Daybreaker Is Officially The Best Way To Wake Up

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last Thursday, I woke up at 5AM to don my best fur vest with some of Boulder’s happiest people. Yoga mat in hand, I headed to the Boulder Theater for what was the earliest door time I’d ever attended: a spry 6AM. Though it was still dark outside when I arrived, the inside of one of Boulder’s best concert venues was glowing. Ticket-checkers greeted everyone who entered with a hug and a twinkling, “Welcome to Daybreaker!” It was hard to keep even the most “I’m-not-a-morning-person” from smiling.

Inside the theater, DJ Falcon Punch was spinning disco funk tunes. Around me, people were spreading out yoga mats where concert-goers normally post up with a beer to catch a band. There was a lot of faux fur happening, and alongside it, yogis in onesies ranging from your classic Christmas pajama look to your Ninja Turtle of choice. Though it was early, there was no sign of sleep. People were ready to party.

Yoga Pod’s Dan Carbonell and Rob Loud led the morning sun salutations just as the horizon was lighting up outside. They made the practice playful while DJ Falconpunch continued to throw down some fun, meditative grooves for those long-held plank poses. Loud even recommended twerking during saddle pose, and more than one Daybreaker attendee took him up on it.

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After yoga, the bar opened at 7AM with a selection of green juice and tea. There were temporary tattoo stations and face-painting. More penguins, tigers, and unicorns twirled into the venue as the event's emcee, Drew Wyman from Shinesty, beckoned attendees to dance. Which they did. For the next TWO HOURS before most of them hit their day jobs. Somehow, the positive and creative space that Daybreaker fosters with this event will leave you more energized than any morning Starbucks ever could. The event almost feels like a mini Bonnaroo high-five session, jam-packed with love and positive vibes. People left the theater shining with gratitude and smiles, and though I rarely leave a music venue any other way, this was different. I actually questioned if I might be a morning person thanks to Daybreaker.

Daybreaker is coming back to Colorado, in Boulder Thursday, January 11th (details TBA) and in Denver at Club Vinyl on Wednesday, January 17th. Get tickets here and get to it! You don’t want to (hit) snooze on this one.

-Hannah

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Colorado Music Industry Conference Happening at CU This Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Want to to slide behind-the-scenes of Spotify? Or meet the man behind our The UMS interview, Director Kendall Smith? Curious about navigating management, promotion, and booking? Then check out CU’s Colorado Music Industry Conference happening this Sunday, December 4th at The University Memorial Center, Room 235 from 12PM-4PM.

CMIC creator Krista Barry told us, “The University of Colorado Boulder lacks a Music Industry Program, so it's important that we provide our student music community with events like this as an opportunity to learn and network with music industry leaders. We have confirmed some of the best Colorado music professionals to speak from all ends of the music industry, from Don Strasburg, the Co-President of AEG Live, to CU Denver graduate Austin Kramer, Global Head of EDM at Spotify. It should be a really inspiring and informative event for anyone with an interest in music.”

We dig.

Speakers of the day will include the aforementioned Austin Kramer of Global Head of Dance & Electronic Music at Spotify, Don Strasburg the Co-President of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, and Kendall Smith the Director of The Underground Music Showcase (UMS), along with Bodie Johnson the founder of BackForty Management and Ben Baruch of 11E1even Management and Co-Owner of Thissongissick.com.

The event is free; RSVP here. Some of our BolderBeat contributors will be there, so come say hello!

Hit up the CMIC Facebook event here for other details.

-Hannah

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