Joey Bada$$, the independent hip-hop Recording Artist hailing from Brooklyn, has been a staple in the hip-hop industry for maintaining an authentic, unique and versatile sound. Whereas other rappers may take fewer risks with formulaic projects, Joey never shies away from keeping his music raw and original. And now he’s bringing that vibe to the Odgen on Thursday, May 17.
On April 7, 2017, Joey released his sophomore album “ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$” featuring J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q, Styles P, & more. Opening week, the album came out strong as the #1 rap album and #2 independent album in the country. His lead single “Devastated” which he debuted at Coachella in 2016, is now certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Doors for The Amerikkkana Tour with Boogie, Buddy, Chuck Strangers open at 7 pm with tickets on sale here.
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.
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!”
The 2nd annual Denver International Festival is a celebration of hundreds of countries and cultures that call Denver home and it’s all happening this Saturday. This free event features live music and dance performances, interactive art, cultural displays, a marketplace and kid’s village, a beer garden, and over 30 restaurant and food truck vendors offering some of the best food and drinks in the city. If you’re planning to attend, here’s a quick guide and few highlights to let you know what’s going on.
When: Saturday, August 5th | When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Where: Civic Center Park
Admission is FREE
Marketplace, Interactive Art & Cultural Displays
Here’s your chance to meet local businesses, take part in an interactive art mural, and browse beautiful art and clothing products created by some of Colorado’s most talented entrepreneurs and artists.
Luv Mrk’s mission is to ‘Ignite Kindness and ‘Inspire Luv’ by living through our hearts in order to make a positive impact on the world. Visit this booth to meet the owner, purchase unique apparel that lets people know you a part of the solution, and talk about why leaving your ‘luvmrk’ is important.
BeAfrica offers African-inspired, handmade scarves, hoodies, and coin purses using vibrant and strong fabrics from the country. Each product includes a description of its meaning as well as an overview of ways to wear and care for the item.
Denver In Color, a book by Jason Davis and Jonathan Castner featuring the voices and images of Denver interracial couples, will be on sale at their booth. This book allows their voices to come to light and to show that love has no color.
Other highlights include: Heavy Metal Works | Arturo Garcia Fine Art | CommUNITY Fitness | Project Hartwork
This year’s kid village is bigger and better! This is the whole family’s chance to color, paint, and create sand art, take part in cool science experiments, as well play around on the bouncy castles, a bubble station and much more.
Rocket Making & Blast Off: Powered by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Museum
DIY Slime and Lava Lamps
Mentos & Coca Cola Experiments
Polynesian Hula (watch & learn at 12:30pm)
Meet & Greet: Moana and Captain America (11:30am)
Pinata Breaking (11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm)
The Great Kid Village Water Fight (3:30pm)
International Beer and Wine Tasting
If you’re a wine or beer lover, here’s your chance to sample from both local and international wineries and breweries.
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Cost: $25 single admission $45 per couple $100 per group of 5 or more (a portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth on Record)
Admission includes 1 full flight of tastings from all wine and beers per person
El Javi – 3:30pm
El Javi is a Rock Flamenco artist from Mexico City who joins the heart of rock with the spirit of flamenco to deliver a distinct instrumental sound and powerful live performance.
Cicely O’Kain – 4:30pm
This Denver singer/songwriter brings both energy and her eclectic mix and whimsical twist of R&B and soul music to the stage leaving audiences entertained and wanting more every time. Her latest single Like Bass, from her EDM/uptempo dance EP, was considered for a 2017 Grammy nomination.
Orquesta La Brava – 6pm
This is the newest and hottest Denver Salsa band combining Latin percussion accompanied by bass, piano, and a great trombone and singing ensemble.
Irie Still – 7:15pm
Steeped first in Reggae and then incorporated with the elements of Hip-Hop, Soca, Dancehall, Calypso, Ska, Afro Beat, and Tribal Rhythms, this Colorado based band overwhelms the crowd with audience participation, soaring vocal harmony, and great music.
Food & Drinks
Check out our previous write up here.
The Denver International Festival in Civic Center Park is this Saturday and for all of you food truck enthusiasts, it’s the perfect opportunity to choose from a variety of flavorful options from all over the world. Here’s a list of five must try food trucks while enjoying the festival.
From the Tikel Gomen and Gomen with Dinich right down to the Kik and Injera, this is the only truck in Colorado where traditional Ethiopian food is served up hot and fresh. This tasty food is the best in town and will not disappoint.
Looking for a little taste of Cuba this weekend? If so, head over to El Cubanaso and enjoy everything from sandwiches like the Tony Montana and the Cuban to garlic shrimp quesadillas and Cuban steak tacos.
Ever tasted arepas? If not, be sure to order this authentic Venezuelan bread that’s been split open and stuffed with a variety of tasty ingredients. Whether it’s the Pabello, a Casa Grande, or the Queen, this truck’s menu is bursting with flavor.
This truck is changing the way people see sushi and doing it while bringing some amazing flavor to the streets of Denver. With sushi rolls named Voodoo Child and Godzilla, you have to give them a try.
This mobile bistro specializes in authentic Polish food that includes pierogies, beef goulash, and kielbasa. This is Eastern European food at its finest.
For an entire list of food vendors at this year’s festival click here.