Anderson Paak Made Us Dance at Red Rocks Last Night

By: Annie Kane

Since this year’s SXSW, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals have taken the world by storm, spreading their inventive style that fuses jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

Anderson Paak.

Anderson Paak.

Hailing from California, Anderson Paak first started producing music from his bedroom as a teen and drummed at his family’s local church. Fast forward to 2014 and you can find him appearing on six songs from Dr. Dre’s album, Compton. The support from this music legend broke Paak into the music scene, leading him to collaborate with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ASAP Ferg, Kaytranda, and more. Since his energetic performance at SXSW, the name Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals has been popping up everywhere, from Twitter to late night shows, to summer music festivals.

Paak in the crowd at Red Rocks.

Paak in the crowd at Red Rocks.

Last night, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals joined forces with Bryson Tiller for a stunning show at Red Rocks. The artistry Paak demonstrated was incredible. Paak’s roots shined onstage as he navigated between grooving solo on the mic, to jumping behind his drum set and being one with the band. With a contagious smile plastered across his face the entire time, Paak showed off his finest dance moves in-between, effortlessly breathing his raspy lyrics into the mic. His stylistic ability to transform himself between a rapper, singer, and drummer proves not only his strong musical capabilities, but also the dedication he has toward his art.

Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals.

Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals.

Despite being the frontman, Anderson Paak held no dictatorship over the stage. The Free Nationals were as much a part of the performance as Paak was. Their sound was tight and they weren’t afraid to interact with each other to create a fun environment on stage. Each performer was able to spread their infectious energy, prompting fans to break out their own dance moves, which made for a musical celebration unlike any other.

Malibu Attitude.

Malibu Attitude.

With an ode to the late David Bowie in their brief rendition of the beginning of “Let’s Dance”, Paak and The Free Nationals brought their set to a close, with every fan still eagerly dancing on their feet.

Keep up with Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals here. And see them at Vertex Festival with us in August!

-Annie

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Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti Join Forces for Left Right Tour at Cervantes Denver

By: Annie Kane

On May 17th, Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece will be throwing down with some of hip-hop’s fastest growing artists.

Lil Uzi Vert.

Lil Uzi Vert.

At 21 years old, Philadelphia native Lil Uzi Vert has already collaborated with A$AP Ferg, Rich The Kid, Young Thug, Metro Boomin and Wiz Khalifa, along with receiving support from The Fader, Noisey, XXL, HotNewHipHop, and the late A$AP Yams. The “vert” in his name insinuates “vertical”, and that’s fitting since Lil Uzi Vert has a promising unique talent that is soon to skyrocket him to the top of the charts. He fuses his trap-like quality of rapping with old-school hard rock influences like Marilyn Manson. His first mixtape released in 2015, “Luv is Rage”, lit the fuse and his recent tape released last month, “Lil Uzi vs. The World”, has solidified his path toward the top. Lil Uzi Vert is signed to Generation Now and Atlantic Records.

Playboi Carti.

Playboi Carti.

Without even having a full mixtape out yet, 18-year old Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti is already receiving high appraisal. His song “Broke Boi” has reached over 8 million plays on Soundcloud, making it the song that essentially broke him into the hip-hop scene. Affiliated with Atlanta’s Awful Records, Playboi Carti signed with A$AP Rocky last September and is supposedly working on a song with Frank Ocean, according to close friend Ian Connor. Already praised as a rock star in Europe (check this interesting article), Playboi Carti is on the verge of selling out stadium venues.

Tony Neek$.

Tony Neek$.

These two big names will be introduced by two local Denver rappers, Tony Neek$ and J-Krupt on Tuesday night. Tickets at Cervantes are going fast for this star-studded show, so be sure to grab some here before they’re gone!

-Annie

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