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!

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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

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Denver's Wiredogs Headline Lost Lake Lounge Tonight with The Hollow & CITRA

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver’s Wiredogs have been shredding Colorado since 2013. Comprised of Dan Aid (vocals/guitar), Mark Hibl (bass), Stefan Runstrom (drums), and Steven Beck (guitar), this rock four-piece have released two records to date, performed at major gigs including Denver’s Riot Fest and 93.3’s Hometown for the Holidays, and have shared the stage with acts like Pennywise, The Ataris, and Teenage Bottlerocket.

Wiredogs.

Wiredogs.

Though it’s been over a year since the band dropped a record, they’ve got a sweet surprise in store for you tonight: Wiredogs are headlining a show at Lost Lake Lounge, and have promised that their set will be all of their new material coupled with a few of their classic hits.

Earlier this year, Wiredogs dropped a track entitled “Broken Youth”. Fans were stoked, but it’s now been a minute since Wiredogs have dropped anything into the atmosphere, so if you’re as curious as we are about what to expect next from these Denver darlings, get to tonight’s show!

The Hollow.

The Hollow.

Also aboard tonight’s all-local lineup are The Hollow and CITRA. The Hollow, a project by music mastermind Spencer Townshend Hughes, is an alt-rock Denver outfit who actually toured extensively in the Southwest earlier this year in support of their self-titled EP. And CITRA, who we’ve had the chance to chat with and see live, released their debut EP Ocean earlier this year, and have been giggin’ ever since.

Make sure to give all three of these bands your ear tonight! We guarantee it’s gonna be a rowdy time. More details on the show can be found here.

-Hannah

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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.

***

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.

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-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.

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-Sierra

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