Thievery Corporation & DJ Chali 2na to perform in Buena Vista, Colorado, Friday, May 27th

Article Contributed by Brand + Bash | Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Global phenomenon Thievery Corporation announces its Surf Hotel debut with a highly-anticipated performance on The LAWN Friday, May 27, 2022. Following this performance, renowned visual artist and DJ Chali 2na will take the stage at the Ivy Ballroom with his band The House of Vibe to close the night out. These two performances are part of the musical festivities during the popular and annual CKS Paddlefest weekend, the largest river festival in Buena Vista.

Thievery Corporation, an American electronic music duo, will take the stage on The LAWN, the newest venue in South Main. Twenty-five years into their genre-defying electronic music career, Thievery Corporation’s founding principles of D.I.Y. and inclusion have become key themes in mainstream social conversation. After a dozen highly acclaimed full-length albums, remix LPs, concert recordings, and over two decades of incendiary live performances that have thrilled audiences worldwide, Thievery Corporation’s music and message are more relevant now than ever.

Following Thievery’s debut performance, the iconic visual artist and hip-hop legend Chali 2na will take the stage at the Ivy Ballroom. Most well-known for co-founding music groups, Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Chali released his debut solo album "Fish Outta Water" in 2009.  Since then, he has toured the world ten times over with his band known as House of Vibe and has collaborated with some of the industry’s most recognized and respected DJs and Musicians. Breathing visual life into his musical past, Chali embarked on a 6-year journey to produce "Against the Current, a multi-media project that combines a 5-part series of genre-bending EPs with a coffee table art book featuring his original paintings, drawings, and photography.

“It’s an honor to host artists of this caliber at the Surf Hotel venues. It brings me a great deal of joy knowing our local community and Paddlefest friends will get to experience these legendary music pioneers in BV,” said Jed Selby, Co-Founder, and President of South Main and Surf Hotel.

For guests that plan to make a weekend out of the festivities, other musical acts performing at The LAWN during Paddlefest include ETHNO and the Sweet Lillies. ETHNO is led by Denver-based drummer/producer, Jeffrey James Franca. Widely known as the drummer for Thievery Corporation, Jeff brings new life, and a modern sound to the timeless experience of terrestrial vibration using rhythms and melodies influenced by Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.

Opening for ETHNO at The LAWN is Colorado-based band The Sweet Lillies. The Sweet Lillies have incorporated all of their cumulative life experiences into their music, their songwriting, and their artistry, crafting an uncommonly-beautiful style they have christened “String-Americana” - a nod to the band’s all-encompassing musical tastes and willingness to experiment with genres. The band's third studio album was recorded in Denver, CO, and produced by Timothy Carbone of Railroad Earth. Both of these shows will take place Saturday, May 28th at The LAWN. These concerts are free to the public and voluntary donations will benefit a new wave being built in Buena Vista’s River Park.

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About the Surf Hotel: The Surf Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the adventure town of Buena Vista, Colorado. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of its home in the Rocky Mountains, the Surf offers a unique perspective and location which features a sense of luxury without pretension.

About the Ivy Ballroom: Overlooking the waves of the Buena Vista Whitewater Park, the Surf Hotel’s beautifully detailed Ivy Ballroom is designed to host a range of intimate, world-class events ranging from seated dinners to epic concerts, weddings, and feature films. Named Top 10 Best Small-Town Music Venues by Colorado Magazine, the Ivy Ballroom - conveniently located inside the Surf Hotel - is quickly becoming a sought-after venue for both artists and concert-goers alike. Since its opening in 2019, the Ivy Ballroom has hosted a plethora of renowned musicians, from The Motet to Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Rapidgrass, and others. The Ivy Ballroom boasts an elite sound system and lighting as well as unmatched views of the Arkansas River.

About The LAWN: The LAWN is an outdoor venue conveniently located in front of the Surf Hotel, on the South Main Town Square. The LAWN, South Main’s newest venue, has become a popular attraction and beloved space for the community to gather during the summer to enjoy live music. Guests are encouraged to kick off their shoes and dance the night away. Also boasting an elite sound system and stage lights, The LAWN offers artists and concert-goers an epic experience that is intimate, unique, and beautiful.