Art, music, and dance radiate at the Fillmore
The night kicked off with acclaimed artist Alex Grey and his wife Allyson as they talked about their organization, CoSM, sharing stories of existentialism, love, drug use, and a slew of other topics you'd expect to overhear in Boulder. Alex and Allyson each painted a piece onstage during each set from Nadis Warriors, to Tipper and finally the headliner, Beats Antique.
Beats Antique's set was nothing short of beautiful, curious, and creatively crafted. The group, formed in 2007, blends their genre-bending music (complete with elecritc sax, clarinet, banjo, sitar and drums) with performance art. Bellydancer Zoe Jakes was captivating to watch, wearing her emotions on her (bare) sleeve. It was hard not to watch her the entire time, but we think that's the point. The lights, dancing, and music wove together uncoventionally, but flawlessly in its own way.
With an unpredictable show, fans danced freely anywhere there was room. If someone wasn't moving, even in the slightest, they probably didn't have a pulse (or a soul). The beats were infectious whether they sounded more tribal, world, electronic, or some other mind-boggling sound we couldn't quite put our finger on but loved anyway.
Beats brought on opener Nadis Warriors for vocals and more dancers joined the stage at different points, never detering from keeping the free-loving crowd on their toes. The entire show was an early Christmas present (or Hanukkah, or Kwanza) for the eyes, ears, and spirit. Beats played well after midnight and we're still feeling the positive vibes. —Taylor Coughlin, Metromix.