Boulder-based, sax playing, dance music producer SoDown has been making big waves over the last year playing festivals like Coachella, Electric Forest, Big Dub, Sonic Bloom, and more. He’s gearing up to release an EP mid October, and then sets off on two major tours supporting OPIUO and The Floozies, but before hitting the road he’s showing some love to the hometown with an intimate headlining performance at the legendary Fox Theatre on October 6th with support from Megan Hamilton and Oklio.
The inaugural Grandoozy has come and gone, and the organizers of Superfly (the minds behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands) can claim another successful event to their name. Growing pains are to be expected with any opening, but over the weekend they were impressively minimal, centering largely on the difficulty of concert-goers’ arrival and exit. What most will remember, whether they purchased a one or three day pass, is the relentless talent that radiated from the four stages in Overland Park. Check out the breakdown of our favorite performances from each day.
Hailing from one of America’s most dangerous and forgotten neighborhoods, New Orleans’ 7th Ward, SuicideboyS have been taking the nation by storm. They only recently got on our radar after word spread of the duo quickly selling out large auditoriums around the country, something you don’t see all that often from independent artists. We had to see what the hype was all about. Their music has hardcore rap vibes with heavy bass and unexpected samples that both rappers really work well with. We’ve seen a lot of sold out shows, but to say the $uicideboy$ concert at The Fillmore was packed, would be a massive understatement. On either side people were practically being pushed off the railings to get a view, and in the center of the venue (for anyone brave enough to enter) there was a full blown mosh pit that could rival any metal show.
The creators of two of the world’s largest festivals, Bonaroo and Outside Lands are blessing the city of Denver with a brand new festival all of their own, Grandoozy, to be held at Overland Park Sept. 14th-16th. Featuring headliners Kendrick Lamar, Florence & The Machine, and the legendary Stevie Wonder, this festival is of unprecidented magnitude for our city. Click here for the complete line up & performance schedule. With more than 40 incredible acts spanning many genres including hip hop, electronic, rock & more, there is something for everyone. Tickets are still available at www.grandoozy.com now!
California based record label Courteous Family is home to some of the most talented and promising young DJ/producers making experimental bass music. Several of the label mates have teamed up for a North American tour headlined by multidisciplinary artist and self proclaimed electric sorceress Huxley Anne, who’s been gaining popularity over the last year since the release of her debut album Ilium in 2017.
Australian bass music producer Zeke Beats is truly in a lane of his own, drawing from hip hop, trap, dubstep, and just about any other genre you can imagine. His dynamic music is both accessible and unpredictable with hard hitting drums and crisp synths at the forefront of his productions. With an impressive resume of DMC and other competition wins under his belt Zeke incorporates a mastery of true turntablism into an arena where the once fundamental Technics 1200 has become foriegn technology to most DJ’s. While his skill set may be rooted in past tradition, his music and sound is still far ahead of its time.
Future Funk collective Lettuce has been building a dedicated fanbase for the past few years doing headline shows and festivals around the country. On the heels of their 2017 release Witches Stew (a tribute to Miles Davis,) they are headed to Colorado for another round of Dead Rocks.
It’s an all-star lineup of jazz greats and fresh talent as the annual favorite festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl. Kicking off Saturday, June 9 at 3 PM – 11 PM, this an event you’ll not want to miss. Get tickets here.
Sony/Nashville songwriter Daphne Willis and Boulder songwriter Dave Tamkin give their songs to unique charties for great causes, and write songs that start a conversation by bringing awarness to opportunities of hope from mental health to drug addiction and self image. Both artists boast impressive credentials and have paid their dues on the road building organic fanbases at countless shows around the nation and beyond over the last several years.These two generous artists have teamed up for an intimate performance at eTown Hall in Boulder. Get familiar with some of their work below and don’t miss what’s sure to be an amazing show and a chance to support some great causes. Get tickets here.
The Smokers Club Festival will take place at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, in less than a week, April 28 – 29, 2018 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Lil Pump, Mac Miller, and more! Thesmokersclubfest.com
This year’s 420 in Denver may have been the livest yet. Big name national talent could be found at every venue in the city, and we were lucky enough to host the inaugural 420 On The Block, a musical celebration of our favorite plant featuring an awesome spectrum of local and national acts from all genres including headliners Action Bronson, Break Science (Live Band,) and Matisyahu. The weather was far from perfect, but a little cold and a few clouds has never stopped the party in Colorado, especially not on the high holiday! Enthusiastic fans enjoyed the well curated vendor booths, food trucks and activities, and of course the music.
When jazz legend Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow took the journey from Chicago to Harlem, he brought with him a lifestyle that would surpass his living legend. A staple at jam sessions of the Harlem Renaissance, Mezzrow became known for having the most potent cannabis the artist community had ever experienced. In fact, his name, “Mezz”, would become synonymous with the high-grade experience, carrying on to the new evolution of cannabis culture, with Mezz Brands. Now the brand is taking over BETA Nightclub for two days of massive 4/20 programming and the launch of the latest formulations crafted by Evolab, with soundtracking by NERO live.
The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s leading music and lifestyle festival featuring main stage music performances, high-touch exhibitor village, Live Podcast Recordings, culinary experiences, and much more! April 20-22, 2018 at National Orange Events Center -689 South E Street San Bernardino, CA.
April 20th has long been the day that weed smokers around the country (and world) come out of hiding to celebrate our favorite plant, puff tough, and let the government know that there are millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens who use cannabis. Ever since legalizing recreational use in 2012, Denver has become the epicenter of the celebration as host to several full on festivals, as well as a barrage of concerts around the city the entire weekend. While it would be impossible to hit every show that’s going down, we’re sure as hell going to try. Check out our weekend preview of the events we’re looking forward to the most, listed chronologically.
Last week, UK based production/DJ duo Stööki Sound took over The Black Box, one of Denver’s premier venues to catch up and coming electronic music. With their immaculate blend of genres ranging from Trap to Hip Hop, to UK bass, the London duo threw down an energetic set that had the crowd turned all the way up, even moshing at times. Our homie Willis Small aka @Shutterspit captured the eventful performance. Check it out!