As sad as it is, Red Rocks season is coming to an end. Thankfully, one of the last weekends on the rocks featured one of the best shows of the summer, as Colorado’s own Big Gigantic played two sold out shows at the fourth-annual celebration, “Rowdytown,” on Sept. 25 and 26.
Big Gigantic told fans that they weren’t going to repeat a single song either night, and they stuck to their word. Each night of Rowdytown was completely different—it honestly felt like two different bands took the stage Friday and Saturday night. On both nights, Big Gigantic wore all white and brought the Motet out with them—who were also wearing all white. The all white complimented Big G’s magical light show which didn’t fail to amaze the crowd.
On Friday, Jauz and Thomas Jack hyped up the Rowdytown family to get them all sorts of crazy for the amazing show that was about to be put on. Big G’s set on Friday was definitely more electronic heavy compared to their set Saturday. One of the most amazing things about Big Gigantic is that they have an extremely eclectic sound. Like no other DJ’s in the scene right now, the duo are able to transition their songs from heavy bass to old-school funk in a matter of seconds. This weekend, they didn’t hold that back at all.
Not only was Friday electronic-heavy, but Big Gigantic seemed to concentrate more on remixing other songs than playing their original stuff well. They played their own versions of popular songs, like Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” Chiddy Bang’s “Opposite of Adults” and Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop.” Big G is hip-hop influenced, and they do it well. The two can put their own twist on anything and it can sound perfect. Dominic Lalli’s saxophone skills are out of this world and when mixed with Jeremy Salken’s talented drum skills, their sound is completely different than anything else.
The best part of the show, though was not the heavy bass, not the instruments or the remixes, but it was the light show. Big Gigantic used projections to light up the already beautiful rocks and introduced three tiers of LED screens creating a 3-D experience for everyone at Red Rocks. Their visuals blew everyone who played at Red Rocks this summer away, including Pretty Lights, who is known for his “pretty lights.”
Saturday at the rocks seemed more crowded than Friday. Openers Two Fresh, Snails and RL Grime took the stage before Big G was set to play their second night of Rowdytown. RL Grime played an amazing set—playing his most popular songs, “Tell Me,” “Scylla” and “Kingpin.” RL Grime is extremely bass heavy when mixing, and he did not hold anything back to the thousands in the stands.
Finally Big Gigantic came out again, and like they promised, they played a completely different set. They started off playing their older stuff like “Foxy” from 2009 and “Colorado Mountain High.” Along with the Motet joining them for the second night, Sound Tribe Sector 9’s own David Murphy played bass for Big Gigantic, adding to the already stacked lineup.
The beginning of the set on Saturday night was a lot more “funky” than it was on Friday. Lalli and Salken showed that they aren’t just DJs and producers with their instruments on Saturday. Their set was jazzy, and then as they got the crowd rowdy, their bass heavy beats came out.
One of the biggest highlights from Saturday might have been when the two remixed “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G. One of the main goals of Rowdytown is to bring the electronic music community together to celebrate everyones love for music, Colorado and of course Red Rocks. When the band played a song that almost everyone in the crowd could sing along to—they did just that.
Overall, Rowdytown was one of the best shows put on at Red Rocks this summer. They did what they came to do—put on a great show, have amazing visuals, play good music and express the love they have for the state who made them who they are today.