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Snoozing is high praise for this Denver-based leader in minimalist classical music

“I don’t have a canon to work with necessarily,” he said. They can last awhile longer than most classical music concerts — sometimes up to five hours. He cares deeply about people. “It’s like whistling in a digital hurricane,” he said. He returned the following evening to perform the entirety of Dennis Johnson’s 1959 five-hour minimalist epic, “November.” TimeOut New York called Lee’s recording of the marathonic melody “superhuman.”

“Listening to this music is like looking at a statue,” the pianist said. Twitter allows him to engage with composers and connoisseurs across the world. “Andy’s very humanistic in the way he lives his life. He teaches music and serves as the associate university minister for liturgical and sacred music at Regis University. During the first set, Lee performed a piece by Jürg Frey that involved repeating the same perfect fourth 468 times in a row. “It’s wonderful to find these pieces and be able to champion them.”
Minimal music has analogues in various other media, including painting, sculpture, poetry, literature and architecture. That opens up a lot of sonic possibilities.”
Classical music isn’t known for innovation. He’ll often tell the audience beforehand: You don’t have to stay the whole time. Free hour-long shows on Facebook Live broadcast his minimal music to a younger cohort who might not frequent the concert hall. Its very name relegates the genre to a pre-modern, bygone era long-argued dead. (In 2011, he recorded his own interpretation of “The Time Curve Preludes,” a 2012 Critic’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine.) The fledgling label has developed a reputation as an outlet for minimal and electro-acoustic music. “It’s a great thing, and it’s also a struggle. The discovery changed Lee’s life, steering him away from canonical classicalists toward contemporaries. Lee grew up listening to Beethoven and Rachmaninoff outside Kansas City, far from the neighborhood in south Manhattan where minimal music was first developed in the 1960s. “There’s more than enough work that needs advocacy, more than enough to keep me interested and curious.” In March 2013, he played a solo piano composition over two nights at a café in London. Andrew Lee when you fall asleep at his performances. At the same time, everyone has the same tools at their disposal. Many take him up on the offer and leave early. I can reach anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world. In 2010, he and David McIntire, a friend from grad school and current assistant professor of music technology at Missouri Western State University, co-founded Irritable Hedgehog Music, which has produced all 10 of Lee’s albums. “He realized then that he wanted to work with composers still alive,” said Andrew Granade, a professor of musicology at UMKC who advised Lee’s dissertation. The listening experience is one that you enter into, as the music tends to dwell on ideas and doesn’t rush forward or have a sense of busyness to it. So trying to stand out can be difficult.”
Between his label, his position at Regis and the avant-garde nature of the genre, he has a level of creative flexibility available to few other classicalists. “And if you’re entering into the piece to the extent that you’re so relaxed that you’re able to fall asleep, I think something right has happened.”
Lee, who lives in Denver, is a recognized leader of minimal music, a reductive genre of contemporary classical that uses sparse chords, simple melodies and extended repetition to strip down sound to its most basic elements. (Provided by BRS Photography)
It doesn’t bother pianist R. But that doesn’t faze the 35-year-old, who teaches music and serves as the associate university minister for liturgical and sacred music at Regis University. The flip side is that we engage with a really enthusiastic and loyal group of listeners, and we have made some recordings which are regarded as benchmark performances of the work in question.”
On stage, his sonic experiments come to life with glacial patience. “Every now and then I’ve had cool ideas, but I’m more than content with exploring what’s already been written,” he said. Lee has dabbled in music writing of his own, but only fleetingly. R. Though he still tours the traditional circuit — symphony centers, art galleries, music halls — Lee has taken concerts to the cloud. “I think you really have to enter into this kind of music,” he said. Related Articles

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He didn’t expect to stumble upon the austere school of sound. It was a revelation to him when he realized that instead of wondering what a composer would have wanted, he could just ask them himself.”
He’s collaborated with composers across the globe, helping to chart the course of the living genre as an acclaimed performer, as a teacher and conductor at Regis, where he’s worked for seven years, and even as a record executive. Instead, he envisions his role as that of an alarm clock, waking up the world to dormant music yet unappreciated. “You can get close, you can back off, you can move around. But Lee, a millennial minimalist, has brought new life to the ostensibly moribund style through social media. At UMKC, a mentor introduced him to “The Time Curve Preludes,” a watershed post-minimal composition penned in 1978 by the American composer William Duckworth. “To us, this music isn’t really ‘experimental’ or avant-garde,” McIntire said. Andrew Lee, 35, is a leader of minimal music, a reductive genre of contemporary classical. Not everyone appreciates it that way, and we are well aware that this is not a mass-appeal genre. The native Missourian followed a largely traditional path in classical training: a bachelor of music in piano performance at Truman State University, followed by a master’s in music in 2006 and a doctorate in 2010 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “We are engaged with it because we take real pleasure from it; it stimulates and nourishes us as much as any other sort of music.

Beers, Bikes and Bands: Your guide to RiNo’s Velorama Colorado festival

Even better, thanks to splashy musical acts — headliner Wilco is popular enough to have sprouted a music festival of its own in Massachusetts —  the event promises to pull fans who think a peloton is some Darwinian term for a pelican skeleton. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Velorama Colorado will host a super-sized version of the Denver Flea, the local artisans’ gussied-up take on the swap meet that has taken shoppers by storm since it kicked off three years ago. Boulder-based biking collective PeopleForBikes is organizing daily cruiser rides to Velorama Colorado from north, east, south and west Denver all weekend. But if you have to pick one day, go Sunday. Instead, it booked all three. Don’t own a bike? Broadway St., 2751 Larimer St. Indeed, the Aug. The rides depart from Berkeley Lake Park, Sloan’s Lake Park, Washington Park and City Park on Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Passes to the festival range from $45 for a general admission day pass to $750 for a three-day VIP pass and are available via axs.com. See the full list of after-party events here. Everything we know about Denver’s proposed massive music festival

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Lest you forget, Velorama Colorado is the starting and finish line for the third and fourth stage of the Colorado Classic bicycle race. IF YOU GO:
Velorama Colorado. (Provided by the Colorado Classic)
The dizzying whirl of concerts, food and accompanying Velorama Colorado makes you wonder: Is there a pro-cycling race under there? The three closest stations are 2490 N. for a lap around City Park and are expected to return around 3 p.m. 11-13. Watching your racing figure? For you gluten haters, Stem Ciders and C Squared Ciders will be serving up boozy apple beverages all weekend. This is Denver, so there’s not one but two juice trucks (Real Deal Juices and Pressed Juice Daily), an offering from the fruit-forward Sunshine Bowls and the healthy-headed Keenwah, Co., among others, to prime those pedal-happy calves. Los Angeles rock quartet the Shelters play Globe Hall on Friday night and a buzzy set by Wilco side-project the Autumn Defense will echo through Erico Motorsports on Saturday. For more information on getting to the festival, check out Velorama Colorado’s website. The shows start Friday at 6 p.m. If that’s too intense, you can join the family ride around the criterium at 10:30 a.m. Best of all, the only thing you need to bring is your shameless need to win: The festival will provide the trikes. For those looking to enter in a lower-stakes competition, the adult “High Rollers” tricycle race closes out Saturday night on a goofy note. For the youngins who  like competition but haven’t mastered the art of pedaling, the kids’ strider race hits the criterium at 11:20 a.m., no registration required. There’s a public parking lot nearby the festival between Blake and Walnut streets west of Broadway, for both bikes and cars. The festival’s family-focused final day kicks off at 9 a.m. Factor that in with a handful of other sturdy rock acts from home (Tennis, Rob Drabkin) and far (Saint Motel, La Santa Cecilia), and you’ve got a roster that’s as ambitious (and Baby Boomer-slanted) as any of Denver’s current regional music festivals. (The women’s teams are not racing in Denver.)
Even after the winner of the Colorado Classic has been crowned, there’s still plenty to see. Velorama Colorado has teamed up with Drink RiNo, a local trade association for craft adult beverage producers in the neighborhood, to pour the neighborhood’s proudest quaffs. On Saturday, your bike tykes can ride Denver’s Colorado Classic circuit in esteemed company when Mayor Hancock leads kids around the criterium starting at Walnut and 31st streets at 9 a.m. If that’s you, don’t fret. (A second bike valet is stationed in section A of the Colorado Rockies lot A.)  If you are driving, be wary of the traffic around the festival, which will be diverted around the bike race starting Friday at 4 p.m. Below, find our primer on what to know about Velorama Colorado when it rolls up to Denver’s RiNo neighborhood this weekend. Food and drink
Like any music festival worth its salty, delicious french fries (we’re looking at you, Spud Nation), Velorama Colorado will be humming with food trucks — 26 of them, to be exact, serving up just about every kind of grub you can imagine. That’s not necessarily a code word for “boring”; it just means it calls for some patience — and, ideally, the proper drink. (Provided by High Road Touring)
Things to do
Booking any one of the alt-rock groups The New Pornographers, Death Cab For Cutie or Wilco as a headliner would have been enough to tell you Velorama Colorado is serious about its live music. with a teens-and-under race around the criterium. Even the hardiest snobs wouldn’t turn their waxed mustaches up at the beer selection, which features RiNo favorites like Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Ratio Beerworks and Blackshirt Brewing. On Saturday, the men’s 18 six-man teams from around the world will take off from the festival grounds for the Peak-to-Peak highway circuit at 1:30 p.m., and should finish sometime around 4:40 p.m. 11-13 festival’s raison d’être is the Colorado Classic, the latest attempt at making stage-based bicycle racing succeed in Colorado. Where races like the Coors Classic and USA Pro Challenge fell off, the three-day Velorama Colorado hopes it can keep people’s interest longer than the minute or so it takes a throng of cyclists to whizz past the gallery on a circuit. For example, local tube-meat favorite Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, The Sweet Cow Moo Mobile (and an assortment of other ice cream parlors on wheels), and Super Heady Tacos — which lives up to the name — will all be on site. The festival has organized a handful of amateur races throughout the weekend, including three fixed-gear bike races (Friday, starting at 8:40 p.m.), a Battle of the Badge race that pits Denver’s police officers versus its firefighters (Saturday at 5:15 p.m.), and a pedal-hopper race, pitting several of those 16-tops on wheels you see pedaling at a crawl from bar to bar (Friday at 10:30 p.m.). and 3000 Lawrence St. Related Articles

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Getting There
The festival grounds extend from Walnut Street between 28th and 35th streets to the train tracks north of Rockies parking lot B, where the music stage is set up. (See our full rundown of road closures here.) But in the spirit of the festival, two wheels are better than four. On Sunday, they’ll push off at 12:20 p.m. Take one of Denver’s shared B-cycle bikes there. If you’re the team leader of a pack of little ones, there’s plenty of fun to be had from between the training wheels. veloramacolorado.com. For the bonk-proof partiers among us, a handful of festival-sanctioned after-parties await at venues near the festival. No matter your potion, the festival has you covered. The one at the festival will be the largest version of the market yet, with more than 200 vendors, including local jeweler Storytelling Strands, printmaker Bungaloo, alpaca product purveyors (wrist warmers, finger puppets, chullos — you name it) Shabby Alpaca and many more. 11-13. Velorama Colorado comes to RiNo  Aug. All right, overachiever. with La Santa Cecilia and wrap up on Sunday evening with Old 97’s. Like baseball, bicycle racing is a spectator sport. If grapes are your game, check out the brand new Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery as well as old favorite Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, where Lance Armstrong will be posted up from Thursday to Sunday to live-stream his cycle-centric podcast, “Stages.” Seriously. Veteran alt-rock outfit Wilco, which founded a festival of its own in Chicago, headlines the festival’s music lineup. Bonus: Those who sign up for the cruiser ride are automatically entered to win one of two Spot Brand bicycles. Rockies parking lot B and surrounding streets, Aug. The festival doubles as a finish line for the Colorado Classic pro cycling race.

Taylor Swift trial: Swift team says alleged 2013 assault changed how the singer approaches fans

She meets with sick fans or longtime fans who haven’t been able to go attend concerts. “It absolutely shattered our trust,” Andrea Swift testified. Despite her many years in the industry and thousands of engagements with fans, this was the first time the singer was sexually assaulted, her mother Andrea Swift testified Wednesday in U.S. The singer countersued with claims of assault and battery. He sued Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, who doubled as senior management at the time, and the singer’s radio promotions manager, claiming they got him fired on false allegations. Related Articles

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Yes, you can go to the Taylor Swift trial. She doesn’t charge for meet-and-greets. Mueller, a former radio disc jockey accused of groping Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar’s ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims. In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confers with her attorney as David Mueller, back left, and the judge look on during a civil trial in federal court Tuesday, Aug. Additionally, the team ran background checks on meet-and-greet attendees, she testified. Things have been very different for Taylor Swift’s team since 2013. Meet-and-greets were shrunk to smaller numbers as security started using metal detectors and wands. Mueller says he did not assault the singer. “It made us do a bunch of things differently.”
Taylor Swift stopped going into the crowds, she said. In that year, Swift says she was groped during a meet-and-greet before a concert in Denver. 17. Taylor Swift makes sure her fans are treated well and with respect, Andrea Swift testified Wednesday. This story was first published on DenverPost.com But lots of things have changed since that 2013 concert. The trial continues Thursday and is scheduled to last through Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. District Court. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

Swift is currently in a civil trial with a former radio host from Denver, David Mueller, the man she said groped her. Stages are set up so the singer can be close to fans and she used to walk through the aisles in the crowd, playing music, she said.

“He grabbed my bare ass,” Taylor Swift testifies about groping incident

He said he accidentally touched her ribs. But her bodyguard, Greg Dent, who was standing nearby saw the move from his position, which was diagonally behind her, she said. Mueller, 55, has testified that the photo shoot was sudden, and that there was jostling as he joined Swift, sliding into the frame with his hand extended. Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault, and is asking for a symbolic $1 judgment. Was it under her skirt or on the outside? When she realized the touch was intentional, she moved away from him, and closer to Melcher. While Dent saw Mueller lift Swift’s skirt he didn’t see where Mueller put his hand, McFarland said. In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday, Aug. But Mueller, who worked at KYGO, a country and western radio station in Denver, acted as though he expected her to know who he was. “My focus was on the fans,” she said. The case is being tried in federal court under a law allowing the proceeding when the parties live in separate states and the dispute involves a damages claim higher than $75,000. The former radio host was loud, and from the couple’s demeanor Swift concluded they had a few cocktails prior to arriving, “which is perfectly normal,” she said. “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand he didn’t touch my arm, he grabbed my bare ass,” she said. Mueller then thrust his hand underneath her dress, latched onto her bottom, and held on even though she moved away from him, leaning closer to Melcher. Her reaction when they apologize is, “That’s fine.”
Her meeting with Mueller was nothing like that. “It was a very shocking thing that never happened to me before. The only way anyone would have known exactly where Mueller’s hand went would have been if someone “was positioned underneath my skirt, and we didn’t have anyone doing that,” Swift said. 10, 2017, in Denver. Her hour-long testimony may have featured the highest number of times the words “ass” and “cheek” have been used in combination in a courtroom. When Mueller’s attorney asked Swift if she was angry at her bodyguard, she replied, “No. The photo shoot was held in front of a back drop, so most people in the room couldn’t see Mueller put his hand up her dress, Swift said. Did Mueller touch her in any other inappropriate way, McFarland asked. Swift replied that other than grabbing her bottom “and refusing to let go, he did not touch me inappropriately.”
McFarland wanted to know why Swift, who had continued to greet waiting fans, didn’t immediately tell her management team what had happened. I got as far away from him as I could.”
Some of Swift’s answers to attorney Gabe McFarland’s questioning, drew chuckles from jurors. He asked repeatedly about the position of Mueller’s hand. Swift seemed exasperated by the repeated questions. “To paraphrase, he  said, ‘I’m with radio, I’m on the morning show’.”
She shook his hand, and they quickly drew together in front of a backdrop to have a picture taken. Mueller sued Swift and others on her team, claiming they cost him his job and is seeking up to $3 million in damages. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. This story was first published on DenverPost.com Swift said she has experienced awkward meetings, with people trying to high-five, jostling each other or making unexpected physical contact. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

She said Mueller’s actions were not “jostling” as he testified. “Rather than grab my ass outside my clothing, he grabbed my ass underneath my clothing,” she said. (Jeff Kandyba, The Associated Press)
Taylor Swift parried a long series of questions Thursday from David Mueller’s lawyer about an interaction during which she says the former radio host groped her before a Denver concert. I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my bare ass.”
Swift said she was shocked and for a few milliseconds thought it was a mistake. On the evening of June 2, 2013, Swift met Mueller, and his girlfriend of the time, Shannon Melcher, at a meet-and-greet prior to a concert at the Pepsi Center. Related Articles

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Globe Hall is hosting a “secret” show this weekend. We have some ideas what it could be.

Extremely random wildcard
Governor Hickenlooper will probably be at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame that night, and he’s more of a position player than a solo act. Globe Hall is throwing a secret show on Sunday. A band from Velorama
Globe Hall is already hosting a handful of artists from this weekend’s Velorama festival, like The Shelters and Old 97’s, so it’s plausible that the mystery show will be one of the festival’s remaining bands. (See: Pretty Lights dropping in on Cervantes last year, Phish’s recent 13-show Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, String Cheese Incident playing the tiny Caribou Room as Whibble, the most jam-band band name there ever was.)
Booking a gig as a “secret show” is well within their ethos, in other words. Further down the bill, bands worth the hubbub of a secret show that aren’t already playing elsewhere that weekend are scarce: The Jawhawks, who are already playing two shows at Velorama earlier on that day, and Denver’s own Tennis. Lance Armstrong will be in town recording his “Stages” podcast at Infinite Monkey Theorum all weekend for Velorama Colorado — maybe he’ll do a live French house remix of this weekend’s episodes? The venue is advertising a secret show for its Sunday night bill, providing no information for the evening’s headliner or supporting act. It does, however, list a time and price: 8 p.m. 3. Pretty Lights is here on Friday and Saturday, but has a show in Baltimore on Sunday, so he’s out. There are, as always, gobs of jam bands and  DJs in Coloardo right now, on tour and at home. But what better place to debut an avante-garde, one-man-band 808-and-banjo project? What more perfect place to debut a live set of new music than a “secret” show at Globe Hall? Related Articles

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2. We reached out to a manager at Globe Hall, who declined to share any further info on the event. (Jeff Davis, JWD Imagery)
If you keep as incessant tabs on Denver’s concert scene as we do, you will have noticed an unusual show listing on Globe Hall’s website this week. Narrowing it down to ones big enough to draw interest for a $25 ticket helps. Big Gigantic is based out of Denver, but they’ll be in Palm Springs playing a pool party at Splash House that day. If we’re really throwing oatmeal at the wall — and we are — let’s not forget that Taylor Swift is in town. 1. A jam band or DJ
The live-music-centric subcultures of the jam and dance world are famous for dreaming up playful ways to make their live shows more interesting than your average one-hour set. and a cool $25. In lieu of comment from the venue, let us commence speculating wildly on who the night’s mystery musician(s) might be. Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong aren’t quite as big, but they’re playing the Boulder Theater the previous night, and were scheduled to play Red Rocks on Sunday with moe., a show that was abruptly canceled a few weeks ago; both bands’ schedules are open on Sunday. Wilco is wishful thinking; a solo set from the band’s frontman Jeff Tweedy, who just released a stellar solo album two months ago, is less so, but still unlikely, considering the ticket price.

Review: A Tribe Called Quest’s final Red Rocks show was everything it needed to be

They slowed to catch their breath, asking the audience to toss them Colorado care packages — “some joints and shrooms” — which soon came hailing down in baggies and plastic tubes like so many bundles of flowers. “This will be our final show here in Denver,” Q-Tip said, whose real name is Jonathan William Davis, after an emotional take on “Find A Way.” Hands folded, Phife Dawg peered over him from a screen behind the DJ deck. And so, as fans came to A Tribe Called Quest looking for a memory, they left, in true ATCQ fashion, with something more: a closed fist. “It is his record. (At a concert in 2017, that manifests itself in a confusing push-pull: whether to soak in every second of these moments as they rapidly bleed out, or record them for posterity.)

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It was a wake — both for Phife and A Tribe Called Quest, who will put the cap on its pen with this run of dates, and on its titanic body of work with its latest album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.” In true ATCQ fashion, it was a woke wake, as much about honoring the dead as it was consoling the living who’ll never be the same without them. It’s Phife Dawg’s turn, but the rapper, who died in 2016 of complications from diabetes, isn’t there. He introduced “Butter” with a funny anecdote about Phife. The show wasn’t promoted as such, but it was assumed to be the group’s last show in Denver after Q-Tip told Billboard last year that the group would disband after its current run of shows. Stashing them side stage, the group let the hits loose. The M.C. (Dylan Owens, The Know)

Watching Q-Tip dash headlong through the crowd, you wouldn’t know that A Tribe Called Quest has been performing “Award Tour” for nearly a quarter century. has the group’s producer, Ali Shaheed Muhammad — “Muhammad, my man” as he’s shouted out in the chorus — spin back the track’s gas of an intro twice while he skips and shuffles around the rowdy first few rows at Red Rocks. Davis fought back a wave of tears and apologized. Here was one of hip-hop’s legendary groups on the heels of a true comeback album — but missing an integral piece. The rapper confirmed the rumor midway through last night’s show. From “Space Program,” its rousing opener, to “Mobius,” the Queens, N.Y., collective packed in six songs in the first 15 minutes. They were finally headlining the state’s most storied venue — but, as we’d find out, for the last time. insisted that he do the “Midnight Marauders” track solo, even though Davis showed him the beat. Hence, that gaping hole on center stage, which said much more than any hologram that would try to fill it, even if Phife himself would have been cool with it. Muhammad led the charge, keeping the rhythm copacetic behind his turntables and Macbook, a vision of the group’s past and present. As that deep cut’s appearance suggests, the group made its last show here count, packing dozens of tracks into its 1½ hour set that wrapped at 11 p.m. The rest of the group emphasize them, but take care not to step on his lines, much like the space around the stand itself, which stood throughout the night. It’s more than any simple reunion tour could bargain for and, if Phife Dawg’s lyrical ideal of the group is any indication, exactly what the late rapper would have wanted: “I don’t really mind if it’s over your head / ’cause the job of resurrectors is to wake up the dead.”
A Tribe Called Quest did not allow professional photographers to shoot this show. He shouts the first verse’s indelible lines — “Lyrically I’m Mario Andretti on the Momo / Ludicrously speedy, or infectious with the slow-mo” — over the din. Fun and funereal, A Tribe Called Quest’s misty, sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday night was a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. Q-tip led the crowd in a chant of the track’s rallying cry, a herald of unity against government racism: “We the people / we are equal.”
In one of its final shows, the foursome left the stage as it first came to us in our headphones: Not merely party-starters, but hype men for the soul, elder statesmen of the rhythmic symposium. “Electric Relaxation,” “Bonita Applebum,” a post-encore “Can I Kick It” — hearing these formative songs live for the first and last time was a bittersweet hello-goodbye, like reuniting with an old friend for the first time in years at a funeral. “We The People …,” the group’s parting track on Thursday night, put a fine point on it. The M.C. A Tribe Called Quest performs at Red Rocks on Aug. It’s my favorite,” Davis concluded. His spry bars pipe through the speakers. The reminder sneaks up on us after the chorus, as a spotlight shines over a lone microphone stand at center stage. 11, 2017.