You will no doubt become cooler just by listening to the sophisticated and eclectic world beats dreamed up by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, who founded Thievery Corporation more than 20 years ago. They came up with a mix of "soul, reggae, acid jazz, bhangra, bossa nova and assorted exotica that virtually defined the downtempo lounge sound of the 1990s," says a June 28 article by Vancouver weekly Georgia Straight.
"I love all kinds of music," Hilton told the Georgia Straight. "But I could never tell you why I love it. I guess the search for that meaning keeps us going." The DeVotchKa and That 1 Guy open for the American electronica group at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison on Saturday. Tickets start at $44.75 on axs.com.
Arise Music Festival
Of the dozens of bands that will play this three-day music festival Friday through Sunday, held on the 100-acre Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, top-billed acts include Ani Difranco, Atmosphere, Sunqsuabi, Tipper, Lettuce and Beats Antique. In addition to the huge music lineup on seven stages, festivalgoers will find yoga, camping, art, workshops and "activism," says the ARISE website. Look for yoga star Shiva Rea and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard as a featured presenter. A three-day pass runs $229; individual days passes are $99. arisefestival.com.