Sonic Bloom 2017: The Unified Field Flourishes
Kicking off the summer festival season in Colorado this year, Sonic Bloom Festival returned for the 12th annual celebration of the “Unified Field”, Dubbed by Jamie Janover for its likeness to the access and use of free energies, this festival feels like home every time we return. For the third year in it’s new home, Hummingbird Ranch transformed into a blooming city of tents, art and transformational music. Blessing us with memories to cherish for a lifetime, fresh music performances and creativity across all mediums, the Sonic Bloom community came together with a weekend full of amazing people. Musicians, artists and fans alike, this festival provided the space for everyone to co-create for 4 magical days.
MHSM Artists at Sonic Bloom 2017
MHSM co-founder, ProJect Aspect welcomed us to the weekend of fun on Thursday at the Hummingbird Stage. Debuting his new EP “Cortex”, he would have blown the roof off if there had been one. Dropping one of the sickest sets of the weekend, his performance was original and hyphy. His new sounds combined with his masterful abilities of improv during his live set, made for an unforgettable experience. Kruza Kid also joined him on stage for a song, sharing his lyrical talent with the crowd.
Unlimited Gravity took over the Hummingbird stage after him. Also debuting his new EP “Choose Your Direction,” this set was packed with high energy, hardcore glitch hop beats. Throwing down the glitchiest dub sounds infused with classical piano his set gave the audience all the feels. Next they brought up Steven Kuzma on a drum pad, to form the Unlimited Aspect band, the trio closed out the stage in raging fashion.
Performing at his first Sonic Bloom, Homemade Spaceship helped begin the evening with a high energy set shredding the guitar on top of the DJ table and bringing dirty and heavy beats that were out of this world.
Lucid Vision followed directly after Homemade Spaceship and brought so many feel good melodies and beats. From playing the guitar, bringing up vocalist Knowledge Thyself, and adding his own verse as well, brought a hip-hop element to his performance. Lucid Vision aims to elevate the energy of those who interacts with him and his music, and once you meet him, he does just that.
Friday’s lineup included JuBee & The Party People to start off our evening with nothing but a party. kLL sMTH packed out the Hummingbird Stage. The Funk Hunters paired up with Chali 2na on the Meadow Stage. Chali 2na’s melodic voice mixed with their funky beats was a treat for the audience. Barclay Crenshaw AKA Claude Von Stroke’s alter music ego crushed both sets on the Hummingbird stage. It was a nice surprise to hear his glitchy hip-hop inspired set along with his classic twist on house music. iLL.Gates brought the noise which ended up being one of our favorites of the weekend. The Floozies took to the main stage after The Polish Ambassador and closed out the main stage with an epic set. Those who were fortunate enough to be awake were able to catch the sunrise set from Whitebear.
The third day into the festival was packed with local favorites and also some of the more well known names we have all come to love. The Orcastrator opened the Meadow stage and threw down a glitch and funk filled set, complete with blow up whales for the crowd. Cualli came on after him accompanied by his beautiful wife Sophia singing and dancing with him. Evanoff & Skydyed both threw down in the heat on the main stage. Maddy O’Neal brought up Kevin Donohue from SunSquabi. Later in the evening Ill-Esha raged an original set full of live vocals, piano and new beats. Ill-esha has been spending her free time teaching children on EDMPdiscord.com and debuted some of their songs. The main stage popped off when Space Jesus came on. His hardcore vibe mixed with remixes of popular songs drew in the masses. He sampled this years hit, Bloccd from DMVU who is one of our artists in the Mile High Sound Movement. The Desert Dwellers amazed the crowd afterwards with aerial dancers, high quality visuals and a down tempo vibe. Ott. was a highly anticipated set for many as he had to cancel his performance last year. He played his original ambient music mixed with some high quality bass.
Sunday had a very chill vibe, providing jam bands such as Papadosio, lower tempo music such as Lapa and saQi, a Desert Hearts techno takeover, local rising producer Templo closing out, and of course the Gigantic Cheese Biscuits. The whole weekend was infused with art from all the mediums. A spray paint artist transformed a huge canvas into a beautiful Ganesh Elephant near the Meadow Stage. Handmade jewelry from all over the country, clothing, glass blowers, and one of a kind handmade items were scattered throughout the entire festival. The art curators made light up gems, a new fire display, wooden sculptures, mandala pieces made with nature, and a wishing well. The attention to the detail in the art is a must see. The festival could use more interactive displays, however the ones provided were visually pleasing.
The festival is full of local music, and fan favorites across the whole weekend. Don’t sleep on tickets for next year when they are released. Another year of memories, fun and treasures to keep, we look forward to Sonic Bloom every year and can’t wait to return to the Unified Field next year.