Colorado's The Divide Music Festival Announces Summer Lineup

THE DIVIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR INAUGURAL THREE-DAY MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL IN WINTER PARK, COLO JULY 22-24, 2016

KID CUDI, EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, THE FRAY, CAKE, PASSION PIT, BLONDIE, MIIKE SNOW, BLEACHERS, SAINT MOTEL AND JR JR WITH MORE SPECIAL GUESTS TO HIT THE MUSIC FESTIVAL STAGE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Divide Music Festival announced today the star-studded line-up for the highly anticipated mega-concert and outdoor experience taking place July 22-24, 2016 in Fraser Valley, Colo. This year’s lineup will feature Kid Cudi, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Fray, CAKE, Passion Pit, Blondie, Miike Snow, Bleachers, Saint Motel, JR JR and more. The festival will also include surprise guests and local Colorado favorites.

The inaugural weekend-long concert and camping experience will kick off Friday, July 22, 2016 and conclude Sunday, July 24th. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one-day performances or stay at the designated RV and tent-camping grounds for the three-day event. Event producers, Team Player Productions, have put together an eclectic mix of performers from Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Kid Cudi to Billboard Music Award-winner The Fray. In addition, fans can hear from indie folk musicians like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Swedish psychedelic pop group Miike Snow, and all-time American favorite rock band Blondie. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in outdoor thrills including mountain bike tours, guided trail runs, morning yoga sessions and other group-inspired activities. The event will also feature the finest Colorado craft beers, local food vendors, and crafters and artisans from across the country. 

“We are creating a one-of-a-kind experience where world-class artists and music fans from across the country gather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for a weekend of unforgettable fun,” said Jason Ornstein, owner of Team Player Productions and founder of ‘The Divide Music Festival’. “We’re excited to present this impressive lineup of national stars and local fan-favorites. With unbelievable performances and collaborations, this year’s initial event will be an unparalleled experience for music-lovers of all ages.”

Beginning today, three day passes will be available at dividemusicfestival.com starting at $145. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available while supplies last. Daily passes will be offered at a later date starting at $55. 

The Divide Music Festival is proud to partner with Grand Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving all of Grand County, Colorado. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, education, amateur sports, and environment. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to this organization to help support their efforts today and in the future. 

For more information on artists, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, hotel accommodations, VIP offerings, and ticket information including pricing, visit dividemusicfestival.com.

Artists and/or event are subject to change or cancellation without notice. 

KMG Life Inc.: Boulder's One Stop Shop Helping Artists Achieve Their Dreams

By: Hannah Oreskovich

KMG Life wants to see you in their studio. 

Jeff Tanner and Jamal Browning mixing at KMG. 

Jeff Tanner and Jamal Browning mixing at KMG. 

If you haven’t yet heard about the new spot making noise on Sterling Circle, then you’d better keep reading Boulder. Just a few months ago, KMGLife Inc. opened their studio doors in the B, relocating from their former home in Greenwood Village, CO to their new, massive $5 million space. First known for their work with Denver’s hip hop/rap scene, KMGLife Inc. (which stands for Kimble Music Group, after owner/mastermind Greg Kimble) has expanded over the past five years into an empire that now consists of studio space, an attached live-event concert venue, an in-house recording arts and business program, and their own record label

Kimeray Wells in a session at KMG in Studio C.

Kimeray Wells in a session at KMG in Studio C.

A&R man, manager, and session player Mitchael Zonnefeld was kind enough to give us a tour recently, where we got to check out multiple studio rooms and vocal booths, $200k in mics, tons of sweet modern and vintage equipment, $40k in lighting and projection mapping, and even their 35 terabyte hard drive (because you gotta keep those beats safe, right?).

KMG's live-event space and stage view from the VIP balcony area.

KMG's live-event space and stage view from the VIP balcony area.

We checked out the live-event space too, where Denver artist Becca Krueger filmed her new music video last week. The stage and two-floored venue, complete with a VIP balcony area, is also used for album release shows and other industry parties. KMG will set up transportation for you, catering, and a number of other things to complete your event vision. And if you need a house band, KMG has got you covered there as well. Their core team members (including Zonnefeld and Kimble) play in the house/session band, Last Minute.

A video shoot in Studio B with  Grigsby  .

A video shoot in Studio B with Grigsby.

KMGLife Inc. has recently expanded into the media market as well:

Said Zonnefeld, “We’re a one stop shop for artists; we’re a company that happens to own a recording studio but we also do music videos, promotional work, photo shoots, social media management, private release shows… anything to help an artist achieve their dream.”

Nederland's  The Magic Beans  in Studio B. 

Nederland's The Magic Beans in Studio B. 

KMG has many different packages to choose from when it comes to working with them, whether you just want studio time, you have media needs, or more. Zonnefeld told us KMG can even help you with distribution through their connections with Warner Brothers, Capitol Records, and Universal.

Said Zonnefeld, “We’re a shuttle to help any musician get to their dream. KMG is a lifestyle and we’re a family.” 

So join the fam- check out more info about KMG and their numerous artist packages here.

-Hannah

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An Open Letter to the Daily Camera & The Boulder Music Scene by Z2's Matt Banno

A note from BB Creative Director Hannah Oreskovich:

A couple of weeks ago, we shared an article from the Daily Camera’s staff writer Quentin Young entitled “Restriced access: How one company dominates Boulder’s live music scene.” We've heard from many industry players and artists with various positions about Boulder's music scene since then. Recently, we were in contact with Z2’s Matt Banno and he painted a very different picture of the local scene, Z2 as a whole, and Don Strasburg. We thought it only right that we bring you positions from both sides so that you can draw your own conclusions. That said, give Matt’s letter to the Daily Camera regarding Young's article a read:

To Whom It May Concern-

My name is Matt Banno and I am writing you in response to your article posted on 1/23/16, “Restricted access: How one company dominates Boulder's live music scene”. I had come to enjoy your publication in my few years as a Boulder resident, and after reading this particular article, I have had a strong change in my opinion of Daily Camera.

I consider myself fairly in tune and involved with the Boulder local music scene, and I would like to think that I have developed a good reputation as a strong contributor to it. I am currently employed in a variety of professions, all of which directly relate to the local music industry. I am the production manager and talent buyer for The Lazy Dog, I am a light designer and tech at Z2 Productions, and I am the owner of FieldView Productions. Some previous employments I have had here in CO include: an intern for Brownnote Productions, a talent buyer for a Denver venue, and a general manager/tour manager for a handful of Boulder based bands. I want you to know that I write you today, unsolicited by all the mentioned employers, and from a standpoint that is the combination of all these professions; as well as a passionate live music fan and Boulder County resident.

I feel this article was a very unfair and poorly sourced portrayal of not only Z2, but Don Strasburg as well. As a current member of their production staff, I find it insulting that an organization I take an immense amount of pride being part of was put into such a negative light. I relocated myself out here in pursuit of many things, one of which was to become a light designer at The Fox Theater. Prior to my move from Rhode Island in the summer of 2014, I worked as a member of the security staff at a small music venue in Providence, called The Spot. When the house light designer was absent for three shifts, I worked behind the lighting console. This is when I decided to pursue a career in music production. I came out here very unfamiliar with the national music scene. Parallel to my lack of knowledge about the industry, I was very familiar with the exceptional reputation that The Fox Theatre and Boulder, Colorado had in the nationwide spectrum. I did not have a full grasp on just how heavy Boulder and Z2 contribute to the nationwide music scene, but that does not mean their positive partnership went without notice to an amateur/aspiring light designer 2,000 miles away.  

In addition to my pride as an employee of Z2, I feel just as strongly about my currently held titles at The Lazy Dog. This local and independent business has attained a strong reputation as the stepping stone venue to The Fox Theatre within the local music community; and it was very much overlooked as that venue by the Daily Camera staff writer, Quentin Young, who wrote the article being discussed here. In the 28 months I have spent helping get The Lazy Dog the reputation it currently holds, I have never once felt the slightest bit of suppression that you imply Z2 and Don impose on small independent venues. Not only have I never dealt with any form of negative repercussion from Z2 for the success The Lazy Dog has seen as a local music venue, I happen to work in a very respectful, professional, and mutually beneficial capacity with them. I have had nothing but support and encouragement from all members of the Z2 staff, including their talent buyers, management, and owners. Their talent buyers, Dave Weingarden and Chris Peck, often send me bands that are unable to get on the very desired Fox Theatre calendar, both full well knowing that there is potential of that band drawing live music patrons to a concert that they are not hosting; this has oftentimes been the case. As a token of my genuine gratitude for the olive branch they often extend to me, I send them names and financial recaps of bands who are ready to move past The Lazy Dog and graduate to The Fox in a support or headline capacity.

One particular part of your article, which I found to be one of the more ironic points, talked about a talent buyer for a venue in Lyons that spoke about Don enforcing “far-reaching restrictions that blocked artists from playing competing venues”.  As the buyer for The Lazy Dog, I happen to work with a number of national booking agencies, one of which books an artist from South Carolina I have been trying to book here in Boulder at The Dog for over two years now. I was told in an email from that artist's agent, sent to me on 4/28/15, that his Denver and Lyons buyers frowned on and did not want him to do a Boulder play; as a result I have not been able to get him here for a show. There is an incredible similarity in their strong encouragement for this artist not to play Boulder and the “far reaching restrictions” that they felt deterred artists from playing their venues. In any market you go to in this country, buyers and bands are very familiar with a radius clause as a fairly common factor when booking shows consecutively in the same area. I think it is very unfair to highlight the fact that Z2 uses a radius clause, especially citing a source who has directly impeded a touring artist from doing a Boulder show by enforcing one of his own. There was another reason the artist wanted to hold off on a Boulder play I should mention as well, and that is because he wanted to wait until he was able to get into The Fox; I can only assume because the venue's exceptional reputation in the national scene also made its way to him out in South Carolina.

Up until a few months ago, I never included a radius clause in my booking at The Lazy Dog. Within the past year, a Denver venue owner made his way into Boulder to become a competing venue with us here at The Dog. Upon his arrival, I began to see a number of bands that I had confirmed upcoming shows with starting to get booked for a show at his venue within a week or two prior to their show with us. This happens to be another person you used as a source for your article, speaking to the unfair competitive edge Z2 has over him. This particular venue owner has established himself for many years in Denver and has used those years of experience, his Denver venue, and established connections, to entice bands to his venue over mine. Personally, I do not feel as if he is out of his rights to do this; and by doing so he clearly demonstrates an understanding of doing what you must as a business to stay competitive in such a demanding market. Once again, I feel that you have negatively highlighted Z2 and Don as a corporate conglomerate, that is executing some out of the realm business tactic, all the while using sources who execute the same tactics on a different scale.  

I also think it is important to point out that using the owner of a Boulder venue that is less than a year old as a source for an article on Boulder local music is not very fair to the numerous established venues in town that have been supporting this community’s music scene for far longer. I saw no mention of Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Connor O'neill’s, the Biergarten, Shine, The Dark Horse, The Laughing Goat, 303 Vodka, Upslope Brewery, and last but far from least, The Lazy Dog. This town is a well known haven for artists, workers within the industry, and passionate live music fans. While Z2 operates the two major venues in town, the reputation that is held by Boulder is certainly not solely because of those two venues. It has been cultivated by the numerous establishments that host all types of, and levels of artists, local and national. By failing to even mention a single one of them does more to discredit all that we do for the community and only proves to be counterproductive for the point you are trying to make. Had your staff writer spoken with any member of the Boulder local music community, I have to imagine at least one of the live music establishments I mentioned would have come up. Those are also far from all the independent, small venues this town has to offer.  

You make mention of an anonymous music professional within your article that speaks to the lack of support for local emerging artists within Boulder. I personally just worked a show with my production company, at The Fox Theatre on 2/6/16, which was headlined by a local band, Na'an Stop. They were supported by two other local bands, Policulture and Realtalk. Realtalk just emerged as a new player in the scene within the last 6 months and is already playing shows at The Fox, by way of The Lazy Dog. The show was also sold out days prior to the event, which in my opinion speaks to the incredible support that is given by the community as a whole to the bands. It also leaves something to be said about the incredible effort some artists put into promotion, and the necessary marketing/business side of their band versus others. This is a business at the end of the day, and to imply that Z2 should take a more proactive role in fostering the success of local bands only ignores and discredits the bands that are able to earn their way into these historic venues. You relieve the artist of any responsibility to ensure that their show is also beneficial to the venue, and at the end of the day, all artists are competing with each other to get the slot at the venue, so why should the venue be held responsible for choosing to book a band that will turn into a better financial payout for them? In my experience, the bigger payout to the venue usually means that there were more people in the venue to see the artist, which means more music fans were able to see the artist that they preferred. At what point do we acknowledge that the fan is casting their vote of who gets to play the venues by way of their dollar?

Your article began with a Vail venue owner discussing disappointment that Z2 had acquired a venue he hoped to attain, and I know from experience that being on the losing end of any business deal is disappointing. I do not, however, think that you considered the various factors that come into play when it comes to operating a live music venue, which happen to go far beyond purchasing a building. I very much agree with Don in saying that the Boulder market cannot support another theater sized venue. Even if Z2 had given their blessing to the Vail venue owner, who is to say that the artist booking agency based in Burlington, VT or Chicago, IL is going to stop working with the Z2 talent buyers and move their bands to the other venue? This would again fall back to previously existing relationships that were formed over many years between the artists, buyers, venues, and agents that a simple real estate transaction cannot take the place of. You also seem to overlook the fact that Z2 has buyers which, upon hiring, open up the doors to The Fox for previous existing artist relationships they bring with them. Chris Peck came to Z2 with previous experience in the North Carolina and Tennessee market, and because he was there, the bands he is familiar with are afford a more feasible opportunity to showcase their talent on one of Z2's stages.  

I was, and still am, disappointed and frustrated by what this articles implies. The unfair nature in how it has been written negatively sways the mentality of the Boulder community toward a company that has brought, and continues to bring, some of the most amazing talent from around the country to our backyard. I am also insulted that as a contributor and member of the local music scene, my efforts and the efforts of my peer venues were so easily overlooked in an article that has the words “Boulder's live music scene” in the title of it. We are very much a part of what makes this music scene as great as it is, and Z2 Entertainment is a major contributor and a cornerstone of what attracts some of the unbelievable talent we get to see every week. We live in a time where generation X gets the majority of their news from social media and satire publications that are mistaken for real news. As a willing contributor and surviving member of the declining print media that is still being circulated, you have an obligation to this community to present unbiased and properly researched information, and this articles was neither.

As I sit here writing my final thoughts on this piece, I just received an email from Becca Yenney. She is the office and HR manager for Z2, and her email was to inform the staff that a member of Z2’s security team, Josh Elioseff, will be competing in a battle of the bands with his group, JC and The Deadly Sins at The Dark Horse tomorrow. She included a link to the event on social media, the time it starts, and strongly encouraged supporting one of our own. I could not have asked for a better example of how amazing the Boulder local music scene is, and what a wonderful part Z2 plays in it. Doors open at The Dark Horse at 7:30, and Josh's band goes on a little after 8. I would suggest swinging by and catching a local band at a local venue, being sponsored a local brewery, and supported by some Z2 staff. That to me is the more accurate picture of the Boulder local music scene.

-Matt Banno

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BLDGBLKS Takes a Closer Look Into The Spot Studios

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Take a look inside The Spot Studios with us.

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with music producers, Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop of The Spot Studios. We explored the inner workings of the studio space and discussed their philosophy, collective vision, and future plans for the company.

I also got an exclusive tour of the stunning mansion-turned-recording-studio nestled in a private estate in Lakewood, CO. It was a fantastic way to spend a sunny Saturday morning, and Glenn and Rich are two of the friendliest people I’ve met since moving to Denver. So get to know the masterminds behind The Spot Studios and check out the video interview and studio tour below:

-Jura

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

An Update with Homevibe: Tall Heights Tonight + Ryan Montbleau for Valentine's Day

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Homevibe has a few shows on the horizon.

Last month, we had the pleasure of rocking out at three of Homevibe’s local shows- Willy Porter + Dave Tamkin, John Craigie + Reed Foehl, and the Homevibe for the Holidays Concert. As we settle into the new year, we’re excited to bring you info on some more of their gigs! Let us tell you a bit about what's coming up:

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano.

Tall Heights. Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano.

Tall Heights with Special Guests Poet’s Row & Paul Kimbiris - This Friday 01/29

Homevibe is going to make you feel right at home once again this Friday at The Walnut Room in Denver. Headliner Tall Heights are a harmony-heavy indie duo from Boston who NPR has called both “intimate and arresting”. And they would know- members Tim Harrington (vocals/guitar) and Paul Wright (vocals/cello) did a live taping with NPR’s World Cafe and performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage program. Tall Heights also had chart success last year, hitting Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” and iTunes Apple Music “Best of 2015”. After dropping their EP Holding On, Holding Out in October of 2015, Tall Heights have been touring stateside. Their travels continue through April, and while they’ve got a few Colorado gigs, Friday’s show is the closest to Boulder/Denver, it has two awesome guests on board (which we’ll get to in just a sec), and it’s a Homevibe show! So you know it’s going to be cozy and downright awesome. Which brings us to the other acts on Friday’s lineup: Poet’s Row is a Denver-based folk four-piece and Paul Kimbiris is one of Boulder’s most noteworthy singer songwriters. You might remember our album review of his full-length release, Dark Side of Pearl, or the fact that he played in our Fall Showcase with his band BLVD. This Homevibe bill is bringing a lot of talent to the stage, and two local openers is an awesome thing to see! So get tickets for this Homevibe event while you still can- just click here.

PS: Tall Heights just premiered their music video for their song "Spirit Cold" yesterday on PASTE- watch that here

Ryan Montbleau.

Ryan Montbleau.

Valentine’s Dinner & Concert with Ryan Montbleau - Sunday 02/14

Looking to impress someone special for Valentine’s Day this year? Then Homevibe’s got you covered! They’ve got a three course dinner by Per La Gente (and champagne if you so choose) + a solo performance by Ryan Montbleau at The Riverside in Boulder. Touring since the early 2000s, as a both a solo act and with his band, Montbleau has most recently been on the road for his 2015 solo release, Growing Light. His current performance set has been called “bold and barrier breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul, folk, and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope… The night will kick off at 5PM with dinner; show starts at 8PM. We’ll bring you more coverage as VDay approaches, but in the meantime, get your tickets for the dinner and a show right here.

Stay tuned for more events and updates from us! We hope to see you soon.

-Hannah

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS: WE WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE RADIO!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Resurrect the radio star. 

Yo Boulder! We’ve got some big news! Do you want to be on the radio? We thought you might…

BolderBeat is proud to announce that we are partnering with Colorado Community Radio Network (CCRN), and more specifically, the crew at Green Light Radio to bring you two awesome radio features, the first of which is EVERY WEEK!

Thazzz right- every Sunday local production and sound engineer Rocky Flats will be playing one or two tracks by local artists (YOU!) sponsored by us! Want to get your music on the Green Light radio waves? Hit us up HERE and submit a track that you want played! We will be choosing one sweet new artist every week for your craving ears + tossing some interwebs hype your way with a feature on our website! You can stream Green Light Radio here or dial in at 95.5FM.

And secondly, the awesome crew at Streetside Productions wants to bring you one live, BolderBeat sponsored on-air performance EVERY MONTH! Streetside Productions is a new audio/video production and post-production studio- and they're here to serve your music video, live-performance, and recording needs! 

For our monthly feature together, the Streetside dudes will be recording you in studio for one live performance track followed by an on-air interview, both of which which will also be broadcast over the crazy Green Light waves.

For more information on Streetside's rates and capabilities, check out their FB page or email them at streetside6681@gmail.com.

And if you're available for an upcoming Sunday show, then CONTACT US HERE for your chance to be on-air!

PS: If you have other interests/comments/thoughts pertaining to our work with CRN, let us know! We can’t wait to start getting more local sounds booming in Boulder.

-Hannah

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Get Your Holiday Gifts from Local Artist OhhMika: The Fox King

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We've got some sweet gift ideas for the holidays thanks to our friend The Fox King.

An old photo digitally restored by Boulder artist Michael Maloney.

An old photo digitally restored by Boulder artist Michael Maloney.

Local artist Michael Maloney aka OhhMika: The Fox King has several holiday stocking stuffers you might be interested in peeps! Purchase one of his original prints here for a friend. Or hit him up on Facebook to check out his resin pieces and jewelry, because your special someone would dig one of his cat claw necklaces. Anddddd if you’ve got an old family photo you want digitally restored, Mika can do that too (see above). That’s enough to make someone cry on Christmas, in a good way. Seriously. We love his work. So f*ck the commercial consumerism that typically overshadows this season. Buy local art. And support this local artist this holiday season! He’s got your last minute shopping covered.*

*Prices for photo retouch: $35 for a single photo; $25/hour for multiple photos. Submit inquiries to artist for other work/pieces here

-Hannah

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An Introduction to BLDGBLKS Music Company!

By: Jura Daubenspeck

BLDGBLKS Music Company is building quite a lot in Colorado. 

BLDGBLKS Music Company is proud to announce our recent partnership with BolderBeat! We are a Denver based music company creating sustainable careers for our clients in the entertainment industry. We specialize in artist development, artist management, guerrilla and digital marketing, social media strategy, content creation, and consultation. Our clientele includes: bands, artists, music businesses, lifestyle brands, and more. 

We are located in a secluded estate in Lakewood, CO, and share the space with The Spot Studios. The mansion-turned-recording-studio is unique in its design and is home to state-of-the-art recording technology. Our team is comprised of experienced artists, engineers, producers, web developers, designers, and event organizers. We know what it is like to be faced with a challenge that seems impossible to overcome, and we work with our clients to create a plan that fulfills their vision.

There is never a dull moment at BLDGBLKS! There are new developments happening with our artists every day, and we could not be more stoked to share them all with you. Check out our artists below:

Amy Kress (Contemporary Electronic Pop): Canadian-born singer/songwriter with a powerful voice. Her debut album Secret Music is a collection of heartfelt soul and humor that makes Amy’s music a unique listening experience. She also just released a video that BolderBeat featured.

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Binsky (Drum & Bass, Jungle, Glitch-Hop): Bending and chopping sounds is what Binsky does best. He visualizes sounds and sculpts them into textured works of art that will keep you moving and grooving. You can listen to his most recent projects here.

Mawule (Futuristic R&B/Soul): Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, a background in gospel choir led Mawule into the music world. His refined ear and ability to communicate messages in a catchy, relatable way are what hold the integrity of Mawule’s music. Check out his discography.

Sam Hozdulick (Indie Blues Rock): This LGBT singer/songwriter’s unafraid voice touches on topics such as love, heartache, and resilience. Sam’s sophomore album is in the works and will be released soon. Check out the single “Good Thing” for a little taste.

Signs and Signals (Pop/Rock Alternative): With heartfelt lyrics and a collective energy that oozes, Colorado's own Signs and Signals are a blast to watch perform live. Their music is fun, high-energy, and is sure to make anyone get up and dance. They’ve also been featured on BolderBeat before.

Skytown (High Energy Acoustic Rock): Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, this rock group mixes clean tones, soothing lead vocals, and funky beats to form a beat impossible not to dance to. Check out the styles of this six-piece here.

The Jacob Cade Project (Hard Rock): This seventeen-year-old rocker derives his influences from Jimmy PageSlash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His electrifying stage presence and immense guitar talent makes him an artist you ought to keep an eye on. Take a listen for yourself.

So be on the lookout for our weekly Tuesday postings with BolderBeat! We will be bringing you the latest BLDGBLKS news about our artists, upcoming shows, album releases, and promotions. For more information about BLDGBLKS Music Company and the artists we work with, please visit our site.

-Jura

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

Let BB Sponsor Your Show + Volunteer Info!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Want to work with us? Let us know!

Contact Us to Sponsor Your Show!

Contact Us to Sponsor Your Show!

Hey franz! We've had a lot of interest and exciting opportunities pop up since The Fall Showcase and we want to share some of those with you!

Many of you have approached us about volunteering with BolderBeat and we would love to work with you! We have opportunities in writing, photography, event planning/promotion, social media management,  and more! The sky is the limit. We welcome all creative interests. Working with us is also a really great way to network within the Boulder/Denver music scenes.  Please feel free to contact us at bolderbeat@gmail.com and let us know if you'd like to be a part of our team!  And if you happen to be a CU student, you can find us on CU's Community Media Opportunities list here.

And hey hey bands and solo artists! We loved working with our lineup for The Fall Showcase and we'd love to work with you too! If you want us to sponsor a show, hit us up and let us know what's going on! We can coordinate a promotional timeline with you, connect you with media opportunities (radio/video production), and create a badass show together. We'd love to hear from you.

Keep making art. 

-Hannah

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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.

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-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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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

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Local Hip Hop: Tell Us Who We Should Know About & Go See The Blue Scholars Tomorrow Night.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Tell us who we should know in local hip-hop.

Hey Boulder! We’ll be honest. We haven’t covered every genre that lives around these mountain parts. But we’re trying to change that! We’ve touched base (bass?) over the past couple of weeks with a couple of Denver hip hop artists for upcoming features and we’re pretty pumped to dive into their scene with them. If you have recommendations on any local hip hop artists that you think we should check out, let us know! Comment below or message us on FB, Twitter, or Instagram. We are definitely looking to promote more sounds.

The Blue Scholars.

The Blue Scholars.

In the meantime, there is a hip hop show happening at the Fox tomorrow night. And you should check it out! The Blue Scholars have made their way to the B from Seattle, Washington. The duo consists of Geo the Rapper (who also goes by prometheusbrown) and Sabzi the Beat Guy. You can check out their latest music video for their track “Anna Karina” below. And then make your way to the Fox to hear it live yo:

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