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Leftover Salmon sandwiching ‘mystery act’ between its two sets at weekend Arise Fest

From farmers market to yoga retreats, this super-diverse music festival offers a chance to recharge

Whitney Chandler sets up a stage before 2013’s Arise Music Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. The 7th annual festival kicks off today and features two Friday sets from Colorado’s Leftover Salmon, yoga, art, workshops and more.
Whitney Chandler sets up a stage before 2013’s Arise Music Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. The 7th annual festival kicks off today and features two Friday sets from Colorado’s Leftover Salmon, yoga, art, workshops and more.

Arise Music Festival, Loveland’s annual summertime staple of hot bands, heady food, yoga and all-around good vibes, will descend on Sunrise Ranch this weekend. What started as a more modest festival seven years ago has evolved into a not-to-miss mecca of green living and heart-opening goodness that attracts locals and travelers. As always, the three-day family-run, leave-no-trace event promises plenty of opportunity to connect, progress and recharge.

“Playing close to home is the best,” said Andy Thorn, banjo player for Leftover Salmon and resident of Boulder’s Lazy Acres. “And I’ve heard this festival site is pretty amazing. We’re there Friday and I’m excited about some awesome young bands playing earlier that day.”

British electronic composer Tipper, folk duo Rising Appalachia, gypsy outfit Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Sunsquabi, CloZee and Bridget Law are just a few of the artists set to play this festival that boasts a breathtaking backdrop of lake and mountain views.

Boulder resident and banjo player Andy Thorn, with Leftover Salmon, opens for Greensky Bluegrass at Red Rocks in July 2016. Friday, Leftover Salmon will play two sets at Arise’s Terrapin Stage at 9 p.m. (acoustic) and 11:45 p.m. (electric). A mystery band will take the stage between the bluegrass band’s sets.

“Don’t miss Banshee Tree — a killer young band that I dug so much, I had them play my wedding,” said Thorn. “Also, Tenth Mountain Division are buddies of ours and are a super fun band to check out.”

With more than 200 musical acts and five stages, Arise remains committed to offering up an eclectic soundscape sure to appeal to everyone — from the foot-stomping bluegrasser to the die-hard dubstepper.

“One thing that I already really like about Arise, just looking at the lineup, is the diversity of the music they booked,” said Thorn. “I love festivals that book diverse acts.”

Leftover Salmon impromptuly shared the stage with The String Cheese Incident at Virginia’s Floydfest in July — and there’s no telling who may sit in with them for Friday’s set, or what improvisational elements may surface.

“There is definitely some special stuff planned, but it’s still a mystery,” said Thorn. “Folks will not be disappointed by the mystery act between our two sets.”

Thorn’s excitement isn’t just limited to taking the stage and catching fellow musicians jam. He most likely will drop some loot on items and services offered by an array of purveyors.

“I know the vendors will be awesome,” said Thorn. “Heady Bauer is an amazing traveling thrift store full of fun festival outfits. The Light Club from Boulder will also be set up. They do incredible light and sound therapy — it’s pretty amazing.”

Festivalgoers participate in a yoga workshop during the 2014 Arise Music Festival. This weekend’s 7th annual festival will offer a variety or yoga classes for those of all levels.

Few music festivals offer a Tantra speed-date session or a chance to test your endurance with Acroyoga, but Arise does just that. While the music is the main course, intriguing sides can be found in towering art installations, sunrise yoga classes, thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops. From honing one’s songwriting skills to learning more about the properties of shamanic plants, there’s really no cap on where the weekend’s activities can go.

There’s even a Children’s Village where youngsters can participate in a heap of activities, such as constructing a fairy house out of sticks, moss, rocks and upcycled materials.

Folks can rejuvenate at the serene Yoga Sanctuary, a zen-like utopia set on a hilltop that allows participants to have a bird’s-eye view of the festival while practicing Kundalini, Hatha and more with top-level instructors.

Amid the sea of decked-out RVs and the occasional teepee, folks will find the Shower Oasis, a private orb of cleanliness — built by mobile bathhouse services pioneer Oasis Express — where campers can revel in hot water and suds. Each trailer features 12 open-air handcrafted cedar shower stalls, two dressing rooms, and a three-sink grooming station. Free Dr. Bronner’s soap, body care products and a towel service will be provided.

Regional and faraway artisans will be selling a range of wares — allowing Arisers to take home a little part of their weekend experience and relive the magic long after tents are packed away and stages are broken down.

Bridget Law performs at Arise Festival in 2016 with Elephant Revival. Law will take the stage once again this Sunday at the 7th annual Arise Music Festival.

“For festival-goers, I believe that my creations are a unique spin on a popular jewelry style, incorporating intentional and themed series that highlight some of the finest precious and semi-precious gemstones available,” said Jennifer Jones, a wire-wrap jeweler who will make the trek from her home state of Pennsylvania to vend.

From Burning Man-esque festival wear, inspired by the Black Rock Desert, to hand-loomed clothing made by indigenous families from  Oaxaca, Mexico, the variety of items sold during the course of the weekend is vast.

“My jewelry path started with a love of minerals and an adult rock collection that surpassed any 10 year old’s,” said Jones. “I wanted to find a way to carry around some of the precious gemstones I had collected and was always looking for new creative projects to take on.”

This summer, Jones has already set up shop at New York’s Disc Jam Festival, New Jersey’s Beardfest and Massachusetts’s Levitate Festival.

“My experience vending other festivals has been amazing,” said Jones, who said she is looking forward to seeing Satsang, Clozee and Railroad Earth perform at Arise, when not adorning folks with her intricate jewels. “It makes me feel so blessed to showcase my work in the environment that I grew up in and appreciate so deeply for nourishing my creative passion.”

Arise has teamed up with Fort Collins-based nonprofit Trees, Water & People to plant one tree for every ticket sold.

Festivalgoers enjoy live music and mountain views at the 2014 Arise Music Festival. The 7th annual Arise will run from Aug. 2-4.

While food vendors will be dishing out bowls of drunken noodles and vegan tacos, festival-goers will also have the option to purchase fresh produce and grass-fed beef from the Sunrise Ranch Farmers Market — located just outside the concert bowl main gate.  Arise is the only festival of its size to offer a farmers market right near the campground, delivering leafy greens and lush tomatoes grown just a few hundred yards away.

“I really just can’t wait,” said Thorn.

If you go

What: Arise Music FestivalWhen: Friday-SundayWhere: Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, LovelandCost: $99-$329, no charge for kids 12 and underMore info:



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