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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.

Colorado Culture Approved 12/11 - 12/17

Colorado Culture Approved 12/11 - 12/17

In years' past we've tweaked the format of this weekly events list based on who was writing it.  It's gone from a comprehensive list of everything going on at every venue along the Front Range over any given week, all the way to a select few events that we felt would deliver a unique cultural experience.  Going forward, it's going to become a bit of a hybrid on a week to week basis, depending on what is actually on the docket.  With the holidays being here (and the fact that we literally gave you some ideas for holiday activities a mere two days ago), this week we're sticking with the shows.  And not all of them, just the can't miss ones.  Weeks like this make you want to have the ability to be multiple places at once, and although that's commonplace here in Denver, it doesn't make the FOMO any less real.  Don't sleep on any of these shows if you can help it, and we'll see you out there party people. 

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Alt-Christmas

Alt-Christmas

Everybody knows about the prototypical Christmas activities to do around here: Blossoms of Light at the Botanic Gardens, ZooLights at the Denver Zoo, various Santa's workshops, going to a performance of The Nutcracker, skating rinks, etc.  Those are all well and good, but we're always looking to get into things that are a bit more off of the beaten path.  So here are a few suggestions to help get you into that Christmas spirit!  (Cover photo by J. Mimna Photography).

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Denver's Best Coffee

Denver's Best Coffee

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that the Ink! Coffee location in RiNo (I hate that acronym) has drawn much ire for their misguided attempt at marketing contained on the sign above.  So much so that tagging the storefront and bricking their windows has become more common than actually going there for coffee.  Regardless of their faux pas however, Ink! was never the best spot to get coffee in and around Denver anyway.  So if you're tiring of all the social activism and in need of a pick-me-up, here are some other LOCAL places who are proud to be part of their neighborhood where you can go to do just that - and some of them even serve booze too, so go ahead and take notes here Ink!  (NOTE: these are listed in no particular order). 

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Orange Blush

Orange Blush

At this point in the NFL season, I’ve completely run out of superlatives/excuses in regard to this iteration of the Denver Broncos.  Any time you’re mentioned in the same sentence as the Cleveland Browns says more than enough.  With that in mind, I ran across a Facebook post last week from Ring-of-Famer and Orange Crush lynchpin Karl Mecklenburg that described them perfectly (quote has been edited for clarity, any emphasis placed is mine):

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Decadon Remixes Illenium/Kerli

Decadon Remixes Illenium/Kerli

We first interviewed Decadon aka Donnie Miller a few years ago, when he was already making waves in the Denver scene with his heavy hitting brand of bass.  Since then, we've watched as Donnie has made some great strides, with some headlining shows under his belt here locally, as well as a few festival appearances to boot.  As 2017 comes to a close, he's looking to turn the corner and broaden his already sizeable audience even more.


 By now, most of you should already be familiar with another local producer making a name for himself: Illenium.  One thing is for certain, his musical style is a bit of a contrast to what Donnie is known for, which is why this flip is such a refreshing take on the original, as he's clearly broadening his repertoire here, and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for 2018.

 If you can't wait either, then mark your calendars for this date here at the Bluebird, and we'll see you on the rail. 

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5 Essential Local Burgers

5 Essential Local Burgers

Today is a red-letter day for fast food aficionados here in Colorado, native and transplant alike.  This is because the much anticipated arrival of California-based burger chain In-N-Out has finally announced their intention to expand here, making Colorado Springs the site of their regional headquarters, distribution facility for the Front Range, and their first restaurant.  But before you ravenous cult-members get too excited, these plans are strictly preliminary - meaning a timeline has yet to be established as to when we can all walk in and get a taste of those delicious burgers that we’re used to having to travel west for.

That in mind, we’ve decided to craft a list of our favorite places to get burgers here locally to tide us over until the day when we can slake that craving for a 3x3 Animal Style (my personal favorite).  It is also important to note that this list is comprised solely of opinions of this writer, feel free to send all complaints/beefs (see what I did there) to me, because sometimes arguments brighten up my day!

 

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Review — Gryffin's Castle in the Sky Tour

Review — Gryffin's Castle in the Sky Tour

Sup Cultureheads?  It’s been a while.  Being that I’ve spent the majority of 2017 haunting many of the underground music venues here in Denver, when I was offered a chance to cover Gryffin’s sold-out Denver leg of his Castle in the Sky tour, I felt the need to embrace the change of pace. Since the start of his career, Gryffin has gained recognition for remixing some well-known songs such as Tove Lo's "Talking Body", Maroon 5's "Animals" and Years & Years' "Desire”, branding each with his self-described “melodic house” style of production.

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Vomitstep Producer Snails Talks Red Rocks, The Shell, & National Taco Day

Vomitstep Producer Snails Talks Red Rocks, The Shell, & National Taco Day

If you’ve never heard of Canadian Vomitstep producer SNAILS you sure have now. This Sluggtopia king completely (s)nailed his audience with his filthy, froggy, wompy bass lines on Friday night while debuting his brand new album and stage production ‘The Shell’. With support from  NGHTMRE, Joyryde, SQUNTO, Boogie T, Must Die!, and LAXX, this was definitely an event that nobody wanted to miss. We had the opportunity to catch up with Snails before his sold out Red Rocks show, check out the Colorado Culture interview here:

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Calling All Slugs! Sluggtopia 2017 Preview

Calling All Slugs! Sluggtopia 2017 Preview
Every year Red Rocks Amphitheater hosts a variety of musical genres and artists and each year Coloradans eagerly sit and wait to hear what artists will be announced. This year Frédérik Durand, otherwise known as Snails, announced one of the biggest events of the year to be featured on the rocks.
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Arise Music Festival 2017 Review

Arise Music Festival 2017 Review
Once again festival goers arrived in masses to take on Arise festival 2017. Celebrating their
fifth year up and running the turnout was beautiful to say the least. Crowds full of smiling faces
sprinkled the grounds. Seems like being surrounded by beautiful mountain views and lovely
tunes will do that to a person. Personally, I thought what truly made the festival magnificent
were the interactive workshops, classes, discussions, village areas and art.
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Eminence Ensemble Talks Summer Tour, Electric Forest, and Upcoming Colorado Show

Eminence Ensemble Talks Summer Tour, Electric Forest, and Upcoming Colorado Show

The crew at Colorado Culture had the opportunity to chat with Johnny, Taylor, and Justin of Eminence Ensemble before the crew took off on their last leg of tour. Check out the exclusive interview here! 

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Arise Music Festival 2017: Preview

Arise Music Festival 2017: Preview

 

With less than one week until Arise music festival, Colorado is gearing up for one of the state's most cherished and well put together events. Arise is entering into its fifth year in colorful Colorado, and the festival is known for bringing diverse music to the community and inspiring a better tomorrow through community efforts. As many of us already know, the best part about a music festival isn't the music, but the community it brings. Arise captures this essence better than any other festival we've ever been too, and they continue to improve on this year after year.

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Sonic Bloom 2017 Review

Sonic Bloom 2017 Review

In life as we grow older it becomes harder and harder for us to find magic in the world around us. There aren’t many places we can go where we can say we feel something monumentally positive. These are the kind of places we can find our truest selves in. Places often full of love, music, community and nature. Places like Sonic Bloom.

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Colorado Culture Approved 5/21-5/27

Colorado Culture Approved 5/21-5/27

Colorado Culture Approved May 21st through May 27th..

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Take Note Colorado: Music for Education (Review)

Take Note Colorado: Music for Education (Review)

The Take Note Colorado concert was Governor Hickenlooper’s kick off for his music initiative to improve and increase children’s access to musical education.  “Twenty years from now, people are going to say, ‘Were you at that first Take Note concert?’ And you’ll say, ‘Yeah! I was there,’ ” Hickenlooper said to the crowd.  With high hopes, the 1STBANK Center was about two thirds full, packed with people who came together for education and to see some of their favorite artists perform some of their greatest hits.

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Music for a Cause: Take Note Colorado 5/4/2017 1STBANK Center Broomfield, CO

Music for a Cause: Take Note Colorado 5/4/2017 1STBANK Center Broomfield, CO

Over the past few years, Colorado natives Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have made a big name for themselves. Selling over 700,000 albums, the band still hasn’t lost their passion for the Colorado music scene. They will be performing for Take Note Colorado, a concert benefiting music education for Colorado schools.  All proceeds for the show will go to the Colorado Music Coalition, a new nonprofit group dedicated to promoting music education throughout the state.  The coalition is working directly with Governor Hickenlooper as part of his new music initiative. Fueled by his own love for music, the governor hopes to improve music education to inspire future musicians.


Take Note Colorado will be working with a variety of donors as well as musicians.  It is something that no other state has done, and Governor Hickenlooper hopes that Colorado can serve as a model for the nation as a whole.  With art programs depleting in schools, music education is often the first to be cut even though studies suggest that children who participate in music have higher academic success and lower dropout rates.  For some, music can be a creative outlet or an extracurricular activity.  For others, music is everything, a part of life. 

With incentive to preserve Colorado’s music scene, Colorado-bred bands are coming together to raise funding. Along with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the show will feature OneRepublic, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Tracksuit Wedding, and Josh Blue. Hoping to raise $500,000, the money will go to getting instruments and instruction for K-12 Colorado schools.  Their goal is to make sure that every child has access to music education and have the opportunity to start pursuing their dreams.

Working with several Colorado celebrities, Isaac Slade of The Fray is a chairman for the coalition.  Fueled by his own childhood experiences playing, Slade works to bring together musicians, politicians, and donors, serving as a role model for his own son who has picked up a love for the drums.  On the political side of the spectrum, daughter of a billionaire family Libby Anschutz is dedicated to the cause.  Wanting to play music since she was young, Anschutz now performs with Tracksuit Wedding who will play at the concert.  With the dedication of all those involved, Colorado has a chance to make history with its musical culture, starting with every child that wants to play.

The Take Note Colorado concert will be held May 4th at the 1STBank Center in Broomfield. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:30.  Tickets are $25-$55 and can be found HERE.  VIP passes are $250 and include premium seating, early entry, dinner, and a hosted bar.  

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HDYFEST 2017 Review

HDYFEST 2017 Review
From rap to trap to dubstep to full-on mosh pits, Flosstradamus is infamous for throwing some of the craziest dance parties in the nation--and after witnessing the party this past weekend Colorado certainly was not left disappointed.
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Featured Event: 420 on the Block

Featured Event: 420 on the Block
April 20th is an enormously celebrated holiday for the Mile High City as the bustling spring weekend fills Denver with  block parties, drink and food specials at restaurants all across town, and of course, awesome music for the bass capital. That being said, if the annual HDYFEST trap music party at Red Rocks with Flosstradamus and What So Not doesn’t suit your fancy there are always more options for those who still crave their dance music fix.
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National Park Week: Protecting Colorado's Natural Beauty

National Park Week: Protecting Colorado's Natural Beauty

There is a moment when in the wilderness where everything is quiet except for the sounds of nature.  The warm breeze blows through the tree, birds chirp cheerfully, and wildlife rustles through the bushes.  These sounds are peaceful, a testament to the power and beauty in nature.   There is a quietness that lets the mind relax, and a feeling of true serenity.  Most Coloradans would agree that this is a feeling worth protecting, something that can only be found in the outdoors.

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Navigating Colorado's Music Scene: Krushendo Interview

Navigating Colorado's Music Scene: Krushendo Interview

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!

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