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Colorado Culture magazine is an online comprehensive resource for all things Colorado. Full of cultural articles, ideas, and events that are easily accessible and informative, it appeals to culture enthusiasts of all ages and types with a goal to serve Colorado and the people who visit with a fresh look on the vast culture that thrives here.

I'm a Colorado native who grew up in Denver/Aurora, and even though I've bounced around to four other places in this great state since then, Denver will always be home. I'm a walking encyclopedia of sports, music, and lots of other relatively useless albeit interesting information, a lot of which contributes to the fabric of the culture that we all enjoy as Colorado residents.  I joined Colorado Culture simply as a creative outlet at first, but over time as we've expanded, so has my role.  I couldn't be happier to be a part of this community, and can't wait to see what the future has in hold for both our aim of spreading culture, but also hopefully providing an avenue that allows other people to grow and live their dreams as well.  Cheers, Cultureheads!

Higher Society New Years Eve Feat. Stooki Sound and Alex and Allison Grey

Higher Society New Years Eve Feat. Stooki Sound and Alex and Allison Grey

With so many options available on New Year’s Eve, when choosing your activity you have so many things to consider.  Company, venue (if you’re the extroverted type), music, etc.  And especially in a place like Denver, where the options on said holiday are virtually limitless, it’s paramount that you choose wisely.

Decadence was clearly the main show in town.  That’s no secret, and hasn’t been for quite some time.  But for those interested in taking in a show within a bit more intimate of a venue, the homies over at SOCO Nightlife District and Souls in Action Entertainment set up something which turned out to be quite the treat.  With an eclectic lineup featuring a bevy of different visual and musical artists, the New Year’s Eve party they hosted at City Hall stood in stark contrast to the rest of the parties taking place that night.  Amongst the variety of influences present in the lineup however, two luminaries stand out above the others: I’m talking of course about artist Alex Grey and London’s own Stooki Sound.

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Colorado Culture Approved: Snowboard on the Block Festival 10/14-10/15

Colorado Culture Approved: Snowboard on the Block Festival 10/14-10/15

Fall is officially here.  At the time of this writing, the temperature outside sits at a balmy 38 degrees fahrenheit, leaving no doubt about the change of seasons being official.  And in Colorado, the onset of fall means a few different things - in terms of sports or otherwise.  For pro sports, it means that baseball season is over (the Rockies are not in the playoffs, as is tradition), and that Broncos season is in full swing.  But in terms of other non-team sports, it also means that the time to trek to the mountains and ride on snow is drawing nigh, and for many Colorado residents, that represents the best portion of the calendar year.

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Visine for the Bloodstream: The only way to cure your GABF hangover

Visine for the Bloodstream: The only way to cure your GABF hangover

It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s doors to host the biggest event of it’s kind in the country.  An event that is the quintessential adult playground.  No kids allowed, just hopheads only.  It’s the biggest annual event hosted by this space not featuring anyone named Lorin (ok well maybe someone will be in the building who has that name, but I digress).  It’s time, of course, for the annual Great American Beer Festival.

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Cloak & Dagger Helpful Hints & Tips

Cloak & Dagger Helpful Hints & Tips

Being that the calendar has turned to October and we’re now officially into fall, some of you make think that festival season is over.  For outdoor festivals (in most of the country), this certainly rings true. However, we’re not done with festival season quite yet here in Colorado.

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Colorado Sounds Mixed Up Mondays: Fun Da Mentalist

Colorado Sounds Mixed Up Mondays: Fun Da Mentalist

Another Monday, another mix from some outstanding local talent.  This one comes straight outta Aurora, courtesy of Derek Grant aka Fun Da Mentalist.  Here you'll find a mix of some downtempo, some soul, and some hip hop.  We've been following Derek for a while so (much like all of these mixes) we're excited to share this one with you.

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Cloak & Dagger: Freddy Rule

Cloak & Dagger: Freddy Rule

One of the aspects of Cloak & Dagger, and this is something that we’ve previously alluded to, is the strong representation of local talent within the lineup that are all doing their part to push the local scene forward and help it grow.  In that regard, this week’s artist Freddy Rule is no exception.  We met with him in his home studio to chat a bit about life and music.

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Unlimited Gravity Single Release

Unlimited Gravity Single Release

Today we’ve got a special one for you: Mile High Sound Movement heavy hitter Unlimited Gravity has released some new flavor for your ears just ahead of his three show run with the Unlimited Aspect (Unlimited Gravity/Project Aspect) live band along with Zoogma.

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An Evening With PhaseOne

An Evening With PhaseOne

The first thing to understand about Graeme Duffy, aka PhaseOne, is that he’s not your normal run-of-the-mill computer music making producer.  Sure, he’s trained in other instruments (guitar, piano, and drums), but his musical influences run much deeper than that.

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Are You SoDown to Get Funky This Weekend?

Are You SoDown to Get Funky This Weekend?

The good homie SoDown has made some serious strides since we started following him.  Not only has this bass-loving funkaholic sold out his first local headline earlier this year, and has been spreading his brand of bass all across the country this summer.  We caught up with him before another co-headline show with Muzzy Bear at City Hall this Saturday.  We've got some new music for you as well!

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Cloak & Dagger Mixtape

Cloak & Dagger Mixtape

Get down do you?

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Cloak & Dagger: Milky.WAV

Cloak & Dagger: Milky.WAV

As part of our ongoing lead-up to October's Cloak & Dagger music festival, we bring you another talented homegrown artist who will be providing some flavor for your ears: Milky.WAV.  He grew up in the music scene here, and is currently doing his part to help preserve it's history, as well as pave the way for it's future.  Previously producing hip hop under the moniker Black Jordan (until he joined the crew over at Souls in Action), he now prefers to meld some other elements into his mix along with the hip hop.  But we'll let him tell you that.

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Cloak & Dagger: Collin McKenna

Cloak & Dagger: Collin McKenna

Cloak & Dagger music festival is self-described as a “small music festival focusing on music, and music alone.”  While it is still relatively young, we’d argue that the festival itself is anything but small.  This year marks only the third incarnation of the festival here in Denver (they had an event in Albuquerque earlier this year), but when past lineups include such dance music heavy hitters as Four Tet, the Gaslamp Killer, Thomas Jack, Justin Martin, and Cashmere Cat….well you get the point.  Calling it small is just an exercise in modesty.

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It's Your Town: New Amsterdam Art Party

It's Your Town: New Amsterdam Art Party

Save the date, Cultureheads: Saturday August 6th.  Also remember the venue: Price Davis Studios.  This art gallery, which is located in the heart of the RiNo district at 31st and Larimer, is the perfect space to host a celebration of the rich cultural tapestry that is Denver’s burgeoning street art scene, which is exactly what this party is all about: New Amsterdam Sprits wants us to know that this is our town.

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Autoerotique

Autoerotique
Toronto based duo Autoerotique have made quite a mark for themselves since their initial signing with Dim Mak records in 2009.  Including styles such as techno, house, rave, and even indie rock into their repertoire, they’ve racked up an impressive resume of supporters from the likes of Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, and much more. We had a chance to sit down with Keith Robertson and find out what he’s got in store for the future.
 
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Terravita

Terravita

The guys in Terravita are no strangers to the electronic music scene.  Rising out of the Boston rave scene in the early 2000s, they initially started out as a drum n’ bass act, but have diversified along with the scene….incorporating elements of dubstep and trap into their mixes since.  They’re veterans of the festival circuit at this point as well, with appearances at the likes of EDC and Shambhala among their credits.  Oddly enough, the last time they played here in Colorado was at a much smaller venue in comparison to Red Rocks….we had the chance to ask Jon and Chris about that, as well as a variety of other…..conversation pieces.

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Denver Summer Brewfest

Denver Summer Brewfest

One of the things that we are fortunate to do a lot of here at Colorado Culture is interview music artists from around the world about a variety of different topics.  No matter the artist however, we’ve got a stock question that we like to ask everyone, mainly because it always prompts such diverse and interesting answers.  The question is (since we’re Colorado CULTURE) “what does culture mean to you?”  And it’s a bit of a two-parter, this first part just concerns defining the term itself, and the second part involves defining it as it applies to Colorado.  For the second part, the answer (more often than not) contains something to do with weed and/or bass music.  Which is something we’ve always found to be a bit curious.  No one hardly ever mentions beer.

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Jake Schneider

Jake Schneider

Question: what do Bassnectar, Hieroglyphics, and the String Cheese Incident have in common?  Give up?  Well aside from being some of the heaviest hitters in their respective genres of music, they also all happen to share representation at the same talent agency: Madison House.

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Proper Sundays: Sharam

Proper Sundays: Sharam

For fans of the techno/house scene here in Denver, the crew over at Afterhours Anonymous is a well-known entity at this point.  Since their founding they have become renowned for their late-night warehouse parties, but as time has passed they have expanded their repertoire into the more conventional hours of the day as well.  Their Proper Sundays events on the patio at Beta Nightclub have become a summertime staple in the Denver music scene, doubling down on their ability to bring in top-notch talent from around the world….and also people’s aptitude for “Sunday Funday.”  And when Sharam showed up on the Beta patio, it was no exception.  

Originally rising to fame as one half of Deep Dish (along with Dubfire), Sharam’s independent productions have both been supported in the underground circuit, as well as on the international charts.  He also has an “Essential Mix of the Year” under his belt, with his August 2009 Essential Mix from Pete Tong’s show being voted to that distinction by BBC listeners.  With his site describing his sound as “Ibiza in Vegas”, Sharam showed up in Denver to spread that sound on the Funktion 1, to support of his new album “Retroactive”, and to answer a few of our questions.

 

 

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Andy Immerman: Syntax EP

Andy Immerman: Syntax EP

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.  This past week, he released an EP of original music entitled Syntax, an intriguing melding of Andy's brand of electronic music.  We caught up with him to talk more about the record, and also to allow those of you who don't yet know him, to get to do so a little better.

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Hieroglyphics: Cervantes 3/26/2016

Hieroglyphics: Cervantes 3/26/2016

Founded in the early 1990’s by Del the Funky Homosapien, the Oakland-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics has left an imprint on the hip-hop scene as sizeable as their eight member strong crew is deep.  Including not only Del, but also fellow MCs Casual, Pep Love, producer Domino, DJ Toure, and also the members of fellow Bay Area hip hop act Souls of Mischief (Phesto, A Plus, Opio, and Tajai), the extensive roster that makes up Hiero has enabled their reach and influence to spread far and wide since their inception.  However, having such a bevy of performers within one collective oftentimes makes it difficult for members to get on the same page, especially when a tour is concerned. This is why it was such a treat to see the full lineup perform at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday March 26th.


But Hiero wasn’t the only crew that showed up to rock the stage at Cerv’s.  Colorado-based duo the ReMINDers were there in support, and delivered a scorching set that was easily the most memorable of all the openers on the evening. Composed of MC Big Samir, MC/Vocalist Aja Black, and DJ Lazy Eyez, their combo of Samir’s raw, bilingual, rapid fire flow, Aja’s soulful and poignant delivery, plus Lazy Eyez’ reggae-infused beats had the crowd jumping from start to finish.  No doubt they won over an entire legion of new fans with that performance, myself included.

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