When Summer first hit Denver’s doorstep this year, the commanding presence known as, Potent Productions, announced a five-part music showcase to be held on one of Denver’s best rooftop venues (Jacksons Denver). Here we are, rocketing through the Summer months, and the fifth and final installment is already here. Apparently, the Potent team has been building up for what looks to be the most exciting lineup yet. Get ready for the return, of Vibe Street!
Once again, Re:Search Wednesdays at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom proved to be an oasis of cool in these dog days of summer. This week’s flavor included the tasty trio that is UltraSloth in the headlining slot, while 5 AM had us grooving early and Thought Process closed us out smooth.
It has now been a few days since Arise Music Festival in Loveland, Colorado wrapped up and we are so excited to share some of our favorite artists of the weekend with you. Arise had a diverse lineup of musicians, artists, performers, workshops, food and events to choose from. Paul Bassis, co-founder of Arise, frequently reiterated that the festival was created to be so much more than a platform for music; as he put it, “Arise is a movement of people and everyone who attends is a part of that movement. It is a collaborative effort and the music becomes the core, like a fire we can all gather around.” Over the course of the seven years Arise has been in operation, it has become the largest camping festival in Colorado and the lineup gets stronger every year. Here are some of the artists we talked to while at the festival and a few tracks from each of them.
Summer at Cervantes’ Masterpiece is turning out to be one of the hottest spots to hang out in Denver. As RE:Search Wednesdays have gotten more popular, demand for a bigger space continues to become a necessity. For the second week in a row the nights lineup was relocated from The Other Side to Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. The ballroom is an ideal spot to encapsulate the energy of the artists, their music and the crowd that packs the space.
Following Orchard Lounge’s recent headliner show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, I was able to sit down with the three-piece collaborative group and gain some insight into how they make the magic happen. I, as well as the rest of the crowd at Cervantes, was taken back by how synchronized these artists were during their set; on and off the stage. Throughout their set, they took turns in the spotlight. Pulsating sounds weaved through the ballroom, maintaining balance even during their transitions due to an ability to feed off one another harmoniously.
The Mile High City's saxiest electronic act, Future Joy, released a brand new single today that will resonate with every musician out there! "Work From Home" was Produced with Teddy Bogart in his basement studio, hence the track title. Future Joy consists solely of Zachary Simms who was born and raised in his hometown of Denver, CO. While playing live performances, Simms enlists prominent musicians to accompany him on stage and collaborate on his productions. The single comes in advance of a promised full album but in the words of Simms, "this song needed to come out sooner so I respected its wishes."
This weeks RE:Search ft. Orchard Lounge w/ PRUITT & more turned into a wild Wednesday night! As Denver reaches the peak of its summer months, everyone and their mother wants to catch some of the cool evening weather. The weekly staple knows as RE:Search Wednesday at Cervantes is a great night to enjoy the scheduled set of music indoors, along with the ability to escape outside for a breather or partake in the patio’s silent disco. The popularity of these hump day extravaganzas are no secret to Denverites, and this week with the legendary Orchard Lounge trio taking the stage, organizers had to use the full Masterpiece Ballroom as opposed to the smaller, “Other Side.”
When the Summer started, the Rooftop Concert Series by Potent Productions promised to provide Denver with some amazing music under the stars at one of Denver’s under-utilized rooftop/venue spaces. What we got was so much more. Aside from the unbelievable talent that’s been showcased, we’ve watched connections be made, witnessed beautiful ideas come to fruition, and viewed a community blossom. Through it all, it’s become clear that Potent Productions has no intentions of letting off the gas anytime soon.
Re:Search Wednesday is likely the most well known weekly installation around the Denver area. Known for giving the lesser-known, experimental artists some time to shine as well as the artists at the top of their game. You never know what you might find at Re:Search. Popular artists like Kevin Donahue of Sunsquabi often use the platform to try new sounds and side-projects, like last week when Donahue took the stage as his alter-presence, Casual Commander.
Kristofer Artz, known better as Halfway To Mars, is back at it again with a brand new track after launching his very first full-length album, Leaving Earth. His latest track is titled Afterburner and will be available for listen on Spotify today. The new single comes at the same time as Artz also announces his first official signing with Colorado's popular, Potent Productions, adding to their ever-growing roster of creative talent. “I’ve been feeling the buzz from the new album. It felt good to release so much music that it just kept flowing. Recent events in my life, moving out of boulder where I have been for the last 10 years, relationships falling apart, big life changes, I just needed to be an artist and create and harness my energy the best way I know how and that’s exactly what I did.” Said Kris when asked about the short time between releases.
Gather your friends & family in Southwestern Colorado at the legendary Talking Rocks venue this Fall. Get ready for three days of camping, dancing, eating, holistic healing, art, environmentalism, and an epic Gem & Mineral show.The Colorado, eco-conscious event space, Talking Rocks, is announcing their very own Harvest Festival, The Roots, Rocks, Equinox. Located in SW Colorado, the event space is dedicated to "providing the four corners live Education, Art, and Music." Taking place September 20th - 22nd, this unique event already has strong roots in place between its proven-successful venue, mega-talented entertainment, and epic gem & mineral showcase.
After over a year of diligent work and experimentation, LowPro. Just released his newest EP entitled Expansive. This project is a result of Soren Peterson's meticulous attention to detail, wherein he spent immense amounts of time honing in how to compile the right immersive sounds into just a few songs. The EP consists of four tracks and finishes at just over fifteen minutes, however, within that time the listener is transported into a different dimension. When I spoke to LowPro. He explained that his initial inspiration for the EP was outer space and all of its unknowns. Beyond our atmosphere lies a world of never-ending possibilities, which is how Peterson views his music and the way he hopes listeners interpret it, being endlessly “expansive,” and dynamic.
Another Potent Productions rooftop party is in the books, and before you can blink the next one is around the corner! If you have been missing these rooftop parties, you’ve just been missing out! Last Saturday, Denverites gathered on the beautiful rooftop at Jacksons for an all-day vibe under the Colorado sun.
Autonomix, the four-piece instrumental band from Denver, has been quickly making a name for themselves with slots at the two biggest festivals Colorado has to offer and a spotlight show at Cervantes Other Side for their album release party! At the beginning of June, Autonomix played a mid-afternoon set at Sonic Bloom and spiced things up at Hummingbird Stage, the festivals hidden gem. They had no problem getting people moving and grooving to the sound of their psychedelic themed jams, even with the early set time that day. The band's members include Zach Smith, Danny Littler, Jeff Pfannensteil, and Josh Nermon; all of whom mesh with each other seemingly effortlessly.
Sonic Bloom 2019 is in the books and intimate does not even come close to describing the energy of this big-time festival. The eclectic creativity that resonated throughout the festival continues to linger with me even over a week after the event! Nestled in a valley at the base of a breathtaking mountain range, the campgrounds on Hummingbird Ranch were ideal for a weekend getaway. Festival-goers filtered in throughout the day on Thursday, posting their tents and slathering on sunscreen, preparing for the excitement to come.
Kristofer Artz is a multi-talented musician who's made music under multiple different aliases. Now, he's moving forward with his own, new act, Halfway To Mars, and you're going to want to hear his brand new, self-produced, and self-mastered album; Leaving Earth.
t’s no secret that Colorado has become a haven for music, but some believe certain genres have fallen by the wayside. Genres like Hip-Hop & Rap, for example, have been labeled as disjointed, fragmented, and exploitive, often putting profit over talent; creating a recipe for disaster. This is why “CoSign” creators Max Rozier of Belly First Productions & Adrian Garcia of FAM Bam Productions decided to bring a brand new Hip-Hop concept to the Mile High City.
here is no doubt that last Thursday’s rooftop party exceeded some expectations. People’s energy and hype for the music was contagious. Potent Productions seems to be on a roll, completing their second rooftop party of the season. As the summer season really starts to take off, Jackson’s rooftop is proving to be the perfect place to cool down after a hot day and enjoy the cooler weather once the sun has set. On this particular evening, the acts included HU, GODLAZER, BARDZ and an epic headlining set by Prince Fox.
As the pre-week countdown for Sonic Bloom begins, people begin to start packing and getting their arrangements in order. We are here to help by providing some insight on what to expect once you pull up to the festival, as well as how to prepare beforehand. There is so much going on throughout the festival and in the days leading up, it can get overwhelming trying to figure out how to schedule your time. Whether it’s early morning yoga, sustainability workshops, the virtual reality tent or experiencing the magic of performance artists, there will be something for everyone at Sonic Bloom. We are very excited to relay some of the unique amenities and experiences that will be offered.
Our updated SV Featured Playlist is in, and with it like always, interviews and information from the artists themselves. SharedViews correspondent , Sophia Gabrielson, decided to pay homage to the upcoming annual installation of Sonic Bloom: The Unified Field. Each artist in this feature will indeed be taking part in the one of a kind music and arts festival, starting June 20th - June 24th, 2019. Sit back, relax, bump some new tracks, and we hope to see each and every one of you at the festival!
If you weren’t able to make it out to the show at Jackson’s, downtown Denver, last night… you missed out. Potent Productions gathered an incredible set of artists who played back to back all night long. Halfway to Mars kicked off the night with a bang, playing new mixes in preparation for his new album which will be released in June. This was his first show after spending the last year busily creating music, which is now ready to be exhibited to the masses.