We hit Denver's famous nightclub The Church on Friday night to check out Dutch producers R3hab and Afrojack. Following on the heels of their performances at massive festivals like Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival, we were beyond stoked to see these guys in a nightclub setting. Here's how the night went down.
Overheard at The Church
We thought the vibe could be summed up pretty well by some of the quotes we caught while cruising around the venue.
"Wow, that's going to look cool on Facebook."
"I think I'm too gay for this party."
"Who the fuck threw beer? I'm gonna fuck that bitch up."
"This shirt feels like it's been in a swimming pool."
"It wasn't a swimming pool, it was a pool of AFROJACK! And whoever the fuck those other DJs were. I JUST WENT SWIMMING IN BASS."
"We grew up in a good generation."
We have never, ever seen the main floor of The Church so crowded - it makes sense because the show was moved here from the practically double-capacity Fillmore. It also didn't help that Friday boasted some of the hottest temperatures so far this year, so not only was it crowded, but it was sweaty. That swimming pool quote was not an exaggeration. Don't think the heat ruined the fun, though. Everyone seemed quite content to pack onto the dancefloor to catch a glimpse of R3hab and Afrojack.
We were a little disappointed by the lighting during R3hab's set - the only real light source came from a few swirling spotlights, which made it nearly impossible to see the DJ or snap a good shot of him in action. Once Afrojack took over the tables, everything changed. The light screen around the booth lit up with an awesome show, first counting down the seconds until Afrojack took the stage, then continuing to flash his name and zigzags of color. The light from the screens reflected over the giant inflatable balloons hanging from the ceiling, transforming the gothic vibe of The Church into a neon paradise. The excitement in the club was already high, but we felt the mood peak once the screens started flashing.
A club setting is sometimes an unfriendly place for opening acts, but this wasn't the case on Friday. It was obvious that just about everyone was there to see Afrojack, but this didn't stop them from getting down almost as hard to R3hab. His set included remixes of Nero's "Promises" and LMFAO's "Champagne Showers," as well as bass so heavy that we were actually a little afraid for the safety of the club's walls and floors. Halfway through the set, the crowd started chanting along with the beat: "R3hab! R3hab! R3hab!"
Crowds are always fickle, though, and as it drew closer to 1am the chant shifted to "Afrojack! Afrojack! Afrojack!" The DJ finally stepped out amid a paparazzi-level amount of camera flashes and the familiar bars of "Pon de Floor," and the crowd absolutely erupted. When he broke into "Bounce Little Kitty (Let's Make Nasty)" and an audience member lifted her shirt to flash the stage, we laughed at the fact that we were watching this happen in what was once a place of worship. The Lord would probably not approve, but that's okay. We didn't mind at all.
We're bummed that we couldn't make out the whole text, but we loved the guy in the front row holding a giant sign about Paris Hilton.