by E.P Pirt, Jr.
After five years of epic Red Rocks performances that unfortunately ended sourly in a feud over noise restrictions, Lorin Ashton put on the largest Bassnectar event ever in his rich, storied history. This event, however, would not be short of complaints from locals either. Despite the fact that it was all the way out in Commerce City in a sparsely populated area, haters still had ta hate. But hey, what’s a Bassnectar show without them?
All the same, last weekend on July 29th and 30th, 23,000 bass heads filled Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to the gills each night, in a spectacle normally reserved for massive music festivals featuring multiple headliners. There would be only one headliner this time though, albeit many notable openers. G Jones, Minnesota, Thriftworks, Dabin, AlunaGeorge, Porter Robinson, Lupe Fiasco, Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, and the legendary Wu Tang Clan set the stage for Bassnectar’s two 2+ hour performances, in a display of “supporting” talent one would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
While each opener did their due diligence of getting the crowd plenty hyped for the main event, there would be no stealing of the show at Dick’s. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, Bassnectar was the most impressive artist to take the stage both nights. Attendees got their moneys worth each night, although Saturday was noticeably the highlight of the weekend. That’s not to take anything away from Friday, as Lorin served up an eclectic mix of hits ranging from the chill to the bangers, including lots of stuff off of his new album, Unlimited. While some fans craved more energy on Friday, it would turn out that they would need that extra boost come Saturday.
After hip hop legends Wu Tang Clan wrapped things up on Saturday, fans awaited Bassnectar’s return eagerly. The crowd was visibly pumped, and Lorin did not disappoint. He matched the crowd’s energy and then some, coming out of the gate like a juiced up thoroughbred with its ass afire. He pumped out banger after banger for what seemed like at least the first thirty minutes, before finally giving the crowd a chance to catch its breath. Where many overhyped DJs would then continue with the barrage of bangers, Lorin takes the crowd on a rollercoaster ride of the best kind like nobody else can. There would be plenty more bangers to come, but they would be perfectly sprinkled in amongst more diverse ethereal and trippy tracks, giving the set that uniquely Bassnectar vibe that we have all come to know and love.
The production was surreal, with with the massive stage decorated with giant screens and crisp, vibrant colors and lights. Confetti canons strategically placed throughout the stadium would leave no inch void of streamers and confetti, and massive torches on the roof of the stage left thousands of jaws gaping as they shot flames out in perfect time with the music. Capping off the elite production was a professional fireworks display at the end of the night, as fans began slowly exiting or were still left standing in a fog of bass confusion.
While our photos below don’t do the weekend justice they do provide a glimpse into this massive spectacle of bass music that we can only hope and pray returns to Colorado next year.