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.
As the clouds were rolling in on a beautiful Friday night in Boulder it started to snow creating a relaxed yet excited buzz around The Boulder Theater where fans stood outside chatting and laughing anxiously awaiting to see their favorite musician, and with that energy in place it would set the tone for an evening with Citizen Cope.
Immediately as you went inside you noticed huge signs that declared it to be a media blackout. Specially meaning Cope won’t allow any photos or videos and encouraged his audience to stay present and be with them throughout the show. For some this was noticeably upsetting and for the majority just shock. Yet as the lights went down and the energy shifted to all black with just one spotlight the crowd waited. Hoping around, swaying people were ready for the show, and as he made his way out on stage to a thunderous applause not one person pulled out their phone, and to say it was magical would be an understatement. You could see each person so focused on Cope that even if you wanted to take a photo you wouldn’t dare disrupt the energy. He started off his set with a bang, taking the audience on a beautiful ride with him that evening. Almost no small talk was made in-between songs and he even acknowledged that “he sucked” at talking and much rather just sing, and so he did.
Founded in the early 1990’s by Del the Funky Homosapien, the Oakland-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics has left an imprint on the hip-hop scene as sizeable as their eight member strong crew is deep. Including not only Del, but also fellow MCs Casual, Pep Love, producer Domino, DJ Toure, and also the members of fellow Bay Area hip hop act Souls of Mischief (Phesto, A Plus, Opio, and Tajai), the extensive roster that makes up Hiero has enabled their reach and influence to spread far and wide since their inception. However, having such a bevy of performers within one collective oftentimes makes it difficult for members to get on the same page, especially when a tour is concerned. This is why it was such a treat to see the full lineup perform at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday March 26th.
But Hiero wasn’t the only crew that showed up to rock the stage at Cerv’s. Colorado-based duo the ReMINDers were there in support, and delivered a scorching set that was easily the most memorable of all the openers on the evening. Composed of MC Big Samir, MC/Vocalist Aja Black, and DJ Lazy Eyez, their combo of Samir’s raw, bilingual, rapid fire flow, Aja’s soulful and poignant delivery, plus Lazy Eyez’ reggae-infused beats had the crowd jumping from start to finish. No doubt they won over an entire legion of new fans with that performance, myself included.
Going up, on a Tuesday!
Amber Giles, better known as MIJA, has been killing the electronic scene this past year. Following her back-to-back set with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, this superstar became noted as one of EDM’s top 15 artists to look out for in 2015.
Let me just start off by telling you --this girl knows how to mix. That being said, with the support of local Kommon Interests and Denver’s Sloane Peterson, the Fox Theater was filled with electronic music enthusiasts from all across Colorado.
Some like it hot and some like it boiling. Well, the fire could be found at the Bluebird Theater Friday night. Warming up the stage and kicking off the evening was Colorado's own Tyler Gettel. Tkettle mixed in Hendrix-inspired guitar licks with his smooth remixes of popular tracks by artists ranging from Odesza to The Temptations.
Vince Seidl aka Diamond Cuts aka 1/3 of the funk supergroup Resonant Frequency Music took over and decided to drop a few fresh slices. Diamond Cuts paid tribute to the Diamond Dog himself David Bowie, and also dedicated a song to his father. Vince came through to throw down funky tracks like "Time Warp" but made sure to drop remixes of hip-hop legends like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Notorious BIG for the homies.
If knowledge is power then in Congo Sanchez is a force to be reckoned with. Producing an energized downtempo reggae sound with serious lyricism. Congo, Haile, and Flex come together as Congo Sanchez a group originating from Washington D.C. They have a sound that manages to bring bouncy island vibes to the hard city streets. Tracks like "Dealing With This" and "Gentrified Children" that not only sound amazing but point out the issues many people face that often get overlooked.
On Friday, May 6th, Denver/San Francisco based Euphonic Conceptions curated a powerhouse of an event for Denverites at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and it’s neighbor venue Cervantes’ Other Side. The dual venue event boasted a lineup consisting of Shuj Roswell, Maddy O’Neal (Krooked Drivers), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Marvel Years, Russo, Russ Liquid, Nosaj Thing and The Gaslamp Killer.
For an event of this magnitude, the crowd was eager to enter at 9pm sharp. Which served as a breath of fresh air in comparison to many events that remain audience free until the headliner takes the stage. Kicking off the other side was Denver based Shuj Roswell: the up and coming funky bass driven live instrument centric producer who releases on Michal Menert’s Super Best Records label, got the crowd warmed up for an unforgettable night with his upbeat blend of ‘funktronadelic’ tunes. Following Roswell was DJ Russo in the main Room. Russo, whose weapon of choice is a crate of vinyl and some turntables, was building a party of his own. Flawlessly mixing disco, house, hip hop, and everything in between, he set the bar for the night, and set the mood for Mr. Russ Liquid.
Russ Liquid, a Denver favorite, is known well for his energetic trumpet and live midi key performances. He performs his sets almost entirely composed of his own music and can effortlessly weave between djing and live instrumentation. Russ is a true musician and even paid tribute to the late, great Pumpkin, who passed away earlier this year in a car accident. While Russ was doing his thing on the main floor, Maddy O’Neal was banging out sexy, bass driven, glitch funk on The Other Side. Maddy, who many know more familiarly as one half of Krooked Drivers, recently (and peacefully) parted ways with her Krooked Drivers bandmate and started a project of her own. Joined on stage by Sunsquabi, this whole performance proved that Maddy is a force to be reckoned with in the future of Colorado dance music
A true performance, from beginning to end, Zhu absolutely nailed his set at the Ogden in Denver. His set told a complete story from beginning to end, allowing the audience to join Zhu on his immersive musical journey. Truly an artist, Zhu never ceases to surprise, amaze, and try new things. He’s always changing, never comfortable with his success. His set elicited a wave of emotions, with visuals and light shows to culminate in an unforgettable night.
Infected Mushroom has been around for what seems like forever…. and it’s actually 1996 to be exact. The Israeli duo which is comprised of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani have seen the music industry change, partied in a lot of really cool spots, and had some interesting times on the road together over the years. One thing is for sure, they are no strangers to Colorado, which is why Colorado Culture was stoked to sit down with them last week before their shows at The Gothic Theater on Thursday and Friday night.
I’m sure, like me, that many of you want to know what their biggest influences and inspirations are. Their answer was quite simple: a little bit of everything. “Heavy Metal to Electronic music, old school, and new school.” As they were creating their new album(BUY NOW), one that they describe as a “chill out album,” they said they were listening to music from Shpongle, Koan Sound, Opio and even Pink Floyd (although they said it was not a musical influence). If you have listened to Infected Mushroom, you know it is hard to nail down an exact sound, and with their wide variety of influences it is easy to see why.
Oh, how we miss the smell of winter in the air, and waking up to some white stuff blanketing our peaks. In Colorado, we have the luxury of taking off to the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range whenever we like. If you are not from here, and are looking for a quick getaway, we have plenty of gorgeous places to go in the mountains. My personal favorite for all that Colorado Culture has to offer is Breckenridge, CO. Not only does it have phenomenal skiing and riding, but its small chill ski town vibe is off the charts! Yes, prices are elevated in these parts of Colorado, but they make it worth your while. The hotels are always great, and the locals make you feel like family. Also, summer is a great time to visit.
When I think of the perfect happy hour, there are five special places, in particular, that come to mind. Each has their own distinct flare to it, and it just so happens that they are all conveniently located on the same street- that street would be Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. Maybe some of you have had the pleasure of experiencing a few of these awesome happy hours, but if you haven’t, it needs to be a priority!
Living in Colorado means that you accept the insane weather changes almost every day. Our weather is often referred to as the "bipolar climate, blink and it changes”. It’s funny how we can wake up one day to a white out blizzard and the next day the snow is gone and we’re out and about with shorts on. Although it is unpredictable, sometimes it can work to our advantage. The weather unpredictability allows us the opportunity to go on beautiful hikes almost year round! Colorado is blessed to have some of the most scenic hikes in the U.S. So you can call us spoiled, but we aren’t complaining! Get your hiking boots laced up(and most likely a few extra layers), because it’s never too late to go! Go live some culture. Here are our some good ideas to get you started.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s imperative to get your body sufficiently fueled up for the day in front of you. Whether you’re preparing for a case of the Mondays at work, or you’re binge eating the morning after the alcohol-heavy diet you forced yourself to indulge in the night before, breakfast can be your little taste of Heaven for the day. “Breakfast food” is the superhero in your belly, helping you get through your days. It just so happens that in Boulder, there are three beyond spectacular breakfast restaurants around to fulfill any and all of your morning cravings.
1) The Buff
The first and my personal favorite breakfast place in Boulder is The Buff. This place not only serves dishes the size of your head, but they are also creatively delicious. From their delectable and savory Eggs Benedict (MY FAVORITE) to their sweet and sticky sour dough French Toast, you get the best of whatever you’re in the mood for. They even have lunch dishes too, if in fact you are among the unfortunate souls who do not prefer breakfast food. Their Ozo coffees are bottomless, and their iced coffee drinks are even more so seeing as how the glasses they serve them in are bigger than your head! There are also a plethora of ‘boozey’ drinks for your liking as well depending on your morning mood and after breakfast agenda of course. The Bloody Marys and Mimosas are to die for! With everything you could want out of a breakfast restaurant, why not go?!
We all know that Boulder, Colorado has a bunch of yummy food choices when it comes to ordering in. If you go to the University of Colorado, a big website used to order food online is HungryBuffs. If you don’t, almost every place has their own website to order delivery from. Whether you’re up all night studying and in need of a quick food break, or you’ve got some major late night munchies, Boulder has you covered. Ranging from pizza to Asian, and everything in between, you’ll be sure to be satisfied. Here is a list of late night food deliveries that will definitely hit the spot!
What makes a romantic getaway these days? Is it the location? Attractions? Or perhaps a combination of everything? We're firm believers that the romance lies within the individuals as the heart is the most powerful thing on this earth. If you really want a romantic getaway you don't even have to leave state lines. We here at Colorado Culture want you to know that you can make your own adventure by just stepping outside. Colorado has endless possibilities for you to enjoy, and all you have to do is choose a direction to drive so you can discover your own favorite slice of this state and enjoy it all to yourself! We hope that you join us in our effort to experience the world without walls. Whether you're looking for a day trip or weekend be creative and have some fun.
1) Day Trip to Hanging Lake, and possible weekend stay in Glenwood Springs one of Colorado's Best Kept Secrets.
It is an absolute shame that people don’t do enough solo trips into the mountains. Whether you live along the Western Slope or near the Front Range, you can drive out to Hanging Lake within a couple of hours along I-70. This is the perfect place to go on a day hike, see a gorgeous geological gem and take some jaw dropping nature photos to send your buds out of state, or maybe to the people on dates waiting for their name to be called on a list at a three star restaurant. You’re going to have this adventure all to yourself, and be able to tell cool stories about your experience at one of the most beautiful destinations that Colorado has to offer. If you find yourself hungry, don’t sweat it! Glenwood Springs has all sorts of options for mountain grub for you to choose from. Want a preview? Here is a serene video for you to get your zen on and get excited about your day in the mountains!
2) Grab a bike and head up to Fort Collins
This town has an incredibly cool vibe and has something for everyone. If you have a bicycle, you should definitely bring it because this place is bike friendly, and you can get anywhere you need to in a matter of minutes around the downtown area. What most people don’t know about Fort Collins is that it is one of the best places for the self-proclaimed “foodie” because the restaurants here are all bringing their A-game and serving it right to you. If you find yourself getting tired, the perfect place to get a pick me up is near the center of town. Go visit the Alley Cat, the coolest 24-hour coffee shop in Fort Collins and order yourself a florentine
3) Head up to Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
It's no secret to the Boulderites that this is one of the best spots in to bring your main squeeze. Just beyond Chautauqua Park is a winding road that leads to a resting area where you can experience a breathtaking view. It's a prime spot for having a romantic picnic, and a perfect place to take a couple of selfies. If it happens to be snowing, no worries! Go to one of the many cafes in Boulder to pick up some hot chocolate and enjoy the snow together. Boulder is a gorgeous city no matter what the weather looks like!
4) Denver Art Museum
Are you on a first date with a new person this weekend and you want an easy way to get to know them? First, find out if they like pretty things like art! If so, then look no further than the Denver Art Museum. The usual fee is $16 if you aren't a member, but going here to see the exhibits is worth the cash. If you and your date need some help starting conversation, why not go along with one of the museum's daily tours? (11:00-11:45am, every day). Don't want to deal with a group but still want to learn about the art? Some exhibits have pre recorded tours so you can share earbuds and admire the art together.
5) You Need Pie (Estes Park, CO)
Up for some mountain adventure with your sweetheart? Or, just need an amazing slice of pie? This place is right by the famous Stanley Hotel, so if you are a fan of horror movies and want to get your Shining on, take a stroll around the grounds and then walk your way down to You Need Pie! for a slice and some coffee. Colorado Culture recommends trying some classic flavors, like apple or cherry pie. The mountain drive down to Estes is worth it alone, and also brings you within a mile of Rocky Mountain National Park where you and your date can admire some big horned sheep and wild elk bugles along with the natural beauty of the landscape.
Stay tuned for more great ideas for fun and romantic getaways. Until then go out there and live some culture.
Colorado is full of hidden secrets around every corner. The state as a whole thrives as a vast utopia of culture. We recently had the pleasure of stopping by The Denver Botanic Gardens to check out the Chihuly exhibit. The only thing we came away thinking was it was one of the most beautiful art displays we have ever witnessed, and a perfect example of Colorado Culture at it's finest. The infusion of Dale Chihuly's incredible glass installations and creative genius into the natural setting of The Denver Botanic Gardens is a site that no picture could ever do justice. Below is as close as we could get.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York St. Denver, CO 80206. Check out what they have in store for 2016 at http://www.botanicgardens.org/
Last weekend, I found myself in Five Points to hit up Snowboard on the Block. I haven't spent much time in that neighborhood over the years as it used to have a reputation of a place that you didn't go unless you had a specific reason to be there. And like much of central Denver in recent years, gentrification has swept through and left its mark. Now it boasts various versions of bars, restaurants, and concert venues. One of which is the Epic Brewing Company that showed up here in 2013.
I've got a special affinity for Dry Dock as it's basically in my old neighborhood. I took drum lessons as a kid in the same strip mall at Hampden and Chambers. However I never thought when I discovered my love for craft brew that I'd one day be able to make a legitimate argument around the statement that "Southeast Aurora brews best". It might not, but Dry Dock definitely put us folks from the plains east of Denver on the map. They opened in 2005 as Aurora's first microbrewery and taproom, and have been growing like gangbusters ever since. They built their rep on quality, consistency, and innovation.
This week's stop was a micro brew taproom in the far northeast section of Park Hill: Station 26. It's a renovated firehouse that sits adjacent to MLK Jr park on the corner of 38th and Pontiac street. They are a true microbrewery in that their menu is constantly evolving. What you had last week might have been replaced the next time you go by whatever they had on deck in their fermenters. No matter though, as the brews are good enough quality to satisfy most (their Colorado Cream ale just took a bronze medal at the Great American Beer festival for American-style cream ale).
This week in matters of fermented grains spiked with flowers and other various fruits, we’re staying home to drink. Yes, it’s fun to go to bars, but it can also get a tad expensive, so there’s no shame in staying in once in a while, provided you have some company, and Ska Brewing out of Durango has proven adept at providing that since their inception in 1995.
I’m honestly not all that familiar with Durango other than accounts of friends of mine who spent time at Fort Lewis College. The impression that I have gotten from their accounts is that it is essentially Boulder on a much smaller scale. The typical student schedule from fall to spring was described as “class in the morning, ride Purgatory in the afternoon, rinse and repeat” (although I think Purgatory now has a different name, this is Colorado Culture and we promote the local ways of life, including lingo) which basically sounds like Boulder, just no Boulder Freeride. And also like Boulder, Durango makes its own beer.
Ska Brewing is actually a fairly sizeable brewery considering the quaintness of the locale. They’ve got 8 beers in their regular lineup (their True Blonde Ale took gold at the Great American Beer Festival for English-style Summer Ale this year), as well as 6 seasonal brews. As I’ve stated in past posts, IPA is my flavor of choice, and Ska’s Modus Hoperandi IPA is one of my local favorites. It’s unique because the aroma of the beer is that of citrus instead of hops like most other IPAs, and the variety of hops used is such that it gives the strong taste of pine that melds with the citrus as you drink it. At the back end there is a tinge of sweetness that cuts into the bitterness of the hops, tastes a bit like caramel. It’s a fantastic beer, and as always, it’s an IPA so the ABV is up there, 6.8% to be exact. You can find select Ska products at most local liquor stores that have a decent beer selection (if you’re in Central Denver like me, Argonaut is your best bet). I also recommend visiting them online as their site is laid out like a comic book, which is awesome. Or you can visit the brewery itself if you find yourself in the southwest part of the state. They’ve got tours, a beer garden, and a restaurant. Until next week, cheers!
Copper Kettle Brewing company is micro-brewery and tasting room located in an office park a little bit south of Mississippi on Parker road. This is an area of town which I’ve always thought was a little confused about its geography. The address says Denver, but for all intents and purposes, if you’re down there drinking that means you’re just in west Aurora. But, just like I stated about Durango’s Ska Brewing last week, don’t let the locale fool you. There is some serious goodness being brewed in here, and all you need to do is inquire within this family-owned brewery to find out for yourself.