Review: Big Gigantic takes over Red Rocks Amphitheater
On top of a mountain, on a beautiful Friday night, dance-music duo Big Gigantic played to a sold-out crowd at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. This annual show in Big G’s hometown, this year dubbed “ROWDYTOWN III,” was for the first time a two-night event with a different lineup each night. On the first night of ROWDYTOWN III, Savoy, DVBBS, The Floozies, and Trippy Turtle performed. With a capacity of almost 10,000 and two massively giant rocks on each side of the main seating area, Red Rocks is a powerful area for live music. The first installment of ROWDYTOWN, in 2012, was also the first time an artist had ever used the giant red rock walls of the amphitheater to project their visuals, and they set a wonderful precedent for years to come. I must say – the visuals on the walls were absolutely mind-bending (but we will get to that later)!
The anticipation rose steadily as the night went on, reaching a fever pitch when Big Gigantic took the stage. The energy was palpable and the music was incredibly moving, inspiring, and dance-worthy. This was my first time experiencing Red Rocks Amphitheater, and I was blown away with this performance in such a sacred space. Big G kept up with the crowd’s energy throughout the show, making for an unforgettable evening as thousands of humans danced the night away together. The duo played classics from their first album Nocturnal (2012), and hits from their newest album The Night Is Young (2014), keeping the set lively and fresh. As always, Dominic killed it on the saxophone, grooving from note to note as gracefully as a ballet dancer. His sound is a huge part of what makes Big G unique, and you couldn’t help but jam to the beautiful tunes.
Halfway through the show, the local high school band came out and played alongside the duo. The combination of Big Gigantic and a full high school band up in the mountains was truly incredible. They belted out multiple songs together, and you could tell from the smiles on the students’ faces that they were thrilled to perform there. The projections on the rock walls intensified throughout the show, and by the end they were mind-blowingly trippy. At this point they were projecting on both walls, which took the visuals to a whole new level. I have seen many types of projections and visuals at other shows and festivals, but nothing I have seen before utilized the natural space like this. It was funky and unique!
Overall the show was truly incredible, with an awesome lineup at a killer venue. The energy Big Gigantic showed on stage translated to a show full of dancing and smiles that lasted through the entire night. As Big G came out for their encore, I smiled and looked up at the stars – I have never seen so many stars at a music event before. This was truly a special show and gathering; there are only a handful of times that I have felt this magic at a one-night show. I look forward to the next time I have the honor of watching this duo perform. Thanks for tuning in, and check below for a few more photos from this epic show!