Venue: Ogden Theater (As I have said before, Denver’s best indoor venue)
Crowd: Dillon Francis started masta blastin early at 9:15 p.m. to a half filled crowd….it was a shame because a lot of people were caught off guard when they found out he was already on. By the time Nero started, familiar faces were around and the pit looked like a human black hole. It was a completely sold-out show.
Details: If you like EDM, bro-in’ out at the Ogden has been at an all time high this week. The show crew has called it epic, but with acts from Madeon, Axwell, Dillon Francis, and Nero this week at the Ogden was simply HISTORIC. I doubt we will ever see a run like this come through Denver ever again.
Dillon Francis LOVES Denver; He mentioned it about 20 times last night. While this is commonly blurted from all kinds of artists, especially in Denver (which has gained a reputation for a love of the SHOW), I think Dillon was 100% sincere. I don’t have the entire context, but he said Denver was the reason he was signed to Skrillex’s new label. Nothing tells a record executive to sign an up-and-comer like a pack of rabid, sweaty dub whompers.
Mile High love was all around as he played three new songs never heard before last night- it had the crowd sweaty, stinky, and thirsty for more water, booze, and beats.
Highlights of his set included:
Moombahton is that funky, jumpy, easy to like genre of EDM that you knew always existed but weren’t sure what to call it. Dillon Francis’ Moombahton is different- it’s that face slapping, sexy-time having, dub infused BASS-BAHTON. Without a doubt, Francis is at the top of the Moombahton scene right now and his set last night solidified my completely biased assertion.
As the production team put away Dillon’s booth, the crowd realized that something massive was towering over the stage….Nero’s DJ booth.
When the trio came on, Alana busted out on the left part of the stage, clad in sexy black clothing to the surprise of many people that simply didn’t know Nero had a female vocalist. It’s a nice touch, and makes Nero a hell of a lot more original than other dubstep DJ’s out there. She continued to walk around the stage and DJ booth like some sort of whomp cat, feeding beats to the litter.
Nero blew everyone away- literally. I thought the air from the speakers was going to knock my ass over. The two story stage that rested atop the Ogden’s existing stage was the most massive piece of equipment I have seen in the small Colfax venue. The production guys handled it perfectly and there were no hitches in the sound or light production from the massive DJ booth.
They played every jam I can think of: “Must be the Feeling,” “Me and You,” “Innocence,” “Crush on You” (original and Knife Party remix), “Promises” (original and Skrillex remix), and “Doomsday (among others I probably forgot).” Nero didn’t rep a lot of their older drum and bass that I love, but we were in the bass capital.
The set was seamless- and although we wanted more of the drum and bass undertones that makes Nero NERO, the set was a bit short, ending at around 12:15 p.m. Nevertheless, it was a not miss show that I would have gladly paid a scalper extra for.
Other details: Alana – looking good as always.
The Good: Hands down one of the best shows I have been to at the Ogden. The energy in there was enough to power the small island territory of Guam for a day.
The Bad: The set was pretty short and the sound was so loud I am currently looking into hiring a sign language tutor. Also the photo Nazi’s were out in full force – excuse me for promoting the show for free!