Published on December 22nd, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
Sunsquabi + Griz play a Sold Out Show
Friday night, December 12th, 2014. It was the MOST PACKED I had ever seen the 1UP Colfax in Denver, CO. My friend snagged my shoulder to catch my attention and said… “I just had to wait an hour to get in here!” Say whaaaa??? We must have arrived at the perfect time because we got right in, I thought to myself.
Griz sent out a tweet the day before saying he was coming to Denver to hang out at the 1UP Colfax on Friday night. I was in the bar not even five minutes when I saw that man’s beautiful face. He was speaking with someone, either a friend or fan or both. They hugged. Artifakts was playing when we first arrived. An indie producer collaborating gritty electronic with soulful vintage hip hop samples. He was pretty good, definitely got some people groovin’ in the 500 person venue that is attached to the 1UP Arcade Bar, which is the direction that I was headed for a brew and some quarters. After losing horribly on the Game of Thrones and South Park pinball machines, it was time for a smoke. Our group walked out onto the patio and there he was again, Griz. Just hanging out like a regular dude, sharing a smoke and what seemed to be great conversation with a kid in a Red Wings jersey, hell yes Detroit. I recall just a few weeks prior, Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic doing the same thing at1UP for the Michal Menert and Paul Basic show, chillin with fans and friends or both. It is satisfying to see artists interacting with their fans!
Earlier in the day, Griz sent a snap chat video, saying he was going to jump on stage with Sunsquabi later in the evening. Is that what all the fuss was over and why this bar was bumpin’ hard on this particular night? YES. Tickets were $12 and the last time Griz played a show in Colorado, it sold out in minutes. I was pumped up, enthusiastic, ready to pee my pants excited! Griz and Sunsquabi on stage together for $12?! What a steal!
A Denver original, Vine Street Vibes was up next and gets my vote for favorite musical discovery of the month thus far. The venue was filling up, people were dancing everywhere, even in the bar area where you can hear the live music being played on overhead speakers. They were fun and funky, and connected with the crowd well. Influenced by bands such as STS9, Lotus, and The Motet, this group of 6 utilizes digital technique and synthesizers along with heavy instrumental electro-funk to get their fans up and dancing. “This is the largest crowd we have ever played to in Denver!” I remember the band announcing followed by a roar of cheers and round of applause. This is the perfect band for the Denver community, I thought to myself, nodding in approval.
The venue was packed to the brim when Sunsquabi took the stage, a Colorado favorite. Over the past few years, Sunsquabi has gained notable recognition on their special blend of EDM and livetronica music, a genre that is evolving rapidly these days. The trio has been touring since 2012 playing at numerous popular summer music festivals including but not limited to SXSW, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, and Sonic Bloom. Sunsquabi is always trying to change and mature their sound separating themselves from the expectation of what “live electronic” bands should sound like. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys’ people! Centered on what I saw and heard Friday night, these guys are making all the right moves.
As a person who reviews shows on a weekly basis, you can easily tell when an artist is loved by its fans. I mean really, really loved. Sunsquabi, Vine Street Vibes, Atrikafts, and Griz… I have one thing to say. YOUR FANS LOVE Y’ALL and it was obvious the moment one stepped into the dim lit venue of the 1UP Colfax. The night was full of positive vibes, cheers, and love for the music! A sold out show! What a great way for the 1UP Colfax to wrap up it’s one year anniversary of their ever so popular music venue.
PS readers, Griz got down on that sax at the end of the night. The crowd was enraptured. I still have chills recalling the moment he took the stage that night. That is all I have to say about that.
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