Playboi Carti describes himself as a “modern-day rock star.” This Friday, November 19th, Red Rocks Amphitheater is going to see exactly that at the “PLAYBOI CARTI: KING VAMP” tour.
The twenty-five-year-old American rapper, whose real name is Jordan Terrell Carter, hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He exploded into the rap and hip-hop scene in recent years. The self-proclaimed “punk anarchist” brings a unique and modern-day twist on what typically is considered hip-hop in the industry. Playboi Carti is largely recognized for his gothic looks and contradictory personality. Certainly, his music remains, unlike anything you’ve ever heard. He is constantly pushing the limits and breaking the boundaries of genre. The young rapper dabbles in hip-hop, rap, punk, and rock genres, with his recent chart-topping hit this year “Miss The Rage” (featuring Trippie Redd) boasting over 16 million views on YouTube. The track is sure to light up Red Rocks Amphitheater this weekend.
True Playboi Carti knows his original mixtape from 2017, which catapulted the young rapper into fame. The debut mixtape premiered early in the year 2017 and featured the Billboard charting single “Magnolia” and “Woke Up Like This” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert). His debut studio album “Die Lit” was released in 2018. It was ranked high on the Billboard Charts as well, coming in at Number 3.
The city of Morrison is in for a treat this weekend, as rap and hip-hop shows at Red Rocks are incomparable to any other venue. Playboi Carti will be joined by twenty-five-year-old fireball Rico Nasty and another Atlanta budding rap star Ken Car$on. Despite the cold temperatures, we’re definitely looking forward to getting LIT this Friday. Click here to buy tickets if you haven’t already.
Being one of the most recent Red Rocks shows to be postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, this is always two nights for the books. First showing Colorado their 3D production in 2018, it was instantly a hit. Both members, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, later took their 3D production on tour in celebration with their new album until it was cut short. That tour would have ended here in Colorado for two insane nights at Red Rocks, of course in 3D of course.
Free Your Mind, a new album by Big Gigantic was released earlier this year. Featuring a huge variety of tunes with features by artists we have and have not seen before with the Big Gigantic duo. Featuring 13 songs on the album there’s a song for everybody. Their new tour, which was postponed until 2021, will be showcasing their new album while also showing the country their mind blowing 3D production. Below are a few pictures from Rowdytown 2019!
Featuring pictures from night one and night two above, these lineups were stacked. From Birocratic, The Funk Hunters and Two Friends the first night to ilo ilo, Flamingosis and Kasbo the second night it was all vibes. Bringing out special guests throughout both nights was also happening a great amount. Now let’s finally talk about the 3D production. Honest opinion, some of the best production to ever be seen. Also no it dose’nt give you motion sickness like the movies, the visuals tell a story matching up perfectly with their music. That’s all we’ll say, you’ll have to check them out on tour in 2021. Until then go listen to their new album linked below!
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If you said that you’ve never heard one of these classics by this beloved rock band you’d not only be lying to us but yourself. Gimme three steps, Tuesday’s Gone, Simple man and of course Sweet Home Alabama. Lynyrd Skynyrd has been around blessing the world with original rock & roll since their first tour in 1973. Original band members Ronnie Van Zant (lead singer), Allen Collins (Guitar), Gary Rossington (guitar), Ed King (Guitar), Billy Powell (Keyboard), Leon Wilkeson (Bass) and Bob Burns (Drums) began touring around the United States and a little of Canada in the early 70’s. Beginning their journey in 1964, that’s when the band was started. Down in Jacksonville Florida where they formed, the band began to tour around under different names for a few years until finally discovering the name, Lynyrd Skynyrd. They have recently announced a final farewell tour which has already started and will end late 2020. It may or may not be coming to Colorado’s Red Rocks this fall.
The Early Days About the Band
Most bands go through a number of different names, lineup changes and sometimes problems until they find perfection. That’s exactly what this band did. Being known as the “The Nobel Five”, “My Backyard” and “One Percent” in the mid 60’s early 70’s was what they went by. It’s actually a very interesting story, back in school two members of the band were disciplined by their gym teacher for having too long of hair. That gym teacher’s name, Leonard Skinner. They shouted out the new name at a gig one night, saw the incredible amazing reaction and was then known as Lynyrd Skynyrd. They did, of course, alter the name a slight bit to make it their own original name. Recording hits right off out of the gate their first album was a hit. Songs such as Simple Man, Tuesday’s Gone, Free Bird and much more could be found on that album. The Florida boys continued the tour life as they eventually opened up for The Who in 1973. After that incredible experience and the positive response from the first album, the team got back into the studio for their second album, Second Helping.
A Loss in Rock and Roll History
1977 rolls around and the band is on a plane returning home from a gig in South Carolina. The airplane ended up running short on gas which caused it to crash into Mississippi woods. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick along with both pilots lost their lives that day. As the rest of the band began to recover from the injuries of the crash, they decided to take a break. After about 10 years the band returns with a new lead singer, Johnny Van Zant. Later on, in 2007, Hughie Thomasson passed away from a heart attack, he was currently one of the guitarists. A couple of years later keyboardist Billy Powell passed away from heart problems. Allen Collins and Leon Wilkeson are also no longer with the band today. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues on the legacy with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark Matejka, Carol Chase, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Rossington and Michael Cartellone.
Becoming Hall of Fame Worthy
With a new lead singer, the band decides to go on a full-scale new tour, you could say they launched Skynyrd 2.0. Recording a live album from this tour it was an absolute hit! Making the move from Florida to Atlanta in the early ’70s, this seemed to be a very productive move. Sweet Home Alabama was shown to the world, and the response was incredible. Landing themselves on the top 100 charts in three separate countries was huge. The band was also starting to be recognized as one of the top touring acts in the country. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame by a close friend, Kid Rock, it must’ve made for a very special event for the band. Later going on tour with Kid Rock as an opener, this 2006 inducted band deserved to have a spot in the hall.
Where Are They Today?
Continuing to tour the world even to this day is incredible, the legacy Lynyrd Skynyrd is actually on tour right now. With a show on March 7th in Georgia to a show in Pennsylvania on April 17th, this band will be touring the United States. Playing classics and new studio hits are something the band does during their performances to make it one of a kind. Touring around with Jamey Johnson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kid Rock, Bad Company and more have made for a great past couple decades.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Lynyrd Skynyrd has recently announced their farewell tour, which they are on right now. This tour will conclude at the end of 2020 with some very special dates that are yet to be announced. One including Red Rocks Amphitheater on Monday, September 28th, 2020. Yes they will be at Red Rocks Amphitheater this fall on for one night only! Tickets will be available for purchase on Monday, March 13th, 2020. Tickets can be found for purchase on AXS. For being the huge name rock & roll legacy that Lynyrd Skynyrd is, this is one tour that is not to be missed, this will 100% sell out. It’s the last one of them all, a true farewell. They will be missed dearly but will continue to be lived through their music. Down below will be a link to some shows that they are performing as you’re reading this. With over 60 albums, sales going beyond 30 million worldwide, being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and even having over 2 million downloads as a ringtone for their song Sweet Home Alabama, this is not a band to miss. Fo
Canadian native Joel Zimmerman, better known as the major music pioneer, Deadmau5, just rocked Colorado with two undoubtedly mental nights at America’s favorite venue. Deadmau5 delivered one of the most innovative productions of our time: the Cube v3. In fact, it was coded and mastered by the king himself. When Deadmau5 revealed the new Cube v3, Denver could only pray for the icon’s return to Red Rocks in 2019. Zimmerman is seemingly a perfectionist, as many would guess, crafting and coding every tiny detail of his newest baby. The Cube has the ability to spin on its axle, as well as cater to “on the fly controls” for the screen. In short, that means that they can put anything on the screen and do anything with it at any given time.
Besides the beauty of the visual production, the sounds captured the hearts of all those who attended the winter party. On the first of November the attendees were hit with below-freezing temperatures, but Zimmer was in his element as he ostensibly loves performing in the cold. The two-day extravaganza showcased many different sounds from open to close, hosting quite the selection of Mau5trap family. Direct support consisted of the rapidly exploding techno killer, i_o, as well as the ever-so-creative Getter. The line up also brought in heavy hitter’s Callie Reiff and LIGHTS.
Once doors opened, a flood of energy entered the sold-out show as the sounds of Callie Reiff began to play. The multi-talented woman kicked off her career in 2016 with the release of “Tin Machine”. The New York native is a power house, with releases on A-Traks Fool’s Gold Records and notable recognition’s from EDM front-runners like Diplo. Callie Reiff came at us both nights with major hits and a variation of banging tunes. The self-taught drummer added live aspects to her set by including a drum pad, making her insanely fun to watch.
Based out of Toronto, LIGHTS filled all our alt-pop needs. LIGHTS boasts an impressive one million monthly streamers and over a hundred million US streams total. LIGHTS released “Skin&Earth” which pushed any limitations and exceeded all expectations, further proving her uniqueness in the scene. The high energy performance was not something to be reckoned with as it created an unparalleled experience for show goers.
Dark Techno Killer
The highly anticipated i_o made his Red Rocks debut on Friday night. Without a doubt, he demonstrated exactly why he has blown up into the dark techno killer that he is. i_o collab’d with Tommy Trash in 2017, really providing the most exposure to launch his stellar career. On Friday night we got techno two-stepping as his set was absolutely absurd, dropping new and old tunes. i_o will only continue to flourish with his death-defying tech.
Getter, who ended his most recent tour early after tough criticism of his changed sound, did not come to mess around. This show was his first performance on the Rocks, making this set a mile-stone in his career. The “Visceral” artist bumped out major new heater “Heartless” which came out in the middle of last month. Getter played a variety of different sounds, even mixing in some crowd favorite “Terror Reid” stuff in the last fifteen minutes to everybody’s surprise.
Deadmau5 Cube v3 Masterpiece
The forefront of all things progressive-techno has Deadmau5 written all over it. The meticulous producer never fails to bring the best of the best to his shows. He always pays the closest attention to detail: whether coding his cube, scrutinizing every sound in his music, or even shaping the mau5 head into the lasers. It is impossible to deny that the human dynamo brings nothing short of a story-telling rather than just a set.
The visuals on his cube were images of the year; capturing popular meme’s and opening his set with scenes from notorious video games. Getting the full experience, it was only proper that Deadmau5 bring out a vocalist to sing his Grammy nominated tune, “Raise Your Weapon”. This Day of the Dead weekend was nothing short of perfection, furthering the belief that Deadmau5 is one of the largest pioneers in dance music.
The group will continue to perform on tour around the country, bringing in other Mau5trap family as well! The Cube v3 is enough of a show for anyone as it provides one of the most innovative ideas to the dance music scene. If you would like to check out more tour dates go ahead and click, here!
Summer is officially here and Red Rocks season is in full effect. Dutch DJ San Holo was the most recent artist to make his Red Rocks Headlining debut this past Thursday, June 13th. Being that it was his headlining debut, San made sure to make the most out of the event, hosting a pop-up shop the day before the show at Mirus Gallery. The pop-up shop featured exclusively available merch, boba tea, meet and greets with San Holo, and even his grandma was in attendance all the way from Holland. Giving back to the fans, even more, San also held a private show Wednesday night for a select group of lucky fans in Denver’s Rino Neighborhood. Both of these events helped set the tone for what would be a thrilling and intimate debut the next night at Red Rocks.
Appropriately titled redrocks1, the event carried a full line-up with performances from Duskus b2b EastGhost, Taska Black, Chet Porter, Clams Casino, Shallou, and of course San Holo. San, who burst onto the scene with remixes of classic hip hop songs filled with future bass sound, redefined his sound last year with the release of his debut album album1. San, who was originally a member of a small rock band, playing bars in Holland, found a perfect way to blend his past as a guitarist into electronic music and delivered a fresh, uplifting, and emotional album with album1.
In the same sense that album1 was a sign of maturity and growth as an artist for San, his redrocks1 performance highlighted his innovation of blending live instrumentation into his set. With smashing guitar leads, filled with atmospheric and sweeping sounds, San’s performance was as uplifting as it was emotional. The entire night was filled with great vibes as San’s stage presence and appreciation for his fans was shown, San brought his family out on stage, thanked the crowd over and over, and gave away 3 guitars to lucky fans at the end of the night. For those who were not lucky enough to be in attendance, the event was also streamed live on Youtube.
redrocks1 was a magical performance that took the crowd through an emotional roller coaster, while always remaining positive and uplifting. This, coupled with San’s obvious appreciation for his success as an artist and genuine love for music, made for a night that will not soon be forgotten. We can not wait for redrocks2 and as San always says ‘Stay Vibrant.’