Last Thursday the infamous Desert Hearts family made love to a hot and sweaty Boulder Theater crowd in the form of deep-tech beats, and it was everything our mountain town needed.
The crew’s facebook post, “I dare you to bring someone new,” was a mad success. I say this because of all the fresh faces and wide eyes in attendance, many DH cherries were popped that night. It's hard not to fall in love with everything about a Desert Hearts takeover, the weirdness is intoxicating.
For the entire show there was a massive crowd on the stage surrounding each Desert Hearts performer. The intimacy that the DH festival and city parties provides is hard to find anywhere else, and we are SO grateful they chose to share their energy with Boulder once again.
My personal favorite part of the night came when 90’s BMX icon turned DJ, Lee Reynolds, took to the tables. The “Papa” of the DH gatherings brings the heat, but his mission is larger than bumping intergalactic beats. Lee says his role for the movement is “more on a spiritual level, making sure we spread a positive message and do the right thing”. This man is a mastermind DJ, but is sure to incorporate love and acceptance when he takes the reigns of the crowd. This was ultra apparent when he showed nothing but love to the girl on stage flipping the bird to the crowd for what seemed like an entire hour (no hate, middle finger girl, but this just wasn’t the place).
Of course, Mikey Lion hits the crowd’s G-spot every. damn. time. The captain of the crew brings the tech-house flavor with fresh tracks like “Glide”, a new collaboration with the Dirtybird Label that is sure to “take you there”. The music ebbed and flowed from tribal tech/house grinders to the deepest of deep house.
The experience found at a DH show is the special thing that keeps people coming back with intense passion and love. The annual Desert Hearts Festival in California is a bucket lister for those of us out here in Colorado, but the city takeovers provide an outlet for freak flag flying during the remainder of the year. Perhaps the most enticing of their upcoming shows is Haunted Hearts in San Francisco on October 26th. If you're going to be in the Bay Area or are lucky enough to travel for some Halloween House, this is guaranteed to be one of their best shows in 2018.
If you were one of the lucky attendees last week, we hope you’ve radiated the love that was received back into the Boulder bubble in the days since. The clock is ticking until the Desert Hearts makes their way back over the Rockies to rock our little world again. We’ll see you next time <3