Who’s ready to learn what’s new with the Denver-based group Tortuga? I can’t believe it has been almost two years since reconnecting with our friends you can read my interview from November 2016 by clicking here! I have been so impressed by how the performers have evolved during their time in the Colorado music scene that I can’t wait to share what’s happening with members Ryan Mahrer and Tyler Arndt. To learn about their upcoming tour date and what’s new with the duo continue reading the interview below. Hear what’s new from the group via Soundcloud by clicking here! 

The Interview

 

Q1. This past June you guys played Electric Forest for the second year in a row, how has your style evolved since the last time you played a national festival? 

A1. Great question, Aryonna and thank you for doing this with us. We would like to think that our style is something that is constantly evolving and changing. We’ve taken a lot of time trying to hone in our live sets. In this day and age, that is one of the best ways to spread the word about your project… especially at a festival like Electric Forest. People listen to your set and take that experience back home with them. Word spreads fast in these instances we’re finding.


Q2. I was stoked to see you guys supporting Evanoff’s Electronic Orchestra feat. Members of DYNOHUNTER, Tnertle, Eminence Ensemble, Toy Box, Skydyed, Spectacle and AG Flux.  What can you guys say about the upcoming performances? 

A2: This is also a HUGE bill. The Evanoff crew and the artists following in this billing are heavy hitters. All are making huge waves in the scene. We’re excited to be a part of it. The Larimer Lounge has always been a close friend of ours, so when they hit us up to play this event, it was a no-brainer.

Q3. Why should music fans who haven’t attended a Tortuga set see you guys live during your upcoming performance? 

A3. This is the next step for this project. Many of our friends/fans have been with us since the beginning. Yourself including Aryonna. Our main concentration is being able to sculpt our live performances into something that people can get excited about. The scene in Colorado at this point, is a dog eat dog world and if you aren’t constantly pushing yourself to figure out what’s next, you may not be here or relevant for very long.

Q4. As part of the Colorado music scene that is evolving, what can you say about the sound and style that has grown in the area? 

A4. I think the sound and scene in this area reflects the local culture here. The genres that are doing the best here, promote activities that are prevalent in Colorado. There is not much better then shredding down a mountain on a snowboard, blasting any of the local artists music, who are in the area. It’s truly an amazing scene and the support that ever group gives to one another, doesn’t seem to be present in a lot of places. We have something very special here that some seem to take for granted.

Q5. What songs or new releases are you most pumped for right now?  

A5. We’re working on a number of things right now… but If I told you, that would spill it for everyone. You’ll just have to wait and see 🙂 

Q6. Anything else you guys want to talk about for summer 2018?

A6. We’re both working on individual side projects that we would suggest looking at. Tyler’s project is currently established under the name VVIERD and he has been releasing music on that channel for a few months. All can be found online. He has a show at the Larimer Lounge on September 22nd. Ryan is currently working on an unnamed project and has plans to release a solo EP in the next few months. Keep an eye out!

As always, thanks for much for letting us do this A! Cheers to the future and all of you beautiful people! ~Ryan Mahrer and Tyler Arndt of Tortuga. 

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We are excited to share a unique outdoor music experience with our followers! PoloFest is a summer festival that combines music and the sport of polo to raise money for the Equine Partnership Program (EPP).

The day will be loaded with unique entertainment including; matches featuring top players and horses, live music performances from Phantogram, Quinn XCII and more, along with the opportunity to ride horses with the EPP and Denver Polo Club.

The Denver Polo Club is unlike any venue in our area with rolling green fields, surrounded by forests and sights of the front range. Enjoy a day with a variety of activities, food vendors, and bars. The event aims to bring a new perception of the sport of Polo, and showcase the fantastic capabilities of equine athletes.

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Who is ready for Haim with Maggie Rogers and Lizzo at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during an event supported by AEG Presents?! The Sister, Sister, Sister tour is hitting COLORADO for one-night-only on May, 28th 2018. The sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim are bringing their unique American pop-rock sound to the legendary outdoor theatre.

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The Decemberists with special guests Whitney take over Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Tuesday, May 22nd during an event presented by AEG Presents.

This Indie Rock band from Portland Oregon is kicking off their tour at our favorite outdoor venue. Get ready to hear new music from their latest album “I’ll Be Your Girl.” If you can’t wait for the event you are in luck because one follower will WIN a FREE PAIR of TICKETS! Complete the simple instructions to enter.

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HDYFEST returns to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre with Flossstradumas and Kayzo, Famous Dex, Melvv, and Ducky for one night only on April 20, 2018, during an event supported by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains! Flosstradamus is an American producer and DJ. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York Flosstradamus came to prominence in Chicago while collaborating with acts like Major Lazer, Matt A-Trak, and Baauer. Don’t miss your only chance to see him at the legendary outdoor theatre this summer!

Get to the show early! You don’t want to miss Kayzo, Famous Dex, Melvv, and Ducky getting the party started before Flossstradumas takes over the stage. As one of the events kicking off the start of Red Rocks Season in 2018, Silver Light Media couldn’t be more stoked to help support. As a special surprise, we even have a ticket giveaway, complete the details below for your chance to WIN a FREE PAIR of tickets to the show!

 

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Minnesota with special guests Shlump, Champagne Drip, and Homemade Spaceship hit the Ogden Theatre on Friday, April, 13th during an event supported by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains.

One of the most innovative electronic producers to come out of the West Coast bass music movement don’t miss your chance to see Minnesota for one night only in Denver, Colorado.

 

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Global Dance Festival and Party Guru Products present Datsik Ninja Nation 2018 Tour with Cookie Monsta, Space Jesus, Riot Ten, TRUTH b2b Stylust Beats, Whipped Cream and Carbin at the 1stBankCenter in Broomfield, Colorado! Get ready for filthy dubstep beats on Saturday, March 10th when one of the biggest names in EDM, Datsik returns for one night 🙂 Who’s ready?

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Silver Light Media is proud to support Lorde at the Pepsi Center on Monday, March 5, 2018. Her “North America Dance Tour” stops in Colorado for one night only and we have your hookup for a FREE PAIR of TICKETS! Follow Silver Light Media on Facebook and complete the form below to enter!

Run The Jewels (RTJ) along with Tove Styrke will be opening the performance on Monday evening. Run The Jewels will add a more dynamic hip-hop sound. Lorder will focus on her most recent album Melodrama, with over 30 other arena stops throughout the US you don’t want to miss your chance to experience an amazing night of live music, for free, just by entering. Doors 6 pm | Show Starts 7 pm if you can’t wait for Lorde’s only performance in Denver, Colorado, click here to buy tickets! Thanks, AEG Presents for providing our followers with such amazing giveaways.

To me, the idea of traditional camping never honestly sounded like a way to ‘get away,’ it wasn’t until I discovered car camping that I could even make it through an evening in the woods feeling safe and comfortable enough to sleep through the night. I love the picturesque views one can only find while relaxing in a campsite surrounded by an aspen grove or redwood forest but, personally, long for the modern amenities during those precious vacation days.

Until I discovered one of the hottest trends for Summer 2018, glamping, it’s not camping; it’s elevated outdoor living. Since exploring more of California there are few places that call to my spirit like Big Sur. So when the opportunity to tour Ventana Big Sur operated by Alila a company voted No. 4 Hotel Brand in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards I jumped at the opportunity. Ventana is personally the most stunning resort I’ve had the chance to tour and that’s why I’m counting down the reasons why you have to visit. Continue reading to learn my Top 5 Reasons to Experience Glamping at Ventana in 2018.

5. Access To Hotel Amenities

If you’ve ever spent more than twenty-four hours outdoors, then you know how amazing a steamy shower feels after a weekend hiking through the trees. Ventana Big Sur has upped this experience by giving glamping guests the access to the resort’s full spa amenities. Simply pay the additional resort fee, and you will have access to Spa Alila, the Social House, hotel pools and the fitness center. What could be better than a night by the campfire followed by a morning massage and then an afternoon swim that overlooks the Pacific Ocean?

 

4. The Campsite Amenities

How does arriving at a campsite with cozy heated blankets, lamps and power outlets with USB ports for charging your cell phone and other devices, and a basket with a s’mores kit, a cutting board, cheese knife, bottle opener and wine glasses? Everything you need to take in a secluded outdoor evening in luxury is right at your fingertips from the moment you arrive. At Ventana Big Sur you don’t have to plan supplies or sacrifice comfort. Let them do the planning and arrive ready to relax.  

3. Housekeeping Service Is Included with the Glampsite

Glampsites feature daily housekeeping service, morning coffee, access to custom-curated picnic baskets and other world-class amenities. Who says you can’t bask in resort-style comforts while surrounded by massive Redwood and Sequoia trees while being only feet from the ocean? You can only at Ventana in the heart of Big Sur one of the most-visited travel destinations in all of California.

2. The Glamping Bath House 

Providing enclosed showers, heated floors, full hotel amenities, marble vanities and spotless restroom facilities. The glamping bathhouse is like no outdoor restroom facility you have ever experienced before visiting Ventana. When thinking back to times camping as a child if we were lucky there would be dirty outhouse filled with bugs. Remeber, this is glamping and ladies you can even enjoy using a hair dryer in the glamping Bath House where they are provided for guests.

1. Ventana Big Sur Wilderness 

Being a tree lover myself I always heard of the majesty of Redwoods but it wasn’t until visiting the coast of California that I truly experienced the magnitude of their beauty. Fire can’t even destroy these trees that cover the property of Ventana Big Sur. You can go from enjoying spa amenities to hiking a private trail of Redwoods all while your bungalow of essentials waits for your return.

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On Thursday, January 11, 2018, I went out for a night that I knew would include fondue in Carmel, California but I never imagined would evolve into a community experience filled with laughter, dancing, and traditional European-style dining in central California.

If you are a fan of dipping or new to fondue, continue reading to learn about this dining destination. Founded twenty-three years ago by Nargis Lengacher and her late husband Chef Andre. This family-style Swiss fondue restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea has pioneered a legacy-making a unique impression in the hearts of locals and visitors. Every guest was personally greeted by the owner, herself, who even joined the musicians to accompany the melodies.

Located in the Barnyard Shopping Village a beautiful center for restaurants and shops located outside of downtown Carmel for those who want to avoid the struggle of parking while taking advantage of the convenience of being located off Highway 1 on the way to Big Sur. You will find Lugano Swiss Bistro under the windmill amidst the lush botanicals. Walk through the heated outdoor patio and into a piece of Switzerland the bistro has an intimate European-style atmosphere. A hidden gem filled with colorful murals reminiscent of historical Lugano.

If you are looking for the ultimate fondue dining experience in the Monterey Bay, you need to make reservations for a Thursday evening when you can enjoy live music with your meal. I listened to music from Mike Marotta and Oracio during an evening that was also a fundraiser supporting the Big Sur Health Center where 25% of food, beer, and wine sales were donated.

To start, I had the Swiss Original Cheese Fondue featuring Gruyere, Emmenthaler, and Appenzeller Cheese. All cheese fondue is served with salad, dipping bread, vegetables, and apples. Enjoy beer and wine when you dine at Lugano Swiss Bistro. For the main course, I had Pork Jager Schnitzel topped with mushrooms, demi sauce, spatzli and red cabbage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the evening proceeded so did the music and the dancing, at one point the crowd overtook the dance floor for the ‘Chicken Dance.’ A sense of community flowing through the restaurant as family, friends, and strangers joined together for a spectacle I have yet to see at another restaurant.

Whether you are visiting California from Europe, New York, Colorado, or within the state from areas like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, or San Fransisco an evening at Lugano Swiss Bistro is the only place where old world charm can be found just miles from the Pacific Ocean.