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Fox Theatre Feels The Mania From Manic Focus

Fox Theatre Feels The Mania From Manic Focus

Austin Whitlock

September 17th, 2019

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Denver venues see a massive number of musicians come through their doors on a bustling city weekend. However, many forget that Boulder plays host to just as many incredible artists at its two major venues. One of these is the Fox Theatre, and it never fails to disappoint. This past weekend was no exception. Party Guru Press was treated to some amazing sets from Manic Focus, Daily Bread, Daily Doses and MIDIcinal. If anything can be based on a name, clearly health plays a big part for these musicians. We certainly felt like our health took a huge boost when the final act wrapped.

The Fox Theater Enterance
Outside of Fox Theater in Boulder

To open the show we were treated to These two musicians have fast become staples to the Denver electro-funk music scene. MIDIcinal rocked a set of hip-hop, soul, and funk. His set was masterfully unique. It certainly offered some one-of-a-kind variations to the genre. Erring on the trippier side of the spectrum, Daily Doses brought us to through space and time in a way not often heard. It was a nice variation on the similar sounds of the openers without diverging off too far into unrelated territory.

It is no secret that Rhett Whatley, AKA Daily Bread has been making waves in the Denver music scene for years. Having played one of Pretty Lights iconic last shows at Red Rocks, and securing slots at major festivals such as Sonic Bloom, he continues to innovate far and wide. It was nice to catch him again in his element. Daily Bread threw down a variety of funk, hip-hop, and hybrid bass tracks. Most notable was when he played some recent tunes off his latest record Navigator, Standby. It was an incredible opening act and a perfect segway into what was to come.

Daily Bread DJing
Rhett Whatley aka Daily Bread

Manic Focus at the Fox

Daily Bread opening for Manic Focus
Daily Bread opening up for Manic Focus

And of course, who can’t forget the one and only Manic Focus. The perfect fit for an evening in Boulder – smooth, jammy, funky and a hell of a lot of fun. Manic Focus brings everything from a basic DJ set to a full live band to his sets. So it wasn’t immediately apparent what he would be bringing with him.

However, it turned out to be a solid mix of the two. A simple DJ/live drums combo made for just the right amount of commotion to set the stage for his brand new album release, Lost In A Digital World. Manic Focus played every track from front to back, as well as some tried and true classics. It was apparent the crowd was ready because there were people everywhere dancing, moving, grooving and vibing to the beat. The drummer kept great timing. It really added an additional live layer that is sometimes lacking in the scene.

John McCarten (Manic Focus) with Jacob Barinholtz on the drums
John McCarten (Manic Focus) with Jacob Barinholtz on the drums
Manic Focus at Fox Theater
Manic Focus at Fox Theater

Overall, this was a show that was one for the books. Manic Focus brought with them a well crafted lineup that was smooth, funky, and gave a great vibe to the dance floor. Coupled with bringing the show out to Boulder and away from the city, it made for a more intimate and separate experience. That was very much appreciated. This was the second time Party Guru Press was lucky enough to catch Manic Focus in action. We were treated to true musicianship and could have a hell of a lot of fun at the same time. What more could you ask for?

Manic Focus at Fox Theater
The crowd loved Manic Focus

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