In only its third year, the Arise Music Festival is already getting national recognition by bands and the media. Featured in the recent edition of Rolling Stone, Arise has been described as “part Burning Man … pure Colorado.” Not only did Arise feature three stages packed with awesome musical acts like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ozomatli, and The Polish Ambassador, but Arise also had a very ambitious schedule of yoga classes, workshops, speakers, inspiring documentary films, a few dozen artists and art installations, and maybe one of the best children’s areas EVER at a festival.
Hosted at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, Arise is quickly becoming a fan and band favorite stop of the summer, and Rock the Earth’s involvement in this seminal event has been growing with each year.
This year, Rock the Earth led four major sessions in Arise’s Sunrise Dome, a permanent 400-seat, air-conditioned theater on site. Our work started Friday evening with an Arise Dialogue & Change Catalyst panel, with David Sulgalski (The Polish Ambassador), Ayla Nereo, and Ryan Rising, who talked about social change through music and the permaculture work these fine folks have been engaged in on the Polish Ambassador’s tour as well as in the days leading up to Arise.