Over the past few years as we've grown in the music scene in and around Colorado, we've been faced with both personal challenges and business obstacles that we've had to overcome to get to where we are today. As a collective group of artists and musicians first, we've seen the struggle and I know I'm not the first to say this, but.... the struggle is real!
Colorado's culture is as vibrant and full of positivity as anywhere else in the world. There are so many things to do here, and it's a state that naturally encourages people to open up their eyes, their hearts, and their minds. To get out of their houses, away from their TVs and computers and experience the world without walls. Culture is all around us. Are you ready to find it?
"Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music." - John Coltrane
The much anticipated 2016 edition of the Great American Beer Festival (held over 4 four-hour long sessions last week on the 6th thru the 8th), lived up to expectations. There were some excellent revelations and discoveries (more on that a bit later), and also the usual puzzling sights. So, let’s dive into the beer shall we?
Continuing in our Monday tradition of bringing you fresh new music to move to all week long here's Dirty Little Thieves mix for all of us cultureheads out there featuring 30 mins of pure electro/house awesomeness.
For those who know Andy Immerman, they know that he is both a mainstay over at Souls in Action Entertainment, and also a close friend of ours here at Colorado Culture...among many other things. For those who don't know Andy, we'll have you know that the aforementioned "many other things" include being a multi-talented artist, with his passions lying in music production, photography, and graphic design.
Continuing in our newfound tradition of dropping fresh mixes for you every Monday from some of Colorado's best musicians, DJs, and producers, is this mix by Colorado's own Decadon. Featuring some new original music and some classics get your fire extinguisher ready cause this mix is lit.
This past weekend we had the honor of covering the inaugural edition of Divide Music Festival. Set in the beautiful mountain town of Fraser, CO just past Winter Park Resort, Divide offered some of the best music of our generation: featuring a carefully crafted lineup that served as a perfect blend of old and new. We saw performances by the Cold War Kids, JR JR, Saint Motel, Bleachers, The Coteries, Paper Lights, Cake, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, The Fray, Miike Snow, and Blondie. Filling out the lineup were some of Colorado's’ best up and comers like Edison, Modern Suspects, and local hip hop act Splyt. We enjoyed a plethora of outdoor activities from camping to hiking, as the festival grounds are bordered by the Continental Divide and surrounded by 360 degree views of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. When it was all said and done, to put it simply, our experience was one that we hope to duplicate for years to come.
Colorado is full of hidden secrets around every corner. The state as a whole thrives as a vast utopia of culture. We recently had the pleasure of stopping by The Denver Botanic Gardens to check out the Chihuly exhibit. The only thing we came away thinking was it was one of the most beautiful art displays we have ever witnessed, and a perfect example of Colorado Culture at it's finest. The infusion of Dale Chihuly's incredible glass installations and creative genius into the natural setting of The Denver Botanic Gardens is a site that no picture could ever do justice. Below is as close as we could get.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York St. Denver, CO 80206. Check out what they have in store for 2016 at http://www.botanicgardens.org/
We here at Colorado Culture are proud to announce our involvement with this year’s Global Dance Festival! And, in an effort to stay true to who we are as a company: our sole purpose being to bring Colorado culture to Colorado people, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our favorite acts who will be rocking the stages at Red Rocks later this month. With that in mind; please take a brief moment out of your day to meet one of our favorite artists out there:Illenium.
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard us talk about Illenium for quite some time, but what we’re about to share is something we’ve never had the privilege of saying before. And truthfully the thought never even crossed our minds. There are moments in our lives that define us and we try to talk about them all of the time here at Colorado Culture. When we go back through the rolodex of memories in our lives, these are the moments that stand out over and above all else. We’re fortunate enough to have these moments quite often in the line of work that we do, and we’re constantly adding to that rolodex.
With a diverse amount of talent all across Colorado on so many different levels, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing souls over time. Each and every one of them is special and gifted in their own right, and as our journey has continued... so has theirs. It almost seems as if sometimes, in a way, things start to blend together. Especially when it comes to music. The nature of the music industry is such that people and things have a way of becoming numbers rather than individuals. This is because everything involved seems to be numbers related. Songs are often listed by track number, we see artists on stages, watch YouTube videos, listen to Soundcloud links, and begin to view things and people through a specific lens without meaning to. This light almost unknowingly gets cast upon them as they rise from their garages, bedrooms, backyards, basements, open mics, bands, etc. With so much lost in translation these days it’s easy to forget that every number has a name and every name has a story. As a company, one of our biggest honors and privileges is to share and tell these stories, because at the end of the day you can’t do life alone, and we learn that more and more every day on this journey.
A couple of weeks ago, we had the honor of sitting down with Colorado based singer/songwriter Povi and Lulu Clair(owner of Souls in Action Entertainment). In the weeks since that meeting, we’ve wrote and re-wrote this piece at least 10 times, and each time we wrote it the end result just didn’t say the right thing. How could it? We talked about so much with two of the most intelligent and cultured individuals that we’ve ever had the privilege of sitting down with. We covered almost every topic imaginable from the state of the current music scene in CO, where it’s come from to where it’s going, the music we all grew up on, our hopes, dreams, and plans for the future, and just swapping stories about life in general. But the one thing we kept coming back to in our conversation, intentional or not, was the story of our past, and stories about theirs. There was a consistency between the two narratives whose presence really ended up driving the discussion. This consistency was the age old concept that life isn’t meant to be lived alone. Life is all about building relationships. It is that human interaction and those relationships which both drive us to be better people, and also allow us to be. And it was in that moment that we realized, we just met someone who will forever impact the future of our business. The future of our lives, and the future of many others. It’s a feeling that is almost tangible, and it’s one that left us feeling more inspired, optimistic, and driven than we’ve ever been before. We left with a feeling of unity, understanding, and mutual respect. And the singular mission that was born from this unity was this, something that we could feel in the air: we’ve all got soul to spare.
Over the last few years we've been fortunate enough to sit down with some of the best artists in and around Colorado. But this one was personal for us as Lily Fangz represents some of the best that Colorado has to offer and she's one of our favorite artists and top picks for next to blow. She has an unprecedented talent and passion for her music and culture. She recently gave her first Tedx talk and if you watch it's clear the future looks bright for this young star in the making. Check out our quick little Q & A and find out more.
The 1st annual Larimer Block Party was held last weekend, and looked by all accounts to be a resounding success. With an eclectic lineup of both local talent and imported acts playing across four different stages, the festival itself was an undertaking the likes of which this part of Larimer hasn't seen in a while. But thanks to the efforts of our friends at AEG, as well as those of the owners of Cold Crush, Meadowlark, and Larimer Lounge, the event went off without a hitch, and drew a sizeable crowd to boot. But more on that in a minute. What we'd like to talk about first is the fact that this event allowed us an opportunity to talk with one of the headliners, a hip-hop legend. Some just call him Del. Others call him Del the Funky Homosapien, Deltron Zero, Sir Dizi, and Del the Ghost Rapper. We were lucky enough to gain some insight on his current tour, what motivates him to keep making new music, some of his homies and collaborators, and even a bit on his famous cousin Ice Cube. Check it.
We weren't quite sure what to expect when Bear Grillz brought his brand of bass through Boulder on December 8th. This bear's reputation precedes him, and needless to say, with support from the likes of Adara, Crywolf, Bad Royale, and Kicks n Licks, the night itself ended up being one for the books. Don't let that sly grin and curious demeanor in the above photo fool you, this particular bear has only two things in mind: blowing roofs off of venues....and where he is getting his next meal. We had a chance to bounce some questions off of his pelt, and his answers were not what we expected. See the interview and more photos from the show below.
When we first introduced you all to Denver-based livetronica act Greener Grounds last summer, they were fresh off of the release of their first EP Photosynthesis, and were set to kick off a tour of mountain towns that also included a stop at ARISE Music Festival. Since then, they have been hard at work recording their newest effort Momentous while also gearing up for a national tour (sponsored by The Untz). But this release comes with a twist: they started a Kickstarter campaign to allow their fans to be a part of the album's release, with an additional summer tour planned in support of the album. We had a chance to chat with drummer AJ Gillman and keys/synth player Roland Hansen to get the full scoop.
Eco-friendly hauler Gone For Good was started by Reid Husmer in 2009 with an idea borne from an experience that we all know, and some of us loathe: moving. He had been moving around a lot, from Westminster, to Denver, and then to Centennial, Colorado. And as everyone who has relocated frequently or semi-frequently knows, the moving process really lets you know how much stuff you have accumulated during your time at any one address. Also, it serves to help you decide what items to bring with you, and what items you’d like to get rid of. In Reid’s case, a lot of these items were those that tend to get dated easily:
SoDown - a saxophone playing, bass-enthusiastic funkaholic from Boulder, CO - will be headlining Cervantes' Other Side this Friday, February 12th. As an established member of the Mile High Sound Movement, SoDown has brought not only unlimited talent through sound design, live saxophone, guitar and piano, but an undeniable passion to his musical creations. SoDown supports that "unconditional love is the most powerful force in the universe, and bass music is [his] way of expressing it! The universe is far too beautiful, and life is simply too short to not do what brings you happiness."
A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of attending Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, brought to us by the wonderful team of passionate music enthusiasts over at Colorado’s own Global Dance. For the past 13 years; Global has taken its place as Colorado’s own iconic electronic music festival, bringing lineups that easily rival some of the biggest festivals in the country, all while being hosted at the best music venue on the planet.
Cultureheads and Colorado Culture enthusiasts, as you know we love everything about our amazing state. Something that a lot of people don’t know about Colorado is that we have some great incentives for big Hollywood honchos to film here. Maybe that’s because we can’t help that we’re so good looking and talented: plus the mountains, forests, sand dunes and plains really bring out our eyes. So you can feel a little more connected to your new or old home here in our humble no-coast state, we compiled a list of movies filmed in colorado so you can watch them with a sense of Colorado pride.