Colorado Music Festivals 2018: Your Official Guide To Fest Season

Festival season is the biggest time of the year for the music world. So here at BolderBeat, we’ll be updating this feature with every Colorado festival announcement that comes our way. Stay as on the pulse as we are:

May Play Music Festival May 11th

Downtown Greeley is hosting their fourth annual May Play fest with artists like The Burroughs, Brent Cowles, Slow Caves, Silver & Gold, and Post Paradise on the bill. There are a ton of other great local artists to check out, so swoop details and tickets here.

Spread The Word Music Festival May 11th-13th

Taking place at Denver’s Fox Street Compound, Spread The Word features a mix of local and national artists with styles including rock, jam, funk, reggae, hip-hop, folk/grass, electronic and fusion. Headliners of this year's fest include Jeff Austin Band (formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band), Everyone Orchestra (conducted by Matt Butler), A-Mac & The Height, and Bass Physics. Full lineup here.

303 Music Festival May 17th

Hosted by Ru Johnson at Denver's The Church, 303 Magazine is bringing you one awesome night of local music. Trev Rich, CITRA, Eldren, and The Other Black are just some of the bands on the lineup. Full details and tickets here

Five Points Jazz Festival May 19th

This FREE annual festival is back this year in Denver's Five Points neighborhood and will feature artists like Jakarta, The King Stan Band, Impulse, The Hendersons, Patrick McDevitt Nation, and more. You can bounce between venues or just walk around and take in all the good sounds. Full lineup and details here.

Mountain Games June 7th-10th

GoPro is putting on a festival in Vail with headliners like Chris Robinson Brotherhood, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Bonfire Dub, and The Wood Brothers. The weekend will also feature a slew of athletic events, including competitions for your dog, a silent disco, and art exhibits. You can grab tickets to Mountain Games here.

Greeley Blues Jam June 8th-9th

The Greeley Blues Jam keeps the blues scene alive and this year, their lineup includes The Devon Allman Project, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, and Danielle Nicole. This is one weekend you’ll enjoy being blue. Full lineup on their website.

Taste of Fort Collins June 8th-10th

The 22nd annual Taste of Fort Collins headliners include William Michael Morgan, Eddie Money, Everlast, and Judah & the Lion. Tickets are only $5-$10 and the fest is hosted at Civic Center Park in Old Towne. Grab more info on their website.

Country Jam June 14th-17th

Grand Junction will host Country Jam’s 27th annual four-day fest this year. Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, and Big & Rich top the headliners list of the 30+ artists that will play to your boot kickin’ desire. Surrounded by the red rocks of GJ, this festival annually hosts some of the biggest names in country music. More info at this link.

Sonic Bloom Festival June 14th-17th

If you like electronic music, there’s no better place to be than Colorado’s Sonic Bloom Festival. Happening at Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country, the weekend will feature performances from Shpongle, Keys N Krates, Nightmares On Wax, Liquid Stranger, EOTO and a huge array of other beatmasters. The festival will also feature yogis and movement leaders, as well as interpretive artists. And did we mention the visuals? Full lineup here.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 15th-18th

Telluride Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 45th year this summer! Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Leftover Salmon top the fest’s 2018 list. We can tell you from past experience that this fest is magical and we’ve even met some our favorite musicians at (where else?) the Port-a-Potties. More info and tickets here.

Cover Rock Festival June 22nd-23rd

Looking for tunes from tribute bands? This festival is all about it. Hosted in Avon, Cover Rock Festival will feature tributes to artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, The Doors, the late Tom Petty (RIP!!), and others. More info and tickets here.

Westword Music Showcase June 23rd

Denver’s alt weekly newspaper will host their annual summer celebration this year. With Galantis, Bonobo, The Front Bottoms, Joywave, and a ton of local artists, this will be one to clink a summer beer to and enjoy. More info and tickets on their website.

Van’s Warped Tour July 1st

Warped Tour recently announced that 2018 will be the last year for the traveling festival. Though much has changed since what was arguably Warped Tour’s heyday (moshing is now frowned upon), we’re still sad to see it go. Give these bands a proper send-off- locals 30H!3 are top-billed with acts like All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, and more. Tickets here.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Association (CROMA) July 11th-15th

CROMA's annual Parrish Ranch festival features a great old-time music lineup, workshops, nightly dances, open jams, classes for kids, open stage times, and couples dance workshops. The festival manages to keep old traditions alive while also bringing a modern twist to some elements. Artists at this year's fest will include Bryant and Brown, The Onlies, Betse & Clarke, The Barn Owls, Patt and Possum, Caroline Oakley, Chris Kemiet, and Larry Edelman. Get full details and tickets here.

The Ride Festival July 14th-15th

The String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow, and Grace Potter will headline The Ride Festival this year, another Telluride fest that is sure to get you groovin’. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Something, and others will keep your summer-chill vibes in check at this one. Full lineup here.

Global Dance Festival July 20th-21st

If you’re ready to dance, Global’s got a crazy mix of electronic and hip-hop artists like Deadmau5, Gucci Mane, Future, and Machine Gun Kelly topping their list. The event is at Sports Authority Field this year and you can snag tickets here.

The Underground Music Showcase July 27th-29th

One of our absolute favorite weekends of the summer is Denver’s The UMS due to its focus on local artists, and all the fun that comes along with wandering around the South Broadway venues hosting the three-day event. In news this year, Two Parts has taken over the event. This year's lineup is stellar with headliners like Alvvays, BJ the Chicago Kid, Classixx, Deerhunter, Digable Planets and over 100 local artists who we absolutely adore. Tickets and full details here

Rockygrass Festival July 27th-29th

Bluegrass, bluegrass, and more bluegrass. That’s what Rockygrass in Lyons is all about! Last year, the festival showed us the changing face of the genre. This year, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, David Grisman and Peter Rowan, and Hot Rize are already confirmed for this pickin’ celebration, so get your tickets now. More info and tickets at this link.

ARISE Music Festival August 3rd-5th

Colorado’s ARISE is back for its sixth year at Loveland’s Sunrise Ranch, and features seven stages of live music, yoga, workshops, theme camps, art galleries & installations, a children’s village, speakers, and films! Some of the top billed artists for 2017 include Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, and Trevor Hall. Get more details here.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest August 10th-12th

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a FREE, recurring, three-day music festival held every August in the historic downtown of Fort Collins. Bohemian Nights headliners this year include The Motet, Blondie, and The Decemberists. The festival also hosts a number of local bands on their stages- get the full schedule and details for the weekend here.

Local Jam Grand Junction August 10th-12th

Known for its "creativity, passion, dedication, style,  [and] massive talent," Grand Junction's three-day festival Local Jam is a celebration of Western Slope bands ranging from metal to bluegrass. Stray Grass, Jack + Jill, Suckafish, Tim + Richard, and others have been announced for the year. Full details and lineup here.

Mountain Town Music Festival August 17th-18th

Back for its fifth year, Keystone’s Mountain Town Music Festival features a mix of rock and grass bands like Ages & Ages, Mipso, Strange Americans, and Shovels & Rope. The fest is a celebration of “all things Colorado” so you can expect some good brews along with the shows. More info and tickets here.

Velorama Colorado August 17th-19th

Following the Colorado Classic bicycle race, Velorama is returning to Denver’s RiNo Neighborhood for its second year this summer. Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and The Kills are the bands announced so far, and you don’t have to bike in the race to partake in the party. Plus local acts Brent Cowles, Wildermiss, and Slow Caves are on the bill! More about this new fest here.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival August 17th-19th

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival showcased artists who brought current politics into their tunes last year, bringing people together in solidarity. Along with its songwriting workshops, the Lyons, CO fest created an awesome artistic community that managed to showcase great national acts too. Indigo Girls, Jeff Tweedy, and Los Lobos have been announced for this year’s fest. Tickets here.

Compound Sound Festival August 24th-26th

Boogie Groove Entertainment is producing this year's first annual Compound Sound. What started as friends performing at a private ranch in 2009 has officially launched into a major music festival. Along with headliners like Cycles, Lucid Vision, Tnertle, and Spectacle, the fest will also have food trucks and vendors, yoga and flow workshops, a healing village and "many more shenanigans." Details and tickets here

Four Corners Folk Festival August 31st-September 2nd

Pagosa Springs 23rd annual Four Corners Folks Fest is ready for a campout with bands like Nahko And Medicine For The People, Amy Helm, We Banjo 3, and Jon Stickley Trio. The weekend will also feature jam camps for kids and adults, and lots of tasty local vendors. See more for yourself and grab camping info and tickets here.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass August 31st-September 2nd

Lionel Richie, Jack Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., Bahamas, and The Record Company are the big acts at Jazz Aspen’s Labor Day event this year. JAS has a smaller June event too, which will feature Lizz Wright, Leslie Odom Jr., Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Josh Kagler and Harmonistic Praise Crusade, and Georgia On My Mind: A Tribute To Ray Charles. Details on both events here.

Seven Peaks Music Festival August 31st-September 2nd

Dierks Bentley is throwing a three-day music festival in Chaffee County this year with headliners like Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Elle King, Lanco, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and The Cadillac Three. The new fest is a real treat for country lovers and the scenery of Buena Vista sure won't hurt! Get details and tickets here.

Denver Jazz Festival September 14th-16th

With a mix of local and international jazz acts, Denver Jazz Festival promises over 600 dancers and listeners for their three-day fest. Hal Smith's Swing Central, Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Red Hot Rhythm Rocket, and many others are on the lineup. Check out news and get tickets here.

Grandoozy September 14th-16th

Superfly, the geniuses behind Bonnaroo, are bringing Grandoozy to Denver this year! In what could possibly be the biggest festival production the state has seen, headliners have already been announced and include Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, and Stevie Wonder. Sturgill Simpson, Miguel, and St. Vincent have also made the list; Denver-based acts Tennis, Dragondeer, Gasoline Lollipops, and Flaural will perform as well. This fest is our most highly anticipated of 2018 so don’t snoozy- Tier 1 tickets are already sold-out so grab your passes here.

Telluride Blues & Brews September 14th-16th

As regular festivalgoers of Blues & Brews say, “It's not the altitude that'll take your breath away. It's the views.” That, and of course, the music. This year, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Govt Mule, Booker T’s Stax Revue, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Anders Osborne will headline. Early bird tickets are already sold-out, so grab passes while you can here.

Festivals of The Past

Wondering what happened to some of your other favorite Colorado festivals? Project Pabst dissipated into the PBR-fueled mountain air with no Denver announcement this year (but Superfly who put it on is the force behind Grandoozy). Bass Center is now in Virginia after the fest was first moved from Colorado to New Jersey last year; Divide Music Festival, who were rumored to return this year, has now been postponed until 2019 stating, “greater forces are working against us;” Groove Festival’s web presence is still replaced by this Japanese site making us still question everything; Mad Decent Block Party appears to have officially gone off the radar; Riot Fest has again only listed its Chicago date in 2018 after the fest cancelled its Denver show last year; and Vertex (which we freakin’ loved) appears to be a distant dream after it was cancelled in 2017.

Make sure to keep up with our festival coverage all summer on BolderBeat’s dedicated fest page!

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

Colorado Music Festivals 2017: Your Official Guide To All The Goodness

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Festival season is arguably the best time of year in music. So here at BolderBeat, we’ll be updating this feature with every Colorado festival announcement that comes our way. Stay as on the pulse as we are.


FoCoMX- April 28th-29th

Fort Collins' premiere music festival has announced its lineup, which features hundreds of Colorado artists. Some of our favorites include Antonio Lopez, The Alcapones, BANDITS, Bethel Steele, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Edison, Foxfeather, Gasoline Lollipops, and The Velveteers. Full lineup here


Spread The Word Music Festival- May 5th-8th

Taking place at several Denver and Boulder venues, Spread The Word features a mix of local and national artists with styles including rock, jam, funk, reggae, hip-hop, folk/grass, electronic and fusion. Headliners of this year's fest include Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Euforquestra, A-Mac and the Hight, & Analog Sun. Full lineup on our announcement link.


Denver’s Project Pabst- May 20th

“Project Pabst was a wild success,” contributor Zach Dahmen wrote in retrospect of the 2016 festival that took over Denver’s Larimer Street last year. This year, the PBR-fueled lineup includes Ice Cube, Phantogram, Danny Brown, Kurt Vile, STRFKR, No Name, & more. We’re pumped for this. Details here


Greeley Blues Jam- June 9th-10th

The Greeley Blues Jam seeks to keep the blues alive, and this year, they’re doing just that with a lineup including Walter Trout, Samantha Fish, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Colorado favorite The Burroughs. This is one weekend you’ll enjoy being blue. Full lineup on their website.


Taste of Fort Collins- June 9th-11th

The 21st annual Taste of Fort Collins includes headliners St. Lucia, Gin Blossoms, Plain White T's, & Waterloo Revival this year. Tickets are only $5-$10 and the fest is hosted at Civic Center Park in Old Towne. Get out and get down! More info on their website.


Country Jam- June 15th-18th

Grand Junction will host Country Jam’s 26th annual four-day fest this year. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Thomas Rhett top the headliners list of the 30+ artists that will play to your boot kickin’ desire. Surrounded by the red rocks of GJ, this festival annually hosts some of the biggest names in country music, and clearly this year is no different. More info at this link.


Sonic Bloom Festival- June 15th-18th

If you like electronic music, there’s no better place to be than Colorado’s Sonic Bloom Festival. Happening at Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country, the weekend will feature performances from Gigantic Cheese Biscuits, The Polish Ambassador, The Floozies, and a huge array of electronic beatmasters. The festival will also feature yogis and movement leaders, as well as interpretive artists. And did we mention the visuals? Full lineup here.


Telluride Bluegrass Festival- June 15th-18th

Telluride Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 44th year this summer. Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Dierks Bentley with The Travelin' McCourys, and Brandi Carlile top the fest’s 2017 list. We can tell you from experience that last year was magical and we even met some our favorite musicians at (where else?) the Port-a-Potties. More info and tickets here.


Van’s Warped Tour- June 25th

Believe it or not, we attended this event back in 2015 after not having been since high school. Yes. Though much has changed since what was arguably Warped Tour’s heyday (moshing is now frowned upon), this is a fest that still has a cult following and still makes its way around the US. Attila, Bowling for Soup, CKY, & Futuristic top this year's bill- grab the full listing here.


Westword Music Showcase- June 25th

Denver’s alt weekly newspaper will host more than 100 live acts at their annual summer celebration this year. With Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, Cut Copy, Bob Moses, COIN, Arizona, and a long list of local acts, this will be one to clink a summer beer to and enjoy. Don’t miss out on Westword’s fantastic Friday night. Local artists should be announced soon; voting is open. More info on their website.


Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA) Festival-

July 5th-9th

CROMA's 2017 festival at Parrish Ranch features a great old-time music lineup, workshops, nightly dances, open jams, classes for kids, open stage times, and couples dance workshops. Artists at this year's fest will include Eddie Bond and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, The Ozark Highballers, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and The Musky Dimes and Lansford and McAlister. Get full details and tickets here


The Ride Festival- July 8th-9th

Beck will headline The Ride Festival this year, another Telluride fest that is sure to get you groovin’. Ben Harper, Kaleo, The John Butler Trio, and Colorado favorite Rose Hill Drive will all keep your summer-chill vibes in check at this one. Full lineup here.


The Underground Music Showcase- July 27th-30th

One of our absolute favorite weekends of the summer is Denver’s The UMS due to its focus on local artists, and all the fun that comes along with wandering around the South Broadway venues hosting the three-day event. Benjamin Booker, Red Fang, & Esme Patterson are headlining this year, but we're more stoked on this massive list of local artists (a crazy amount of which we've covered in the last year). Get tickets here. More deets on our announcement link.


Rockygrass Festival- July 28th-30th

Bluegrass, bluegrass, and more bluegrass. That’s what Rockygrass in Lyons is all about! Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, The Del McCoury Band, and The Infamous Stringdusters are already confirmed for this year’s pickin’ celebration, so get your tickets now. More artists at this link.


ARISE Music Festival- August 4th-6th

Colorado’s ARISE is back for its fifth year at Loveland’s Sunrise Ranch, and features seven stages of live music, yoga, workshops, theme camps, art galleries & installations, a children’s village, speakers, and films! Some of the top billed artists for 2017 include Atmosphere, Tipper, and Ani Difranco. Get more details at our announcement link.


Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest- August 11th-13th

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a FREE, recurring, three-day music festival held every August in the historic downtown of Fort Collins. CAKE has been announced as one of the headliners with more TBA- keep up with the full lineup here.


Velorama Colorado- August 11th-13th

Following the Colorado Classic bicycle race, Colorado’s newest festival Velorama will take place in Denver’s RiNo Neighborhood this summer. Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, The New Pornographers, Saint Motel, and La Santa Cecilia are the bands announced so far, and you don’t have to bike in the race to partake in the party! Tickets for this new fest here.


Rocky Mountain Folks Festival- August 18th-20th

Last year, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival proved to be much more than a music festival. Bringing together local artists for songwriting workshops and more, the Lyons, CO fest created an awesome artistic community that still managed to showcase great national acts too. Gregory Alan Isakov, Lake Street Dive, and Rhiannon Giddens have already been announced for this year’s fest; full schedule and list of acts here.


Jazz Aspen Snowmass- September 1st-3rd

We don’t know how Maroon 5 is jazz, but they are headlining the JAS Labor Day Weekend festival this year. Colorado favorite Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Lake Street Dive, and Keith Urban will also have performances at the Snowmass event. JAS has a smaller June event too, which will feature John Batiste & Stay Human, Michael McDonald, and Earth Wind & Fire. Details on both events here.


Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 

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Telluride Blues & Brews Fest has Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, TajMo at the top of their bill this year. You can get your grand brew tasting on for three days with these artists and more, plus there is a lot of availability in ticket options, so you can schedule your own fest experience. Get more info here


Festivals of The Past

We'll miss you Vertex.

We'll miss you Vertex.

Wondering what happened to some of your other favorite Colorado festivals? Bass Center moved to New Jersey this year, Divide Music Festival has been postponed until 2018, Groove Festival’s web presence has been replaced by this Japanese site making us question everything, Mad Decent Block Party went to India (yes really), Riot Fest Denver will not return due to Sean McKeough's death, and Vertex (which we freakin’ loved) was sadly cancelled, but we’re praying it comes back to life with full zombie mayhem next year. Fingers crossed fellow festheads.


Make sure to keep up with our festival coverage all season on BolderBeat’s dedicated fest page!

-Hannah

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Festival Life In The Eyes Of A Taco Slinger: The Adventures of Super Heady Tacos

By: Sierra Voss

There is such a thing as a magical taco and it’s found deep within the heart of Colorado’s music festival scene. And after having experienced said taco for myself, I needed to know the secrets of this fantastic festival food. So I sat down with Bradford McDevitt, the creator of McDevitt Taco Supply (Super Heady Tacos), and Jesse Torrey, a chef of the taco goods and veteran in the festival taco slingin’ business. Check it out:

How did this whole taco adventure begin?

Bradford: Five and a half years ago, I applied for a permit to cook and sell tacos on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO. My application made the top three that year, and was entered into the final cook off. I got one of the two available spots, and since then, it’s been a natural progression into music festivals.

How did you come up with the name 'Super Heady Tacos'?

Bradford: It’s a 13th century term meaning intoxicating or overwhelming. In the late 90s, the term was adapted to the marijuana culture; we have adapted it to taco culture.

Bradford McDevitt. Photo Credit: Tobin Voggesser 

Bradford McDevitt. Photo Credit: Tobin Voggesser 

What was your first music festival experience with the taco truck?

Bradford: Four years ago, in 2012 we went to Country Thunder. We don’t do that festival anymore. People who love country music are the worst humans on earth, in terms of how they treat vendors.

Jesse: Desert Rocks was my first festival with the Super Heady Taco crew.

How many music festivals did you do this year?

Bradford: This summer we did 10 festivals. Arise, Beanstalk, Divide, New West Fest, Riot Fest, Sonic Bloom, Summer Camp, and Vertexto name a few. In 2013 we did 20 music festivals. We hit the scene really hard, literally going from East Coast to West Coast. We did the big ones too, like Bonnaroo and Coachella.

Jesse: Yeah- it was 20 festivals in seven months. That's like 25,000 miles of traveling and slingin’ tacos. Basically, [we traveled] the circumference of the world within the continental U.S.

Bradford: Yeah after that we decided to mostly stay in Colorado. This state offers so many amazing festival opportunities. Plus, it's just more cost effective.

The taco light at the end of the festival tunnel. Photo Credit: Tobin Voggesser 

The taco light at the end of the festival tunnel. Photo Credit: Tobin Voggesser 

What are the best and worst parts of working a music festival?

Bradford: Interacting with new people all the time who constantly praise our food, atmosphere, energy levels and staff is one of the best parts. Everyone we deal with is on vacation, so everyone is in a great mood.

Jesse: You absorb people’s elevated energy levels at festivals. My lows are in between [gigs], waiting for the next music festival.

The Taco Tent. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

The Taco Tent. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

What is the craziest music festival story you have for me?

Jesse: It happened this year at Summer Camp. Monday morning I woke up for loadout. Loadout days are hard; you are exhausted and everything is dirty and chaotic. Like, you literally just served 10,000 tacos out of a mobile kitchen. So that morning, I was riding a razors edge from maintaining my sanity. I started loading out, and there was literally a six foot long snake under our garbage can in the kitchen. I’m from Boston. I don’t know what poisonous snakes look like. All I knew was that this snake was huge and, like, coming after me. For an hour I tried to kill this thing with a 10-inch prep knife and a sledge hammer. It was like a battle royal. So I’m in this frenzy, a total manic moment: I can’t let this snake go ‘cause I’m thinkin’ he's gonna hide under something and I’m gonna pick that something up to put it away, and he is gonna get me! In my mind, after 80 hours of slinging tacos, I decided it was me or this snake. I love animals, but it was on. I finally whacked it. I cut its head off to bury it because I thought it was venomous. But before I buried the snake, I put it in a container and asked guests if they wanted snake breakfast tacos...

Long story short, that's the difference between working in a kitchen versus a music festival mobile kitchen. You have to be able to wrestle a six foot long snake to be a festival taco slinger.

Denver Riot Fest Taco Slingers: Levi Patton, Daniel Ward, & Jesse Torrey. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Denver Riot Fest Taco Slingers: Levi Patton, Daniel Ward, & Jesse Torrey. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

What’s the coolest thing about being a part of the Super Heady Taco team?

Jesse: There have been hundreds of taco slingers that have worked festivals with us from coast to coast. People have gotten married as a result of slinging our tacos. We don't just sling tacos, we provide people with a good time.

Bradford: You become a music festival name. Super Heady Tacos has become known as the secret third stage. We thrown on tunes, light up our disco ball, and get down. One guy came up to us at Divide Music Festival and said, “Dude you just put on a better show than Cake!”

So the next time you're at a Colorado music festival, have your taco cake and eat it too! Find this secret third stage, because I guarantee you will find delicious tacos, laughs, and a good time. And if you’re festivaled out for the season, don’t fret! Keep an eye out for a Super Heady Tacos restaurant location coming to Boulder early next year in the Meadows on the Parkway area on Baseline and Foothills. Peep Super Heady Taco's menu here

-Sierra

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

I Ran Around Riot Fest With California Punk Rock Band Culture Abuse

By: Sierra Voss

Punk outfit Culture Abuse opened up day three of Riot Fest last weekend on the Roots Stage. The band hails from the Bay Area, and currently live outside the city in Hunter’s Point, CA. Just last April, the group released their latest album, 'Peach'. The album mixes full-throttle guitar lines and driving drum beats with laidback, dreamy vocals, making Culture Abuse a stand out in the punk scene. This summer, the group has been touring all over the US for 'Peach' in their tour van, “Rusty Penny”. After their Denver Riot Fest set last Sunday, I made my way over to the press tent to interview the band, and had the pleasure of sitting down with guitarist John Jr. (aka June Bug), and stand-in drummer Sam Bosson.

So tell me about “Rusty Penny”.

John: She is a big, sixteen passenger Ford van. We ripped out the last two benches for gear, and we call her ‘Rusty Penny’ because she is a pretty odd shade of brown.

Does she have AC?

John: Ha! She was born in 1994. No air. In fact, in traffic we normally have to blast the heat so she doesn’t overheat. We got her from a healthy living center. Kinda ironic, considering we are far from sober living…

Culture Abuse: John Jr., David Kelling, Shane Plitt, & Sam Bosson.

Culture Abuse: John Jr., David Kelling, Shane Plitt, & Sam Bosson.

So your new album 'Peach' has a way brighter and dreamier sound than the normal punk rock vibe. Is your new sound still accepted within the punk world of San Fran?

John: We purposefully recorded our album on a lighter note. We wanted the album to be accepted by more than just the punk community. We recorded a strong message [on Peach], and we want it to be heard and viewed by more than just punk people. People who come to see our shows are sometimes a bit surprised; we play Peach a lot faster and heavier live [than the record].

What’s it like being at Riot Fest Denver this year?

Sam: We are more comfortable in a basement or at a house show than on a stage. Every single time.

John: Yeah- it’s hard to adjust. We are so used to little rooms and fighting for space to perform, like we’re used to saying, ‘Get out of my way!’ to each other. On stage, it’s just like, ‘What do we do with all this space? Do I jump around?’

In the crowd at Riot Fest.

In the crowd at Riot Fest.

Sam: It makes me feel like I’m king of the world. I can literally hear my drums echoing off of surrounding buildings.

John: It’s crazy just to be here. I am meeting bands I would never come across under any circumstance, and sharing the same stage as bands I looked up to growing up.

David Kelling.

David Kelling.

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I suggested we go meet up with the rest of the band, who just so happened to be chilling in the weed bus. Yep- a bus literally built to smoke up artists throughout the festival. On our way over to the bus, we ran into Juliette Lewis from Juliette Lewis & the Licks. John fanboyed-out pretty hard, calling out her name and exchanging a wave. I couldn’t blame him. We finally settled down on the bus, and that’s where we met Culture Abuse lead singer David Kelling, and bass player Shane Plitt.

So what’s the craziest thing that has happened to you guys at Riot Fest so far?

Shane: I was going to the bathroom in a Porta Potty and this cart backed up into the door. I couldn’t get out. The people driving the cart started yelling. ‘Housekeeping! Who's in there?’ I think they were just f*cking with me. They probably had no idea I was a member of a band.

Shane Plitt.

Shane Plitt.

David: We know what they look like. We saw them driving around later in the day and yelled, ‘We know what you did!’ They just laughed and drove off.

Sam: I hit my head on my drums pretty hard.

Sam then proceeded to show me a bump smack dab in the middle of his forehead.

Sam Bosson.

Sam Bosson.

Sam: And I cut my finger and bled all over myself. My thigh literally is just covered in my own blood right now.

Clearly, CA were keepin’ it punk rock.

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After a few more stories and a few alleged joints, I hopped off the bus with the boys to continue exploring Riot Fest. Shane and John checked out vendor shops with crazy homemade jean jackets, while Sam and David split off to check out their friends from Hatebreed perform. I followed Sam backstage, for what ended up being some serious family reunion vibes. Hugs were exchanged as band members, crew, and Riot Fest staff chatted as though they’d known each other for years.

Shane and John Jr. peepin' jean jackets.

Shane and John Jr. peepin' jean jackets.

In my day three recap of Riot Fest for BolderBeat, I wrote about the truly authentic vibes this festival cultivates, and it was moments like this that proved it. Beyond talented musicians ripping onstage for fans (who are an awesome community in themselves), Riot Fest is a chance for artists to reconnect with old friends, and rock out to bands they grew up with and love.

After Hatebreed’s set, I left the CA boys to explore other shows. And eventually Riot Fest came to an end. But the spirit of community around RF 2016 lives on… and that’s not just the alleged joints talking.

Keep up with Culture Abuse and their upcoming East Coast tour here.

-Sierra

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

Riot Fest & Rodeo: The Music Festival That Knows How to Keep It Real

By: Sierra Voss

The final day of Riot Fest had my feet beginning to ache in my boots, my skin reppin’ a not so healthy I-have-been-in-the-sun-for-over-24-hours kinda glow, and a thin layer of sweat forever coating my body. Riot Fest is not for the weak-hearted. On the last day, energy levels were high, perhaps even higher than Saturday’s. A quiet buzz filled the air in anticipation for the night's headliners: The Original Misfits and NAS.

Bleached.

Bleached.

Sunday’s overall lineup was actually epic. I started my day off with girl punk band, Bleached, and these ladies were true crushers. They rocked and ripped their set on the Hoffman Stage. Bassit Micayla Grace was a forever stream of headbanging and hair flips, while lead singer, Jennifer Francis Clavin, slowly crawled to the edge of the stage to get as close as she could to her audience. After Bleached, I popped over to the Rock Stage to catch 2 Chainz. Thirty  minutes into his set time, he still hadn’t taken the stage, so I bailed. I am not into artists that makes their audience wait. I don’t care who you are, it’s lame. Bad Religion took the Riot Stage in the late afternoon, just as the day was cooling off and the sun was starting to make its way down the sky. Fans gathered, singing along with every word of their classic set.

Bad Religion.

Bad Religion.

This year’s Riot Fest was a pretty crazy mix of rock and hip hop culture. The last four sets I caught were a perfect representation of the dynamic diversity of music and people that Riot Fest wrangled up for this year’s rodeo:

Tyler, the Creator.

Tyler, the Creator.

Tyler, the Creator, a big up and coming hip hop artist, had a very subtle rock vibe integrated into his craft. As I looked around at the audience glazin’ up at him, I saw a unique mixture of humans. Some repped NAS shirts while others sported studded and patched jean jacket vests, but all were singing and dancing along to his set.

Sleigh Bells.

Sleigh Bells.

The band Sleigh Bells, were similar to Tyler, representing a perfect mixture of vibes for this year's crowd. At it’s core, SB are a rock band, but they have subtle hip hop flares throughout their tunes. And I have a big ole girl crush on Sleigh Bells’ lead singer, Alexis Krauss. She is all the things and is definitely worth catching for a live show.

Rowdy at the Rodeo.

Rowdy at the Rodeo.

The night ended with two historic performances: The Original Misfits, reunited for the first time since 1983, rocked the Riot Stage, while NAS dropped dirty beats on the opposite side of the festival grounds at the Rock Stage.

Misfits Only.

Misfits Only.

Whoever created the lineup for the fest this year was pretty crafty. I truly was not expecting to be as into this festival as I ended up being. But there I stood, at the end of day three, as the dust settled into the festival grounds around me, loving all the bands that had taken the four stages throughout the weekend and having met some pretty incredible festi-goers. Riot Fest has an authentic vibe about it: no crazy light shows, no weird heady worlds or attractions, and no BS. It’s a festival with solid rock and hip hop artists in a pretty stripped down setting, filled with festival goers that are ready to rock. This was one rodeo I’m glad I didn’t miss.

See more Riot Fest photos on our Facebook.

-Sierra

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

Riot Fest Has It All: A Day of Rap, Hip Hop, Punk, Rock, & More

By: Sierra Voss

Yip Yip! Alright Rioters, day two was hotter, dustier, and way rowdier than Friday. The Hoffman Stage’s coliseum seats were filled with festi-goers seeking shade and sippin’ on some cherry lemonade. Festival artists were even posted up in the arena seats throughout the day, including singer Judith Hill, spotted taking it easy with her friends, while watching Danny Brown's set.

Highlights from Saturday’s Line-Up:

Danny Brown.

Danny Brown.

Danny Brown- Michigan rapper who had the freshest shoes at Riot Fest, hands down. Their red wings popped out in a sea of black combat boots and white vans.

People Under The Stairs. 

People Under The Stairs. 

People Under The Stairs- The classic West Coast hip hop group delivering fresh beats and performances since 1999.

The Dandy Warhols- I was having serious flashbacks to listening to The O.C soundtrack , and it was amazing. Piano player Zia McCabe knows how to get at the tambourine. She was crushing it, sporting red marks all over her leg where she was slappin’ that bad boy.

Against Me!

Against Me!

Against Me!- Punk veterans. “Thrash and Reel” was not played, and you could tell the crowd was disappointed, but besides the absence of that classic tune, they crushed.

Billy Talent.

Billy Talent.

Billy Talent- Surprise band of the day. These red-shirted Canadians ripped on the Rock stage. The lead singer from Against Me! dropped by to catch their set as well, and was seen posted up on the side of the stage throughout their performance. Favorite trait of Billy Talent was frontman Benjamin Kowalewicz spitting all over the stage every other lyric. Truth: it rained down on me while shooting in the pit… and I was into it.   

Vince Staples.

Vince Staples.

Vince Staples- With his incredible voice, unique and powerful lyrics, and sick beats, Staples was still somehow one of the most mellow performances that went down on Saturday.

Sleater-Kinney.

Sleater-Kinney.

Sleater-Kinney- SK stood out as not only one of the few female bands at the festival, but also, as one of my top five performances. These women were born to crush. I stood in the pit, watching the front row fans cry, look up to the sky, close their eyes, and put their hands over their hearts singing along to every word. Yeah. That epic.

Life at the Freak Show Tent.

Life at the Freak Show Tent.

One additional highlight of the day was heading over to the freak show tent, because who doesn't want to watch people put drills through their face and eat fire?

I left Riot Fest and literally had to wipe a layer of dust off of my body, and deal with the fact that had accidentally accomplished a legit farmer's tan. It’s no joke out there: you gotta have tough skin, and this festival no doubt pulls in a rugged group of festi-goers. But that’s the Riot Rodeo for yah.

See more Riot Fest photos on our Facebook.

-Sierra

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

Riot Fest Is a Whole Different Kind of Rodeo

By: Sierra Voss

This is gonna be one rowdy rodeo.

Riot Fest day one was rowdy. I saw it all: people chowing down on turkey legs, headbanging to ripping guitar solos, breaching barriers while moshing, and fans crying while they stood watching what was clearly, one of their favorite bands. Although the fest was packed with rioters, some people simply couldn’t hang. Humans were already passed out come 5PM, scattered about the coliseum (Hoffman stage stomping grounds). It was no doubt a scorcher, and 12 hours of nonstop music under the beating sun took its toll.

Suicidal Tendencies.

Suicidal Tendencies.

Things really heated up when Suicidal Tendencies took the Rock Stage. A sea of black t-shirts stood tightly packed together, hands raised and fingers firmly sporting the historic rock and roll symbol. True story though, I am not overestimating the ratio of black shirts to varying colors of t-shirts at Riot Fest yesterday. It must have been 10-1 and about 50% of those black shirts had the classic Misfits skull logo on them.Riot Fest’s foods stands were on point: corn on the cob, corn dogs, funnel cakes, donuts, and fresh squeezed lemonade. My personal favorite music festival food stop, hands down is, McDevitt Taco Supply. Its a food truck near and dear to my heart, hailing from Boulder, CO. In a sea of new faces, food trucks and merchandise tents, it is grounding to see a little piece of home. Plus, these tacos will give you a hard on.

NOFX.

NOFX.

NOFX took the Hoffman stage for a rowdy late afternoon set. What a crew- unnecessary leg lifts were crushed and leather kilts were worn. The Hoffman stage, no doubt, housed the rowdiest bands of the day, with NOFX leading the pack.

Death Cab For Cutie.

Death Cab For Cutie.

When the sun went down, the dust settled and Death Cab For Cutie took the Roots stage. I grew up on these dude’s music; each on of their songs truly has a fond place in my heart. But truth be told, they played a pretty ‘meh’ set last night at Riot Fest. Their setlist was a bit mellow and left fans (mainly me) craving more of their classics. It pains me to be critical of their performance, but I left feeling a bit disappointed. If they hadn’t played “Soul Meets Body”, my disappointment would have turned to anger.

Deftones.

Deftones.

Deftones wrapped day one with a ripping set. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter rocked a sweet “The F*ck Face” t-shirt, and lead singer Chino Moreno kept using his mic like a lasso, swinging it across the stage with no discernment about smacking fellow band members. The crowd's energy was ravenous, devouring every song and screaming out for more. One can only hope Riot Fest was warm up to a Deftones solo tour.

Riot Fest: No livestock needed to create a downright rowdy rodeo.

See more Riot Fest photos on our Facebook.

-Sierra

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

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See This Labor Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s a three-day weekend, so spend it at some shows Colorado:

Today (Friday 09/02):

A Shadow of Jaguar with The Red Petals at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

A Shadow of Jaguar.

A Shadow of Jaguar.

Colorado’s A Shadow of Jaguar officially announced this week that tonight’s show at The LD will be their last in CO for a while, as the delta rock’n’roll duo are moving to New York. We’ve enjoyed a number of live shows from ASOJ over the years, and they’ve promised they’ll still be playing Colorado on tour as regularly as their busy show schedule allows. But it will be a minute until they make their way back to our mountains, so make sure to stop in at their show tonight and say your goodbyes! They’ll be joined onstage by The Red Petals, a Colorado trio of the blues rock variety who we first covered here. We’ll be here tonight, and so should you.

Watch ASOJ’s music video for their track “Mama Needs The Bottle”:

R Michael Rhodes’ EP Release Party at Meadows Golf Club in Littleton 6PM-10PM

R Michael Rhodes.

R Michael Rhodes.

Just last week, we brought you the lowdown on R Michael Rhodes’ upcoming EP Release Party. Rhodes will be playing his new tunes tonight from After All These Years, as well as some of his older hits. Amy Kress will be making an appearance at the show as well, bringing her pop songs to the mix. So dress to the nines and head over to Meadows Golf Club to celebrate with these Colorado artists! Ticket packages here.

Check out R Michael Rhodes’ latest music video for his tune, “The Only Song”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 09/03):

Booster Pre-Phish Show at Vine Street Pub in Denver 1PM-4PM

Booster.

Booster.

Colorado’s funk fusion four-piece Booster recently switched up their lineup and added some new tunes to their repertoire. We sat down with them recently to learn all about it, so catch those details before you roll to their set tomorrow afternoon. The band blasts off before Phish’s show, so roll to Vine Street Pub for this funky pre-party. You can peep Booster’s new tunes, and get ready to groove to Phish. Now that’s a good combo.

Read our recent interview with Booster.

Jeremy Mohney’s EP Release Party at The No Name Bar in Boulder 4PM-7PM

Jeremy Mohney.

Jeremy Mohney.

Yesterday we brought you a whole feature on Jeremy Mohney’s new EP release, On The Mellowside. It’s a crooning, jazzy set of songs that really showcase all of the talented local musicians on it. And tomorrow, those artists will be performing the EP live at The No Name Bar. Head over for this special afternoon dance party and groove out. It’s gonna be sweet! The EP will also be available for purchase tomorrow here.

Read our review of Jeremy Mohney’s new EP On The Mellowside.

The Next Day (Sunday 09/04):

Gregory Alan Isakov with Ani DiFranco and Shook Twins at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison 7PM-Close

Gregory Alan Isakov.

Gregory Alan Isakov.

Boulder-based singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov is making his return to Red Rocks this weekend, this time as a headliner. Sunday’s show is Isakov’s last in the US for quite some time, as he’s jetting overseas in September for the remainder of his tour. Ani DiFranco shares this bill, and Shook Twins will open the evening. Plus, you don’t work Monday, so you’ve got no excuse not to be at the best venue in the world Sunday night. Get your tickets now.

Watch Isakov’s new video of “Stable Song” with the Colorado Symphony:

All Weekend (09/02-09/04):

Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver- Various Sets and Times

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Denver’s Riot Fest & Rodeo is happening this weekend, and we’ll be on the scene bringing you awesome coverage courtesy of our contributor Sierra Voss. With a lineup that includes Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, Deftones, Ween, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley, The Original Misfits, this is going to be one fest for the books. Some tickets are still available, so get yours here!

Check out the full lineup for the weekend on Riot Fest’s website.

Head out for the holiday weekend Colorado!

-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.

Five Bands to See at Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver This Weekend

By: Sierra Voss

Riot Fest is ripping through the Mile High City with a rowdy lineup this Labor Day Weekend. Over 70 bands will crush performances on the festival's four stages, set in the heart of Denver at the National Western Complex. Here are the top 5 bands we are crazy stoked to see:

Culture Abuse

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Wanna see a ripping, authentic, crush-worthy punk band? Cool, me too. Culture Abuse is known for their dreamy punk rock vibes. Their new album Peach integrates a lighter, brighter punk sound with a foundation that drives their music forward, and songs that are carried by some pretty raw lyrics. Catch them playing on the Roots Stage Sunday at 12PM.

The Original Misfits

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Danzig, Only, and Doyle will play a full-set alongside each other for the first time since 1983 at Riot Fest on Sunday. The Misfits are an iconic band, often recognized as the creators of horror punk, blending punk, rock, and horror imagery into one massive set. They’ve been influential in just about every late 90’s and early 2000’s rock, punk, and heavy metal bands. So this is definitely going to be a historic set you don’t want to miss. Watch them close out the fest Sunday at 840PM on the Riot Stage.

Wolf Parade

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Wolf Parade is another Riot Fest band returning to the stage after a long hiatus. It’s been six long years since the release of their album Expo 86. Wolf Parade took the indie rock world by storm ten years ago with release the of their album Apologies to the Queen Mary. The band's newest release, EP 4, is just that: four singles deep. Fans (including myself) will gather this weekend to see if their desires and dreams will be fulfilled by the band's revival. We can only hope that Wolf Parade will showcase a deeper look at what’s to come, while letting us be nostalgic on our fond memories of their past and longing for their previous work. See them Friday at 435PM on the Riot Stage.

People Under The Stairs

People Under The Stairs continue to release classic West Coast-vibed hip hop tracks. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, this band has a reputation for punching out funky beats since 1999. If you want to get your groove on this weekend, I highly suggest making your way to the Radical Stage at 3PM on Saturday.   

Violent Soho

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Violent Soho have traveled all the way from Australia to deliver powerful grunge riffs, abrasive song structures, and dynamics that range from loud, louder, and loudest. We love these guys. So get to the Roots Stage at 210PM on Saturday. Just do it.

Tickets for Riot Fest can still be purchased here. Get yours before they’re gone. And stay tuned for BolderBeat’s coverage of Riot Fest this weekend!

-Sierra

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

BolderBeat's Guide to Colorado's Summer Music Festivals 2016

By: Claire Woodcock

It finally feels like summer, so let's fest. 

We know you want to hit the festivals on our list. 

We know you want to hit the festivals on our list. 

It’s festival season, which has all of us here at BolderBeat elated. Press kits are flying, and we want you to be as on the curve as we are! So here are our top picks for Colorado’s summer music festivals:

Project Pabst May 20-21

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats at Denver's Project Pabst. 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats at Denver's Project Pabst. 

Project Pabst was a wild success,” were Zach Dahmen’s words in retrospect of the festival that rocked Denver a few weeks ago. We brought you exclusive coverage on Best Coast, TV on the Radio and more in our feature of the event. Relive that time Charles Bradley almost did the splits and The Violent Femmes helped us blister in the sun with our photos per Ian Glass.

Sasquatch Music Festival May 27-29

Kurt Vile at Sasquatch.

Kurt Vile at Sasquatch.

BolderBeat had a press invitation to Sasquatch Music Festival this year, so we threw down content on The Cure, Disclosure, Florence and the Machine, M83, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, and more! Take a scroll through our pictures right here and read over our recaps of the awesome weekend. It wasn't in CO folks, but it sure was awesome.

Sonic Bloom Festival June 16-19

The 11th annual Sonic Bloom Festival is coming up soon! This year, SB is at Hummingbird Ranch, nestled in the heart of Spanish Peaks country. The weekend will feature performances from Bonobo, Tipper, and a huge array of electronic beatmasters. The festival also features a crazy lineup of yogis and movement leaders, as well as interpretive artists.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 16-19

Telluride's Bluegrass Festival has been a massive success for 43 years. 

Telluride's Bluegrass Festival has been a massive success for 43 years. 

Telluride is known as one of the best festival spots of the west, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival has been keeping that notoriety alive for 43 years! The festival dates fall on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, giving you the longest day of the year to wander from set to set. Guests this year include Ryan Adams, Neil Finn, Emmylou Harris, and more!

Westword Music Showcase June 25

Summer in the city at Westword's Music Showcase. 

Summer in the city at Westword's Music Showcase. 

Denver’s alt weekly newspaper will host more than 100 live acts, most of which are Colorado-based. Denver band 888 is slated to play one of Westword’s main stages, while Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim, and New Politics front a lineup sure to make this year’s showcase a success.

The Ride Festival July 9-10

Views on views at Telluride's Ride Festival.

Views on views at Telluride's Ride Festival.

The Ride Festival, another Telluride fest, is one of the first live music/camp combos of the summer. Since 2012, this festival has firmly established itself in rootsy rock vibes. This year’s headliners include Pearl Jam and Cage the Elephant.

The Divide Music Festival July 22-24

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Divide in Winter Park is a new music festival in Colorado this year. Its lineup boasts performances by Bleachers, Cake, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Kid Cudi, Miike Snow and more! Festival perks include hiking, biking and yoga for festival-goers.

The Underground Music Showcase July 28-31

For many Colorado musicians, UMS is one of the biggest festivals of the summer. Performers on the national scene include San Francisco garage rockers Thee Oh Sees. Go celebrate over 100 local performers making it happen in CO's music scene at this Denver setup!

Bass Center July 29-30

Bassnectar is bringing a massive show to CO.

Bassnectar is bringing a massive show to CO.

California’s Bassnectar first brought Bass Center to Colorado in 2010; this festival is the traveling circus of electronic music. The Bassnectar tour travels with its own custom sound rig, and headlines some of the most noted venues in the country. Acts this year include Flux Pavilion, Flying Lotus, Wu-Tang Clan, and Lupe Fiasco. You can check it out in Commerce City, and there are two camping villages for the hardcores: “The Shire” and “Narnia”.

Vertex Festival August 5-7

At its core, Vertex is diverse music, outdoor adventure, and artful fun in beautiful Buena Vista, CO. Alabama Shakes and Odesza are two of the headliners, to give an idea of the range of performers on this lineup. We’re covering press at Vertex, so expect lots of info to hit our site over the summer on this one!

ARISE Music Festival August 5-7

Nighttime shows at Arise rule. 

Nighttime shows at Arise rule. 

Here’s another festival that is Colorado heavy. ARISE will take place at Loveland’s Sunrise Ranch again this year, and features seven stages of live music, yoga, workshops, theme camps, art galleries & installations, a children’s village, speakers, and films!

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest August 12-14

Did we mention this fest is free?

Did we mention this fest is free?

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a FREE, recurring, three-day music festival held every August in historic downtown Fort Collins. Local faves DeVotchKa and The Fray are headlining this bad boy, and there's a ton of other great local acts playing too. Check out the lineup here!

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival August 19-21

BYOBlanket to Rocky Mountain Folks Fest.

BYOBlanket to Rocky Mountain Folks Fest.

The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is happening in Lyons, CO, a mountain town 15 miles north of Boulder that NPR’s All Things Considered once described as “the Nashville of the Rockies”. The festival recently added The Decemberists and Conor Oberst as national acts to their local lineup.

Riot Fest September 2-4

BolderBeat couldn’t be more excited to wrap up the summer festival roundup with Denver’s Riot Fest & Rodeo in September. With national acts like Sleater-Kinney, The Misfits and Yo La Tengo, to name a few, Riot Fest will be an explosive ending to the upcoming sunny summer of music!

Make sure to keep up with our festival coverage all summer on our dedicated fest page!

-Claire

All photos per the festivals featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Punk's not dead. In fact, it’s not even aging.

By: Nikki Steele

Rancid has the same punk rock energy they always have.

Rancid headlined a show at the Summit Music Hall this weekend (with opener 7 Seconds ) and both bands proved that punk rock is still kickin’.

the stage setup.

the stage setup.

Let’s be honest- the guys from Rancid and 7 Seconds are all older dudes who have been playing for 20+ years. None of these guys look like they’re in their 20s anymore. In fact, it was Lars Frederiksen’s (Rancid guitar/vocals) 44th birthday the day of the show. But what hasn’t aged is the power of their performances. Though  Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds vocals) told us, “we’re out here acting like we're 20, but feeling like we're 60,” you’d never know it. Both sets were full of kicks, spins and punk rock dancing. And this was after both bands had just played Denver’s Riot Fest, Rancid on Saturday and 7 Seconds just eight hours before their Summit set. Colorado usually welcomes out of breath singers, due to our altitude, but no such excuse was needed Sunday night. Neither band put their energy on pause for even a second, and neither did their fans.

The electricity of the punk fans was apparent even at the beginning of Rancid’s set. As Lars started to introduce a song, he got cut off by the crowd screaming his own album titles at him. It didn't take long for the screams to turn into the entire crowd singing “Happy Birthday,” which brought a look of surprise and satisfaction to Lars’ face. He was stoked, and so was everyone around me.

crowd love.

crowd love.

And even when you might have expected things to slow down, they didn’t. At one point, Lars’ amp blew out and the show was paused for ‘technical difficulties.’ Lars shouted, “This is just punk rock!” and proceeded to entertain us with jokes while the roadies worked to get the show going again. Though there wasn’t music happening, everyone was still having a great time.

Sometime after this, a fight broke out in the crowd. Here, Lars actually stopped the set and basically told us that he didn’t care what had happened, that the fight had to stop, and that “this is our time right now, and on our time there is no fighting.” Everyone was quiet. And this is when I had the chance to look around the crowd and realize that one of the most amazing parts of any punk rock show is the fans.

punk rock worship.

punk rock worship.

The crowd was made up of old rockers in their 1991 Rancid shirts, the new punk rock kids whose leather hasn’t even been broken in yet, and a bunch of people wearing Misfit clothes from Hot Topic. And then there were the ones who looked like they didn’t even listen to punk. But no matter which category you fit into, the crowd moved and worked with each other for the rest of the night.

Punk has always been about giving people a place to go to do what they want to do: to dance, to jump around, to mosh, to whatever. The entire crowd moved with the music, from the front of the barricade, to the circle pit in the middle, to the people in the very back of the venue. The mosh pit was crazy; there were even small children moshing! There were crowd surfers flying, people falling down, and beer cans being thrown left and right. The crowd pushed and moved, but when the music stopped, so did all of the chaos, and everyone walked away just fine.

When I left for the night, I couldn’t believe it: Here were these middle-aged guys with a (mostly) middle-aged crowd and everyone was getting down like nothing’s changed. But I guess that's just punk rock for ya.

-Nikki

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

Watch a Rancid video here: