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ARISE Music Festival 2017 – MHSM Recap & Review

The 5th year of the Arise Music Festival was a magical experience for all in attendance. Fulfilling their schedule packed with music, transformational workshops, a weekend long hangout with incredible people, the festival stepped above and beyond our expectations. The rain didn’t dampen any of our spirits, and luckily we only experienced a few scattered showers throughout the whole weekend.

The beginning of most festivals starts out the same, everyone is in a hurry to get there for the fun, then we have to wait for hours in line just to get in and set up camp. The staff at Arise this year was fully prepared to make the expected horrendous wait quick and efficient. Usually having to wait a couple hours to figure out what’s going on to get in at most festivals, this years’ wait was under an hour for the early Friday arrivers. A fury of campers unloaded their camps, popped up tents, threw out their chairs and kicked back to wait for the Friday lineup to begin.

Mikey Thunder played some epic tweener sets on the Magazine Stage near the main stage all night. The Green Tree Stage held it down with local and fan favorites all night. Evanoff kicked off the weekend, but their set was short lived because of mother nature. The rain came and everyone scattered for cover because it dumped on us for about an hour. kLL sMTH was supposed to play right after, but his set was cancelled due to the weather. We call for a re-do for him in the immediate future. Maddy O’Neal brought us back into the night with a pumped up original set. This goddess producer is crushing the scene right now. The Desert Dwellers closed out the Green Tree Stage with a house inspired set. Even though we have come to expect them to provide lower downtempo beats, this set was a fresh change from their usual performance.  The Eagle Stage boasted a tempting lineup for the night. Brother Ali blessed us with his presence and enlightening lyrical performance. Followed closely by Atmosphere, who despite some technical difficulties was still able to blow our minds with some freestyle raps and some of his more popular favorites. Closing out our Friday night, Lettuce played a funky set sending us off into the weekend with happy hearts.

Video by Tomas Morgan

ProJect Aspect’s birthday set ended with candles, cake and a crowd full of singing happy birthday

Beginning as early as the sun on Saturday, workshops scattered all throughout the festival grounds enriched and educated everyone in attendance. The Yoga Dome was packed after the sunrise into the evening. The 12:30 practice was intense and welcomed. Taught by Rob Loud from Yogapod in Denver, and Mikey Thunder on the decks, this session opened hearts and minds into a new dimension of love and compassion. The Green Tree hosted our very own Project Aspect celebrating his birthday by throwing down an epic set with drummer Steven Kuzma. Project Aspect combined new songs, with old favorites, proving to us once again that his talents are limitless. Blending glitch hop beats with jam inspired freshness this hour long set was a journey into the mind of his musical genius. Every new set he creates is mind blowing, super fun and a pure joy to be a part of. Beats Antique mesmerized the crowd with their performance, those women are the wiggliest beautiful creatures to take any stage. Dancing seamlessly with each other and props like magical pots on their heads, their performance takes it the next level. The highly anticipated set from Tipper with visuals from Android Jones sent us to another dimension. The LED screens for the main stage were so visually pleasing it is hard to tear your eyes away while watching a performance from this incredible duo.

Kruza Kid sitting in w/ ProJect Aspect

The last day of this festival was jam packed with goodness. The Green Tree Stage hosted favorites such as Lunar Fire and Skydyed. Unlimited Gravity turned up the heat after a brief rain across the grounds. He never fails to throw a party, even early in the night. His hard hitting sounds had the crowd getting down. It was a special experience as the whole crowd anticipated his dirty drops together and could really feel every twist in his songs. Debuting some unreleased new music and really connecting with the crowd his performance was top notch. Later in the night Late Night Radio took the stage for a special appearance, announcing that this was the second time his mom and been able to attend one of his shows. Break Science and Sunsquabi & Friends kept the stage packed with artists from local Colorado bands delivering a truly special jam inspired performance. The horn section from Lady and the Gentlemen joined them and Clark Smith from Dynohunter graced us with his saxophone throughout each of these performances.

Video by Tomas Morgan

The Arise Music festival delivered a weekend full of fun and amazing experiences. Returning next year with a fresh lineup including already announced headliners Slightly Stoopid and Thievery Corporation, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. Head to for more info

Melinda Mankins

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