It was one of the coldest nights of the winter in Boulder, CO on Wedsnesday, Februrary 2nd as temperatures fell down to icy -17 degrees. You wouldn’t think that the inside of the Boulder Theatre was going to end up one of the hottest spots on the planet. Like many bass music fans I braved the cold to catch Steve Aoki’s special performance and as high as my anticipation was, which I know I shared with the rest of the pumped up crowd, I had no idea the type of electro-bumping and earth-shaking dubstep experience I was about to be thrown into.
The night kicked off with local favorite DJ Greg Fisk and then Boulder DJ group Sorry For Partying, part of the well-known resident DJ group Thissongissick.com, who got the crowd jumping early. JFlash then took to the decks as the room began to fill to capacity and brought his usual hyphy set of electro and house that built the hype up big for Steve to take the stage.
In between the local support and Steve Aoki was his very own support DJ and hype-man, Marshall Barnes, who delivered a set of hyphy electro and remixes of classics as the crowd maxed out the Boulder Theatre and began to shake in anticipation for Steve to come out and deliver his 2-hour set.
Steve Aoki kicked off his set with a series of the type of electro bangers that he is most well known for including both mixes of his collab with The Bloody Beetroots, “Warp 1.9 and 7.7″”, original tracks such as “1967″ and “I’m In the House”, as well as many of his popular remixes of songs such as Kanye West ft. Santigold’s “Nasa Gifted”, Weezer’s “I Want You”, Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness”, The Killer’s “Space Man” and Bloc Party’s “Helicopter”.
After an hour or so, Steve Aoki dove into his much-hyped dubstep set, which was the perfect sequel to the electro bangers he was dropping at the beginning of his set. As promised Aoki delivered two new songs from Skrillex: his collab with 12th Planet called “Needed Change”, as well as his brand new remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema”, Sub Focus’s hot remix of Rusko’s “Hold On” ft Amber Coffman, as well as tracks from dubstep super stars such as Skream and Bassnectar.
Throughout his set Steve Aoki delivered the high-energy performance that he is most famous for, bringing out an actual life-raft for people to crowd surf on and spraying bottle after bottle of champaign onto the enthusiastic crowd. His encore included some bangers but also turned back the clock by playing “Circle of Life” from the Disney movie The Lion King and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the final track of the night.
For the second consecutive time, Steve Aoki left a Colorado crowd wanting more and more, and turned the Boulder Theatre into the hottest party in the state on one of the coldest nights of the winter.
All photos captured by Got Bass photographer, Scott Lentz.