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.
The Road To Compound Sound has only ran through Denver so far, but this Friday, May 24th, we journey an hour north to “Fort Fun” or Ft. Collins, CO for the final pre-party event in conjunction with Compound Sound 2019. This time, Spectacle, MIDIcinal, Mass Relay, and BANKaJI will take the stage of Hodi’s Half Note for a night of fun and festivities.
Kicking off the night with LowPro’s audio/visual show was a solid choice by the Bloom family last Friday, May 10th for Unified Field: The Official Sonic Bloom pre-party. This is one of the first occasions in which LowPro. has graced the Denver scene with his combined audio and visual board that he has personally fused himself, allowing him to customize his own sound and visuals LIVE. This sort of out-of-the-box thinking and production value is something that rings true in every aspect of the Bloom process.
Well, here we are SharedViews, in our next stage of growth. Since we’ve started this journey we have always had the bigger picture of being able to go out and showcase the beauty of this world beyond our flagship city, Denver. We’re out there looking for the special souls and stories that lie untold, roads that are untraveled, and new heights that haven’t been reached. It’s time to officially announce that we are spreading our roots to a city we’ve always had a deep connection with, The Crescent City, the one and only, New Orleans.
Last week was an active one for the team at Sonic Bloom. Mostly by way of releasing their final phase of lineup announcements. With the final additions, also came the available yoga, sound healing, and flow art classes which will be available to festival goers during the 4-day music and arts festival taking place next month. The lineup was already pretty stacked for this Colorado fest, featuring some of electronic music’s biggest stars, like Opiuo, Emancipator Ensemble, The Russ Liquid Test, Yheti, Mark Farina, Daily Bread, & The New Observatory (SCI super-band), it begs the question of who else we could be lucky enough to be receiving on the bill.
Denver establishments come and go all the time. In this town, the hottest space one week can go belly-up the next, or so it seems. But this isn’t exactly the case with the eccentric and crowd-pleasing, Yeah Baby, which “Popped up” so to speak, last year as an impermanent creative space in Denver’s popular RINO district. The pure demand for this unique space was enough to motivate the team to set permanent roots for their creation, after a nice little face lift and remodel.
This week at SharedViews we have created a superbly eclectic playlist. I spoke to and incorporated artists that represent the local flavor of Denver’s electronic music scene, as well as artists who use their music to “create a sense of novelty” from their hometowns, spanning across the country. Spring is the season of rebirth, or what many consider to be a time for new beginnings. I wanted to take that idea and turn it into the theme for this playlist. All of the following artists have been busy making sure the new year embodies springs seasonal expectations by putting out new releases, booking lots of shows, and setting the stage for new opportunities. As the saying goes, “out with the old, and in with the new.”
This week officially brings us within 5 weeks of this year's installment of Colorados biggest festival, Sonic Bloom 2019. Tickets are on sale already and if you act fast, you can still beat the tier 3 ticket price increase that comes along with their final wave of artist announcements. Fans of some of music’s most relevant names like Gramatik, Opiuo, Russ Liquid, Daily Bread, and more have until tomorrow, May 8th, at 11:59 pm to get in on not only the better price tickets but payment-plan options as well! Tickets can be found here and VIP packages can be seen here.