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.
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.
It’s that time of year again and summer in Colorado is just right around the corner. Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, but before you fire up your BBQ with friends and family make sure to check out these Denver area Memorial Day events:
Veterans Memorial Day Tribute:
May 27: POF Hall
Honoring veterans is the most important part of Memorial Day. The tribute will honor Colorado’s fallen heroes and military sacrifice of all soldiers. The event will have name readings, biographies and stories of soldiers, music, and the Wreath Remembrance ceremony. This touching event is free and open to the public.
May 27: Springhill Community Park, Aurora
Commemoration to soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the concert will feature The Denver Brass, Legacy, USAF, Honor Guard, and Celtic Colorado Pipe and Drums. The remembrance concert will have a military ceremony honoring those who have served, with inspirational stories in front of the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Denver Day of Rock:
16th Street Mall
May 27: All day
Five stages along the 16th Street Mall will be filled with local artists performing for this one-day rock festival. The festival brings together Denver communities with performances for all ages. Proceeds for the event will benefit Amp the Cause, a nonprofit designed to improve the lives of children by bringing communities together.
Denver Arts Week - Stapleton Conservatory Green:
May 27-28: Saturday: 10-6pm Sunday 10-5pm
Over 100 of Colorado’s best artists and a select group of national artists will showcase visual artists. The goal is to promote artists that call Colorado home and inspire them by nationally recognized artists. There will be live performances from Dotsero and The Wendy Woo Band. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own artwork at the mini painting party.
Water World Opening Day:
8801 N Pecos St, Federal Heights, CO 80260
Enjoy the warm weather with opening day at Waterworld, Colorado’s biggest outdoor water amusement park. With more tube rides than any other amusement park in America, Waterworld is rated as one of the top ten water parks by the Water Channel.
Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Fri, 5/26 @ 6:40p
Sat, 5/27 @ 7:10p
Sun, 5/28 @ 1:10p
Join Colorado’s own Colorado Rockies vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. This family friendly baseball game is sure to be an exciting event.
Buy tickets here
Boulder Creek Festival:
Downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek
May 27- 29: Fri 10am-7pm
Kickoff your summer out of the busy city at Boulder Creek. The three day festival will have over 500 vendors featuring community arts and crafts, healthy food choices, and music. There will also be a carnival rides for the kids and a beer garden for adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Fabric London has been known as one of the most renowned night clubs in the world since its opening in late 1999. With a capacity of 2500 people and three separate rooms (two dedicated to live act's) it has hosted the largest act's in dance music over its seventeen year history. Some of the largest names in the game have seen their start there since it's conception including french electro duo Justice and German techno heavy weight Boys Noize. Starting in 2001 Fabric started an iconic monthly live mix series entitled "FABRICLIVE". Arguably among the most famous in the series came from the pairing of Caspa & Rusko back in December of 2007 alongside another beautiful installment from A-Trak in April of 2009.
Trap pioneer Flosstradamus returns to Colorado on 4/20 for his second installation of HDYFest on the Rocks. In previous years HDYFest was stationed in Austin, Texas, but the holiday celebration was relocated to the one state who frankly, knows how to do it best. Held nowhere else than the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater, Flosstradamus--with one less addition to the name--will be in Colorado on April 20th for one of the rowdiest Red Rocks shows of the summer.
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing you Colorado artists booming with potential we'd like to take a minute to introduce you all to Karlyle Sky Walker, also known by his stage name Krushendo. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Karlyle calls Ft. Collins, CO home and has been producing music for the past 10 years. With a background as a vocalist and a guitarist in various jam and metal bands, his diverse skill set culminated into the project Krushendo and he's been rapidly rising in the Northern Colorado underground scene over the past 6 months.
In just over a week the prodigal dubstep son Datsik returns to Colorado on February 4th to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO to bring us his Ninja Nation Tour. (BUY TICKETS NOW) Featuring the Shogun stage, a fresh new sound from Beetles himself, and a diverse lineup full of some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and hiphop/rap, this is a show you won’t want to miss this year.
Kicking the 2017 year off strong, we start our festival journey in the Southwest region of the country with Gem and Jam Music Festival. The eleventh annual festival located in the heart of Tucson, AZ takes place February 2nd-5th, and this year things are heating up more than ever. With masters of hip-hop-funk Gramatik, The Floozies, and Lotus headlining the festival, Arizona will host one of the most notoriously funk-worthy festivals of the year--and that’s not all that's in store for funk-lovers alike. Phish bassist Mike Gordon, several members of the String Cheese Incident, G-Jones, OPIUO, The Russ Liquid Test, and more fill out the lineup making the 2017 Gem and Jam fest one of the best they've ever had. The festival also includes both on and off-site camping each night, and for all of us Coloradans getting buried under snow, Gem and Jam sounds like the perfect place to trade up the bitter cold for the warmth, light, and music for a few days. (BUY TICKETS NOW)
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.