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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.

Hakuna Matoma: Matoma Interview

Hakuna Matoma: Matoma Interview

Matoma gives good massages? He was in the Army? He wanted to be a teacher? Say what?!

Just a few days after celebrating his 25th birthday in San Diego, Colorado Culture had the opportunity to sit down and chat with tropical house phenomenon Matoma. Get the scoop on what he’s been working on and make sure to check our flash questions here!

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Matoma: Mishawaka 6/3/16

Matoma: Mishawaka 6/3/16

Tropical house and funky beats were brought to the Mish on Friday night by some incredible artists. Upon walking into the venue, my first thoughts were, "Wow, I can't believe I haven't been here before". Mishawaka Amphitheater is tucked into the mountains just northwest of Fort Collins. It sits right on a river and is surrounded by nature. The only word that comes to mind when trying to describe this venue is magical. If you're looking for an intimate outdoor concert setting, look no further.

 

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Kaminanda: Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom 5/28/16

Kaminanda: Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom 5/28/16

The oh so talented music pioneers Kaminanda and Love and Light graced the stage of Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom last Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in Denver, Colorado. Kaminanda is a solo project that bends the limits of sound while creating a vibrant environment to dance in! Kaminanda was joined by Love And Light, an energetic electronic dance music duo composed of Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson.

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Seven Lions: Ogden Theater 2/27/16

Seven Lions: Ogden Theater 2/27/16

It’s no coincidence that good-natured, kind, down to earth DJ’s are the ones that send concert-goers vibes sky-high.
For Jeff Montalvo a.k.a. Seven Lions, his soft and sweet demeanor is matched by the ethereal explosions of chilling vocals and haunting melodies that saturate every second of his live sets. Each song hits home deep within the heart and soul as this veteran DJ mixes with extreme transparency, flavor, and show of skill. As an EDM fan, you probably know him very well, but if you haven’t hop on over to Soundcloud immediately and fire up Strangers feat. Tove Lo (you know, back when she was just a Talking Body).

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Speaker of the House Interview

Speaker of the House Interview

The Colorado Culture team had the opportunity to chat with Speaker of the House, check out the interview here and make sure to catch him 6/3 at the Gothic theater! 

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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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Stooki Sound B2B Hoodboi: Summit Music Hall 5/12/2016

Stooki Sound B2B Hoodboi: Summit Music Hall 5/12/2016

Back-to-back Trap sets are always a treat and rare to find. On May 12, Summit Music Hall in Denver hosted an entire back to back show featuring Denver natives Vinnie Maniscalco and Treyy G, LA-based DJ/producer Hoodboi, as well as the London-based trap-duo Stooki Sound. The nature of the venue and the size of the crowd (not exactly your sold-out show) brought an intimate feel to an incredible trap show, which is unlikely to come across with trap being the most popular EDM genre in the US right now.

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Keys n Krates: Ogden Theatre 2/11/16

Keys n Krates: Ogden Theatre 2/11/16

The Ogden has not failed us yet in this new year. Having just brought in Snails, and revealing an even more hype lineup for the months ahead, Keys n Krates was just proof this was something you should take seriously. The energy and shows continue to leave you anticipating your return and confirming it quickly.

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong: Fox Theater 4/1/2016

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong: Fox Theater 4/1/2016

“Funky”, “hilarious”, “upbeat” are all words that have been used to describe the uniquely named east coast jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (PPPP), who sold out the Fox Theatre on April 1st.

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Snails: The Ogden Theater 1/16/16

Snails: The Ogden Theater 1/16/16

 

The big date was January 16th, a date many had obviously cleared their schedules for and for good reason. With 1,600 tickets pre-sold and several hopefuls taking on the chilled weather seeking impossible last minute tickets sales outside of Ogden, the SNAILS sold out show was seemingly one of the most anticipated shows in Denver to date. Just before the front doors finally opened for entrance, bassheads were lined up around the block as the DJ’s inside were preparing for every trap savants dream.

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Life In Color: National Western Complex 2/20/16

Life In Color: National Western Complex 2/20/16

A sea of white cotton apparel trickled into Denver’s National Western Complex, each metaphorical drop poised in anticipation for the release of their transgressions through tantalizing electronic tones. For many, this was more than your average showcase. It was a representation of freedom and finding  the persevering truth within ourselves to still remain evident. Life In Color promised us a kingdom and we were given nothing less.

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Analog Son: Fox Theater 2/26/16

Analog Son: Fox Theater 2/26/16

Elevated energy, extreme talent, and the gift of FUNK is something Analog Son has been effectively crafting for almost three years now, come fall. This past weekend, Analog Son, featuring the magical congas by Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident, had hips shaking from Boulder to Denver as they made their way to the Burton US Open in Vail this week. With leading musicians Jordan Linit - guitar and Josh Fairman - bass, the minds behind the original design of this ever evolving funky collaboration, they’ve successfully experimented with members of Lettuce, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, The String Cheese Incident, The Motet and Juno What?! - to name a FEW. Their flaming hot fusion is electric on its own, as they combine the ranging technologies of music production from the very beginning of funk music, and bringing that well-rounded elaboration to the stage. Their mission is Funk, and their artillery of musical genius is impossible to deny.

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Mama Lenny and the Remedy Interview

Mama Lenny and the Remedy Interview

We had the opportunity to chat with Colorado band Mama Lenny and the Remedy about their current and upcoming projects! Check out the interview here: 

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Kaminanda & What He's Fond Of: Kaminanda Interview

Kaminanda & What He's Fond Of: Kaminanda Interview

Kaminanda is not necessarily a household name in music, even at the underground EDM level.

However when he finally does roll into town for his headliner set, he leaves audience in utter awe. His psy-dub style of electronica coupled with tasty guitar licks is a blend of so many genres that can be traced from funk to classic rock of yesteryear. Before his May 28th headliner set at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, we got a chance to sit down and discuss what exactly makes the man behind the psy-dub tick.


Most of your tracks are very multidimensional. What inspires this?  

The desire to time travel and explore unlimited streams of consciousness.

You just recently started posting a “song of the day” on your Facebook page, which of the songs posted thus far has influenced you the most? What way did this song influence you?  

Maybe Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”. It’s just a masterpiece. The song structure, the groove in the middle jam, the psychedelic textures and the re-entry back into the song part. It’s just amazing. 22 minutes as well!

If you could live in any era what would it be and why?

1960’s. For obvious reasons...

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Playing multiple sets at a festival and getting to play with a band.. Maybe ending the day in a cuddle puddle.

What projects are you currently working on?

An uptempo tribal techno project. Planning stages of the Kaminanda live band.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Cat Stevens or Bobby McFerrin. It would be an honor to hear their vocals on a track.

What does Colorado culture mean to you?

Music, smiles, cannabis, mountains and Red Rocks.

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Cheap and Unique: Hidden Gems in the Denver Nightlife

Cheap and Unique: Hidden Gems in the Denver Nightlife

 

Weekend warriors, urban explorers and beer-loving bar goers; this is for you. Colorado Culture wants to help you out by guiding you for a night on the town for cheap. A part of being Coloradan is exploring your surroundings and finding the most interesting places, so we’re going to help you out by showing you some of the most unique places to start in the Denver area.

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Gryffin Interview

Gryffin Interview


Colorado Culture had the opportunity to talk with electronic producer Gryffin before his upcoming Denver show at the Larimer Lounge. Read what he has to say about his Heading Home tour here: 

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Doctor P, Funtcase, and Cookie Monsta: Red Rocks 5/14/2016

Doctor P, Funtcase, and Cookie Monsta: Red Rocks 5/14/2016

What do Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, and Funtcase all have in common? Their label. This past weekend this Circus Records trio took over Global Dub Red Rocks in a B2B set, playing those heavy whompy tracks that had the whole crowd headbanging. 

Colorado Culture had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the three, and let’s just say that there’s a reason why they’re on this Circus label.. these guys are a bunch of fun-loving blokes who would be just as at home at a three-ring circus as they are onstage. Check out the interview and see why:

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Dada Life: Red Rocks 5/24/16

Dada Life: Red Rocks 5/24/16

Champagne, bananas, INSANITY!!!  These three things are guaranteed to be found in the world of Dada, and last Saturday night at Red Rocks was definitely no exception!  Everything from 60 foot long inflatable bananas, to an unbelieveable amount of lasers, that unmistakable banging electro Dada sound and, of course, champagne being sprayed everywhere!! It was truly a spectacle to see! If you were not fortunate enough to experience the wonder of what was Dadaland Before Time, then here is a breakdown of the evening.

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Yellow Claw: Fox Theatre 3/1/16

Yellow Claw: Fox Theatre 3/1/16

Far too often music aficionados disregard smaller venues and more intimate shows as lame. But there is something sobering about seeing a big name in EDM performing in a 500 person venue, with minimal stage production. On Tuesday March 15th, the Dutch EDM Trio Yellow Claw played a high energy set that had the whole crowd bouncing. Opening the night for them was a recent addition to the Barong Family, Moksi. The bucket hat wearing Dutch Duo started the night off with a relatively tame deep set. The crowd had fully accumulated 15-20 minutes into the duo’s set, and they were very responsive to the beats being laid down. As Moski dumped bass anticipation for Yellow Claw was peaking. Moksi was a phenomenal supporting act, and no doubt would make for quite the headliner. They did an amazing job of getting the crowd hyped up for Yellow Claw, picking up tempo as their set drew to a close.

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Migos: City Hall 3/19/2016

Migos: City Hall 3/19/2016

Between the growing tension across the nation from this unruly political process and opinion pieces becoming the only resource for media outlets to infiltrate voters highly receptive to social influence, our generation has been left with the daunting task of sorting the banter from impenetrable truth. While Migos have had several disputes occur during the course of their shows as of late, the people of Denver maintained its prevailing respect and passion for music, culture, class, and diversity. Is that not what makes this city so profound? Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff did not just piped up Denverites at City Hall last Saturday, (Yes, I said it) they taught us a grand lesson in what defines our generation from the rest.

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Interviews/Features

Elyza Castillo
10 October 2017
Interviews/Features
If you’ve never heard of Canadian Vomitstep producer SNAILS you sure have now. This Sluggtopia king ...
Elyza Castillo
01 August 2017
Interviews/Features
The crew at Colorado Culture had the opportunity to chat with Johnny, Taylor, and Justin of Eminence...
Maddi Shea
18 April 2017
Interviews/Features
April 20th is an enormously celebrated holiday for the Mile High City as the bustling spring weekend...

Colorado Culture Approved

Kevin Lucas
11 December 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
In years' past we've tweaked the format of this weekly events list based on who was writing it. ...
Kevin Lucas
08 December 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
Everybody knows about the prototypical Christmas activities to do around here: Blossoms of Light at ...
Kevin Lucas
05 December 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that the Ink! Coffee locatio...

Event Reviews

Kevin Lucas
28 November 2017
Event Reviews
Sup Cultureheads?  It’s been a while.  Being that I’ve spent the majority of 2017 haunting...
Danielle Caho
14 September 2017
Event Reviews
Every year Red Rocks Amphitheater hosts a variety of musical genres and artists and each year Colora...
Danielle Caho
13 August 2017
Event Reviews
Once again festival goers arrived in masses to take on Arise festival 2017. Celebrating their fift...

Beer Central

Kevin Lucas
04 December 2017
Beer Central
One major characteristic of anything that experiences explosive growth in popularity, there is alway...
Kevin Lucas
06 October 2016
Colorado Culture Approved
Interviews/Features
It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s d...
Dallas Perrault
05 August 2016
Event Reviews
Beer Central
Summer Brew Fest has been held annually on the 4th Friday and Saturday of July at Mile High Station ...

Colorado Sounds

Maddi Shea
06 February 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
Colorado Sounds
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing you Colorado artists booming with potential we'd like to t...
Kevin Lucas
02 June 2016
Colorado Sounds
Interviews/Features
For those who know Andy Immerman, they know that he is both a mainstay over at Souls in Action Enter...
Josh Noreen
22 May 2016
Interviews/Features
Colorado Sounds
We here at Colorado Culture are proud to announce our involvement with this year’s Global Dance Fest...

Culture Cultivators

Kevin Lucas
14 July 2016
Interviews/Features
Culture Cultivators
Question: what do Bassnectar, Hieroglyphics, and the String Cheese Incident have in common?  Gi...
Josh Noreen
11 May 2016
Culture Cultivators
Eco-friendly hauler Gone For Good was started by Reid Husmer in 2009 with an idea borne from an expe...
Kevin Lucas
10 May 2016
Culture Cultivators
Follow your passion.  Do what you love.  Find where you Belong.  Such is the mantra o...

This is Colorado

Kevin Lucas
08 December 2017
This is Colorado
Earlier this week, our fearless leader (who diligently follows every Colorado-themed social media pa...
Kevin Lucas
07 December 2017
This is Colorado
We published an article earlier this week about the craft beer bubble, and that got us thinking a bi...
Kevin Lucas
05 December 2017
This is Colorado
By definition, sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society'...

Cultured Contributions

Kevin Lucas
04 December 2017
Cultured Contributions
Colorado Culture Approved
At this point in the NFL season, I’ve completely run out of superlatives/excuses in regard to this i...
Alexandria Vance
18 October 2016
Cultured Contributions
We all know and love the wild variety and rugged beauty that Colorado offers. Many of us have fallen...
Kyle Roach
18 October 2016
Cultured Contributions
"Every once in a while people cross our paths that have natural abilities to speak their hearts. The...

Event Previews

Danielle Caho
08 June 2017
Event Previews
As the 2017 festival season kicks off music lovers from all around prepare for one of Colorado’s big...
Maddi Shea
16 February 2017
Event Previews
Trap pioneer Flosstradamus returns to Colorado on 4/20 for his second installation of HDYFest on the...
Maddi Shea
23 October 2016
Event Previews
Colorado Culture Approved
It's almost here—Safe in Sound tour comes to First Bank Center on November 4th and we could not...