BISCO: Off Green / On Point
The laser dust is finally settling after the whirlwind of The Disco Biscuits’ three-day run at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO. The weekend warriors have been heard and the verdict is clear: the trifecta of shows from September 12th to 14th turned out to be a Ruby in the Rough after all. Despite a confusion cocktail of venue changes leading up to the shows, our band once again came through with the magic. I have to be honest; I wasn’t expecting a weekend quite so legendary. I had this idea in my head that due to the series of unfortunate events due to the planning of this production, the mile high mess would continue to escalate and evolve into a Disco Disaster. I envisioned the Ogden Theater overflowing with pissed off fans and disappointment. But after a weekend so unexpectedly uplifting, I am ashamed that I ever doubted our family.
Friday night was looking bleek as the temperatures dropped and the idea of trekking to the Ogden Theater in the predicted snowstorm was the last thing anyone was prepared for. But The Biscuits were in town and that means it’s time to get down! The Ogden was buzzing with family reunions and predictions of what the opening song could possibly be. Nearly every time I heard the question asked, the response was almost always the same – “I don’t care what they play first, I just want to hear them play!” The lights went down after Seven Arrows’ opening set and all attention was locked on the stage in anticipation.
And it was. The whole crowd immediately got the funk down. First set of the weekend was like our Super Bowl kick-off, but way sexier.
Set I: Spectacle > Hot Air Balloon (unfinished) > Grass is Green, Mulberry’s Dream > Spaga (end)
Second set began and we realized we time traveled back to 1999 and The Biscuits were channeling Prince! The Ogden was alive and the second set continued with the highest energy, which set the tone for the entire weekend.
Set II: 1999 > Air Song > Spacebird > Floes, Spaga (dyslexic), Morph (End)
E: Morph (dyslexic) > Mulberry’s Dream (end)
What a dream it was. Mulberry was right – “Life, he said, was all about style.” The Biscuits brought the heat with style and escalating into pure magic.
Round one down and we just could not get enough. The Biscuits were Off the Green and so On Point and when thiey play this well, like Halley’s Comet shooting across the sky, we all step into the night and revel, jaws dropped, in the magnificent sounds coming from these four guys’ instruments. The Ladies Were the Rest of the Night came storming into the Ogden with lights blazing. The energy was so electric – surging rhythmically through Allen‘s drumsticks, dancing off Magner‘s keys, belting out of Jon The Barber‘s silky words and illumination of the melody streaming purely out of his guitar, and finally from Brownie’s bumping bass that brought the light, funky beats to the whole dream.
September 13, 2014 Set I: Ladies > Helicopters, Crystal ball > Dribble > Crystal ball, King Of The World > Ladies Set II: Shelby Rose > The City > Shelby Rose, Basis > AC2B > Basis > AC2B > Basis, Pilin it Higher > Aquatic Ape (fakeout) > Pilin in Higher E: Voices Insane
With the echoes of the epic Saturday show still bouncing off the walls of the Ogden Theater, the idea that our band could possibly top that performance seemed damn near impossible. But then again, that is what the Disco Biscuits do best – the impossible, the unexpected, the downright brilliance that blows me away every time.
The lesson is always the same… Never miss a Sunday show.
I: Hope -> Reactor (ending only), Strobelights & Martinis > Astronaut > Trooper McCue -> Bernstein & Chasnoff (ending only), I Remember When Set II: Safety Dance > Crickets > Gangster > Spacebirdmatingcall > Crickets > Helicopters > Hot Air Balloon (ending only) E: Rock Candy (Sinister Minister)
The whole weekend was like opening a massive Disco Christmas present in slow-motion. The magic kept unfolding with each song, jam and uplifting note that transcended the musical experience we all expected. With every show my belief is reaffirmed – The Disco Biscuits are for lovers, dreamers, and believers in magic. Without fail, this band has the ability to transport us to worlds beyond that which we know.