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Published on November 3rd, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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Red Rocks – Halloween recap

Mac Miller and the Flatbush Zombies headlined a fantastic show this past Halloween as an orange moon shined down on Red Rocks amphitheater.

Original headliner Action Bronson was unable to perform after requiring surgery in Alaska related to overconsumption of whale blubber. You read that correctly.

GoldLink kicked off the show with a tight set. He is an energetic MC and his songs have substance. Quality DJ work finished up by riffing on Michael Jackson’s thriller, striking up some early Halloween tones as GL left the stage.

Next up was Tory Lanez, who built up some community vibes in the audience. Due to the rows and seating structure, the crowd space at Red Rocks is significantly more spacious than the usual rap concert venue. Tory did good work on the mic and also became the first person (or so he alleged) to crowd-surf all the way to the top of the audience, a feat all that much more impressive due to the less-compacted crowd.

The last opening act was Zion, The Grouch, and Eligh who were in front of DJ Fresh. Now these dudes dressed old school. Black Adidas track suits, the gold chains, the black hats … the classic look. The third MC had a red Kangol. They were a time machine on Halloween. And they are solid rappers too, spitting a ton of lyrics with crisp delivery.

The Flatbush Zombies came out in full costume, scary face-paint and masks. There was a big reveal as FZ loudly announced that they were “back in Denver.” The audience was composed mostly of young people dressed in Halloween costumes (some of whom were more prepared for the dropping fall temperatures than others). Early on a bunch of fans walked around like zombies onstage while FZ rapped, as pictured.

There were a lot of Flatbush fans in the crowd who knew the lyrics and got involved in old songs and new stuff like “Palm Trees” which hit big. Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice got into each other’s verses a lot and deliver an energetic vocal and physical performance. Throughout the set they are joined out front by E Ark Elliott who also acts as DJ. The Zombies followed the Lanez model of crowd-surfing a lot and generally not caring that Red Rocks was a different sort of venue. In fact, FZ insisted on “even a three-person mosh pit” before dropping their verses from the old A$AP classic, “Bath Salts.”

Mac Miller had a tough act to follow but his fans loved what he brought. Mac came on later than planned but still had a lot of energy and dominated the stage. Dressed as Batman, kinda the old school blue Batman, Mac peeled out of his costume throughout the first half of his set. Mac also echoed some of the other artists with his awed impressions of Red Rocks and the Colorado environment, saying about that the evening that it was “a great moment in my life.” With minimal anti-smoking pressure, the crowd stayed warm as Mac did bunch of tracks from his latest album GO:OD AM and kept the crowd moving. When the cold set in, it had been a great night for everybody involved.

 

Written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y

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