Sonic Bloom Brings Music & Art Lovers Together In Colorado Under The Unified Field
Colorado’s premiere electronic music festival, Sonic Bloom, had it’s 11th annual gathering this past June, and this music and art filled extravaganza packed a whole new kind of punch this year. For the second year, the festival returned to Hummingbird Ranch just outside of Rye, Colorado. A mega-stacked lineup full of Bloom favorites such as Tipper (2 sets) and The Opiuo Band, as well as Bonobo (DJ set), EOTO, Break Science and Wick-It The Instigator. The amount of local talent practically covered the entire spectrum of West Coast electronic music, courtesy of the best in the Colorado music community. As eclectic as the origins of the headliners are, the core of this festival is supported directly by the natives of the magical state of Colorado, those who rep it on their sleeve day in and day out in the studio and on stage. Some of the highlighted Colorado acts who performed were Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, SunSquabi, VibeSquaD, Bass Physics, The Reminders, Mikey Thunder, SoDown, Cloud-D, Dynohunter, Templo, Skydyed, Cualli, The Dirty Gemstones, Lily Fangz, Evanoff, Tnertle, Godlazer and a surprise performance by Unlimited Aspect.
The Colorado based artist collective and record label, The Mile High Sound Movement, is no stranger to this Summer tradition, as numerous artists that are part of the collective have been prevalent within this year’s lineup and previous years as well. The MHSM members and bass music engineers Ronnie Weberg and Jay Jaramillo, aka Unlimited Gravity and Project Aspect, became a part of this event’s journey in 2008. This was just the starting line for this grassroots collective of now over 30 artists, which is proven by their relevancy within Sonic Bloom’s array of talent over the years since it’s origin.
Starting things off for the MHSM crew on Thursday, the Boulder based trio, Evanoff was the first set of the festival. After an up-and-down tour of the West Coast, Evanoff was able to show Bloomers what exciting guitar shredding filled music they have been working on and perfecting. Evanoff will be supporting an exciting MHSM show this September at The Ogden Theatre with Unlimited Aspect, Zoogma & Vibe Street.
Thursday night, longtime MHSM member and lead designer, Cloud-D brought a special performance that was highly anticipated by his loyal fanbase. With a set of all unreleased new material, Cloud-D elevated the Hummingbird stage on Thursday night with his psychedelic heavy-hitting bass music. As the lead designer for MHSM, fans should soon be seeing his latest hat design with Grassroots California for the third version of the MHSM hat.
Jungle-House experts, Dynohunter, have continuously defied the limits of electronic music and are living proof of the idea that EDM takes on an entirely new face when produced organically and performed live. Friday evening, Clark Smith (sax/keys/production), Fred Reisen (bass/synth), and Steven Kuzma (of Unlimited Aspect on drums) brought copious amounts of energy and mouth-watering jams, amidst a vibrantly colored background of the Bloom Stage decor and clear blue skies fading into the evening. The Boulder-based band has mastered the art of integrating uptempo house melodies with live instrumentation, giving this often times over-saturated genre of music a fresh take. The trio was even joined by vocalist, Precious Hill, with a powerful voice that is subtle and soulful. The presence of the quartet was beautifully balanced as Ms. Hill’s vocals cascaded over silky sax with percussion, bass and synth all wrapped up into one cohesive sound.
The Dirty Gemstones
The Dirty Gemstones Saturday afternoon set got the day started for everyone. We were lucky enough to enjoy Denver artist, Lily Fangz for a lengthy freestyle session during their set. With her moving words and expert flow, Lily Fangz captures listeners and brings them into her world for a moment. Kruza Kid & Brisco Jones began The Dirty Gemstones collaboration about a year ago and have quickly earned the privilege to perform in numerous states and festivals in their first year. Kruza Kid is the co-founder of MHSM and has his first ever LP release coming soon which will feature many collaborations with fellow label mates.
MHSM Live Band
Come Sunday, the MHSM Orchestra made it’s first festival appearance and was composed of an all new cast of MHSM Artists delivering an awe-inspiring set, and we’re not talking about the Sonic Bloom Orchestra. The Mile High Sound Movement Live Band was pretty much a dream come true for those who love bass music and live acts. Temperatures were upwards of 95 degrees, and things only continued to heat up as Ronnie and Jay (Unlimited Aspect) at the core of the stage, surrounded by a symphony of instrumentalists, Steven Kuzma of the Unlimited Aspect Live Band (drums), Clark Smith of Dynohunter (sax), JJ Evanoff of Evanoff (guitar), Kruza Kid & Brisco Jones of The Dirty Gemstones, Bass player at large, Fleeb Thomas, and Jeff Hudson beatboxing. After this overload of awesomeness ensued, The Unlimited Aspect live band stayed on the stage and performed a surprise set out of the blue. They kept the pinkies up while throwing down, serving up the BASSASS sound that we’ve all come to know and love.