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.
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.
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)
Sometimes eating what we want, the way we want isn't always easy on our budget. The good news is Denver has a plethora of restaurants that cater to the vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian I've searched far and wide to find some of the best dishes around town. It was tough to narrow it down to just five, but here are my 5 favorite.
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?
It's almost here—Safe in Sound tour comes to First Bank Center on November 4th and we could not be more excited. With headliners Borgore and Zomboy, featuring LAXX and Just a Gent, and Colorado's own Decadon, Colorado’s bass-capital Denver, and other local bassheads are in for a treat this fall season. We highly recommend that everyone come ready and fully prepared for full-forced headbanging as one of Colorado's best fall electronic events returns.
In anticipation of their upcoming Colorado show with The Reminders at Cervantes Other Side on November 16th, 2016 we had the chance to sit down with Virginia based RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red-Gold-Green) to talk about music culture, The Lorax, and how complacency impacts the world.
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.
We all know and love the wild variety and rugged beauty that Colorado offers. Many of us have fallen in love with a favorite hike that we’ve found while exploring. My personal favorite comes in the form of two sister peaks nestled between Allenspark and Estes Park. Twin Sisters rises roughly 11,400 feet, just enough to pass the timber line. Peaking through gaps in the trail, Longs Peak and Mount Meeker loom across the valley, watching over the Twins. Views of the majestic peaks will make you catch your breath in awe...that is, if you’re not already catching your breath from the strenuous hike and altitude.
Denver Lanternfest was every bit as magical as it sounds. The gates of the National Speedway in Dacono opened at 3pm, and they couldn’t have picked a better day. Each person received a s’more kit, and of course, their lanterns. We got large white lanterns, but I later noticed some colorful ones and few shaped like hearts. Families, lovers, and friends moved in, to pick their perfect spot among the scattered firepits and tiki torches, armed with blankets and camping chairs. Some brought small coolers to lounge in the sun, watching the various events being held at the stage. Besides the amusing pie eating and Hawaiian Punch drinking contests, and a hula hoop competition, a couple talented local singers performed and covered everybody’s favorite songs from modern pop to nostalgia-inducing songs from decades past.
"Every once in a while people cross our paths that have natural abilities to speak their hearts. They can relate to us in ways others can't, and express themselves through a flow that can cut through our souls like a river does to rock. Armed only with a pen or a keyboard, they serve as the word warriors to fight and shape the battles of our own understanding. It is our goal as a company to find these individuals and provide them with a platform for them to use as their own personal battleground. We'd like to welcome our newest member to the Colorado Culture Media Team, Kyle Roach. Here's what Kyle has to say about his love of music and how it has influenced who he is and who he hopes to become."
Colorado has all sorts of hidden gems. Some lie around every corner, while others stay hidden in the most unsuspecting places. As Colorado locals we try our best to experience the rich and diverse culture that thrives here. Every so often we stumble on places we heard about from a friend or something we saw online. Colorado Culture approved was born from these places and events. Owner of Eyediola Photography Emma Ceaglske recently took a trip to one of Colorado's most heralded locations.
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.
Here at Colorado Culture we like to embrace as much of the state as we possibly can. The famed Ocean Journey turned Denver Aquarium has been on our bucket list for a long time now and it seemed like there’s no better time to get in there than the annual Otter Weekend that took place here this past weekend. At first glance, it somewhat resembles an ordinary building in the heart of downtown Denver. If you pass it from the highway, it shares a view with the Six Flags theme park, Sports Authority Field, and the massive CU Denver/Metro/CCD campus, and perhaps you can’t quite see from afar that inside is a whole different world.