by E.P Pirt, Jr.
Music. It’s been around since the dawn of man. It’s at the core of who we are and is one of the most basic yet complex instinctual triggers and expressions of human emotion, no matter what genre or where it comes from. Trends have come and gone. Some, bigger than others. Some, far more meaningful than others. Throughout human history, music has always been there.
In the 90s, grunge and alternative rock were all the craze, and hip hop saw it’s golden age. In the 80s, synthesizers came about and modern day pop music was born. The 70s were all about the disco. The 60s saw the British Invasion. Rock and roll took the world by storm in the 50s, and so on. It may be a little early to tell, but so far all signs are pointing to electronic music being the defining genre of the past decade.
With the meteoric rise in electronic music /dance music /electronic dance music / EDM / whatever the hell the cool kids are calling it these days, has come an equally impressive surge in the popularity, number, and size of music festivals. Every year it seems like they are multiplying. But sticking around and earning a devoted following year after year requires something special. One festival that has gotten that formula down is Sonic Bloom.
Starting in 2006 just outside of Ft. Collins, Sonic Bloom quickly made a name for itself as a tastemaker by booking acts such as Bassnectar, EOTO, The Glitch Mob, STS9, Pretty Lights, Tipper, Beats Antique, Gramatik, and more…some well before they saw their rise to stardom. The location has changed a few times over the years, but the vibe and the mission of “the unified field” has remained the same. “SONIC BLOOM is a 4-day camping festival that will bring electronic music, dance, art and human performance together in an atmosphere that inspires open channels of creativity for everyone involved, especially the audience…” (taken from the Sonic Bloom Facebook page).
This year is sure to be a special one as it’s the ten year anniversary of the festival. To mark the occasion, Colorado favorite and Sonic Bloom alumni STS9 will be performing two full sets. In addition to this massive headliner is an impressive cast of characters, including Simon Posford of Shpongle, Emancipator, The Trancident, Talib Kweli, Random Rab, Phutureprimitive, Bluetech, Thriftworks, Zilla, Caspa, Manic Focus, VibeSquad, Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters, Russ Liquid, Pumpkin, Unlimited Aspect, and more, including lots of homegrown Colorado talent.
Sonic Bloom may not be a household name when it comes to festivals within the national mainstream circuit, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They pride themselves on creating a unique and artistic boutique festival, with high quality performers and artists, and a loving, peaceful, and devoted fanbase. These days it’s hard to find intimate, abstract festivals that can put together skillfully curated lineups and professionally executed operations, but lucky for us Coloradans, we’ve got one right in our backyard. Join us in the unified field for this special Colorado music tradition.
Colorado Love! Get a taste for all of the homegrown talent that will be at this year’s SB2015 with our “Sonic Bloom Colorado Artists Playlist” below!
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