Published on September 8th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Atmosphere at Red Rocks – Recap
Slug and Ant brought the magic yet again for their third-annual Labor Day weekend show at Red Rocks.
First up with Lizzo, whom I had never heard of before. Based out of Houston, but currently out of Minneapolis, she was a soulful, fierce and powerful mix of Beyonce, Jill Scott and Nicki Minaj. I’d encourage everyone to check her out – having skills in singing, rapping, dancing and an awesome stage presence – she truly offers something for everyone.
Next was LFTR PLLR – a band I knew of after Atmosphere referenced them in several songs (“… and that’s a Lifter Puller line for those without any game”). Also out of Minneapolis, Slug met the lead singer in a local bar after he first released Overcast. While I knew of this band, I had never listened to them, but was excited and curious to check out the band that was dope enough to make it into Atmosphere songs and this all-Minnesota lineup Slug had brought to the Rocks. They were definitely a random band thrown into the lineup – I can’t imagine anyone who went to an Atmosphere show was expecting to see an alternative rock band like LFTR PLLR. I’m stoked I got to see this band that Slug is all about, but I can’t say I’ll listen to them again – not my style. Check them out for yourself thought – Slug’s gotta be on to something.
Brother Ali was up next – he’s always a treat. Maybe it’s just when he plays Forrest Whitaker, but he always has a way of making the audience able to relate to him so easily through his jolly demeanor and friendly energy. Besides Forrest Whitaker, he played all the classics – Uncle Sam Goddamn, Mourning in America, and Take Me Home. He even joined Atmosphere on stage later in the evening for Blah Blah Blah and Cats Van Bags – one of my favorite parts of the night.
Finally, it was time for Atmosphere to take the stage. Much to my surprise and absolute delight, Slug was wearing an MF DOOM hoodie, paying homage to one of the greats and, at one time, fellow label-mate at Rhymesayers. After opening with a few songs off their latest album Fishing Blues, they started dropping some crowd favorites, like Lovelife, God Loves Ugly, and Shoulda Known. This is probably around my 8 or 10th Atmosphere show, so I always pay attention to songs I’ve never heard them play before – the ones that stood out this time were Happymess, Little Man and Angelface, one of my all time favorites. For the encore, they returned to the stage for Flicker – a tribute to the late Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen – turning off all the stage lights and asking the crowd to illuminate the venue with their phone flashlights. This is always an amazing moment and the energy in the amphitheater felt like you could grab it and hold on to it. Next, it was Sunshine, always a crowd pleaser, before they asked the crowd to join hands with the person next to them and launched into Trying to Find a Balance. This song always hits so hard and was the perfect way to end the show. This having been my third time seeing these guys at Red Rocks, I encourage all of you to NOT WAIT next year – buy the ticket when they go on sale – you don’t want to miss Atmosphere at Red Rocks. There’s a reason it sells out every year.
Written by: Eryn Jones @erynjoooones