Liquid Stranger Celebrates His WAKAAN Family At Mission Ballroom

One of the giants in the EDM world, Liquid Stranger brought a plethora of his friends to Denver this past weekend. Martin Staaf is better known by his stage name Liquid Stranger. He launched himself as an experimental EDM artist in the early 2000s.

Following this, he created his own record label Wakaan. Since then, Liquid Stranger has made a name for himself throughout the EDM world with his visual production level and his expert mixing skills.

Recently, Liquid Stranger has signed many prominent artists to his label. Some of his most notable artists include LSDream, Tvboo, and LUZCID. Overall, Stranger and the Wakaan label as a whole boast themselves as a collective. For the first night stop at Mission Ballroom, and even the second night, there was a myriad of artists to choose from.

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The Openers

To begin the evening, Kyrol and Banko and Notixx, both played deeper and more down-tempo sets. This slower start to the evening allowed for Mission Ballroom to begin to fill up. Both of the opener’s visuals were minimal. As the night went on, it was clear that Mission Ballroom was almost completely wall-to-wall with people anticipating the king of Wakaan himself later in the evening.

However, the energy in the venue quickly changed as the Mississippi native, Tvboo took the stage. He is known for his goofy persona and wooky beats. Tvboo emerged on the stage wearing nothing but overalls and taking the audience on a wild ride. Playing many of his hit songs, including “Wook Work,” “Skrawberries.” He also brought out a rapper to engage with the crowd. He definitely had the entire venue on their feet. Further, at the end of his set, he took his overalls off in his typical goofy fashion and danced around the stage in his underwear.

Tvboo

Certainly, it was an interesting choice to put Tvboo in between the first two openers and the next two. The dynamic deep bass artists YookiE walked on stage boasting visuals that declared “Yookie Sucks.” They kept that same high energy of their predecessor by playing their standout tune of the year “Bubble Bass.” As the night progressed, the next artist to warm the stage up for Liquid Stranger, was Buku. For his set, he focused more on the psychedelic and trippy side with many visuals that seemed to go on forever. Overall, all of the openers set the stage for what was to come.

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Finally, as many people noted in the crowd, the lasers not only lit up behind and the sides of the stages but also, next to the DJ stand. As Liquid Stranger took the stage, he explained the lights on stage were a new LED technique, and boy was this technology one that completely changed the mood in the crowd. Not a single person was sitting as the man of the night started off heavy and then moved into some of his throwbacks. Most notably, he played “Don’t Stop,” and his own drop from “Space Boss.” Throughout his set, he spent a lot of time on the microphone shouting out anytime he played a song from someone on the WAKAAN collective. Then, the night ended with him appreciating not only his collective but the crowd as a whole.

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Conclusion

Overall, the first night of Liquid Stranger proved to be a great mixture of both deep dubstep and more of the wook bass that the WAKAAN label is known for. Most importantly, the first night set the stage for not only what was to come on night two, but for the rest of the recently announced tour for 2022.

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San Holo Brings Melody To Mission Ballroom

One of the stars in the melodic dubstep world, San Holo, headlined Mission Ballroom this past weekend. Sander van Dijck, better known by his stage name San Holo, first gained recognition for his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.” Which went viral quickly and had him releasing music on the likes Skrillex’s OSWLA record label. Soon after, San Holo quickly ran with his fame and created his own record label Bitbird. Further, his last album, Album 1, held a myriad of staple tracks in the melodic dubstep world. Album 1 reached #7 upon its debut on Billboard 100’s Electronic/Dance chart.

Recently just a few months ago in June, San Holo released his new album bb u okay? Now, he has brought his new album on tour throughout the United States. Those within the melodic dubstep have been patiently awaiting a new album and tour. Certainly, San Holo did not disappoint.

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The Openers

Brought along on the tour, Rome in Silver and Chet Porter began with a slower start. Rome in Silver in particular started the night off with a lot of low-fi sounds mixed with some hipster buildups. It was the perfect intro into Chet Porter’s set who has many notable remixes of other famous EDM artists including Odesza and Whethan. One of the most notable moments from his set came when he played his collab with Alison Wonderland Bummed.” These two chill sets were a perfect introduction for what the night would move into.

However, the standout set of the openers was Swedish native Kasbo. He began his set by running out onto the stage with a burst of colors to play the drums in tune with his music. The shift from the chill hipster vibes, to a more energetic crowd, was apparent as he drummed along to his music in time with the impressive visuals. Many of his visuals had nature and water themes which played along well with melodic drop after melodic drop. At one point, I went almost all the way up to the rail, and I normally like to stay further back in the crowd, and boy am I glad that I did. Kasbo heavily interacted with the crowd in the front. His visuals were perfect up close and his set along with his visuals left the crowd mesmerized and ready for the headliner.

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Finally, the much-awaited return of San Holo to Denver began. He rushed out onto the stage playing his guitar in tune with his songs. The background visuals were simply bb u okay? in accordance with the promotion of his new album. In addition, he also played many of his crowd-pleasing songs like “Light,” and some of his most popular tracks off Album 1. For anyone new to his music, this set was the perfect mixture of some of his more heavy older tracks and his new album. Most importantly, his stage persona with the crowd stayed on point throughout and he did not miss one guitar solo.

San Holo

Conclusion

Overall, Mission Ballroom proved to be the perfect mixture of an intimate inside venue but with the visual capacity for San Holo’s strong mixture of music and visual experience. The audience definitely loved every minute and there were even some tears shed from those around me. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait long for San Holo to return to Denver.

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Emotion & Energy – Late Night Radio Coming To Denver

Late Night Radio, aka Alex Medellin; the accomplished soul and hip-hop-infused EDM sound weaver is LIVE in Denver this Saturday. When one first hears the sounds that ebb and flow from his music, it’s hard to believe that one person can be behind it all. For over a decade, Alex has poured his heart and soul into developing his craft through experimental production resulting in something rather prolific. As a result, he can boast some truly impressive accomplishments after launching his career in one of the most diverse and competitive industries in the nation, Denver.

Houston Native Turned Denver Sensation

During his earliest years in 2011, he launched his career as Late Night Radio by composing music for commercials and online videos. Originally a Houston native, Medellin took his passion for sound to places that further fed his soulful motivation; New Orleans, Austin, Temecula, and Big Bear. Ultimately, he relocated to his soon-to-be home to his most profound successes yet, Colorado. By 2014, music production officially became his full-time profession. Throughout these early stages, he produced some incredibly imaginative EP’s, one of his most notable being “Find the Love” (ft. Borahm Lee). This art piece boasted an excess of 2 million streams, 646k on Spotify alone! Online and offline, his integration of live instruments into his music became a highly admired aspect in the newly exploding electronic music scene nationwide.

Late Night Radios live performances are unforgettable, high energy events that attract a variety of fans.

The Legacy Begins

This new and unknown thirst of music fans was met by an avalanche of emotionally charged and addictive performances. Medellin’s live sets are at the core of his ultimate expression as an artist. Leveraging live instruments, he invigorates fans with heavy-hitting hip-hop beats blanketed in jazzy undertones. The soul is in the rhythm, and the euphoric melodies commune to create a sound haven like none other. Overall, his style is mesmerizing and will continue to make iconic waves within the industry as he pushes the limits of sound. Today, he has nearly 100,000 followers on Spotify and a heavy presence across all major music-sharing platforms.

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Emotion Over Energy

Medellin’s mantra, “emotion over energy”, is something audiophiles of all flavors are drawn to. With this intention comes a full-circle connection that inspires and invigorates the soul. As a result, Late Night Radio alchemy of electro-hop has brought his inspiration of soulful Sunday hymns to a genre all its own. Curating “feed good” music that feeds the mind, body, and soul. Join him at his next live performance with support from Michal Menert, Bad Snacks, Def3, and Kaptain this weekend in Denver at the Ogden Theater. Click here to buy your tickets. He has some new unreleased tracks he’s eager to share!

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Big Night Rockies New Year’s Eve Party Coming to Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Resort

As 2021 is coming to an end in just two short months, be sure to start preparing what New Years’ event(s) you are attending! This upcoming News Years Eve, HiBall Events is hosting their debut Denver event: Big Night Rockies, a high-energy Gala at the Gaylord Rockies Hotel & Resort. 

HiBall Events has over 20 years of experience producing thousands of events like Big Night New Year’s Eve in DC, Chicago, New Orleans, San Diego, and Baltimore. In addition, HiBall throws on music festivals and theme parties like St. Patrick’s day and Halloween events all over the United States. 

This high-energy 21+ Gala will be a very unique pay-one-price-all-inclusive experience. It truly gives you the chance to focus on the great music and make memories without having to worry! The inclusive experience will include a great deal: all you can eat and all you can drink. This includes some of Denver’s top food vendors, and a wide range of beer, wine, signature cocktails, and liquors.

It will consist of five different stages giving you a variety of entertainment to choose from in multiple ballrooms.  In addition, there are 8 club zones and 10+ party bands and DJs. Artists like J|Adore, Bella Scratch, Pat Premier and Brandi Cyrus will be gracing the stages keeping you moving and dancing all night long. Also, guitar-based sound blending upbeat pop, folk, country, blues, and rock will be played by Marty Nightengale. Plus, Denver local 80s tribute band, That Eighties Band will also be taking the stage. 

This special high-energy event is sure to sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets here. We can’t wait to see what else HiBall Events has in store for Denver in the future!

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DUSK Music Festival Comes To Arizona On November 13th and 14th

As the sun sets on the horizon in Tucson, Arizona, all I have is DUSK on my mind. This stunning festival has been working diligently since 2016 to create an unforgettable experience.  As well, DUSK has been working hard to include a variety of music, amazing vendors for food and drinks, and a creative outlet for the diverse community of art fans. DUSK is also excited to announce that they have partnered up with Relentless Beats to bring the festival to Jácome Plaza in Downtown Tucson on November 13th and 14th of this year.

 DUSK will be holding an amazing lineup with some of the biggest names in music right now. A few of the headliners include Diplo, Jimmy Eat World, Porter Robinson, Grouplove, Duke Dumont, SG Lewis & More. The local artist’s schedule, including the Battle of the Bands winner, will be announced in the coming week.

Tickets

This all-ages event starts at $129 before fees for a GA weekend pass. VIP passes start at $239 before fees. It comes with express entry lanes, lounge seating, air-conditioned premium bathrooms, complimentary massages, and private viewing areas. Coming back this year is the platinum VIP experience presented by Iridius capitol. It will include everything the Stanard VIP pass has, plus access to an all-inclusive elevated stage-height viewing platform, unlimited exit/re-entry privileges, a buffet of snacks, and complimentary wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Platinum VIP experience starts at $449. As well, single-day tickets are available. Click here to buy tickets!

Food

Along with this incredible lineup, DUSK will be partnering with Tucson Foodie to bring you a unique cuisine experience to your music festival venture. Current confirmed participants include Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT)Dante’s FireCulinary Dropout, and Zinburger. The list will continue on with unforgettable local favorites like Empire PizzaRollies Mexican Patio, and Jake’s Donuts & Treat Trolley

Art Installations

Another great aspect of DUSK that you can experience is the remarkable art installations. Tucson ARTS will include live art, video projection, digital art, and grand sculptures. In addition, lighting displays will be in the Jácome Plaza Festival grounds and throughout downtown Tucson. Additional outdoor activities include Tucson PLAYS featuring a variety of outdoor backyard games and classic arcade games from partner Cobra Arcade Tucson. Tucson SHOPS market will also have a variety of vendors for all your shopping needs. Finally, the greenroom returns! They will be providing a professional, positive, and fun interactive space for festival attendees to learn about Arizona’s medical and adult-use cannabis programs.

Additionally, DUSK Charities 501(c)(3) will be electrifying its efforts to develop educational training and career programming to introduce high school and college-aged students to a variety of careers in the music festival industry. All proceeds from this year’s event will be going to the Children’s Museum Tucson, the Armory Park Neighborhood AssociationThe Rialto Theatre, and several other local foundations and organizations yet to be named. 

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Migos Brings “Halloween Tings” To CU Boulder

Migos, largely recognized as some of the top figures and performers in the global hip-hop scene today, are bringing their “Halloween Ting” event to the beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado at the end of this month. Composed of individual artists Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset, the three Migos are constantly topping the Hip-Hop charts, and are individually as successful as they are together. Migos hardly ever comes to Colorado, so it is a real treat to have them out for this one. Migos are truly some of the top artists in hip-hop today. It is going to be one lit Halloween up at the University of Colorado Boulder this year!

Supporting Artists Coming In Hot

The supporting lineup featured is equally as hot. Jacquees, Blxst, Omb Peezy, and June Poole perform before Migos hits the stage – we expect them to heat up the venue all night in preparation for the three headliners. Jacquees hit singles “B.E.D” and “Trip” are some top highlights – and we can’t wait to see these songs performed live. Featuring beats by the legendary DJ Cook, the night is going to be a can’t-miss event for any rap and hip-hop lovers in the state.

Ticket and Event Information

The event takes place at the CU Events Center Arena on Saturday, October 30. Tickets start at only $39. 
Tickets can be found online at www.cubuffs.com. Grab them while they still last – and get ready to turn up this Halloween!

An Emotional Ride Along With Kevin Gates – The Khaza Tour

A journey with Kevin Gates is the only way you can describe his statement driven concert September 25th 2021, at Mission Ballroom with opening acts like DDG and OG Boobie Black. Gates came out showing no rust, from the pandemic with an attention capturing performance.

Starting off the night DDG came onto the stage with a point to prove, that he belongs amongst the stars in Hip Hop. Playing to the crowd, with his smooth playboy like antics, he showcased his talents with the ladies by bringing them onto the stage for a friendly twerk battle. Later on, famous tracks such as “Moonwalking in Calabasas” and “Hood Melody” were played.

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Ending the Night

DDG got the crowd rockin! Next up was OG Boobie Black, who came onto the stage to get us ready to experience the journey Kevin Gates was about to take us all on. Gates slowly graced the stage, feeling the energy of the room and crowd. Gates went through his personal life song by song with musical master pieces like “Fatal Attraction, Plugs Daughter, and Dreka”. The night was finished off with a performance of “Satellites”. For everything Kevin Gates, follow the links down below!

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An Interview With Future Joy

Up and coming musical duo Future Joy has been blazing a trail of success for themselves for the past 2 years. They’ve began making quite a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time and have become one of the most exciting funk and bass music duos to keep our eyes on. 

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve recently had the chance to get to know them a little better and ask a few questions in the form of an email interview. The eclectic duo filled us in with the details behind their newest single “Triple Stack” featuring Vibe Street. They’ve also let us in on some of their biggest musical inspirations as well as some backstory on themselves as artist on their journey into and through the music scene both as individuals and as a duo.

Interview: Future Joy

Party Guru Press: Lets start by talking about your newest single “Triple Stack” with Vibe Street. The song is funky and upbeat and seems like it would’ve been a lot of fun to work on…

-What was the best part of working on this new release?

-Is there anything worth telling telling about the creative process that shaped this one?

-What is your relationship with Vibe Street like and are there any plans to work with them again in the future?

Future Joy: We met Ben, aka Vibe Street at Mad Mountain festival in Casper, WY the summer of 2020. We brought our RV/renegade stage and were able to jam with him after his sets. We hit the road full-time shortly after.

In November we headed back to Colorado for some other recording sessions and got word that Ben and our friend Austin were working on music. We drove straight through from Arizona, arrived around 2am and started recording. We spent the whole weekend working on a few different projects but this song was the most fun.

Austin started with a ukulele bass line, Zach laid Baritone sax, Ben did the rap, Emily played the synth line and sang the backups, Kyle was there for moral support- the song was starting to take form. It was truly a family collab! We enjoyed our time hanging at Ben’s studio and I think we would all enjoy making another song together sometime soon.

 

Party Guru Press: So how did you two meet? what initially sparked your creative flow as a duo?

Future Joy: Zach attended a karaoke night that Emily was hosting in May of 2019. We both sang, then Zach asked her to sit in with his band the following night, and we’ve been making music together ever since. This was just the beginning. Now we’ve been living on the road in our RV for over a year and have played 80+ shows!

 

Party Guru Press: You are clearly both quite musically inclined; not just with music production but with actual instruments as well. Of course we know you love to incorporate the saxophone, which you seem to feature feature throughout the majority of your songs…

-So where did that all come from? What got you started playing music and specifically saxophone in the first place?

Future Joy: Zach started playing saxophone in fifth grade. Emily started piano lessons in grade school and classical vocal trining in high school. We both spent the last 10 years as club/bar DJs. So we were well trained in the dj/electronic side, as well as many other genres of music.

Zach has always been playing sax with DJs, so combining the live element with the tracks just made sense. Emily had been singing in bands, and playing bedroom piano, so it also made sense to start combining everything. We added the piano to the set last winter and its been fun to watch the project grow.

 

Party Guru Press: How has your creative process evolved since you originally began your musical journey? Do you have a routine for producing? Also how does that reflect in your newest project?

Future Joy: Our only routine for producing is to get friends involved. Collaboration is really what takes our songs to the next level. On this project Ben and especially Austin wanted to stay behind the scenes though, so you only get his first name and no artist name. Hehe..

Party Guru Press: Who are your biggest influences or other artists within your genre that have helped inspire your style of music? And do you ever take influence from artist that aren’t necessarily in the same realm or genre that you produce? Have any of them added any additional inspiration to your new release? Or any of your releases?

Future Joy: Zach grew up in Denver playing funk, jam, and electronic. The scene in Denver is so eclectic it really helped him expand his sax playing and enjoyment of many genres. In electronic Music; Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Excision are early inspirations. On the Sax Sonny Rollins, and Skerik are his big inspirations.

Emily grew up outside Chicago and House music runs through her veins. She had the chance to see world-class acts come through the city and takes inspiration from Anabel Englund, Nicolas Jaar, and Disclosure. She spent the past 9 years DJing and singing at weddings and corporate events so musical diversity was important. It’s fun to be able to play funk, pop, dance, house, rock, hip hop, dub, and bass all at the same party. We strive to stay eclectic in our Future Joy sets too.

Party Guru Press: So 2021 looks like it has been a busy year for you two… Whats been some of the biggest highlights so far?

Future Joy: We had some great shows and festivals this year. Notably: Fool’s Engagement Festival in Branford, FL and being able to fill-in last minute for Russ Liquid, opening for Manic Focus in Gainesville. FL. We also had a blast at our Denver homecoming at Your Moms House in July.

Party Guru Press: We see that you have a show coming up in Denver on October 15th at Summit Music Hall… Are you excited for this one?

-What can we expect to hear from you that night?

-Any chances of bringing out Vibe Street when playing that new tune?

Future Joy: We are sooooo excited for Summit! We got to link up with Float Like A Buffalo in Tulsa, OK last week and the show was huge energy. Denver get readyyyy!!! We plan to play high energy and show Denver a taste of everything we got. We brought Vibe Street to play the collab at our headliner back in July, but since we’re opening we probably won’t have features on October 15th at Summit. We may or may not be joining the Float guys for a special encore though, wink wink. Its also our last show in town before we head south!

Party Guru Press: Anything exciting happening for the remainder of the year? What plans or goals can you share with us regarding performances or new music leading up to 2022 and beyond?

Future Joy: Performing at Summit in Denver and then we truck it to 10.23 at VooSwar in Atlantic Beach, FL and then 10.28 we’re bringing our renegade RV stage to Hulaween. After that we have some festivals in December and February already coming together in Florida. We don’t want to see anymore snow, so find us down south for winter. 🙂 We have big plans of hitting every festival we possibly can next summer!

Party Guru Press: So tell us… how is your biggest canine supporter, Gus doing? Still Repping the “Future Joy” merch?

Future Joy: Gus is the best!!! We adopted him last October while on the road in Virginia. So he was there while the song was created. He loves the road and we truly think he saved ussss!!! FurrGusSon Joy our saviorrrr!!

Party Guru Press: Lastly, we’d love to know… would you two consider yourselves “Party Gurus”!?

Future Joy: We Definitely consider ourselves Party Gurus! We linked up for a stream back in 2020 and we’ve been on the guru train ever since. Woo! 

With all the excitement around their newest single as well as their ambitious plans for the coming year, Future Joy is without a doubt among the most exciting up and coming duos to look out for. Their future shows featuring their marvelously wide range of genres and high energy performances are something worth getting excited about. 

Their desire for a friends and family environment within each of their projects is admirable and inspiring, as is their passion for collaboration with equally exciting artists. Its clear that they thrive off of the creative freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded artists who share similar musical visions. That is something that reflects highly throughout their latest release. 

We’d like to thank them for their time spent getting back to us for the interview, and we thoroughly look forward to watching the progress of this incredibly promising duo. We’re wishing them the very best with all of their future endeavors. Thank you, Future Joy!

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Said The Sky: A Red Rocks Debut

Said The Sky: A Red Rocks Debut

The evening of September 4th had finally arrived. For sky gazers across the state of Colorado, the significance of the day could not easily be put into words. The entrances at Red Rocks Amphitheater were set to open for a very special night featuring a headlining performance by Trevor Christensen, AKA Said The Sky.

Seeing as performance would be the first of its kind with the melodic prodigy taking the stage at his very first headlining performance at the legendary venue; the excitement was shared and magnified through Trevor himself. 

Said The Sky has made several appearances in Colorado recently, once at Global Dance Festival for a triple back to back performance with Dabin and Illenium. Said The Sky again surprised the crowd as a special guest for Slander at their own Red Rocks show. Trevor has been very vocal about his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to have his very own show at Red Rocks. He has previously mentioned that this has been one of his biggest dreams as an artist for a very long time, a dream that was not becoming a reality.

Doors to the sold out event opened at 6:00pm and fans began filling the Amphitheater. Many kicked off the evening by running straight to the merch booths. The booths offered a variety of exclusive Said The Sky at Red Rocks apparels such as jerseys, shirts, jackets, hats, and flags that were sure to sell quickly.

As 7:00pm came along the music finally began. An opening performance by Sundial, as the sun began to set, was a perfect way to set the tone for the sure to be emotional and tear jerking evening. The California based pop duo provided what was a rather intimate atmosphere for such a large venue. Their performance featured their own live vocals, as well as bass guitar and keyboard. 

Night had fallen and following Sundial the large LED screen, near the back of the stage, had lit up. Things were taken up a notch with a beautifully crafted performance by CloudNone. The masked Monstercat artist played their signature blend of ambient breaks and feel-good chill out music. The set started slow and progressed into a variety of melodic house and trance vibes that got the crowd jumping and energized while featuring nostalgic vaporware style visuals in the background.

As the night progressed, a cool early September breeze swept through the Amphitheater. Next up on the decks came Kyle Girard AKA Midnight Kids; known for his and previous duo member Dylan Jaggar Lees’ quality remixes of popular songs. He made sure to bring plenty of twists on tracks that would provide some good old fashioned sing along vibes for the crowd. Remixes included: “Ready 2 Go” by Martin Solveig, “The Island” by Pendulum, and “Bulletproof” by Laroux to name a few. 

Transitioning between throwbacks, electro house tunes, some unreleased music, and ending with Midnight Kids original “Run It”, the set was definitely a crowd favorite. Midnight Kids set the vibes high before the highly anticipated Said The Sky headlining set.

After a brief intermission whilst the stage was set, it was time for the main event.

This was the moment everyone had been waiting for.

The stage went dark; while lightning, visible from higher in the crowd, flickered through the clouds over Denver. The cool breeze continued to sweep through the Amphitheater. The anticipation built as cheers rang out throughout the audience.

As the stage began to light up, every LED panel on stage started to glow brightly with footage of clouds and sky as if you were floating amidst a radiant orange sunset. The music started to build as an intro version of Said The Skys’ “We Know Who We Are” began to play. The words “Said The Sky” were spelled out on the big screen as the crowd cheered, while the man himself walked out from backstage and up to his gear. With stage production in full force, the long awaited headlining set was underway. 

The set featured bright and colorful visuals that transitioned between b-roll of breathtaking nature shots and beautiful scenes that resembled a well written and almost vintage love story that served as a poetic accompaniment to the songs that were being played. Pyrotechnics and fireworks were frequently used to accent the ups and downs of the overall story and flow of the wonderfully crafted journey that the song selection provided to the audience.

He moved around the stage with passion and enthusiasm, jumping between his keyboard and drum pads. He would occasionally stroll to the raised platform behind his electric keyboards, mics, and DJ equipment to sit at a large and elegant white piano for the more intimate, warm and heartfelt moments of the set. The expressions on his face and motions of his body spelling out just how much the performance meant to him. He was truly showing his heart and passion on stage, sincerely grateful to be connecting with his audience in such a magnificent setting. 

Drummers would frequently join him on stage to accent the drum lines in many of his songs as well as a full string quartet to play along in the melodic journey.

Diving deep into the emotional discography, Said The Sky seemed to be hitting all the fan favorites and even made sure to include some unreleased music for the special occasion. Joined on stage by Olivver The Kid, they performed an emotional live vocal version of “Hero” followed by what was said to be the final song of the night, Said The Skys’ newest single “Treading Water”. 

The supposed finale ended with Trevor expressing his gratitude to the audience saying “Thank you Red Rocks, I love you”. He walked off stage but the stage stayed dark, hinting that the headlining artist had one more trick up his sleeve for the special night.

After a few moments of silence and the crowd chanting “one more song” an acoustic guitar was heard, followed by a spotlight hitting center stage where Said The Sky was sitting up front on the stage floor. Joining him in the special moment was vocalist Annika Wells. They sat facing each other as Trevor strummed the guitar and Annika sang. It was a truly intimate and heartfelt finale as they performed an acoustic rendition of “Sad Songs ft. Illenium” whilst a ring of lasers circled around them on the floor.

Following the heartwarming finale, Said The Sky yet again expressed his eternal gratitude to his fans who attended the show that night. He invited every artist and performer from the night out onto the stage for a family photo with the crowd and one final goodbye.

Dirt Monkey Brings The Wobbles to Mission Ballroom

Boulder local Dirt Monkey, is no stranger to playing large shows for his dedicated followers. As a native to the Colorado EDM Scene, Patrick Megeath has exploded not only in the Denver community but across the country. Megeath has seen huge expansion in the EDM community since 2018 with releases on Liquid Stranger’s label Wakkan. He fuses wonky wobbles with high-energy beats in order to create sets that keep crowds entertained and on their feet for the entire show.

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The Openers

Starting out the night Shank Aaron and Kumarion, set the mood for the night with some drum and bass and heavier sets. Further, Ravenscoon came out with an electrifying and wonky set with visuals that mesmerized the crowd. However, the energy completely changed when G-Space took over the stage. He started out dark and quickly moved into wobbles to match the vibes of his visuals. Each drop was deeper and filthier and sucked the audience into his set.

G-Space

But, the stand out set of the openers was by far G-Rex. The Detroit native is one who fuses a mixture of trap beats with dark wobbles. With a myriad of releases on Wakkan, he is no stranger to taking audiences deep and wobbly. The visuals mixed with his signature dark horse sound to distinguish his songs kept the audience screaming after each filthy drop.

Finally, the man of the evening Dirt Monkey, came out with colorful visuals and wobbles to keep the energy of the crowd high. No drop was similar and his mixing was flawless and effortless, it was hard to tell when one song ended and another one began. From his more popular songs like “Shut Up” with rap giant Tech N9ne to his more obscure remix of his and Protohype’s “Bop Bop,” each drop kept the audience dancing. Also, he played a lot of unreleased songs and gave previews of many new music that will soon be being dropped. Almost everyone in the crowd stayed until the end and through his encore because of the high-energy and vibes of the sets.

Conclusion

Overall, this set at Mission Ballroom was one that those in the Denver EDM community will not likely forget. The energy and vibes of the night where unmatched and each artist brought their own unique flavor to the evening. The mixture of each individual artists sets with the energy of the crowd was one that will remain a personal favorite at shows I’ve seen at Mission, and by far my favorite Dirt Monkey set to date.

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