Big Gigantic at Red Rocks, 9/29/12
GRiZ, one of the most promising emerging talents in EDM right now, said it took him a few songs to get warmed up, but you would never have known it from his set, as he treated the crowd to cuts like "Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom," his collaborative track with Gramatik that hits so fucking hard. GRiZ's production is on point, and the samples he chooses (one of which was an RJD2 nod) are prime for this sort of show, and adding saxophone only added to the show.
Britt Chester Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. Slide show: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
Raw Russ opened the night at Red Rocks, and to a filling venue he played hip-hop, dubstep, drumstep and just about anything else that he wanted. Whether you know him as the face of Elm & Oak or as a vinyl scratching DJ, you know the name. Dancing behind the tables, he frivolously scratched and mixed his way through two decades of hip-hop and dance music before retiring to the side of the stage where he mingled with adoring fans and friends all night.
Personal Bias: Skrillex had previously played the best show of the summer, in my opinion. Rowdytown took over the top spot, and unless someone parachutes onto the stage and plays a blindfolded DJ set with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in perfect unison with fireworks, confetti and free cash falling from the skies, it will keep the title. Big Gigantic did something amazing, and I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
Random Detail: Ghost Pixel provided the mapping on the rocks, and although it looked cool, it just wasn't bright enough. This being the first time anything like this has happened, I can't wait to see how it builds from here.
By the Way: A quote from Macklemore: "It is not cool to hit me in the face with glow sticks. That shit has never been a part of hip-hop shows."