This March! Cloonee is Coming to The Boulder Theater
On Friday, March 10th, Cloonee is brings his South of Heaven Winter Tour to the Boulder Theater.
This UK tech house artist has been releasing music since 2014 and has made massive strides in the industry. He’s climbed the Beatport charts with releases including “Like What?” and “Get Stupid” and has also signed with Chris Lake’s label, Black Book Records. Listeners might recognize some of his most recent hits, like “Mi Amor” with Wade and “Badman Sound.”
On his current tour alone, he’s performed at festivals, including Beyond The Valley in Melbourne and Groove Cruise in Miami. Cloonee has become a staple in the tech house industry, and Colorado is so excited to welcome him back for a show in just a few months’ time.
The Boulder Theater
The Boulder Theater is located a block from Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. This historic venue has a capacity of 1,000 people and is complete with a full bar and a balcony that is open on select shows. The venue’s main floor is slightly tiered, which provides a better view for everyone at the show. There is also a restaurant right next door called The Lounge at Boulder Theater. Attendees can purchase food in The Lounge and bring it into the venue! Street parking is free after 7 pm and there are also parking garages nearby for those that want to pay.
Joining Cloonee for the night will be MERKII B2B Gogimal, RPSM B2B RYNE, and AMICI. Attendees will most definitely want to arrive at the venue early to check out these house artists! Various venues across Colorado have hosted some of these supporting artists at one point or another. These names have been seen on lineups at venues including The Fox Theatre, Larimer Lounge, and Belly Up Aspen.
Turning the Boulder Theater into a Tech House Party
We are only a few months away from being able to dance the night away to some high-quality tech house. This is NOT a show you’ll want to miss, between the unique venue and variety of talented artists that will be taking the stage. If you’re a fan of house music, this is the show for you. This is a crazy cool opportunity to see Cloonee perform at such an intimate venue.
Ticket prices range from $25 – $30 (before fees). Snag them while you can!
On January 21, 2023, Dirt Monkey, a Colorado local and fan favorite, made his way back to Mission Ballroom with a killer support lineup and production.
Who is Dirt Monkey?
Patrick Megeath, also known as Dirt Monkey, is a Boulder, Colorado-based DJ primarily known for bouncy dubstep tunes that pack a wonky punch. Dirt Monkey’s biggest industry advocates and collaborators include Rusko, Ganja White Night, Boogie T, and Subtronics. The unique sound of Dirt Monkey is a wonkier and crispier spin on old-school dubstep. More recently, he has explored the deep sounds of drum and bass, making him an experienced multi-genre master. His most popular songs include Shut Up, West Coast Wobble, Warp Drive, and Lift Off. Over the past couple of years, Dirt Monkey has received much well-deserved praise over the past couple of years for his growth as an artist and will remain a Colorado fan favorite.
Green Matter, another Denver local, started the night with an eccentric set filled with heavy-hitting dubstep. This set served as the perfect starter for a bass-filled night, and Green Matter is an artist you want to keep under your radar!
Kilamanzego was the next opener and mixed things up a bit with a more down-tempo vibe. Previously seen opening up for CloZee on her Red Rocks stop, she came through with melodic and beat-centered tunes that resembled the sound of a jungle-like Flume set. Kilamanzego’s set was unique in the mix of the bass-centered support lineup and did well with switching things up.
Space Wizard was next in the opening support and was anticipated by many Denver fans! He turned things up a notch with heavier tunes and debuted a collab with the infamous Svdden Death! Having him on the support lineup was a treat, and we can’t wait until the Svdden Wizard collab is released!
Jantsen was the last of the support acts of the night! Despite his presence on the lineup attempting to be secretive, most fans could quickly distinguish his name in the blurred spot on the event poster. Jantsen was also highly anticipated and a fan favorite among Dirt Monkey and didn’t disappoint! He came out swinging with old and new bangers, filling the room with a distinctively thick and heavyweight sound.
As expected, Dirt Monkey threw down a super high-energy set packed with multiple genres and a bunch of wobbles. He laid out a set with deep, dark old, school dubstep going into high-energy drum and bass and even tossed in some funky bass house. At one point, he played a drum and bass remix of the famous song “Rumble” by Skrillex, Four Tet, and Fred Again, which had the crowd getting down like crazy. Overall, Dirt Monkey owned the night by showcasing a wide array of tracks traversing multiple genres. The crowd expected nothing less from such a talented Colorado local, and he blew it out of the water.
The show’s production was perfect for the opening support and Dirt Monkey! The visuals and lasers were on point with the show’s overall energy and theme and synced well with the tunes played by each act. Most electronic production done at Mission Ballroom always comes out properly, and it was a perfect venue for this show!
Overall, the supporting acts and the don Dirt Monkey came together to create an enjoyable and memorable show for artists and fans alike. Dirt Monkey at Mission Ballroom was a great show to start 2023 and set the bar for many amazing shows to come. We are so proud of the supporting acts and Dirt Monkey and are excited to see what they will do next!
IHF (Imagined Herbal Flows) is known to friends and family as Ben Gorvine. This Washington D.C.-based, artist, producer, and DJ has been cultivating his unique melodic sound for almost ten years! His Floating EP, released in 2014, helped him break into the industry while gaining millions of streams online. Since then, he’s released several other albums and EPs, including his most recent EP titled, Soft Fascinations.
Over the years, IHF has toured with various artists, including STS9, Hayden James, and Elderbrook. He’s also performed at massive festivals, including Coachella, Electric Forest, and Lightning in a Bottle. His atmospheric, melodic sound has been compared to the likes of Bonobo, Odesza, Fred Again.., and more.
This show took place near downtown Denver at Your Mom’s House. The venue is 21+ and has a capacity of 400 people. Getting to the venue is easy; however, it can be quite difficult to find street parking as the venue doesn’t have a parking lot. Because of this, they recommend carpooling or utilizing rideshares like Uber or Lyft.
The entry process was a breeze and the box office is right inside the main doors. Once inside, the first room is complete with a long bar (which was closed for this show), restrooms, and a few arcade games and vending machines. The second room is where the stage is located. Both rooms had plenty of seating, which is awesome.
This super intimate space was really fun and interactive. There is a small bar at the back of the room, paintings and murals on the walls, and the stage up front. Decorations consisted of plants, disco balls, chandeliers, and more. One of the most notorious things about this venue is its crazy mirrored holographic dance floor, which you’ll have to see for yourself. There was also a live painter and a few vendors!
The First Music of the Night
KVO started the night off with some upbeat tunes. His sound is heavily influenced by world travel and Latin culture. Then, Honeykill FM took to the stage. According to his bio on the event page, “Honeykill FM has been successfully impersonating a human since being dropped from the sky by his alien progenitors in the early 1990s.” After that, Krymsun took the audience on a journey through sound with his take on vapor twitch.
Then, it was time for Flutur. This artist was born in Italy and started playing piano at the age of two, then began playing drums shortly after. In fact, he composed and recorded his first song at age fifteen. Flutur donned a tropical print long-sleeve shirt and moved from one instrument to the next. He used a mixer to loop different elements together, including his vocals and instruments, which consisted of a few different guitars as well as a hand pan. Despite admitting to having some jet lag, he played a great set.
There was quite a lengthy changeover to get the stage set up properly for IHF. The crowd dispersed for 30 minutes to take a seat, order more drinks, and look at the art around the venue. Finally, after some minor technical difficulties, IHF was ready to take the stage!
Beautiful visuals were projected onto the wall behind him throughout his set. Pastel abstract shapes mixed together before the screen would change to a sweeping mountain landscape, which went along perfectly with his music. He was very good at grabbing everyone’s attention and making his show an immersive experience. While interacting with the crowd, he was also very attentive to the art he was performing, which was really cool to see. IHF sang his own vocals, which were either a main part of the song or added to the background. It was clear to see that the crowd really enjoyed his set.
The Night Comes to an End
After IHF, Ryan Golbus played a dynamic, upbeat set to conclude the night.
Your Mom’s House is a small, intimate venue with a great sound system, seating, room for artists and vendors, and an awesome dance floor. If you haven’t been here yet, definitely check it out! Throughout the night, this unique venue held a diverse group of people that were all there to bask in the feel-good music that is IHF. This was such a special night as well, being IHF‘s first set of 2023, first headline set in some time, as well as his debut show for his new live set.
To keep up with IHF and listen to his beautiful music, check out his socials below!
Backwoods Music Festival Returns with a Unique Blend of Jam Bands & Dubstep!
After taking a break in 2022, Backwoods Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain is just three short months away! Their 12th festival in 2023 will occur from April 20th through April 23rd, Thursday through Sunday, at Mulberry Mountain in the Ozark Mountains in Ozark, Arkansas.
Mulberry Mountain is a top midwest camping festival destination, can host 25,000 festival attendees, and offers a beautifully scenic location. The venue will be equipped with an array of options for RV, car, and pre-set-up camping sites, and there are multiple experiences to pick from aside from GA. Camping isn’t your thing? No worries! There are plenty of hotels nearby. There are art installations, workshops, vendors, a Ferris wheel, and even a nearby waterfall that is a short hike away.
If you’re itching to travel and attend a camping festival in the spring, this is one to check out. Keep reading for more information about the lineup, tickets, pricing, and the Backwoods Music Festival experience!
With over 150 confirmed artists, the Backwoods 2023 lineup does not disappoint jam banders or ravers. Since 2008, Backwoods has produced well-balanced lineups and this year is certainly no different.
This year’s headliners in chronological order are Big Gigantic, Lettuce, two sets of The String Cheese Incident, and The Floozies. “We’re proud to release this lineup that we’ve worked so hard to cultivate for the next Backwoods,” said William Royall, Executive Producer of Backwoods. “We tried to have The String Cheese Incident headline in 2021, but the pandemic prevented their attendance.”. Ticket holders from 2021 will receive free tickets to the Late Night Acoustic Taco Party with The String Cheese Incident. Those without a 2021 ticket will need to purchase a ticket if they want to see their third set.
The lineup includes bass-heavy and dubstep artists like Apashe, Boogie T, Dirt Monkey, G-Rex, Koan Sound, Lucii, Of The Trees, and SoDown. On the other side of the music spectrum, we have instrumental funk and jam bands like Arkansauce, Boogie T.Rio, Keller Williams, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Papadosio.
Additional artists include Andy Frasco & The U.N., Flintwick, Jason Leech, Maddy O’Neal, Morgin Madison, Neighbor, One True God, Super Future, The Polish Ambassador, Tioski, Zingara, and more artists to be announced.
There are 2-day, 3-day, and 4-day ticket options, along with off-site and camping accommodations. For car camping, there are VIP, regular field camping next to your vehicle, and shade camping without your vehicle options. VIP tickets only come in a 4-day option and provide camping in the shade with your vehicle, access to showers and flushable toilets, and quite a list of additional benefits. RV camping passes are also available.
For the first time, Backwoods will be offering layaway plans through PayPal. Multiple plans are available for individual tickets and group packages but required car camping passes must be bought outright.
The following prices are before taxes and fees. A standard 4-day GA camping pass is $76.99 down with two additional payments of $71.99 ($220.97 total). A standard 3-day GA camping pass is $62.99 down with two additional payments of $57.99 ($178.97 total). After the purchase of a camping pass, both of these options are under $300.
Backwoods will have two curated stages this year, Motherland and the Circus Casino. Artists will perform from 12:00 PM until 2:00 AM daily, with after-parties until 3:00 AM. Lasers and light shows are a hot commodity and can be seen 14 miles away. Besides live music, there is much more to do throughout the day and night.
With over 80 confirmed food and merch vendors, Shakedown Street will have options for everyone. Art has been a staple of Backwoods since the beginning and this year there will be immersive and interactive art installations throughout the woods. Actors, clowns, stilt walkers, circus, and stage performers wander through the woods providing a unique experience for festival-goers.
Each day, there are multiple workshops like different forms of yoga, meditation, sound baths, and flow classes. Other unique experiences are available, like drum circles and community bonfires.
There are many outdoor activities this year. They include hiking, cliff jumping, and fishing. There will also be a lot of areas to set up hammocks! Be sure to ride on the Ferris wheel when it returns this year!
Mulberry Mountain Awaits!
“Good music, good people, good times.”
These simple values have remained strong in Backwoods since their humble beginnings in 2008 when they were known as Backwoods Bash. The strong community within this wonderful festival is just one of the many reasons it is a must to attend.
Offering a beautifully diverse lineup, unique experiences, a focus on art, and affordability, Backwoods long-awaited return since 2021 will not be one to miss this year.
Frequency Sound Series at Beacon features local and non-local artists. Starting with non-local for the night, we have MAHD b2b VANAKEN. MAHD comes to Denver all the way from Detroit, bringing his own taste of bass. VANAKEN is an American DJ delivering tech house to the masses. Local DJs of the night were Mellow Ev, Mxndful b2b DJ Deep End with their jungle drums and bass combo. DJ Keyta brought his blend of techno to keep that blood pumping. Mellow Ev rounded out the vibes with his drums and bass.
Set the Right Tone
The night started with DJ Deep End b2b Mxndful locking the crowd down in their jungle, kicking the house party off to a strong start. From the moment you walk in, people bump up and down, flowing to the dance floor as if under a spell. DJ Keyta took to the decks and led the crowd deeper into the jungle party. The crowd began to fill in enough to give everyone their own dancing bubble. His set featured throwback remixes and an upbeat tempo; the crowd failed to lose momentum.
The bar offers a tranquil space away from the dancefloor. Creativity and collaboration are present from the Mindhive inside and the garden oasis outside.
Up next, Vanaken b2b MAHD! delivered a bass set that held the party’s core, blending gentle tones to refresh those dancing shoes. Without missing a beat, two partygoers teamed up to treat the crowd to some special hooping at the back of the floor. A stunning display of lights from them and the cloud above kept the eyes moving around. Closing out the night with Mellow Ev, those who stayed were treated to an intimate set of drums and bass.
The start of the Frequency Sound Series leaves the imagination running with how future sets may feel, and with the first year anniversary closing in they fail to disappoint. Anyone who has been to the immersive dance bar says the same thing, no two nights are ever the same. The series starts off strong and keeps true to its slogan. The frequency changed throughout the night, and the vibe never died.
Bass Physics Returns to Denver at The Bluebird w/ mzg, Krushendo & Bamborghini
Bass Physics, aka Arja Adair has been making waves in the Colorado music scene for nearly a decade. He is most well known for performances with ILLENIUM and Said The Sky at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His eclectic blend of future bass, mid-tempo, trap, and dubstep pushes the limits of a traditional electronic set. On top of that Arja is one of the best guitar players we have ever seen grace a stage, and we don’t just mean EDM.
He returns to Denver, CO, fresh from directly supporting SoDown’s World Beyond tour to headline The Bluebird Theater with Global Dance and AEG on Saturday, 1/14, with mzg, Krushendo, and Bamborgini as support. Tickets are just $18!
Bass Physics recently released some new music featuring a mid-tempo journey entitled “Disillusion,” featuring SLVR SIREN, aka Cheyenne Duba, and a bass house banger entitled “Play Hard.” Bass Physics’ signature sound is displayed masterfully here by incorporating rock-inspired guitar elements into high-energy and heavy-hitting bass riffs.
This lineup is absolutely stacked with support, including the mzg boys, who have recently played Red Rocks with Big Gigantic. The EDM duo most recently dominated the 1st Bank Center with Griz. mzg has made huge waves this year in Colorado and the US, including a colossal performance at the Electric Forest legendary VIP stage, The Goodlife Stage. They also recently just dropped a collaboration with Manic Focus.
Krushendo had a big year in 2022 as they started the year performing with ILLENIUM twice for X Games in Aspen in January. He previously supported ILLENIUM at The Mishawaka and most recently hit The Mish with SoDown and Bass Physics. He recently dropped a mostly unreleased originals mix for Gem & Jam’s DJ contest which charted at 17 on SoundCloud: Hot & Trending Dubstep.
Sound Tribe Sector 9, better known as “STS9,” and more endearingly known as “Tribe,” kicked off night one of a three-day run to close out 2022 on Thursday night. STS9 was born out of Atlanta, Georgia, and has current ties to Colorado by way of bassist Alana Rocklin, as well as Tribe’s most passionate members, who packed out the 3,900-capacity Fillmore Auditorium for a night to remember.
Electronic hip-hop artist Michael Menert brought the energy early in support of STS9. Menert’s trappy, bass-heavy set ensured that Tribe Nation was loose and ready to partake in STS9’s first New Year’s run since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
True to their “jam-band” nature, STS9 is known for curating a unique set for each night, seemingly bringing the audience into another dimension with each unique performance. The audience danced the night away to favorites such as “Empires”, “By the Morning Sun,” and the masterful electronic jam woven into the band’s bellwether hit “MOD”. STS9 used “Today,” a euphoric, groove-inducing dance-anthem, as a reminder of what STS9 brings to the hearts and minds of people in the audience.
Following a 56-minute-delay, a result of sound board technical issues, Tribe brought tranquility with perhaps the highlight of the night. The band serenaded the audience with “Golden Gate,” using a combination of melodic synths, subtle bongo drums, and masterful lighting via production maestro Tibereus, who many consider to be a sixth band member for visually apparent reasons.
The moment the first chords of Golden Gate resonated through the Fillmore was a microcosm for the coordinated, optimistic, and beautiful work and energy harnessed by STS9 and their loyal fans, bringing the band, its supporting staff, and fans from far and wide together as one Tribe.
As nightfall sets in, fans are eager to spend their weekend at Decadence Arizona! This annual festival took place on December 30th and 31st at the Phoenix Raceway located in Avondale, AZ. Decadence AZ is a two day event that is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. It features an exciting lineup, multiple stages, vendors, hang out spots, fun activities and more! This year was truly outstanding when it came to the layout and stage production!
Location, Layout, and Production
Phoenix Raceway provided the perfect amount of space for this event! There was a dedicated lot for rideshare to provide easy pick-up and drop-off along with various lots for ADA, premium, and general admission parking.
This year was truly outstanding when it came to the layout and stage productions. Decadence AZ featured four incredible stages known as the Grand Palace, Royal Ballroom, The Bazaar, and The Playhouse. Each stage had a unique setup that came with visuals and lasers to please the eye.
The Grand Palace and Royal Ballroom had many entrances and exits for the crowds to move smoothly while the covered domes/tents added a nice boundary for warmth and protection from the brisk weather in the late evenings. They also provided a small section for ADA.
The VIP area gave an entrance to both mainstages and provided outdoor heaters along with comfortable seating. It also had front-row stage access, private air-conditioned bathrooms, a glam beauty bar, a coat check, a massage station, multiple photo opportunities, and its own vendors for food and drink!
Attendees were also able to experience unique activities like participating in dodgeball games or attending a shuffle studio session with Britt Zec.
The only thing more exciting than ringing in the New Year was being able to experience this stacked lineup over the weekend. Attendees were able to see many artists that came from various genres.
Black V Neck • Brett Ortiz • Chuwe • Deathpact • DJ Pauly D • Fisher • Flume • Kayzo • Liquid Stranger • Malaa • Midnight Tyrannosaurus • Moon Boots • Wooli
Alex Anders • Comfort Clo • Daytona • Elwer • Jur • Mastuh • Medicine Mike • Nikita Rising • Residuo • Sed’s Vortex
Dr. Fresch • Duke Dumont • Cosmic Gate • Ekonovah • Hannah Wants • Louis The Child • Nicole Moudaber • Porter Robinson (DJ Set) • Space Wizard • Subtronics • Tinlicker • Walker & Royce • Yookie • Zeds Dead
The cuisine and retail aspect of Decadence did not disappoint! Attendees were able to choose from a variety of food like chicken tenders, fries, burgers, tacos, nachos and more! There were also some vegan and vegetarian options available.
Drink booths provided a variety of alcoholic beverages from mixed drinks to seltzers to beers.
As for retail, attendees could shop till they dropped at some of the following vendors; Elite Wear, Funky Junk, Kandies World, Rave Cirus, Third Eye Pinecone, and more!
I would also like to give a special shoutout to Hippie Chick Hats for their artist-inspired bucket hats and other clothing wear designs along with Manicquins for showcasing their unique art installation mannequins!
Decadence AZ was truly incredible this year. I would 100% recommend this festival to all my fellow festival goers. Be sure to follow all of Decadence’s socials for updates and be on the watch for the official after-party movie that will be coming out soon!
The Digital City of Decadence NYE Dazzles on Night One
On Friday, December 30th, music lovers traveled from far and wide for the first night of Decadence NYE. This annual electronic music festival takes place in Denver, Colorado, at the Colorado Convention Center. For two days, tens of thousands of people come together to dance their way into the new year.
Not only is there music, but there are also unique photo opportunities, immersive art displays, food trucks, and more. This year, the digital city of Decadence did a fantastic job of transforming the venue. As soon as the citizens of Decadence entered the venue, they could begin to explore the beautiful city full of lights, art, and music.
A Massive Lineup
Doors for the venue opened at 6:00 pm, and festival entry began at 6:30 pm. Attendees did not hesitate to get there early to check their coats and be the first ones inside. PAWS got things going on the Mainframe stage while CloudNone took over the Motherboard stage. Both stages had crazy production, including enormous LED screens and unique lighting on the ceilings.
On the Mainframe stage, FrostTop, Kompany, Trivecta, LSDream, Clozee, and Griz all played insane sets as well. The Motherboard stage saw Kaskade (Redux), Jai Wolf (DJ Set), Big Wild, Tiesto, and Chris Lake.
Throughout the night, the Hyperdrive stage also hosted tons of great music! For the silent disco, attendees had headphones with three different channels to choose from since three DJs were always playing simultaneously. Halfrican, Chocolate Drop, SAVAGE, Method, Globzter, and more spun some tunes.
As citizens navigated through the venue, they found different pieces of art at every twist and turn. In the Cyberhub (by the silent disco), large inflated flowers were scattered around. Multiple tall color-changing light bars also made for great photo backgrounds! An illuminated Decadence NYE sign, a Be A Good Person resolution wall, photo walls, and LED arches to walk through all made the entire venue so much fun. Plus, different performers were also wandering around and interacting with citizens. Did anyone else see the characters on stilts?
Loads of Amenities
Decadence NYE is a marathon, not a sprint. If your rave squad decides to be there from start to finish, that’s over seven hours at the venue. Luckily, the venue had two water refill stations and three food trucks to keep everyone hydrated and nourished. Lounge areas were also plentiful if citizens needed to get off of their feet for a bit. ATMs were located throughout the venue as well in case attendees needed some extra cash.
Three huge merch booths were also open! These included signature Decadence NYE merch as well as merchandise for most of the artists on the lineup. There were a handful of other booths as well, including Sober AF. Medics, phone charging stations, and smoking areas were also available for those that needed them.
For night one, the bathroom and drink lines were insanely long. Citizens took to social media to voice their frustration, since going to the bathroom and getting a drink would take about an hour. When you’re at a festival hoping to see your favorite artists, the last thing you want to do is miss a big chunk of music just to go to the bathroom. On Saturday, Decadence NYE announced that they would be add additional bathrooms and bar staff to get wait times reduced! Hooray!
Night Two Up Next!
Once again, Decadence NYE brought the heat. From the crazy stacked roster of artists to the art installations and food trucks, this festival is always a great way to ring in the new year. This festival is always packed, so if you’re considering going next year, get your tickets early. You don’t want to risk missing it once tickets sell out!
Follow their social media accounts below to keep updated on next year’s edition of the festival!