Mile High City Experiences Break Science and Friends

It’s no secret that the Mile High City, aka Denver, is the bass music capital. However, you also don’t have to go far to see that the city’s denizens love to get funky as well. Perhaps no show emphasized this more than Break Science and friends at Mile High Spirits.

Mile High Spirits is known as a wonderful concert venue, and is loved by artists in the funky genre. Last time Party Guru Press visited Mile High Spirits was when Michal Menert was in town. The venue was perfect as an after party spot for the Griz show at the Fillmore. The attendees experienced a flurry of funk jams, bass beats, and incredible feel good vibes at both shows. Not only did the crowd witness the sounds of Break Science (composed of members from Pretty Lights Live and Lettuce) but the Denver-based support was also a joy. Namely, Shuj Roswell, Underlux, and Since JulEYE.

Photos by Ash Daniels

The Funk Begins in the Mile High City

First up brought us Mile High City resident Since JulEYE – an eclectic multi-genre mix of turntabilism, keys, and music production and mixing. The three piece live band left a great impression as an opener and set the mood off right. While only on the scene since 2017 – the group sure didn’t sound like it – polished and high energy, they were a blast. They did a great job off filling out the Mile High Spirits’ garage.

Following up the group came Underlux, offering an equally eclectic mix of musical influences. Having started in Hip-hop but moving into accessible EDM while swaying into dub, DNB, funk and trap, he did a great job of captivating the crowd. During this time, we witnessed quite a few people stream in from the outdoor patio during his set. Another perfectly fitting act that help catapult the crowd’s energy into the next act.

Photos by Ash Daniels

Soon after Underlux finished up entered Shuj Roswell and crew. A diverse range of musical artists appeared – from live drums, to keys, to sax and trumpet – it was a party. The group fused traditional sample based hip-hop with warm analog sounds, as well as hard hitting beats sets, which they call Funktronadelic. The drummer for the group was particularly electric, keeping the crowd moving and grooving throughout the entire show. The live brass was also a welcome addition, adding some depth into an otherwise already great performance. Saxophone and trumpet fused together to breath life into the room. It is no wonder Shuj Roswell has worked along the likes of Michal Menert, Exmag, and STS9.

Break Science at Mile High Spirits

Finally, the moment the Mile High City was all waiting for – Break Science. Both Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch took the stage and the crowd swelled. There is a reason these guys are labeled as electro-soul pioneers. Jamming and weaving in and out of familiar hits, such as “Once In a While,” “Brain Reaction,” and “Cruise Control,” the pair lit up the room with their subtle but effective video panels and soaring melodies. Trip-hop, dub, and jazz were bountiful, while break-beat drumming kept pace throughout the night.

All and all, the Mile High Spirits knows how to throw a party. The lineup was perfectly curated. The lineup built on top of each other from beginning to finish. Each act was intentional about creating the perfect atmosphere, and the venue was extremely conducive to the vibe that was created. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing any of these acts, do so ASAP, as you may not have truly lived until you do.

String Cheese Incident’s 25th Year Anniversary Run at Red Rocks

Night One – Insane Opening Night for The String Cheese Incident Weekend at Red Rocks

SCI is an American band started in 1993. The members include Michael Kang, Michael Travis , Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth, and Keith Moseley, and, in 2004, Jason Hann was added on. The band gives off a electronic bluegrass vibe, with a dash of rock. They even add some jazzy psychedelic sounds into the mix. They are very diverse with their sounds, and this is why people go nuts over them! They are absolutely astonishing to see live, especially at such a special venue like Red Rocks.

The String Cheese Incident put on quite the performance Friday night. The energy of the crowd was insane. We were all absolutely emerged into what the band was feeding us. We asked Brent Hansen, a veteran Cheesehead, as it was his 100th show seeing SCI, what he thought about the night. He had this to say: “I thought it really set the pace and the stage for a magnificent 3-night run. From the first note of them opening with “Little Hands,” the energy in the crowd was palpable. The set list for the night really exemplifies why I love them – they’re able to adeptly play polyethnic/poly-genre shows – from jazzier numbers like “Mouna Bowa”, and “Freedom Jazz Dance,” to Bluegrass rippers like “Black Clouds,” folk ballads like “Windy Mountain,” and classic covers (which are often better than the originals) like “Ophelia” and “Ramble On.””

Exempt and Photos by: Ash Daniels



Night Two – A Trip Into Space

Night two of String Cheese’s three night run started off with a brief rain delay. Stormy weather rolled in, but this allotted for the lovely experience of running for shelter and chatting with other members of the SCI family. As the weather cleared the venue quickly filled up, people were eager to shed the rain gear and get their bodies moving.

The night started with Keller Williams, the “One Man Jam Band,” who wasn’t a solo act as the whole SCI crew took the stage to back him up. Playing their collaborative album Breathe in full, William’s signature vocals with SCI’s unforgettable instrumentals, melded into a truly unforgettable first set.

Photos by Lee Potter

Set two felt like a truly classic String Cheese set. The weather had cleared, and the lasers and lights were blasting. A few short showers here and there, but the precipitation only added to the night. The set started with “You’ve Got The World,” with Kyle wearing a truly retro get up, and blasting a nasty Keytar Solo. Finishing up with “Rollover” and “Colliding,” the set had the entire amphitheater wiggling around.

Photos by Lee Potter

During the final set SCI paid homage to their roots with “Colorado Bluebird Sky,” and kept the fire roaring with “Jellyfish,” aided by Bruce Hornsby, a three piece brass section. Finally a node to the 50th year anniversary of the Lunar landing went into a rendition of the fabled “SPACE JAM!,” which includes the tracks below:

“Lunar Landing Jam > Close Encounters Jam > Star Wars Title Jam > Cantina Jam > Imperial March > Star Trek The Next Generation > Star Trek Theme > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rollover.”

Photos by Lee Potter


Night Three – Never Miss a Sunday Show

The third night of SCI started off with the Del McCoury Band, 3 generations of band members playing together and gracing us with the sweet sounds of Bluegrass. Jamming with an acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo, they picked their way into the hearts of the entire crowd.

Photos By Reda Ruokyte

During the first set Kyle lead the crowd into a funky jam of “One Step Closer> Get Tight,” sung by Keith, and had a great Bluegrass/Country feel. This set included two new songs- “Manga” and “Into the Blue.” “Manga,” a drum heavy song composed by Jason Hann and “Into the Blue,” composed by Kang. The biggest highlight of the first set was Del coming back out and giving us “High on the Mountain Top,” as well as “Lonesome Fiddle Blues” after SCI, and the entire crowd sang a ballad of Happy Birthday for his 80th trip around the sun.

Photos By Reda Ruokyte

Set two started with the amazing young dancers of Celtic Steps, and the song “River Trance,” a fiddle heavy Irish-inspired jig that had the crowd pumped up and ready to dance in the unpredictable rain during second set. They definitely brought the smiles across the entire Amphitheatre. As everyone was putting on their rain jackets and bracing for the huge drops, the show continued with “Looking Glass> Just One Story.” The beats got faster and the rain turned it up a notch, but the crowd braced it all and kept on grooving. The clouds surrounded, thunder and lighting billowed above us as Cheese finished out the set with another jam/fiddle heavy song – “Hi Ho No Show.”

Photos By Reda Ruokyte

As the rain started to settle, the show ended with an encore of “Shakin’ The Tree and brought the warm feels back to Red Rocks after hours of cold rain. We all left feeling the love after a crazy 5 night Colorado run with SCI.

Except and Photos By Reda Ruokyte

STS9 Brings Back Wave Spell Festival For Round Two

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, commonly known as STS9, is back after a killer year of their inaugural California festival, Wave Spell. The group is known for their heavy, instrumental, rock-meets-electronic-improv-infusion, and 2019 will see them further embracing this sound, with their wide array of musical guests. Taking place on August 15-18th, not only will they play NINE, yes, NINE sets, including three special wave spell sets, but they are bringing names by the likes of The New Deal, Mark Farina, Christian Martin, Thriftworks, Random Rab, SoDown, Richard Devine, Russ Liquid, Bluetech, Marbs, Rybo, Lubelski, SaQi, Yak Attack, M3GA-SCOPES, and Maddy O’Neal. Not only this –  but music is promised until 5 AM.

However, perhaps the real star here is the venue. Belden Town Resort sits along the north fork of the Feather River, in the heart of the Plumas National Forest. Belden Town also offers fascinating history that surrounds the area, which used to be home to Maidu Indians, a nearby railroad, and old school gold mining. The entire resort has a river running through, with beach like lead inlets all around. Not only will you be able to enjoy set after set of awesome music, but you can experience nature, take in the beautiful historic grounds and take a dip at the same time.

Aside from the music, the festival will feature a wide array of activities such as art installations, live painting, yoga, crystal healing, and beach swims. Taking place in Belden Town California, this is set to be a one-of-a-kind, anything goes experience. No STS9 setlists, no forced agendas, but all encompassing, fluid adventures throughout a 4 day festival experience. Tickets are still on sale now, but with us now meeting the month mark – don’t delay.

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Event Information:
Date: August 15-18, 2019
Location: Belden Town Resort, 14785 Belden Town Rd, Belden, CA
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE
Tickets: Purchase HERE

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Lineup By Artist:
Blossomn
Bluetech
Chris Karns
Christian Martin
David Phipps
Dollarsine
Eminence Ensemble
Lubelski
Maddy O’Neal
Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz)
Marbs
M3gascopes
Phers
Pruitt
Random Rab
Richard Devine
Russ Liquid
Rybo
Saqi
Secret Recipe
Shadow Spirit
Shwung
Since Juleye Live Band (ft. Todd Stoops & Brisco Jones)
Sodown
STS9
Sub ID
The New Deal
Thriftworks
Yak Attack
Zach Velmer

STS9 Brings Back Wave Spell Festival For Round Two

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, commonly known as STS9, is back after a killer year of their inaugural California festival, Wave Spell. The group is known for their heavy, instrumental, rock-meets-electronic-improv-infusion, and 2019 will see them further embracing this sound, with their wide array of musical guests. Taking place on August 15-18th, not only will they play NINE, yes, NINE sets, including three special wave spell sets, but they are bringing names by the likes of The New Deal, Mark Farina, Christian Martin, Thriftworks, Random Rab, SoDown, Richard Devine, Russ Liquid, Bluetech, Marbs, Rybo, Lubelski, SaQi, Yak Attack, M3GA-SCOPES, and Maddy O’Neal. Not only this –  but music is promised until 5 AM.

However, perhaps the real star here is the venue. Belden Town Resort sits along the north fork of the Feather River, in the heart of the Plumas National Forest. Belden Town also offers fascinating history that surrounds the area, which used to be home to Maidu Indians, a nearby railroad, and old school gold mining. The entire resort has a river running through, with beach like lead inlets all around. Not only will you be able to enjoy set after set of awesome music, but you can experience nature, take in the beautiful historic grounds and take a dip at the same time.

Aside from the music, the festival will feature a wide array of activities such as art installations, live painting, yoga, crystal healing, and beach swims. Taking place in Belden Town California, this is set to be a one-of-a-kind, anything goes experience. No STS9 setlists, no forced agendas, but all encompassing, fluid adventures throughout a 4 day festival experience. Tickets are still on sale now, but with us now meeting the month mark – don’t delay.

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Event Information:
Date: August 15-18, 2019
Location: Belden Town Resort, 14785 Belden Town Rd, Belden, CA
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE
Tickets: Purchase HERE

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Lineup By Artist:
Blossomn
Bluetech
Chris Karns
Christian Martin
David Phipps
Dollarsine
Eminence Ensemble
Lubelski
Maddy O’Neal
Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz)
Marbs
M3gascopes
Phers
Pruitt
Random Rab
Richard Devine
Russ Liquid
Rybo
Saqi
Secret Recipe
Shadow Spirit
Shwung
Since Juleye Live Band (ft. Todd Stoops & Brisco Jones)
Sodown
STS9
Sub ID
The New Deal
Thriftworks
Yak Attack
Zach Velmer