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."
"Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music." - John Coltrane
Rowdytown five was one for the books! I got the grand opportunity of being a Lil’G which is a group of people that work with Big Gigantic on the days of the show to help assure them that their crowd is being taken care of. All night we handed out waters, t-shirts, water bottles, hats, candy, and more to people. The smile’s I got back were priceless.
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.
The much anticipated 2016 edition of the Great American Beer Festival (held over 4 four-hour long sessions last week on the 6th thru the 8th), lived up to expectations. There were some excellent revelations and discoveries (more on that a bit later), and also the usual puzzling sights. So, let’s dive into the beer shall we?
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.
The end of the Red Rocks season has been nothing short of All Good. Not just for those lucky souls blessed enough to see the man the myth the legend, Griz. But this night was also for the fans who missed him but managed to catch some the funk-bests under his golden wings.
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.
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.
We took some time to sit down with Joe Burchard and Matthew Reyer of Black/Tuesday to discuss their place in the music industry as we close in on being less than two weeks away from the 2016 Cloak & Dagger Music Festival on October 15th here in Denver, Colorado. We had a very interesting conversation with the boys and their ability to pull off the triple threat.
It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s doors to host the biggest event of it’s kind in the country. An event that is the quintessential adult playground. No kids allowed, just hopheads only. It’s the biggest annual event hosted by this space not featuring anyone named Lorin (ok well maybe someone will be in the building who has that name, but I digress). It’s time, of course, for the annual Great American Beer Festival.
Being that the calendar has turned to October and we’re now officially into fall, some of you make think that festival season is over. For outdoor festivals (in most of the country), this certainly rings true. However, we’re not done with festival season quite yet here in Colorado.
Continuing in our Monday tradition of bringing you fresh new music to move to all week long here's Dirty Little Thieves mix for all of us cultureheads out there featuring 30 mins of pure electro/house awesomeness.
Nearing the end of his U.S. Summer Tour, dubstep producer SPAG HEDDY offered up some hefty portions of filthy, wonky, juicy-tomato bass at Beta Nightclub this last Friday night.
After experiencing his set first hand, it’s quite obvious that this Mischa Reining born producer has spent quality time cooking away in the kitchen. Offering neck-breaking anthems all throughout his set, the dubstep juggernaut definitely dished up the recommended daily serving of bass. I had the opportunity to sit down with the well-known producer and ask a few of the questions that you’ve been anxious to know. Check out the exclusive Colorado Culture interview below:
Another Monday, another mix from some outstanding local talent. This one comes straight outta Aurora, courtesy of Derek Grant aka Fun Da Mentalist. Here you'll find a mix of some downtempo, some soul, and some hip hop. We've been following Derek for a while so (much like all of these mixes) we're excited to share this one with you.
One of the aspects of Cloak & Dagger, and this is something that we’ve previously alluded to, is the strong representation of local talent within the lineup that are all doing their part to push the local scene forward and help it grow. In that regard, this week’s artist Freddy Rule is no exception. We met with him in his home studio to chat a bit about life and music.
Today we’ve got a special one for you: Mile High Sound Movement heavy hitter Unlimited Gravity has released some new flavor for your ears just ahead of his three show run with the Unlimited Aspect (Unlimited Gravity/Project Aspect) live band along with Zoogma.