FOX & NUG COVERS THE CANNABIS CARNIVAL
Photos by: Wyatt Mercer of Higher Nation Productions for F&N
Story by: Nic Potere
The Fillmore Auditorium was buzzing this week with major contributors to the cannabis industry flocking in for the National Cannabis Industry Association and Bhang Corporation's fundraiser event: The Cannabis Carnival!
The night kicked off with Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation serenading the hall while major industry business players and music lovers alike mingled throughout the numerous booths, carnival attractions (such as the customized Bhang Zoltar fortune telling machine that dispensed cannabis industry coupons or the midway outside complete with stilt walkers and heckling dunk-tank operators) and the deliciously comfortable Bhang Chocolate Lounge located in the very center of the room.
The dance floor started to fill up as soon as the hauntingly beautiful music and performance art troupe Quixotic took the stage; mesmerizing the crowd with projection-mapped dance pieces and gravity defying aerial acts.
By the time The Everyone Orchestra (featuring members of The String Cheese Incident, Big Gigantic, Papadosio, Tea Leaf Green, The Motet, Elephant Revival, The Bridge, and The Congress) wrapped up their set, the entire auditorium was packed with people.
Incredible and internationally renowned "avant-groove" jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood closed out the night with an energetic and powerful performance to a nearly packed house.
The NCIA is a trade association campaigning for the growth of a responsible & legitimate cannabis industry on a national scale. They work as advocates of an emerging cannabis community to help ensure industry businesses are treated fairly under federal law.
The fundraiser was held in conjunction with their 2015 Denver Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. With a focus on bringing together business to collaborate the Expo featured hundreds of exhibitions and guest speakers on topics ranging from community engagement and cultivation to policy reform and tax laws.
The Carnival was a beautiful presentation of cannabis entrepreneurship and circus fun. The event was sponsored by some local powerhouses such as Bhang Corporation, Mahatma Extreme Concentrates, Mountain Medicine, Openvape, Terrapin Care Station and Vicente Sederberg LLC.