Friends and strangers gathered at The Other Side of Cervantes to get down to some deep wubs and dirty bass. Tsimba, Mimosa, and Grymetyme made it happen. Wild performances by all three made for a nonstop party.
We’ve been keeping our ears peeled here at SharedViews and are happy to bring back our monthly playlist, packed with a variety of fresh tracks guaranteed to get stuck in your head. From deep wubs to chill beats, local faves to rising stars, we’ve got you covered. In keeping with tradition, we delved into select songs with a handful of the artists for a deeper look into their creative worlds. Enjoy, and feel free to share these hot new releases!
It’s a beautiful thing when people come together for love of the same thing, something like music for example. This week at the Cervantes weekly installment of Re:Search Wednesday, provided the foundation for one of those moments. The bill was set with basically three completely different styles of music starting with the local favorite, Mikey Thunder, who if somehow you're unaware, is probably the most versatile DJ Denver has ever produced.
They say patience is a virtue, but we all know it’s one of the hardest things to implement into our lives. That being said, what is the longest thing you’ve ever had to wait for, willingly or not? In my case, as well as thousands of duteous fans, it was the highly anticipated Tool album...13 long years we patiently waited. Rumors had circulated more than once that it might never happen. However, I like to think that Maynard and the rest of Tool’s members had cultivated their masterful vision for Fear Inoculum long, long ago.
The build up for Melody Lines & Collidoscope’s headline show at Cervantes was slow, steady, and a long time coming! When you spend a lot of time around venues and shows, you hear the “scene” talking about specific upcoming shows more than others. Aug 16th, was one of those shows. Supported by local favorite, Telemetry, plus Float Goat and Mr. Bugatti before them, the night’s lineup was absolutely stacked! It’s no wonder the show was reported as around 10 tickets OVER sold-out. Needless to say, Denver turned out and a party was had.
September is shaping up to be one of the biggest months for music in Denver, and it started with a bang on the 4th. Cervantes Other Side received its weekly blessing of Jordan Polovina’s soul food for the eardrums, giving the $10 ticket fam something to move to. sfam brought their own saucy offerings from NOLA and hit us with the heat. Michael Pearson and Jacob Hoerner are sfam, and these Mississippi boys are an absolute unit in the studio, having collaborated with the likes of Boogie T, TVBOO, DMVU, Toadface and more in the few short years of their musical career. They gave us all the goodies and we all ate it up. They’re obviously excited to be where they are, naming a lot of artists over the mic whom they’ve been able to work with. We see you, sfam!
Saturday night turned into one big joint-effort between Megan Hamilton, Cofresi and Bass Physics. You don’t always get to see all the artists on a lineup participate in one another’s sets, but Cervantes is a venue where the evening spread is set up family style. The camaraderie between all the performers was certainly apparent, going on and off stage to jam out with one another all throughout the night. Despite it being a busy festival season, everyone came prepared to deliver brand new music and the crowd ate it up, always leaving room for more.
Though new to Colorado, Compound Sound has been a spot for beloved friends & family to gather for about a decade. “This started as a grassroots thing, just a group of friends on a piece of private property playing music together. No promotion, no sponsors, none of that.” Nicole Fagan, Street Team Manager told us.
It was Wednesday, my dudes, and hump-day felt cozier than ever at The Other Side of Cervantes. Re:Search’s own resident opener Jordan Polovina took the feature spot and stole the show with his new supergroup, Animated Earth. DJ Logic headlined and orchestrated a fine and refined DJ set accompanied by a healthy serving of horns and live drums. Infinite Vibe doubled down on percussion and wrapped it up tight, another one for the books.
A Cheshire moon smiled over Sunrise Ranch the weekend of Aug 2nd - 4th 2019, mirroring the bliss that Arise Music & Arts Festival conjured in us. The convergence of music, performance, visual art, creative wares, spiritual and mindful education, experiences, food, and the collective energy of us, the attendees, cultivated a palpable positive vibe felt in all corners. Love and acceptance were everywhere you looked. We’d like to share with you some of our experiences:
It’s been almost 6 months since we released our last SV Mixtape Session (Vol 10) and we couldn’t be more excited to start bringing you more amazing, custom music. We are back now with Vol. 11 and we couldn’t think of a better artist to come back out of the gate with then Denver’s Dozier. Chances are you’ve begun hearing this artists name around town, if you’ve not actually seen her play already. If you know, then you know that Alex Rowan (Dozier) is not only an absolute rock star, but is also quickly rising to the ranks of Bass Queens around town and even beyond. Keep reading for our one-on-one conversation, see the results of her personal photo shoot with Drew Makenzi Photography, and of course listen to SV Mixtape Session Vol. 11 feat. DOZIER!
The Party People released a brand new single today. The hometown super-group consisting of Mr. Bugatti, Benjamins Vibe, and the illustrious Mikey Thunder, have been quietly making moves while loudly maintaining their cut-loose reputation. Whether it’s rocking rooftop parties, being signed with a new agency (Rogue Agency), or making all sorts of new music, The Party People are making a statement. They’re telling us to get ready for an elevated form of their art, their music, and their careers.
Some places just resonate familial interactions, where you can go time and time again knowing you will see friendly faces, as well as meet new people. Cervantes’ is that place for Denver locals, a safe space to hang out with like-minded individuals and hear good music on any given night of the week. Whether it’s the Masterpiece Ballroom or The Other Side, you can bet that there will be an artist or group that you would rather not miss. RE:Search Wednesdays are an exceptional night at Cervantes because the lineups always include local household names, as well as more prominent and recognizable artists. Many people that I’ve talked to during RE:Search nights come on a near-weekly basis even if they don’t know the artists because they can hang out, dance, enjoy the silent disco and more than likely leave with new artists to throw on their playlists.
Denver is never short of exciting shows coming down the pipeline, but some tend to stand out more than others. To me, Bass Physics, Cofresi, and Megan Hamilton this Saturday represent such a show. I was excited as soon as I saw the three names on the same flyer a couple of months ago. The insanely talented, drumming machine known as Cofresi has been high on my list since I saw him in New Orleans a couple of years ago. I’ve always wanted to see him in Denver. Megan Hamilton rounded out my top 3 favorite sets at Sonic Bloom this year. And as for Bass Physics, y’all probably already know what’s exciting about Bass Physics, but in case you don’t keep reading cause we caught up with him about what he’s been working on, ways he thinks we can all help save the world, and exactly why his manager told us to expect an, “incredibly immersive, over-the-top experience” this Saturday with Rubikz Visuals and 303 Lasers both on the ticket
Upon creation, Co-founders, Paul Bassis and Tierro Lee, were inspired to create something that would become so much more than just a music festival. They turned Arise into a movement, one that is a contribution between allegiant men and women. One aspect that stood out, which sets Arise apart from other festivals, is their dedication towards sustainable practices. Everything from the food trucks to a full-fledged carbon offset program made Arise a place you can leave feeling like you were a small part of saving the Earth and its beautiful landscapes.
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.