‘Find Your Way’ to State Bridge this weekend
BOND – As the summer winds down, there are only a few more opportunities to experience a show at State Bridge. Created in conjunction with Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece, Find Your Way Festival is one of the most unique lineups of the summer with Hieroglyphics, The Wailers, March Fourth Marching Band, Grieves & Budo, MTHDS, The ReMINDers, Whiskey Blanket, Tatanka, Drop Switch, Human Agency, Microphone Militants, Abstract Collective, Raw Russ and more.The all-star lineup includes a variety of national, international and local acts with genres ranging from hip-hop to reggae and funk.Brother Ali is an American hip-hop artist whose first release was a cassette-only demo tape called “Rites of Passage.” Fully recharged and inspired by his eye-opening first trip to Mecca, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East and the worldwide Occupy movements, Brother Ali is prepared to unveil his fourth full-length offering “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.” Created during a self-imposed two-month exile in Seattle and helmed by platinum-selling producer Jake One (50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa), the album presents a scathing critique of America and its flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities, his promotional material says. Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew or Hiero, are an American underground hip-hop collective based in Oakland, Calif. The collective was founded in the early 1990s by rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The collective is currently composed of Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Musab, Knobody, Chosen Few, Prince Ali, producer/manager Domino, DJ Toure and the four individual members of the rap group Souls of Mischief.Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound. The history of the band during Marley’s lifetime is well known. Just to recap, their music has sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over 20 chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Apart from Marley, the Wailers have performed with international acts such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. Their most recent collaborators include Kenny Chesney, Eve, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. They’ve also completed innumerable tours over the years, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, including groundbreaking performances in Africa and the Far East. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers.March Fourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt-walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown antics and acrobatics accompany this eclectic ensemble. The sound is huge, melodic and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. March Fourth’s original material draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, such as gypsy brass, samba, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville.Visit http://www.statebridge.com for the full festival lineup and to see when each band performs.
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