Sonic Bloom Pre-Party Night 1
Even those who walked past Cervante’s box office the first night of the Sonic Bloom Pre-Party could feel the excitement building for the approaching event. Although tickets were not sold out, Sonic Bloom posted on the Friday night Pre-Party Facebook event page, “Tickets are flying right now... better grab one if you wanna get in tonight. (don't say we never warned you) ;)” This post must have caused frenzy amongst Sonic Bloom fans because there was a line out the box office door before the event started. Within a few short hours tickets were sold out. The 2-stage event had a killer line-up planned for the first night of a two-night extravaganza. Opiuo, Random Rab, Ill-Esha, and Templo dominating the main stage, while Nominus, DeFunk, Whitebear, Janover & ReSUNator, and Fillabusta ruled the second stage.
Cervantes began to fill with excited music lovers around 10 pm as Ill-Esha was taking the main stage. Equipped with a mixer, mic, and keytar, Ill-Esha sang and raged her way into the hearts of those on the dance floor. The female bass music power-producer showcased several tracks from her upcoming album, hyping everyone for what was sure to be an amazing night. One of the highlights of Ill-Esha’s performance was when a trapeze artist descended from the ceiling, clearing a circle on the dance floor. The trapeze artist gracefully moved in the air to Ill-Esha’s beats, providing the crowd with a taste of performances to come at Sonic Bloom Music Festival.
11 pm marked the end of Ill-Esha’s set and the beginning of Random Rab’s hour and a half long journey to new realms and dimensions. Random Rab’s beautiful synths, vocals, and bass patterns calmed the vibe of the party, transitioning attendees from a hard and heavy head-bob to a full body groove. Special guest performers Bartow Mills accompanied the beautiful set on the hang and Jamie Janover on the hammer dulcimer. While Random Rab entranced “Sonic Bloomers” at the main stage, Whitebear was killing the second stage in the other room.
The second stage at the event never experienced a moment without a non-stop dance party. Whitebear performed from 11 pm to 12 am, followed by an hour long set by DeFunk. Two massive wooden hummingbirds hovering over the musicians at the second stage captured the essence of Sonic Bloom. Whitebear threw down a bass heavy set, while DeFunk layered funk and hip-hop samples over one another. Around 12:25 am the second stage began to open up, meaning the headlining act, Opiuo, was about to begin.
The main stage area was packed from wall to wall with eager Opiuo fans. Everyone could feel the tension in the air, anticipating Opiuo to appear on stage at any moment. By no time the New Zealand producer emerged on stage and the crowd went ballistic. He opened his set with the opening hit song off his new Meraki album, “Snorkel.” Armed with a pair of neon orange drumsticks, Opiuo banged away at his drum machine all while mixing in funky bass lines. The hour and half long set was filled with features off the new album alongside older tracks and hip-hop bangers. He dropped his Ray Charles remix, “Good Thymes!” carrying the funky theme on its shoulders. “Do you guys like hip-hop?!” yelled the producer as he began playing “Benzie Box” by Danger Doom- the crowd went wild. The air was heavy and the crowd was sweaty from everyone dancing like it was their last show ever.
The evening came to a climatic end when Opiuo took a picture of the entire crowd, claiming Denver was the best city and he wanted the whole world to know. The topic of conversation as the venue cleared out seemed to be how amazing the night ended. The event jam-packed with live artists, performers, and amazing bass-heavy music left attendees craving Sonic Bloom Music Festival. However, it seems as though we will all have to thrive off of our memories of the Sonic Bloom Pre-Party for one more month.
Written by: David Giovannini