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Getting to Know Arts & Ales Festival Musical Acts

Posted by Sarah Kolb on June 26th 2019 to Center News

Getting to Know Arts & Ales Festival Musical Acts

By Leslie Simon

This year at our annual Arts & Ales Festival on August 24, patrons will be entertained by three great local acts- The Dylan Miles Experience, Rastasaurus, and The River Arkansas. Whether your musical style is classic rock, reggae or folk, the Arvada Center has everything you need for a full day of handmade art, handcrafted beer, homegrown entertainment and family fun. Get your tickets today and save – prices go up the day of the event!

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Dylan Miles Experience – Musical child prodigy Dylan Miles is no stranger to performing at festivals. This student of the guitar program at Denver School of the Arts has been playing on stage since he was only a few years old. As Dylan has gotten older, he has sat in with bands such as North Mississippi All-Stars and currently fronts his own group, the Dylan Miles Experience. Despite his age, Dylan has a wide range of musical influences that span decades- Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Phish and more. Like his idol Jimi Hendrix, this lefty wows audiences with his nimble guitar skills and effortless improvisation. Come and dance to covers of funk, punk, blues and rock classics this year at the Arts & Ales Festival when Dylan takes the stage at 10 am. Great for all ages, make sure to bring your kids and let them be inspired and influenced by the talented Dylan Miles.


Rastasauraus – One part reggae, one part rock and one part jam make Rastasaurus one of the premier acts in our thriving local reggae scene. Dubbing their style “New American Reggae,” Rastasaurus has been performing on stages across Colorado since 2011. Feel good reggae beats and vocals blend into psychedelic guitar solos creating music that promotes good times and a great message. Rastasaurus takes the stage at 12:30 pm, so grab a brew and get ready for an irie dance party.


The River Arkansas– When The Haunted Windchimes member Mike Clark began penning a collection of songs about the human condition in 2014, he didn’t realize that it would turn into a new band with a life of its own. Good fortune and good timing brought the members of The River Arkansas together, and with a folk-Americana sound that sounds ready to tour with alt-country’s Sturgill Simpson, they have enchanted crowds across Colorado and beyond. Anchored by Clark’s soulful, gravelly vocals, the band is rounded out by some of Colorado’s best musicians- and it shows in the delivery and sound. Make sure to catch The River Arkansas when they hit the stage at 3:00 pm.


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