Like something pulled out of Shawn White’s Pandora playlist, the Altitude Music Festival that is set to come to CU’s Balch Fieldhouse Saturday night will feature performers Zion I, MSTRKRFT, Gramatik, GRiZ and Boulder’s own Robotic Pirate Monkey.
Even though Robotic Pirate Monkey’s name sounds like a third grader’s imaginary friend, they have been making a splash in the electronic music scene. Since hitting the underground scene, the group has played alongside artists like Bassnectar at SnowGlobe in Lake Tahoe, California, and is certain to bring its energy to Saturday’s set.
Program Council's Rave Waldo gives out free tickets to students if you can find him. (Courtesy Program Council)
Gramatik has been making beats since age 13 and quickly left his puberty years to sign with Pretty Lights Music. He has performed at Electric Zoo, the premiere electronic music show of the East Coast, which pulls names like David Guetta and LaidBack Luke. This will be his fifth stop from his 16-performance tour, which ends in Chillicothe, Ill., on May 27.
Program Council partnered with Insomniac and Event Vibe productions for Altitude. Insomniac produces events such as the Electric Daisy Carnival and the Electric Forest music festival.
Program Council’s president, Heather Starbuck, said to expect, “art displays and things like that. They don’t really mess around. It’ll be much different and unique than the average concert.” She also said this is an attempt to tap into the large electronic scene that Boulder is known for, and the possibility of a large-scale show could be in the future.
This event is open to the public, but out of the over 1,400 people confirmed “attending” on the event’s Facebook page, the majority are CU students. Student tickets are $20 until the day of the show, then increase to $25, and public tickets are on sale for $30. If students act now they can get two tickets for the price of one. Tickets will also be available on programcouncil.com but will include a ticketing fee.
But the coolest way to acquire tickets has to be finding Rave Waldo, a man dressed in a stripped green shirt who rocks rainbow shoelaces on his pink Reeboks. He plans on giving out around 50 tickets and has 30 more to go, so put on your favorite childhood smile and find some free tickets.
Program Council has confirmed a few tickets in a hidden location atop Chautauqua, and clues can be found on their Facebook page. Chris Kennedy, marketing director for Program Council, and the man who hid the tickets gave the CU Independent a clue: “If you’re out on a limb, you’re in the right place.” Take a few cliff bars and enjoy the hunt.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Chris Ayala at Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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