Road to Loudwire Music Festival, Day Eleven: The End of the Road Trip
The inaugural edition of Loudwire Music Festival is set for June 26-28, 2015, at Grand Junction, Colorado. Ahead of the fest, we’re hitting the road in a 2016 Kia Sorento, traveling the states and finding new adventures as we make our way from New York City to Grand Junction. Where will we go? What will we see? Who will we run into? Follow along right here at Loudwire to find out, and make sure to keep an eye on #RoadToLoudwire on Twitter and Instagram.
Last night (June 24), our evening festivities in Denver kicked off with a visit to the largest independently-owned record store in the city, Twist and Shout Records. A gigantic store packed with used and new vinyl spanning every genre known to man, Twist and Shout was the perfect way to get our feet wet in Colorado -- though our feet were already pretty wet from the monsoon that smacked Denver as we rolled in on the highway!
This morning, we made our way to the legendary greasy spoon on Colfax known as Pete's Kitchen for an unforgettable breakfast. Seriously ... both of us got breakfast burritos loaded with eggs, hashbrowns and gyro, smothered in green chili. Needless to say, we didn't have to worry about eating lunch.
Just about a mile away, we found ourselves at another record store, this time Wax Trax Records on East 13th Ave. If you're in Denver and you're looking to find a gem hidden in stacks of used records, this is your spot -- and if you're hunting for hard-to-find new discs, chances are they have it, too!
We could've spent all day at Wax Trax, but we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time on our drive to Grand Junction to swing by the iconic amphitheater, Red Rocks. If you've never been, definitely add it to your to-do list. From people running up and down the seats to families visiting the Red Rocks museum, there is plenty to do here -- including just sitting back and taking in the gorgeous scenery.
With Red Rocks and the wind behind us, the Sorento took us on a beautiful journey through the Rocky Mountains. We've had some pretty amazing views throughout this road trip, but none compared to this drive; snow-capped mountains, raging rivers and lush forests all made the trip from Denver to Loudwire Music Festival a piece of cake -- and I can say that because I wasn't driving! (The photo at the top of this story was snapped on the drive.)
Ten days, 3,551 miles and 70 hours in the Sorento later, the Road to Loudwire is complete! Now, we get to join the thousands and thousands of rock fans here in Colorado for a memorable weekend with Weezer, Rob Zombie, Linkin Park and many, many more.
We want to give a big thank you to Kia and the lovely 2016 Sorento that carted Steve and me around the country; from road construction and hailstorms to tiny towns and gigantic cities, the Sorento couldn't have been a smoother ride. If you're interested, you can grab more information on the Sorento at Kia's official website.
We also want to give a shout out to all the rad people we met along the way -- whether it was a tourist in Nashville munching on hot chicken with us or a gas station attendant teaching me proper manners (seriously!), you all made this an even more remarkable experience.
And of course, we have to thank YOU for taking this journey, too. From comments on our stories to messages on Twitter and Instagram, we loved all the recommendations and suggestions you tossed our way throughout the trip.
Now ... it's time to rock!
Road to Loudwire, Day Eleven -- Playlist
Above: Our #RoadToLoudwire Daily Playlist (feat. Rob Zombie) on Kia’s UVO 8" LCD Touch Screen.