Colorado Artists – ARISE and Be Counted!
The list of artists to look forward to at Loveland, Colorado‘s upcoming Arise Music Festival is beyond exciting. The first thing you might notice is the stack of national talent sitting at the top of the lineup: Beats Antique, Galactic, and the Polish Ambassador, for example, and rightly so. You might be getting your mind and body primed for the weekend and anticipating the wealth of yoga options and personal improvement workshops. You might just be fantasizing about spending your time on the magnificent Sunrise Ranch set in Colorado’s epic mountains, with your best friends, old and new, getting lost in the various art installations and theme camps set up around the venue.
All of that alone sounds like a weekend from my dreams. Colorado is a beautiful place, it won’t take anyone long to realize that, but what some people might not notice is the absolutely stellar job the Arise team did at getting some of Colorado’s best LOCAL talent to come out and play for all of us! Whether you hail from the Rocky Mountain State, or are making the trek from other parts of the country, there may be artists that slipped under your radar. The list is as long as it is diverse after all! Who doesn’t love a little good-old-fashioned, mountain rumpus foot stomping? And one thing Colorado does absolutely right is the Bluegrass!
Gypsy Moon is a band coming down from Nederland, CO who is sure to quench your soul with their harmonies laid out on tradition bluegrass instrumentation. Want a little more jam in that sandwich? Check out Good Gravy! and The Drunken Hearts for a good ole’ get down, chock full of rock n’ roll! What would any festival be without a little Dead? Join Barefoot Uncle Billy Nershi, a long-time ‘Rado resident, will be joining Keller Williams and others playing that Grateful Grass set on Sunday.
To not look deeper than the bluegrass would be a crying shame. The Magic Beans, a five piece group coming down from Nederland as well, will throw yet another out-of-this-world dance party that is not to be missed! Their high energy space funk and riotous covers will definitely be a highlight of the weekend. The boys of YAMN will be throwing down some deep, heavy, groove music for your boogieing pleasure, and the smokey power funk of Genetics always proves to be a blast! Sunsquabi, three dudes coming in from Boulder, take it as their personal responsibility to get peoples’ bodies moving. Clever samples layered on top of groovy guitar, moving bass, and driving drums will make you forget there is even a laptop on stage. O-Neb, formerly Octopus Nebula, is another band not afraid to get absolutely weird with their spacey sounds and funky bass lines. The power duo of Cualli and Omega make up YuYu. Catch their set and you’ll see some beats you may think were imported from some intergalactic tribe of funky dance rangers. You might be right…
Speaking of beats, the local folks are just as impressive on a laptop as on a fiddle or mandolin. Late Night Radio, an up an coming Colorado DJ will be more down to earth than YuYu, but just as funky with soul and hip-hop inspired beats. KLL SMTH and Cloud-D, both from Denver, will give you a steady diet of glitch, squish, blips and bleeps and will keep you moving all while wondering what is even going on. And everyone needs some time to unwind, the sounds of Tnertle and Templo are perfect for just sitting back and relaxing, or exploring inner-space!
With the acts from far and wide and the breadth of musicians coming from inside the state, the Arise team did a great job of assembling a colorful sonic cast that’s gonna keep people happy and dancing from start to finish, and with the success and high praises last year’s event garnered, we can only hope that this year will be an even better time! With all this talent, diversity, art, and movement, it’s easy to see how anyone could have a good time at ARISE.
THE COMPLETE COLORADO ARTIST LIST FOR ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL
YAMN THE MAGIC BEANS TATANKA LATE NIGHT RADIO THE REMINDERS
BONFIRE DUB GOOD GRAVY! THE DRUNKEN HEARTS GIPSY MOON
GENETICS LIL SUM’N SUM’N THE WANDERING MONKS THE RECOVERY ACT
SAMBADENDE HOG MAGUNDY ELDER GROWN FRACTAL TRIBE
MR. GETTDOWNE BETH PRESTON MANTRAMATRIX SANGHA
DJ RUSSO SITAR MAESTRO ROSHAN BHARTIYA & TABLAIST ANDY SKELLENGER
O-NEB UNLIMITED ASPECT SUNSQUABI MIRAJA
YUYU THE MILE HIGH SOUND MOVEMENT ORCHESTRA
KLL SMTH CLOUD-D TURNER JACKSON & LILY FANGZ
RUMTUM TNERTLE TEMPLO SKYDYED
PATRICK LEE BUDDHA BOMB MOTION TRAP
AZON CLASSIC MANTARAY SEREPHINE
Don’t miss a single moment of music! Check out the Daily Schedule and plan your time to ARISE!