Action Bronson at Cervantes, 11/29/12

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Eric Gruneisen
Action Bronson last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes


ACTION BRONSON @ CERVANTES' | 11/29/12

The building wasn't full, but it certainly wasn't empty either when Action Bronson stepped onto stage. The crowd was a little cold. Clouds of ganja smoke floated across the room. Everyone was a little subdued. When Bronsolino started rhyming, there was that requisite anticipatory energy, and it picked up briefly, but it just never took hold -- not for lack of trying by Bronson. At first he gave a valiant effort, but then he got a little peeved, and it showed. But he trudged on. It's hard to be certain, but closing out at 12:45 after only forty minutes, including a reluctant encore, then storming off in a huff, it seemed a lot like he quit on his Denver fans.

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Eric Gruneisen
Action Bronson last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes


Action Bronson is a good rapper, certainly worthy of the attention he's been receiving. He just wasn't the best on this particular night. Maybe it simply wasn't his night. He tweeted after the concert, "I only ask for a couple things for a show. Wireless Mic is one of em. If that's not provided it ruins a lot of things." It retrospect it makes sense, early in the show, before "Modern Day Revelations" Bronson hopped off the stage to "make his rounds" and rap amongst the people. He did almost the whole show down there. It was a pro move; if not for that, he may have lost the audience before the audience lost him.

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Eric Gruneisen
Action Bronson mingling with the crowd last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes

On record, Bronson is an appealing rapper for two main reasons: One, he has an urgency and confidence in his voice that compels you to listen to him. Two, he has the ability to paint vivid images with his lyrics. This show, he didn't have the urgency to enunciate properly; it was really hard to understand him. And he didn't have that mesmerizing confidence. The half-focused audience couldn't digest his words quickly enough and instead waited for that banger that never came, because that's really not what he does.

There were some tracks that stood out. Bronson did a rendition of "Bird on a Wire" that struck a chord. He even did Riff Raff's verse as an added bonus. He also performed "The Symbol," the lead single off of Rare Chandeliers, the mixtape he recently released with Alchemist, who, incidentally, made a guest appearance and gave the show a shot of energy, which held up for a couple of songs.

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Eric Gruneisen
Action Bronson last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes

Finally, Bronson announced that he would be performing his last song, but not before instructing us dryly to look up his lyrics so we would be better prepared next time. Bronson performed the final song of his main set, "9-24-11," then walked off before he could be denied the ovation that he didn't deserve. Though the audience hadn't much responded to him all night, they were definitely nonplussed that he finished so abruptly. The incredulous crowd just stood there, not believing it could actually be over. Action did the right thing and gave us an encore, "Hookers at the Point," which he clearly didn't want to do, and the show ended. Finally, Action could rest.


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Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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3 comments
kurishb
kurishb

I was at the show at the Fox the night before in Boulder. It was UNREAL. He did the entire show in the crowd and didn't even get on stage once. Started at the bar with his first lines being IM BEHIND YOU. He definitely needs a wireless mic. He did a song in the lobby at the bar waiting for a drink, stopped and said "hello" when the bartender didn't get him a drink. Kick a verse sitting at the bar, went outside and had a quick beatboxed freestyle session and went back in and finished the show. 

PRico303
PRico303

Been waiting to see Bronsolini since "Typhoon Rap" early last year!

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