Doomtree at Marquis Theater, 11/05/10
With Yonnas Abraham
11.05.10 | Marquis Theater
Doomtree, the hip-hop consortium out of Minneapolis, rocked the house for a sold out crowd on Friday at the Marquis. There's seven members of the rap crew (nine, including producers), so what began as individual displays of rap endowment sectioned off in perfect order from Dessa, P.O.S Mike Mictlan and Sims, ended up one massive posse cut after another, and it was awesome to watch.
Having been warmed up by Yonnas Abraham, who premiered several songs from his forthcoming Sextape, the party was well underway by the time Doomtree went on. The crew has been rocking shows in Denver for quite some time and has built an absolute cult like following, as evidenced by the passionate response they received when they take the stage.
Britt Chester Yonnas Abraham
People were passing around pitchers of beer and throwing their heads back in laughter with such elation, it was clear who the real fans were, and it looked like that description applied to everyone in the venue. The whole place felt like family reunion of sorts. Doomtree gave a lot of props to the Colorado crowd for being fans and supporters during the band's come up. Their efforts were met with enthusiastic response and applause from the fans
The most significant thing about Doomtree is the solidarity its members appear to show each other while on stage. Whether backing up the MC in the spotlight or engaging the crowd for enthusiasm, each member was alert and rehearsed. Dessa, the sole female in the group was on point virtually the whole night. In many instances, she backed up Sims, who had an audibly strained voice throughout his a capella and incited P.O.S. to fits of frenzied dancing, which hyped the audience even more.
Dessa's solo set gave an intimate feel to the venue as she sang and mixed elements spoken word poetry over subdued and almost trip-hop beats from her album, A Badly Broken Code. She gave a defiant and raw, yet appealing and accessible performance. Her lyrics and depth thoughout were overshadowed by an overzealous crowd but her saving grace was her ability to engage the throng. As the evening wore on, it seemed the audience got livelier and the performances became more hype with each song. Even with brand new material that even the performers struggled through a bit, the feeling of intoxication never fettered.
Britt Chester P.O.S. and Dessa
P.O.S. completely stole the show with his brand of punk rap mixed with James Brown style screaming and soul. He stopped for several moments to explain the hook for a new song that he wanted crowd participation with. On his cue, cheers went up in perfect time with his frenetic a capella. He responded with praise for the crowd, declaring that "Denver has been fucking amazing to Doomtree for years."