Tyler, The Creator Boulder: Free Fox Theatre show draws police in riot gear to control crowd

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Dutch Seyfarth

Update, 10:37 p.m.: Charles Trowbridge spoke with the 22-year-old manager at Jimmy John's, who declined to give his name. According to the manager, he was indeed trying to clear people away from the front of the store when someone from the crowd began yelling at him. The manager says he tried to lead the man into the store in an effort to calm him down, and that's when he was struck.

"There was a line around the corner," he says. "He was up in my face. He was, like, screaming obscenities in my face, threatening me. People were just assholes. They were acting like kids. He fucking just hit me. It was kind of ridiculous." The manager says the person who assaulted him took off when police arrived and was not arrested. "It was like a mob to get these wristbands," he says. "I've never seen anything like it."

See also:
- Photos: Odd Future at the Fox Theatre, 3/11/12
- Review: Odd Future at the Ogden Theatre, 10/9/11
- ICP vs Odd Future: Without Google, can you pick who's who from the lyrics?

Update, 9:45 p.m.: Great video of the scene, including an arrest, shot by Daily Camera, added below.

Original post, 7:32 p.m.: A "riot situation" in Boulder -- that's what all the early reports coming out of Boulder tonight have been saying. Tyler, The Creator, is playing a free show at the Fox Theatre presented by Tumblr, and he's drawn an overwhelming crowd on the Hill. Authorities were called in when a manager at Jimmy John's on the Hill was reportedly assaulted and some bottles were evidently thrown. Dutch Seyfarth is on the ground, and he sent us these photos. Keep reading to see pics from the scene.

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Dutch Seyfarth

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According to Boulder police, some of whom showed up on the scene in full riot gear (presumably spurring the misleading reports early on of a riot), there are about 250-300 people assembled right now in front of the Fox Theatre in Boulder, where the show is slated to take place; the crowd is large, but so far, the situation appears to be in hand -- although there has reportedly been one arrest made and there has been some disruptive behavior reported from some fans on the Hill. A call just came in, for instance, of thirty or so people gathered at the 7-Eleven and refusing to leave the store.

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Dutch Seyfarth

For his part, in his own inimitable way, Tyler, the Creator (aka Tyler Okonma) -- playing his first solo show ever tonight -- appealed to fans via Twitter to keep the peace...well, not as eloquently as that, of course. And he also informed fans that there will be a second show this evening. Set time hasn't been released, but from what we gather from the chatter on the police scanner (over the chants of "Wolfgang" that can be heard in the background), there will indeed be another show tonight. (Coincidentally, Odd Future performed at the Fox a year ago today exactly.)

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Dutch Seyfarth

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Dutch Seyfarth
A highly coveted wrist band for Tyler, The Creator's free Tumblr show at the Fox in Boulder.

Continue on for more photos from the scene.


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Brendan Frasier
Brendan Frasier

How would I go about contacting Tyler the Creator? He asked for my name in this article?

TYLERTHECREATOR
TYLERTHECREATOR

YO I AM INTELLIGENT AND SHIT. AND WHO THE FUCK ARE THESE "AFRO CHIN STRAPS" FUCKS WHO TRIED TO HIT TACO AND JASPER IN THE ALLEY BEHIND THE FOX?

SOMEONE GIVE ME THESE KIDS NAMES. FUCK

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

"They were acting like kids"

So they were acting like what they are.

 Kids these days. Whatevs.

jerriline
jerriline

Tyler the Creator sounds like such an intelligent artists with his creative use of the word 'fag' and 'faggot'.  What a douche...

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

Like how he uses the 'faggot' a lot, that makes me want to listen to his music.

Miles Collins
Miles Collins

The whole event was pretty much like the entire Odd Future discography - a ton of people who huff household chemicals getting excited over nothing.

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

Man, this guys sounds real cool, using homophobic slurs to mitigate riots and all. I can totally see why people would start punching random strangers in the face to see this guy.

quackhead
quackhead

Ban theaters!  They seem to be a recurring problem in our society. Or at least increase regulations to increase safety and minimize the problems that do arise.  Limit seating capacitiez to 15 people.  Problem minimized.  Regulation works!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

It would have been a lot calmer had all those College Students been Carrying Concealed Firearms ...


Cassandra Tafoya
Cassandra Tafoya

Hopefully they are protesting to get him the hell out of this state.

Stephanie Fitapelli
Stephanie Fitapelli

How can someone like this have fans who.supports his gay slurs? That's rather offensive, who does this POS think he is.

Steven Tillinghast
Steven Tillinghast

This could have been predicted two nanoseconds after it had been planned.

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Not surprising considering it is a free show and it takes a certain type of person to like that music generally speaking. Before you get your panties in a bunch, I am one of those people.

YourNeighborCarl
YourNeighborCarl

This guy is the shittiest rapper in the history of shitty rappers

BredonFrasier
BredonFrasier

@TYLERTHECREATOR TYLER THE CREATOR, I KNOW THOSE FUCKS. WHY THEY BE ACTING STUPID AND SHIT?  HIT UP CMAY ON:

cmaysdocs@gmail.com

NAMES ARE CHRISTIAN MAY, JACKSON KELLY, AND DAVID OSTROM

#dafuckwidit

quackhead
quackhead

@DonkeyHotay 

Disarm yourselves and huddle together.  Don't you sheep feel safer now?  Don't worry, criminals will follow the rules too, right?  The sign said no guns and you can't disregard signs.  I'm sure aurora victims would disagree.  Signs work, for the sheep eaters.

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