group consists of members from all walks of life and vocations – engineers, event planners, programmers, massage therapists, designers, architects, nurses, video editors, electricians, teachers, producers, corporate executives, animators, and financial advisers. Cowboys reside not only in San Francisco, but in Oakland, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii, NYC & Brooklyn, LA & Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and even Laos. The collective serves as an outlet for the members and their friends and family to creatively and socially express themselves beyond their “day jobs”.
Our story begins with wrangling good times in the wild west of Black Rock City. As one of the first large scale dance camps at Burning Man, the group essentially constructed and ran a nightclub for a week each year on the playa, providing free beats and beverages to all nightly. In 2003, the Cowboys inherited Martha, a deconstructed Toyota minivan from their sister camp Space Lounge (now defunct). Martha has since been fully rebuilt and dutifully serves as a transport for the troops and a mobile lounge on the playa and off.
Since 2001 the Space Cowboys are perhaps most well known for their UNIMOG All-Terrain Audio Visual Assault Vehicle (ATAVAV). Originally a 1973 Mercedes German Military vehicle, the Space Cowboy's UNIMOG was one of the world's first fully self-contained mobile sound systems, and perhaps still one of the largest off-road sound system in the world, completely self-sufficient with lights, video projectors, screens, radio transmitters, on-board generators and a wireless network.
To fund these activities the Space Cowboys have produced some serious fundraisers in San Francisco. The parties have become legendary events in their own right. Over the years the Space Cowboys have developed an international reputation for producing the finest underground events, including the annual Black Rock Hoe Down, Ghost Ship on Treasure Island, SCAM (Space Cowboy AM), Fresh @Shine, Snow Fest in Lake Tahoe and Breakfast of Champions; a party beginning at 6am on New Years Day, which has grown into an infamous block party attracting thousands after outgrowing several suitable venues in the city.
Every week we share DJ sets that have either been created from live recordings (at our parties and events) or exclusive sets crafted specifically for the followers of our RIPEcast. For the past 18 months we've released a RIPEcast a week featuring the talent of our own roster of DJs. We also include guest mixes from FOC (friends of Cowboys) in San Francisco as well as internationally acclaimed DJs including: Krafty Kuts, Soul of Man, Plump DJs, Plaza de Funk, Myagi, Elite Force, Slyde and more.
RIPEcast artwork by Jem Panufnik (www.jempanufnik.com)
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