The Show: After doors were pushed back to 8:00 PM due to a storm destroying the stage the night before, Bassnectar's crew flawlessly reconstructed the massive stage set-up to bring us the unique, visual and light production effects that distinguish Lorin Ashton's shows from all others. With Red Rocks, who is notorious for its sound and time constraints, even extending its time cap for the event to allow Bassnectar to play his full set, they facilitated and allowed the night to be the success that it was. Lorin thanked his crew and the venue for working so hard to make the event possible as he had envisioned it, we appreciated it too! Bassnectar is undeniably the king of bass heads and this second night of his back to back Red Rocks shows was his crowning performance. The energy was doubled from the night before (which I did not believe possible) as the crowd gathered for the second night of Bassnectar madness. As the genius and master of bass took the stage to a roar from the crowd, he informed us that this show had sold out faster than any other show in Bassnectar history. Coloradoans, give yourselves a pat on the back.
The Music: Ah yes, the music, that tangible, yet fleeting experience that draws different people from all worlds together and unites us all. No matter what rumors you hear about the music industry, there is nothing like Bassnectar. Armed with walls of bass, a work ethic and dedication paralleled by few, immense talent and musical genius flowing through his brain and out of the locks of flowing hair that frame his face, Bassnectar effectively commands an army of bass heads with his filthy beats. His ability to seamlessly transcend genres, going from dirty, hardcore bass in “Immigraniada” by Gogol Bordello to the softer, melodic paradise of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” clearly demonstrates his overpowering ability to masterfully blend music to create the unique experience that is the man, the myth, the legend, Lorin Ashton.
The Visuals: Besides the usual mind-blowing, seemingly four-dimensional visuals that accompany his performances, if you can get past the sheer insanity of them, he always sends us poignant messages through the images. One in particular from last night’s show was his jab at the disillusioned messages about beauty sent to us through fashion magazines. He started off the sequence with a photo of a girl that wouldn’t stand out in a crowd, but after the make-up artists, the hair stylists and a heavy bout of Photoshop, she looked like she belonged on the cover of Vogue. Heavy stuff, Lorin.
FYI: This Swaager member has been following this mad scientist of bass back and fourth across the country for a couple years now, waiting for him to drop “Laughter Crescendo”. It sat nestled among many other tunes off of Vava Voom, “Ping Pong” and “Ugly” to name a couple, as well as tracks off of Divergent Spectrum such as “Upside Down” and “Immigraniada.” It was a plethora of well-chosen tracks, yet again. Props to you Lorin, you never let us down.