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Sat, May 20


Lake Merritt Amphitheater

Unity of Gaia Music Festival @ Lake Merritt Ampitheatre

Come & witness Hector the Alchemist in person performing an eclectic spiritual blend of original music & poetry outside in Oakland! Come gather in kaleidoscopically conscious creative community. Merch such as books, T shirts, and albums will be for sale! I will perform around 12 pm.

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Unity of Gaia Music Festival @ Lake Merritt Ampitheatre
Unity of Gaia Music Festival @ Lake Merritt Ampitheatre

Time & Location

May 20, 2023, 10:30 AM

Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Between 12th Street and 1st Ave., Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland, CA 94612, USA

About the Event

🥳 MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY 2! You're invited to join my giveaway!

at just $5 an entry you'll get entered to win a free 45 minute Creative Clarity Coaching session with me! The winner will be announced at the end of the event :)

Here’s some ways to enter:

- Tier 1: get a donation ticket for at least $5-$30+

Note: Any single donations of $4.99 or under will not count towards a giveaway entry.

- Tier 2: (VIP) Alchemic Activation Bonus - $33.33

Obtain exclusive materials from the sacred text that inspired my 3 month Alchemic Activation Apprenticeship coaching program, "Ghosts in the Dreamscape"! 🌀✨ emailed to you before the event!

This package includes the following:

- FREE scheduled 30 min Clarity Call  📞 

🧘🏽‍♂️ Full access to ALCHEMIC ACTIVATION Prezi presentation 

🪷 how to ultrabloom a lotus from your mouth": a guided metaphysical visual spell to activate your creative flow

🌀 exclusive screenshots of the Alchemic Activation light codes 

Enter the Giveaway:

And if you’re looking for DEEP Creative Clarity, Alchemic Activation, & Transformation…

The first three people to donate at this tier or higher will get 20% ($300) off my 3 month coaching program - the Alchemic Activation Apprenticeship (AAA)!

the AAA is a 3-month deep-dive journey designed to help you unlock your intuitive powers via dreamwork.

🧘🏽‍♂️With this Creative Clarity Coaching program, you will learn how to alchemize your creative writing to attract abundance and free yourself from creative blockages.

🌀You'll experience intuitive exercises to strengthen the bond between your conscious and unconscious. With this, you can step into your creative vision like a lucid dream while awake to activate your creative fl ow.

🪷This program isn't just about creative writing - it's about unearthing your true self and your unique creative voice. This shows up to activate your presence as a healer, therapist, facilitator, and much more!

🌌The value of how you'll transform in this program is priceless, and the investment is just a fraction of what you'll save in time and energy.

Don't let uncertainty hold you back from your creative potential. 

🧙🏽 Unearth the alchemy of e ffortless creative writing today! 

Tier 3: (VIP) ONE Discounted 20 minute Creative Clarity Coaching call - $111

😩Are you tired of struggling to tap into your creative flow? Do you feel like your creative writing lacks that special spark?

🤩Imagine being able to effortlessly tap into your intuition for inspired creative clarity that captivates your audience.

🌀You'll learn how to "alchemize" your dreams into a "dreamscape", allowing you to transform your creative flow into a vivid lucid dream while awake. This utilizes exclusive light language codes & dreamwork exercises from my channeled sacred text, “Ghosts in the Dreamscape”.


I'm truly honored to host this event with The Blacker the Brain! For any questions please feel free to DM me on IG @hector.the.alchemist or email

About Me:

I’m Héctor F. Castañeda (Dog Days Are Over); published writer, HRDRV (“hard drive”) award-nominated songwriter, intuitive creative clarity coach, producer, audio engineer, graphic artist, musician, host of the Strange Alchemy podcast and more. Poetry is my spellwork for my creativity to bloom. I'm based in Ohlone territory (East Side San José) with a loving family of immigrants. My multifaceted performance features an intuitive decolonial blend of poetry, song, and music to invoke divine alchemic messaging. Rooted in my Temoaya Hñahñu (“ñah-ÑOO”) and Otomí (“oh-toe-ME”) lineage, I center the neurodivergent queering of language and form for Brown people of global majority (people of color).

I’m a shapeshifting chameleon night owl bellowing into the oceanic void, constantly phoenixing the architecture of my body. My writing and musical themes often touch on intuition, ancestral energy, linguistics, surrealism, religion, color, organized chaos, metaphysicality, (in)harmony, philosophy, queerness, biology, marginalized bodies, the rewritten and unwritten.  

My latest book Strange Alchemy is a 100 page multimedia book featuring alchemic poetry, writing prompts, song lyrics, and “realchemized” renditions of my earliest works. 

“My body is not a temple, it’s something more divine”

“I am every nothing that brought me here”

“I just need a breaking so graceful / you’d think I planned how I’d be reborn”

With  “STRANGE ALCHEMY”, you’re not just buying a book. You’re investing in your personal alchemic activation of your creativity. This book is nearly TEN YEARS in the making, including rewritten pieces since I was thirteen years old. 

Activation and growth are always possible.

“He’s a poetic shaman… again, he conjures, he CONJURES his poetry… it’s something he pulls out of an ether and then says ‘yo, here’. When he reads his pieces he goes somewhere else…  ‘Cause it’s not from this physical realm. He summons his pieces, he doesn’t write them.”  - Kheneil Black, @poetrybattles host 

I’ve competed in the 2021 Stonewall International Poetry Slam, and featured in various shows including Word Is Write (‘21), The Berkeley Slam (‘19-22), Speaking Axolotl (Nomadic Press ‘21), Tongues of Fire (Canada ‘21), Loud Mouth Jam (‘20-22}, and the 2019 UCSC Queer Fashion Show. I’ve been published in the Mercury News (2016), La Raíz Magazine (‘22-‘23), various zines (“The Radical Zine Vol. 2” with The Resource Center for Nonviolence in ‘19, “Lissen… Vol. 1” Queer Slam zine in ‘20, Loud Mouth Poetry Jam’s “Dia de Las Poéticas” in ‘20), Silicon Valley Youth Climate Team (‘19), Californians for Justice (‘16-17), Rigorous Magazine (‘20), UCSC Food & Garden Guide (‘20 & ‘21) and (‘20). I’ve been interviewed by: acclaimed rapper Noa James for his “5 on Love” IG Live Series (‘23), York Campbell for Welcome to Earth Stories (‘22; FKA Poetic Earthlings), Michael Jasso for Loud Mouth Poetry Jam, Imogen Arate for the award-winning Poets & Muses podcast, ADVISS Music (‘22), Sabrina B. for Experimental Audio Scene (‘22) and the Tizzy & Wayne Coffee Show. (‘20-22)

To join my Alchemist community, experience my website at DOGDAYSMUSIC.COM and sign up for my newsletter. You can follow me on Instagram at @dogdaysareover_hectorc. My multimedia poetry book “Strange Alchemy” and merch are available for purchase on Etsy at You can schedule a free Clarity Call at . Become a monthly Patreon donor for early exclusive access to writing prompts, unreleased manuscripts, and song demos on All of my socials and links are available at .


  • 30 minutes

    🎊 celebrating my bday: icebreakers & games!

  • 5 minutes

    🎤 Live Performance Teaser from Hector the Alchemist

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  • Free / Donation ($0-30+)

    Pay what you want

  • Merch Pre-Order: Shirt 👚

    Don’t wanna miss out on merch? Pay before the show!

  • Merch Pre-Order: Music Album🎵

  • Merch Pre-Order: Poetry Book📙




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