Tickle Me Pink, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more shared the stage on Saturday
93.3’s Big Gig is a big deal, for many reasons. First, the Big Gig puts an emphasis on showcasing some of the best bands from Colorado as they rise to infamy. Second, being in the age of the iPod and iTunes, radio has seen better days. But, 93.3 appears to be doing better than ever as one of Denver’s top radio stations, and showcases it’s mighty musical goodness by putting on the Big Gig.
Apparently thousands of others are in agreement that the Big Gig is something worth talking about as folks from all over gathered at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on Saturday night to enjoy the best of both the local flavor rising to fame, as well as the legendary big guns taking the stage once again.
Two stages provided the live rocking goodness to fans, with the local’s only stage starting early to warm up the crowd for the evenings events. Some highlights of this years gig included local stars The Darling Theives (Formerly I Hate Kate), which seemed to be one of the hits of the evening. Tickle Me Pink was quick to follow on the mainstage giving a vibrant performance, even covering a Rage Against the Machine song to wrap up their set. The Flobots gave a steady and clean performance, which included Brer Rabbit showing off his pop and lock routine part way through the set.
The best performance of the whole gig though most likely went to Chevelle. The musicianship and clean but heavy set was what most lit up the crowd. The band confessed that Denver was one of their favorite spots to play, citing The Fillmore as a place where they have “played some of the best shows”.
Of course, most attendants to the Big Gig saved their spot at Comfort Dental for the legendary Smashing Pumpkins to take the stage. The band still seems to have quite a following, as fans adoringly sang along to some old favorites like “Today” as well as some of the bands latest creations. Denver’s modern rock station did well making the Big Gig a big deal once again.