BLDGBLKS Supports Healthy Lives For Happy Kids at the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids Health 5K and Health Odyssey Expo

By: Jura Daubenspeck

On Sunday, April 10th Colorado's Longmont United Hospital and Whole Foods teamed up with Healthy Learning Paths to host the 7th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K. The race started bright and early, and was held at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. By 7:30am, the venue and its surrounding area were teeming with bright green racing shirts, laughing children, and vendors promoting healthy and happy lifestyles.

BLDGBLKS Music Company had the opportunity to be a part of the event, accompanying the fantastic weather and smiling faces with some equally awesome music. Sam Hozdulick, Amy Kress, and Mawule (Ebenezer Yebuah) took to the stage, each performing their own respective sets.

BLDGBLKS artists pre-performance.

BLDGBLKS artists pre-performance.

After the race, runners and supporters alike were gathered in the main arena, and Sam Hozdulick opened up the afternoon entertainment with her live performance. She started with a upbeat mashup of well-known hits such as Kanye West's "Heartless", Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song", and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning". She then closed her performance with "Music Speaks", an original song that perfectly highlights both her vocal talent and guitar work.

Sam Hozdulick.

Sam Hozdulick.

Amy Kress took the stage next, showing off her skillful piano playing and soothing vocals with original songs, including "Numb", "Bright Lights", and "Your Love". Even with no accompanying band, Amy's music spoke for itself, and she had athletes of all ages dancing along.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Mawule closed out the series of performances, bringing up the energy of the room even more with his incredibly catchy rhythms. He took the stage with his DJ and good friend, Zenas Willard, and almost immediately, their music had ears perked and bodies moving. Mawule opened with "Mirror Mirror", followed by "Simple" and "Get Your Name", both of which are featured on his newest album Chosen (to be released June 2016).

Mawule.

Mawule.

Sunday's vibe was positive, and the sense of community was felt throughout the venue. And getting a chance to listen to some of the musical creations of a few of BLDGBLKS' artists made waking up before dawn on a Sunday totally worth it.

-Jura

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BolderBeat's Tiny Desk Contest Compilation + This Weekend's Shows to See

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You entered. We watched (and listened).

Hey Colorado! A lot of local acts have been working on something awesome the past couple of weeks- their submissions to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! As you probably know, NPR has a sweet feature called Tiny Desk, the brainchild of Bob Boilen, who is also the creator of All Songs Considered. Boilen essentially invites artists to play at his desk and their intimate performances are recorded live; often they’re really badass. Check out some of the most recent Tiny Desk performances here.

Last year, NPR started the Tiny Desk Contest, allowing any and every US artist to have a shot at getting an invite to play Boilen’s sought-after desk. The winner was Fantastic Negrito, who you can check out here. This year, the winner will play the Tiny Desk and also appear in a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another and tour the US with NPR and Lagunitas. We kept seeing so many local band’s submissions pop up that we decided to throw them all in a feature for your viewing pleasure. We were impressed by everyone’s submissions and we're sure you will be too. So give these vids some traffic yo:

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Pretty sweet collection, eh?

PS: We couldn’t totally forgo our weekend picks, so here are some shows with their event links to check out the next two nights:

Tonight (Friday, 02/05):

Ancient Elk, The Velveteers, and The Savage Blush at Syntax Opera House in Denver

Hunter Stone at Taco Junky in Boulder

Many Mountains with Still Cellars Distillery and Arthouse in Longmont

Whiskey Autumn and Shiny Shoes First Funk Friday at The Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder

Tomorrow (Saturday, 02/06):

Andrew Sturtz at The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver

Griz with Special Guests at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver

Imaginary Pointsmontropo, Glimjack, and Shuad’Dib at The Forge in Boulder

Na’an Stop with Policulture and Realtalk at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Sam Hozdulick’ Album Release Party with Special Guests at Lost Lake in Denver

Both Nights:

Opening Music Weekend at Cafe Aion featuring Paul Kimbiris and Foxfeather

And don’t forget to tune in Sunday for our partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions! We will feature Na’an Stop’s “Win a Bagel” in honor of their headlining performance at The Fox this Saturday. Crank your dials to 95.5FM in Boulder Sunday night between 9-10PM, or stream Green Light here. Listen for local!

Thanks for keeping us afloat as we continue to support local music. If you dig what we’re doing, please give us a like on Facebook (especially from your band page so we can keep up with all you do).

-Hannah

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Music Masquerade: A Thank You

By: Zach Dahmen + a note from Hannah Oreskovich

Last Saturday's #MusicMasquerade was a huge success! A big thank you to the bands and those that joined us at the rockin' Studio 700 show. It was a good night of music in Boulder and BolderBeat was on hand for the event, detailing the night so you don’t miss a beat. Check back with us soon to hear about Studio 700's next show! Until then, here's our recap:

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Everyone's mask game was on point.

Three-piece Noctogon started the night out with a fresh sound for Boulder. Their melody-driven vocals and use of keys over some very heavy guitars lit up Studio 700.

Noctogon getting the party goin'.

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Full bar with a masked tender.

Villain Baritone brought the party together, first with their groovin' originals and then with a little help from their friends...

Andrew Sturtz and Hunter Stone shared the stage with the trio, keeping the tunes flowing. Sturtz powerfully crooned the crowd for his entire appearance. The group's rendition of "Sex and Candy" was a sweet treat.

Whiskey Autumn really got people moving! The band has been settling into a more eclectic set recently, and their indie/R&B sounds had the crowd swaying in all the right ways.

The WA boys were a stage-breaking good time (right David?).

-Zach

Note from Hannah: Ah! Another successful event in the books- we love you Boulder! A huge thank you to Joshua Thomas, Hunter Amabile, Buckles, all of the amazing people at Studio 700, Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone, Noctogon, and all of the music-loving, masked souls who came and rocked out with us! The night was a real win for local music and we're so glad we got to spend it with you. Thanks for sharing a show with us Studio 700- DIY game sooo stronggg... 

All photos per Hannah Oreskovich. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat. 

A New Era of Music at Cafe Aion

By: Pete Laffin

Cafe Aoin is ready to bring on the tunes. 

A few months ago, the guys at Cafe Aion asked me to come in and talk about the possibility of creating a weekend music program. I arrived as they were closing up for the night, and I as I made my way up the stairs to the dining room, all I could think was: Fuck, this place is beautiful.

View of the stage at revamped Cafe Aion.

View of the stage at revamped Cafe Aion.

The last time I’d been in there it was called Burnt Toast, and significant upgrades had been made to the interior. A big, unnecessary wall had been removed, which opened up the room and made it seem far larger than before; a new bar had been built with significant space surrounding it for late-night patrons. Coupled with what the room already had going for itself (a red-brick fireplace, hardwood flooring, wide windows looking out on Pennsylvania Avenue), these upgrades made the place glow with late night potential. When I learned that a new stage would be built as an extension of the window platforms, I signed on to the project without hesitation. This looked to be the kind of venue I and many other Boulder music lovers have long awaited: a beautiful, classy room tailored for acoustic acts (and small band set-ups), but with a true nightlife atmosphere (premium cocktails and craft brews).

Cafe Aion, the nightlife version, doesn’t project to be another small, rock venue that caters to obscenely loud acts, nor does it project to be anything like the acoustic alternatives in town: coffeeshops with loud machinery where half the room ignores the live music in favor of glowing laptop screens.

Cafe Aion: The Nightlife Version.

Cafe Aion: The Nightlife Version.

The potential of this project has me giddy. There is an overflow of local acts who are a perfect fit for this type of space, with very few, if any, comparable alternatives. Since taking on the booking, I have done my darnedest to pack the calendar with premium local acoustic acts. On February 5th, Paul Kimbiris (whose latest album I had the pleasure of reviewing) will christen the new stage, followed the next night by the fantastic folk ensemble, Foxfeather.

I will be writing up profiles right here on BolderBeat every Wednesday for each of the weekend acts during our first month of operation, so keep an eye out! All weekend shows begin at 10PM, and we can’t wait to share with you, the music lovers of Boulder, what we’ve put together.

Look over February's full schedule & check back for artist bios every Wednesday on BolderBeat:

For information on booking, please contact me at aionbookings@gmail.com, and I will get back to you post-haste!

-Pete

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A Holiday Thank You!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Happy holidays music lovers. 

Headliner John Craigie with Special Guest Gregory Alan Isakov. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Headliner John Craigie with Special Guest Gregory Alan Isakov. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Hey Boulder and Denver! Thank you so much for your support of The 9th Annual HomeVibe for the Holidays Concert on Saturday! We had an amazing turnout and had a blast as HomeVibe’s media partner for the event. Special thanks to The Walnut Room for hosting an awesome evening of music! John Craigie, Taylor Carson, Augustus, and Danielle Ate The Sandwich all packed powerful sets and it was a magical mixture of local and touring talent onstage.

We’re excited to bring you more shows with HomeVibe Presents after the new year, so keep up with our site and social media to learn about the next one!

We will be posting more photos from the HomeVibe Holiday Concert soon and we’ll update you with a link to that when it becomes available.

And if you dig what we’re doing, tell a friend.

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Learn More About HomeVibe Presents Here

-Hannah

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Hit Up Boulder-in-the-Round's 1st Anniversary Showcase Tonight!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

BITR has been at it for a year and it's time to celebrate. 

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

On the first Wednesday of every month, you can hear some sweet sounds behind the garage door of Vapor Distillery. And who’s been bringin’ them to yah? Boulder-in-the-Round! And while tonight is the first Wednesday of the month, it also happens to be just a little bit more than that for BITR: It’s their 1st Anniversary Showcase!

We caught up with BITR’s organizers this week to ask them about hitting the one-year mark of their monthly tradition. Said Hunter Stone, “We are both so excited to be celebrating the anniversary show. We’ve had so much support from the community in the past year. We’re thankful to have met and hosted so many great musicians and fostered connections between artists and fans, while helping build a creative culture for songwriting in our community.” Added Theresa Peterson, “I’ve watched [Boulder-in-the-Round] connect people to each other and to local, original music. It’s been awesome to watch that community grow. We can’t wait to celebrate and to see what year two has in store!”

So who’s playing tonight’s anniversary party?

All four acts this evening happen to be Boulder based: folk/pop mountain dulcimer player Eric Elliott, soul/jazz guitarist, pianist, and vocalist Dechen Hawk, rock/blues guitarist and vocalist Hunter Stone, and folk guitarist, vocalist, and one part of Monocle’s Bill Huston.

The style of any Boulder-in-the-Round event is to have four badass musicians lined up on stage who then take turns playing songs. Sometimes they’ll jam together; sometimes they roll solo. Either way, they’re always so talented that you don’t really care what they’re doing- you just wanna listen. Wanting a lil taste of each artist? Lucky for you, we’ve put together a playlist for your eyes and ears here:

Eric Elliott:

Dechen Hawk:

Hunter Stone:

Bill Huston with Monocle:

Go celebrate Boulder’s awesome music community at Boulder-in-the-Round’s 1st Anniversary Showcase tonight! See you there.

-Hannah

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Go to Denver's RAW event tonight & see Katherine (KT) Homes play!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver's got a cool event tonight with a ton of local artists on the lineup.

Denver singer/songwriter Katherin (KT) Holmes.

Denver singer/songwriter Katherin (KT) Holmes.

Recently, we got in touch with Denver artist Katherine (KT) Homes. We’re dropping a whole awesome interview with her in just a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, we have to tell you just a lil baby bit about KT. Because she’s awesome. Not only is Homes a talented musician (she’s been referred to as as “the female version of Bob Dylan” and has opened for acts including Trampled by Turtles and Nathaniel Rateliff), she’s also a conscious one. She told us she wants to “shed light on environmental and social issues” with her music and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, she’s planning to do just that with the release of her album “Put Down Your Gun” in 2016. But more on that later.

Tonight is Denver’s RAW Uprising event! KT happens to be playing it, and it sounds seriously awesome. RAW is an independent organization for artists, by artists. They put on shows and events in a number of creative capacities all over the globe, and tonight, they’ve got their eye on you Denver. Peep tonight’s full lineup and get ticket information here.

Go see KT tonight! And check back for full-length artist feature on her soon.

-Hannah

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A Haunted Fest Followup

By: Hannah Oreskovich and Greg Laut

Apparently Halloween and EDM are a good combo. 

Ah Boulder: Where you have to celebrate Halloween at least five times before the actual holiday or you're just not doing it right. Well we did it right this year kids! But we got so caught up in our work with The Fall Showcase that we never did share our awesome Haunted Fest experience. So here it is:

Program Council put together yet another killer lineup for this year's Haunted Fest, featuring Porter RobinsonSound RemedyMinnesotaExmag, and Ananda. There were beats on beats, a lot of red power rangers in the crowd, and PR played until 230am HARDDDDDD. While he restricted any press photos AND allegedly didn't allow the acts before him to use visuals (only Ananda used the light board behind the DJ booth and he was first on deck), Robinson did put on an epic show complete with nitrous cannons. Crazy.

Anyway we had a sweet time chatting with all of you and we snapped some photos thanks to Program Council. See a few of our faves here and head over to our FB for the rest. Maybe you'll even find your costumed self in the crowd. Check it:

Ananda in full-lit glory. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Ananda in full-lit glory. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Hand Claps with Exmag. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Hand Claps with Exmag. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Minnesota in Motion. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Minnesota in Motion. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Sound Remedy Twistin' Knobs. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Sound Remedy Twistin' Knobs. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

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-Hannah and Greg

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A Thank You From BolderBeat

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Thanks to you, The Fall Showcase was a major success. 

Ben Hanna and The Knighthawks at The Fall Showcase.

Ben Hanna and The Knighthawks at The Fall Showcase.

Hey Boulder! Thank you so much for your support of The Fall Showcase last Friday! We had 100 people check out the event - and almost all promotion for the show was done just through our site and social media. So you rock! Special thanks to The Riverside for working with us. We also had a great time with Rocky and Skylar from Green Light Radio- and we’ve had a number of you reach out to let us know you tuned in to one of the CRN networks. Thank you!

BLVD at The Fall Showcase

BLVD at The Fall Showcase

Six months ago, I had a hunger to promote the local music scene and all of you great people making art within it. I started this site and approached my friends to work on features with me and they said yes! A huge thank you to David Landry, Zach Dahman, Pete Laffin, Alex Cutter, and Greg Laut. Their strong teamwork made TFS possible and they keep our website alive and kickin’ with all of their great contributions!

We’re excited to bring your more events and are already working on the next one :)

Whiskey Autumn at The Fall Showcase.

Whiskey Autumn at The Fall Showcase.

If you’re an artist interested in having us promote or host a show with you, please reach out to us at bolderbeat@gmail.com. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Check out more event photos from The Fall Showcase here.

And if you dig what we’re doing, tell a friend.

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-Hannah

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It's Here: The Fall Showcase Tonight at The Riverside!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Come party with us tonight. 

The day is here! It’s time for The Fall Showcase, Boulder! While we’re not bringing you a Weekend Six this week, we’ve got more details on our event tonight to share with you, so readddd on:

The Fall Showcase   headliners Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

The Fall Showcase headliners Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

LINEUP

Have you checked out our exclusive interviews with each of the bands on the lineup? Read about Whiskey Autumn, BLVD, and Ben Hanna and the Knighthawks meow.

TIME AND $$

The show starts at 8PM & ends at midnight. It’s $5 and all proceeds go to the bands and the sound guy! We want to recognize local talent, so you’ll be supporting them with your admission.

The Fox King.

The Fox King.

GIANT BOLDERBEAT MERCH TABLE

Remember when we brought you Boulder artist Michael Maloney aka Ohh Mika the Fox King? Well he will be at the show tonight selling his art and talking to you about his different pieces! He’ll even be signing original prints. So stop by our giant BolderBeat merch table, say hi, and check out all of the interesting art he’s been working on!

We will be giving away buttons, stickers, and free band merch! So come get yoself some.

Buttons for you.

Buttons for you.

Don’t forget to signup for our monthly newsletter at the giant BolderBeat merch table! Doing so gets you a free sticker and a chance to keep up with all of Boulder’s local talent- you’ll have a shot at free tickets to shows, exclusive content from bands, and the opportunity to win lots of cool thangs.

Stickermania. Come get yours.  PHOTO CREDIT:    HANNAH ORESKOVICH

Stickermania. Come get yours. PHOTO CREDIT: HANNAH ORESKOVICH

All bands will be at the merch table following their sets for a meet and greet. Want a signed EP? Now’s your chance! Get to it.

Look it's The Riverside!

Look it's The Riverside!

VENUE

Do you know where The Riverside is? Did you know it’s surrounded by FREE PARKING?

We thought so, but let us just remind you that:

The Riverside is at the corner of Broadway & Arapahoe (1724 Broadway)

PARKING: THERE IS FREE PARKING IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERSIDE (NEXT TO COLONEL MUSTARD'S LAST STAND). THERE IS FREE PARKING ON 13th BEHIND THE RIVERSIDE WHERE BOULDER'S FARMERS MARKET POPS UP ON SATURDAYS (NEAR THE PARK). THERE IS FREE GARAGE PARKING ON PEARL JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE RIVERSIDE. THAT’S A LOT OF FREE PARKING!

STREAMING DA SHOW

Big thanks to our official sponsor, Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN). They’ll be streaming the event live on Green Light Radio, which you can check out here! Plus listen up for live interviews with the bands!

PS:

You do not have to be 21 for this show; everyone will be ID’d at the door.

PPS:

Are you in a local band? Or are you a local musician? Interested in participating in something like The Fall Showcase? Stop by tonight to support local music and tell us! We’d love to work with you and plans for another show are already in the works!

LOOK IT’S SOCIAL MEDIA

Join The Fall Showcase Facebook Event Here

Like Us On Facebook Here

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Can’t wait to see you tonight Boulder. 

-Hannah

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CRN is Sponsoring The Fall Showcase & You Can Win FREE Stuff From Them!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Local radio is jumping on board The Fall Showcase.

Hey hey Boulder! We are super excited to announce today that the Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN) is sponsoring The Fall Showcase! CRN consists of Boulder Free Radio (95.3 FM), Green Light Radio Boulder (95.5 FM), KNed Nederland (93.1 FM), and Way High Radio Ward (90.5 FM). Tune in to any of these stations for your chance to win a package of TWO FREE TICKETS into the event + FREE MERCH from all three bands on our showcase when you hear this:

All four stations will be doing a few drops, so listen in! We will also be live-streaming this event on the radio (and online!) per CRN- details on that to come soon. Anddddddd Whiskey Autumn, Blvd., and Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks will be doing exclusive interviews with these stations! Those will hit the radio waves and the interwebs as well.

So don’t miss it kids- The Fall Showcase is November 6th at The Riverside.

More details here. And our FB event info here.

Now go dial in to one of the CRN stations! Or stream one here.

Support local radio; support local music.

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-Hannah

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Come Get Weird With Us at CU's Haunted Fest

By: Hannah Oreskovich

This should be dope.

Hey CU Students! Remember when we partied with you at Welcomefest? Well we’re back and ready to get turnt with you this Friday at Program Council’s Haunted Fest! We’ll be there with Porter Robinson, Sound Remedy, Minnesota, Exmag, and Ananda. Roll down to the Balch Fieldhouse and let us snap your pic in your Halloween digs! We’ll be wandering the event and covering press. Stoked.

Two tiers of tickets have already sold out, but whether you’re a student or not, you can still get tix here.

Want to work with us at CU events and other local concerts? Check out our info on CU’s Student Involvement page here. We’d love to have you.

And in the meantime, we’ve put together a playlist to get you pumped for Friday’s show. Bring on the bass:

Ananda doesn't have any tracks on SoundCloud, but you can check out his page here

-Hannah

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The Fall Showcase: Everything You Need to Know

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We are throwing one sweet show for you Boulder. 

Our Polaroid Poster was created by   David Landry   with the help of   Zach Dahmen   and GREG LAUT. Colorado Community Radio Network is our official sponsor!

Our Polaroid Poster was created by David Landry with the help of Zach Dahmen and GREG LAUT. Colorado Community Radio Network is our official sponsor!

It’s official Boulder- we’ve been up and running for six awesome months. To all of our readers, musicians, followers, friends, artists, fans, and Colorado music lovers: thank you! We are proud and excited to announce that we are hosting our first official event, The Fall Showcase. Here’s what you need to know:

Specifics: Friday, November 6th from 8PM-Midnight

Where to Roll: The Riverside, at the corner of Broadway & Arapahoe

the riverside looks like this. it's next to conoco and across from colonel mustard's last stand: 1724 Broadway 

the riverside looks like this. it's next to conoco and across from colonel mustard's last stand: 1724 Broadway 

The Lineup*: Whiskey Autumn, Paul Kimbiris' BLVD, & Ben Hanna and the Knighthawks

*We will be posting interviews and tons of exclusive content on these bands over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out!

Cost: Only $5 -You’re helping us pay the bands, the sound guy, and the event costs. We’re not taking a profit. Plus there will be merch giveaways, free stickers, and the chance to win a ton of awesome prizes!-

Other happenings: Booze, Dancing, Polaroid Snapping, Pete Laffin as Emcee, Free Stuff, & Live Streaming and Interviews with Colorado Community Radio Network (CRN)!

Our official sponsor for this event is CRN- tune in to one of their stations here over the next week and listen for this:

You do not have to be 21 for this show; everyone will be ID’d at the door.

this is the riverside on a map guys.

this is the riverside on a map guys.

PARKING: THERE IS FREE PARKING IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERSIDE (NEXT TO COLONEL MUSTARD'S). THERE IS FREE PARKING ON 13th BEHIND THE RIVERSIDE WHERE BOULDER'S FARMERS MARKET POPS UP ON SATURDAYS (NEAR THE PARK). THERE IS FREE GARAGE PARKING ON PEARL JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE RIVERSIDE. 

This is going to be one for the books! We can’t wait to share it with you, Boulder.

Keep up with The Fall Showcase:

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See you at the show!

-Hannah

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CU’s Welcomefest Was a Massive Bash Booming with Bass, Lasers, and Infectious Energy

By: Hannah Oreskovich and Greg Laut

Welcome back Buffs.

Welcomefest.

Welcomefest.

The Buffs are back in town. And nothing proved that more than the electric energy buzzing around Farrand Field on Saturday night for CU’s Welcomefest. Put on by Program Council, Welcomefest is CU’s annual concert extravaganza for students. This year the lineup included headliner and dubstep DJ Seven Lions, NY-based Joywave, Denver’s Sunboy, and Boulder’s very own Innerspace. What started out as a few hundred people sitting in the field at 530PM turned into over 7000 students packed along the stage barriers dancing, jumping, and crowdsurfing to Seven Lions’ waves of bass.

Innerspace, a local alternative rock outfit, kicked things off while the sun was still high in the sky. They played some guitar-heavy, head-banging licks from their latest EP, Earthrise. The guys call themselves “space rock” and you can check out a ton of their songs here.

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Next up was Denver’s Sunboy, a psychedelic rock pop five-piece with some Tame Impala undertones. These boys have been getting some noticeable buzz lately, and played both the UMS and the Denver Pysch Fest this summer. Though they couldn’t incorporate the visuals they’re known for in their live performances into Saturday’s show, member Justin Renaud told us they recently created a new light production that they’ll be using for upcoming gigs. When we asked hypnotizing frontman and former CU student Jordan Lempe what it was like to be back on campus getting paid for a show, he laughed and told us, “It’s great to be on the other side.” Word.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

As the sun set, Joywave entered, all in black. Joywave released their debut EP How Does It Feel? just last April, and they’ve already played on a number of late-night TV shows, opened for The Killers, are jetting off to play Reading & Leeds + Lollapalooza Berlin soon, and will return to headline their own US tour following their European adventure. If you caught any of Joywave’s set, you know why. They’re a five-piece indie pop and electronic crew who brought sweet beats, mad energy, and fun stage banter that engaged the crowd. Frontman Daniel Armbruster had CU students dancing, screaming, and jumping with him throughout their set. By the end Armbruster had everyone begging for “One more song!” and the group ended with their most popular track, “Tongues.” The crowd erupted in excitement and a massive sing-along commenced.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

With the night in full swing, DJ Jeff Montalvo aka Seven Lions, took the stage. At this point, Welcomefest was packed. Students crowded against the stage barriers and when Seven Lions emerged, they went crazy. Girls jumped onto the shoulders of boys to rock out, there were tons of crowdsurfers, and everyone was moving to the bass. And that’s because the bass was insane. It was as if Seven Lions was controlling heartbeats with every thump. He had a ton of incredible visuals behind him as well. Lasers jetted out above the crowd until they hit the dorms across the field and the stage lights strobed in time with the beat. 

Seven Lions first gained popularity for his dub and trance tracks in 2011 when he remixed Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go.” Since then, he’s toured with Porter Robinson and played several notable festivals including SxSW, Ultra, and EDC. And, lucky for the Buffs, Seven Lions just released a brand new track, “Falling Away” on August 14th, which he played at the show. The energy of the crowd was as palpable as the bass, and at some points, the crowd even started “Let’s Go Buffs!” chants. Welcome back, indeed.

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Overall, Program Council assembled a very successful lineup. When we talked about the bands chosen with Aaron Rogers, Director of Public Relations for Program Council, he told us, “The whole process [of booking acts] takes months. Booking depends on budget, timing, artist availability, and a whole lot of other factors.” This year, Program Council’s time and investment were clearly worth it.

Well done Welcomefest.

-Hannah and Greg

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All photos per the authors. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

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A Day in the Life: Your Weird, PBR-Fueled Adventure at The Big Wonderful

By: Hannah Oreskovich

I wasn't sure what the Big Wonderful was, and I wasn't alone.

“An art festival.” “A food truck lot.” “Some outdoor deal with music.” “A DIY-scene thing.”

These were the rumored descriptions of Denver’s The Big Wonderful. Several Boulder and Denver bands had posted about playing the event and the cursive yellow sign occasionally crept into my Instagram feed. So I rolled over to TBW lot on 26th and Lawrence one Saturday. And if you had come with me, this is what you would have seen:

Upon entering (admission is free), the staff try to talk to you about buying various alcohol packages. It’s too hot for you to listen, but you learn over the course of the afternoon that this is a booze-heavy event. There’s a giant tent in the middle of the lot where you can get cocktails depending on the drink deal you buy. There is also a keg truck if you go the beer route. And between musical performances, the emcee (who appears like the ringleader of this hipster circus in his top hat and vest) auctions off cocktail packages and ski shots. That’s all you know about the dranks because you meet some of the bands and hang ‘backstage.’ The artists are paid with a check and a six-pack of PBR, so you dip into some of their free poison water for kicks.

After chatting with the local bands on the lineup, you decide to wander around. The Big Wonderful is set up in one big circle, so you do a lap and make a mental list of what’s up:

1. There are food trucks. The most notable: a giant red one that sells lobster (which appears to be very popular), a real-looking fire truck that sells crepes, and thank god, an ice-cream truck. You are very grateful for Happy Cones Co. in this heat today.

At The Big Wonderful, people love lobster. 

At The Big Wonderful, people love lobster. 

2. You come upon a giant, old abandoned tour bus, the kind with seating on the roof. You want to take a selfie in front of it, but feel like someone may shout “millennial” at you, so you don’t.

You took this instead of a selfie :(

You took this instead of a selfie :(

3. There is a weird, enclosed, wooden hut with streamers that looks like it was used for pony rides years ago by carnies on LSD but it’s currently used for nothing. You stare at it and contemplate The Big Wonderful’s funky circus vibes.

wtf.

wtf.

4. You pass a small windowed house that claims to be full of local art merch, but is empty.

vacant.

vacant.

5. You see fashion trucks. A ton of fashion trucks.

One of many. 

One of many. 

6. You sit under the big beer garden tent at a picnic table for a few minutes with your PBR. Everyone around you is either drinking or napping. This is the only real shade you can find.

Get your booze on.

Get your booze on.

7. Occasionally, you notice cool art painted on various trucks/structures.

Dig. 

Dig. 

8. There are some yard games and a sand pit to your left. You wonder what might be buried in that sand pit.

you can volley.

you can volley.

9. You walk toward the stage, where four bands play through the course of the day. There is no one else anywhere near the stage at any point of your time there, except for a group of girls who hoop for five minutes and then disappear. One of them tells you she has to leave to try to find vegan edibles.

The hoopers braved the sun to get close to the bands.

The hoopers braved the sun to get close to the bands.

10. Suddenly, your curiosity about why The Big Wonderful exists is suddenly overwhelming. You enter what appears to be The Big Wonderful information tent. You ask the 20-something volunteer sitting among all of the TBW merch what this crazy festival is about. She smiles, points at two men chatting in a different tent nearby, and tells you, “Ummmm- why don’t you go talk to the guy over there who started it?” You then wonder if any of the volunteers know more about this event than you do. You ask a volunteer near the exit about TBW and he directs you back to the information tent. You then ask him how long The Big Wonderful has been around. He tells you six months; later a third volunteer tells you two years.

General TBW-ness.

General TBW-ness.

And that’s when you realize, though this event has a lot of potential, it’s just not quite there yet.

The food trucks are scattered and some are even located behind each other, making it impossible for you to mouth-wateringly glance at all of your delicious options at once. And dotted among these food trucks are the fashion trucks. You wish these had their own designated area of The Big Wonderful circle so you could traipse through their wares, one after the other, instead of spending $25 on a crystal necklace and then wishing you still had cash for that all-natural deodorant stand. You hippie.

You look at the band playing and realize that since the stage is so far from any shade and oddly sandwiched between two empty structures (the windowed house and the pony hut), the musicians have had no contact with any sort of audience today. Except the hoopers.

People also get close to the stage for a few seconds for sign selfies. psh. millennials.

People also get close to the stage for a few seconds for sign selfies. psh. millennials.

And speaking of the empty structures, you wonder: Why isn’t the pony hut a trippy VIP booze area or something? Where is the local art that the little house claims to hold? Why isn’t the tour bus repurposed so that it’s more than just something to look at? The pieces stand alone like bones.

You’ve officially sweated out all of your PBR, so you decide to call it a day. You think about trying to ask yet another volunteer questions on your way out, but he appears passed out in the shade, or dead. It’s hard to tell.

Walking away, you wish The Big Wonderful felt a little more like a proper festival. It has the potential to be, with some organization, planning, and general DIY-awesomeness. The bones for a sweet weekend event exist at The Big Wonderful, but someone needs to put this skeleton together.

-Hannah

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All photos per the author. Volleyball photo per Erin Burke. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The UMS Starts Tomorrow!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver's giant rock festival is this weekend.

Tomorrow is a magical day. The Underground Music Showcase begins! Just what is The UMS you ask? Why, it’s Colorado’s biggest indie musical festival! Located in Denver, 2015 marks the 15th year for the festival, which features more than 400 local and national music acts at 20 venues. What originally began as a collection of groups playing one Bluebird show is now a four-day fest spread throughout Denver’s best rock venues. Not only is it huge for local music, but all proceeds come right back to Colorado through the Denver Post Community Foundation. You can buy $50 tickets here, or pay the walk-up price of $75 at the box-office. And if you just want a single-day pass, it’s $35. The UMS is always a whisper of aspiration among local artists, so check out the bands who made the cut! See you in Denver! Here’s the schedule for the weekend.

PS: Don't forget to read about the bands we interviewed on the lineup & check out their shows:  A Shadow of Jaguar, Josh Moorehead & the GuestlistSnake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Strawberry Runners & Tyto Alba.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Colorado Open Mic Nights: Supporting Local Talent

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Catch an open-mic at any of these spots.

Today we’re talking Open Mic Nights- they’re a cool part of the Colorado music scene for a few reasons. If you’re just a casual listener, they can be a great place to grab a drink with more than just the radio in the background. If you’re a musician, they’re an awesome way to connect with other artists and industry professionals in your area. And if you’re like us and you’re always on the lookout for new talent, Open Mic Nights are a sweet spot to try and find up-and-coming musicians. A ton of the artists we’ve interviewed have had their start in Open Mic Nights; many have even gone on to host them at various venues. Most digs have a reserved weeknight for these shows, so depending on when you’re looking to find an Open Mic Night, here’s where to go:

Sundays:

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon in Fort Collins 9PM

Mondays:

Johnny’s Cigar Bar in Boulder 8PM

Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe in Jamestown 6PM - Hosted by Jovan

Bootstrap Brewing Company in Niwot 6PM

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont 6PM - Hosted by The Prairie Scholars

Mulligan’s Pub in Fort Collins 7PM

Tuesdays:

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder - Hosted by Danny Shafer

Twisted Pine Brewing Co. in Boulder 6PM - Hosted by Jim Herlihy of Augustus

Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 830PM

The Pioneer Inn in Nederland 9PM

Wednesdays:

The Swing Station in Laporte 7PM

The Mercury Cafe in Denver 9PM

Thursdays:

Vindication Brewing in Boulder 530PM - Hosted by Foxfeather

Swallow Hill Music Cafe in Denver 7PM

The Dickens Tavern in Longmont 7PM

Mishawaka’s Spokesbuzz Lounge in Bellvue 8PM - They give you free beer for playing!

That’s our list. Support local talent and check out an Open Mic Night near you.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Boulder-in-the-Round Event Showcases Local Singer/Songwriters

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder-in-the-Round is bringing the local singer/songwriter community together the first Wednesday of every month.

Were it not for the giant black letters above the corner garage entrance tugging at your curiosity from the otherwise industrial-looking parking lot, you might miss the Vapor Distillery in East Boulder. When you enter, there are a couple of red, oversized booths to the right, a few tables down the center, and black and red seats along an L-shaped bar to the left. Gin, an arrosta coffee liqueur, and a pumpkin cordial are just some of the delights you browse on the menu to sip before the show begins. You’re there for Vapor’s Boulder-in-the-Round event.

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit:  Hannah Oreskovich

Vapor Distillery. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

The Boulder-in-the-Round is a monthly gathering put on by Boulder musicians Theresa Peterson, Hunter Stone, and Wilson Harwood. For each BITR, this trio invites four local musicians to play. The artists sit in a row near the garage entrance of Vapor and play original songs, one after the other. When they get to the fourth person, it goes back to the first artist and another round begins. The format is a refreshing break from the traditional open-mics around town, and Theresa credits the "round" idea to Hunter, though she is the force driving the monthly production.

“It’s something he picked up back East!” she smiles. “Originally we were playing at Hunter’s house and were inviting people over monthly and then things with the venue sort of fell into place. We’ve been having these since December. It’s great! It’s an excuse for me to gush to local musicians and be like ‘I love what you’re doing but I also have something to offer you!’” 

Tonight, you’re watching Emily Shreve, Eric Elliott, Antonio Lopez& actually Theresa, who hasn’t played in a round since they started this event.

Ready in the Round. (Emily, Eric, Theresa, & Antonio) Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Ready in the Round. (Emily, Eric, Theresa, & Antonio) Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Emily: This girl has some power in her pipes. She’s up first in the round and is on piano with a commanding presence. Her melodies are dreamy behind her low-toned, sultry vocals. She’s from Denver and is self-described as intellipop, a genre categorized by ‘pop structures and lyrical smarts’ represented in bands like Alt-J and Django Django. She builds crescendo swells on the keys that lead you into her musing lyrics and just when they sound the most forceful, she lets them fall faintly into a soft silence. Awesome.

Eric: Eric’s next & is switching things up with his Appalachian dulcimer. I dig this. Eric is more folky, cradled in the mountain roots of his instrument. He powerfully plucks away, holding the dulcimer as if it’s an extension of himself. It’s entertaining enough just to watch him play, but on top of this, you realize his choruses are Americana-catchy when you have a moment to stop watching his fingers. Lucky for you, he’s Boulder based so the chances of catching a live show are in your favor.

Shreve on keys. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Shreve on keys. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Theresa: Theresa (also Boulder based) is third in the round on guitar. Her voice is clear, bright, and flows through the air with a gentle but persuasive pull. One of the most powerful moments of the night is when Theresa plays her waltzy “Sing Me to Sleep”. Slowly, the bar mellows into a hush and is eventually silent halfway through the piece, intently focused on her drowsy, whirling lullaby-like sound. It’s beautiful. Watching everyone remain quietly present in her playing is a testament to her talent.

Antonio: Antonio resides in Longmont, CO and wraps up each round for these Front Range artists. He calls himself a “small town, big soul songwriter” and this rings true most in his song “Cloud 9000”. It's a song that you would listen to on a Sunday morning drive through Sunshine Canyon, or at dusk on a summer night cracking beers with friends around a campfire. His lyrics find home in the simple life of small town living (he’s even got a track titled “Simple Life”) backed by soft guitar strumming for an overall easy-listening energy.

Speed. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Speed. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

After seven or eight rounds, the night winds down and you finish your gin. You chat with Theresa, Hunter, and Wilson, who are great hosts and make you feel welcomed and a part of their event (and who by the way have a gig coming up together where awesome harmonies and Stone on a ukulele have been promised). You walk out of the garage and down the ramp to you car until next month, when a new set of artists will bring you into their individual music worlds one after the other, again and again. Boulder-in-the-Round.

Keep an eye out for the next Boulder-in-the-Round here.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The BolderBoulder As Seen by BolderBeat

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We didn't run it, but we caught all the action at the BolderBoulder yesterday.

We roamed around the BolderBoulder course last weekend & this is what we saw:

All photos credited to contributor Hannah Oreskovich.

Badass Beards. 

Badass Beards. 

What may become the BolderBeat mascot. (That smile though)

What may become the BolderBeat mascot. (That smile though)

Tough Decisions.

Tough Decisions.

Perseverance. Inspiration. Strength.

Perseverance. Inspiration. Strength.

Superheroes. 

Superheroes. 

Super Heroes.

Super Heroes.

Hair bands. (  Donkey Slayer  )

Hair bands. (Donkey Slayer)

Boulder Bands. (  Whiskey Autumn  )

Boulder Bands. (Whiskey Autumn)

Boulder Bands with a Teletubbies Dance.

Boulder Bands with a Teletubbies Dance.

An amazing range of ages. 

An amazing range of ages. 

Jabba.

Jabba.

Smackdown.

Smackdown.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singling loud for all to hear.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singling loud for all to hear.

Tiny High-Fives.

Tiny High-Fives.

Pro Runners in Flight.

Pro Runners in Flight.

Pretty Gear.

Pretty Gear.

Caped Cheers.

Caped Cheers.

The pack of pros.

The pack of pros.

And the Chard Runners. Only in Boulder.

And the Chard Runners. Only in Boulder.

Thanks for viewing! Congratulations to all who participated. We can't wait for next year, Boulder.

-Hannah

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All photos per the author. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.