ARISE Music Festival  ///  AUG 3 - 5  ///  Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO ft. Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Trevor Hall, Pepper, Living Legends, Quixotic & Many Many More!

ARISE Music Festival /// AUG 3 - 5 /// Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO ft. Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Trevor Hall, Pepper, Living Legends, Quixotic & Many Many More!

Fri, August 3, 2018 - Mon, August 6, 2018

Doors: 10:00 am / Show: 11:00 am

GA, Camping, VIP and Backstage Passes Are All Available

ARISE Music Festival
ARISE Music Festival
ARISE is a music, yoga, activism and co-creative camping festival. Located just 65 miles north of Denver CO at Sunrise Ranch, this breath taking rocky mountain oasis is the perfect container for participants to entertain and be entertained, explore their creative potentials, connect with nature, stretch out, dive in, and dance.

ARISE Music Festival is celebrating its fifth year in Colorado this August 4-6 in Loveland. Over the years, the festival has featured such luminary talent as Micheal Franti, Beats Antique, Xavier Rudd, Galactic, The Polish Ambassador, Jurassic 5, Papadosio, Keller Williams, Groundation, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Emancipator Ensemble, Random Rab and many more. With a focus on conscious music, ARISE Music Festival seeks performers in a wide variety of genres. You may find that you discover as many new bands at ARISE, as the number of bands you came to see.

The ARISE Festival shines with outstanding Workshops, The Gaia Yoga Sanctuary, ARISE Dialogues, Art Gallery & Art Installations, the Rainbow Lightning Children’s Village, a Solutions Village and Village of Healing. The 100 acre Sunrise Ranch festival grounds is also home to a permanent, 400 seat dome theater to present internationally-recognized speakers, screen films, host thought leaders and innovators and hold open discussions for positive change. All of that across 7 stages with world class and underground music. See you at Sunrise Ranch this August 4-6!

“The music is like the fire …. and we all gather around it to warm our souls,” says Paul Bassis, Producer of ARISE. “The intention of the festival is to facilitate and amplify that inspiration into real life action.”

ARISE Music Festival’s intention is to create the kind of experience that is uniquely possible when we are all in it together from beginning to end. We hope you choose to join us. It’s going to be magical.

Tierro, Paul, Aly, Ami, Scott, Diana, Nicole, Mo, Meghan, Mia & the entire ARISE team.
Slightly Stoopid
Slightly Stoopid
While it's a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group's diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into why it's been a few years since the release of their last studio album. But on August 14, 2012, the Ocean Beach, California-based group—led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald—will drop their latest studio effort, Top of the World. As heard throughout the disc, the layoff between albums has not affected the group's penchant for cooking up the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid's trademark sound.
"We're a touring act, and we've been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade," explains Doughty. "It really came into play on the release of the new record. Our last studio record [Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid] was about three and a half years ago. But with the band, we were starting families, we'd been on the road so much, we really didn't have time to sit down and focus on actually recording it."
Doughty also admits that the creation of the band's own recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland of Ocean Beach), certainly aided the creation of Top of the World.

"In the past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to make the record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time in our career," Doughty continues.
"What's nice about it is having our own environment to record in
and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organic feel. For us, 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 record."

Another key ingredient to what makes Top of the World so special is the inclusion of several musical guests. "It really kept that 'family atmosphere' for us," says Doughty. "I think it really shows in the music—it flows. It's like one of those records that feels like it's one giant song. It keeps building and building. For us, we couldn't be happier. Top of the World speaks volumes as to where the band is today; just lyrically and musically, we're really happy with the direction."

"We had G. Love, Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Ian Neville from Dumpstaphunk, Tory Ruffin from Morris Day and the Time and Fishbone, and singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. We've been friends with G. Love for over 15 years, and we've been able to work together quite a few different times in the studio. It seems like second nature. Whenever you're recording with G., it's almost
like you're really just hanging out with your bro, and you happen to hit record. We've done so many shows together and so many studio sessions, it becomes second nature. Angelo Moore to me is one of the greatest frontmen to ever step foot on a stage. As a fan and out of respect, I try to do something with Angelo every time we have a record, really. If you listen to his lyrics, his vocal performance—I don't know who could keep up with Angelo on stage. Don Carlos from Black Uhuru is one of the legendary reggae singers of all time, and we've had the pleasure of working with him the last few years."
Riffing on some of the album's highlights, Doughty says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G. Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar line throughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,' he is a true architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo—it's a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooks and crannies we play across the country."
Besides recording at their own studio, Slightly Stoopid has always been extremely hands on when it comes to their career, going back more than a decade to when they founded their own record label, Stoopid Records.
"We started Stoopid Records around 2000," 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 and other bands we want to help break out."
Angelo Moore of Fishbone.
Doughty and G. Love.
Slightly Stoopid in 2007.
"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."
In addition to the arrival of Top of the World, Slightly Stoopid should be very busy for the rest of 2012. "This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool— those guys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we've been headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we're going to
co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for our fans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the new record. After the summer tour, we're going to do a fall tour and a winter tour, stay on the road as much as possible, promote the record, and keep making more music."
Slightly Stoopid's current line-up, featured on the Unity Tour 2012, consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), along with Ryan "Rymo" Moran (drums), Oguer "OG" Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards). Additionally, "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars also lent his talents throughout Top of the World, and is joining the band on tour this summer.
Slightly Stoopid in 2011 at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley.
Nearly two decades into their ongoing metamorphosis, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound even further and creating a contagious feel-good vibe. An entire subculture has grown around the social statements the band makes with their music—and it's been done entirely on their own terms.

No wonder they feel like they're on Top of the World.
Thievery Corporation
Thievery Corporation
Spend a day with Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza and you might hear them make reference to David Cope, the university professor who studies music and artificial intelligence, or mention Garza's travels to Sudan and Nepal, or explain why The Clash's London Calling may just be the best-produced album in rock history. So it's not surprising that Hilton and Garza's thoughtful curiosity about the world finds its way into their sophisticated, impeccably crafted musical soundscapes that reflect not only their broad appreciation for diverse styles of music (everything from Brazilian bossa nova and Jamaican dub reggae to vintage film soundtracks and psychedelic space rock), but also their take on the complicated times in which we live.

Since banding together 16 years ago, these two independent thinkers have taken a DIY approach to their musical and cultural interests, which has led to the formation of their own record label, ESL Music, through which Thievery Corporation release recordings by a slew of international artists, such as Federico Aubele, Ursula 1000, and Thunderball, as well as their own recordings. The label is run out of the basement of a Gothic-style three-level townhouse in Washington, D.C., that is also home to Thievery Corporation's recording studio, which is filled with the latest high-tech gear as well as vintage guitars and Moog keyboards. The studio is where the two songwriters and producers have crafted their own output: six studio albums, three compilations, and numerous EP's and singles — an impressive body of diverse work that has made Thievery Corporation one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene.

In June, the duo will release its sixth studio album, Culture of Fear — a cinematic-sounding inquiry into space rock that straddles the sweet spot between funk and soul, with a bit of dub and reggae thrown in for good measure. The title track, featuring vocals/lyrics by rapper Mr. Lif, comments on the fact that, nearly 10 years after 9/11, "everyone is afraid of everything," Hilton says. "People are living like wimps. The terror level is always at orange. Now we've got body scanners in airports. Somehow the whole country's been spun into this pointless web of fear." Adds Garza: "People have learned to be subservient to the system, automatically taking their shoes off at airports. Our message with this album is that there really is nothing to fear. The things we're being told to fear aren't what we should fear. The intrusion into your day-to-day rights and privacy are a whole lot scarier."

Culture of Fear continues to address the socially conscious themes that Thievery Corporation have explored since 2002 when they released their third studio album, The Richest Man in Babylon, which incorporated protest music into their sound. They followed Babylon with 2005′s The Cosmic Game, which featured politically minded collaborations with Perry Farrell, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, and David Byrne. In 2008, the duo paid homage to people's resistance movements around the world with Radio Retaliation — setting a think-for-yourself agenda to eclectic sounds from Jamaica, Latin America, Asia, and The Middle East. The album, which questioned the profit-driven mentality of corporate media, earned Thievery Corporation a Grammy Award nomination for Best Recording Packaging. (An image of Mexican revolutionary Subcomandante Marcos appears on its printed cardboard sleeve cover.)

"We're probably more radical in our political beliefs than most of the hardcore punk bands," Hilton says, "but at the same time, we're realistic about what we can actually do. We feel like our role is to be commentators." Adds Garza: "The best thing we can do is try to open people's minds." For both Hilton and Garza, the seeds for their shared philosophy were sown while growing up near the nation's capitol, which has spawned an abundance of progressive punk bands over the years, such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi. "We're influenced by that mentality, but the music doesn't need to be about super aggressive guitars or hard-charging beats to convey that feeling," Hilton says. "Sometimes you can just break things down and be more subtle." Instead, the duo reveal their globally aware mindset by setting their lyrical diatribes to a lush mélange of international grooves, inviting vocalists and musicians from around the world, including Nigerian Afrobeat heir Femi Kuti, Persian singer Lou Lou, and Jamaican reggae toaster Sleepy Wonder, to appear on their recordings. As the L.A. Weekly put it: "Thievery Corporation's dance hall is a delectably subversive refuge for dissent, a multilingual broadside against complacency and the powers that be."

Thievery Corporation was hatched in 1995 when Hilton and Garza were introduced by a mutual friend at Washington, D.C.'s Eighteenth Street Lounge — a popular gathering place for musicians and nightlife seekers that is co-owned by Hilton. Hilton had been producing parties and various music events before opening the Lounge with a fellow DJ in the top three floors of a turn-of-the-century mansion just below Dupont Circle. He also had a recording studio, where Garza had once done some music production work, but the two had never met until the night Garza walked into the Lounge.
"I was really impressed by what Eric had built," Garza says. "The music they were playing and the whole mood of the place was very inspiring." The two discovered that they shared The Clash and D.C. punk label Dischord as a formative musical influence, that they both loved '60s and '70s Brazilian music, "and that we were both interested in talking about stuff that other people aren't interested in talking about," as Hilton puts it. They decided to try to make some original music together.

In 1996, Thievery Corporation launched itself with two underground hit vinyl singles, "Shaolin Satellite" and "2001 Spliff Odyssey," followed by their debut album, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, and soon became loosely associated with the "trip-hop" scene that had emerged a few years prior in the U.K. In 2000, they released Mirror Conspiracy, which introduced live vocalists, including Bebel Gilberto and the late Pam Bricker into the mix. (Bricker sings on Thievery Corporation's breakthrough hit "Lebanese Blonde," which was included on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the 2004 film Garden State.) Following The Richest Man in Babylon and The Cosmic Game, the duo released 2006′s Versions, featuring their remixes of songs by such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Astrud Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar, and The Doors. By then, Garza and Hilton were itching to evolve past their reputation as ambassadors of the "downtempo" scene, and began to conjure up more subversive recordings that reflected their interests in social activism, as can be heard on Radio Retaliation and, now, Culture of Fear.

Over the years, Thievery Corporation has also become known for the carnival-esque atmosphere of their live shows, during which they bring out a 15-member live band of musicians and vocalists. The group has sold out shows at such famed venues as the Hollywood Bowl, London's 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, and the Theatro Vrahon Melina Merkouri in Athens, Greece, among many others. "To see Lou Lou, a Persian singer singing in Farsi, as America debates on a war with Iran, on stage with band members from all corners of the earth singing in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and so on, it makes people wonder," Garza says. "And if you can get people to question the things around them, even just a little bit, that's not such a bad thing."
Trevor Hall
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 where he studied classical guitar and was 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, is imbued with a deep love of Eastern Mysticism. This powerful symbiosis fostered a deep connectivity with his growing fan base and Trevor quickly matured into a leader of the burgeoning conscious musical community. Along with numerous pilgrimages to India, he has also completed a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

His previous full-length album releases, Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart respectively and were supported by extensive tours around the US and Australia. Beyond his intention to spread love and healing through music, Hall also collects donations to support children’s education in India and has continuously donated to charities and relief funds.

The Fruitful Darkness is Trevor’s first independent release — supported by his fans know as THE VILLAGERS — has become the #1 Music campaign of its kind in 2017 — after a decade plus recording for established labels such as Geffen and Vanguard. “There have been many hurdles and triumphs along the way” Hall reflects. “This album conveys the deep vulnerability of journeying through the unknown, as opposed to playing it safe.” Besides the change in infrastructure, the album itself explores completely new sonic terrain and is being released unconventionally, in three song installments on specific lunar dates. The first three tracks dropped worldwide this September 15th on iTunes.
Formed 1997 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Bret Bollinger: Vocals, Bass;
Kaleo Wassman: Vocals, Guitar;
Yesod Williams: Drums.
Living Legends
Living Legends
The Living Legends crew is a family of independent hip-hop creators bringing their own raw, unique sound and an 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.

It all started with BFAP (now known as Sunspot Jonz) and PSC (Luckyiam), who laid claim to the name of Mystik Journeymen in the early 1990's. By '94 they were locally legendary for throwing Underground Survivors shows, houseparty style at their loft – 4001 San Leandro Street, in East Oakland. That's where The Grouch hooked up with the Journeymen in 1995, just before they took off on their renowned first European tour.

Around the same time in the southern part of the state, Mid-city Los Angeles to be exact, 3 Melancholy Gypsys (Murs, Scarub & Eligh) were part of the almost mythic Log Cabin crew going back to 1993. Log Cabin later broke up and the Gypsys wandered separately. As it turned out, the three would cross paths again in the Bay Area and became Living Legends.

Aesop came to Oakland from Fresno, Arata from Osaka, and Bicasso from various points, East, West and elsewhere...

In 1999 the Legends shifted their center of gravity to Los Angeles, but their presence has definitely not diminished in Oakland and the Bay. You know it makes no difference where they stay because the universe revolves around them anyway. Over the years, The Living Legends have rocked Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada numerous times, plus they've toured the USA, north and south, east coast, west coast and beyond ...

In the years since, The Living Legends have continued releasing solo and crew projects and now have a catalog of over 50 full-length albums and numerous singles. All in all, this crew of motivated do-it-yourselfers has sold over 400,000 albums collectively, all with no major radio or television airplay, and 100% independently. At the beginning of 2008 The Legends came together at the famed Encore Studios in Burbank, CA to record, "The Gathering". A seven-song album that was recorded within a weeks time and features every crew member, on every single song, a feat that has never been done before in Hip Hop. The group has no plans to let up and they're only turning up the fire, so see if you can keep up.

Legends Baby!!!!
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 is 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 will see the release of Ott’s latest studio album - details of which will emerge over the coming weeks.
Quixotic, conceived by founder Anthony Magliano is an ensemble of artists from various disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, fashion, film, music and visual f-x. This inventive group of artists goes beyond the limits of any specific art form, challenging traditional perceptions and creating a total sensory experience unlike any other for its audience while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound and multimedia.
Venue Information:
Sunrise Ranch
100 Sunrise Ranch Rd.
Loveland, CO, 80538