Huge news for the GOLDRUSH Music Festival (produced by music blogs) SpeakerSnacks, Tome to the Weather Machine and Magic Tepee. Tennis has been added to the two day “autumnal” festival at Hi-Dive over September 16-17. Reverb had a chance to catch up with one of the festival organizers, Ryan Pjesky to get the latest on what’s happening with Team Goldrush.
The Denver music landscape has seen the idea of the music festival pop up 10-fold. Talk to us about how Goldrush will be different than others and what inspired you guys?
“Honestly, we weren’t really concerned with a lot of the other festivals going on around Denver this summer. Indeed, it’s great to see a lot of different people putting these bigger types of shows together, but this project was conceived apart from the others and sort of stands alone. The idea was basically three friends who have been actively seeking out new music and happen to dig each others’ respective tastes wanted a chance to share some of their favorite music of the past year-or-so with a larger audience than the three had individually. We also wanted to give a larger audience to these artists as well— show these people how much we really love them, hopefully introduce them to new, fans, friends and turn them on to other interesting ideas happening in the music world right now (and especially those happening in Denver). We think this is a unique kind of thing because Denver’s never had a festival like this curated by independent local blogs. It’s a chance for us to share the music we write about directly with the scene we work in on a consistent basis.”
Why did you guys choose to do the fest in late September?
“We chose September because it’s a time when most people in town begin to settle down a bit from summer and reconnect with our beautiful state and super rad city. Also, you may recall there was a festival (RIP) in September out on some random rocks on the front-range that wasn’t too shabby … We’re not trying to recreate it, but I think we can all agree on this: Monolith was cool. ”
The choice to make the festival a two-day bash is an interesting one. What was the thought process behind that and why not three days or one day?
“We’ve been very tempted with the three day idea as the lineup has grown, but three days is a heavy commitment on our behalf as well as for the people attending Goldrush. We definitely couldn’t have fit everyone we wanted to into a one-day festival, so at this point two days seems just about right. When the music starts on Friday night, we intend to go all in … Who knows when it will theoretically stop.”
What would you like fans to know before heading to Hi-Dive in late September?
“Well first: No fireworks, dogs, glass bottles, drugs … Just kidding, sort of. Hopefully all Goldrush attendees will come prepared to see some truly amazing artists covering a very wide range of genres and styles. Come with an open mind and be prepared to to hear some loud music, soft music, weird music, and we can’t forget that chilly music. Definitely be checking the Tome, Magic Teepee and Speaker Snacks in the weeks leading up to the festival for Goldrush-related posts including interviews with the artists coming. Also, each act has already been written up at least once on at least one of the three websites involved in booking, so if fans are hungry for more information about and samples of the music right away, tracking down a review, video or MP3 post shouldn’t be too much of a problem.”
I love the art for the poster you guys chose. Who designed the poster and why did you guys name the festival, “Goldrush?”
“The poster art was created by Dwight Pavlovic and Liz Toler of Fig + Fox design, currently based out of West Virginia. Dwight is a contributing writer for North Carolina’s Get Off the Coast blog and Liz is his very talented and lovely wife-to-be!
The name comes from the idea that we as bloggers are constantly mining the web and our local scene for those rare nuggets. A gold rush happens when those gemstones are all collected into one place and everyone comes to get their stake in the load. With Cripple Creek being the famed historical gold rush site that it is, and with the autumn leaves changing colors around that season … it just seemed right! Not sure why we squished the two words into one and made it all caps, though. Aesthetics, maybe?”
The Still City calling it quits
It’s with a heavy heart that I type this, but the Still City is calling it quits. Co-founder Brian Knab will be checking in his guitar for a backpack as part of his PhD program at UT-Austin. You can say your farewells at their Aug 13 show at Hi-Dive. Godspeed, Brian!
Check out Night of Joy’s video for “John Candy”
A great song title from one of my favorite actors from the ’80s and early ’90s. His role as a traveling polka player in “Home Alone” was a very understated role, or was that “Uncle Buck?” In case you missed it last week, NOJ released their album “Hardcore Girls are a Hoax” that you can listen to here. The Brass Tree guys made video appears to have taken place on the hard beat known as Colfax as far east as the Lion’s Den and as far west as Civic Center Park. Photo by Julio Enriquez.
Churchill plays 9News Denver, in a church
Big week for Wheelchair Sports Camp
Sage Francis was spotted rockin’ a Wheelchair Sports Camp shirt last week during UMS and his month’s Spin has a profile on MC Kalyn on page 28 for those eager to check out the piece. Reverb’s Eryc Eyl had a great piece that you can check out as well over here. And yes, Spin is still in circulation. Print isn’t dead, yet.
Lion Sized covers Nathaniel Rateliff
My main problem with covers is when they sound exactly like the original. The entire point of a cover in my head is to create an entirely new take on an old song. Lion Sized made Nathaniel Rateliff’s “Shroud” their own last week at their UMS performance at the 3 Kings Tavern.
Hot Congress releases a late summer sampler
The roster from Hot Congress reads like a who’s who in Denver music and the collective wants to share the music. Fans can download a 2011 Hot Congress sampler from upcoming and past releases past and a couple of exclusives over here.
Hot Congress 2011 Sampler
The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – So Money
Amazing Twin – A Man Does Ands
Night of Joy – Marge Simpson
Sun Red – Glitch in Animal Programming
Fingers of the Sun – Every House
Ken Arkind – Summer 2001, A Meditation in White Suburban Romance
Achille Lauro – Low Cha Cha
Kissing Party – Winter in the Pub
Girls Walk By – 57 Lashes
Colfax Speed Queen – My Nemesis Me
Vitamins – Vimanas
Hindershot – Sit, Stand, Speak
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.