Yeah, alright there was over two feet of snow covering Denver. You think that was going to stop us from hitting up the night’s best dance show in Denver? It was clear that Denver music fiends had had enough Facebook/NetFlix catch up the night before and a solid dance party was the perfect cure for our citywide case of cabin fever.
Although a Denver native, this was the first show I was able to enjoy at Summit Music Hall. In the heart of the douchebag zone of Denver’s LoDo neighborhood, Summit Music Hall is a breath of fresh venue air. The huge two-story venue with ample dance room filled quickly, yet comfortably with Denverites of all ages, 18 and up show people.
Not only do we have boyhollow to thank for keeping us dancing on the regular at Lipgloss, but now for teaming up with option4, founder of TheHundred, to bring Passion Pit to Denver. These crusaders of the Denver music scene shared the stage with each other and DJ duo London Dungeon.
The Denver supporting DJs shared the stage in alternating and overlapping sets. Although the stage set up was simple, aka just a DJ stand, there were two lovely lady dancers to inspire the crowd throughout the opening sets. The musical camaraderie was tangible throughout the night, watching the DJs dance together and share the stage. From Ladytron to Pretty Lights to Feist the DJs, who are known for repping different musical genres got the crowd rowdy and dancing for Passion Pit. If you have yet to see boyhollow, option4, or London Dungeon play around Denver, it looks as if you’ve got some musical homework to do.
Having seen a Passion Pit DJ set in 2009 in San Francisco, I could not wait to see what Jeff Apruzzese, bass and synthesizers, had up his sleeve this time around. Throwing in quintessential Passion Pit tracks like “Little Secrets” and “Sleepyhead” along with Jurassic 5 and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it was nearly impossible not nearly pull a muscle while dancing. It’s without a doubt Passion Pit knows their music and are incredibly talented but its been awhile since 2010’s Manners and I for one, am ready for their next album. It’s always fun to catch a DJ set to see what influences them and to hear what they are listening to but I am ready for some new original Passion Pit.