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Sulphur Gulch Music Festival: Featuring Vertical Horizon
The PACE Center really heats up this July, for the third-annual Sulphur Gulch Music Festival, featuring headliners Vertical Horizon. In addition, the all-day event includes three outdoor stages spotlighting nine top regional bands.
Gourmet food trucks and a beer garden, highlighting beverages from several area breweries will be on site.
As food trucks will be available, no outside food or alcohol will be allowed.
Saturday, July 12
Grounds open at 1:00 p.m.
Vertical Horizon takes the Mainstage at 7:30 p.m.
Stage 1 Schedule:
2:00 - 3:00 Paa Kow
4:00 - 5:00 Rumours Follow
6:00 - 7:00 Shel
Stage 2 Schedule:
1:00 - 2:00 Cold River City
3:00 - 4:00 Grant Farm
5:00 - 6:00 Sam Lee
Stage 3 Schedule:
2:00 - 3:00 Megan Redmond & Nicole Johnson
4:00 - 5:00 Megan Burtt
6:00 - 7:00 Tyler Stanfield
7:30 Vertical Horizon
Founded in the early 1990s, Vertical Horizon released three albums independently (There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and Live Stages) and toured extensively. In 1999, the band signed with RCA and experienced meteoric success with Everything You Want, selling over two million copies. The title song captured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on to become the most played single of 2000. Having carved out a page in the annals of music history, the band also garnered further radio attention with “You’re a God” (#4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart) and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning),” which became a 2005 top 20 country hit for country star, Gary Allan. As a follow-up, in 2003, the band released Go. Tracks such as “Inside” (a frequent concert opener), “I’m Still Here,” and “Forever” provided true commercial appeal, whereas the deeper tracks, like “When You Cry,” “Sunshine,” and “Echo” kept the band established as a formidable, no-nonsense rock entity. Unfortunately, typical music-industry waste and mismanagement drove the band to seek a hiatus from “the business,” and they took time to reevaluate the creative process and distribution model. After some time away, Vertical Horizon emerged with the same conclusion their fans had: you can’t keep a good band down. In 2007, the time was right to start work on a new album, so a fresh approach to writing and recording began. Burning the Days was released in 2009. Today’s Vertical Horizon shares the practices of most long-enduring acts: different creative personnel have entered and exited, adding to the ever-expanding sonic tapestry. Genres, styles, sounds are the band’s “tools of the trade,” but they’re used with such variety—such intricacy—that it’s a challenge to “classify” the band’s sound. Sure it’s rock, but nuances mean so much. “I’ve never worried about categories or groupings. I just write what’s inside and it sounds like Vertical Horizon.”