Bassnectar kicks off U.S. tour at 1STBANK Center, 10/23/10
Kate Levy Loirn Ashton, aka Bassnectar
Dan Deacon • Ott, That 1 Guy • Brother Ali
10.23.10 | 1STBANK Center
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Lorin Ashton, the DJ and producer also known as Bassnectar, speaks loudly and carries a big bassline. Loosely defined as dubstep, Bassnectar's signature sub-heavy style -- which pulls together elements from breakbeat, drum-and-bass and hip-hop -- really justifies its own sub-genre, and his distinctive sound has made him one of America's most-popular dance music acts.
Last night, over 7,000 bass-heads packed the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield (restyled for the occasion as the "1STBASS Center") for a bass-centric mega-rave featuring the San Francisco-based musician and other performers ranging in genres from dubstep to underground rap.
Promoters AEG, Ryan Dykstra Nightlife and Sub.Mission spared no expense on the impressive main stage to create one of the most intense audio-visual experiences this old school raver has ever witnessed. Party-goers jammed the crowded dance floor or observed the spectacle from the 1STBASS Center's stadium seating, as inflatable animals and gigantic beach balls bounced back and forth.
Bassnectar came on at 11 p.m., playing cuts from his brand-new Wildstyle EP (released last Tuesday and available in a variety of formats through Bassnectar's website), rattling the huge bassbins and seeming to shake the 1STBASS Center to its very foundation. The energy in the place was intense -- you could, as it were, feel the vibe -- as thousands rocked-out and fist-pumped to the booming low-end frequencies and trippy light show.
As a Burning Man alum, Ashton views his role as more than just a DJ or performer, using his music as a vehicle to affect positive social change. Thus, the Bassnectar show is a fully inclusive experience that reaches out to a large audience, and the party last night felt like a bona fide rave despite its corporate trappings.