The Mile High 420 Festival is only three weeks away and will be one of the biggest parties in Denver this year. This festival, one that is expected to see 50,000 people fill Civic Center Park, will kick things off at 10 a.m. and reach its high point just before 4:20 p.m. with a DJ set by Lil Jon followed by the long-awaited return of rap star Lil Wayne.
Attendees can look forward to great live music, food trucks, dozens of vendors including a cannabis craft marketplace, and an improved festival environment altogether. As the organizer for this year’s event, Euflora has placed their focus on making the experience not only more streamlined than in previous years but elevating the experience from a protest to a celebration.
The diverse lineup of music on the main stage, including a set by the legendary Original Wailers, will be complemented by local bluegrass legends WhiteWater Ramble and the up and coming indie crooner Taylor Alexander. In addition an entire local stage will round out the lineup with some of Colorado’s best and brightest. As if that wasn’t enough, the “420 Funny” comedy stage is going to ensure that Denverites and cannabis curious from across the globe are ganja have a good time.
Entry to this celebration of cannabis culture is completely free of charge and people of all ages can attend.
On April 20, 2018, an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts will convene in Denver, Colorado’s Civic Center Park for the largest free 420 festival on Earth. The new and improved event will feature the long-awaited return of rap star Lil Wayne, and a highly anticipated DJ set by Lil Jon, classic Bob Marley songs by the Original Wailers and tracks from reggae giants Inner Circle. The diverse lineup of music on the main stage will be complemented by local bluegrass legends WhiteWater Ramble and the up and coming indie crooner Taylor Alexander.
The Mile High 4/20 festival will kick off at 10 am and will reach its pinnacle at 4:20 PM with a scheduled performance by celebrity hip-hop talent Lil Jon and Lil Wayne. Entry to this celebration of cannabis culture is completely free of charge and people of all ages can attend the event. For more information about the event, and potential sponsorship or vendor opportunities, check out the official event page at MileHigh420Festival.com.
Look for more upcoming coverage from 303 Live soon.
Here are the things you can do in and around Denver this week.
Stomp is a must watch spectacle for the audiences of all ages. This international percussion sensation has traveled and garnered so many wards around the globe. They even appeared in a number of TV shows worldwide. Find out why this explosive, provocative, and utterly unique show is a fan favorite.
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
FEB 13 – 18, 2017
1400 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
Valentine’s Day 90’s Block Party
Celebrate Valentine’s 90’s style with Guy feat Teddy Riley, creators of the New Jack Swing Style. Dust off your 90’s wardrobe and party like Y2K have’nt happened yet.
FEB 3, 2018
700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202
Watch the Spurs Visit our Nuggets
The Nuggets just traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks and acquired Devin Harris from the Mavs at the trade deadline. Will it be enough to secure a playoff spot in the stacked Western Conference? Well, it’s an uphill battle as they host the Spurs at home.
FEB 13, 2018
1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80204
Ever since her performance at America’s Got Talent, Grace Wanderwaal has become one of America’s favorite new singer. In 2017, she won Choice Next Best Thing at the Teen Choice Awards and The Freshest-Best New Artist from Radio Disney Music Awards. Clearly, she and her ukulele is set to conquer the US.
The Bluebird Theatre
FEB 16, 2018
3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
If you are feeling the blues, maybe a good cocktail and a bit of jazz are just what you need. Fortunately, the jazz scene around Denver is pretty vibrant and as smooth as a sax solo on a Friday night.
To get your Jazz fix, here are some spots you can go to:
If you are talking about Jazz in Denver, the first place to go to is the pioneer in the scene: El Chapultepec. Every Jazz fan in Denver knows to go to the corner of the 20th and Market. They are considered the oldest Jazz club in Denver, serving up the blues every night since 1933.
1962 Market St. Denver, CO 80202
Herbs’ motto is low on pretension, high on energy, and the club certainly lives up to it. If you are looking for a Jazz club at Denver’s LoDo scene, this is the spot. Great bands paired with creative, yet inexpensive cocktails make for a very smooth night. If you are in the mood to sing or play yourself, Herbs wants you to come down and bring your voice and your Axe on their Hump Day Funk Jam. Just check out their calendars for the dates
2057 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Probably the premier jazz spot in Denver. They have featured some of the best local and national jazz artists like Joe Lovano, The Bad Plus, and Kurt Elling. It was listed as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by DownBeat magazine too. To top it off, they also established their own vinyl record store so that Jazz enthusiasts has another mode to enjoy the music.
1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202
Nocturne is a pretty young contender on this list as they only opened in 2014, but that they already belong on this list speaks volumes of what they offer the Denver Jazz scene. What started out as a warehouse in RiNo, turned into an acoustically designed room to optimize the blues from the bands and artists. Their Artist in Residency program explores modern and classic jazz as never before as artists engage in an 8-week performance. So for straight ahead to funky, Nocturne has got you covered.
1330 27th St. Denver, CO 80205
The Crimson Room
If you are looking for a more intimate setting with a touch of sophistication, just check out this cozy place behind a glossy red door at downtown Denver’s historic Larimer Square. Wear your fancy clothes and experience some of Denver’s best Jazz and Acoustic acts nightly.
1403 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80202
House parties on New Year’s Eve spent hanging out with friends or family watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, sipping some drinks and then toasting at midnight with some champagne and a kiss are cool, don’t get me wrong, but there are parties, and then there are parties you don’t want to miss. It just so happens that there’s not just one, but two epic bashes to choose from.
The office over at Dream Entertainment Group is noticeably buzzing right now with New Year’s Eve right around the corner. The team of Dondrae Mills, Yoseph Assefa, and Brandon Eubands are busy finishing details for not one, but two parties they plan to throw in Denver this year. Things seem to be going smoothly, however; not at all how I imagined this place to be so close to the ball drop.
“We started planning the events in early August,” Mills stated taking a seat next to me, “and once we know what the concepts are, the planning happens quickly because all of our resources are in place from the last ten years of doing events.”
Party one is the New Year’s Black Tie Party being held downtown again at the Sheraton in its 28,000 square foot Plaza Ballroom and foyer. It is the premier New Year’s Eve experience in Denver and has everything you’d want for the night; three DJs, live music, Las Vegas style casino games, and multiple all-inclusive open bars with liquor, beer, and wine. Yes, that’s correct. Multiple open bars.
Live entertainment will include Eric Lane and Cicely O’Kain while DJ performances include top 40 and Hip Hop from DJ Big Spade, old school classics from DJ SD, and Neo Soul, Reggae, and Dance from DJ Nunez. Party goers will also enjoy a photo booth to capture those memorable moments, and a complimentary champagne toast under a massive confetti blast as the clock strikes midnight. Did I mention multiple all-inclusive open bars? Don’t worry about driving home either. Rooms are available upstairs at one of Denver’s top rated hotels.
“This party has sold out five years in a row,” Assefa added, “and has always been one of the best parties in Denver on New Year’s Eve. And it will definitely sell out again.”
“The doors open at 8 o’clock and we expect this to be one of our best years,” Eubanks said coming into the room. “We plan on giving everyone that’s coming out one hell of a night.”
For those of you who are looking for more of that exclusive party vibe, Dream Entertainment has added the Champagne Mansion Party where they promise to give those who attend an experience like never before.
“I’m always thinking about event ideas that will add a new element to Denver’s nightlife and the mansion party is the perfect fit,” Mills stated. “You’ll have it all. An elegant mansion with a roof top right next to City Park, themed rooms, multiple open bars, and champagne service all night long.”
There will be roaming photographers, access to the red carpet photo booth, music by DJ Big Spade who will be spinning everything from top 40 hits to EDM, Hip Hop and more. The big difference between this and the Black Tie Party is that the party is limited; hence the exclusive vibe.
“I expect the mansion party to be something that everyone is gonna rave about,” Mills added. “We only have 325 tickets available and will probably be sold out before Christmas so people should grab their tickets now.”
“Shoot,” Assefa added, chuckling. “Tickets started selling before we even began marketing it!”
We’re far from the gaudy lights and arena stage set ups tonight. Instead, everyone is crammed into the historic, ramshackle walls of Globe Hall; it’s underground rock and roll vibe the perfect venue for the raw, grittiness that is Black Pistol Fire. And as sweat pours from Kevin McKeown’s lanky frame while fans grab at his legs and euphorically bang their hands against the stage to the heavy back beat of Eric Owen’s drums, I can’t help but think that this is where everyone who loves music should be.
There’s a scene in the movie, Almost Famous, in which Lester Bang tells the young William Miller, “These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it.” I think about that every time I review an album or live show such as tonight’s, but trust me, everything written about Black Pistol Fire is absolutely true. “Sleep on these guys at your own risk.” “…trail of scorched earth and melted minds.” “A power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac.” “Pure fire on stage.” And if you read my last write up, this Austin based duo is the epitome of everything that is great about rock music right now. Words are just words, however. Black Pistol Fire is a band you must still experience live to get the full impact of just how powerful they truly are. And that’s on full display tonight as they pummel the crowd right from the start with Lost Cause off their recent album, Deadbeat Graffiti, and into the epic Hipster Shakes with Kevin singing, “Hey mama the way you roll that cone, oh see you cuppin’ and a rattlin’ those bones. C’mon down and do the hipster shake, someone let me out my cage!” They roll through covers of Fleetwood Mac’s, Oh Well, and Bob Dylan’s, Where You Been Before, then slow it down slightly with Blue Dream before belting out “I’m dead and gone, the way you do me wrong, and I’m dead and gone!” on Suffocation Blues. From that point, it’s a continued and total annihilation of the gritty, bluesy, rock and roll authenticity their fans scream for.
Within the hour and change onslaught, you can hear them draw inspiration from some of the greats that include Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, and Led Zepplin, taking the very foundation the legends built, then molding it into their own sound, and finally unleashing it in an epic roar of rock fervor. That’s apparent as they constantly change gears throughout the rest of the set, grooving through Speak of the Devil, torching the stage with Drop the Needle, and then completely burn the house down with Run Rabbit Run. They hold nothing back, forever charging ahead and leave this place wanting more. I’m saying it now, Black Pistol Fire is one of the best live acts in music today and it’s time you jump on board. There’s a reason why so many people are talking.
Here are the things you can do in and around Denver this week.
Celebrate Hispanic Culture at the last week of National Hispanic Heritage Month
This is an annual celebration of culture, history, and many contributions of the Hispanic community to what the United States of America is today. It is in its last week so it’s your last chance to join in this year.
SEP 15 – OCT 15, 2017
Watch Dinosaurs Live at Dinos! After Dark
What’s better than watching dinosaurs? Watching dinosaurs actually move. What’s even better? Watching them at night. The Denver Zoo brings their Dinos Live act to a next level with Dinos! After Dark. Get to experience the Zoo’s animatronic dinosaurs come to life along with illuminated sculptures made from pumpkins. Perfect for Halloween.
OCT 5 – OCT 28, 2017
2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205
Catch Imagine Dragons
Catch Imagine Dragons at the Pepsi Center this Saturday. I don’t think I need to say more.
OCT 14, 2017
1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80204
MmmmBop with Hanson
Oh, you know you want to sign along!!! It’s the 25th anniversary of Hanson’s Middle of Nowhere album and you can celebrate this milestone with the band itself, all grown up.
Summit Music Hall
OCT 14, 2017
1902 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
Run, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll bands along a marathon course? I am so in. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is an annual event that has been happening since 1998 and every year, more and more people are joining the fray. Best part is that the event has raised more than $310 million for participating charities. So, marathon, bands, and charity. What else do you need?
OCT 14-15, 2017
Broadway Ave. & Colfax, Denver, CO 80202
The annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is here again and it is bigger than ever. With some controversies in the past about the involvement of large beer corporations, some changes are expected this weekend to improve beer enthusiasts experience.
Craft Beer will dominate End Caps
In the past, big beer brands like MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, and AB InBev are able to dominate endcaps through their subsidiaries because of big sponsorship of the event. But it kind of defeats the purpose of showcasing local craft beers.
This year, The Brewers Association (BA) announced that end caps will be reserved only for those brewers that meet the organization’s definition of a craft brewer, which usually means small, traditional breweries that are independent or have less than 25 percent ownership from large alcohol corporations.
Big Beer Brands presence is severely decreased
Big beer brands have been stealing the thunder from local craft beer makers in the past GABF. Not this time. Most of the big beer brands will have less presence overall. Some of them will still be there. MillerCoors will have a table where they will serve most of their beers and AB InBev will only have 2 of their purchased formerly independent breweries participating in the event. But for the most part, they are gone. Bud is not there, Blue Moon is not there, and Lagunitas, which was popular in past GABF events, won’t be there either.
Offensive Beer Name Ban
Maryland’s Flying Dog caused quite a stir when they announced that they won’t be participating in this year’s GABF because of the BA’s new policy about possible offensive beer names. In April, BA announced that it will be taking a stand against beer names that can be classified as offensive, racist, or misogynistic. Flying Dog thinks this constitutes censorship. It will be fun to see if any of the breweries will come up with names that will push BAs definition of what of what offensive names are.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be there
A lot of breweries do a lot of gimmicks to get their brew more attention. There were the funny stunts from Bull & Bush and Oskar Blues in the past, and then there were the cannabis-infused beers from Dad & Dudes. This year, Melvin Brewing will be going WWE (or should it be WWF) as they teamed up with wrestling legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who will be all over the fest. What else can I say but… HHHOOOOO…