Shine Music Festival 2021

A look back at the bands, vendors and guests

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This page is mostly photography from the Shine Music Festival 2021. Although we have added ALT Tags for each photo, with over 1000 photos from seven photographers, listening to a screen reader may not prove to be the most enjoyable experience. If there are any bands that you would like detailed photo descriptions of, please contact us and we will be happy to provide this for you.

Shine Music Festival 2021

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Photos by Charla Harvey
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Hakuna Matata Presents
Shine Music Festival 2021 Recap

Special thanks to Hakuna Matata Enterprises for sponsoring the second stage at Shine which showcased the talent of Float Like A Buffalo, Graham Good & The Painters, Damon Wood Band, and Bottlerocket Hurricane.
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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts formed in January 2013 and have since been touring steadily through the North, Mid and Southwest states.

The band is made up of Ryan Chrys on guitar and vocals, Susan Phelan on bass and vocals, and Michael Jochum on drums.

During the last couple of years, Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts have earned some prestigious local and national accolades including a nomination for “2018 Outlaw Group of the Year” by Ameripolitan Music Awards. Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon and Willie, they drive their sound with blazing guitars and a rock n roll attitude. The band pays respect to classic styles, but anyone can tell from their overdriven sound that they’re far from traditionalists. Recommended for lovers of both classic country and 70’s rock n roll.

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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

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Float Like A Buffalo

Float Like A Buffalo
Denver-based Float Like a Buffalo is horn-driven Ska-funk-reggae-rock with nods to the funk of Lettuce, jam of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, rock of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicago Transit Authority, soul of James Brown, & high-energy guitar licks of Jimi Hendrix that all combine to make a sound impossible not to dance to. They have become a regional funk sensation over the past five years, playing sold out shows at major Colorado venues like Red Rocks, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, The Bluebird Theater, & The Gothic Theatre – and taking the crown for Best Funk Band in Westword’s 2019 Music Awards.
Float has opened for major artists like Face Vocal Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Sting, Turkuaz, HER, Magic Beans, and MarchFourth, and has recently branched out regionally, selling out shows in Wyoming and Nebraska.
The band features seven members: Cory Pearman (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), James Steinbach (Lead Guitar), Jason Clukies (Bass), Luke Story (Trumpet, Saxophone), Cory “Beef” Meier (Keys, Trombone), Phil Pleckham (Drums, Backup Vocals), and Garrett Achten (Percussion).
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Float Like A Buffalo

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Graham Good & The Painters

Graham Good & The Painters
ROCK ‘N FUNK ‘N ROLL band based in Northern Colorado.
Graham Good has been called “The messiah of modern rock” (Nicholas Stock, jambands.com) due to his infectious good vibes and captivating songs. His talented band, The Painters, have all graduated with degrees in music studies and shine brightly with their prowess and presence. Graham’s song writing ability with the bands otherworldly talent fuses the music to a place where pure joy hits the hearts of the listeners without fail and the feeling of hope cannot be denied. This Northern Colorado based band is not to be missed as they make their climb to national recognition.

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Graham Good & The Painters

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Neal Evan's Photon & Fro Down

Photon
We were fortunate enough to get two different versions of Neal Evan's talent - Photon opened the festival while the Neal Evans Fro Down was the opener for the headliner.

Photon plays compositions of keyboardist Jimmy Dunstan, augmented by the rhythm section of Dan Africano on Bass and Neal Evans on Drums. Blending sounds reminiscent of The New Deal, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Tycho, Photon will take you on a contemplative dance journey.

Neal Evan's Fro Down was a Power-packed Super-Group featuring: Neal Evans, Chuck Jones, Michelle Sarah, Sasha Brown, Scott Flynn, Nick Gerlach, and Todd Stoops.

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Neal Evan's Fro Down & Photon

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El Javi

El Javi
North American guitarist, El Javi, defies music genres with his unbound exploration of instrumental music. The Denver based composer, producer and performer incorporates elements of flamenco, progressive rock, classical, folk and world music to shape his compositions. El Javi has been a supporting act for Ziggy Marley and today’s biggest voice of flamenco Diego El Cigala. He was featured artist in Coors Light’s national campaign My Climb, My Music and participated in the International Guitar Festival in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. El Javi’s latest release “Whispers from Eternity” is the second single for the upcoming album “A Gypsy Journey Pt. III: Samadhi”. The final part of the trilogy. Available in all streaming platforms. Currently El Javi is promoting this release with a North American tour.

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El Javi

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Damon Wood Band

Damon Wood Band
Damon Wood Band is the latest creation of former James Brown Guitarist, Damon Wood. Wood toured as rhythm guitarist and featured soloist with “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business” from 1998-2006, playing some of the most celebrated festivals and venues in the world. The Denver based group consists of Wood on Guitar and Vocals, Jason Kather on Drums, Anthony Giannotti on Bass, Vince Meyer on Guitar and Adam Bodine on Keyboards. The focus of the group is Damon’s 2021 compositions, which see him return to writing for all instruments, something that fell to the wayside when he began touring regularly in bands in the early 90s. Early this year, with the world still quite a bit slowed down by Covid, but also some light at the end of the tunnel destined to emerge, Wood decided it would be a good time to bring to life some of his 30 year old standard notation ditties by rewriting them into a modern composition program. This led to a steady flow of new ideas and material. Wood gives a tip of the hat to the great Frank Zappa, whose body of work continues to educate and inspire him. Look for intensely crafted musical workouts in a wide variety of styles and the obligatory FZ tribute.

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Damon Wood Band

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Bottlerocket Hurricane

Bottlerocket Hurricane
Bottlerocket Hurricane was formed over the course of a whirlwind 4 years. Colleen Murphy is a visual artist and songwriter from Denver. She searched a long time to find a team with the heart, soul & talent to match her musical vision. That is the crew that is BRH. Joined by amazing songwriters Ben Hanrahan-Guitar (Hog Magundy) & Jack Laub-Mandolin, Don O’Gorman-Bass, Dan Pink -. Percussion Bottlerocket Hurricane will launch you on an amazing adventure into auditory airspace.

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Bottlerocket Hurricane

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The Orchestrator

The Orcastrator
The Orcastrator is the groove-blasting wizard who is stirring the souls and minds of the electronic music world. The Orcastrator’s unique instrumentation brings a multi-dimensional sound not typically heard in the electronic music by incorporating Jazz, Funk, Classical, Afro-Cuban beats, and live instrumentation performance into an intricate masterpiece of harmonic styles and landscapes.
The Orcastrator has opened for numerous national and regional touring artists including Allen Aucoin (The Disco Biscuits), Steve Molitz (Particle), Eprom, Flamingo-sis, Exmag, Teebs, Muzzy Bearr/GRiZ Dj Set (All Good Records), SoDown, Blunt Force, Bass Physics, Mikey Thunder, Spectacle, VibeStreet, Evanoff, Kinetik Groove, and Tnertle among many others.
The Orcastrator draws inspirations from artists including James Brown, A Tribe Called Quest, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Ocean, OutKast, John Mayer, Pharell, George Benson, Carlos Santana, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others.
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The Orchestrator

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Desacore

Desacore
Desacore is a classically trained musician from Chicago, who’s dubstep glitch-hop and neurobass roots are carving a new path for music. By incorporating live piano and guitar into his mixes, Desacore hopes to bring back emotion and meaning to the electronic music scene.

Desacore has played several venues around Colorado and shared stages with acts such as High Step Society, ßµmßlêßrï, Space Pharaoh, DosiDoe and more. He has brought his groovy melodic bass tunes to Twisted Root for Taurus and Gemini Festivals and continues to blow people away with every performance.
Desacore draws his inspiration from acts like Pink Floyd, CharlesTheFirst, Random Rab, Led Zepplin, CloZee, Rush, among many others.

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Desacore

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