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Denver’s 2nd Annual 710 Cup [July 10-13, 2014]

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of taking part in one of Denver, Colorado’s premier legal recreational marijuana conventions, the 710 Cup! Hosted by Grassroots California, this 4-day event, celebrating cannabis concentrates in the form of hash oil, included music, art, vendors & of course plenty of ‘dabs’ as the grand opening of the private, members only cannabis club, the GRC Break Room.

Running from July 10 (7/10) through July 13, Rob Garza, of world chill-out duo Thievery Corporation fame, got the party started at the iconic Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver’s historic & up-and-coming Five Points neighborhood on the highly anticipated first day of the Cup. Like his unique take on deep house, this date is auspicious because of the inverted reversal of the numbers to spell out ‘OIL’. Kicking off the celebration prior to the competition, 710 was a very special night indeed! An appropriately esoteric kick-off to the weekend’s festivities, Garza’s solo act is profoundly different from the downtempo, world & dub influences of Thievery Corporation.

Spinning a near 3 hour set of mostly all original deep & melodic house, he reminded me why many folks appreciate this particular style of electronic dance music. The vibe created from start to finish was perfect. The grooves in his take on house music were immaculate. Drinking & dancing ensued! My favorite indoor venue anywhere, Cervantes was the only event of the 710 Cup all weekend where smoking cannabis or combusting cannabis concentrates was prohibited because it was open to the public, but we hardly noticed. From the local openers option4, Mosis & Pruitt through the end of the night, the mood & crowd kept the boogy going! A highlight of the night for me was a simultaneously sultry & bumping remix of Tinashe’s song ‘Don’t Stop Looking at Me’. Mixed with the prolific skills of true veterans, every track throughout the night kept the vibes on high! The party didn’t stop until close to 3 in the morning, as it should in any city as hopping as Denver, with the uniquely Colorado jammy bluegrass fusion of Mountain Standard Time & friends right next door at The Other Side, an extension of Cervantes. All in all, the night could not have been more ideal, balancing the party of the occasion with the vibrant community gathering of a counter-culture convention celebrating cannabis concentrates.

Making history, the 2nd annual 710 Cup started off with a bang that carried its elevated participants to the premier opening of the marijuana-friendly Knew Conscious Gallery, HoodLab, iBake Radio & the Grassroots California Break Room. Beyond merely turning a blind eye to the demonized herb, the 710 Cup condoned & celebrated cannabis concentrations in a safe, fun & friendly environment. Keep an eye out for a more detailed & succinct summation of the totality of the weekend’s activities pertaining to Colorado’s premier hash oil hootenanny soon to follow!

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