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Review: At Kendrick Lamar’s Denver show, the student becomes the master

The rapper brought his DAMN. But for the lion’s share of the night, he was alone up there, riling up the cheap seats of the capacity 18,000-person venue with key turns of phrase, both hype and ruminative, like when he simply asked the crowd between songs, “Are we alive tonight?”
The journey to the arena was mapped out on stage: “Money Trees,” from his origin-story album “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,” was prefaced with a video of a young black boy running through a field of wheat; “King Kunta” came to grips with the target he found around his head once he found himself nearing rap’s Mount Olympus; and the whole of “DAMN.” had him unveiling a catchall technique (that’s Turtle Style, according to a kung-fu film he featured screened throughout the evening) together into a trial for the head and the heart. (Amy Harris, Invision/AP)
A sword flashes by Kendrick Lamar’s head. “We said one day we were going to be on this stage, no matter what anyone said.”
Lamar didn’t just follow through on scaling one of the biggest live music mountains in Colorado; he carved his face on it. Hence, “HUMBLE,” perhaps the only song in the history of the genre to encourage its fans to sit down instead of throw their hands up. Take his first first 20 minutes, which were practically breathless. Even then, it didn’t take long. tour to Denver on Saturday night. (no, not even Drake) has conquered the Pepsi Center as totally as Lamar did, and with as little help. Decked out in a Bruce Lee-style yellow jumpsuit, Lamar squares up against his assailant, a ninja, battling the blade back with a flurry of bars from his opener, “DNA,” the masterstroke from the 30-year-old rapper’s shuriken of a new album, “DAMN.”
He’s got one hand behind his back, but the one holding the microphone might as well be four. In contrast to “To Pimp A Butterfly,” the tour’s eponymous album is a rap exhibition that hits like a flying kick to the solar plexus. The single is a banger, but in true Lamar form, that vantage point proved just as prime for taking in a masterclass from one of hip-hop’s modern legends. has gathered in the hard-won victories and bitter defeats that trail behind them in their lives. Somewhere in the bowels of the stage, a live band pounded out Lamar’s trenchant beats. There was no obnoxious DJ to prop him up, or splashy on-stage crossover with D.R.A.M. (Amy Harris, Invision/AP)
As he pointed out during his set, this at-capacity arena show has been a long time coming. City,” etc.). Lamar spit it twice, and a few in the crowd did as he instructed. Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella in April 2017. The rapper brought his DAMN. The DAMN. Lamar — or Kung-Fu Kenny as he’s come to call himself — is too quick and seemingly inexhaustible through the song’s two towering verses: “This how it is when you’re in ‘The Matrix’ / Dodgin’ bullets, reapin’ what you sow.”

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The lines echoed throughout the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. On “DAMN.,” Lamar has found the pocket where his meaningful words about race, family and America don’t get lost in an atonal saxophone solo, as the might have on “TPAB,” but become arena-wide sing-a-longs on stage. Lamar ran through “ELEMENT,” “King Kunta” and “untitled 07” at a break-neck pace to start the night after “DNA.” The altitude finally found him around this point, when, panting, he threw the crowd the verses to “Swimming Pools” and the still-massive “Backseat Freestyle” to catch his wind. After years battling up from Denver’s smaller dojos, Lamar took the arena as hip-hop’s Neo, to keep with his love for that film franchise. tour, then, is him doing his Superman thing. tour to Denver on Saturday night. Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella in April 2017. “I’ve performed in front of crowds with not even 20 people (in them) in Denver,” he shared between two distinct renditions of “HUMBLE” near the end of the night. Since his last show in Denver, a 2012 show at the 1,600-person Ogden Theatre, no M.C. He’s never forgotten what Africa Bambaata called the fifth element of hip-hop: “doing the knowledge,” or passing on the wisdom an M.C. A couple of martial artists filled in time before proceeding set-pieces (a glowing cage-turned-stage in the middle of the venue, a pyro-popping “m.A.A.d. or Travis Scott, the evening’s openers. Lamar is that perfect catalyst for body and the mind, as he demonstrated to every hip-hop fan in Denver lucky enough to snag a ticket.

PHOTOS: Underground Music Showcase 2017

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For Denver’s curious music mavens, Christmas came in July thanks to the 17th annual Underground Music Showcase (UMS), the locally-focused music festival that fashions a dozen stages out of the bars, parking lots and even a church along South Broadway. Safe Boating is No Accident performs at 3 Kings bar during the Underground Music Showcase on South Broadway on July 28, 2017 in Denver.

PHOTOS: Zac Brown Band at Coors Field

Caroline Jones and Darrell Scott performed in support. Darrell Scott and Zac Brown Band peforming at Coors Field on July 29th, 2017. The band is touring in support of its fifth studio album, “Welcome Home,” which was released in May. (Tina Hagerling, The Know)

Genre-shuffling country outfit Zac Brown Band played a show at Coors Field on Saturday night, headlining a grand-slam of acts for a rare concert night at the Rockies’ baseball stadium. Check out our photos of the evening above.

PHOTOS: KS 107.5’s Summer Jam at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

(Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

KS 107.5 presented the 20th iteration of Summer Jam at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on Friday night. Check out our photos of the show above. Post Malone performs during KS 107.5 Summer Jam at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on July 28, 2017, in Englewood, Colorado. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)GLEWOOD, CO – JULY 28: Post Malone performs during KS 107.5 Summer Jam at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on July 28, 2017, in Englewood, Colorado. Hip-hop stalwart Ludacris and Atlanta trio Migos co-headlined the bill with Kid Ink, Post Malone, Kyle, Amine, Trev Rich and Top Flite Empire providing support.

PHOTOS: AFI and Circa Survive at Red Rocks

Circa Survive co-headlined the bill with an equally short but energetic set.   The band blazed through a 6-minute, 16-song set that spanned the band’s catalog and included a Depeche Mode cover. Circa Survive performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 27, 2017, in Morrison, Colorado. Check out our photos of the evening above. hardcore legends AFI brought its brand of goth punk to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday night. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

East Bay, Calif. Citizen opened the show.

Jason Aldean expands They Don’t Know tour, adds Denver date

Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver will perform in support. via altitudetickets.com. 4 at 10 a.m. Jason Aldean performs at the iHeartCountry Festival at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (Jack Plunkett, Invision/AP)
Country superstar Jason Aldean has added a couple of new dates to his latest tour, including a date in Denver. Aldean’s tour is in support of his latest album of the same name, which came out last September. Tickets to the show are $40.25-$80.25 and go on sale Aug. Aldean’s They Don’t Know tour will stop by Denver’s Pepsi Center on Sept. Listen to the album’s lead single below. Check out our 2011 interview with Aldean here. 15.

It’s official: Denver approves massive 3-day music festival by Superfly that will start in 2018

Superfly promises an expansive slate of performers, from big names to Denver bands, and heavy involvement from local food and drink purveyors. The policy sets several other bounds that Superfly’s contract also will stretch. Ultimately, the council decided the Overland music festival was extraordinary enough to create a big exception to those rules. Most council members credited event organizers for addressing community concerns in their plans, although some still had worries, and said the event’s financial boon for the surrounding area would be significant. Related Articles

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“I do believe this is a good contract,” said Jolon Clark, who has worked on the issue for nearly a year because Overland Park is in his district. The event is expected to draw 30,000 to 40,000 people a day to the site in the first year, promoters say, with the contract capping daily attendance at 80,000 as the festival grows. Others voiced concern about what they considered too few safeguards or details about logistics, which will be set out in a dozen or so plans next year. The council’s focus in recent weeks was on making sure the Superfly arrangement protected surrounding neighborhoods. In exchange for gaining control of the course for up to five weeks after Labor Day each year for set-up and tear-down, Superfly will pay a lease of $200,000. A group called City Park Friends and Neighbors — which has urged city officials to find another site — pointed to Denver Parks and Recreation’s 2010 “admission-based event policy,” which does not include any golf courses among the several parks listed as fit for such events. New York-based marketing and event company Superfly Productions has selected the Overland Park Golf Course as the venue for its next massive music festival in Denver. The deal paves the way for the entry into Denver of the promoter behind San Francisco’s Outside Lands and rural Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Superfly will be required to restore the turf and all other aspects of the golf course. And together with the recently opened Levitt Pavilion at nearby Ruby Hill Park, the festival could elevate the prominence of south neighborhoods, they argued. Superfly also hosts the Bonaroo and Outside Lands festivals. But many nearby residents and some parks advocacy groups have several concerns, including the potential environmental impact, the difficulty of getting so many people to Overland Park using fee-based shuttles and public transportation, and the potential for noise to disrupt their homes. At least one Ruby Hill resident pointed to the Levitt Pavilion as a cautionary tale. In south Denver, some neighbors cringe while others embrace the idea. City officials project the city’s profit from hosting the festival at $2 million once attendance grows to 70,000 a day, and they say a portion of that also will benefit surrounding neighborhoods. The festival faced a barrage of concerns from many neighbors for months before the City Council voted 10-3 to approve the five-year agreement. “Just in my gut, it seems like the wrong location to me,” he said. (Gabriel Scarlett, The Denver Post)
 
Superfly Productions received official approval Monday night to launch its latest large music festival in south Denver. Late last week, Marilyn Barela sent a letter to council members that said the new venue, in its first several concerts, had “destroyed our peace and quiet” just north of the park. The Denver contract allows for a three-day weekend festival each September on Overland Park Golf Course, with each event staged the second or third weekend of that month beginning in 2018. Backers, including some prominent neighborhood advocates and voices from the Denver music scene, see the event as a big get for Denver. The city will pocket many times that amount from a 10 percent seat tax and other considerations, including $2 per ticket for a golf fund and $1 per ticket for a community fund — expected to net “five to six figures” each year, promoters say. In the end, Paul Kashmann and Debbie Ortega also voted no. “It’s a contract that protects the golf course, that protects the neighborhood … and brings revenue to the neighborhood that can be used for projects that the citizens have been asking for for years.”
But Councilman Kevin Flynn expressed concern about the golf course site, especially given a previous city policy on admission-based events.

Kesha announces first solo Denver concert in six years

(She split a bill with Pitbull at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in 2013.)
Kesha will play Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on October 24. Her new album, “Rainbow” (out Aug. (Provided by Dhore Fire Media)
Singer Kesha has been synonymous with partying and dumb fun since her breakthrough single “Tik Tok” began rattling every club and car in earshot circa summer 2009. Tickets are $42.50-$48.00 and go on sale Aug. 11 via RCA), is her first in five years, and a shade darker than we’re used to seeing from the pop songstress. Check out “Praying,” the first single from her upcoming album, below. 3 at 10 a.m. 5 at 10 a.m. Luke, of sexual assault, and has in turn been sued for defamation by the producer — Kesha has rethought her sound. On the heels of that album, Kesha has announced a new North American tour, which includes a Denver date, her first solo show here since 2011. But, in the wake of a troubling couple of years for the pop star — she accused producer Lukasz Gottwald, AKA Dr. A copy of Kesha’s new album will be bundled with every pair of tickets sold. via livenation.com. A Citi card member presale goes live on Aug. Kesha will debut her new sound in Denver in October.

Single tickets to Colorado Symphony 2017-18 season on sale now

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“Halloween Spooktacular!”, Oct. 5. The young conductor will lead a number of fun shows for concertgoers of all ages, from a live screening and score of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to “ROCK ON!”, a night of pop hits from the 70’s and 80’s featuring Springsteen, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen and more. Highlights include contemporaries like Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming; tributes to artists past like Prince and Ella Fitzgerald; and a bevy of classics including Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Aaron Copland, Wagner and more. 28
Ravel’s “Bol éro,” Nov. 5-6
Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Jan. The Colorado Symphony featuring Music Director Brett Mitchell. (Lock+Land, provided by the Colorado Symphony)
Hark ye! 8-9
“A Colorado Christmas,” Dec. 11
Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. Related Articles

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This is also the first season with 38-year-old Brett Mitchell at the helm as the new music director. 20-22
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Oct. 15-17
Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Sept. 5., Sept. “I’m as proud of the wide variety and high quality of programming as I am honored to take the podium for our first season together.”
Mitchell’s arrival has raised hopes of revitalizing the 28-year-old orchestra. 30
Purple Rain: The Music of Prince, Oct. 19-21
“John Williams: An American Journey,” Feb. Tickets for the Colorado Symphony’s 2017-18 season are now on sale. 3, April 13-14
Wagner: “The Ring” Without Words, April 20-22
“ROCK ON! Mitchell comes from the renowned Cleveland Symphony, where he served as associate conductor and as music director of the organization’s Youth Orchestra. With the Colorado Symphony,” May 19

  “Our entire 2017/18 season is an outstanding mix of repertoire with concerts for every musical taste,” said Mitchell, who assumed the role of music director on July 1. 22-24
Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Sept. 1” with Olga Kern, March 2-4
“Video Games Live Returns!”, March 9-10
“John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration,” March 23
Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. A partial list of concerts:

Opening Weekend: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 15-17
Too Hot to Handel, Dec. 7
Mozart’s “Requiem,” Oct. 9-10
Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy Awards, Feb. 24
Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 15 with a three-day performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. (Photo by LOCK + LAND, provided by the Colorado Symphony)
The season will officially kick off on Fri., Sept. CSO music director Brett Mitchell. The canonical classic will be held at the Colorado Symphony’s home, Boettcher Concert Hall, the first “in-the-round” symphony hall in the U.S. For a full list of concerts, as well as descriptions and ticket information, visit coloradosymphony.org/tickets, or call the box office at 303-623-7876. 22-23

2018

Movie at the Symphony: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in Concert, Jan. 13-15
Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” Oct.

Sleep Machine – Wild For You lyrics

You’re the lion that I’m taming
And now I’m not the same
We’re swinging in the jungle, baby
You’re my Tarzan and I’m your Jane

Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
I’m wild for you
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
I’m wild for you
Wild for you

Don’t need no sticks to rub together
Skin to skin, we’re making fire
You got me hungry for your pleasure
I’m gonna jump you like a tiger

Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
I’m wild for you
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
I’m wild for you
Wild for you

(x3)
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
Oho, oho, oho, oho-oh,
I’m wild for you

Wild for you
Wild for you
Wild for you
Wild for you

Cheech & Chong – Sister Mary Elephant lyrics

I gotta go to the can, man Thank you

Now class, I have a surprise for you
I’m going to read you some poems
Out of this lovely book of poetry
The sun kisses the morning skies
The birds kiss the butterflies
The dew kisses the morning grass

Class, class, cla… Class, class, cla, shut up! Wake up! Good morning, class
Good morning, class
Class, good, shut up! Yes, read your essay, please
Uh, I don’t have it finished yet
Well then, read what you have, young man

Okay, the first day on my vacation
What I did on my summer vacation
The first day on my vacation, I woke up
Then I went downtown to look for a job
Then I hung out in front of the drugstore

The second day on my summer vacation, I woke up
Then I went downtown to look for a job
Then I hung out in front of the drugstore
The third day on my summer vacation, I woke up

(Now that’s fine, young man)
Then I went downtown to look for a job
(That’s fine, young man)
Then I got a job
(Young man, young man, young man)
Then I hung out in front of the drugstore
The fourth day on my

Shut up! Thank you

Young man, now give me that knife, thank you
Now class, you all know who I am
So let’s find out who you are

Class, class, shut up! Thank you

Now class, Sister Rosetta has informed me
That your assignment for the last two months
Has been to write an essay entitled
‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation’
Who would like to read theirs before the class? Thank you

As you know your regular teacher
Sister Rosetta Stone is on a small vacation
However she does send her love,
And these finger paintings and dust cloths she is making

I am your substitute teacher, Sister Mary Elephant
Class, attention, attention, class, class, shut up! Thank you

Young man in the first row, stand up
State your name and read your essay

Who me?

Wild Love – California Sunset lyrics

Those sun kissed girls
And that look in their eyes
They don’t know what they wanna do
With their lives
So you don’t have to go
Get away from here
Cause if you have to know I wanna show that there’s more to you than just a
Pretty girl, looking for salvation

See I don’t wanna change your mind
I don’t know what we’ll do with our time
Just leave as it stands on this California Sun…sunset
Sunset
I know you’re looking for something new a little heart, someone to stay
True
But don’t forget this
California sunset

You’re a crowd pleaser
Everyone wants you for themselves
But I can see you’re sick and tired of how your life’s planned out
See I don’t wanna change your mind
I don’t know what we’ll do with our time
Just leave it as it stands on this California sunset, sunset

See I don’t want change your mind
I don’t know what we’ll do with our time
Just leave it as it stands on this California sun..sunset
Sunset
I know you’re looking for something new a little heart, someone to stay
True
But don’t forget this
California sunset

Tristyn Leach – Tongue Tied lyrics

Well I heard the other day from a friend of mine
That you were lonely for my love but too shy to ask
Well if its true, who’s gonna make the first move

Well all I wanna do is lay these fears to rest
So I can feel love and nothing less
But i never could, say what i should

Oh the words they build up on my mind
Just like a wall
And when i begin to speak
They just tumble and fall
And i get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yi yied yeah
I get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yied yeah
I get tongue tied

Well the tears flow steady like a silent stream
There’s a water fall flowing washing over me
Like rain, as the words wash away in vain

Yeah out flows the old dreams as in flows the new
As i try to tell you again how i feel about you
But like the tide, i always shy away. no what to say
I trip up on my words again and again
You knock me right of my feet
Every time i try to speak
All i can say is err hmm err

And i get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yi yied
I get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yi yied
I get tongue tied Oh the words build up on my mind
Just like a wall
And when i begin to speak
They just tumble and fall
And i get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yi yied
I get tongue tied
I get tongue ti yi yi yied
I get tongue tied

Now i never know.

Katy Perry – Tsunami lyrics

The world’s your oyster,
And I am the pearl. [Chorus]
So, baby, come and take a swim with me,
Make me ripple ’til I’m wavy. Open waters,
Sink into me slowly. [Bridge]
Oh, you’re waking up an ocean of emotion
That my body can’t hide (can’t hide)
Tsunami
Oh, now you’re soaked in my devotion
Cause you’ve opened up a paradise (inside)
Tsunami
Oh, tsunami

[Outro]
So, baby, come and take a swim with me (take a swim with me)
Make me ripple ’til I’m wavy (make me ripple, baby)
Don’t be scared to dive in deep (don’t be scared)
And start a tsunami
Tsunami [Verse 2]
Don’t fight, just ride,
The rhythm of the tide. We swirl, we spin,
Salted, sun-kissed skin. Anchor in me,
Get lost at sea. Embrace the breeze,
And sail away smoothly. [Chorus]
So, baby, come and take a swim with me,
Make me ripple ’til I’m wavy. We float together,
Whatever weather. Don’t be scared to dive in deep,
And start a tsunami,
Tsunami. [Verse 1]
Please don’t tip-toe,
Come close, let’s flow. Don’t be scared to dive in deep,
And start a tsunami,
Tsunami.

Katy Perry – Miss You More lyrics

[Chorus]
I miss you more than I loved you, I do
I miss you more than I loved you. We didn’t lose, we didn’t win. [Chorus]
I miss you more than I loved you, I do
I miss you more than I loved you. (I wonder what we could have been)
I miss you more than I loved you, oh, I do,
I miss you more than I loved you. (I wonder what we could have been)
I miss you more than I loved you, oh, I do,
I miss you more than I loved you. And darling, you know that I’ll do the same. (I wonder what we could have been)
I miss you more than I loved you, oh, I do,
I miss you more than I loved you. [Pre-Chorus]
Though we’re no longer in existence,
Baby, you’ll always be in my orbit. (I wonder what we could have been)

[Verse 2]
Saw a balloon floating away,
I thought did someone let go,
Or did they lose it? I pressed play, I should haven’t,
Congratulations,
But do you ever wonder what we could have been? So strange you know all my secrets,
Please keep them safe. [Verse 1]
Saw your picture on accident,
Your face has changed,
The lines are sinking in. (Sometimes I wonder what we could have been)

[Chorus]
I miss you more than I loved you, I do
I miss you more than I loved you. [Outro]
You’ll always be in my orbit,
You’ll always be in my orbit. [Bridge]
We were a match but not a fit,
We were a dream, unrealistic. But your mind plays tricks with distance,
Always makes things feel so unfinished.