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Arise Music Festival returns for 6th year in Loveland, Colorado

Finding a community of like minded people who care about the earth, each other, music and having a good time might be a rare find, but not at the legendary Arise Music Festival. For the 6th year, this festival will shine above the rest at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO. With an abundance of education, workshops, music and fun Arise is unique to the music scene.

“Arise Festivals core values are grounded in a mission to serve as a vehicle for community building and creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy, and active engagement in social justice.” (

Committed to being as green and eco-friendly as possible, Arise plants one tree per ticket sold!

With 6 stages and many areas dedicated to forming a strong community during the three day weekend, Arise captivates the festival goer from the moment they reach the grounds. The Organic India Yoga sanctuary sits up on the hill, overlooking the entire grounds. Featuring many classes throughout the weekend to enlighten your mind! Most are accompanied with live music from performers of many genres. The Wisdom Village is made to share resources, give thanks, honor the wisdom of each and every person that enters, and educate your higher self with the workshops scheduled all weekend to cultivate a deeper knowing of self. Make sure to attend the sacred fire that is lit 24/7 during the festival. The Children’s Village is for children of all ages to empower self expression through art, music, nature and love. Workshops are offered throughout the whole weekend giving us insight into permaculture, meditation, yoga, active lifestyles, art, and so much more. There is truly an unlimited amount of knowledge brought to this festival that sends us back into the world a whole new and probably better person. 

Arise boasts a lineup filled with 200 artists of all mediums. The music lineup is incredible this year. Never having the same lineup, this festival keeps its fresh by bringing all kinds of genres. Most of the headliners this year have a more chill style in each of their own respects but we know we can expect some surprises from them. Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, OPIUO, Ott., Stick Figure, Pepper, Living Legends, Bass Physics, Charlesthefirst, ProbCause, Eminence Ensemble, Megan Hamilton, Telemetry and so many more amazing artists across the music world fill the weekends lineup. 

Mile High Sound Movement artist, Funkstatik, is performing at his first Arise this year. Fresh off his main stage set at Sonic Bloom, we are so stoked to see him play at Arise Saturday night at 9:45PM! Keep an eye out for his new EP coming soon on MHSM Records.

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One of our favorite local Denver bands DYNOHUNTER, is playing Arise this year. MHSM Editor, Melinda Mankins, had the chance to get the inside scoop from the melodic saxophone master, Clark Smith. Check out what he had to say below. 

MM: What’s new and exciting in the Dynohunter world? Any upcoming releases or collaborations in the works you can provide some insight on?
CS: Things are going really great, we’ve been steadily pumping out new tracks in the studio and really refining our process. We just released a new 4 track EP ‘Paradise Nocturno’ and have been busy touring the country this summer. As a band we’ve never been tighter or more in tune with each other. Its almost telepathic, I guess that’s just what happens when you’ve been playing music and hanging out with your best friends for over half a decade.

In terms of upcoming Collabs we just did a track with Denver Hip hop artist C1 (Khouri) which has been fun getting back to some of our hip hop roots, its a super housey track with some hip hop aesthetic and latin vibes.

MM: Having played many shows at some of the best venues and festivals what’s one of the most memorable shows you have played?
CS: We’ve had countless super memorable sets, some of them have been at some pretty big beautiful venues with solid crowds and others have been smaller more intimate shows that just had a special feeling or a crazy intense energy. But if I have to choose one, I would say our first set at Electric Forest on the Forest Stage late night week 1 of this summer was maybe the most memorable. Hearing our music pump through the forest, the subs rattling, lasers beams blazing, the echo of my saxophone off the trees, seeing inflatable T rex’s dancing around a sea of joyful people, celebrating life together was a moment we’ll never forget.

MM: DYNOHUNTER has made some bangers, one of my personal favorites is Drenchin’ it gets me moving every time! What are some of your goals for the future? Where do you see yourselves evolving too?
CS: I think we’ve always tried to make music that elevates the party but still tells a story about who we are. Though our roots are in instrumental music we’ve obviously been super influenced by the house and techno scene. We have definitely been working hard to take people to places they’ve never been through our sets, working to take them deeper… one day we’d also love to play in Europe.

MM: Clark, you are featured in a lot of local bands throughout the city. I have personally seen you crush at Cervantes, The Fillmore, and Ophelia’s. Who are some of your favorite people to play with outside of Dynohunter?
CS: Hmm there’s so many great musicians and bands I’ve gotten the pleasure to play with, I really love playing with Gabe Mervine (trumpet) & Charlie Mertins (bass) we’ve been playing together for over a decade at this point, they always really inspire me to be a better musician, they always kick my ass in the nicest way possible LOL. I also love playing with my good friends in the Fat Tuesday house band at Cervs, Casey Russel (Keys) Will Trask (Drums) & Sean Dandurand ( Bass) They always bring such a positive vibration to the stage, it’s all love babbyyy!

MM: Are your sets planned or do you improv?
CS: For DYNOHUNTER It’s a combination of both, a delicate balance between finely tuned studio production, and live improvisation, we always want to have a good idea of what we’re gonna do but sometimes the finer details are worked out in real time, that’s what keeps the live sets interesting for us, it’s about taking risks.

MM: What advice would you give to your younger self 10 years ago, if you knew everything you know now?
CS: Be patient, the path to success is slow and bumpy

MM: Who are some of your biggest influences musically and personally? Who are the 3 greatest musicians to you?
CS: I have so many… but I would have to say Bob Marley and John Coltrane really helped shape who I am as a person and musician, they were visionaries and freedom fighters and gave everything to their art. In the modern world, I would say Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox, they are masters at their craft and have been steadily dedicated to raising the vibration for seriously decades.

MM: What’s your background in music? When/where did you start playing?
CS: I started playing saxophone at age 9, I was pretty involved in the Maine Jazz scene in High School and went on to study Jazz studies and Audio Production at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. I started getting really involved in Electronic music production towards the end of College which is when DYNOHUNTER started.

Thank you Clark! DYNOHUNTER plays Arise on Sunday, August 5 at 6:45PM on the Green Tree Stage. We’re ready to see this telepathy in action.

Check out the latest live session video from DYNOHUNTER.

DYNOHUNTER Live Sessions : Bluebird Theater

This is how we do Live Tech House!!Stoked to present you with our Live Sessions Vol. 2 Video Live from The Bluebird Theater in Denver! Thanks to Kontagium Concerts for the awesome video! We're looking forward to seeing you all out on the road this Summer, where will we see you??? (Tour Dates Below)Paradise Nocturno Tour6/21-6/24 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest6/28-7/1 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest7/13 Omaha, NE River Jam7/14 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room7/20 Tempe, AZ Shady Park Tempe7/21 San Diego, CA WinstonsOB7/27 San Franscisco, CA Milk Bar7/28 Truckee, CA Guitarfish Music Festival8/3-8/5 Loveland, CO ARISE Music Festival8/22 Chicago, IL Tonic Room8/23-8/24 Sherman, NY Night Lights Music Festival10/26-10/28 Live Oak, FL Suwannee Hulaween

Posted by DYNOHUNTER on Monday, June 18, 2018

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