The drive to Conifer for the Living Spaces showcase offered a preview of the spirit and quality of the event. To get there, we took I-70 to highway 285 and into a neighborhood without pavement called Aspen Park, a small town next to Conifer. While they weren't quite log cabins, the houses in the area, including the one hosting the event, were reminiscent of the rustic yet modern houses one finds on the fringes of skiing destinations like Winter Park, except that everything was green.
The rainstorm the night before the festival kept me from making the trek to the mountains for an overnight stay without the appropriate gear. When I showed up on
None of the rain threatened the following morning and afternoon. The humble, calm and enchanting setting was perfect for the opening act of the day, Sound of Ceres. Something about that band's music suggests a mysterious woodland setting. so that even if the full effect of its colorful stage setup might have been lost in the daylight, the backdrop of lightly clouded, bright-blue sky, evergreens, grass and clean air couldn't help but enhance Ceres's ethereal, gently evocative melodies. After its performance, the four-piece stood for various photo
Bias: Jake Martin was one of the main people behind the first Goldrush Festival and he's refined and honed his vision for what kinds of events can be put together and how and it's been good to see his development as not just a blogger but as someone who wants to create memorable events for people who decide to show up.
Random Detail: Ran into the mighty Reed Fuchs of Moon Magnet and déCollage.
By the Way: Portals and Hype Machine curate these Living Spaces events, and this one, the fourth showcase, was sponsored by MailChimp, which had some great free “merch” available, including a knit hat that looked like a stylized
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