2019 MUSIC LINEUP
Adem Joel . Billie Fortune III . Mathew Silver. Bernie Heidman
Musical Artist Bios
LUNAR FIRE, based in denver colorado, takes audiences to new heights with spectacular dance and musical performances. Pre-Columbian flutes, multilingual vocalists, powerful drummers and a wide range of bass and guitar styles tell stories reflected in dance. Aerialists fly, drop from the sky, crawl into a cocoon and emerge a warrior, a nature spirit, an animal guide. Multiple dancers meld into one multi armed being, circle, battle and burn fire in the form of dreamcatchers, antlers, machetes, staff, torches, ropes, multi poi, fans, fireflies and other surprises. Paintings come to life mysteriously hovering in the air. These mystic images by visionary painters MARTINA HOFFMANN, ROBERT VENOSA, STEVON LUCERO and ADAM FU twist and bend under the movement of dance, a very enchanting and psychedelic visual effect.
LUNAR FIRE COLLECTIVE co-creations involve a multimedia trans-cultural musical spectacle whose aim is to inspire, connect and empower people to create positive change in the world. With a dynamic blend of the arts, Lunar Fire enacts the tales of the ancestors bridging the past and present while foretelling a future in which humankind reaches its fullest potential. In 2012, The Lunar Fire Collective begins production on CORAZON DEL VENADO, a DVD and a live touring spectacle, of which a portion of the proceeds will benefit arts, arts education and sustainability projects by women and indigenous people across the globe.
World class musicians glide smoothly from structured song to improve exploring latin hip-hop, tribal drumming, gypsy rock and epic psychedelic trance jams. Performers glow in handmade indigenous and recycled fabrics from around the world, reconstructed by dancer and designer AKAYATE of Root Structure to embody a visual symbol of solidarity for the uniting of the tribes. Magic and myth-makers ARTSMYTHS create by hand ethereal masks, crowns, as well as elaborate and unique costuming.The theatrical dancers of Lunar Fire build all their own props from fabrics to fire including unique design by MaQi of Syrius Fire. Lunar Fire graphic design by Modo Rodo features inspiring artwork in posters, at shows and on the web. Inspired by personal voyages leading to direct encounters with global music and dance, performances by Lunar Fire pay homage to the ancestors and future generations of urban and ethnic cultures worldwide.
Originating in 2002 as "Fuego Lunar" on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, multiple members of Lunar Fire have toured over a decade together in various projects (INTI, Lil Sum'n Sum'n, Dub'l Dragon, Future Simple Project, Miraja, Kan'Nal, GSP, LYNX) at hundreds of festivals (Burning Man, OCF, Faerieworlds, Symbiosis, Envision Costa Rica, High Sierra, SF Sea of Dreams, Lightening in a Bottle, Tribal Stomp, Tribal Visions, Dreamtime) from eco communities to underground warehouse parties across the U.S. and deep into the jungles of Hawaii, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Central America.
Ashland Oregon/ Hawaii Big Island
Founding Member of Nahko and Medicine for the People
“Humanity is in a state of turmoil. The earth is changing, and people are experiencing deep unrest,” explains frontwoman Koral Delatierra of the Rocky Mountain reggae band, Niceness. “We want to create a space for people to come together in the spirit of oneness, and join us in creating a world we all want to live in.”
Niceness is a familial gathering of vibrantly diverse personalities rallying around personal, socio-political, and environmental issues. Among its ranks include activists, an organic farmer, a life coach, a permaculture designer, a Buddhist bodybuilder champ, two music teachers, an adventurer, an arborist entrepreneur, and a Doctor of Psychology. The Colorado-grown band also has the rare distinction of being fronted by a firebrand female vocalist who oozes shamanistic charisma hypnotizes with seductively stirring vocals and upholds a fierce commitment to “art in action” ethos.
“We want people to come to Niceness shows for the quality of the music and our message, and because we have something to say,” Koral affirms.
The Niceness band consists of frontwoman and songwriter Koral Delatierra; drummer, vocalist, and songwriter Michael “Mikey G.” Gomberg; guitarist Dustin Wilson; keyboardist and vocalist, David “Bassie” Christeson; bassists Mike Enriquez; percussionist Jonathon “Johnny B” Barfield; alto sax player John White; trumpeter Jared Wright; and tenor sax player Jeff Gutierrez.
Together, this collective is more than a band; it’s a state of mind. Mikey G., who coined the group’s moniker, explains: “‘Niceness’ is a colloquial outburst that translates to ‘Right On!,’ ‘Sweet!’ or, as Jamaicans exclaim, ‘Irie!’. The name is a proclamation of jubilance.”
Niceness grooves on island time for sure, but these restless spirits confidently and authentically integrate a United Nations gathering of musical cultures and traditions into its signature aesthetic. The group’s bold, exploratory impulses find them seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, Latin and hip hop while staying true to roots reggae vibes. Niceness has garnered favorable comparisons to John Brown’s Body, Trevor Hall, and Nahko And Medicine For The People.
The Telluride, Colorado-based purposeful posse consistently sells out regional venues capping 200-300 fans. In 2017, the band released its self-produced debut, Sunshine, along with a joyous slice-of-life themed video for the song’s title track. For Niceness’s album release, the band sold out its hometown’s venerated venue, the historic Sheridan Opera House. In addition, Niceness has had the honor of sharing the stage with a diverse array of iconic and beloved artists, including Black Uhuru, The Itals, The Wailers, Common Kings, Nahko, Anuhea, Passafire, Monophonics, Blackalicious, and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, among others.
Xerephine will captivate you. Using her enchanting harp & bodhran, she will then loop up a storm or bathe you delightful electronic blissful bass. Her voice is like no other. Born and raised in the UK she carries celtic undertones and plays in an array of styles from upbeat ambient dance to entrancing meditative soundscapes. There is always something to dive into. Her potent lyrics unfold like fairytales to reveal messages about life here on earth. Activism and a thirst for healing the earth and its inhabitants weaves its way through her lyrical web and lies at the heart of many of her songs.
With special guests such as Fiddle player and Violinist Bridget Law from Elephant Revival, Co based Producer Totem and Drummer Gilly Gonzales of Kan'nal, Lunar Fire, INTI & Lil Sumn Sumn she weaves her sound in a slightly unique way each time.
Xerephine has been performing on the Festival Circuit for some years with main stage performances at Arise Festival (CO), Sonic Bloom (CO), Tribal Vision Festival (N.M), Earth Dance Festival (CA), LoveSeed Festival (CA) and many other stages large and small along the way. She can taper her set to the crowd (more accoustic, folky or electronic based) and has co-hosted musical based workshops with Ayla Nereo, Peter May and opened and /or collaborated with members of Elephant Revival, Rising Appalachia, Katie Gray, The Luminaries and Lunar Fire amongst many others. Xerephine is currently touring around Europe with upcoming shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Her Album "Mass Creation" currently has tracks being re-mixed and released by Russian producer Mindex and is being released under the record label "Time Resonance Music".
"Xerephine's music is creative and refreshing. Hypnotic songs dipped in magic and steeped in beauty. I love it."
-Kurt Bauman (Sea Stars, Kan'nal and Adam Freeland Live Band)
"Channelling the spirit of the divine feminine in her ritual form, Xerephine offers us a ceremonial celebration shared in her uniquely beautiful modern expression. Through poetic chants, and layered vocal harmonies, she moves audiences to connect deeper to the vulnerable part of the human heart. Her willingness to stand firmly liberated on stage leaves women feeling empowered, and captivates her male counterparts. Xerephine is Goddess reincarnate"
- J. Brave (Luminaries)
homegrown ska and reggae tunes inspired by mountain living - the alcapones is a group from the front range, co area with a mix of vocal and instrumental music that brings a new-school feel to what was made popular in jamaica during the 1960s. from raw originals tojazz/ska/reggae fusion, you will find that the alcapones' styles continuously inspire your feet on the dance floor. raise your spirit and celebrate life like a gangster of love!
“this boulder-based band hits the stage like a traveling minstrel show, determined to breathe as much life and fun into (insert your town name here) as they possibly can, and they do just that with their driving rhythms, delirious horn harmonies, and pointedly silly/ridiculous/wise singalong songs. the group is relentless in their determination to have as much fun as they possibly can, and to make sure their audience feels as much a part of the madcap show as the band itself.”
New York, New York
My role as a clown, trickster and village idiot is to parody excessive seriousness by playing with taboos, rules, and social norms. My inspiration comes from my heart. I perform for smiles and laughter, loosening people’s armor, and opening up a portal for imagination, creativity and love.
Some people see me as a raving lunatic, pompous “artistic” hipster, or attention-starved 9 year-old, but people don’t consciously understand the role of a clown in society. Read between the lines and you will start to see things from a different perspective. By breaking down boundaries, I provide you, the viewer, with permission to open your mind and realize it’s okay to act silly from time to time. We may trick ourselves into believing we know everything, constantly striving for perfection in a society that requires a civilized, job-holding, serious individual. We cannot be perfect. If we allow ourselves the chance to be flawed perhaps we can let the obstacles humble us, rather than make us rigid. In the end we can let our guards down to attain our most basic need of giving and receiving love.
Santa Fe, NM
Syncro-Mystic elements are what define Adem Joel’s fiery sound. With a passion for channeling step down transmissions from the cosmic center to heart and root alike, this beat guru captivates and transcends the mind and and electrifies the body of his fans through an enchanting mix of organic, bass heavy frequencies.
Garnering attention at an early start, Adem set the tone for Nu-Skool and Tribal Breakbeat style music in New Mexico. At the age of 18 He landed his first residency at Local after hours hot spot Dragons Empire because of how well he held it down with the inner selekta. Night after night Adem captivated his audiences with his funky chunky mixing all the while building up a fierce reputation. In 2003, Family Moons Collective invited Adem to join their Artist Roster and it made such an impact on his career that he started to produce his own music. So far one of his tracks have been released on the Dubanimals label and his new release was featured on the Symbiosis 2013 compilation. Adem is now hosting a monthly called Sounds Like PRIMAL!!! in Santa Fe, NM and is hard at work developing and producing his own style of music.
hi i am jiiniikwe,
i am a native american anishinabe singer and musician who lives among the lakota oyate in south dakota. i have studied music, art, and dance since a young age and since october 2007 decided to put my skills to work. i like music, art, education, writing, photography and film. i hope you like my tunes and i hope you will leave a message and tell me how you like my music.
The Copper Children
We are here to curate an adventure inward and calibrate a celebration of all that is great. With a soulful, rhythmic melody softly sweeping you to the dance floor, resistance is futile.
The Copper Children is a folk band from Denver blending original soul and psychedelic rock into a moving performance. Like a roller coaster, their “Psychedelic Gospel” experience leaves audiences feeling transported to the rail-yards of freedom. Over the past three years the band has performed for audiences at Summer Camp, Northwest String Summit, Arise Music Festival, and several national tours around the United States. Driven by rhythm, and vibration, the band formed in July of 2015 and released their first album as a group in June 2016, What We Are. Their third upcoming album Speaking in Spirits will be a strong followup to their growing online presence and continued listener support.
Mad Hallelujah is a band of mystic multi-instrumentalists and songwriters who have been touring the globe for over four years, sharing their all-original music at dozens of festivals & hundreds of venues across three continents.
Innovatively weaving together elements of folk, rock, psychedelic jam, funk, bluegrass, and tribal music into their own unique sound, Mad Hallelujah crafts heartfelt songs with the power to inspire and uplift people.
True to their name, Mad Hallelujah playfully embraces the paradox of life. Their live shows include both the whimsical & the profound, and everything from simple folk songs to epic sonic journeys.
The group was originally formed as a collective of busking troubadours in New Zealand in 2015 as “Mad Hallelujah Tribe.” They have gone on to record four albums, headline festival stages, and embark on multiple tours in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US, earning a dedicated following along the way and a reputation as ecstatic dance-floor igniters, crafters of deep musical journeys, and crowd favorites at festivals, music clubs, and intimate venues alike.
Mad Hallelujah is currently recording their most in-depth album to date and planning an extended U.S. tour in summer and fall 2019. Stay tuned — lots of announcements and new media are brewing!
Kansas City, MO & Paonia, CO
Fierce le' Fey is a poetic musical project by Zoë Clare, Owner and Founder of StarWater Magick Productions, Elixir Bar, and Collective.
FIERCE OF THE FAERIES
SHATTERS ILLUSION UPON THE BACKS OF FALSE DREAMS TILL
ONE DAY SHE FINDS HERSELF
AS A CULMINATION OF ALL SHE'S EVER BEEN.
iDENTITY AS FLEETING AS OUR EGO'S NAME
THEORETICALLY SPEAKING SHE's IS THE POET WHO'S SONG GOT
CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF HER OWN EXPERIMENT CASTING PURPOSE
UPON PAGES SHE's THE SPIRIT WHO iS
THE UNDERCURRENT OF ALL
HER STRANGE EXPERIENCES
DELERIOUS AND OVER-EXPRESSED SHE IS
She has always been fierce le' fey is a poetic musical project by zoë clare, owner and founder of starwater magick productions, elixir bar, and collective.
Totem is the solo project of Boulder based producer, Phoenix Clay Michael. Phoenix has been playing eastern-style instrumentation for over a decade(tabla, doumbek, darbuki, didgeridoo, ric, etc), while also exploring digital synthesis and sound design. Totem culminates these two passions into a modern interpretation of ancient instruments. The sampling style is deep and visceral. Blending sequences of thick bass and instrumentation with live production. Live production includes: Didgeridoo, vocals, synth, keyboard, percussion, and bass. Phoenix's debut album with the project is titled, The Bonfire of Life, and was written and Totem/motion of solidarity with the native tribes of North America. Totem sees the immense potency that dance has for healing in our culture, and also sees the reverent nature of ancient and native style music. The ultimate thrill is fusing these two things into a continuous musical experience shared amongst listener and maker. Totem is humbled to bring thy dance medication. Aho
Phoenix Clay Michael Hollingsworth has been interested in sound for his entire life. He began his musical journey long ago, but intentionally almost six year ago in San Marcos, TX where he played in various groups. He started in the singer-songwriter genre inspired by his early influences in funk, classic rock, reggae and funk musics. He was introduced to various style hand percussion such as djembe, doumbek and later tabla. He then joined a belly-dance troop called Hands of Fatima and Shunyata and played at private venues and Renaissance Festivals. Hands of Fatima included three hand percussionist and Phoenix, playing guitar, drums, didge and mandolin. They played traditional style Lebanese, Turkish, Iraqi and middle-eastern music. This style of playing opened Phoenix to a entirely new way of expressing music. He played with HOF for three seasons, and then with a few members joined the group Shunyata, a world-renowned belly-dance troop in Texas. He played InternationalFest and TRF(Texas Ren Faire) with Shunyata as well as other shows. After almost four years of learning traditional beats and melodies from around the eastern hemisphere, Phoenix bowed out of the traditional middle-eastern music to begin his own journey as a solo artist in the fusion genres.
David DeVine (Davi-D) holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Naropa University, where he focused on music, art, and Buddhism. He is an accomplished drummer, having been featured on seven recorded albums, and a professional DJ who actively plays popular venues. private events, and music festivals. Using diverse musical genres, David translates his conceptual ideas into rhythmic visions as a solo-producer. His style has become more complex over the years adding more dance temple beats with world music influences. In addition to continuing to develop his artistry, David currently works as the Media Manager at Naropa University. He is also passionate about martial arts, which he began practicing at age seven, sustainable living, and the environment. David lives in Boulder, Colorado where he enjoys gardening, cooking and creating art.
david devine is the artist higherglyph. a world, bass, electronic, music producer originating from boulder, colorado. david originally was born and raised in los angeles where he discovered his passion for all things music. becoming a drummer at the age of 14 and starting his band "inmemory" a couple years later, that took him on a whirl wind of tours and shows. he quickly crystallized his purpose and intentions with music. after his band "inmemory" disbanded he became extremely infatuated with everything dj'ing. with his first purchase of turntables and dj equipment he was all about dropping beats and creating yummi altitudes. now with over 10yrs experience in dj'ing he has designed a unique dj rig and hybrid style. david moved to boulder colorado to pursue a higher education at naropa university, a contemplative buddhist inspired university. using his perspective and unique lens on life he was able to explore the different sides of music and meaning while setting intentions for future pursuits. with these teachings he acquired an interdisciplinary studies degree with focuses on buddhism, visual arts and music, incorporating multiple disciplines to create sonic intentions. while finding himself within his studies at naropa david quickly found a new love for music producing and how electronic music is capable to move masses of people in such a way that is life giving. now with all these tools and ideas implanted into his being there was only one thing to do create music for such purposes. from this higherglyph was birthed for such a purpose and this is where his new story begins.
treaphort cultivates a positive, uplifting and present space through organic electronic sound. vibrations of meditative patterning bring the listener to a platform of direct experience while maintaining a playfully light vibe.
audio production is a form of active meditation for me; a way to center my mind and cultivate creativity. the music that is channeled reflects the state of alert calmness that one receives from practicing presence.
as my experience and knowledge of sound, vibration, energy and life deepens; so my music develops as well. i am constantly learning more about frequencies, vibration, intentional tone, etc. and how they interact and affect our bodies and minds, weaving these ideas in to the audio production.
i am fascinated/obsessed with clean and true sound, nice quality speakers and heavy bass frequencies. i love music that can be played loud enough to feel physically but that does not hurt or cause damage your ears, causing the sound vibrations to caress your body and stroke your mind; and i love the speakers that allow us to do so.
Grammy Award Winning, Natural Music Artist Peter May will be bringing his band The Sonic Apothecary and the Music of the Plants multi-realmed alchemist peter may partners with nature to support healing, balance, and peace. embodying the love of plants and music throughout his life, peter began distilling essential oils in 2006. that same year, he began playing on and co-producing the album crestone, with paul winter. peter creates acoustically-tuned plant and mineral alchemies with essential oils, and offers them in his journeys, to support increased awareness and healing on the levels of body, energy, and mind. his band the sonic apothecary is composed of human and plant musicians, and offers healing journey concerts around the country.
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. A Sonic Shaman he provides the fuel for the dance journey, which can bring you to your deepest depth and your highest height. Whether spinning Ambient, Psytrance, IDM, Old School or his own compositions Buddha Bomb gives it his all. Buddha is formless wherein all possibilities have space to occur. Bomb is Form - action, motion, heat, and beats. Buddha Bomb takes you there.
Andy Babb and the Big Beautiful Band
Fun, Funky, Folk Rock out of Denver, Colorado. An ever evolving group of musicians with the purpose of spreading the good news and bringing a joyful connection through music.
Andy Babb and the Big Beautiful Band is a fun, funky, folk rock project from Denver, CO. Their positive message and conscious lyrics has brought joy to fans at venues big and small from L.A. to Stockholm. Andy Babb's vibrant personality and contagiously bright outlook shines through his songs and performances. His concept for the The Big Beautiful Band is an ever evolving community of musicians, whose focus is to spread good times through good music. Their interactive and inclusive shows will have you singing, dancing, and clapping in no time! Check out their new full length studio album "Strange Existence" at http://www.andybabbmusic.com/
Pioneer Mother is an eclectic Newgrass/Country band from Nederland, Colorado. Their traditionally inspired music features lyrics about modern nomadic western living, and is built upon a foundation of classic bluegrass instrumentation. Nostalgic anecdotes, melodic hooks, and heartfelt harmonies bring the group's songs to life. Pioneer Mother is drawn together by a love of music, magic, and desire to make authentic, soulful living contagious.
Quantum Beings of the Miraculous
Based out of Denver, Colorado, QUANTUM BEINGS OF THE MIRACULOUS pursue a transcendental path towards music and performance art. Blending world-fusion with cosmic jazz, trip-hop, and electronica, chanting and ethereal vocals are accompanied by heavy, down-tempo trance grooves, deep bass, and tribal instruments for a unique sonic alchemy. Live performances further add global dance and psychedelic visuals to create a hypnotic, mind-expanding performance art experience that transports the audience to a different place and time…
"Rising from the source, grounded in nature, and reaching out to the stars. Prayers for living in this world but not being of it."
Tree Skeleton is healing music of un-suppressed self-exploration and euphoric expressions of both pain and beauty. Her music falls somewhere along the lines of the singer-songwriter, gothic folk, and a mix of experimental music genres with a subtle yet solid pop foundation. She sings with an honest clean voice that conveys a bittersweet purity of spirit mixed with the regal grounding of a solemn earthly sage. Analog and digital synthesizers, acoustic and electronic drums, and other DIY percussive instruments create a musical atmosphere drenched in self-reflection & sincerity. The instrumentation ranges from ethereal synth orchestration, layers of textured ambient sounds, pounding percussion, to barebones acoustic tribal rhythms weaved together by the beauty and depth of simplicity and moments of silence.
Her music is influenced by groups like This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance, Bjork, Edward Ka-Spel, Prince, and Black Tape for a Blue Girl to name a few. Her music also showcases her background as a longtime electronic producer. Cristina Fuentes is a member of Subconscious Communications Records and has toured extensively under the name of Wet Mango which has a solid fan-base in the experimental electronic & industrial music underground. She is also a member of the experimental electronic music collective and label Darkmatter Soundsystem.
Official Website: www.iamcristinafuentes.com
"Los Mocochetes are a 7-piece Chicano Funk band from Denver, CO. This colorful cast of characters fuses thoughtfully brazen, socio/politically charged song lyrics, groovilicious melodies and high-energy stage antics to create an immersive experience unlike anything you've ever seen before. Much like a machete, which can be used either as a tool to build or a weapon to kill, they have chosen to use their music to inspire and encourage positive social change, and they have a ton of fun along the way. Every show is different, but it’s always a dance party!
Los Mocochetes were the recipients of Westword Music Showcase award to Best Latin Band of 2017. They also were featured in the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase and have played numerous iconic Denver venues such as the Bluebird Theater, Oriental Theater, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Larimer Lounge, Syntax Physic Opera, Aztlan Theatre, Lost Lake, Hi Dive, 3 Kings Tavern, Herman’s Hideaway, Lion’s Lair, and recently sold out Ophelia’s Electric Soap Box. The band has a strong connection to New Mexico, and often tours the state, having played as far south as Acapulco, MX.
The current lineup features artists with a wide variety of influences. They are poets, singers, painters, rappers, actors, musicians, dancers, producers, composers, dreamers, doers, thinkers. They are gente who make music together and enjoy all forms of creativity. The Mocochetes are here to ignite a fire in every audience member to enjoy the moment and then go out and make a difference!"
Billi Fortune III and The New Founder
Glenwood Springs Colorado
The Indigenous Soul Music of Omani Nagi. Omani Nagi is a Shamanic music
composer, singer, songwriter, poet and teacher of The Ancient Wisdom. Mysteriously
blessed with many gifts, including music, Omani Nagi shares the compositions and messages of his
Indigenous Soul. Unable to read or write music and unobstucted by music theories has
allowed Omani Nagi to embrace diverse forms of his art. This has resulted in a musical
fusion ranging from indigenous to reggae to hip hop to blues, among many other styles.
Omani Nagi is of Afro-Native (Choctaw, Saponi-Catawba Nation) heritage and recently
based out of Southern California. He is composer and producer of his debut album “Native!”
and forthcoming albums, “Medicine Man” and “Prophet” respectivley._
From his ancient Pueblo (basket weaver) flutes, traditional Native American flutes, to guitar
and vocals, the eclectic sounds of Omani Nagi can be enjoyed by everyone as it incorporates
the ancient wisdom of the indigenous culture that will usher in the new world mindset.
Come one, come all and be refreshed by the mystical music of Omani Nagi. InLakesh!
Iriebellion, is a 5 piece, conscious reggae root's band from Taos, New Mexico. Catchy hooks, memorable progressions with high energy bass lines and electrified guitar solos along with gritty vocals, hip hop lyrics with a positive message and horns.