Why mountain concerts like this weekend's Ride Festival are especially appealing for bands

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Emerald O'Brian
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS THERE YOU GUYS.
Every good Coloradan knows that everything is better in the mountains. Sports, views, air and even music festivals. One reason our state has been able to draw fans and bands from around the nation (and world) is the same reason we're able to attract so many tourists.

Telluride, Colorado, hosts a different festival practically every weekend in the summer. There's abluegrass festival, a film festival, a yoga festival, a mushroom festival and more. Rumor has it there is even an "unfestival" the one weekend there is no festival, where locals supposedly celebrate the absence of tourists by going from bar-to-bar naked (though reliability of the source of this information is questionable).

Further research on the unfestival will have to wait, though: This weekend, Ride Festival will bring a lineup including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Spoon and the Wood Brothers to the mountains. "It is festival season for us. that's what we do all summer," Says Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. "Telluride is known as one of the ultimate festival stops. For us, it's a little remote, but we try to make it work."

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Warped Tour 2014: The five most interesting bands on the lineup

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Christopher Morgan
Last year's Warped Tour
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Denver lineup -- the last stop on the tour -- is particularly impressive. It comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 3, but the Tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest parking lot party.

See also: Breathe Carolina takes a side trip with the Vans Warped Tour

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The South Park Music Festival survival guide

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Brandon Marshall
Another great Colorado music festival, Snowball

Thousands of people will descend on the tiny town(s) of South Park and Fairplay this patriotic weekend for the South Park Music Festival. Whether you're a pro at camping music festivals or a newbie who only bought tickets because you didn't realize South Park was a real town, there are some things everyone should know for those three days of music, mud, partying and sleeping on the ground.

Music festivals, especially the "pitch a tent and party here for the weekend" kind are a marathon, and for the unexperienced or unprepared, a beautiful weekend in the mountains can easily turn into a nightmare where you find yourself suddenly quoting Gob Bluth -- "I've made a huge mistake." So we've put together a survival guide so you can spend the 4th of July weekend fully enjoying Slightly Stoopid while making far too many South Park jokes.


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Eleven things that make the Telluride Bluegrass Festival magical

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Emerald O'Brien
The view of Telluride, Colorado, from the Telluride/Mountain Village gondola.
As the town of Telluride changes hands from tourists back to locals, and "festivarians" everywhere and finally cut off the last vestiges of Festivaria, including their wristbands, we look back at one of Colorado's most popular music festivals. The list of the best things about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is extensive, but we cut it down to the eleven best things (in no particular order) of the music festival, which turned 41 over the weekend.

See also: Telluride Bluegrass Festival's longtime MC reflects on Colorado's most storied music fest

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Electric Daisy Carnival attendee's death under investigation

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Christopher Victorio
The Clark County Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday morning.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

By Dennis Romero

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Riot Fest 2014 schedule announced, single-day tickets on sale now

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Aaron Thackeray
Last year at Riot Fest
Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers.

Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets, so you can start to make your plans. Friday's headliner is Weezer, Saturday's is the Cure and the National will headline Sunday. The full breakdown is below.

See also: More information about this year's Riot Fest

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival's longtime MC reflects on Colorado's most storied music fest

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Benko Photographics
New Grass Revival plays at Telluride in 1987.

The reach of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival extends down the mountains, across the country and around the globe. The weekend-long celebration of acoustic instruments, immaculate songwriting and untamed nature has brought big-name artists from around the world to its stage.

Next weekend, Telluride Bluegrass will celebrate its fortieth anniversary, with a lineup that includes Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Ray LaMontagne and more. To commemorate the milestone, the organization that puts on the festival, Planet Bluegrass, is releasing a book called Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 40 Years of Festivation. Featured in its 216 pages is an extensive collection of photos from throughout the event's history, as well as a series of essays by past performers like Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris and Tim O'Brien. The whole thing is held together by missives from Telluride's master of ceremonies from approximately 1978 to 2006, Dan Sadowsky, known to his friends and the "festivarians" as Pastor Mustard.


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Riot Fest 2014 lineup for Denver announced

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Aaron Thackeray. Full slideshow
Last year at Riot Fest in Denver.
Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets are $99.98 and on sale now.

Riot Fest will be considerably bigger this year than last in several ways: The Fest will be three days instead of two and feature four stages instead of three. They're also doubling the number of both camping spaces and carnival rides as well as adding a second VIP area and more shade tents. Some logistical concerns from last year have been addressed as well -- there will be free parking and organizers promise a reconfigured layout designed to help alleviate traffic concerns.

The rest of the lineup is below, along with some more information about this year's Riot Fest.

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The 2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival adds Randy Newman, Brandi Carlile and more

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From a YouTube video taken during the floods
Planet Bluegrass was underwater just a few months ago, but the festivals will return.
For now, the story of Planet Bluegrass is about the floods and the devastation they brought to towns like Lyons. The storied venue sits nestled in the canyon, no small part of its appeal being that it does not have proximity to natural beauty so much as it is actually a part of the natural beauty. But last September, the river rose and covered the buildings and ripped away the land. I was there in March. Progress is being made. Heavy machinery works the dirt, but the destruction still looks fresh.

So it says plenty that the story of Planet Bluegrass will be the floods only until July, when the venue plans to start hosting its usual run of summer festivals again. The resources and effort that will take are considerable (they're currently laying seven acres of fresh sod) and one of the rewards of that will be a particularly strong lineup for the venue's flagship event, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Today, they've added Brandi Carlile, Randy Newman, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more.

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The complete Arvada Center Summer Stage 2014 lineup

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Courtesy of the Arvada Center
Last month, we brought you the news that Swallow Hill Music would be booking this year's summer concert series at the Arvada Center. That partnership becomes much clearer this morning with the full lineup announcement -- in addition to previously announced artists including Judy Collins and Don McLean, the Center announced today that it would feature the Manhattan Transfer, the Subdudes and the Mavericks.

Tickets for the series are on sale this Friday, May 2

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