ROCK OUT AT THE FINISH LINE WITH PHILLIP PHILLIPS
One of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home” announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records)—a platinum-selling album that shot to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’s widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips spent most of 2013 on the road – with Matchbox 20, his own college headline tour and most recently he brought his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour.
On The World from the Side of the Moon—a #1 debut on the Billboard Rock Album chart—Phillips channels his soulful spirit into acoustic-driven rock with an earthy yet high-energy sound. Produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Train, O.A.R.) and praised by Rolling Stone as “full of sweeping verses and uplifting power-pop hooks,” the album is mainly comprised of tracks written or co-written by Phillips over the past few years. Along with revealing his easy warmth as a songwriter, The World from the Side of the Moon showcases the dynamic guitar work Phillips has cultivated through careful studying of legends like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
For Phillips, the past year’s jam-packed touring schedule has granted him the long-craved opportunity to play his own songs for live audiences night after night. “At first it was terrifying to share all my songs, but now we’re at the point where the crowd’s singing along—even to the ones that aren’t the singles—which is amazing to see,” he says. Above all, performing live offers a sense of freedom that Phillips finds essential to making music. “We just go out there and jam out and try to make it different and exciting, instead of playing the songs exactly how they sound on the album,” he says. “It’s all about real musicians playing real music that we’re passionate about and just having a good time, and hopefully we’re giving the crowd a good time too.”
Bands on the Course
Music every mile makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live Denver bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative to classic rock, punk, funk and blues to jazz it up. The bands will keep the course pulsating as runners rock their way from start to finish!
Know a great local band? Encourage them to apply to place along the route on race day to a crowd of over 15,000!
Band Submission Form – Click here to apply to be a Band on the Course!
Rock around the Block
Any neighborhood along the course is able to participate in this friendly competition. Neighborhoods will set up a Spirit Station at a designated point along the course and cheer on the runners throughout the race. Prize money will be given to the top three most spirited neighborhoods!
Learn more about Rock around the Block!
Congratulations and thank you to all of our 2013 Rock Around the Block competitors! Please see below for the top three winners!
1st place: Gordonston Neighborhood Association
2nd place: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church
3rd place: Downtown Neighborhood Association
Spirit on the Course Competition
Attention Cheer teams and Dance Squads: We need you! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ Marathon’s Spirit on the Course! Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, smiles and enthusiasm are required. Cheer teams participating will not only be supporting the runners and walkers amazing efforts, but they will also be cheering to earn some money for their team!
Questions? Email us at: Savannahcheer@competitorgroup.com