The 2nd Annual Arise Music Festival:
By the time the gates were finally open, the energy began to pick up. With the people came art, laughter, color and flavor. As the camping area began to fill up it was clear that this year was much larger than last. The same beautiful location shared by thousands of new attendees. With ‘dualing stages’, two stages set up right next to each other intended to minimize musical downtime, the music continued and the crowd stayed close. The electronic stage, Souls Rising, had a stacked lineup of talented young and established acts. The energy by Souls Rising stage kept a steady group of dancing bass faces content. While the Souls Rising stage was considerably smaller than the other two main musical stages, it was the destination for many festival goers and it delivered. The stage and surrounding area was decorated ornately from the lasers beaming around the ground to the CDs hanging reflectively from the trees.
Photo taken by Molly ‘Mojo’ Buckiewicz
This year’s attendance appeared to be at least double, possibly triple, the previous year’s attendance. The festival was prepared and there was ample water, food, and portable toilets. The vender village was one of a kind with an array of smells coming from the food stands, and an array of colors coming from the vender stands. Artists are now migrating to Arise festival from all over the USA, contributing to its colorful diversity. Arise is Colorado’s best and most diverse music festival.
Once again SunRise Ranch played the role of the gracious host and one can only hope that they received the support and recognition they deserve for sharing the incredible valley to all of us who attend. With out the support of SunRise Ranch this event would not be possible in its current form. The artists also deserve a huge shoutout for making the experience what it was, and sharing ideas, thoughts, and emotions through their sound and visions. Equally the fan, the festival goer, the music lover, the ‘escape the 9-5 artist’, anyone who attended a festival, deserves a huge thank you. With out listeners how could music work? It is you who make this possible and for that all of us here at FreioMusic, Thank You!