Its been a few weeks and we still aren’t over the fact that what is arguably the best live music venue in the world, Red Rocks Amphitheater, is back for it’s 2016 concert season, after last weekend’s Winter On The Rocks, presented by Icelantic Skis. The event featured electronic duo Adventure Club, Big Grams and Half Color. With unseasonably warm weather encouraging the masses to flood the venue, we were excited to see a nearly packed Red Rocks light back up with the lights of Denver and the stage over looking it.
With Colorado favorites Michal Menert and Paul Basic teaming up to create the duo “Half Color” the night started off with a set that fully embodied their trademark sound. With both artists being on the popular Pretty Lights Music label, we knew that the set would be incredible, but seeing the duo meld into one on stage was something we couldn’t have been prepared for. It was an amazing act and we hope to see them performing in Denver again soon.
Next, having only performed a handful of sets so far, the elusive Phantogram teamed up with legendary rapper Big Boi (of Outkast) to bring their amazing “Big Grams” performance to the Mile High. Combining their amazing music with the most unique visuals system we have ever see, which involved motion tracking, the group took to the Red Rocks stage and captured the Colorado crowd’s heart. Throwing down their hits like “Fell In The Sun” and “Lights On”, along with free styling over classics like Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” the upbeat set proved that the hype behind this trio is more than backed by their sheer talent. We pray that Big Grams will return to Denver in the not too distant future.
Closing out the night was the EDM super duo Adventure Club, who have been mainstays in electronic music for several years now. Having worked with artists such as Kai, Krewella, and many more, the Canadian producer/DJ’s came to Red Rocks with some massive old and new tracks. However, they did diverge from the expected set, and opted to throw down heavier tracks as they slammed Red Rocks with hard hitting tracks from artists like Zomboy, Snails, Skrillex and more. Pleasing the Colorado’s crowd thirst for bass music, the two lit the rocks on fire.
The single downside to the night was that due to the new sound ordinance restrictions at the magical venue, the bass lines seemed a little lackluster compared to years past. But regardless of the inconvenience of the slighted sound, Adventure Club made the most of what they could bring and made Winter On The Rocks a night that the crowd will not forget for years to come.
Winter On The Rocks has proven to be one of the most amazing nights of the winter in Colorado every single year, as it signals the upcoming return of music to the Colorado foothills, and this year it exceeded all expectations. We thank Icelantic Skis for their commitment to the event and can’t wait to see what they pull off next year.