Big Bang Massive at the Denver Coliseum, 5/6/11

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BIG BANG MASSIVE - NIGHT 1
Denver Coliseum | 5/6/11
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If Friday night's Big Bang massive is any indication as to how much Denver loves dubstep music, then we are in for a rocky and up-hill climb toward building the reputation of being the best in the country. Fortunately, Big Bang is not that, but instead, can be equated to a private beach on a deserted island where there is so much to enjoy that you almost want it to be surrounded by ten thousand other people. Last night at the Denver Coliseum, dub heads and bass lovers congregated on the massive beach inside the coliseum and soaked up the proverbial rays of sound until well into the early morning.

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2nd Street skateboard signed by all the DJs
Big Bang certainly wasn't at a loss for sponsors: With booths and tables offering everything from glow-in-the-dark painted shirts, live spray painted moonscapes, and legal advice (?), Big Bang certainly had the floor covered by means of cost. Denver-based 2nd Street skateboards, founded by a San Francisco (an EDM mecca) native, threw some skatedecks down that all got signed by the artists, not really sure if they ended up getting raffled or what, but they have the names of a some big talent. Definitely a good wall piece.

The Big Bang massive received some discrediting rumors and speculation in the build-up. The biggest complaint I personally heard was that if someone was going to bring this level of talent and sound to Denver, they would've advertised for it more. This could be completely true, or could be the grumbles of doubting Thomas' who are now kicking themselves for not picking up a discount ticket when they were available.

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Donald Glaude
Donald Glaude has sold out out Beta with ease -- you could say he is sought-after by many an EDM fan -- and literally looked like he was playing in front of maybe five hundred. Maybe. Mt. Eden and Excision are strong representatives dubstep. They are evolving with it, changing with it, and ultimately leaving their mark on the music world by constantly providing high-caliber bass music. Why they weren't playing in front of a sold out crowd is well beyond me, but we all danced our asses off with tons of room to get as wild as you want. They did, however, still play ridiculously loud and high energy sets that are testament to their devotion to bass.

Following Darude, Glaude played in the spot right before Str!pe. A lone wolf on stage, Glaude brought everyone up and down, lipsyncing along with his mixed vocals and composing a dancing orchestra with his hands. Composing a dance orchestra for dubstep simply requires fist pumping, but with an open hand, so more like a pimp-hand pump.

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The Stripes
Project Aspect, Slim Thugz and Raw Russ all played in series at the Euphonic Conceptions stage located in the main level concourse. All of these guys bring the pounding sound everytime they hit the stage, but on this night, passer-bys and friends were the only ones experiencing the talent.

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Too many stages -- not enough dubsteppers

The Nebula stage had one of the coolest set-ups of them all with an elevated dance cage centered above the dj booth, vast mapped visuals plastered across screens, and nearly a half dozen dance cages spread throughout the floor. But, either because location or lack of bodies, also only saw a few random heads bob in and out of the room.

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Rolling Thunder truck of sound in it's debut
This was the case with most of the stages (there were six) surrounding the main stage. An outside Mack truck trailer, affectionately dubbed "Rolling Thunder," and on it's maiden voyage no less, was able to get people dancing, but that's because it was located in the only smoking area. I applaud the location choice for this because menthol cigarettes and dubstep go together like Vicks VapoRub and a rave (Rolling Thunder had a constant crowd).

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Tangle and Mateusz
Aside from the lack of people, the production was spot on. No expenses were spared for any attending person, the general admission and ease of entry, to VIP full open bar. The VIP area actually had a hot tub, conveniently located right next to the port-a-potties, but had a rotating group of chillers and chillettes.

The 10,000 capacity building maybe saw 2,000 (guesstimation). Artists that sell out arenas worldwide were able to play in a huge room with countless lights before a few, die hard and loyal dubstep fans. Regardless, night two is tonight we'll see what happens when the word of a private beach spreads to the masses who search for that unicorn of a concert.

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Bunny closing it down in the arena
Critic's Notebook
Personal Bias: I have been writing about, covering and generally working in the live music scene for a few years now and this was the first show I wore ear plugs. And the first show that I wanted to. 6 loud stages, all blasting body-shaking bass, can't be good on the ol' antennas for 7 hours straight. And where the HELL was the Whomp Truck crew?

Random Detail: I stood over a poor girl who likely consumed entirely too much ecstasy for her petite frame, and had to watch as she convulsed and vomited while dancing in the arms of paramedics. And smiling the whole time. I spoke with her friends and she ended up going to the hospital, but I hope she is OK. Everything in moderation, to an extent.And I heard Big Gigantic played a show at the Goose in Boulder.

Overheard: "I feel bad for everyone that didn't get to enjoy this show."


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Disowned
Disowned

Big Bang really was the coolest show that Denver never heard about. To bad too, the lights were amazing.

Rabidmunky
Rabidmunky

About the ecstasy thing.... From my understanding, it sure as hell wasn't ODing. Someone there was selling bunk ass Orange Cranes that gave people a temporal overload. Off ONE pill. Definitely can't OD off one as far as I know unless it's cut with the wrong stuff. But that's unfortunate and I feel bad for the people who paid for those and then had to have a bad night because of it. Then again, maybe if you're gonna do drugs at all, you should get them from someone you trust. As far as you can trust a drug dealer.

Respectively, compared to 303's review, I feel this was fair and showed the other side of the coin. I'm personally in the gray area on all of this and if I could make clones of myself, or if the COAR crew had more writers/photographers, I would have covered the other shows this weekend as well. Like Trajikk's birthday.

13krpm
13krpm

Maybe if they had INVITED the Whomp Truck crew than they would have had a better turnout. In their defense, you can't invite someone who is going to school your headliners about dubstep. Denver is ground zero for dubstep, you just need to know where to look.

Djishe
Djishe

The dubstep, the dubstep djs, and the dubsteppers, were somewhere else all weekend. The Big Bang lineup, as ambitious as it was, was centered almost exclusively around more mainstream electro house and trance. It takes more than a couple of dubstep djs over a two day period to constitute a dubstep event. And to answer your question about the Whomp Truck Crew, I can't speak for the rest of the boys, but I was busy playing a packed, sweaty show at Cervantes with Dirt Monkey, Rumblejunkie, Thorazine, and Doctype~ all local artists. Lucky for us, it seems the loyalty of our incredibly educated local audience can't be bought so easily. Respect in this city has to be earned, and paid for with love for the music, not delusions of grandeur and huge production budgets.

virus666
virus666

first off you know nothing about the electronic scene. two you mention nothing about Bunny the only artist worth seeing at the big bang... ohhhhh and this was thrown by MTV what raver/club head or music lover for that mater gets down with MTV? Ohhh ya the chad bro's and ghetto kids who thing they are thuggin in Colorado... Nothing about Colorado is ghetto... As for the chad bros and tools that come to the shows to sell dirty pills.. and drink beer while they dry hump some girl in their Deadmau5 tee FIND A NEW SCENE ALREADY. I went to the big bang and no1 there knew who Bunny was like for reallll.... Kinda like this idiot who wrote this story like dude have some respect throw in how Bunny played a sick show like always. Pshhhh and if your going to write articles about music educate yourself.

Amy
Amy

Such an amazing show. It's so incredibly sad that so many people missed out on this amazing event. I really hope more people get to see all that WOW 3OH!3 has to offer at their next event.

Bmau5
Bmau5

I am a writer. I am a music blogger, and i focus on dance music. I had the opportunity to blog for this event, and turned it down. I am really glad I passed on the opportunity. They only gave me passes for Friday anyways. I hope the OD girl didn't die. That would really be disappointing.

Alert
Alert

LOL at "Too many stages -- not enough dubsteppers"

Klondike-5
Klondike-5

Is it possible we're seeing incontrovertible proof that the all but unlistenable sound of dubstep is dying as quickly as it emerged? Fingers crossed!

Daftbimbo
Daftbimbo

Lol @ writers in the scene that dont really know what dubstep is. Seriously, get learned or get a different job.

Just Ben
Just Ben

It's pretty clear to us (Whomp Truck Crew) and many of the other hardworking promoters in this town that the folks throwing this event had no interest in supporting the local scene. Whomp Truck and the crew are very committed to the Denver/Colorado scene and all the hard working people who have helped develop it to the amazing level it's at today.

We have no desire to work with people who do not share the same values.

13krpm
13krpm

Why would they even think of throwing this event THE Denver dubstep night, First Friday? Even Westword knows where to be on First Friday for dubstep! This was a fail for so many reasons. They don't get it, because they don't respect it.

KK liv it up
KK liv it up

Bunny is amazing, and you'd be surprised at how many ppl DO know bunny, i was part of the production staff of the big bang, this was a risky trip for us all, considering it was the first year ever setting up the Big Bang, not only was it prom and finals weekend, but nobody wanted to accept that we DID have the craziest setup on board, nobody believed the line-up and it was extremely hard to get the word out, I was running around both nights trying to make things run smoothly, this production was put together in 9 months, yes, it fell through the ground, but i hope to god the people that did show up and support this, realize that the work that went into it was worth it, and next year we can really shoot towards a BIG BANG,

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