If you’ve been to the Red Bull Sound Select shows this year, then you know the magic of them. They started with a bang as Bun B performed his first ever show in Colorado. He ate up the Marquis stage, performing hit after hit with a huge grin and endless charisma. The second show was headlined by Vic Mensa, an unstoppable young force whose creative energy and style is unlike anything we’ve seen from both his predecessors and contemporaries.
The additional beauty of these Red Bull events is in the home state inclusiveness. DJ Low Key, the shows’ curator, deftly compliments the headliners with the best Colorado has to offer. The ReMINDers and FL (all Red Bull Sound Select artists themselves) supported Bun B with their signature enthusiasm and flavor, respectively. Keeping with Vic Mensa’s abstract content and trance-inducing production, CRL CRRLL and BLKHRTS both absolutely stunned the crowd with their sets. Many artists and fans love to wax poetic about not being “local,” but being “independent.” The Red Bull Sound Select shows are the best illustration of that mentality in action.
For the third show on Saturday 8/30, DJ Low Key brings us the Dirty Science Crew, centered by the legendary Exile. As with most great producers, you heard Exile before you even knew it was him you were hearing. In Low Key’s words, “Exile has a fantastic history of putting on ridiculously talented artists like Aloe Blacc, Miguel, Blu & Fashawn.” His MPC game is no joke, and the artists he’s working with (Johaz, Dag Savage, Choosey, and Denmark Vessey) are names to know now, before they’re everywhere later. Notable talents Thurz (formerly of U-N-I) and singer Tiffany Gouché, both from Inglewood, will also grace the stage, rounding out an impressive list of national performers.
Local talent Oren L and Fast4wrd open up this night, another in a series of celebrated line-up choices. Oren accurately reflects the candid and cerebral emcees that Exile famously works with, while Fast4wrd holds down the innovative production element of the show.
The show will be on Meadowlark’s newly renovated patio, so it’s going down early this time around. Get there by 5pm, and make sure you RSVP in advance for a free ticket. If you forget, it’s $5 at the door on a first come first served basis. More info about the artists and event can be found on DJ Low Key’s site as well as on the embedded flier (on which artist Delton Demarest flexes yet again).