Big Gigantic at Red Rocks, 9/29/12

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Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks


BIG GIGANTIC @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/29/12

As Dominic Lalli, the sax man who forms one half of Big Gigantic, introduced "Colorado Mountain High," a projection of the Centennial state's flag draped Ship Rock and Creation Rock. The crowd went wild, and the duo performed its best set yet in front of the capacity throng of Rowdytown, as Red Rocks had been dubbed for the day.

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Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken took to their respective podiums on stage promptly at 10:30. Wasting little time with a subtle introduction, as if any were needed, they burst into "Rise and Shine," a fast paced bass-heavy track that was the best possible way to kick things off for the night. Big G's set comprised of tracks from 2009's Wide Awake through the act's most recent release, Nocturnal.

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Britt Chester
Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks

Following the introduction, Big Gigantic played "Sky High" from 2010's A Place Behind the Moon, the album that really pushed Big G into the limelight. Every song on the album is composed perfectly utilizing Lalli's classical jazz training while keeping Salken's insane drum skills in mind. The pair only played a handful of tracks off the album, most notably "Lucid Dreams," which came toward the end of the set.

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Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks

When the set neared the end and both artists were dripping sweat onto their instruments, you could see, hear and feel the energy. It's clear that the group knows that a great show is more than just the music at this point. So between that energy, incorporating the mapping on the rocks and the stage show, Big Gigantic's inaugural headlining date at the Rocks made for one of the most magical experiences at the venue this summer.

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Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made for a great lead in to Big G's set. After mentioning that the first thing they crew did when they arrived in Denver was hit up a thrift store, Macklemore and Lewis jumped into "Thrift Shop," rocking gear from their visit. The highlight of the act's set came when Macklemore introduced Ray Dalton, who provides the vocal hook on "Can't Hold Us," and when Owuor Arunga joined in on trumpet, displaying chops that would've made Dizzy proud.

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Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks

After arriving at the venue just minutes before his set was to begin, Dillon Francis walked from backstage to his green room then to the stage. Opening with "Tequila" proved to be a good call given the crowd interaction when the hook takes over. And from there, it was all moombah and moombahton all the time. "Masta Blasta" and "IDGAFOS" both inspired some raucous dancing.

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Britt Chester
Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks


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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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mre9220
mre9220

@ElectricLiveM Hahahahaha Macklemore can't handle the glow sticks.

theREALpaulyD
theREALpaulyD

@ElectricLiveM @biggigantic one of my favorite shows!

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