Arise Music Festival in Loveland works to expand offerings

20160622__24AEARISE_~1Summertime in Colorado comes with no shortage of music festivals.

The growing number of choices means more variety and more destinations. On the same weekend of Arise Festival in Loveland, for example, the Vertex Festival debuts in Buena Vista. The new festival offers both camping and a variety of performers as well.

The organizers of Arise have taken the approach of focusing their energy on how to improve versus how to compete. As the competition grows, their only goal is making their festivalgoers happy. Paul Bassis, Arise founder and producer, thinks it’s great that music lovers have a variety.
“Everyone has a choice for the type of grocery store and they have their choice of festival,” said Bassis.

The four-year-old festival, planned for Aug. 5-7, has been steadily growing each year. It features seven stages of live music, yoga, workshops, theme camps, children’s activities, art gallery, art installation, speakers and films.

“As we do this from year to year, we get better at putting the festival together,” Bassis said.

This year they have expanded the yoga tent and the Children’s Village to offer more.

“It’s the other things beyond the music that really establish the Arise brand,” Bassis said. Read More …

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