Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sonic Bloom: Four days of electronic music, live art and learning in Spanish Peaks Country

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2019 at 2:47 PM

click to enlarge Phase 3 lineup announcements were released May 9.
  • Phase 3 lineup announcements were released May 9.
The days are getting longer, and there's little more than a month left until summer solstice — which means Sonic Bloom, southern Colorado's annual electronic-focused music festival with jam and funk flavor, is almost here.

"SONIC BLOOM remains an event for the true individual; a welcoming, creative community encouraging the exploration human potential, the next wave of art and music and the possibility of a more beautiful and just world," reads a recent release. "We come together June 20-23 to celebrate a global community that believes in the power of art, music and innovation to inspire a future worth believing in."

Headlining this year at Hummingbird Ranch (outside Walsenburg, in gorgeous Spanish Peaks Country) are Gramatik and Opiuo, who'll both be heading to Electric Forest in Michigan the following weekend, along with Emancipator Ensemble (Emancipator and live band).


The Sonic Bloom Orchestra closing out the festival this year includes Opiuo, Sasha Rose and Jordan Polovina, along with members of SCI, Russ Liquid Test and Zilla, organizers announced May 9.

Sonic Bloom also offers a packed schedule of yoga, dance performances, live art and a kids' zone for the wee ones. For a little extra cash, you can attend Sonic Bloom Academy, which offers programs on music production, visual art and permaculture.

Things you should know about Sonic Bloom:

1) There's no reentry allowed during the four-day festival, which means you have to camp. (Don't worry, you won't want to leave.)

2) Keep in mind that although you can bring your own food and alcohol (if you're over 21) in the camping area, rules and regulations apply. (No glass — it's a major risk for the animals who live on the ranch the rest of the year.) There's also plenty of vendors selling local and organic food.

3) "Mom probably told you once 'Don’t take candy from strangers' — and that still applies, especially here," Sonic Bloom's website reminds you.

4) Visit the official site for more information, and to buy tickets and camping passes.

5) Words can't really describe Sonic Bloom, so here's a recap of last year's festival by Matt Worldly Denartket:


Last year, I made the mistake of taking zero work off to attend my first Sonic Bloom. I drove down to Walsenburg after work on Friday, and headed back to Colorado Springs around midnight Sunday. Needless to say it was a difficult Monday. But totally worth it.

This year, I'm happy to say I'll be at Hummingbird Ranch all four days — and sharing a taste of the 14th annual Sonic Bloom with our curious Instagram followers. Make sure you're following @csindependent to stay in touch!

In the meantime, here's the official festival playlist to get you hyped.


Don't feel quite ready to spend four days in the mountains with a bunch of friendly strangers? For a preview of the music genres and the types of people you can expect to encounter, check out one of the following "Road to Sonic Bloom" shows:

The Unified Field: Official Sonic Bloom pre-party featuring Break Science, Schlump, kLL sMTH and more
Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton St., Denver

Of the Trees with Dorfex Bos and MADDNETO
Thursday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m.
The Fox Theatre
1135 13th St., Boulder

Of the Trees with Dorfex Bos, ELCTRX and Recon
Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m.
Aggie Theatre
204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins

Kalya Scintilla with Eve Olution, Mindex and DRRTYWULVZ
Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe, NM

Tor with Blossomn, Andrew Rothschild and Moon Frog Band
Saturday, June 1 at 9 p.m.
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton St., Denver

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