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Altitude Anonymous electronic music fest finds home at Copper Mountain

Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com

If electronic dance music is your thing, you won't have to travel far this weekend to see some of the world's best acts. Altitude Anonymous, a second-year music festival, returns to Copper Mountain from Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14, with a lineup stacked with international headliners.

Creating a festival

The festival is produced by Denver-based Afterhours Anonymous, a company co-founded by Colin Chmielewski and Mahesh Patel that throws a variety of club, warehouse and rooftop parties around Denver. Last year, the two saw an opportunity to take advantage of Colorado's outdoor beauty and send music fans to the mountains.

"There's nothing of this scale going on in the mountains, and we've always liked Copper as a spot because it's right off the highway, and it's only a little more than an hour from Denver," Chmielewski said. "It's not part of a city, not part of a big resort conglomerate, so it's easier to start up something like this for us."

The music schedule for the three-day Altitude Anonymous fest is a mix of local favorites and international artists who have never performed in Colorado, which gives concert-goers the opportunity to educate themselves on fresh talent.

"Butch is from Germany, Francesca Lombardo from Italy and Christian Loffler from Germany — none of them have ever been to Colorado before," Chmielewski said. "We were really happy with being able to bring that many Colorado debuts for this year's lineup."

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Drawing top acts during the summer can sometimes difficult, he said, because DJs tend to spend this season in Europe, where they can pull in more money. Despite the challenges, Afterhours was able to nail down its top choice, Damian Lazarus.

"He's been somebody that's built a good following in Denver," Chmielewski said. "He's played there over the last decade many times. He's become big in the Burning Man community, and we have a lot of people in that circle who attend the festival.

"We knew that he had never played an outdoor set in Colorado, so him playing the sunset at the base on Copper Mountain would be something that would be ideal."

Adding more music

Last year's Altitude Anonymous was so popular that promoters decided to incorporate additional music this year on Friday night to extend the festival.

"Friday is a little housier and bassier, so I'd say it's definitely a little more high-energy to get the weekend kicked off," Chmielewski said. Friday's series at the Pavilion culminates with U.K. producer Eats Everything, who has recently played sets at Snowbombing, Ultra Music Festival and at Coachella as part of JESuS.

"Eats Everything is blowing up on the international scene," he said. "He was a no-brainer with the opportunity to book him. He brings a lot of good energy and really danceable music."

Rose Hips gets the music started on Saturday, followed by ak, a Vail duo formed when DJs adamROSS and Kirby K said goodbye to their solo projects in January and decided to team up and tour around Utah and Colorado. The two play what Ross Cohen, aka adamROSS, described as "deep house and tech house with a smattering of techno."

"It's electronic music," Cohen said, "but what we like to call the lighter, deeper side of electronic. It attracts more of an older crowd, nothing like dub-step or glitch-hop or these sounds that are really abrasive. It's really appealing to the ear."

Following ak, the energy will gradually build throughout Saturday, starting a little deeper with Germany's Christian Loffler and Italy's Francesca Lombardo and then Damian Lazarus and Butch will take it from house to a heavier, techno beat in the evening, Chmielewski said.

Due to lingering snow and safety concerns, Sunday's sets, originally planned for Solitude Station at the top of the mountain, will instead be held on the Pavilion Lawn. Chmielewski said without having to deal with the space and time restrictions of the mountaintop venue, Afterhours was able to open up more tickets and extend the dreamy, melodic music from Sunday's headliner, San Francisco's Atish.

"Sunday is always the attitude of people want to wrap their weekend up on a good note," Chmielewski said. "I feel like everyone is wanting kind of lighter, deeper music, which is better for Sunday. People are winding down a little bit, and I think that will put a good bow on the weekend."

Cohen said Afterhours is one of the most progressive production companies in the state, bringing in the best artists in the areas of deep house, tech house and techno.

"Being up-and-coming artists with our production and our touring schedule, we're excited to be part of a bill with some of the biggest names in electronic music that are touring around the world right now," he said.

If you go

What: Altitude Anonymous, an electronic music festival

When: Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14

Where: All nighttime concerts take place in the Pavilion and daytime concerts on the Pavilion Lawn, west of the American Eagle lift, at Copper Mountain Resort

Cost: A three-day pass is $125; Friday and Saturday two-day pass is $90, and Saturday and Sunday two-day pass is $100; Friday-only pass is $35, Saturday-only is $75, and Sunday-only is $30; all tickets have an additional service charge

More information: For more on the individual artists, lodging information and to buy tickets, visit afterhoursanonymous.co.

Altitude Anonymous schedule

Friday, June 12

7-8:15 p.m. — Broomy

8:15-9:30 p.m. — Tony Rodelli (AA/Boogie Boutique)

9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Eats Everything (Edible)

12:15 a.m. — Free after party with Need & Necessity at Mulligan’s Bar on lake in Center Village

Saturday, June 13

Noon to 1 p.m. — Rose Hips (Night Supply/The Hundred)

1-2 p.m. — ak, adamROSS and Kirby K (Samana/Powderhaus)

2-3 p.m. — Christian Loffler Live (Ki Records)

3-5 p.m. — Francesca Lombardo (Crosstown Rebels)

5-8 p.m. — Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels)

8-9:30 p.m. — Sergei Loginov & Diego Santana (P.U.N.C.H.I.S.)

9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Butch (Desolat)

12:15-2 a.m. — Free after party with Nucla at Mulligan’s Bar

Sunday, June 14

Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Sami (The Blend)

12:30-1:45 p.m. — steofan (Make Mistakes/CMKY)

1:45-2:30 p.m. — Sami

3-6 p.m. — Atish (Listed)