Altitude Music Festival at CU Boulder, 4/28/12
Opening the festival was the Boulder trio Robotic Pirate Monkey. There is a lot of hype surrounding these guys, and they've just recently finished an East Coast whomp-romp that seemed to give them some great publicity. The funny part is, here is a group of locals who used to play Babe Night at The Goose Bar, and somehow have blown up into a reputable group. Not sure how you make the transition from Babe Night to Altitude Music Festival, but they've done it.
Slide show: Altitude Music Festival
The set went smoothly save for a couple minor clashes in the beat mixing, but the Weezy vocals and endless bass lines pulled it together. The closer for their set came in the form of a Dolly Parton/Pretty Lights/James Brown tribute which mashed up the trio's first hit remixed-single, "Jolene," and yes, it was fun.
Making the bold jump from Saturday concert to full fledged festival is not an easy task, but CU Program Council and Insomniac Events pulled it off. The great thing about the festival style, though, is that each and every artist comes out strong and plays a bangin' set, which is expected, rather than the normal line-up of warming up a crowd. You should be able to walk into a festival at any moment and instantly be blown away. Altitude Music Festival blew everyone away.
Personal Bias: Gramatik and GRiZ definitely played for the crowd last night -- and GRiZ -- watch out for that guy.
Random Detail: The venue's capacity is reportedly 4,000 people. By the time Gramatik was on, according to organizers, there were only a couple hundred tickets left.
By The Way: Balch Field House is a dry area of campus (no booze), yet all the artists were allowed to booze it up.
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