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Spread the Word Music Festival Spreads its Way Through Denver.

Spread the Word Music Festival Spreads its Way Through Denver.


May 23rd, 2019

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Spread the Word Music Festival returned to Denver this past weekend for its 7th annual installment. The event takes on a unique concept of moving locations each day of the event, and made its way through Denver over the weekend, stopping at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom & Otherside, The Denver Coliseum, and the Levitt Pavilion. With a schedule that varies widely in each location, the line-up followed suit, providing a vast array of music that provided something for everyone to enjoy. As Party Guru Press made their way from stage to stage throughout the event, a few things were very clear. The artists brought out energy that screamed sincerity, passion, and excitement to be there. The event also felt like the most local music event this writer has attended in Denver, which can be difficult to find in a city with so many transplants. Whether you are a native, or have been in Denver for a few months, Spread the Word drew in a crowd that was rooted in the essence of the local Denver scene.

The event kicked off Friday at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom & The Otherside, with three stages of music. Party Guru Press spent the majority of the time at the Ballroom Stage, which began with A-Mac & The Height, a Denver based group. A-Mac & The Height set the energy for the night, with a cohesive blend of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and alternative rock, with a message that was uplifting, relatable, and insightful. Following with a similar message on the Ballroom Stage was Mike Love, a reggae-inspired artist out of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Love performed a beautiful set, showing off his mastery on guitar and a soulful resonating message. The set also included a handful of unreleased tracks due out on album sometime this year. Friday also featured Wookiefoot, Yak Attack, and a silent disco on the Patio Stage, which made for a great start to the weekend.

Photos by Lee Potter

Saturday, the event moved to the Denver Coliseum, and picked up right where it left off, again with three stages of great performances. This writer was able to catch an inspiring and uplifting hip-hop performance from the duo The Reminders to start the day off. The highlight of the weekend came later that day from the Spread the Word Family Band. The group comprised of members of Sunsquabi, The String Cheese Incident, Thievery Corporation, and Pretty Lights Live Band delivered an amazing set during the sunset as looming rain clouds dissipated. Following the Spread the Word Family Band the electronic rock duo BoomBox took to the main stage, and had a spectacular set that kept the energy going all night, despite the less than ideal weather.

Photos by Lee Potter

The event wrapped up Sunday at Levitt Pavilion. Again showcasing a wide variety of genres. The day was highlighted by performances from Head For The Hills, another Colorado Based artist. The group hails from Fort Collins and delivered a superb bluegrass set, which made for the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday Afternoon.

Photo by Simon Quince

If you were brave enough to wait a few hours to catch the series finale of Game of Thrones, then you were lucky enough to catch Karl Denson’s Tiny Universebring the heat and wrap up a fantastic weekend of music here in the mile-high city.

Photo by Simon Quince

This three-day event definitely brought a lot of people out of their comfort zone, and introduced them to some artists that they will be on the lookout for their return to Denver. We can not stress enough how much of a local feeling there was at Spread the Word, which can be quite hard to find at a festival in Denver. The crowd was welcoming, mature, family-friendly, and fun, and we will definitely be spreading the word about Spread the Word. Party Guru Press is excited to see what they have in store next year for the 8th annual Spread the Word.

Photos by Simon Quince

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