The Road to Rowdytown: An exclusive look behind the scenes with Big Gigantic
Britt Chester Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
On Saturday night, Big Gigantic sold out its first ever headlining show at Red Rocks. We've been following the talented duo since the early days, so with the eagerly anticipated arrival of Rowdytown, the aptly named night for the penultimate show at Red Rocks, we followed the guys around to bring you a day in the life of the band. Here is the road to Rowdytown.
Dominic Lalli runs some final checks on his tracks for the evening amidst thousands of pieces of merchandise and swag. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
In the early hours of Saturday, Dominic Lalli was sipping coffee and messing with his mastered audio in the humble studio at manager Ben Baruch's home. Lining the walls were dozens of boxes of merchandise, including 3,000 inflatable saxophone that were given out at the door.
Arriving around noon, Jeremy Salken transports some gear from his car to the stage. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
Jeremy Salken, meanwhile, was on the other side of town getting brunch with his visiting family from the East Coast. I met up with him around 11:30 a.m. just outside of a small bistro on the Pearl Street Mall, and we headed up to Red Rocks. During the ride, he reflected on his path to Big Gigantic, which included stints in hardcore bands, bluegrass bands and some fan-touring with Zilla nearly a decade ago.
Running through some menial details, Salken chats with his tour manager about the day's itinerary. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
This is not the first time Big Gigantic has played Red Rocks, but it is the first headlining show for the duo. In 2010, Big Gigantic opened for Sound Tribe Sector 9, and then again in 2011, the outfit played the opening night of Global Dance Festival. At both points, Salken remarked that it felt like it was a dream, and that dream has continued with Big G's first headlining gig at Red Rocks.
The set times for the evening Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks