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Friday, August 3
 

1:45pm

Opening Ceremony
Hear ye hear ye! Come one, come all as we gather at the main gate for our traditional parade at 1:15.
Dress your finest, or your silliest! Bring your home made signs and amplified spirits as we embark
on our march to rally the masses to the main stage for our OPENING CEREMONY which begins
promptly at 1:45. It takes a village...parade!

Friday August 3, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

2:45pm

Dustin Thomas
Dustin Thomas is a broody but cheerful singer-songwriter from the North who bridges melodic elements of folk/hip-hop storytelling with beatbox drops that you can dance too. Writing songs for the times, DT is known worldwide for his captivating and unifying performances and his soulfully crafted sing-a-longs. As an advocate for both social and environmental justice, Dustin Thomas uses his platform to inspire both awareness and consciousness about important issues and has performed hundreds of shows across the globe with everyone from Trevor Hall, SOJA, Michael Franti, Rising Appalachia, and Nahko and Medicine For The People.


Friday August 3, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

4:30pm

Shook Twins
Magic revolves around the number two. Opposite halves define our existence. There’s dark and light, black and white, night and day, yin-and-yang, and so on and so forth.

On their 2017 EP 2, critically acclaimed Idaho-born and Portland-based indie outfit Shook Twins draw on the inherent power of the group’s namesake duo—identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]. In early 2017, the pair holed up alone in a room with just two voices and two instruments and cut the seven-song collection live to tape, serving up bare bones renditions of fan favorites, covers, and one new tune entitled “Safe.”

“Musically, it differs from our other studio albums, because it’s just two twins in a room performing on two instruments,” explains Katelyn. “It’s much more raw emotionally and almost vulnerable. It’s nice to hear our growth as a duo and notice our individual grooves. It showcases these songs in a different way than they had been or will be recorded. It’s just a taste of the simplest core of our band: The Shook Twins.”

“It goes back to the very beginning,” adds Laurie. “When we were 18, we started writing songs together, just the two of us. We practiced how to blend our voices and instruments, trying to make our 2 voices and 2 instruments sound like one thing instead of 4 separate pieces. That’s how we started this whole musical life. We wanted to go back to that for a minute and remember.”
The process represents something of a full circle moment for Shook Twins. The group emerged in 2008 with their independent debut You Can Have The Rest followed by Window and 2014’s What We Do—which garnered acclaim from USA Today and more. Organically stirring up a buzz, they engendered fandom in fellow creators such as Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who claimed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” Along the way, the full band, including Niko Slice [electric guitar, mandolin, vocals], Barra Brown [drums, vocals, drum pad], and Josh Simon [bass, vocals, electric guitar, synth], has shared bills with everyone from Ryan Adams to The Indigo Girls. Moreover, they graced the stages of High Sierra, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Floydfest, Summer Camp Music Festival, Oregon County Fair, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Northwest String Summit and many more in addition to performing at Red Rocks alongside Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco. Their artful amalgam of folk heart, indie spirit, and alternative energy has effectively captivated fans internationally.

Now, 2 comes to life on the strength of the twins’ own musical union. Penned by a friend named Vance Bergeson, the first single “Mad Scientist” shuffles from rustic instrumentation into cinematic storytelling, weaving together its own mythos.

“Vance is a luthier and a mountain man, and this track is truly his essence,” explains Katelyn. “For some reason, we believed we had something to offer the song as well. We believe it needs to be heard by as many people as possible.”

They strip the What We Do centerpiece “Shake” down to its quaking and quivering acoustic essence. Meanwhile, the 2017 composition “Safe” illuminates their creative strides towards 2018’s forthcoming new full-length, Some Good Lives (recorded with the full band), bridging the past and present with its delicate songcraft and lovelorn lyricism.

“This is a brand new one that we wrote in a cabin by Mt. Hood recently,” explains Laurie. “It’s been a long year of unsure love in my life, so I resonated with the hook that Katelyn started singing while I was eating breakfast. It grew from there as a collaboration.”

As Shook Twins hit the road in support of 2 and ready their next body of work, their bond extends to listeners everywhere.
“I want people to feel like they know us,” concludes Laurie. “I hope it’s like we’re friends, and we’re just hanging out comfortably in our living room together.”
“If you’re a music listener and supporter, you make ALL the different to us,” Katelyn leaves off. “It would be a pretty pointless job, if you weren’t there.”


Friday August 3, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

6:30pm

Pepper
For Pepper paying homage to their roots is essential over a decade in to their celebrated career. The Southern California trio, who formed in 1997 and moved to the mainland from the three musicians’ hometown of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1999, know that where they come from should always be infused in the music they create. On Ohana, the group’s seventh full-length album (4/29/16, LAW Records), Pepper embraces the feelings and sounds that encouraged them to become a band in the first place.

“Over our past few albums, we had been departing from our original sound and exploring new directions,” Bret notes. “On this album, we wanted to come back to our classic style and revisit our roots. The writing and recording process was a conscious effort to do that.”

“We wanted to strip the band down to its natural state,” Kaleo adds. “We’ve always been a three-piece band with good songs and energy and our goal was to showcase that. We’re all were really pleased with how the music came out and how it conveys the strengths of our band.”

It was important to the musicians to self-produce Ohana, which marks the first time Pepper has helmed the production of one of their albums. From their 2000 debut Give’n It to their 2006 standout album No Shame, which was recorded with 311’s Nick Hexum, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary, Pepper has explored various methods of recording, always hoping to embody not only their signature style of music but their lifestyle in the songs. Ohana was recorded last fall in the band’s own Kona Inn Recording Studio in Redondo Beach. The building is the former home of Pennywise’s Stall #2 studio and embodies a positive vibe for Pepper, who have recently begun recording other artists in the space.

“It was time for us to take the reins,” Bret says. “We’ve been through the process with several really cool producers in the past and we’ve learned a lot from them. We have the knowledge now and it’s about not being complacent anymore. We wanted to do it ourselves, so it’s from our family to yours.”

“I really wanted to simplify everything and not overthink things,” Yesod adds. “We wanted to go jam in a room and hit record. I think we found a great balance in the studio and the end result was pure Pepper, condensed down to its purest form. It was really gratifying to be in control of the process from start to finish and know that we created every aspect of the album.”

The resulting album features Pepper’s surf rock songs, showcasing the upbeat, positive vibe elements that make the band so beloved by their fans. There is, as usual, an ever-present sense of sunshine throughout the tracks, bolstering the music’s sense of optimism. The party anthems, the beach hang melodies, the boisterous rhythms are all there, each song carefully crafted to best express sunny moments by the ocean. “Vacation,” a fun, upbeat reggae-tinged number, was co-written by Bret and production duo Diji Parq and seems, to the band, like “the Beach Boys at their goofiest.” The soulful “Never Ending Summer” is about taking full advantage of something before it ends while “Wait” evolved throughout the writing process and eventually became a propulsive crooner that feels like signature Pepper.

“Every song on this album is a great example of what we wanted to do,” Kaleo says. “That’s why there are only ten of them. We wanted to give the music our concentrated, focused attention. It’s not about the singles, but about being a whole piece. That’s why we gave it the most powerful name we know.”

“Growing up in Hawaii your Ohana defines you,” Yesod says. “It is you. And it’s not just family through blood – it’s family through spirithood, brotherhood and sisterhood. Ohana is truly the strongest bond that can ever be made. It’s how we feel about each other as friends and as a band, and we wanted that spirit to come through in the music itself. These songs come together to create their own version of Ohana.”

Over the years, Pepper have toured extensively with groups like 311, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly and Sublime With Rome, and spent several summers on Warped Tour – and this live sensibility shows on the album, released on the group’s own LAW Records. The band’s music – both live and on their releases – is really about enjoying life and being grateful for each experience. They want to give their all to every performance and share their passion with their fans and with younger artists.

“We’re still growing a lot,” Bret says. “Our live show continues to improve and evolve and we always give it our all onstage. We have so much fun playing, even all these years later. And we’ve gotten to work and tour with so many different artists. We’ve learned a lot from them. Everything we do is done from love. We feel good to all be sitting at a table, laughing, twenty years later. It’s the three of us, just like when we were kids. Because we were together long before we were a band and we’re still such good friends. We can’t stop doing this and we don’t want to ever stop enjoying it.”


Friday August 3, 2018 6:30pm - 7:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

8:30pm

Stick Figure
From the musical imagination of Scott Woodruff emerges a vibrant sonic soundscape, revealed in the newest Stick Figure release, Set in Stone. As with his previous releases, Set in Stone was written, produced and recorded by Woodruff, a self-taught musician.

An intuitive and accomplished producer, Woodruff crafts authentic artistry from the foundation of roots-dub reggae. Cavernous grooves, sparkling electronic orchestration and thick rhythms; songs and sounds that have incubated in a studio cabin in the woods near Santa Cruz, CA, where Woodruff found solace excavating a foundation and constructing a studio, all in preparation for his most ambitious recording to date. When completed, a brotherhood of hard-jamming musicians delivers this widescreen soundtrack in concert performances of consciousness-altering emancipation.

The band’s audience of dedicated fans is expanding. The 14-song Set in Stone – three years in the making – enters at Number One on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts. Built on the hypnotic rhythms and the instantly singable choruses that are Stick Figure trademarks, the newest songs navigate a complex emotional spectrum from pensive introspection to joyful celebration.

The evolution of the artist most often portrayed as a one-man band has its genesis in Duxbury, Massachusetts. An avid music fan who in high school traded bootleg CDs of his favorite artist’s unreleased demos, Scott began recording a series of albums under the moniker of Stick Figure, well before achieving worldwide acclaim or embracing the demand to play live shows.

From his debut, The Sound of My Addiction, Scott’s handcrafted music connected with a community of avid listeners who discovered him exclusively by word of mouth and social media. Selling tens of thousands of copies of each of his self-produced releases allowed him travel the world in pursuit of meaning and experience. Scott moved to San Diego, CA where his recording career continued to blossom with its DIY ethic intact. As recently as 2012, he was putting up his own posters for Burial Ground at the California Roots Festival. Two years later, Stick Figure was commanding center stage at the massive event.

Preceding Set in Stone, Stick Figure has released five albums, all recorded solo, with Woodruff laying down the tracks one by one. The current live band line-up features Kevin Bong (KBong) on keyboards, Johnny Cosmic on guitar, Kevin Offitzer on drums and bassist Tommy Suliman, with Scott upfront on guitar and vocals. Cutting a powerful path through the club, concert and ultimately the festival circuit, the band has toured with Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Collie Buddz, The Green and Tribal Seeds, and headlined their first national tour in 2014 with many of the shows selling out completely, including the band’s appearance at the iconic Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, CA where tickets were gone two weeks prior to the concert.

With Woodruff as the genial on-stage figurehead, Stick Figure concerts are gatherings distinguished by extended improvisational interludes, the mind-manifesting hues of a light show, and the much-anticipated entrance of the band’s canine mascot, a rescued Australian Shepherd, Cocoa The Tour Dog. The release of Set in Stone is a culmination of a journey that has seen the producer go from a mysterious figure to becoming a major player in the scene, virtually inventing a melodic subgenre, at a time reggae is reaching new heights of popularity.


Friday August 3, 2018 8:30pm - 9:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

10:30pm

Slightly Stoopid
Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone unveiled their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records on June 30th.

The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2013, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top Of The World. The forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio, as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house audio engineering maestro James Wisner with the help of Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.” Back home, Kyle and Miles also called on their long-time friends and Southern California music icons, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, to produce standout tracks “Life Rolls On” and “The Prophet.”

“We’re a touring act, and we’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade,” explains Doughty, offering that the band’s own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse “The Lab at Stoopid Studios” (within the warehouse district of Mission Valley just inland of Ocean Beach), is a key ingredient of what keeps the band’s sound fresh. In fact, the title and album cover reference the band’s collective escape from touring where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.

“Over the last several years we started our own studio and invested into innovations and equipment, upgrades in a quest to capture and progress our ideal signature sound. Having our own studio really enables us to make records at our own pace and to make the right records, hopefully (with a grin) at various stages of our career,” Doughty continues. “What’s nice about having our own environment to record in, and analyze the music, is it really lets us keep an organic feel. For Slightly Stoopid, I feel like it’s a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we’ve learned over the years and really put it into this place and into our music.” The property also houses the creative loft space that has become the official offices Stoopid Records, which issued the band’s third album in 2000, Acoustic Roots, and has continued to be their preferred method of distributing the band’s recorded material.

“We started Stoopid Records around 1999,” Doughty clarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doing with our records, and we thought it would be good to have our own independent label—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records. What’s nice is we’ve had a following with the fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid, as well as other bands we want to help break out.”

“For us, it was a big turning point as far as having complete creative control over everything we do. That’s something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don’t really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We’ve always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it’s paid off in dividends.”

Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.


Friday August 3, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday August 4, 2018 12:00am
1 - Eagle Stage

12:45am

Ott.
Ott has been messing about with sound boxes every day for as long as he can remember. Having spent the ‘90s flitting between his day-job as a freelance studio engineer and long weekends under the stars at psychedelic trance parties, the obvious next step, as the millennium turned, was to create music of his own from the jumble of sounds which filled his head.

After teaming up with Twisted Records, 2002 saw the release of the acclaimed ‘Hallucinogen In Dub’ album, followed in short order by his first solo effort, ‘Blumenkraft’ in 2003. 2008 saw the release of ‘Skylon’ and in 2011 the album ‘Mir’ was born.

A pattern has formed: every four years or so an album coalesces from the chaos, heads out into the world and takes on a life of its own. 2015 was one of those years.

Financed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Ott built a new studio, filled it with vintage sound-creation toys and locked the door, vowing not to emerge until a new record was born. The original 6 month deadline came and went but, a year after he started, the thing is finished.
August 11th, 2015 saw the release of Ott’s latest studio album – ‘Fairchild’!
Lookout in Fall 2018 for the much anticipated new full length album!


Saturday August 4, 2018 12:45am - 2:15am
1 - Eagle Stage
 
Saturday, August 4
 

12:15pm

Rhythm Sanctuary Ecstatic Dance - DJ Orpheus and Ahva Lenay
Start your day in the ecstatic waves we cocreate as we come together to dance our prayers in a potent portal of passion, play, and raucous revelry! Sweat your prayers! Bring your water bottle, and dress to move!

Join DJ Orpheus AKA Dennis Weigel and Ahva Lenay as we sweat our prayers in an Ecstatic Dance Ritual ... A heart connected dancing prayer portal of potency, passion, possibility and peace honoring the dancing spirits of the divine masculine and feminine in us all. Dress to move... bring your water bottle. Rhythm Sanctuary Ecstatic Dance Ritual is one of Denvers largest ongoing weekly community gatherings. Meeting every Thursday our Medicine Circle is in our 12th year. DJ ORPHEUS is known to craft soundscapes using music laced with cultural instruments and vocals, thick danceable beats, tribal drumming, and cutting edge electronica. He believes that music and dance are essential to individual and global transformation and is passionate about sharing his discoveries of ever evolving musical styles from around the globe. AHVA LENAY Community Love Activator, and Founder of Rhythm Sanctuary Ecstatic Dance Ritual

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. Using music that is at times both deep and primal, and others hypnotic and ethereal, he provides a full range of experience for dancers. DJ Orpheus is known to craft soundscapes using music laced with cultural instruments and vocals, thick danceable beats, tribal drumming, and cutting edge electronica. He believes that music and dance are essential to individual and global transformation and is passionate about sharing his discoveries of ever evolving musical styles from around the globe.

AHVA LENAY is a powerful and vibrant community activator, founder of Rhythm Sanctuary, Ceremony Coordinator and Wisdom Village Director at ARISE Music Festival, founding member of Startribe Alliance and devoted Facilitator Trainer for U


Saturday August 4, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

2:30pm

Tubby Love & Amber Lily
From the garden to the globe, Tubby Love and Amber Lily are gathering the tribe. Music has been the catalyst for deepening their connection to life and also a bridge for sharing their journey with others. Calling the island of Kauai home has set forth a Roots Family movement involving regenerative land and energy practices connecting communities inter-island and worldwide. Tubby and Amber are creating the soundtrack for this movement alongside artists like Medicine For The People, Dustin Thomas, Wookiefoot, Trevor Hall, Mike Love, Nattali Rize, Paul Izak, Rising Appalachia, Cas Haley, as well as other artists with a similar message. In a time of much needed change, Tubby and Amber are unifying the people through music and addressing real issues to inspire solutions.


Saturday August 4, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
1 - Eagle Stage

4:15pm

Family And Friends
As these things so often do, Family And Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. “Good music, good people.” A stalk gave yield to branches. One became six, a collective of musicians by trade, lovers by spirit. Inspired by a life worth living, the Fam and Pals remained rooted with three ambitions in heart, mind, and soul: the people, the music, the memories. The reflection represented by blend of earnest folk rock and a communal spirit pouring a collective heart into something bigger than itself. An intangible force of an unfaltering love worth giving away. A Family And Friend tree ever-growing, ever-lasting.



Saturday August 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
1 - Eagle Stage

6:15pm

Dragondeer
Psych-Blues and Soul from Denver. Nestled somewhere between the quicksilver psychedelia of the ’60s and bone-thumpin’ blues from Mississippi’s yesteryear. Dragondeer has crafted a sound that is equal parts cosmic and grooving.

The band has recorded with Grammy nominated producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Anders Osborne) and will release their debut full length “If You Got The Blues” March 10th, 2018 at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado.


Saturday August 4, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

8:30pm

Living Legends
The Living Legends are a family of independent hip-hop creators bringing their own raw, unique sound and unfiltered glimpse into their daily lives. It is this personal connection with the audience that has allowed their loyal fan base to extend around the world and it is their talent as emcees and producers that has garnered them the respect of their peers.
Forefathers in the independent hustle, the Living Legends spawned from a serendipitous series of events and crossed paths in the Bay Area – Oakland to be exact. Throughout the 90’s and 00’s The Living Legends honed their craft, laid blueprint plans of how to successfully grow an organic brand, toured the world and lived true to their name by amassing a legendary following, and story. Consummate creators, the Living Legends have a collective catalog of over 75 crew, solo, and inter-crew group albums all released independently.
In the 2000’s the Legends continued their mission, relocating to Los Angeles – home for many of the members – they soon landed a worldwide distribution deal and subsequently released crew albums that garnered critical and fan acclaim. Fusing the Bay Area hustle of Too Short and E-40, with honest and poignant lyrics with moving beats, The Living Legends gained a place in the halls of Hip Hop by being the independent kings; from starting their own festivals (Murs’ Paid Dues Festival), carrying the flag of hip hop into crowd funding (The Grouch & Eligh’s successful Kickstarter campaign), to being one of the first hip hop acts to tour the world, all done with a “F*ck The Establishment” ethos. It’s clear to see that these veterans laid the path for many of today’s independent acts.



Saturday August 4, 2018 8:30pm - 9:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

10:30pm

Thievery Corporation
Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I
How many highly successful musical artists do you know that have thrived for 20 years without a radio hit, a big budget video, or major label backing? Moreover, have managed to do high-profile TV appearances, own and operate their own independent label since day one, sell several million albums and continue to expand their fan base across the globe each year. They’ve collaborated with such uniquely famed artists David Byrne, Perry Farrell, The Flaming Lips, Anushka Shankar, Femi Kuti, Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, and been featured on major film soundtracks such as Garden State. They’ve headlined top music festivals, such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, and have influenced a whole generation of electronic producers and DJs. If you add these elements together, you can arrive at only one conclusion: Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, aka: Thievery Corporation.

Since 1996, Garza and Hilton have released 8 studio LP’s, 2 remix collections, 2 DJ mix albums, and continued to perform live on 5 continents. Along their unique musical journey, they have virtually defined an entire sub-genre of electronic music. And now they’re ready to embark on yet another journey with the release of their new album, “The Temple of I & I.”

Longtime fans of Thievery Corporation are keenly aware that the duo has been heavily influenced by Jamaican music. Since their debut LP, “Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi,” the production team has applied a uniquely diverse dub ethos and aesthetic to their music. After paying tribute to bossa nova and easy listening inspirations on their 2014 release, “Saudade,” Hilton and Garza set their sights on the culturally rich and warm musical environs of Port Antonio, Jamaica. There, they dove even deeper into their singular exploration of classic Jamaican sounds for the “The Temple of I & I.”

“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains Hilton. “On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. We could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air, and constantly being inspired by the strength and resilience of the people.”

Their journey began on a cold February morning in 2015 when Garza, Hilton, and their DC-based rhythm section touched down in Kingston and ventured across the Blue Mountains to what Jamaicans call the “real Jamaica” – Port Antonio. Setting up camp at Geejam Studios in San San, they felt immediately connected to their surroundings as they began recording just steps from the turquoise waves crashing below.

As the Thieves played through day and night, heads poked through studio doors as curious locals seemed intrigued by such authentic sounds. “People couldn’t believe Robbie Myers, our guitarist, wasn’t Jamaican,” laughs Hilton. “I think they’re used to people coming down from London or LA to record rock or pop records and they were amazed we had such a handle on their sound. It was beyond gratifying, and high-grade ganja and Appleton rum started showing up on the reg.”

After a week of ‘round-the-clock sessions, Thievery Corporation brought the Geejam session tapes back to their lab at Montserrat House Studios in DC. From there, the mission continued with months of vocal, horn and editing sessions. Familiar voices appear, including Notch Howell, who had performed “The Richest Man in Babylon” and “Amerimacka” on previous records. Hilton calls him, “possibly the best male tenor we know.” Other collaborators included Mr. Lif, Puma Ptah, Lou Lou, Zeebo and Elin, who are all known by the Thievery audience as key members of their ensemble, both from past recordings and their live shows.

Also figuring prominently in those sessions was a Thievery Corporation newcomer; Racquel Jones from Kingston, Jamaica. Garza and Hilton had met Racquel on their first trip to Port Antonio, where she played some demos for them at Geejam that used Thievery Corporation as a backing track, and which sounded like a perfect match to them. “We’d been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC,” Hilton explains. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, one would not expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery that comes out of her on tracks like “Letter to the Editor” and “Road Block.” “It’s impressive,” says Hilton.

Few musical artists are as diverse as Thievery Corporation, moving from space rock, hip-hop, Indian trip-hop, dub, French torch songs, and shoe-gazer blissfulness with remarkable cohesive ease. Boundaries and following trends have never been part of Garza and Hilton’s agenda.

Explains Rob Garza, “We’ve never been concerned with fitting into the ‘music industry.’ We started making music in the liquor room of DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge with random bits of music gear among boxes of spirits. Approaching our music as a production duo has allowed us to never feel limited to one particular sound and traverse many fascinating musical landscapes.”

In great anticipation of this exciting new release, and in reflection of an astonishing two decades together, one may be prompted to ask what has been the magic formula behind Thievery Corporation’s great success and what does the future hold from here? Perhaps the answer can be found in Rob Garza’s concluding thoughts: “What inspires us to continue to create this genre of sound is the broad spectrum of collaborators and audience members it continues to draw. We have been extremely privileged to work with artists of all cultural, social and political backgrounds, and our fans display even greater diversity and age differences. The people who have come together through Thievery Corporation are as much an accomplishment as the music we’ve produced to date and will continue to produce in the coming years.”



Saturday August 4, 2018 10:30pm - Sunday August 5, 2018 12:15am
1 - Eagle Stage

1:00am

OPIUO
OPIUO is Oscar Davey-Wraight. Born in the festival paddocks of rural New Zealand, he packed
his bags and headed to Australia at the youthful age of 20 to find meaner, greener party
pastures. Landing in the grimey, colourful streets of Melbourne, he built a emphatic fan base
amongst club and festival goers across the great red land of Australia. Using his positivity as a
catalyst for mighty musical enjoyment, he captivated audiences with his extremely unique
funkadelic bass heavy creations.

His 2010 debut album Slurp & Giggle spread like wildfire across the global underground music
scene, earning him nominations for best album at the Australian Independent Music Awards.
His follow up albums, Meraki in 2014 and Omniversal in 2016, were winners and finalists for the
New Zealand Music Awards in the “Electronic Album Of The Year” category respectively, and
continued by gaining millions of plays and downloads across all the major musical platforms.
Since then Oscar has gone on to be specifically selected to support the most respected names
in electronic music, including Bassnectar, Griz, Pretty Lights and more. He’s headlined the
greatest venues in the world, including Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with his 5
piece live band juggernaut The Opiuo Band. He has also played every major North American,
Australasian and European festival to rave reviews.

His highly sought after remix works span artists far and wide, from Gwen Stefani to Kimbra, GRiZ
to Pretty Lights, Koan Sound to Infected Mushroom, earning him respect as a truly versatile
artist, with no specific genre box to restrict his musical endeavours.

2018 will see the release of a ton of new music, as well as playing some of the biggest headline
shows of his career. This is down to the beautiful support of his die hard fans throughout the
planet, who share in his vision of a positive, fun filled world of love, family, and supporting your
friends. It’s not what we got, it’s what we give.


Sunday August 5, 2018 1:00am - 2:15am
1 - Eagle Stage
 
Sunday, August 5
 

11:15am

Hiroki Okano
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.

Solo, group albums released so far have over 30 works. 
Many appeared also at outdoor festivals both in Japan and abroad. 

As a life work, he has performed performances at sacred places in the world, natural heritage sites, famous shrines and temples all over the country for many years.
Other activities include sound art production, offering music to movies and television programs, music supervision for various events, and a wide range of activities.

Recent activities include “RIMPA Festival” (2015 / Kyoto National Museum) music director and performance. The 41st “Nursery Festival” (2017 / Kagawa) music director and performances of the main attractions such as the crown prince of Japan attended. Music director of film “PEACE NIPPON” (2018) expressed about Japanese spirituality.
Kagawa Prefecture Culture and Art Award Winner.


Sunday August 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
1 - Eagle Stage

12:45pm

Intuit
Braiding 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. Lyrical prowess and songwriting from guitarist Neil Sullivan and cellist Chloe Watkins display the heart-centered, earth-minded intention to the band’s music. These songs are sound waves organized with intention and love. This is music to bring us out of our heads and into our hearts. This is music to dissolve separation and bring communities togethe


Sunday August 5, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

2:30pm

TIERRO w/ Bridget Law
Tierro Lee (member of Kan’Nal and producer of Arise Music Festival) plays guitar and has been composing instrumental music for 2 decades. This band 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 this becomes a super group, stoking the energetic fire and offering a trance experience.



Sunday August 5, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
1 - Eagle Stage

4:30pm

Kitchen Dwellers
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.”
Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering.



Sunday August 5, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
1 - Eagle Stage

6:45pm

Gasoline Lollipops
Gasoline Lollipops is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack. This year marked the release of the GasPops’ debut full-length album, Resurrection.

Colorado Daily readers voted Gasoline Lollipops “Best Local Musician/Group” for 2017, and in 2016, Denver Westword named Gasoline Lollipops Colorado’s Best Country Artist. 2014 and 2015 brought multiple awards and accolades to the Gasoline Lollipops, including being selected to play six showcases in Austin during SXSW 2014; getting voted “Best Local Musician/Group” in the Colorado Daily’s 2014 and 2015 polls; being selected as one of only six bands across Colorado for the highly coveted SpokesBUZZ Emerging Artists Incubator program; and winning the Oskar Blues Battle of the Bands in 2015.



Sunday August 5, 2018 6:45pm - 8:00pm
1 - Eagle Stage

8:45pm

Quixotic
Based in Kansas City, Quixotic was given Silicon Valley’s unofficial stamp of genius when they were invited to perform at the global TED Conference in 2012. 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 an “innovative circus ensemble,” and Men’s Journal declared “one of the best contemporary [cirque] acts.” They have performed for audiences worldwide and have helped launch brand products for companies such as IBM, HP, Smithsonian, Emirates Airlines and Bulgari.

“Quixotic is a creative force that master evoking emotion out of their audiences, using multimedia and movement. With a unique sound and original visuals, they are on their way to becoming the most sought after company for multi-media entertainment.”

Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar | Creator / Director | One Drop Cirque Du Soleil


Sunday August 5, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
1 - Eagle Stage

10:00pm

Moment of Unity
A moment to recognize, honor and thank the festival staff, Sunrise Ranch community, attendees and all the entire ARISE festival Family.

Sunday August 5, 2018 10:00pm - 10:15pm
1 - Eagle Stage

11:00pm

Trevor Hall
Raised on an island in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion – it was, rather, his life’s art. At sixteen, he recorded his first album, soon after which he left South Carolina for Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. There he studied classical guitar and was also introduced to the practices of yoga and meditation, which would greatly influence his life and his music.
Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music with hints of inspiration from India, has led him to a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

Trevor Hall’s Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart respectively. He is currently touring around the US and Australia. While on tour, Hall collects donations to support children’s education in India.
Hall’s latest album, The Fruitful Darkness, became the #1 Kickstarter Music campaign of 2017 (#30 of all time out of 53,000 Music projects) and is being released in three song installments on specific lunar dates, culminating in a 14-song deluxe edition release, June 1st 2018.



Sunday August 5, 2018 11:00pm - Monday August 6, 2018 12:30am
1 - Eagle Stage