Supertask Leads A Super Concert At Cervantes

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom was full of life at the Shift night concert. Last Thursday, seven talented musicians performed on two stages. With headliners Supertask and Sully, it was bound to be a success. 

A Thundering Start to the Night

Before and during the concert, there was plenty of unique artwork and live painting to check out. At eight o’clock, the venue’s resident DJ began. Mikey Thunder set the mood for a fantastic evening. Above all, Mikey is a master of unsuspecting vibe switches in his DJing. He alternated frenetic wubs with ethereal tunes. Then, his mixing became more futuristic and edgy. Truly, an amazing set. As one of the bartenders told me when I asked who was on stage: “Mikey Thunder is THE man!”

The Openers

Coming all the way from Pennyslvania, Tiedye Ky delivered a unique combination of smooth melodies and distorted bass. Check out his latest release, “I Want 2 Fly Away.” The song is dually soothing and energetic.

Then, we heard the intense grooviness of Mport. His latest song “Fearless” was my favorite neck-breaker of the night.

Dual Stages!

Cervantes boasts two stages. The main ballroom and the “Other Side” give the venue its name. Also, it’s charm and uniqueness. The iconic venue has been around since 2003. However, the building itself has been hosting concerts and parties since the 1930s. One can sense the decades-old charm that exists between the two stages.

On one side, fans could dance to Supertask and Tiedye Ky. Then, take a short walk through the venue! The sounds of Sully, Pierce, and Mport bounced and boomed from the other stage. Truly, an outstanding and distinctive experience.

Visual Perfection

It was “Shift Thursday” at Cervantes. Undoubtedly, the music was elite. The aura of the crowd was fun, leaving nothing to be desired. But also, the evening was aptly named due to the visuals on-screen. Any regular EDM patron knows that concert visuals can be just as good as the music. Sometimes, better! The art on the screen can make or break a venue’s vibes. At Shift night, the colors on screen swirled, shifted, and dripped. Certainly, the backdrop complemented the music fantastically.

The Headliners

Supertask and Sully headlined the two stages. Supertask’s top songs are “Get to You” and “Divide”. They each have nearly two million plays on Spotify. Check out his latest EP “Captcha”! It has three fantastic songs. Certainly, the crowd could not get enough of Supertask and his super sounds. 

Simultaneously, Sully performed on the other side of Cervantes. Hailing from Detroit, Sully provided an unforgettable bass experience. I was most excited to finally see his breakout single “Duck Hummus.” Check out his latest song, “How Much Further.” It features G-Rex and The Arcturians.

A Night to Remember

Certainly, this past Shift Thursday was a success. The openers and headliners alike created a superb evening in Denver. This week, Cervantes will feature six artists on Thursday. Be sure to check out the venue downtown!

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Local Talent Heats Up: Denver’s Own Patrick Skyler Releases New EP – “A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI”

Denver, Colorado is the only place to be for the weird, wonderful wubs, the grittiest synths and the heaviest basslines. The Bass Capital is not only home to some of the biggest artists in electronic music like Griz and Pretty Lights, but a plethora of local talent which never cease to impress. It is the talented and constantly-grinding local artists here which continue to give Denver the growing, incredible music scene it does. Denver’s own Patrick Smith, who performs under the moniker Patrick Skyler, brought the heat this September with the release of his new 4-track EP, eloquently titled A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi.

The EP is exactly that – “something which cannot be adequately expressed.” Patrick Skyler is a member of the Mile High Sound Movement. He has harnessed a unique and meticulously crafted sound design through his 20+ years of audio engineering and DJing experience in the local community. He has played venues such as Cervantes, 1Up, Black Box, and Larimer Lounge, just to name a few, and has even been seen gracing the Sonic Bloom lineup. Few locals have the talents and ability to design sound and music the way Patrick Skyler does. Creating music is one thing, truly understanding it is another. This artist does both.

Patrick Skyler continues to push the boundaries of what it means to create live music. His style is an amalgamation of everything weird, loud and simply sick in the Bass community here. His production talents only continue to strengthen, and this EP is a direct reflection of that. 

The EP definitely is a musical journey. From the beginning with the very first track “Dick Dastardly” and ending with “Blastin’ Heat”. Don’t just take my word for it – check out the fresh EP below. Patrick Skyler hopes the EP “takes you for a ride…and gently tucks you in”. We’re certainly stoked to follow this local’s journey, and can’t wait to see where his work takes him next.

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Same Same But Different Fest: Post-Set Q+A With LSDream

The sights and sounds of music returned to Lake Perris, California for a festival that is all the same as many fests yet truly different. In its third year rendition, Same Same But Different Festival overcame the many difficulties of the pandemic with a strong lineup featuring SSBD first-timers Big Gigantic, STS9, LSDream, Clozee, and Polish the Ambassador. Along with the return of Boombox, Dirtwire, COFRESI, and Megan Hamilton for a great representation of many artists who refuse to be categorized in a genre. 

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Goldrush Music Festival: The Countdown Begins For an Epic Weekend In The Desert

Flag flown at Goldrush 2019

The dusty and arid landscape of Rawhide Event Center will come to life in just a few days! With the return of one of Arizona’s most beloved electronic dance music festivals of course. Relentless Beats is promising to live up to the anticipation of Goldrush‘s biggest edition yet, with a brand new layout and some of the best event production seen in the state. If you couldn’t feel the excitement already in the air, Relentless Beats made some game-changing last-minute announcements that will undoubtedly make this a landmark weekend for Arizona’s EDM scene that will be cherished for years to come.

Those who have attended Goldrush in previous years will notice that the familiar grounds will look quite different this year. However, those who came out for the Summer Series events will be greeted by the remarkable megastructure that became symbolic! The Golden Gorge Megastructure will welcome some of the country’s top artists, including Illenium, Jauz, and Zedd, with ambitions stage production design that has never been seen.

Another stage that can be found is named The Hideout. A stage with an all-new VIP & table experience replete with booths on stage and a three-level deck. Goldrush’s fourth annual edition will certainly bring the innovation to the table.

Normally, the festival would wrap up at 2 AM every night. This year, concert goers can stick around for a treat on the first night. A special back-to-back afterparty set with the love duet Kayzo and Cray will keep the bass pumping till five a.m.. So, keep your stamina up for the first day so you don’t miss out!

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Keep up with Goldrush‘s pages throughout the week into the weekend to stay posted with some potential last-minute surprises! See you all there!

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Summer Camp Music Festival: 20th Anniversary

Memories and music filled all four days of the 20th anniversary of Summer Camp Music Festival this August. Typically, the festival occurs in late May over Memorial Day weekend. However, it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled to August 19 – 22nd this year. Roughly 25,000 people attended. Summer Camp’s home is in Chillicothe, Illinois, so we took the 14-hour drive from Denver on Thursday. It was definitely one of the most memorable festival weekends of all time!

Summer Camp is known for the festival’s consistently stacked lineup. Summer Camp always features hundreds of artists across all genres, both rising talent and big names. The true kings of Scamp are the bands Umphrey’s McGee and Moe. Both dominate the weekend year after year by playing daily sets across most or all of the stages. Other huge names on this year’s lineup included Ween, Three 6 Mafia, Emancipator, and Billy Strings.

Day One

Friday highlights for us started in the afternoon when Borahm Lee of Break Science jumped on main stage with Manic Focus and played a killer set as Manic Science. Meanwhile in the VIP Tent, electro-funk band The Floozies took the stage. The Floozies brought us back to the angsty times of 2000s rock with their Emo Hour DJ set.

Across the park at the Campfire Stage, a smaller crowd of people stomped and hollered to bluegrass band Kitchen Dwellers. Denver local Maddy O’Neal dropped an energized set drippin’ in bass and hip-hop beats. Emancipator gifted us a beautiful and chill set, layering string instruments with downtempo drum beats.

Umphrey’s McGee‘s Friday night set featured a serious classic rock flavor. They teased parts of the Zeppelin song “Kashmir” between transforming “Looks” into “Preamble”. A sampling from “Stairway to Heaven” rang out when Umph turned “The Triple Wide” into “The Linear”. They also covered portions of The Rolling Stone’s “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. After Umphrey’s, Billy Strings took over the Starshine stage.

Late night highlights for Friday included the much anticipated CloZee b2b with LSDREAM, VIP lounge set from Aqueous, and a dirty dubstep Subtronics set to close out the night.

Day Two

Saturday’s overcast weather was what we’d all been waiting for after the brutal temperatures and humidity that made for a sweaty Friday.

Music highlights included the afternoon sets of Doom Flamingo at the Moonshine Stage and Sunsquabi at the Starshine Stage. A few hours later, the two stages featured conflicting sets by Dirty Heads and BoomBox, making for another tough choice among some festival attendees. Livetronica legends STS9 played a dreamy, ethereal evening set at the Sunshine stage while the killer collab of Keller Williams and Sunsquabi – dubbed KellerSquabi – threw down on the Starshine stage. Marvel Years and later in the night Manic Focus both played funktastic and saucy sets. One of the best and possibly underrated sets of the whole weekend went down on Saturday night, when The Spicy Bois (self-described as “Flavor Town of the Underground”) brought the late-night heat with a supercharged surprise set from the top of an old white bus covered in sunflowers.

The new stage, Goodbus, and it lives in the Illumination Woods, a whole new area of Scamp that made its debut this year. During the day, the shade from the trees in these woods provides sanctuary from the harsh sun with colorful swinging hammocks and other spots to take a seat and relax. At night, the magical space transforms into a psychedelic haven, with the rainbow net of strings tied between the trees mimicking a laser show, giant mushrooms, and lit-up interactive art pieces.

The Campgrounds

The early hours of Sunday morning consisted of wandering the campgrounds. I realized so many of the aspects we love about festivals start right here – from one-of-a-kind unofficial merch (check out this reddit post for an example of one of the coolest fest posters I’ve ever seen) to hearing hilarious conversations you’d never hear anywhere else, to meeting some of the most unique and genuinely awesome people of all time. I met a gang of Power Rangers, witnessed an intense light saber battle, danced with a crew of bananas, met an author who sold me some plants (a jade and a lime tree to be specific) and caught a surprise sunrise set at a random camp by a lesser-known producer named Operatr.

Sunday was a huge day for talent. Early in the day, the brilliant and creative Keller Williams played an amazing set at the Moonshine stage. This year may have been one of the biggest yet for Sunday single-day pass purchasers.

Sunday’s bill held the much hyped and anticipated sets from some of the biggest names there such as Tipper, Dirty Heads, Ween, and Three 6 Mafia. Although times got bumped slightly, there was still a choice to be made between Tipper and Ween, We ended up bouncing between the stages to get a taste of both.

Griz helped close down the festival with his much anticipated set, featuring a special guest appearance by ProbCause. Everywhere was packed full with thousands of people dancing beneath the psychedelic lasers. Moe.’s Sunday night set was powerful and full of classic Moe. songs. And let’s not ignore the artists who are not as well-known but are extremely talented – LeSpecial’s campfire set was one of the best all weekend.

Conclusion

Leaving Summer Camp is always bittersweet, and usually makes for a rough Monday morning. With no time to hunt down a golf cart to help haul our gear, we navigated ourselves and all our stuff out of the park, weaving around the festival zombies dragging their feet in the heat. For the entire fourteen hour drive back home to Colorado, I had so many memories replaying in my head, and an amazing sound track from the weekend to match.

Many people who normally go to Summer Camp – or “Scamp veterans” – were unable to make it this year The pandemic has greatly affected live music, both small shows and festivals alike. Covid-related complications did cancel some acts such as Papadosio, Lettuce, Big Something, and Cherub. For those who weren’t able to attend, you can check out some awesome recap videos on the SummerCampFest YouTube channel.

Until next time, Summer Camp! The experience surely will be hard to beat next year. Summer Camp Music Festival is set to return next Memorial Day Weekend for its 21st anniversary – May 27 to 29, 2022 – so be sure to start planning ahead by snagging your festival passes during the Early Bird sale. Tickets aren’t available for purchase yet, but keep an eye out for updates on Facebook, Instagram, and the website’s ticket page. Want to get involved in the festival and save money on the ticket? Check out the volunteer page. Finally, be sure to sign up for the mailing list on the Official Summer Camp website!

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Minnesota brings “Break The Mold” Tour To The Fox Theater

Minnesota brings “Break The Mold” Tour To The Fox Theater

Christian Bauhofer, known as Minnesota hails from the West Coast, specifically California. He creates a unique sound and truly an unforgettable experience for his audience with his energy and truly “breaking the mold” bass sound.

Back in July, Minnesota kicked off his start to his 38 stop “Break The Mold” Tour. On September 8th, Minnesota brought the heat to Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado with support from Avry and Vctre.

The Openers

Starting the night off was Avry. He brought a relaxed vibe with chill tracks and sub-bass. He certainly set the tone and got fans ready for what was about to come. Many fans were up and moving, relaxing and vibing with Avry‘s energy and others around them.

Next up was Vctre. He brought the heat instantly with some heavy bass lines, getting fans dancing. Vctre played some deep bass with his “Failing Up” track off his “Die Happy” EP, he also played “Bustin” (Subs), and his currently unreleased track with Eazybaked.

Break The Mold

Minnesota took the stage, and definitely broke the mold. He played a mix of older songs and newer, and even brought some deep dubs including mixing a g jones song. Minnesota played some of his popular songs like “Float” and “Too Faced”. The crowd was packed and dancing to each beat. He delivered an impressive set unlike another, expanding his sound while delivering deep-hitting bass.

Conclusion

Overall, it was truly an unforgettable night. Avry, Vctre, and Minnesota all brought unique bass filled sets to the Fox Theater. Their second night in Colorado was the next night, September 9th, at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. Be sure to check out Minnesota on his “Break The Mold” Tour and his recently released “Feel Again” EP. We can’t wait to see what Minnesota has in store for the future!

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Carried Away Debuts With His Highly-Anticipated EP, ‘Disfuctional’

Carried Away is a Denver-based electronic music producer who is quickly rising from the city’s underground music scene. Since he started releasing music just earlier this year, his distinct future bass style has already captured the attention of the electronic music scene. Carried Away delivers an uplifting sound that will take you away from your troubles and worries as you listen. Everything that we have heard from him so far leaves us eagerly anticipating his debut EP, Disfunctional, which drops on September 14th. 

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Cameron Love has always been passionate about the music industry. Before he became Carried Away, he was the owner of a Denver promotion company, Ultra Violet Sounds. He also started his own talent agency, Muze Talent. He started producing music about 7 years ago. During the past two years, he has started to focus more seriously on his music. 

Carried Away creates energetic music, complete with melodic basslines and effervescent atmospheres. “When people listen to my music, I want them to forget about their problems, and let the music carry them away, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Music has gotten me through some really tough times in life, and if possible, I’d like to help others in the same way.” – Carried Away

Carried Away’s obvious talent and skills have quickly gained the attention of many big names in the electronic music community. In July, Bear Grillz invited Carried Away on stage at the Mission Ballroom to debut his single, “Together.” Now, he is about to reach a major milestone in his career when his debut EP, Disfunctional, drops next week on September 14. 

“This EP is named Disfunctional (spelled incorrectly to get the dysfunctional idea across) because it tells the story of a flawed relationship. I believe it is a story we all have lived, some of us more times than others, but it’s nice to be reminded that we aren’t the only one going through it.” – Carried Away

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Conclusion

It’s clear that this is only the beginning for Carried Away. We are so excited to see where his career goes from here. 

Disfunctional will be out on all streaming services on September 14th. For those who cannot wait for the full release, listen to the lead single “Together” right now on all platforms!

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Said The Sky: A Red Rocks Debut

Said The Sky: A Red Rocks Debut

The evening of September 4th had finally arrived. For sky gazers across the state of Colorado, the significance of the day could not easily be put into words. The entrances at Red Rocks Amphitheater were set to open for a very special night featuring a headlining performance by Trevor Christensen, AKA Said The Sky.

Seeing as performance would be the first of its kind with the melodic prodigy taking the stage at his very first headlining performance at the legendary venue; the excitement was shared and magnified through Trevor himself. 

Said The Sky has made several appearances in Colorado recently, once at Global Dance Festival for a triple back to back performance with Dabin and Illenium. Said The Sky again surprised the crowd as a special guest for Slander at their own Red Rocks show. Trevor has been very vocal about his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to have his very own show at Red Rocks. He has previously mentioned that this has been one of his biggest dreams as an artist for a very long time, a dream that was not becoming a reality.

Doors to the sold out event opened at 6:00pm and fans began filling the Amphitheater. Many kicked off the evening by running straight to the merch booths. The booths offered a variety of exclusive Said The Sky at Red Rocks apparels such as jerseys, shirts, jackets, hats, and flags that were sure to sell quickly.

As 7:00pm came along the music finally began. An opening performance by Sundial, as the sun began to set, was a perfect way to set the tone for the sure to be emotional and tear jerking evening. The California based pop duo provided what was a rather intimate atmosphere for such a large venue. Their performance featured their own live vocals, as well as bass guitar and keyboard. 

Night had fallen and following Sundial the large LED screen, near the back of the stage, had lit up. Things were taken up a notch with a beautifully crafted performance by CloudNone. The masked Monstercat artist played their signature blend of ambient breaks and feel-good chill out music. The set started slow and progressed into a variety of melodic house and trance vibes that got the crowd jumping and energized while featuring nostalgic vaporware style visuals in the background.

As the night progressed, a cool early September breeze swept through the Amphitheater. Next up on the decks came Kyle Girard AKA Midnight Kids; known for his and previous duo member Dylan Jaggar Lees’ quality remixes of popular songs. He made sure to bring plenty of twists on tracks that would provide some good old fashioned sing along vibes for the crowd. Remixes included: “Ready 2 Go” by Martin Solveig, “The Island” by Pendulum, and “Bulletproof” by Laroux to name a few. 

Transitioning between throwbacks, electro house tunes, some unreleased music, and ending with Midnight Kids original “Run It”, the set was definitely a crowd favorite. Midnight Kids set the vibes high before the highly anticipated Said The Sky headlining set.

After a brief intermission whilst the stage was set, it was time for the main event.

This was the moment everyone had been waiting for.

The stage went dark; while lightning, visible from higher in the crowd, flickered through the clouds over Denver. The cool breeze continued to sweep through the Amphitheater. The anticipation built as cheers rang out throughout the audience.

As the stage began to light up, every LED panel on stage started to glow brightly with footage of clouds and sky as if you were floating amidst a radiant orange sunset. The music started to build as an intro version of Said The Skys’ “We Know Who We Are” began to play. The words “Said The Sky” were spelled out on the big screen as the crowd cheered, while the man himself walked out from backstage and up to his gear. With stage production in full force, the long awaited headlining set was underway. 

The set featured bright and colorful visuals that transitioned between b-roll of breathtaking nature shots and beautiful scenes that resembled a well written and almost vintage love story that served as a poetic accompaniment to the songs that were being played. Pyrotechnics and fireworks were frequently used to accent the ups and downs of the overall story and flow of the wonderfully crafted journey that the song selection provided to the audience.

He moved around the stage with passion and enthusiasm, jumping between his keyboard and drum pads. He would occasionally stroll to the raised platform behind his electric keyboards, mics, and DJ equipment to sit at a large and elegant white piano for the more intimate, warm and heartfelt moments of the set. The expressions on his face and motions of his body spelling out just how much the performance meant to him. He was truly showing his heart and passion on stage, sincerely grateful to be connecting with his audience in such a magnificent setting. 

Drummers would frequently join him on stage to accent the drum lines in many of his songs as well as a full string quartet to play along in the melodic journey.

Diving deep into the emotional discography, Said The Sky seemed to be hitting all the fan favorites and even made sure to include some unreleased music for the special occasion. Joined on stage by Olivver The Kid, they performed an emotional live vocal version of “Hero” followed by what was said to be the final song of the night, Said The Skys’ newest single “Treading Water”. 

The supposed finale ended with Trevor expressing his gratitude to the audience saying “Thank you Red Rocks, I love you”. He walked off stage but the stage stayed dark, hinting that the headlining artist had one more trick up his sleeve for the special night.

After a few moments of silence and the crowd chanting “one more song” an acoustic guitar was heard, followed by a spotlight hitting center stage where Said The Sky was sitting up front on the stage floor. Joining him in the special moment was vocalist Annika Wells. They sat facing each other as Trevor strummed the guitar and Annika sang. It was a truly intimate and heartfelt finale as they performed an acoustic rendition of “Sad Songs ft. Illenium” whilst a ring of lasers circled around them on the floor.

Following the heartwarming finale, Said The Sky yet again expressed his eternal gratitude to his fans who attended the show that night. He invited every artist and performer from the night out onto the stage for a family photo with the crowd and one final goodbye.

An Interview with Wormhole Entertainment

Wormhole Entertainment is owned and operated by Benji Hannus and Gleb Tchertkov. Party Guru Press recently had the opportunity to do an email interview with them to learn more about how Wormhole Entertainment came about, the talent they bring, their past events, and their most recent collaboration with Temple San Francisco and Temple Denver. Read the full interview below!

Interview

Party Guru Press: How did Wormhole Entertainment come about? How long have you guys been around?

Wormhole Entertainment began almost 9 years ago on the patio of an Oakland bar named Portal with the first ever Wormhole Wednesday and a small group of friends with a shared vision of bringing more bass music centered activity to the East Bay. In these early days, Wormhole Wednesday was a little 5-10PM happy hour style affair. After a couple years of ons and offs and bouncing from ill-fitting venue to ill-fitting venue, Wormhole suddenly found itself thriving each and every week with proper night time hours at Era Art Bar, before moving to a more permanent home at The New Parish. Throughout the years, we began to additionally through more and more elaborate productions outside of our weekly shindig between one-off events around the Bay Area to hosting our Untz Festival stage year after year. By 2018, we were throwing upwards of 75 events a year on top of our own active careers, so we decided to put a pause on the weekly to focus on our larger one-off events. Until now…

Party Guru Press: What is your goal with Wormhole entertainment? 

The goal of Wormhole has always been to gather a true community of music and art aficionados around a fully immersive audio and visual experience. The musical taste has always been bass heavy with the visual aesthetics widely considered psychedelic, and we have always placed a huge emphasis on creating an environment that stimulates all senses with DJs, VJs, painters, vendors, and more all with a huge value placed on community building and harm reduction. 

Party Guru Press: What talent do you bring?

Some of the many musical acts we’ve worked with over the years include CharlestheFirst, CloZee, Of the Trees, Yheti, G Jones, Noisa, EPROM, Stylust, Koan Sound, Chee, The Librarian, Supertask, Shlump, Secret Recipe, Duffrey, Bricksquash, Gladkill, Potions, The Widdler, Dela Moon, Amp Live, V E I L, Ternion Sound, Frequent, Conrank, Ivy Lab, and so many more. 

Party Guru Press: What is your Wormhole Wednesday event series like? 

Wormhole Wednesday features an eclectic mix of scintillating bass music that balances a fine line between melodic and heavy with a heavy emphasis on experimentation all set to next level visuals and accompanied by a warm and welcoming crowd of friendly faces. 

Party Guru Press: Wormhole entertainment recently collaborated with Temple San Francisco and Denver, could you tell me a bit more about that? 

We are honored and ecstatic to be teaming up with Temple Nightclubs to reintroduce Wormhole Wednesday to a world in two different cities. For now, we will be hosting one Wednesday a month in each city while we work tirelessly with the wonderful staff at these venues to provide some of our most engaging and all encompassing events to date. 

Party Guru Press: What talent do you plan on bringing for your debut at Temple Denver and Temple San Francisco? 

We just kicked off Wormhole Wednesday SF with Yheti, Potions, Honeybee, and Rook and this week we kick off Denver with Gladkill, LabRat, Rook, Womprat, and Reishio b2b Blissai. For everything still to be announced, you’ll just have to wait and see…

Party Guru Press: Besides, the upcoming new monthly event series with Temple Night Clubs, you guys have put on more monthly series, like Wormhole Thursday, could you share more about that? Where are those? Also, what do you bring to those events? 

Wormhole Thursday is a monthly event we just launched at The Big Dirty in Eugene, OR that will feature a nearly identical structure and ethos to our concurrent Wormhole Wednesday events. 

Party Guru Press: Does Wormhole entertainment have resident DJs? Do you plan on bringing that talent to the Wormhole Wednesdays? 

We have several resident DJs including Secret Recipe, Krakinov, Shadow Spirity, Dastardly, Duffrey, Magellan, Sam Lewis, Rook, Phers, and Iggy, and you can expect to see all of them at our events from time to time. 

Party Guru Press: Looking forward, what is next? Can you tease us and the concert goers with anything? 

All we can tell you is that we’ve just started.

Party Guru Press: What might 2022 look like? 

A diamond-crusted unicorn riding a hoverboard through a rain forest in the clouds.

Party Guru Press: Would you all consider yourselves Party Guru’s?

If we’re not considered Party Guru’s, I don’t know who is.

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Conclusion

Thank you to Wormhole Entertainment for doing this interview with us! Their events are sure to be a great night with the best in bass heavy music, intelligent lighting, and psychedelic visuals. Temple Denver Wormhole Wednesday is kicking off this Wednesday, September 8th with Gladkill, LabRat, Rook, Womp Rat, and REISHIO b2b Blissai. You can grab your ticket here.

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Back To Backwoods

Returning back to any music festival in 2021 can feel a bit strange. With that in mind, Backwoods was able to help make that experience extra special for their 4500 person event. Capping it off at that number helped improve a ton for the festival. 4 music filled days graced Mulberry Mountain on August 26th-29th of 2021. The weekend ranged tunes from Jam Bands such as Lotus and Disco Biscuits to experimental artists like Of The Trees and G Jones. This festival had something for everybody.

Backwoods began strong on Thursday with artists CNOPES, MLOTIK, and MOLOKAI. All of which you could say have done projects with Spicy Bois. After their takeover at the Casino Stage, the crowd moved over to main stage to catch Lotus and Andy Fasco & the Un. Getting that bit of jam bands in for Thursday night the crowd could move back over to Lusid after for those experiential vibes. Sound Camp was another stage at Backwoods. This stage was filled with Funktion-One sound, creating that deep bass for whoever took over that stage.

Friday

The weekend was finally beginning on the mountain, more attendees were pulling in and setting up. Each day began with multiple different workshops to choose from, ranging from Guided Meditations and Yoga to Hoop Dance. A comedy hour also helped start off each morning with lots of laughter. Dirtfoot, Maddy O’Neal, Shiba San, and Sunsquabi all took main stage Friday afternoon while the sun was high in the sky. The Irie Lions, Opal Agafia, Artifacts, and more all took over Circus Casino as well.

Aliens invade the mountain! ATLIENS step aboard main stage as the sky turns dark. Following up the madness they brought, G Jones brought quite the performance. Strobes flashed and custom visuals played as this glitch artist played. Ganja White Night finished off main stage Friday night with their unreleased collabs featuring Rusko and Dirt Monkey, amongst many others. They played a live set which took the audience everywhere from deep wobbles to upbeat house and DnB. Festival goers could end their night with Flintwick or a Sound Camp set.

Saturday

Saturday morning began with cool clouds over the mountain, breezy guests of wind could be felt throughout your tent as the mountain began to wake up. This was truly the day for any jam band enthusiast. Day sets consisted of groups Stiff Necked Fools, Bumpin Uglies, Papadosio, and two Disco Biscuit sets. Cycles, Arkansauce, and Spafford could all be found during the day playing sets also.

This was truly the night for late sets as the crowd was show a Of The Trees set with Data Byte Visuals. PLS&TY took the stage after to finish off Circus Casino. If you were still looking for music after that, DIRTYSNATCHA played a late night set that included a ton of unreleased music.

During the weekend, food trucks and many other vendors could be located around the venue. Custom merchandise was made for the festival along with artist merchandise, most artists could even be found there! For food, they had many options for attendees, some of which included Vegan options. One nice addition that the mountain offered was a General Store, where you could find many helpful necessities such as ice, air mattresses, tents, and much more. Free water was offered in multiple locations.

Sunday

The weekend was about over but the music was far from done. The Fungineers were added to the lineup later on as a replacement. That made for an awesome Sunday opener. Following them on that stage was Ryan Viser, Modeling, Acid Katz, Com Truise, and Keller Williams. Of course we also saw an insane Carbin set which was different from what we have heard before. Many new collabs were thrown out that featured artists INZO and DIRTYSNATCHA.

Main Stage saw some insane talent this day. Freddy Todd gave and insane performance as a Keytar was brought out. Adding that live element with blue skies made for a perfect day set. Zeke Beats followed the stage to give listeners live scratching. Rumor is Freddy Todd and Zeke Beats did a renegade b2b set. Mulberry Mountain was cooled off later with a quick rain fall, which didn’t last very long.

Following the rain, CloZee played one of the most beautiful sets of the weekend. Showing new visuals, that we believe might be from the Neon Jungle Tour, to showing an insane laser show, this set was perfect. Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage after for a bit of change in the night. The Floozies finished off main stage with an hour and a half set. These brothers played classics along with unreleased tunes. Some would say it was a great way to end that stage for the weekend.

Conclusion

Overall the weekend was great, the rain didn’t stop the mountain from having an amazing time. To keep up on all things Backwoods, check out the links below. They actually feature a blog on their website that gives a bit more insight into everything! Keep your eyes peeled for a Day 2 and Day 3 recap from Backwoods. If you weren’t able to make it this year we would highly suggest making it next year. Until next time Mulberry Mountain!

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