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WATCH: Face Vocal Band delivers a little concert and a big check to support Colorado music education

Some members of Face have been educators or cite music-education experiences that were important to them as students, the department of education said in a news release. The donation will fund the Technology, Instruments, Guest, Experiences, and Resources  Music Grant to help music programs purchase items such as sheet music, risers and the basics for music instruction. This story was first published on DenverPost.com School districts, the Charter School Institute and non-public schools are eligible to apply for TIGER grants. Face Vocal Band, the all-voice rock band from Boulder, gave a brief concert and big check to the Colorado Department of Education on Thursday. The band delivered $30,500 to support music programs statewide.

Denver music festival: Superfly’s new Phoenix fest offers a glimpse of what’s to come

That’s not who we are as producers,” Farman said in the heavily air-conditioned media tent at Lost Lake. “Those were so cool,” said Strascina, who stuck around to watch how the pyrotechnic installations were removed from the lake.”It gave me some excitement for what they are going to come up with in Denver.”
This was part of the reason Strascina was at the inaugural Lost Lake music festival, the latest offering from festival producer Superfly. “When we start a new venture, we design it from the bottom up.”
That said, Denver was on Farman’s mind throughout the weekend. Although not all of it will be used, at 139 acres, Denver’s Overland Park is nearly twice the size of Steele Indian School Park, and is projected to draw about twice the visitors. Strascina — along with seven other officials from across Denver’s special events, police and parks departments — was there to see how the New York City-based producer delivered on its Phoenix event. “We probably made slightly less money than Ludacris, but we also have a couple less radio smash hits.” 
The festival’s nonprofit partner, Phoenix Indian School cultural center, also gave Superfly its blessing — literally. “I know they want to do very outdoorsy kind of things,” Strascina said. Overland Golf Course, Farman said, lends itself well to these stages of experience. Designed by Walter Productions, metal flowers shot flames after on the hour on the lake at Phoenix’s Steele Indian School Park, the host of Superfly’s Lost Lake music festival. Flip Isard, the owner of Phoenix french fry food truck Frites Street, said Superfly asked for 20 percent of gross profits from its vendors, an arrangement he prefers to other festivals that ask for a flat fee in advance of the event. In July, Superfly inked a contract with the city of Denver to throw its next large-scale event on Overland Park Golf Course in the Ruby Hill neighborhood. But beyond the headcount, few details are known about the festival. Like any seasoned traveler, the company leans on locals to help it decide what is relevant in the food, beverage, music and artisan communities. Like Overland Park Golf Course, Steele Indian School Park is light-rail adjacent and is a shout away from residential property. “It wasn’t the kitschy food people think of Phoenix for.”
Superfly co-founder Rick Farman is reluctant to draw direct parallels between Lost Lake and Denver’s event. While he declined to go into specifics, Pfeffer said the organizers made the band feel “like princesses” and paid well, too. This included a space for American Indian performances throughout the weekend, and adding headdresses, which have become fashion accessories at music festival in recent years, to the list of prohibited items. On the morning of the festival’s first day, Phoenix Indian School CEO Patty Talahongva invited members of local tribes to Steele Indian School Park to officially bless the grounds. Oversized lawn games populated one area, called The Lost Playground; another, dubbed “The Agave Experience,” was an ode to the tequila-bearing plant, including a booth that sold high-end flights of the liquor and a shrine to the plant itself. Between now and September, Lost Lake is likely as accurate of a bellwether for Overland Park’s festival as Denver officials will get. We’re right on the bike path,” he said. “That’s fine; just don’t act like (coming to Phoenix) is a favor for us.”
The festival had initially approached Lanning to organize its Found marketplace, which seated nonprofit organizations and local artisan vendors prominently near Lost Lake’s entrance, but the deal fell through. And while Overland’s acreage isn’t quite comparable, it is scalable. <>Big Red, an oversized Volkswagen Beetle made by experiential art producer Walter Productions, was just one of many unexpected art installations at Phoenix’s Lost Lake music festival. (Dylan Owens, The Denver Post)

PHOENIX — As darkness fell on Steele Indian School Park on Sunday, hundreds of people gathered to watch the giant metal lotuses on the lake bloom with flames. “Our assessment is, we are definitely ready to do this,” Strascina said. As the chatter surrounding a potential Amazon headquarters in Denver recently proved, news of a large, moneyed entity like Superfly encroaching on a city can be threatening to locals. AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, which was initially Superfly’s partner in the festival, has been the point of contact for booking in Denver. “Pretty much everything they said they’d do, they did,” said Diana Yazzie Devine, CEO of community center Native American Connections. In September, the company will plant another new, yet-untitled event that is projected to attract 30,000 to 40,000 visitors to Overland Park each day. We’re right on the Platte River — that’s an interesting aspect. “There’s not a lot of meaningful economics for us. From its security detail — which Denver law enforcement was especially interested in after the mass shooting this month at a Las Vegas music festival — to its complement of oversized lawn games, Strascina said city representatives came away feeling confident. A representative from Superfly said the Found marketplace curator the company did hire was compensated and vendors paid a $500 flat fee. Phoenix’s noise ordinance is capped at 100 decibels, 20 higher than Denver’s limit of 80, and the festival still received complaints. Related Articles

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“We don’t do cookie-cutter. Playboy Manbaby frontman Robbie Pfeffer said that Lost Lake involved the local music community more than other, locally run events in Phoenix. In exchange for using the park that adjoins its grounds, Lost Lake hosted a series of American Indian performances in a miniature outdoor amphitheater near the festival entrance, including hoop dancing by Nakotah LaRance. (Gabriel Scarlett, The Denver Post)
For example, Lost Lake tasked Chris Bianco, Phoenix’s nationally revered pizza cook, to help select the dozens of local restaurants and food trucks that populated the event. The flowers, which appeared to float innocuously on the water all day, were rigged to shoot fire several feet on the hour after sunset in sync with songs such as Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” 
Katy Strascina, executive director of Denver’s special events office, was among the crowd, taking in the mesmerizing display. As Denver has the Denver Post Foundation-owned nonprofit Underground Music Showcase and the Westword Music Festival, Phoenix has been home to festivals like VIVA PHX and nonprofit McDowell Mountain Music Festival for years. In Phoenix, Superfly joined a scene that already has a complement of established, locally grown festivals in place. “I‘m really excited about being able to apply some of that same philosophy.”
“In Denver, in an hour you can be on the ski mountain. Lost Lake, too, is a no-parking festival. For Denver’s festival, Superfly has been in contact with a similar who’s-who of local talent. The company didn’t offer any money for her consultation, she said, and claimed that Superfly quoted a pricey buy-in for its marketplace vendors — $1,500 for a booth and 40 percent of gross sales. That’s much more manageable than trying to compare it to Superfly’s other marquee event, San Francisco’s Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, which is more than seven times the size of Overland. “They have been very respectful,” Talahongva agreed. Kimber Lanning, the founder and director of the local business advocacy nonprofit Local First Arizona, said the city already has “a great local festival” in McDowell Mountain Music Festival, and called the city’s insistence to host the massive Lost Lake a result of “low self-esteem.” (Compare Denver’s five-year contract with Superfly with Phoenix’s 15-year commitment.) 

“They’re a machine just like any other,” Lanning said. Charlie Levy’s Stateside, the promoter and owner of Phoenix venues like the Crescent Ballroom and The Van Buren, spent the last year booking a lineup of locals like Kongos and Playboy Manbaby, who filled out the afternoon hours of the festival. Some Denver residents have raised concerns that Superfly Denver festival, which is flanked by a residential neighborhood, will exceed the city’s sound limits. Roxann Favors, Phoenix’s special events administrator, agreed. “In effect, the different holes on a golf course are meant to be different venues, different little experiences,” Farman said. For a potential artisan marketplace, the Denver Flea has taken “a few meetings” with Superfly, according one of its representatives. The art for the stage banners at Lost Lake were designed by Phoenix artists the Fortoul Brothers, who printed a rare run of T-shirts for nonprofit The Mollen Foundation, which educates kids about healthy lifestyles. “That particular area is something that we do in a way that’s about the best presentation of goods and creators,” Farman said. Specifics — like festival collaborators and how the event will be styled — likely won’t be finalized until March. Lost Lake, which combined a towering roster of musical acts like The Killers and Ludacris with the novel games and food of an adult summer camp, is the second of two festivals Superfly launched in 2017. Both are first-year Superfly events. Lost Lake was organized into zones that offered a range of different experiences. “These are things that, as we’re thinking about what’s unique and special, and speaks to the (city’s) cultural makeup. “The programming really was authentically Phoenix,” Favors said. Those are all opportunities.”
There is some method to how Superfly goes about weaving in the fabric of a locale. Our goal is to help promote local businesses and be inclusive.”
While the company is a titan in festival production, Superfly received high marks from the businesses, bands and nonprofits. New York-based marketing and event company Superfly has selected the Overland Park Golf Course in southwest Denver as the venue for its next massive music festival. Despite that, Strascina said the festival was responsive to its complaints, following a list of protocols that includes adjusting the placement of speakers and taking the day’s wind into account. (Andrew Jorgensen, provided by Superfly)
Denver officials visited Outside Lands before finalizing the agreement with Superfly. Superfly also hosts the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands festivals. Lost Lake gave it a valuable second point of reference to go off of as the festival nears its planning stage.

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Superfly enlisted Andi Watson, Radiohead’s lighting and set designer, to accent the festival’s natural features and create surprising set pieces as it transitioned from day to night. Each day brought a different surprise that required you to be in the right place at the right time. But like a good first date, it didn’t give its charms away. On Saturday, it did one better, hosting a Super Jam, a Bonnaroo-born tradition that lumps performers from its bands together to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind set. During the set, Phoenix singer Luna Aura got the chance to rub elbows with Huey Lewis, Calexico and The Dap Kings, among others. It’s an effect Farman said he plans to carry over when Superfly launches its festival in Denver next year. Where does Velorama stand after bumpy debut? — the site of Superfly’s other mega festival, Bonnaroo — the fun and art features at Denver’s Sept. 20-22, was inspired. Pity those who missed metal flowers in the middle of the lake, for example, that shot fire in the sky (except for the ducks on the lake, which were the least pleased and most surprised). Artist Ela Lamblin’s “Inter-species Communication” was another highlight: a giant steel bird that attendees could control by pulling down on a rope attached to its wings. (Dylan Owens, The Denver Post)

Superfly tailors each of its festivals to their host cities. Splashy headliners and top local artists (sometimes all at once)
Chance The Rapper, ODESZA, Huey Lewis and the News — Lost Lake brought big names from all walks of life to Phoenix. From its bowling-and-billiards mash-up to the door-sized wickets of Colossal Croquet, the festival’s Lost Playground section turned familiar events on their heads (and over yours). Below are five things we saw at Lost Lake that we hope come to Superfly’s as-yet-untitled Denver festival in 2018. It also gave seven local bands the chance to play to the hundreds of festival attendees that got there early enough to hear them. 3. 5. Superfly contracted entertainment curator Walter Productions — a mainstay at Burning Man, Nevada’s radical art gathering — to help outfit the festival with giant art cars and other interactive installations. Oversized yard games
If you ever wondered what it would be like to play a game of pool on a 56-foot-long pool table, Lost Lake was way ahead of you. Just as Outside Lands’ San Francisco-styled putt-putt golf course wouldn’t make sense in Manchester, Tenn. Surprise, surprise
Drunk frat boys, long lines for overpriced food — Lost Lake fit the bill for the average music festival in many ways. But it’s also a shame, because Superfly’s brand new Lost Lake music festival, which took place in Phoenix Oct. Weirdly wonderful art installations
If Lost Lake’s games were like art, its actual art was just as much fun. From Burning Man art installations to fun takes on familiar lawn games, the festival was a wellspring of imagination. <>Big Red, an oversized Volkswagen Beetle made by experiential art producer Walter Productions, was just one of many unexpected art installations at Phoenix’s Lost Lake music festival. Using an app, the festival sent out alerts when these pop-up events occurred. A transformative experience
Half of Lost Lake’s visual wonderland didn’t come to light until it was dark. “What we’re doing with the games, that’s art,” said Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly. Each were tricked out with thousands of LED lights that flicked on after dark, rendering each a mean selfie machine. Throughout the weekend, attendees clambered into “Walter The Bus,” a 2:1-sized re-creation of a vintage Volkswagen bus, and “Big Red,” a plus-sized Volkswagen Beetle. 4. “There’s a specific thing we’re trying to draw out — that sense of child wonderment and play.”

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Plans for next year’s Colorado Classic are already starting. 2018 event won’t be an exact copy-paste of Phoenix’s Lost Lake. There was a face-painting pop-up for an hour on Friday; and Native American performances in a miniature amphitheater in honor of the festival’s host, the Phoenix Indian School, throughout the weekend. “That (sense of) discovery, a surprise, a really cool place to hang out — I feel comfortable in saying you’re going to see that (in Denver),” said David Erlich, a representative from the festival. 2. (It took two whole days before I stumbled on a sprawling section of shuffleboard, volleyball and other park games tucked behind the festival’s eponymous lake.)
The thing about these right-time, right-place surprises: Not everyone gets to see them. 1. After nightfall, the art and natural landscape around the park lit up, making the park look scarcely recognizable.

Bruno Mars, set to perform at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Monday, cancels show

After postponing her tour for two years, Jackson came to Denver earlier this month. This isn’t the first time a pop star has canceled or postponed a Denver show. “I hate cancelling shows more than anything. The Altitude Tickets website indicated that the show has been postponed and a rescheduled date will be announced at a later time. I hope you can forgive me and trust that we will do everything we can to reschedule and make it up to you,” Mars said in his social media post. (Kevin Winter, Getty Images)
Bruno Mars, who was sent to perform at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Monday, Oct. In other cases, Denver concerts have been canceled without a makeup performance, as was the case with Justin Bieber. In addition, the site let ticket holders know that their purchases will be honored on the new date. Tom Jones also canceled his Denver tour date in June of this year with a Twitter post indicating that his U.S. The singer was advised by his doctor that he would not be well enough to perform, according to a press release from Live Nation. Recording artist Bruno Mars (C) performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. tour will be rescheduled for May and June of next year. Kings of Leon had to postpone their show at FirstBank Center earlier this year due to drummer Nathan Followill falling ill with a case of pneumonia. The band made up their show in March. And for other stars, such as Janet Jackson, it just takes a little time for them to eventually circle back to the Mile High City. 30, for his “24K Magic
World Tour” is canceling his show due to a severe sinus infection, the singer said in a tweet Saturday evening.