Brian Landis FolkinsJimmy Cliff on the Kyocera main stage.Jimmy Cliff, 3:45 p.m. on the Kyocera Main Stage Jimmy Cliff and his band delivered all of the expected musical components within the first strains of their hour-plus set. The godfather of roots reggae and his ensemble set down a set ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsDanielle Ate the Sandwich on the Wolf Stage.My first stop was the Wolf stage, where Danielle Ate the Sandwich was parked, being all adorably quirky -- as she does so well. She was playing "Bad Romance" and then lead into "Canada," the simple harmonies and clean uke and vio ... More >>
A go-go dancer for Manufactured SuperstarsArriving at 1 p.m., I headed for Beta Beach after orienting myself. The Manufactured Superstars were throwing down their trademark dirty disco funk, and the misting tunnels and inflatable sculpture and furniture were keeping everyone as cool as possib ... More >>
Cypress Hill, 4:45 p.m. on the Wolf Stage I walked straight in the clouds of smoke and the packs of dancing 20-somethings as the first strains of "Insane in the Brain" sounded from the Wolf Stage. I should probably clarify that -- by "strains," I mean I heard B-Real loudly demanding if the crowd fel ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayThe Samples.Boulder alumnus the Samples packed the area in front of the Wolf stage with their bluesy, funky jams with heavy dance hall/world influence. They played "Did You Ever Look So Nice" and the segued into "Giants," with Blues Traveler's John Popper jumping in on harmonic ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayDamian Marley (left) and Nas on the Kyocera main stage.My first set of the day was Nas and Damian Marley, mostly because I walked in and that was who was playing the main stage. Normally, straight-up reggae is a little boring to me, and to be sure: The reggae crowd was out.
Aaron ThackerayPhoenix in the Bison Tent on Saturday at Mile High Music Festival.The crowd didn't seem to mind Phoenix's simple and straight-ahead approach during its 6:45 p.m. set in the Bison Tent at Mile High Music Festival. The Paris-based band have built a loyal commercial following in ... More >>
Seeing stars and stealing cells.