Joell Ortiz & !llmind have teamed up to create and release what some already consider a hip-hop classic album, HUMAN. The initial recording of HUMAN began in March. Over the course of the following month, Joell Ortiz & !llmind had written and recorded 11 songs which they decided to compile into an album and release on Roseville Music Group. The name HUMAN derives from the idea that this project was as ‘human’ as a music project could get. The month Joell Ortiz & !llmind spent in the studio recording was all about the vibe created and music collaboration between themselves. Nothing more, nothing less.
Joell Ortiz & !llmind are going to be performing their new album, HUMAN, on August 5th at Cervantes’ Other Side. Come out and get down to this spectacular album live!
Join us in Denver 7/23 for the Haile Selassie birthday celebration featuring the second youngest son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley. Having grown up in the inner-city of Miami from the age of 7, Ky-Mani lived a different childhood than his siblings and father. As a youth, Ky-Mani was driven mainly by his passion for sports, although his deep love for music was always very much present. It wasn’t until 1997 when Ky-Mani linked up with Pras of The Fugees that his music career took off. Being a believer of peace, love, equal rights, community preservation, and Jah, Ky-Mani spreads positivity, wisdom, and knowledge through his music.
Thursday, July 23rd, you will have the chance to see Ky-Mani Marley live at Cervantes Masterpiece. This is a celebration of Emperor Haile Selassies birthday, so make sure you bring the good vibes!
National Cannabis Industries Association and Bhang recently teamed up to celebrate the legal side of the newly founded cannabis industry this past weekend at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. With a name like ‘Cannabis Carnival’ I had the expectation that there may be some typical wild stoner shenanigans taking place, but upon my arrival I found a much more mature crowd, and came to the quick realization that there were no smoking activities taking place within the Fillmore. For some this could have been a little bit weird, but on a personal level, it was a nice change from the typical marijuana party. Bhang Chocolate set up a really comfortable chill lounge in the middle of the venue which comfortably sat around 50 people, and around the sides of the event surrounding the dance floor were a wonderful variety of artists, cannabis industry professionals, and carnival themed attractions such as a dress up photo booth and a dunk bucket.
The entertainment of the evening was top notch. NCIA brought out Rob Garza of Thievery Corp, Quixotic, The Everyone Orchestra, and the legendary trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, to bless Denver with their one of a kind take on jazz. This was a show that many people had been waiting a lifetime to see in person. When MMW were getting set up everyone in the venue was in awe at how incredible and intricate their live show was going to be. First came the Organ, then came the super custom percussive section, then out came the grand piano, and finally a beautiful stand up bass. MMW and all of their opening acts put on a performance that was nothing short of amazing.
Big Thanks to NCIA and BHANG CHOCOLATE for the wonderful vibes. It was beautiful seeing the community the new cannabis industry is creating. See you next year!
This is one of those EP’s you must play over and over again.
Come get down to some legendary live music in celebration of the cannabis culture tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium. Medeski Martin & Wood are going to be headlining the show, however their supporting artists include Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Quixotic, and the Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler. This is going to be a night packed with high energy rhythms, carnival themed games and attractions, and a great group of people. If you haven’t purchased pre-sale tickets it is not too late to do so! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW.
See ya on the dancefloor!
2015 marks the first year Ganjaology was able to attend Colorado’s leading transformational music festival ‘Sonic Bloom’. After starting the festival with nothing but smiles, and ending the festival with more smiles and laughter, we conclude that the transition from one festival decade to the next was a success. Having had the last week to reflect on the experiences shared over the summer solstice weekend, we’ve got a handful of photos and a few words to share with you.
Sonic Bloom was held at a new location to celebrate it’s 10th year of existence. With the elevation just above 6,000ft, warm nights were not a dream, but a reality. Shade was of abundance, and the live painting zone set up within the festival grounds was one of the most beautiful and thought invoking places of The Bloom. Now-a-days it seems as if live painting is quite common at festivals, however the attention, care, and detail of the artists chosen to display their work was (literally) world class. With well over 20 live painters and visionary artists in attendance at Sonic Bloom, the ingenuity of this festival was comparable to none.
‘A carved violin in the Art Dome’
It’s easy for a music festival to have a main focus and one main focus only. Music. What’s difficult, is to host a music festival which engages participants through active workshops, visual arts, learning experiences, positivity, and music equally. This is the exact feat that Sonic Bloom can say they’ve accomplished during their 10th year on “Festival Earth”. From yoga classes, to rock balancing seminars, to motivational speakers, all the way to YOU, there were teachers and students of all ages and backgrounds sharing happiness, knowledge, and new experiences with one another.
Sustainability is a main focus of Sonic Bloom and they are doing a great job of being a leader in ‘Leave No Trace’ events. Get ready for this…All of the electricity used at Sonic Bloom was offset with 100% solar power from SunPort! That is the type of positive action that festivals world wide need to pay attention to. All participants are encouraged to carpool to the event, re-use materials as much as possible, and compost, recycle, and dispose of trash in separate labeled receptacles. All of the food vendors were locals from the region and many carts featured organic and/or vegetarian options. Sonic Bloom had their Green team working hard at all times and the cleanliness of the festival reflected that in a beautiful way.
‘Another favorite from the art dome’
10 years is a long time to host a festival… It seems it was just long enough to get the perfect musical lineup in order for the decade anniversary. Sonic Bloom brought out STS9, Talib Kweli, Thriftworks, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Random Rab, Emancipator, Andreilien, Templo, Jpod The Beat Chief, Caspa, Russ Liquid, The Desert Dwellers, Kaminanda, and Ill-Esha, just to name off a few favorites… With a lineup as eclectic and intelligent as that, you could host a festival in the middle of the desert with no shade and people would still come and have a great time. Sonic Bloom didn’t do that. Jamie Janover and his experienced team of builders, connectors, fun conspirators, artists, motivators, and everyone in between, came together and worked extra hard to bring you the highest quality party the Rocky Mountains will see this summer.
BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
– All pictures by Ganjology –
It’s been a few short weeks and my heart is still racing from Movement Detroit. Held in the Heart of Detroit’s downtown just along the Detroit River, Movement is easily one of the largest events to ever happen in this city. Tens of Thousands pour through the gates of Detroit’s Hart Plaza each of the three days of the festival… And at they end of the night – They all file out.
Since its inception in 2000, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) has evolved into a masterpiece of international presence. Hosting over 100 DJs from around the world, the event – now titled Movement – boasts nearly 100k attendees over three days.
Six major stages are positioned in Hart Plaza, three of which are sponsored by Thump, Beatport and Redbull respectively. The giant Movement Stage is positioned naturally within the plaza’s primary amphitheater and was home to acts like Art Department, Loco Dice, Dogblood, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, and DJ Snoopadelic (yes, that’s Snoop Dogg). The Beatport stage was positioned just along the river and was home to Catz n Dogz, Soul Clap, Ataxia, Dubfire, Maya Jane Cole, and Nicole Maudober. My personal favorite stage was the Redbull Music Acadamy stage which was home to Method Man, Disclosure, Hudson Mowhawke, Danny Brown, People Under The Stairs, Jets, Ben UFO, Brodinkski and Squarepusher. Oh my gosh… This lineup was simply insane.
Considering Detroit is known around the world as the birthplace of Techno, it’s only right that Thump Magazine (the music channel for Vice Mag) would sponsor the “Made In Detroit” Stage. Each day this stage held space for day long showcases. The Ghostly International Showcase which closed with Matthew Dear was easily one of the highlights of the festival. On the final Day, my mind was blown as the festival drew to a close and I found myself in the presence of Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May performing “Hi-Tech Soul”. Two live production audio engineers with the addition of a live percussionist reminded me of the true essence of music. It was enormous to see live drums played along side an electronic performance of this magnitude.
Beyond the Festival itself, the entire city seemed to open its doors to host after parties, mimosa brunch events and other extracurriculars. We found our way to into the TV Lounge for Soul Clap, City Club for Maceo Plex and Skream, and of course the infamous Old Miami for Seth Troxler’s Need I Say More IX day party. Wow… I don’t think anyone slept all weekend.
All around, Movement proved to be far beyond the scope of imagination. I will surely be headed back next year for another round of high potency shenanigans. Thanks for the Motor City…
DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER.
All photos are the work of Ms. Ally Cat aka Allison Roberton. Strictly film. Thank you!
From the scenic setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains…To the impressive and diverse lineup that only Sonic Bloom could provide…To the beautiful people who make their way to Colorado for this trend setting festival…Sonic Bloom has almost everything it needs to make it’s 10 year anniversary the best celebration ever. The one thing it’s still missing is…YOU!
Sonic Bloom is only 1 week away! For all of you who have not yet purchased tickets for Colorodo’s favorite music festival, you’ve still got time. Click HERE to get your Sonic Bloom ticket!
While you wait for the gates to open…Enjoy a few of our favorites from a couple of this years Sonic Bloom artists!
DUB – TECH – EXP – FUTURE
Resident DJs :: Man Amen + Thunder St. Clair
Every Third Friday
BSide Liquor Lounge & Arcade
Big up our partners Heart and Sole, GANJAOLOGY, Flower City Gift Shopand RWD FM plus all the homies that have contributed to the inspiration for this event.
We GIVE THANKS to you!
Check out the new sounds from Ganjaology artist, Callisto!
With every new day comes a new beginning…
Movement Music Festival in Detroit starts today and runs through Monday. In addition to the festival the city will be alive with official after parties. Click Here For After Parties
The festival takes place in Detroit MI, the birthplace of Techno. The festival grounds are in Hart Plaza of downtown Detroit along the banks of the Detroit River, with a view of Windsor, CA on the other side.
Here are some artists to listen to before you head over!
Prepare to step into a world made of thick drum kits, deep melodic bass lines, and beautiful futuristic melodies. These audio landscapes have been carefully crafted by Denver based producer, Templo, who is known for his unique blend of house, downtempo, hip-hop, funk, and dub.
Templo’s latest ep, Sunrise Vol. II, is compiled of 5 all original tracks that have an uplifting and refreshing vibe. The beats are very intricate and quite fast at points. These complex rhythms are then complimented by atmospheric synths and pads that bring a water-like coolness to each song.
I recently heard someone say that a “Fully Writable Album” is an album you can play from start to finish in one sitting without having to skip a single beat. I’d have to say that Sunrise Vol. II would definitely qualify as a “Full Writable EP”.
Make sure you don’t miss Templo at Sonic Bloom 2015! He’s no stranger to the stage, and with a handful of releases and festival performances under his belt, Templo will have an impressive set that will surely be a highlight of the festival.
To Celebrate the release of Octave One’s upcoming album ‘Burn It Down’ the Detroit duo will be holding an exclusive launch party during this months Movement Festival. Taking place at local record store Spectacles in their Native home of Detroit the intimate event will be a rare opportunity to listen to the anticipated new album along with a special live performance from the brothers.
Octave One Burn It Down Release Party
Sunday May 24th 2015
13.00 – 15.00
230 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, United States
This is the 21st release on the Denver based music collective/record label Dub Animals. Adsum has put together a dark three track release entitled NIGHTCRAWLER EP, and as you can imagine…it’s deep.
Tune in to the sounds of Adsum and stay tuned for more releases to come via Dub Animals.
Movement Music Festival in Detroit is coming up this month, and the world quivers with excitement. Known by many as DEMF or Detroit Electonic Music Festival, the event has taken on a new identity in the recent years. Now know as Movement, one this is clear – this event is about getting people in motion!
The festival takes place in Detroit MI, the birthplace of Techno. The festival grounds are built in Hart Plaza of downtown Detroit which is positioned beautifully along the banks of the Detroit River with a view of Windsor, CA on the other side. For those familiar with Jazz Fest, this event is in the same place, but clearly we are turning it up a notch.
Movement consists of three days of music featuring over 140 performers from around the world. Centered on dance music culture, the curating for is stellar. Check out sounds from Annie Hall, Carl Craig, Dog Blood, Griz, Hudson Mohawke, Jets, Machine Drum, Matthew Dear, Phuture, Shigeto, Soul Clap, Squarepusher, Waajeed and Matador just to name a few.
DUB – TECH – EXP – FUTURE
This Month’s Guest :: Blackbird (Cleveland, OH)
Resident DJs :: Man Amen + Thunder St. Clair
Every Third Friday
BSide Liquor Lounge & Arcade
No Cover // 21+
Join us Friday 5.15 at BSide for an evening of high potency UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC!!
This fresh monthly event will feature local and national DJs mixing the best in internationally recognized high vibrational sound system music. Get up and get inspired.
This one’s for the true heads… And the dancer types ;)
SEE Y’ALL FRIDAY 5/15 at #BSideArcade!!
Big up our partners Heart and Sole, GANJAOLOGY, Flower City Gift Shop and RWD.FM
– Plus all the homies that have contributed to the inspiration for this event –
We GIVE THANKS to you!
B Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade
2785 Euclid Hts Blvd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Below Grog Shop
DUB SIDE SELECT every THURSDAY this MAY 2015
Rotating selectors playing the very best in sound system music.
Ranging from roots reggae, ska and steppas, to dub, contemporary and dancehall…
This night is built to inspire positivity, build community and create vibes.
BSide Liquor Lounge & Arcade
2785 Euclid Heights BLVD
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Sonic Bloom is bringing one of Colorado’s own (and one of our personal favorites) to their incredible festival this year. Cualli has been steadily releasing music since 2010, and with his recent arrival back home from a three month excursion in Costa Rica, he will be bringing a fresh new energy and strictly positive vibes to Humming Bird Ranch.
From his engaging live performances featuring himself, a computer, and several live instruments… To his insanely creative production that feature recordings from his trips around the world, live instrumentation, and software production… Cualli has proven time and time again that music is not only his passion, but his way of speaking to the people and Mother Earth.
“To make a change in the world we must make a change in ourselves. To heal the soul of the Earth we must heal the souls in ourselves. We are one with the Earth. We are one with the cosmos. I give thanks for the opportunity to play a part in this time here on Earth. I give thanks for the opportunity to connect through music. I give thanks for life.” – Cualli
Since my first introduction to Cualli back in 2012, at Envision, I have had the pleasure of watching his music spread throughout the conscious music network of the world in a truly loving way. I’m excited for more projects to come from this talented Colorado native and really stoked for his performance at Sonic Bloom 2015!
– CUALLI –