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Published on September 1st, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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Atmosphere Red Rocks – Recap

This past Friday, August 28th, marked what was technically the second time in one year Minneapolis-based hip hop duo Atmosphere sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater. His last show at Red Rocks, on August 29th, 2014, was also sold-out – at a venue that’s typically pretty tough to fill for hip-hop acts. Long gone are the days of seeing Atmosphere at the Fox in Boulder or at the Ogden – he has bigger shoes to fill now. And that he did.

It was a gorgeous night on the rocks when Get Cryphy took the stage around 7 for a set spinning hip-hop classics – an easy way to please the crowd that evening. First up of the main events was Brother Ali – also on Rhymesayers and from Minnesota – who brought his unique style of conscious hip-hop to the anxious crowd. His stage presence combined with his message of self-love were a hit with the crowd – “how many people are ugly as hell and love yourself anyway?”. It was a short set, but way more dope than I anticipated, having never seen him live. The crowd was hungry for more, and next up it was Dilated Peoples. Always a favorite with the crowd, they played all their hits, and also took time to pay special attention to their DJ, who they called “the backbone in the hip hop culture”. DJ Babu performed a five-minute turntable solo sampling “The Seed 2.0” by the Roots (my personal favorite part of all the openers).

Finally, around 10pm, Slug and Ant took the stage for an extremely hyped sold-out Red Rocks. Slug smiled his familiar smirk and greeted his fans: “we ain’t even got a new record and you guys still sold this bitch out,” and launched into the perfect opener – Puppets. If you’re a fan who’s, say, a bit more appreciative of Atmosphere’s work earlier in their career, you would have really appreciated Friday night’s set. Only two songs – Kanye West and Flicker – were played from their newest album, Southsiders. Flicker was a particular highlight. Written about the late and great Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen, who passed away in 2010, the stage was completely dark as Slug requested that the audience turn on the flashlights on their phones – and almost 9,500 people did – in memory of Eyedea (if you aren’t familiar with the work of Eyedea & Abilities, check it out!!).

"Atmosphere performs at Red Rocks Aug. 28, 2015. Photos by Marla Keown, heyreverb.com."

“Atmosphere performs at Red Rocks Aug. 28, 2015. Photos by Marla Keown, heyreverb.com.”

Other highlights included lots of material off of Lucy Ford, like Guns & Cigarettes, Don’t Ever Fucking Question That, Like Today, and The Woman With the Tattooed Hands. Other old tracks played that night included Scapegoat, God’s Bathroom Floor and Fuck You Lucy. Towards the end of the set, he brought Brother Ali back out to perform Cats Van Bags off Seven’s Travels – which was incredible – and Blah Blah Blah off Brother Ali’s album Shadows of the Sun. Finally, he ended the night with “Trying to Find a Balance”, the perfect ending to another amazing Atmosphere show.

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