The Top 10 Things About KAABOO Del Mar We're Obsessed With This Year

By: Benjamin Tillis

Kaaboo Del Mar announced their lineup earlier this year and we’ve been stoked from the start.

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10. Ideal Location

KAABOO Del Mar is a music and arts event taking place September 14th-16th at the Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds in San Diego. Held in a well-kept venue under the bright sun, KAABOO provides the perfect spot to enjoy music, food, comedy and more. It is right next to the beach to ensure you enjoy those shore breezes, and the festival boasts its clean facilities, including the restrooms! When you’re festin’, you know that’s important.

9. Comedy

Need a little comic relief at KAABOO? Don’t fret! KAABOO hosts a stacked lineup of today’s hilarious stars. Big names for 2018 include Craig Ferguson and Iliza Shlesinger.

8. Eats

Who doesn’t love food, and what better way to enjoy it than from the world’s top cuisinartists? Take your taste buds on a trip with chefs like Michelle Bernstein and Michael Mina. There will be numerous food stands from local restaurants for you to get your grub on too and that lineup is still on the way!

7. Three Day and One Day Passes

Do you want to get the full KAABOO experience or just a little taste? This year, you can choose either one! KAABOO offers well-priced three day tickets and one day ticket options so that you can enjoy the event for as long as your ears desire.

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6. Pool Party!

In partnership with Las Vegas’s MGM Grand’s Wet Republic, KAABOO will host a “high energy” pool club with direct views of the main stage. Go splash around and make new friends while seeing live performances from some of today’s most talented artists, all in your best suit for summer.

5. Art

KAABOO firmly believes that there should be art in everything we do. With galleries set up throughout the event space, and festival decorations created by up-and-coming creative thinkers, you can’t turn the corner without seeing something that catches your eye. If you’re lucky, you may even see someone creating a new piece right in front of you!

4. Mature Audience and Entertainment

KAABOO strives to make its event an "adult escape." Unless accompanied by an adult, attendees must be 18+. This makes KAABOO a perfect time for those who want a level of entertainment with the kiddos.

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3. Robert Delong

Robert Delong is a one-of-a-kind electronic musician who dispels the myth that EDM artists don’t do much on stage. Delong bounces between drum sets, keyboards, different microphones and self-made musical instruments that look like video game controllers to play his tunes. His catchy songs are hard not to dance to.

2. Big Boi

Best known as half of the rap duo Outkast, Big Boi is a superstar rapper with songs that’ll make you jump. The performer always gives it all on stage, and once finished playing a show after breaking his leg during the performance so he just doesn’t stop! Songs like “Shutterbug” and “Kill Jill” will certainly be played, and if we’re lucky we may get some Outkast classics too!

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1. Foo Fighters

In the middle of a North American tour promoting their 2017 album Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters are true rock legends who no doubt know how to put on a grand performance. With multi-talented guitarist and lead vocalist Dave Grohl, this is a headlining show that you do not want to miss. We already can’t wait to rock out to “All My Life” next to you.

Still need your full fest or day pass tickets? Click here to get in on the fun!

-Ben

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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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Denver's Project Pabst Will Return This May With Insanely Awesome Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last year, we had an absolute blast at Denver’s Project Pabst. Fronted by Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, the first annual fest was a massive, PBR-fueled success. Project Pabst will return to Denver this Saturday, May 20th, and boasts a lineup including Ice Cube, Phantogram, Danny Brown, Kurt Vile & The Violaters, STRFKER, No Name, Twin Peaks, Deap Vally, Dirty Few, and more. We literally CANNOT wait for this fest.

Join us for this tall-boy ride and get your tickets here.

-Hannah

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Colorado's ARISE Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Colorado’s ARISE Festival has announced its initial lineup for 2017. The fest, which takes place over three days at Sunrise Ranch located just west of the town of Loveland, is known for its workshops, yoga classes, and of course, its music. This year, ARISE’s bill includes Atmosphere, Tipper, Ani DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, Brother Ali, The Expendables, Dirtwire, Desert Dwellers, Late Night Radio, The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, The Brothers Comatose, and more.

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See the full lineup below and get your tickets to the August 4th-6th festival here.

-Hannah

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Spread The Word Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Spread the Word Music Festival dropped their official 2017 lineup this morning. The Colorado festival, which takes place May 5th-8th at various Boulder and Denver venues, Incorporates bands 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 DZ.

Check out the full lineup below, and make sure to join Spread The Word's official FB event and get tickets here!

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-Hannah

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BADBADNOTGOOD Talk To Us About Who They Want To Work With Next

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are best known for their interpretations and collaborations in the realm of modern hip-hop. The four piece post-hop and jazz improv group first came together in 2010 at Humber College’s jazz program over their love of MF Doom and Odd Future. Founding members Matthew A. Tavares (keys), Chester Hansen (bass), and Alexander Sowinksi (drums) actually released their “Odd Future Sessions Part 1” on YouTube after their jazz instructors were unimpressed with the project. Ironically, it grabbed the attention of Tyler, The Creator himself and went viral. Since then, Leland Whitney (saxophone) has joined the mix, and together the quartet have worked with Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Future Islands’ Sam Herring, Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada, and more. The band are currently touring on their fifth studio album, aptly titled 'IV,' which BBC Radio 6 Music called the #1 album of 2016. This weekend, BADBADNOTGOOD play Denver’s Gothic Friday (01/13), and will take Boulder’s Fox Theatre stage with Sur Ellz Saturday (01/14). Grab tickets while you can here, and in the meantime, check out our chat with this crazy talented crew:

You guys had quite the international tour recently. Any spots along the way you’re really hoping to get back to in 2017?

We went to a lot of new countries we’d never seen before last year- Japan, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico- they would all be amazing to visit again but we have a great time everywhere!

BBC Radio 6 Music picked 'IV' as their album of the year for 2016. What was your initial reaction to hearing that?

Very, very surprised to be honest. There were so many incredible albums we loved on that list and we didn’t feel like ours was a serious contender! We’re extremely happy about the recognition IV has gained. We’re also eternally grateful to our friends in the UK like Gilles Peterson, and all the other DJs at the BBC and otherwise for all the support they’ve shown us over the years!

What were some of your favorite albums dropped in 2016?

Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Kaytranada’s 99.9%, Anderson.Paak’s Malibu, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, A Tribe Called Quest’s We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, and Andy Shauf’s The Party, among many others!

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BADBADNOTGOOD.

Festival lineup announcements have begun. Anything you can hint at about your summer plans?

Sure! We’re going to be playing some incredible festivals across the world- Bonnaroo and Primavera to name a couple that have been announced. We’ll be around Europe, North America, and a few other trips are in the works. We’re also going to have a lot of time at home this year to record and get into some different projects! Peace and love for 2017.

Over the past couple of years, your collaborations with various hip-hop artists have been incredibly impressive. Who is next on your short list of peeps you’re hoping to work with?

We’d love to get a concise project together with Kaytranada. We’ve got so much work in the vault that has yet to come out, and he’s a great friend who’s a pleasure to work with. That’s probably top of the list right now. There are a bunch of other friends in Toronto who we’re stoked to record with too!

Give IV a listen:

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When are you headed back in the studio?

Pretty soon probably! No idea what we’re going to work on, or what it’s going to sound like though.

If you had to tell us in one word what it was like working with Ghostface Killah on an entire album ('Sour Soul'), what would it be?

Wow one word... Challenging but also rewarding and amazing!

Make sure to catch BBNG at their Colorado shows this weekend; keep up with BADBADNOTGOOD here.

-Hannah

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Bonnaroo Music Festival Announces Official 2017 Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Manchester, TN's massive music festival announced their full lineup this morning for the June 8th-11th, 2017 fest. Headliners of Bonnaroo include U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper.

Peep the full lineup below; tickets here.

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-Hannah

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Electric Forest Announces Additional Headliners

Electric Forest, one of the nation's most vibey festivals, just announced additional headliners Dillon Francis and Flume this week. The two join an already stacked list for the seventh annual camping and music festival in Rothbury, Michigan. This year, the event actually has two weekends planned for your magical foresting experience: June 22–June 25 and June 29–July 2.

Previous lineup announcement for EF include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Claude VonStroke, 12th Planet, Jai Wolf, Lettuce, The Floozies, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Waka Flocka Flame.

All of these artists will perform both weekends, many of them promising unique shows so that no two experiences are alike. Fans can expect to hear some of the acts unplugged, with unusual collaborations and sit-ins, performing special themed sets, and more.

View the complete list of announced artists set to perform the First Weekend and Second Weekend of EF here.

Tickets for Electric Forest 2017 are on sale now at www.electricforestfestival.com/tickets.

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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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Opening Day at Vertex Music Festival

By: Sierra Voss

The first day at Vertex had cars lined up as festival-goers excitedly filled into the camping grounds. It was definitely a get-to-know-your-neighbor situation, as tents were lined up directly behind each personal car. It wasn’t long before the field rapidly became a tent city. Flags were raised, and pool floaties were blown up and mounted on top of cars. Humans started to play lawn games in any space left untouched, as we patiently waited for the first bands to take the stage.

Big Wild.

Big Wild.

Which brings me to the lay of the land. There are three main stages on the festival grounds, and when you first enter the Vertex gates, you stumble upon a pretty heady little world. There is a cottage simply filled with balloons, a shed were women offer to wash your clothes for you with washboards (random and weird), and a nap tent. It all feels somewhat reminiscent of Electric Forest.

Fruition.

Fruition.

When it comes to the music, the band Fruition took the first big main stage around 2PM. The vibe was pretty mellow during their set, and remained so until later in the night as festival-goers slowly trickled in and explored the grounds. Things really started to pick up when Anderson Paak took the Cottonwood Parlor main stage. He put on an awesomely energetic show, hopping down to dance on the monitors and bouncing all around the stage. Paak rocks a pretty sweet septum piercing and has a smile that will make yah weak in the knees. He ended his performance rippin’ it behind his drum set.  

You definitely have to remain flexible and open to different vibes at this festival. The musical lineup for the weekend is incredibly diverse, and jumps from hip hop to bluegrass to EDM, all within the span of a day. Right after Anderson Paak, the band Dawes took the stage. Dawes was a 100% different musical vibe than Paak, but they laid down an equally impressive set.

My personal favorite shows of the night were Alabama Shakes, Jai Wolf, and Gramatik. Each artist crushed it, but Alabama Shakes really slayed. Lead singer Brittany Howard ripped out some powerful notes that filled my entire body with soul. It was beyond epic watching her belt out tune after tune.

Alabama Shakes.

Alabama Shakes.

It was an impressive first day for the start of Vertex Music Festival. I am now sitting here bright and early on day two, watching festi-goers yoga it up. And yes I said watching, not participating. It’s gonna be another rad day of music. Round two let’s go…

-Sierra

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A Magical Duality: I Draw Slow & The Gold Hill Inn

By: Sierra Voss

It was a beautiful afternoon this past Sunday, when band I Draw Slow took the stage at the quiet and quaint Gold Hill Inn. The parlor room buzzed with good ole neighborly vibes, while the Inn’s dining hall was packed with both dinner guests and children.

The night began with opening act and Colorado local, Billy Shaddox. Shaddox gracefully blended American folk instrumentation with pop harmonies. His most recent full-length album, I Melt, I Howl, was released last June, and was produced by Sam Kassirer and recorded at the Great North Sound Society studio in Maine. Billy Shaddox is definitely an artist worth trying to catch live, and lucky for Colorado kids, he is playing all across the state throughout the summer.  I recommend making your way to The Gold Hill Inn to see him play in September and October.

The sun went down behind the mountains and stars began to fill the sky. That’s right, stars! -and a lot of them. The Gold Hill Inn has this way of slowing down time. I found myself forgetting about the daily grind, and instead, settled into the simplicity and sweet vibes of this small mountain town. By the time I Draw Slow took the stage, the Inn was lit by dozens of ceiling lanterns and audience members had pulled up chairs around the stage.

I Draw Slow is a five-piece band made up of Dave Holden (guitar/vocals), Louise Holden (vocals), Konrad Liddy (upright bass), Colin Derham (banjo), and Adrian Hart (fiddle). The band originally hails from Dublin, Ireland, but has been touring internationally for the last ten years. I Draw Slow was admired sensationally in Ireland after their 2012 album Redhills made its way to the top ten in numerous international album reviews, and the band was signed by the legendary US label Pinecastle Records. The band most recent release is their album titled, White Wave Chapel in 2014.

I couldn’t imagine a more suited band for this venue. The band seemed to feel similarly, as lead singer Louise, commented, “We wrote the majority of our music in rainy Dublin, but we were clearly meant to be in Gold Hill all along”. The band started their set with the song “Mama Don’t Cry”, followed by “Valentine”. They played songs from all three of their albums, as well as some newly written songs including my personal favorite of the night, “Carolina”. The band effortlessly blended deep Appalachian Mountain, traditional Irish, and modern Americana music vibes together throughout their performance.

Equally as impressive as their ability to create gorgeous music was I Draw Slow’s lyrical skills and ability to tell stories. Their set was like a musical short story book. Each song had rich characters, creative plots, and relatable emotional expression. Before each song, Louise would set the scene, introduce the characters, and capture the hearts of each audience member. By the time the band announced their last song, I was completely swept away by the ambiance of the night. Was it really 11PM on a Sunday? Did I have to leave and face the reality that tomorrow was the start of my work week? Should I just stay… forever?   

The band ended their set with a foot stompin’ hoedown to their tune “Bread and Butter”, followed by announcing that they had, “A bucket of fun!” They thanked the audience and stepped offstage. I left Sunday’s show with a smile on my face, and amazing melodies and stories in my head. The combination of I Draw Slow at The Gold Hill Inn was truly one of the most fulfilling concerts experiences I have had yet.

-Sierra

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

15 Must-See Bands at The Underground Music Showcase 2016

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Denver’s premier indie festival, Underground Music Showcase, is back for its 15th year and ready to kick it into high gear. The four-day festival (July 28-31) will take place in the eclectic Baker Neighborhood, with over 400 performances showcasing an array of talent. With so many incredible performers to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Even so, we thought we’d help out by sharing our picks of must-see artists (in no particular order) at this year’s festival.

RL Cole and the Angels

With a voice like warm molasses and a sinfully inviting way with the guitar, RL Cole’s music will take you to another dimension that resembles the underground New Orleans Voodoo rock scene.

Gasoline Lollipops

"Dirt floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk" is one of the phrases used to describe Gasoline Lollipops. You’re sure to get a high-energy set with these guys, who are no strangers to entertaining large crowds.

Plum

Psychedelic rock fans will not want to miss Plum’s performance. Their groovadelic sound and overall stage persona will make you move between headbanging to swaying with trance-like delusions.

Lee Fields & The Expressions

With a worldwide music career that spans over 40 years, Lee Fields set will be history unfolding in front of you. From lo-fi rock to Southern blues, all soul fanatics must get themselves to this show.

Porlolo

It’s “creep rock” mixed with folk flavor and dream-like vocals sure to bring out all the feels. If you’re in the mood to float into some music, check out Porlolo and let yourself vibe a bit.

Open to the Hound

Enter into singularity with Open to the Hound, who are not afraid of exploring the weird. They’re wilderness rock, grunge folk, and a ton of fun to watch.

Methyl Ethel

Australian-made and internationally-known alternative pop group Methyl Ethel aim to dissociate their fans from the present and bring them into their musical multiverse.

Sunboy

Another psychedelic treat for any attendees who want to escape themselves for a bit, Sunboy’s multi-layered musical concoctions will leave you talking about their set for weeks.

Thee Oh Sees

Garage rock, psych-pop rock, or however you interpret their style, Thee Oh Sees are a headliner you do not want to miss.

SPELLS

Often known for saying “screw it” to the stage, SPELLS will have you moshing, flailing, screaming, and sweating all over each other.

Dirty Few

Dirty Few is the perfect group to celebrate your Saturday night second wave with. Their party ‘til you drop mentality is sure to blow the roof off of the devilishly fun Hi-Dive.

KITTY CRIMES

If you’re a fan of badass chicks who can rap, sing, and play guitar, check out KITTY CRIMES, who will keep your booty shaking even after her set is over.

Bud Bronson & The Good Timers

Playing at their second home, the Hi-Dive, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers are a group of hilariously charismatic rockers who just want their fans to have a good time. Their feel-good summertime party rock is impossible not to like, so grab a beer and get in on the fun.

DéCollage

One of the most unique sets I’ve ever witnessed came from DéCollage. With costumes, lights, fog machines, and shiny mylar galore, you won’t be able to stop your body from moving.

The Yawpers

Rock music resembling the moments right before a fever breaks, The Yawpers will leave you wide-eyed and craving another dose of their mania.

The UMS this year is bound to be one for the books, and with so many talented performers on the bill, it is encouraged to see every band you possibly can. If you can barely walk by day four, you’ve done it right. So grab those tickets, coordinate your schedule, and prepare yourself for a wild weekend. We'll see you out there!

-Jura

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

Pitchfork's Fantastic Finale Featured FKA Twigs, Miguel, Chance the Rapper, & More

By: Annie Kane

Day three of Pitchfork Music Festival began with raging thunderstorms in the early morning and ominous clouds lurking overhead for a good part of the day. But finally, the sky broke apart to reveal a shimmery sun and sticky humidity, just in time to rally Sunday’s festival goers with the day’s awesome lineup.

Nao.

Nao.

Not initially part of my agenda of acts to catch, East London singer Nao called me forth to her stage with her unique voice and poppin’ beats. Going barefoot in a bright floral romper, Nao commanded the crowd with her strong presence onstage. She was extremely comfortable in her performing abilities, moving gracefully between the mic and twirly dance moves. Her voice synced incredibly well with her deep, almost 90s-like beats. She even blew herself away, pausing occasionally between the songs to smile brightly and take it all in. Her ability to appeal to everyone in the crowd made her music that much more powerful, and there was even an adorable toddler standing on the barricades with her dad, looking up to Nao and dancing along to every song.

Empress Of.

Empress Of.

Next up was Honduran-American multi-talented electro-pop artist, Empress Of. Despite starting late, her crowd was immense as she stood on stage completely alone, navigating between the keys, drums and vocals. For being one person onstage multi-tasking between instruments, I was surprised by how much Empress Of was able to create a fun environment while keeping the audience engaged. Her music has many elements and layers to it, and each one incited major dance parties.

Jeremih.

Jeremih.

The day continued with Jeremih’s set. Jeremih is revered for having a large amount of radio hits, so every song he played had the crowd insanely hyped. Rumors and sightings of past Pitchfork headliner and Chicagoan, Chance the Rapper, stirred extra excitement in the crowd. When the DJ dropped the beginning of Chance’s “No Problem”, the crowd jammed themselves further to the front of the stage as the smiling rapper emerged. You could literally see a wave move through the audience as people moved closer to see this hometown hero. Jeremih and Chance riffed off of each other’s energy for a few of Chance’s songs, including “Angels”. Jeremih didn’t lose any energy when Chance left the stage; when he tried to jump into the crowd during “Oui”, he fell in-between two speakers and was caught by security guards. But that didn’t stop him; he ran right up to the crowd before being forced by security back around to the stage. Though the set was overall killer, he did close with Desiigner’s “Panda” instead of his own tunes, which was somewhat disappointing.

Miguel.

Miguel.

Miguel delivered an unbelievably beautiful set; his band had such a palpable energy that Miguel made every fan in the crowd fall in love with him over and over again. What impressed me more so than his crooning voice and sexy dance moves was what he said between his songs. Miguel was really the first artist at Pitchfork to truly address the turbulent times going on in the world right now. He urged people to stop posting pictures praying for other people, and to actually go out and do something to change the world:

“This is the kind of solidarity and unity we crave…this moment, is the most beautiful thing to be connected with you…let’s continue connecting, gathering gathering gathering, that’s the only thing that’s gonna heal all this separation…” he said.

Miguel then prompted the crowd to chant with their fists in the air, “We’re all that we’ve got”. The contrast between Jeremih’s all-hype set compared to Miguel’s multifaceted, multi-genre and celebration of love and unity was interesting to compare.

FKA Twigs.

FKA Twigs.

Finally, English singer FKA Twigs closed out Pitchfork for 2016. With a trained dance background and edgy style, she created the most captivating set of the whole weekend. FKA stayed in her zone while performing, and never once broke her set to talk to the crowd and show appreciation. There was one moment during a lull between songs where she simply stared out into the crowd, dressed in a shredded jean outfit with a feather through her nose. Despite trying to keep the mirage without breaking the fourth wall, I could see underneath her face that she was taking in the energy of the crowd to fuel her for the rest of the performance. One of the most creative artists currently in the industry, FKA did not disappoint. Her style is much like Björk in the way that she pushes beyond normalcy or trends. She was extremely cool to see live, and a was an incredible closer to a weekend filled with talent from across the globe.

Check out more Pitchfork Festival photos here.

-Annie

Connect with me on twitter and instagram.

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

Fostering American Roots: CROMA Is Keeping Old-Time Music Alive in the Front Range

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains playing twin fiddles onstage at CROMA Festival. Later, the two hosted a workship titled, "Backing Up A Fiddle With A Fiddle."

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains playing twin fiddles onstage at CROMA Festival. Later, the two hosted a workship titled, "Backing Up A Fiddle With A Fiddle."

It takes a community to keep a tradition alive- and only a generation to lose it. As Ray Bradbury said, “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” The same is true with music. With the advent of the internet, recordkeeping of cultural and artistic mediums has become exponentially easier, yet without direct engagement, some of these mediums are fading into the vague shadows of history. Such is true with Old-Time music. Without passing on the tunes, learning the dances, or even just having a public platform to share the traditions, Old-Time music faces the challenge of being passed down, not as a footnote of music history, but in young people’s hearts and in their blood.

A scene from the crowd at CROMA festival.

A scene from the crowd at CROMA festival.

Fortunately, opportunities to experience this part of our culture still exist, including in the heart of Colorado’s Front Range. Just recently, hundreds of people flocked to the festival put on by the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA). Tucked away in the hills outside of Berthoud, Colorado, the festival is hosted at Parrish Ranch. Originally established more than half a century ago for people from across the country to learn and practice square and folk dances, the property is an Old-Time paradise now, complete with a dance hall, a dining room for workshops, a beach, and even an open-air kitchenette for tent campers.

Rina Rossi's clogging workshop.

Rina Rossi's clogging workshop.

What’s notable about Old-Time (including this particular festival) is how community-oriented the culture is. In addition to a festival-wide potluck, three nights of barn dances, and even a pancake breakfast on the last day of the festival, CROMA offers diverse workshops for people to learn something new. Rina Rossi, the bass player for The Bootlickers, and the caller for the Thursday night barn dance, noted the impact of these opportunities: “I think what makes it so different from other festivals is that you can learn how to participate through workshops, and that’s what gets people to come back: because they’re engaged.”

An afternoon barn dance was held at CROMA festival especially for families. Dances that are less complex were taught so young kids could follow the dance and have fun.

An afternoon barn dance was held at CROMA festival especially for families. Dances that are less complex were taught so young kids could follow the dance and have fun.

Workshops are not just limited to people new to Old-Time dancing and playing. Sammy Lind, fiddler and banjo player for Foghorn Stringband, approaches workshops in a way to help veteran players augment what they already know and do. “Playing the music so much, I hear things that are common struggles for people, and I like to share ways I’ve found my way out of them. I still consider myself to be a student, and I was really, really serious about it when I did start to learn it at 18 [years old],” he said.

Sammy Lind's clawhammer banjo workshop at "The Gathering Place" on the beach.

Sammy Lind's clawhammer banjo workshop at "The Gathering Place" on the beach.

In addition to these formally organized activities and performances, a major part of the festival is the jam scene. The tunes started early in the morning and lasted well past the sun coming up the following day, and they were even joined (and initiated) by the performing artists. As Lind put it, “The festival is made for people to just hang out together in different jams, and it kept happening for us. I got up to get coffee and I ended up jamming, and when I was going to pack up and take a nap, I ended up in another jam, and [that’s] just how it happened all day until I went to bed around two in the morning”. The intimate size of the festival certainly makes it conducive for artists and attendees to sit interspersed in the same circles, blurring the lines of a typical festival’s artist-versus-ticket-buyer distinction. For me, it was both humbling and an honor to sit in with artists I admire so much, and for them to be so casual and welcoming for anyone to join. I truly felt like part of a community at CROMA.

Parrish Ranch at sunset.

Parrish Ranch at sunset.

Some worry that Old-Time is struggling to survive, but Rina, who got involved with the Old-Time community in her college years, offered her take: “Nationally it seems like there’s a really healthy age demographic where there’s lots of 20 and 30 somethings, and every age group is represented, but it seems like in different localities it varies. Some people will say, ‘We don’t really have a lot of people who are younger in our scene’, but up in Minneapolis we really do have a lot of young people coming in,” she said. As long as opportunities like the CROMA festival exist to continue fostering a sense of community for all ages, Old-Time will endure the passage of time.

The Bootlickers entertain the CROMA crowd. 

The Bootlickers entertain the CROMA crowd. 

To learn more about Colorado Old-Time jams, community barn dances, upcoming festivals, and how you can support the Central Rockies Old-Time Association (nonprofit), visit the CROMA website.

See more of my photos from CROMA here. And check out the festival's photos here.

-Riley

Find out more about me on my blog.

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

Brian Wilson, Blood Orange, & Anderson Paak: Day Two at Pitchfork Music Festival Was a Success

By: Annie Kane

Day two at Pitchfork was quite a success.

Pitchfork Music Festival.

Pitchfork Music Festival.

The weather yesterday was something festival goers wish for every year, and in Chicago, those humidity-free 80 degree days are quite a rarity. With a crowd that seemed almost double in size compared to the day before, every stage was bumping and filled with trendy music listeners.

Blood Orange.

Blood Orange.

Blood Orange’s set was just as magical as I was hoping it would be: donning simple jogger pants and a headband, Devonte Hynes started things off by playing the audio track off of the first song from his recent album, Freetown Sound. The woman’s voice on the track echoed off the park, as she spoke in slam-poetry style about feminism and media representation in today's society. You could feel the audience’s emotion as cheers swelled up in the strong points of her speech. Hynes then sat down on his low-set piano, playing simple notes that hushed the enormous crowd gathered to see him perform. As he rose to grab a mic, two of Hynes’ fierce backup singers strutted across the stage to their mics and the saxophonist grabbed his instrument as they all, in perfect synchronization, began “Augustine”. Later on, Hynes brought out Carly Rae Jepsen for the tune, “All That”. Hynes’ unique style blends the culture of off-pop 90’s music with clear inspiration from David Bowie and Prince, tied into his own unique vision. Hynes seemed so relaxed on stage, as he twirled around singing dreamy notes and with the sun shining behind him, the atmosphere of the set was almost ethereal.

BJ The Chicago Kid.

BJ The Chicago Kid.

BJ The Chicago Kid surprised me with a heartfelt emotion reflected on his face during his performance, and his hardcore drumming skills between songs. His backup guitarist absolutely shredded a few solos of his own, and BJ covered a lot of songs, including tunes from other notable Chicago artists like Kanye West (“THat Part”) and Chance the Rapper (“No Problem”).

Brian Wilson.

Brian Wilson.

Brian Wilson started his set early, and as I ran up to catch the last spot in the photo pit, I found myself pausing for a second as the group sang “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”. The song sounded exactly like the Pet Sounds recording, making me question if The Beach Boys were all somehow back together on stage. Wilson remained behind his big grand piano for the length of the performance, staring at his sheet music and occasionally glancing into the jeering crowd. One fan at the front screamed out during a quiet pause, “This is my favorite album ever!” The band members all smiled, and for the whole set, they seemed happy to be performing some of the most beautiful music ever composed. Chicago natives John Cusack (who played Brian Wilson in the film “Love and Mercy”), along with his sister Joan, both came out for a song and sang at the front of the stage with one of the backup singers. Everyone seemed as if they were in a sweet stupor of nostalgia during Wilson’s set.

Anderson Paak.

Anderson Paak.

Since catching Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals at Red Rocks, I have had my eye set on snapping Paak again. I was buzzing with excitement as he ran onstage and went right into “Milk N’ Honey”. Standing between two speakers that were blasting bass so hard that my dress was being blown around, I couldn’t hear Paak’s voice well over the mic, but I was close enough to actually hear him from my spot near the stage. Being so close, I could feel the energy radiating off of Paak and his whole band. He brought so much more power to this performance, keeping energy high by going right into his almost trap-like song, “Drugs”, from the album Venice. He jumped over to the speaker next to me, singing down into my lens before stepping over my head. After the first three songs, security pushed press back, as I reluctantly left the pit. Despite being back in the crowd, the energy was still palpable as Paak got the audience to dance their faces off. It was fantastic.

Hands Up.

Hands Up.

I can say I’m glad to be here, and yesterday’s shows were incredible. Stay tuned for more Pitchfork coverage!

Check out more Pitchfork Festival photos here.

-Annie

Connect with me on twitter and instagram.

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

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/15 & 07/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Brews, burgers, and bands- this weekend’s got it all folks:

Today (Friday 07/15):

Foxfeather at The Gold Hill Inn in Boulder 830PM-Close

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

Boulder’s folk five-piece Foxfeather will be helping you dance your way into the weekend tonight at The Gold Hill Inn. Most recently, the group has been hard at work in the studio recording their first full-length album after the success of their most recent Kickstarter campaign. So make sure to drop on over to The Inn tonight- you just might hear some of their new tunes!

Listen to Foxfeather’s original “Math Problems”:

SleepWalker, The Swifts, & Wild Love Tigress at Boulder House in Boulder 9PM-Close

SleepWalker.

SleepWalker.

Boulder House is hosting “a night of rock, punk, and funk” this evening with Denver acts SleepWalker, The Swifts, and Wild Love Tigress. For a venue that used to only consist of college kids doing the DJ and drinks thing (the spot is formerly Absinthe House), Boulder House is really trying to make a name as a local mid-level venue. So go check out what they’ve got goin’ tonight! The show is $5 at the door; 21+ only.

Listen to SleepWalker’s “Lady in the Sky”:

The Red Petals at Pizza Bar 66 in Lyons 930-PM-Close

The Red Petals.

The Red Petals.

It’s been a minute since we’ve caught a Red Petals set, so tonight's the night folks. The Colorado blues rock trio will be playing over pizza, so come grab a slice and hear ‘em at it! With influences like John Mayer Trio and White Denim, these dudes are bound to break your heart over a Pizza Bar beer. Get outta town and check ‘em out!

Peep The Red Petals’ cover of “Come On In My Kitchen”:

Tula’s EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Tula, the “Colorado funk quartet with Chicago roots”, is throwing their EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog tonight. The funk and jam rock band will be celebrating and performing their latest release, Follow The Beast Inside, and this show is free! So roll over and trip the funk fantastic. PS: If you’re seeing The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks tonight, here’s your perfect after-party spot!

Listen to Tula’s single from their newest EP, “Bus Stop Booty”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/16):

Park Burger Presents The Denver Deluxe with The Original Wailers, Hip Abduction, & More at Park Burger RiNO in Denver 12PM-8PM

Park Burger is shutting down Walnut Street tomorrow in Denver for a beer garden, burger station, and good tunes. And Denver Deluxe is on board the shebang, in support of Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to creating neighborhood community gardens. Bands on the bill include The Original Wailers, The Hip Abduction, Rob Drabkin, Musketeer Gripweed, Jonathan Boogie Long, Technicolor Tone Factory, and Atomga. $30 gets you entry, a burger, and two beers. Support local sustainability and check out this event!

More details here.

One Flew West, The Longest Day of the Year, & Whiskey Autumn at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Whiskey Autumn.

Whiskey Autumn.

Blending the sounds of rock and roll with folk and pop”, Denver’s One Flew West will headline The Fox tomorrow night. Boulder’s alt-rock Americana outfit The Longest Day of the Year will share the stage, and it’s rumored this may be the band’s last performance for 2016. Plus Boulder pop rock trio Whiskey Autumn will open the evening with a killer set that will be their last around these parts for awhile, as the group is hitting the road for the third time this summer on tour. We love all local lineups, so come hang out! Tickets are $11 if you message Whiskey Autumn today; otherwise they’re $14-$16 here.

Watch One Flew West's new music video for their cover of "Come Together":

Stoked to see you out Colorado!

-Hannah

Follow Hannah on twitter and instagram.

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

Breakfast for Dinner: Lawrence Brought Home the Bacon to Denver's Larimer Lounge Last Sunday

By: Sierra Voss

I think nothing in this world beats an epic Sunday morning breakfast. You know what I’m talking about. It’s a breakfast with pancakes, a glass of OJ, a bowl of fresh fruit, the best egg scramble AND a cup of coffee (or three). A good Sunday morning breakfast can make you smile away weekday worries and fuel you up for the rest of your “Sunday Funday”. It’s magical stuff. The band Lawrence wonderfully captured this magical vibe on their 12-song debut album, which has been titled none other than, well, Breakfast. I got to experience this wizardry first hand last Sunday, during their show at Denver’s Larimer Lounge.

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The band is led by New York-based siblings, Clyde (22) and Gracie (19) Lawrence, accompanied by six other band members. Lawrence blends old school with new sounds, propelling the group on a mission to write the music they wish “pop” sounded like. Breakfast integrates pop soul with deeply rooted R&B vibes, all the while pulling classic sounds from musical influences such as The Beatles, Randy Newman, Etta James, Stevie Wonder and Janis Joplin.

Watch Lawrence’s official music video for “Misty Morning”:

Lawrence put on an epic live show. They were playful, soulful and incredibly energetic. The band defiantly fed off of the audience’s involvement as they called out for chorus lyrics and claps to accompany their groove throughout the performance. Gracie Lawrence stuck out as the powerhouse of the band, and I was extremely impressed at how well her vocal tone carried over the seven different instruments on stage with her. She continuously ripped out melody lines throughout the show that made me weak in the knees.

Lawrence.

Lawrence.

Lawrence has already been on the road for six months. They recently played Bonnaroo Music Festival, which the two expressed was a super exciting experience, as it was the group’s first big festival. They have 12 more stops to go on the 2016 Breakfast Tour. I highly recommended trying to catch one of their shows, and if they are’nt rolling through your city this summer, take a listen to their album. Better yet, play it on a morning you have time to slow down and cook an epic weekend breakfast.

Shilo Gold. Photo per the author.

Shilo Gold. Photo per the author.

Alright, I am going to take it back to the beginning of the night. It wouldn’t be right to end this without mentioning Sunday night’s show opener and soulful vibe setter, Shilo Gold. This Colorado native has recently made her way back to Denver after spending the last five years in LA. She just concluded her first three-month US tour in support of her debut EP, Sideways Glances. Shilo has an incredibly strong and authentic presence on stage. Her performance Sunday night filled the venue with smoky vocals and bluesy melody lines that left me wanting more. I am pretty excited to see her lay roots in the Denver music scene. For all you Colorado kids out there, she is playing shows all summer!  

All in all, Sunday night’s show served me up some breakfast for dinner… and it was real good.

-Sierra

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

BolderBeat Will Cover Pitchfork Music Festival This Weekend

By: Annie Kane

July 15th-17th Pitchfork will hold their annual, independently run music festival in Union Park on the West side of Chicago, and we’ve got some exclusive access coming your way.

Based in Chicago, Pitchfork is a cutting edge online music media source. Every year, they hold a music festival revered for attaining a wide variety of voices in the music industry, and they’ve been at it for 11 years now. In 2015, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Wilco headlined. This year, we’re looking forward to a mix of music legends (i.e. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys), and innovative new voices (i.e. FKA Twigs).

Held in the intimate venue of Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival brings over 40 artists to its three stages set up between expansive shady trees. The festival draws a unique crowd as a result of its eclectic lineup. From synthy pop (see Empress Of) to jazz (Kamasi Washington) to hip house disco (check out Shamir), there’s something for everybody.

Checkout the lineup below, and stay tuned for further coverage from BolderBeat on the festival!

Friday

Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shamir, Julia Holter, Twin Peaks, Mick Jenkins, Moses Sumney, Car Seat Headrest, The range, Whitney

Saturday

Sufjan Stevens, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Blood Orange, Super Furry Animals, Digable Planets, Savages, ANDERSON .Paal & the Free Nationals, Holly Herndon, Jenny Hval, BJ the Chicago Kid, Martin Courtney, Kevin Morby, Royal Headache, Girl Band, Jlin, RP Boo, Circuit des Yeux

Sunday

FKA Twigs, Miguel, Jeremih, Neon Indian, Kamasi Washington, Holy Ghost!, Empress Of, Oneohtrix Point Never, Porches, Thundercat, Woods, The Hotelier, LUH., Sun Ra Arkestra, NAO

For more information on the festival and the artists in the lineup, visit Pitchfork Music Festival’s official website.

-Annie

Connect with me on twitter and instagram.

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

CROMA Festival Celebrates 7th Year Next Week of Bringing Old-Time Music to the Rocky Mountains

By: Riley Ann

In 2010, three individuals were determined to initiate the only Old-Time music festival in a 1,000-mile radius, and they’ve been doing it ever since. This July will be the 7th annual Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA) festival in Berthoud, CO from July 6th-10th. The festival features a variety of performers from across North America, including Foghorn Stringband (self-identified as “Ass Kickin’ Redneck Stringband Music”), Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones, the Red Squirrel Chasers, the Bootlickers, Spencer and Rains, and Vesta Johnson accompanied by her grandson, Steve Hall. The festival also hosts a variety of workshops, including an introduction to flatfoot dancing, how to “call” Old-Time dances, instrument and regional tune showcases, and varying levels of instrument instruction, like clawhammer banjo and fiddle bowing styles. See the full schedule of the festival here.

Foghorn String Band.

Foghorn String Band.

One of the most anticipated parts of the CROMA festival are the barn dances, which are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Attendees can look forward to instruction of each dance prior to songs starting, in addition to having a caller “call” or announce (and even sometimes sing) each move of the dance to the crowd. Dances vary from squares to full-group circles and reels (lines).

“It’s the opportunity to bring people together to share and celebrate Old-Time music,” said Bob Zuellig, one of the founding members of CROMA. The festival has gained national attention and draws people from across the country, which is in alignment with the non-profit’s mission: to preserve and present Old-Time music. “Personally, I have formed some awesome friendships with folks from other parts of the country that otherwise wouldn’t have come together,” he said.

The Bootlickers.

The Bootlickers.

Despite the feel-good atmosphere and growing success of the festival, it doesn’t come without its challenges. “Honestly, we had absolutely no idea what the heck we were getting ourselves into - how much work it would take, if anyone would show up, if it would stick... Today there are six of us who continue do most of the heavy lifting in organizing, and planning is pretty much year-round for a few of us,” Zuellig said, “The hardest part is we are unable to completely support the festival solely through ticket sales and [so we] rely on donations and fundraising for over a third of our budget. We have some awesome sponsors that have been with us since the beginning, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

Watch a video from a CROMA festival goer:

Tickets are still available for the festival next week, and range from $20-$125 depending on what portions of the festival you want to access. Children 15 and under are free to attend, and seniors are eligible for a discount. Purchase your tickets here! Individuals and bands may sign up for the newsletter, and businesses can learn more about membership benefits, including advertising, right here. I will be bringing you festival coverage on CROMA next week, so stay tuned!

-Riley

Find out more about me on my blog.

All photos per CROMA and the artists featured. This article was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Getting Backstage: What It's Like to Volunteer for a Music Festival

Sunset at Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016.

Sunset at Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016.

Aside from performing, my favorite way to experience live music is behind the scenes. You’ve seen those people: slapping wristbands down the cattle lines at the Fox and Boulder theatres, standing cross-armed at festival gates, running cables across the stage. More often than not, those individuals aren’t being paid to be there, especially in festival settings. So what’s the glory in all of this? Much more than meets the eye. Despite many of the volunteer jobs being menial labor and requiring long periods of standing in one place (or, worse yet, running gear through throngs of leisurely festival-goers), there are definite perks to the job.

Emmylou Harris.

Emmylou Harris.

Admittedly, my initial interest in volunteering at festivals was fairly self-serving: I’m broke, and I get to see really incredible music for free. However, my experiences as a volunteer have offered me so much more than just a free pass.

Lil' Smokies.

Lil' Smokies.

Last weekend was the second year I volunteered for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The festival is internationally recognized as a staple bluegrass festival, and yet part of what I love about it is that it’s not exclusively bluegrass. As a volunteer for the Nightgrass staff, I got into the festival for free (and early) and free camping (collectively a $340 value). Aside from that, I got a staff wristband giving me access to backstage and a meal card to get one free meal backstage per day. Altogether, this is approximately a $500 value to volunteer for five hours each night, which is a pretty sweet deal.

Punch Brothers.

Punch Brothers.

The five-hour shifts can be pretty lighthearted (generally really good people are drawn to volunteer positions), but they can also be brutal. You might have to deal with a belligerent drunk guy claiming he ordered a ticket in advance with no record of it; meanwhile his girlfriend has already slipped past security (a theoretical situation, of course… ). Or you might have to be the responsible adult telling people old enough to be your parents that, no, they can’t bring in their own alcohol (yeah, it’s awkward). Or worse yet, you might have to supervise a backstage door, in a dark hallway where nobody walks and you have to resist falling asleep at 2 AM after having been in the sun all day festivaling. As a volunteer, your position still requires the integrity to show up on time and do your job (and sometimes deal with people who bring out the worst parts of your humanity). With all this, you’re probably questioning if it’s really worth it. For me, absolutely.

Houndmouth.

Houndmouth.

The best part of volunteering is being part of this team, this community that puts on such an immense ordeal. Backstage, I walked past some of my musical idols (making an effort to be casual and contain the inner fangirl, ecstatic to be walking right behind Chris Thile). I ate in the same tent as the Stringdusters as if we were colleagues. I stepped out of a Porta Potti and told the fiddler from Mandolin Orange that I really liked their set as she was stepping in the one next to me. I sat in the VIP section for nearly every show on the main stage, including the front row for Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris, and I sat alongside the artists’ friends and family members (and sometimes the artists themselves), watching country legends like John Prine and emerging pop stars like Houndmouth and The Oh Hellos. I was part of it all.

Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange.

Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange.

If you’re interested in volunteering, do it, but only if it’s because you want to be part of the team. It’s gratifying to be a part of something so immense; something far more valuable than merely a free ticket. A lot of venues and festivals depend on volunteers and unpaid interns for success, so look into the events that interest you, research what volunteer positions are available, and figure out how to apply. It’s an incredible experience for those with their heart in it, and it will always be the second best way to experience live music for me.

Sara Watkins singing with John Prine.

Sara Watkins singing with John Prine.

Learn more about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival here.

-Riley

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