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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.
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Factual Fridays

Factual Fridays

Earlier this week, our fearless leader (who diligently follows every Colorado-themed social media page...because somebody has to do it) caught one of the myriad Facebook pages dedicated to Colorado nature photography pulling a fast one - COUGH Love Colorado COUGH.  They had harvested a stock image of the Baatara Gorge waterfall/Cave of Three Bridges located in Tannourine, Lebanon and tried to pass it off as Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park to gather a bunch of likes and attention.  Check the two photos below, and see for yourself which one is Colorado and which one isn't.

We get it ok?  Social media is all about garnering attention.  It feeds the inner narcissist in all of us.  We're not even saying that there is anything inherently wrong with that.  What grinds our gears the most however, is people going about that the wrong way.  And Love Colorado isn't the only page we've caught doing that - we'd list them all here but there are literally too many to count and that would take away from the point.  So we just wanted to dedicate this post to the people who truly appreciate this great state we live in, and give you all some authentic images to look at.  Photo credits are as follows (but in no particular order): Josh Noreen, Bryan Verschoor, Andy Immerman, Allie Conklin, Somer Mock, Matt England, Brendan Bell, and myself.  These are not stock internet images: we took these because we actually live here, go to these places, and see these things in real life.  Feel free to give our Instagram a follow @coloradoculture for more images just like this, and enjoy!

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Are Distilleries the New Breweries?

Are Distilleries the New Breweries?

We published an article earlier this week about the craft beer bubble, and that got us thinking a bit.  Colorado is a state known for producing a large quantity of quality craft brews, but what about spirits?  Since the weekend is upcoming, we figured we'd hit you with a list of places to indulge that other part of your palette.  

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Why Recreation is An Important Part of Sustainable Living

Why Recreation is An Important Part of Sustainable Living

By definition, sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the earth's natural resources and personal resources.  So what exactly does this mean?  Well for starters, it can mean reducing your own carbon footprint by a variety of means: mainly alternate modes of transportation, creative energy consumption, and consuming foodstuffs as part of a diet geared towards this ultimate goal.  Sounds great in theory, right?  Well let’s delve a bit further shall we?

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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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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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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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Memorial Day Events in Denver

Memorial Day Events in Denver

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

10am-Noon

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.


Colorado Remembers:

May 27: Springhill Community Park, Aurora

11am-3pm

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

10am-6pm

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

Coors Field

May 26-28:   

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    

Sat 10am-7pm     

Sun 10am-5pm

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.   

 

 

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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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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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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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Off The Deep End: SOLD OUT Ogden Jauz Review

Off The Deep End: SOLD OUT Ogden Jauz Review
One of the biggest names in the electronic dance community hit Denver this past weekend, bringing a set full of energy and an exciting and fresh new stage presence created exclusively for the tour.
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Datsik's Ninja Nation Tour Review

Datsik's Ninja Nation Tour Review

Troy “Datsik” Beetles has done it again.

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Gem and Jam Festival 2017: Photo Review

Gem and Jam Festival 2017: Photo Review

Here are some of the amazing shots captured this year at Gem and Jam by John Verway.

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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 Activities

Colorado Activities

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?

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Safe In Sound 2016 Review

Safe In Sound 2016 Review

Less than one week after Hallowfreakinween, crowds of teens and twenty-somethings made their way to the First Bank Center to attend Colorado’s 3rd annual Safe In Sound Music Festival. With twenty-five destinations and an assortment of eighteen artists, this year’s Safe In Sound line up was more than grand. Not only did Borgore, Zomboy, LAXX, and Just A Gent make a Coloradical appearance, but Denver’s own Decadon and PAWS made their way to the Broomfield line-up, making this show an event that this bass capital’s residents didn’t want to miss.

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UK Trio Gentlemen’s Club Returns to Denver for a Smashing Bass-Filled Performance

UK Trio Gentlemen’s Club Returns to Denver for a Smashing Bass-Filled Performance

Rising up from the ashes in a sea full of overplayed monotonous electronic music comes one of the most legendary trios in riddim history: Gentlemen’s Club. Comprised of artists Soloman, Coffi, and 50Carrot, the United Kingdom-based group made their return to Denver this past Halloweekend. Often times we find ourselves clouded in an industry of aspiring emerging artists, but on October 29th, City Hall in Denver opened up to reveal an incredible night full of face-melting bass and riddim.

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Snowboard on the Block 2016: Photo Review

Snowboard on the Block 2016: Photo Review

Last week our team had the chance to shoot Snowboard on the Block 2016. It was an epic weekend filled with music, laughter, and fun. Check out our photos from photographers Ryan Rietman and Andrew Bower

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Colorado

If you’re well rehearsed in the Colorado lifestyle, you know that being outdoors and underneath the sun and stars is one of the most popular things to do, all year round. Colorado offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for one to embark on, and one of the most unique ones is to head down south to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. These sand dunes have formed over thousands of years as sand from streams and lakes on the San Luis Valley floor have been carried by winds, thus resulting in the massive playground of gigantic sand mountains.

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