If you’re lucky enough to be in Colorado at the end of July, HARD Red Rocks should already be written on your calendar for Thursday the 30th. It should be circled, highlighted and underlined five times in red because out of every Red Rocks show this summer, HARD is not one to miss. As luck wouldn’t have it and you live out of state in, let’s say, California, you probably already have plans to go to HARD Summer, the annual two-day celebration of electronic music and the primary festival that put HARD events on the map. Since then HARD has sprung up in San Francisco, created a massive party cruise, Holy Ship!, and now will join us Coloradans in Morrison for a night that will go hard as f*ck.
Gary Richards, more commonly known as Destructo to his fans, is the man behind the madness that is HARD Events. Unlike HARD Summer, HARD Red Rocks has only been around for a mere two years, making it the younger brother of HARD Summer that has been held in various parts of Los Angeles since 2007. Having attended HARD Summer for the past 3 years I can vouch for the talent that Richards books for his festivals. The line-up, for most festivals, is what draws in the crowd. The best line-up translates into the best possible crowd. This seems to be HARD’s strongest feat - booking only the best electronic artists without skimping out on diversity.
While many would agree that Red Rocks’ sound ordinances dampen the party with volume restrictions and an imposed 12AM curfew, I’d say it’s for the better, because this HARD line-up is one that could fracture the foundation of the monstrous red rocks with ease. Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize), The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson (live), Destructo, Branchez and Option4. All of these names in one blissful Red Rocks night will without a doubt be surreal.
It would be a sin to go without the headlining electronic dance duo that is Dog Blood, but for the electronic fans that prefer a more heavy, instrument soaked sound; The Glitch Mob is timeless. Both electronic music fan parties (dancey vs soulful) will be satisfied come the end of the night. As for Porter live, trust me when I say that you may be brought to tears from sheer emotion of his music. Note: goose bumps will be in full effect. Preceding all the heavy feels will be some light-hearted deep house feels to help ease you in.
Gary Richards, spinning as Destructo is always present at his events. Having been a DJ and music producer for over 20 years, Destructo is an asset to any party that is in need of a little pick-me-up. He will literally make you pick yourself up off those (not-so) comfy Red Rocks benches and use his deep/G-house vibes to keep you groovin’ for eternity. Might I add that his set comes after Branchez, so you most definitely will already be on your feet from his mesmerizing bass beats. Branchez coins his sound “big room hip-hop” because of it’s soulful yet get-down appeal, a perfect addition to the night. Opening the night is Option4, a lesser-known artists (but very deserving of your knowledge), Denver based producer. Richards probably booked him not only because he’s a local, but because he churns out deep house that Richards’s taste buds swoon for. Brennen Bryarly describes his style as, "more house than tech, more deep than disco.”
The most awe-inspiring venue in the country is the perfect home for this one-night electronic affair, sure to have some kick-ass visuals as well. Tickets will sell out quickly so make sure to get yours here! Show starts at 5:30pm- don’t let yourself miss out on the lot pregame and show opener!
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Written By: Melanie Gordon