The sober curious movement is impacting where Americans are drinking, including whether alcohol is even served at all. Sundown Colorado, a music festival focusing on healthy nightlife, mindfulness and community, will take place at Downtown Denver’s Tivoli Quad on September 24, 2022. The Line-Up is International DJ star Curbi will headline the festival, with DJ sets by SkiiTour, N2N, DoubleCrush and a stage takeover by the NYC party crew Body Lvnguage.
Ignight Entertainment, who creates lit wedding, FX and festival experiences for music lovers, along with Secret Dance Addiction, which is in its third year of hosting alcohol free nightlife events, are producing the festival alongside 303 Magazine. After several of 303’s articles featuring sober parties went viral last year, the magazine and Sundown agreed to partner with the goal of normalizing healthy nightlife together. Sundown Colorado will feature a main stage for headlining talent, several bars serving alcohol-free cocktails and tonics, LED lounges, a meditation tent, wellness workshops and a VIF (very important friend) lounge sponsored by 303 Magazine. Spiritless, who provides alc-free pour over cocktails and spirits, is the platinum partner for Sundown.
The non-profit partner for the festival is Colorado Artists in Recovery (CAIR). Guests of all ages can party without pressure at this mindful music festival. “Sundown is where we meet to enjoy music the way it was meant to be experienced. When a community comes together over music and mindfulness, we make magic,” said Mike Handby (DJ Ignight), founder of Ignight Entertainment and co-owner of Secret Dance Addiction.
Mike and Amber Handby, who together form the DJ duo DoubleCrush and own Ignight Entertainment, are the driving force behind Sundown Colorado. Since first meeting in a recording studio eight years ago, the duo has co-founded three healthy nightlife businesses, including Sundown, Secret Dance Addiction, and a pop-up sober bar which is making its debut at the festival.
“Sundown is on a mission to normalize healthy nightlife for those who are sober-curious, in recovery, or who may want a different option for just tonight,” said Amber Handby, DJ and co-owner of Secret Dance Addiction. “This year features LED lounges, our new alc-free pop-up bar, headliner Curbi and even more wellness experiences. This may be the most lit sober event ever.”
For over 20 years this music festival has brought big names to Denver while also showcasing the local scene. This year over 170 artists will appear on 15 stages over 3 days. Last year the festival was a virtual 3 hour event. This year’s showcase includes Pinegrove, Remi Wolf, Shannon & The Clams, Sofia Valdes among its 13 headliners. Local acts include returning artists of Bellhoss, Slow Caves, Wildermiss, Izcalli and more. There are also new faces including Lnlygirl, The Grand Alliance, Deadluv and more.
“After 20 years of Underground Music Showcase, we were thrilled to be able to carry-on our tradition virtually last year by raising $75,000 for independent musicians” shares Casey Berry, owner of the festival. “With that said, we couldn’t be happier to be in-person for 2021 to not only support live music and local bands, but to support more than a dozen independent bars and restaurants on Broadway!”
UMS is working closely with city and state officials to make sure we rage safely in 2021. This might include reduced capacity (especially at indoor venues), and potentially limiting ticket sales to ensure proper distancing as required. UMS has every intent to become a good example of how to return to in-person, live music festivals in a safe and celebratory manner, and will be monitoring health directives in real time as the big weekend approaches.
National Record Store Day, Barnstock and Larimer Lounge invite you to re-connect (in-person!) with your favorite Colorado musicians at the first ever Off the Record Block Party . The lineup features a diverse compilation of one hour long sets from the very best of Colorado’s music scene:
The ReMINDERS – Big Samir and Aja Black are the ReMINDERS. This duo mixes soul and roots into a magnetic combination. They have shared the stage with Les Nubians, Snoop Dogg, Fishbone, Barrington Levy, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, KRS-One, Rakim, K’Naan, and others. http://www.theremindersmusic.com/
LVDY – This Denver duo released their debut album Gold. Kathleen Hooper and Aubrey Mable met in New Zeland. In 2019 they released their Dreamers EP. Lvdy makes music that is one part folk, one part soul, and the rest is full of surprises. https://www.lvdymusic.com/
Trayce Chapman – Trayce Chapman has opened up Da Baby, YG, A Boogie wit da hoodie, A$AP Ferg, Curren$y, and Talib Kweli. Chapman runs Rest Is For Billionaires, and is a hip-hop artist who stands out. “Exotic Birds” is his latest single. https://www.instagram.com/traycechapman/?hl=en
and a Surprise Set with a very special featured guest. The gig will be capped off with a late-night DJ Dance Party featuring Funk Hunk and Fred Fancy.
This unique all-day showcase will benefit Youth on Record, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering Colorado’s underserved youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth on Record will be having their 7th Annual Block Party on June 5, 2021. Learn more at www.youthonrecord.org
To further celebrate National Record Store Day, https://recordstoreday.com/, vinyl records will be sold onsite from independently owned record shops to 303 Magazine’s popular vinyl series showcasing the Colorado Music Scene. In addition, a neighborhood food truck will be onsite, giving attendees an opportunity to support a range of local businesses in a me needed now more than ever. Music will run from 2pm to 1:30AM on Saturday, June 12 at Larimer Lounge. Tickets for each individual session range from $10-$20 and can be purchased online at www.larimerlounge.com