Arise: A weekend full of talent

ARISE Music Festival is in its 6th year. The festival (August 3 – 5) will feature 3 days of a musically diverse, festival-wonderland experience on 7 stages of live music, camping, yoga, workshops, theme camps and more. There will be on-site art gallery and art installations on the 35-acre Sunrise Ranch.

Here is the lineup:
(from Arisefestival.com)

Slightly Stoopid, from Ocean Beach, California, is defining their signature sound after two decades in their artistry. They have a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture.

Thievery Corporation has sold several million albums under their own label. The Jamaican influenced duo has performed live on 5 continents and have released 8 studio LP’s, 2 remix collections and 2 DJ mix albums since 1996.

OPIU captivates audiences with unique funkadelic bass heavy creations. Oscar Davey-Wraight is from rural New Zealand. He has been selected support some of the most respected names in electronic music, such as Bassnectar, Griz, Pretty Lights and others.

Stick Figure is a vibrant sonic soundscape. Scott Woddruff is an accomplished producer. He writes his music in a cabin in the woods near Santa Cruz, CA. Their 14-song Set in Stone enters at Number One on the Billboard and ITunes Reggae Charts.

Trevor Hall was raised on an island in South Carolina. He realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion. Hall’s music is a blend of roots and folk music with hints of inspiration from India.

Pepper is over a decade into their career. The Southern California trio came to the mainland from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1997. On Ohana, the group’s seventh full-length album, Pepper embraces the feelings and sounds that encouraged them to become a band in the first place.

Living Legends area is a family of independent hip-hop creators. They bring their own raw, unique sound and unfiltered glimpse into their daily lives. the Living Legends spawned from a serendipitous series of events in Oakland, California.

Ott has been messing around with sound boxes every day for as long as he can remember. Financed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Ott built a new studio, filled it with vintage sound-creation toys and locked the door until his record Fairchild was born. A much anticipated full-length album will be release in Fall 2018.

Quixotic is based in Kansas City. A unique blend of projection mapping, artistic dance, aerialists, musicians and specialty acts, Quixotic fuses all these elements into what the New York Times branded as “innovative circus ensemble.”

The Everyone Orchestra‘s conductor, Matt Bulter, has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised. “The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways different from regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler.

The Lil Smokies are a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass innumerable unique originals, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres with melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days.

Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute. If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute recreate the music of Talking Heads’ career.

Sumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as on of the funkiest bands to every arise from the Crescent City. Their performances combine funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies simple enough for anyone to enjoy.

Kitchen Dwellers is a Bozeman, MT based bluegrass quartet. Their album, Ghost in the Bottle, was produced by Leftover Salmon’s Any Thorn. Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst into the recent bluegrass scene.

CharlestheFirst fuses organic hip hop roots with lush and experimental electronic composition. Charles is from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has been heavily influenced by nature and the adventure that coincides with it.

Bass Physics is a Denver-based producer named Arja Adair who has one objective in mind: to spread positive vibes through the power of music.

Ayla Nereo‘s songs are like beacons of possibility amidst a changing and unpredictable world. Ayla is an artist you fell is singing directly from her Soul. She ride the line between genres, weaving in live vocal looping, beats and percussion, orchestral arrangements, Celtic melodies, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay.

Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

Shook Twins are identical twin sisters. In early 2017, the pair holed up alone in a room with just two voices and two instruments and cut a seven-song collection called “Safe.” The duo started writing songs together when they were 18. The group emerged in 2008 with their independent debut You Can Have The Rest.

The Dustobowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.

ProbCause has been like a sub-genre chameleon. The sound ProbCause has become known for travels well beyond the boundaries of hip-hop. He can casually jump from electronic to funk to R&B, then back to classic boom-bap gritty rap.

Dustin Thomas is a broody but cheerful singer-songwriter from the North. He bridges melodic elements of folk/hip-hop storytelling with beatbox drops that you can dance to.

Family and Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. They are a collective of six musicians by trade, lovers by spirit.

Eminence Ensemble is a 6-piece band, crossing and bending genres fluidly. They take you down the rabbit hole with soulful vocals and playful lyrics to reach new levels of transcendence.

Bridget Law was born and raised in Colorado. She loves the mountains and the music that hails from them. Law is founding member of the group Elephant Revival and has toured extensively throughout the US. Original music is her passion and she enjoys supporting the creative people as they dive into new realms of music.

Dynohunter is truly a breath of fresh air to the world of electronic dance music. Their sound journeys from dark tribal meditations, exotic rhythms, and deep hypnotic grooves to hard hitting dance tracks.

Plantrae roams the forests and detritus of modernity, crafting earthy beats evocative of its NW origin. Plantrae’s sound threads a distinctive path between acoustic instrumentation, and exhilarating electronic production.

The Wooks energetically honors the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music. The Wooks are as at home on a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country. The Wooks are the natural evolution of a sound that has always been there.

Tubby Love and Amber Lily calls the island of Kauai home. They have set forth a Roots Family movement involving regenerative land and energy practices. Ina . time of much needed changed, Tubby and Amber are unifying people through music.

Dragondeer is Psych-Blues and Soul from Denver. Dragondeer has crafted a sound that is equal parts cosmic and grooving. The band has recorded with Grammy nominated Producer Mark Howard and has released their debut full length “If You Got The Blues.”

Ethan Tucker‘s trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakeable soulful and bluesy vocal, is a recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends. Tucker has traveled the country with Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, and the Wailers as well as national support slots with musical peers Slightly Stoopid, G-Love, and Michael Franti.

Magna Carda has steadily risen to the top of the Austin music scene as the premiere hip hop act of 2016. The band has quickly captured the imaginations of listeners and the attention of critics alike in Austin and beyond.

Gasoline Lollipops is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. This year marked the release of the GasPops’ debut full-length album, Resurrection.

Totem is the solo project of Boulder based producer, Phoenix Clay Michael. he has been playing eastern-style instrumentation for over a decade. Totem’s sampling style is deep and visceral. Blending sequences of thick bass and instrumentation with live production.

The Peace Poets are hip hop artists, spoken word poets, and makers of movement music. They are a Hip Hop crew, born in New York City. Coming from the Bronx, they’ve traveled and performed across the world in over 40 countries.

Skydyed emerged from Fort Collins. They area a three-piece band that blends butting edge electronic production with live instrumentation. With roots in rock, funk and jazz, Skydyed has created their own, diverse sound that intertwines organic live drums, bass and guitar.

Roots of Creation‘s Grateful Dub are billboard and radio chart topping and international reggae-rock sensations. Roots of Creation’s most recent release, Living Free (2016) debuted No. 1 on both the Billboard Reggae and the Relix/Jambands.com radio charts.

Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer. The band’s self-titled Compass debut combines pop melodies and harmonies into a coherent piece of work that carves out a road-less-traveled for the band in th now crowded roots music genre.

Mikey Thunder spins a flawless blend of Party Rocking Electronic Hip-Hop, House, Funk, Blues, Reggae, and World beats.

Dead Floyd is a celebration of the music of two of rock and roll’s greatest bands, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, mashed together into on high-energy, unpredictable show. The unpredictability of the set list and the modern translation of classic, beloved songs bring an element of surprise to every Dead Floyd show.

Trevor Green is known as spirited, deep, and thought provoking. His music is something fresh and distinctly new. Surrounded by 5 guitars, 3 didgeridoos, an array of percussion instruments and decorated of symbolic ancestral nature, Green’s stage appears to be a musical playground not for the faint of heart.

Jyemo Club is a new project from Jonny Jyemo, bringing together musicians from 4 different countries, each bringing their own flavor to spice up the vibes. This is dance music to celebrate life, this is dance music with a rebel attitude.

Lunar Fire is Tribal Cirque, Aerial & Fire Dance, and Live Electronic World Music. Lunar Fire storytellers weave electronic based world music with theatrical aerial and fire dance to create New Myths for Modern Tribes.

Xiuhtezcatl has been working with a team of world-class producers and musicians on his debut album, Break Free. After nearly ten years of being depicted by the media, this coming-of-age record is the self-told story behind the outspoken, 17-year-old Indigenous-American.

Spectacle is a striking new voice formed in the heart of Denver’s electronic music scene. Spectacle’s orchestral instrumentation (violin, percussion, guitar) quickly made the trio stand out amongst the crowd; each performance being an experience that is refreshingly original.

Tierro with Bridget Law represents Tierro’s most heartfelt compositions reminiscent of world music styles through his use of Arabian and Latin scales. Accompanied by Bridget Law (member of Elephant Revival) on fiddle and vocals, Charlie Parker Mertens on bass and Jonny Jyemo on drums.

The Burned first exploded onto the music scene in 2010 with a celebrated self-titled debut album. Listeners appreciated The Burned for its evocative tales, proclaiming the album “fantastic” and “worth every penny.”

Katie Gray has received various recognition for her music, including time spent on the list of iTunes spotlight artists as well as the iTunes list of top picks for Facebook. Her song “Set Free” was featured on the FOX television show ‘Bones’ and numerous songs she has written and recorded with her band “Sea Stars” have been featured on various major television shows.

Dubskin is a Colorado based reggae band. They have been writing for nearly a decade, while recording and performing their unique brand of roots reggae music. With the release of their latest album, Light The Dark, DubSkin continues to push the boundaries of the reggae genre.

Meadow Mountain started as a group of friends busking on the corner of the Vail farmers market. For the first summer of the band’s existence, they learned as much bluegrass music as they could. Now, they have become one of the premier voices in Colorado Bluegrass music.

The Jauntee averages over one hundred shows a year. After spending 8 years rooted in New England and touring nationally, the band now resides in Colorado but considers the stage their truest home. The Jauntee’s improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Progressive, Bluegrass, Psychedelic and Ambient music.

Intuit braids sounds from many cultures, Intuit weaves an auditory tapestry of  reggae, blues, African poly-rhythm, folk, funk and jazz. The rootsy groove is fueled by the impeccable rhythm section of drummer Jonny Jyemo, and bassist Otis Lande. Violinist and vocalist Brune Macary shines on stage.

Bijay Shrestha and Andy Skellenger. Shrestha has performed in many European Countries and will be the featured performer on sitar. Andy Skellenger will accompany on tabla. He is one of Colorado’s premier percussionists and an up and coming figure of Indian Classical Music in America.

Megan Hamilton is a producer/vocalist out of Minneapolis. With a debut on Bristol’s Ghetto Funk, Hamilton brings a European influence to funk in the US.

Guerrilla Fanfare is composed of some of the finest and rowdiest horn players and percussionists in Colorado. One thing is in common for all of their performances: Guerrilla Fanfare brings a wild and funky party no matter the occasion.

Ley Line are four voices rooted in rhythm. he women of Ley Line transcend language and genres to create a sound that seems to emerge from deep within the earth.

Indigenous Sister of Hip-Hop – La Marea. Unfiltered Lyricism, Beyond Any Border – La Marea is a masked agent of change with lyrics that aspire to encourage all necessary actions and prayers for the survival of native peoples and our non-human relatives.

Indigenous Sister of Hip-Hop – Katrina Benally. Benally is one of the top female music artists coming from the Southwest! She is a Diné hiphop and rap artist and she is also independent, indigenous and limitless.

FunkStatik is a solo producer and performer based in Denver, Colorado and from Omaha, NE. FunkStatik has performed at Euphoria Music Festival, Suwannee Hulaween and ARISE Music Festival.

Telemetry performs out of Denver and represents The Mile High Sound Movement. Telemetry, is a 3 piece power up trio strongly based off the idea of blending production music with live instrumentation.

Proximity, the hip-hop conglomerate from Denver Colorado is a group driven from life experiences and a strong passion for music. This Colorado based collaborative movement consists of two innovative MC’s and a classic hip-hop DJ.

Hiroki Okano debuted in the world in 1990 from German record company IC DIGIT. 
His ambient music expressed in his Japanese sensibility has also been widely introduced in European and American media.

Krushendo is a Colorado future bass, trap, and dubstep music producer, guitarist, keyboardist, and DJ.

Kiyoshi Music is a world premier visionary-inspirational vocalist and songwriter. Kiyoshi and his band engage audiences worldwide with a highly interactive and authentic stage performance, getting the crowd dancing and moving like no other.

That Damn Sasquatch is a Denver based band with multi musical interests and instrumentation. While blending the genres of Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Zydeco, and Rock, the band’s mixture of versatile originals and eclectic covers ensure every show is an amazing and unique performance.

Autonomix is a 4-piece high-energy psychedelic-dance band from space. Their compositions and improvs will take you to the outer reaches of the cosmos and back, all while dancing around structured grooves and laid on the foundation of composition music theory.

Pixie and The Partygrass Boys have been spreading the gospel of whiskey and chickens since 2015. They are a rowdy band of ski bums and hippies first brought together by a common love of snow, fun, and bluegrass in the shadows of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Buddha Bomb has devoted the greatest part of his life to elevating consciousness and using music as a transformational conduit to bring healing and joy to thousands. His sets are inspired, seamless and often mystical.

Phoenix Clay has been producing as Totem for three years in Boulder, Colorado and throughout the western United States. With skillful fusion of digital and analog instrumentation, Totem takes the listener on a journey through cosmic soundscapes, delivering tribal beat and complex bass synthesis.

When singer/songwriter Andrew Sturtz isn’t playing folk, jazz and soul in local Boulder venues, he’s out on the festival circuit, bringing his potent voice to stages like the Riverlights Festival in South Bend, IN

Zoë Clare is Fierce le Fey, cosmic pop poet – inter-dimensional wordsmith and faerie translator. With a wide variety of influences, Fierce brings an emotive relevance to the realms of sound design, while maintaining an engaging melodic delivery.

MountainUs is a five piece band that breathes new life and energy into the reggae scene. Combine their high energy break downs with their conscious and purpose filled values, and you’ve got yourself one widely appealing blowout of a band.

Based out of Fort Collins, CO and formed in 2012, Switchman Sleepin’ is one of northern Colorado’s mainstay Grateful Dead tribute acts, paying true homage to an amazing catalog of songs that came before them.

Rat Doctor. A little bit of yeah, and a little bit of yes. Livin’ and lovin’ in Fort Collins, CO.

Hindsight Classic Rock is a rock band from Boulder, CO, playing the greatest classic rock songs of all time!

Elf Arrow is the global electronic DJ project of Avery Runner. Featuring a tribal approach to modern dance, Elf Arrow always drops ecstatic energy on the community, providing deep and meaningful sets of mind blowing selections.

DENNIS WEIGEL AKA DJ ORPHEUS has been spinning tribal and ethnic electronica around the Denver and Boulder area since 2008. Inspired by the ecstatic dance movement and transformational festival culture, his sets take listeners on a vast inner journey; massaging the mind, expanding the heart and moving the body by blending several dance music genres including psy-bass, glitch hop, tribal house, and trance.

Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion are America’s pioneers of mantra-rock music. Heart-centered yogis who love to rock ‘n’ roll have been flocking to Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion’s live Kirtans on the West Coast.

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