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Jimmy Conrad from KICKTV MLS All Star game

Jimmy Conrad, KICKTV, MLS All Star Week , and More

The MLS All Star festivities have come and gone. The players are heading back to their clubs and Denver is returning to normal.

Something I’ll never forget about my MLS All Star experience was filming with KICKTV presenter and USMNT legend, Jimmy ‘Conradinho’ Conrad.

Let me set the stage…

There I was heading back to my seat, beer in hand, wondering if I’d see a Harry Kane wonder strike when, from out of nowhere, someone yanked me from behind. Realizing that I hadn’t spilled any of my beer (sweet), I looked up to find Jimmy Conrad asking me something I couldn’t even understand. I think my reaction speaks for itself:

I got to spend the entire MLS All Star game with people I’ve been following online for years. Sitting next to Jimmy, asking him questions while watching the likes of David Villa and Kaka play was surreal. In fact when the stealth bomber flew over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, I thought I’d lost it entirely.

Between the fireworks, goals and pints of beers, I actually got to talk with Jimmy about state of soccer, our beloved Colorado Rapids, MLS All Star week and so much more.

What’s your impression of Denver and the Denver soccer scene after spending a few days in town?

Bomba Estereo at Skyline Park Denver

Jimmy Conrad – Having had the privilege of playing in the Mile High City for many years over the course of my playing career, both at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and Mile High Stadium, I always come away encouraged that the Rapids and their loyal supporters are closing the gap on the other major sports in town, especially given that they get little to no love whatsoever from the old-school sports editors in Denver, who, unfortunately, control the narrative of what the people read and hear in their local news outlets! Can those holier-than-thou, close-minded guys finally retire already?

Favorite events/memories from MLS All Star Week?

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Jimmy – My favorite moment of All Star week was the stealth bomber flying over everyone in the stadium because nothing pumps me up more before watching a game than a reminder of our military industrial complex!

How can we harness the MLS All Star Week excitement and carry it through to the end of the season?

MLS All Star Game Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Jimmy – Continue to invite people with you to a game, especially those who seem reluctant, so they can see why supporting a club in this sport is different than the other major sports in this country, because for 90 minutes, you’re not you, you are part of something bigger, a community if you will, that is trying to make a difference, both on- and off-the-field, in a positive way.

Why do you think the Colorado Rapids are having a hard time finding consistency this season?

Jimmy – Great question! And if I was a real journalist I might have a real answer for you! But I’m not.

Is there anyone on the Rapids roster that sticks out to you?

Jimmy – Drew Moor. Sam Cronin. Clint Irwin. Guys that put the work in but don’t always get the attention or respect they deserve, except for this year since they all got named to the All Star team, which I was really happy to see.

Pablo. Stache or no stache?

Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni moustache

Jimmy – Stache. 100%. We need more personality in our coaching ranks.

A HUGE THANKS to Jimmy, Ben, Kuba, Jon, Rachel, and the entire KICKTV crew. I had a blast with you guys.

Jimmy Conrad and Rachel Bonnetta from KickTV MLS All Star Game

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Bomba Estereo Autograph

An Interview with Bomba Estereo

Somehow over the weekend, I won a VIP concert experience from AT&T to see Bomba Estereo.

Personally, I was unfamiliar with Bomba Estereo so I binge-listened to them over the weekend and fell in love with their sound. Simply put, I’ve never heard anything like it in my life.

As I was getting ready to meet my friend John at the hotel for the official meet and greet, I told myself that if I had the opportunity to talk to them, I’d ask the members of Bomba Estereo, Simón Mejía and Liliana Saumet a few questions.

Bomba Estereo MLS All Star Denver

Tell us about your musical style?

Simón Mejía – The musical style is a blend between Colombian tropical and Caribbean tropical music with electronics. We’ve been around for almost 10 years and have made 4 albums. This is the 4th, ‘Amanecer’. We released it a month or a month and a half ago. It’s a very special album because, we really love it and we got a chance to make it with an L.A. producer Ricky Reed. The album sounds very powerful. We tried to explore not only Colombian rhythms but also hip-hop, electronic, and dancehall themes. It’s really different than anything we’ve done before.

Bomba Estereo Rocks Denver

How has Denver treated you? Do you like coming here?

Simón – We were here 4 years ago in a small bar in Denver. That was the first time. The 2nd time was only 10 days ago for the Biennial of the Americas and this is our 3rd time to Denver. The last time we were here, we got the chance to go up to Red Rocks. It was amazing man; out of this world. Someday, we want to play there.

Bomba Estereo Plays MLS All Star Week

Do you follow the MLS? Do you have a Colombian team back home?

Liliana Saumet – “Yes of course!”

Simón – We support the Colombian team. They’re a great team now with great players, and we did a great job in the last World Cup. So, we’re looking forward to see what happens with that team. I know that Lilliana is a big fan of Junior F.C.

Liliana – Tu Papa! [Junior F.C.’s nickname]

Simón – They’re the local team from Barranquilla.

If you want to listen to the full uncut version of this conversation, here’s our brand spanking new Soundcloud page featuring my chat with Bomba Estereo last night:

Thanks again to AT&T for hooking me up with the VIP concert experience; it was incredible.

Bomba Estereo meets Colfax & Downing

Bomba Estereo will be heading to back home to Colombia after last night’s show, but be sure to see them the next time they stop by. They’re incredible live.

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MLS All Star Week Denver

MLS All Star Week Kicks Off in Denver

If you’ve been walking around LoDo lately, you might have noticed a few MLS All Star banners near Skyline Park.

MLS All Star Week Skyline Park

I’m here to help you get the most out of MLS All Star week by telling you about the FREE concerts, swag, giveaways, and more going on in and around the Mile High City.

So let’s start with the obvious:

What’s going on?

The MLS All Star game takes place on Wednesday, July 29, at 7:00 pm MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Just like the NBA All Star game, the MLS All Star game showcases the very best players in the league. Unlike the NBA All Star game where the best players from each conference square off, the MLS All Star game brings in international talent. This year, the best in the MLS face the famous North London club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Now on to the fun and games…

The MLS has done a great job turning Skyline Park and downtown Denver into a soccer paradise. There are events going on every day including player signings, complimentary giveaways, concerts, bubble soccer, soccer tennis, and WAY more.

For a full listing of EVERYTHING the MLS All Star Week has to offer, let me direct you here.

TL;DR

Here are the CANNOT-miss events YOU have to go during MLS All Star week.

Sunday, July 26

  • Noon – 5:00 PM MLS Digital HQ

    MLS All Star Week MLS Digital HQ

    MLS Digital HQ

  • At no cost with pre-registration via Fan Pass.
    • This is where you’ll have opportunities to win tickets to the game, free stuff from AT&T, and play foosball and FIFA 15 with your friends.
  • 7:30 – 10:00 PM Capital Cities and Aloe Blacc concert at Skyline Park
  • This concert is absolutely free so long as you pre-register via Fan Pass beforehand.
  • Get up close and personal with Capital Cities and Aloe Blacc at Skyline Park. This has got to be one of the smallest venues either band will be playing all year. DON’T MISS THIS!

 

Monday, July 27

  • 8:30 – 9:30 PM Bomba Estéreo concert at Skyline Park

  • This concert is absolutely free so long as you pre-register via Fan Pass beforehand.
  • I’ve got to be honest… I don’t know Bomba Estéreo at all but @Gaetjens tells me that they’re incredible live and are GRAMMY nominated. Can’t go wrong here and again, did I mention that this is AT NO COST?!

 

Tuesday, July 28

  • 6:30 PM Gaiam Athletic Yoga presented by AdvoCare at Skyline Park
MLS All Star Week Advocare CorePower Yoga at Skyline Park

Gaiam Athletic Yoga presented by AdvoCare at Skyline Park

  • CorePower instructors will be leading this 60 minute session out on the lawn at Skyline Park. 
  • Admission is free so long as you pre-register via Fan Pass beforehand. Sensing a theme here?
  •  7:00 PM Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

 

MLS All Star Week Chipotle Homegrown Player

Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

  • Watch the best young players of the MLS take on Club America’s U-20.
    • Tickets are only $10.

 

Wednesday, July 29

  • 4:00 – 10:00 PM MLS All-Star Game Viewing Party at Skyline Park
  • Again, free, so long as you pre-register via Fan Pass beforehand. Hopefully Giovinco can keep up his ridiculous form in front of the fans at DSGP.
  • If you couldn’t find a ticket for the real match out at Dick’s, this is going to be your next best option.
  • 7:00 PM 2015 MLS All-Star Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
MLS All Star Week Dick's Sporting Goods Park

2015 MLS All-Star Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Photo courtesy of IconVenue.

  • This is what we’ve all been waiting for. The MLS All Stars take on Tottenham Hotspur!
  • Full recap here.

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