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.
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I walked into the photo pit already filled with other soon to be trigger happy photographers on Friday afternoon just before Denver’s own, Tattooed Strings, walked onstage to open High Elevation Rock Festival, turned on my camera, and slowly scanned the crowd wondering what to expect over the next two days. Besides the shitty beginning of Fall weather that was supposed to roll through, this was a festival dedicated to nothing but heavy rock; a genre of music that often takes a backseat to other ‘radio friendly’ juggernauts dominating the eclectic airwaves even in our own city. So to be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would work out that well. Yes we’ve seen Guns n Roses and a sold out show from Metallica in June, but come on, that’s Metallica. And for one night only after not playing Denver since 2008. But as I looked over a scene of face paint, black t-shirts, and the many devil horns thrust into the ever-darkening sky, it mattered less and less. Nothing was going to stop this and no one seemed to really care either. Everyone was here to simply hang out, maybe have a few beers, and listen to their favorite music rain or shine. And that’s exactly what happened at Fiddler’s Green.
Tattooed Strings | Starset | Beartooth | Halestorm | I Prevail | A Day To Remember | All That Remains | Five Finger Death Punch
Tattooed Strings – Some may say that rock music infused with a hip-hop edge should be left in the past but these five guys from Denver showed that if you write good music, show up on stage with energy, and get the crowd jumping, you can do whatever the hell you want.
Halestorm – There’s no sense in putting Lzzy Hale in a ‘girl of rock’ box because she absolutely annihilates any such distinction the moment she walks onstage in patent leather stilettos and belts that perfect metal scream. This is a polished band with a gritty attitude that set the early evening crowd on fire.
I Prevail – KBPI here in Denver can’t quit playing this band’s music and for good reason. Their album Lifelines debuted at #1 on Alternative Albums, #1 on Hard Music Albums, #1 Rock Albums, #9 Top Album, and #15 on the Billboard Top 200, with Alternative Press naming Lifelines one of the Best Debut albums of 2016. Then you see them live and all hell breaks loose on stage.
Five Finger Death Punch – They celebrated young fans on stage as the next generation of metal, gave away a Five Finger Death Punch tagged Jeep hood in honor of cancer survivors, Ivan Moody made his return to the stage after a stint in rehab that he described as a ‘human moment,’ and then he brought on Philip Labonte from All That Remains to sing a powerful and emotional version of the band’s hit song, Wash It All Away.
Tonight We Rise | Ocean Groove | Them Evils | Red Sun Rising | Ded | P.O.D | Radkey | Steel Panther | The Birthday Massacre | In This Moment | Avatar | Mastadon | Falling In Reverse | Zakk Sabbath | Korn
P.O.D. – Sure they’re infamous for coming out of that early 2000 MTV era with the single, Youth of a Nation, but the band’s entire stage presence shows why they’re still around and playing main stages after all of these years. The most poignant moment came when they dedicated the last song, Alive, to the late frontman of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington.
In This Moment – This band led by Maria Brink, is one of the most visually dynamic and incredible sounding hard rock shows out there today and although they could have benefited from utilizing the stage more, still put on one of the best shows of the weekend.
Korn – I have to admit that this was the one ‘must see’ show of the weekend for me because for all of the concerts I’ve seen, I’d never witnessed them live. For years I’ve heard friends say you ‘have to see them live,’ ‘they’re incredible,’ and ‘it’ll change your life.’ They were all right because that was probably the heaviest, most visceral, bone crunching live show I’ve ever witnessed. From songs Twist and Black is the Soul to hits like Falling Away From Me, Here to Stay, Got the Life, and closing with Make Me Bad, Korn showed why they will forever remain one of the best bands in hard rock history.
If you’re near Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater late in September chances are you’re eardrums will rattle from the sound of thundering drums, metal-driven guitars, and thousands of fanatics screaming in an explosion of furious rock music energy. Why? That’s because High Elevation Rock Festival is coming back for year two on September 22-23 and you’re not going to want to miss this lineup.
After its one-day debut in 2016, High Elevation comes back to Denver even bigger and better in 2017 with a lineup of more than two dozen bands, led by Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm and more.
“After an incredible inaugural event last year, we decided to turn it up a notch in 2017 and expand High Elevation to two days,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of the festival for AEG Presents. “Now we’ve got 25 of the very best-in-class artists like Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, and Black Veil Brides performing more than 18 hours of music for the hard rock fans of the Rocky Mountain region to celebrate!”
All tickets for High Elevation Rock Festival include admission for both Friday night and Saturday. Ticket prices are as follows:
General Admission Pit (includes Marjorie Park VIP Access and Premier Parking): $225
General Admission Seated (Sections 1 & 2): $129
General Admission Lawn: $99proven they’re one of the best in the rock industry
After their self-titled 1994 debut and introducing the rock world to ‘the rise of nu-metal’s whomping pain-stomp‘ Korn has made a lasting mark and proven they’re one of the best in the game over and over again. Their stage presence is one of a kind and their legion of fans, both old and new, will tell you no different. And if you haven’t seen them live, Saturday will be your chance.
Friday night’s headliner, Five Finger Death Punch, is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year after making their debut with the 2007 album, The Way of the Fist. Ivan Moody, who recently entered rehab for addiction issues, released this statement:
“I love you guys and I love my band… It’s what I do and I can’t imagine my life without it. I am 100% committed to getting healthy so I can get back on stage with Five Finger Death Punch. See all you Knuckleheads on August 19th!!”
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.