Hometown Heroes flow with the crowd on Friday night
It’s hard to describe exactly what kind of music the Flobots are. They’re kind of a hip-hop group, but they aren’t exactly sporting bling and pourin’ some out for their dawgs, and they are kind of a rock band, except the lyrical flow these guys put down isn’t something you would hear on the rock station. Some call them political hip-hop, some call them alternative rock, either way they are the Flobots and they have a story to tell. These guys have been once again putting Denver in the musical spotlight, blowing up the music charts in recent years with some of their hits and pushing for political and social change. So, naturally, the Ogden Theatre was packed to the brim on Friday night for the band’s CD release show for their new album, "Survival Story."
The night opened up with another unique flavor from Denver, Air Dubai. The band definitely got the crowd to wake up with a refreshingly original mix of soul-style vocals mixed with hip-hop lyrics, all backed by psychedelic instrumentals. To follow was The Pirate Signal, a hip-hop duo that has recently been stealing the spotlight here in Denver. Then the almighty Flobots took the stage, more than warmly welcomed by their hometown fans. The band played a mix of their older hits such as “Rise” and that song you couldn’t get out of your head a few years ago (“Handlebars”), along with some music from the new album. And of course, in true Flobots style, creativity was bursting from the stage. The set opened with a Japanese taiko drummer, Brer Rabbit was doing a pop-and-lock robot dance that made the crowd go nuts, and there was even a special appearance from local superstar Matt Morris, who sang a song with the band.
There was definitely local pride in the air for it’s more recent charttoppers. There was even rumor that the mayor was tucked away in the V.I.P. section. Once again, Colorado churns up another musical masterpiece.