Ultraversary 7 Artist Spotlight: South of France

Local talent duo, South of France is quickly making a name for themselves within Denver’s emerging indie-pop scene. Their dream pop undercurrents and sweet his and hers lyrics make for a familiar yet surprisingly fresh performance. The band was formed when intstrumentalist/producer/songwriter Jeff Cormack met singer/songwriter Kelly Lueke in Los Angeles back in 2012. Since then they’ve been able to share the stage with greats like Portugal. The Man and The Flaming Lips and as of this Saturday, local heroes Ultra5280!

South of France has been on our “Must See Acts at UMS” list for the past few years and it only made sense to ask them to be a part of our debut into the Colorado festival scene. (Coachella ain’t got nothing on our lineup – looking at you special guest DJ Tobias Krause).

South of France captures the art of the duet without the kitchiness that duos sometimes come with. Their melodies are dancey and rhythmic while their lyrics embody real emotion and experiences. We are honored to have them hail from our beloved town of Denver and even more honored to share the stage with them this weekend.

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Thievery Corporation Hypnotizes Denver Post 4/20

Thievery Corporation took over the Mile High City a day after the 4/20 celebrations, and brought a heady, mesmerising showcase of their nearly endless music. The Washington D.C. artist and DJ collaborative, composed of Rob Garza, Eric Hilton, and many others including Natalia Clavier, Mr. Lif, and Loulou Ghelickhani showed off their lively, world influenced, reggae dub, especially of that present on the latest album, The Temple of I & I. The vibes were chill, the presentation simple.

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In comparison to other Thievery Corporation shows we've seen, this one was definitely less theatrical,  but in a pleasant way that definitely fit hand in hand with how Denver was feeling Friday night. A crowd of all ages swayed in what seemed like a synchronized hypnosis the entire time, which was a very pleasant experience to be surrounded by others who appreciate the worldly sounds. Being the crowd pleasers that they are, the collective teased and teased until they played fan favorites like "Amerimacka" and "Lebanese Blonde" and got the crowd feeling extra groovy towards the end.

Honorable mention to opener Thriftworks (Jake Atlas) a Pennsylvania native to keep an eye on if you're keen on progressive and explorative electronic artists. Atlas also played a reeeeeaaaaallllyyyy cool set at after-hours gallery, Knew Conscious, which you should have major FOMO about missing.

Thriftworks (Jake Atlas)

Thriftworks (Jake Atlas)

Gucci Mane Brought His Trap God Tour To A Sold Out Ogden Theatre Crowd

The 420 festivities were in full effect on Thursday in The Mile HIGH City. Although rainy weather dampened much of the outdoor festivities, The Ogden Theatre was warm and cozy for the nights festivities. Fresh off a set at Red Rocks Amphitheatre just a few hours earlier, Gucci Mane came in and threw down an epic set consisting of all those hits we have been accustomed to hear. You never know who is going to show up during 420 shows as every hip hop artist seems to spend time in our city doing a slew of shows. For his surprise Gucci brought out none other than 2 Chainz, who also played his own set at the 420 Rally at Civic Center Hall just a few hours earlier as well. One thing is for certain, Denver does love them some Gucci and the feeling seemed mutual even though Gucci couldn't participate with the crowd that were lighting up. I wish I could light up with y'all but "i'm on probation". Regardless the show was pretty amazing.

-Words and Photos Robert Castro

Ultraversary 7 Artist Spotlight: Yasi

We start our Ultraversary artist spotlight with one of our favorites this week. Yasi has slowly and quietly been making a name for herself here in Denver within the last year. Fresh off a EP that had us swooning, we are fortunate to have her performing for us during our three night celebration. Combining beauty and an incredible stage presence it won't be long before Yasi is making her mark in the world as a solo artist. Get your chance to check her out Friday, April 28th at Globe Hall, tickets available at Ultra5280.

As a treat she decided to drop a new track today for your listening pleasure. The track is a club bouncer with an ode to the Black Mamba himself check out "Knock Knock" below.