For two nights this past weekend, April 10th & 11th, the Boulder Theater was transported into the 70s funk era - but with a modern twist. BoomBox, a psychedelic-electro duo took over Boulder and threw down for their Colorado fans.
Looking around the room, I noticed a beautiful diversity in the audience. Anywhere from 60-somethings to teenagers, wookies to parents, and every style in between was present. It’s a beautiful thing when you realize the common denominator: we all came to boogie down. The way the lights were adjusted, every face was illuminated in a splash of rainbow. Feeling refreshed by the luminescence, I watched as the crowd moved, the lights played tricks on the ceiling, BoomBox jammed out.
Mikey Thunder opened the night. He got the audience hyped up and on their feet while still maintaining a balance that kept all generations interested. He mixed Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” to a house bpm, which seemed to please the audience. However, I felt that after twenty minutes of his set, I was hearing the same beat just with different rhythms on top of it.
Needless to say, when BoomBox appeared on the stage around 11pm, I was thrilled. Randolph plugged his decks into the chords while Mikey was still playing, syncing up their beat to his for a smooth transition. Subsequently, Mikey Thunder unplugged his gear, packed up his backpack, and left the stage without a proper applause. Decked out in a funky hat, track pants, a Chicago Bulls jersey, a signature feather boa wrapped around his microphone, and sunglasses to hide his eyes, Godchaux started strumming a random tune.
It would be very difficult to know that BoomBox is comprised of only two guys if you couldn’t see the stage and had no previous knowledge. Their pre-recorded sounds seem so live it’s unbelievable, especially with Godchaux strumming the guitar. At one point, Randolph took a break from the decks and jammed on the drums, proving his musicianship past the computer. Godchaux jumped in on the bongos and the crowd went wild.
Something I noticed throughout the show was that these are men of very few words, and a whole lotta soul. They let the music speak for itself, cutting out the unnecessary time on the mic to maximize that of the music. Their live show is exceedingly impressive because their whole set is on-the-spot - all they do is play what comes to their fingertips and makes sense with the vibe of the crowd. This keeps every song fresh and creates a very diverse set. BoomBox’s music is the type that you can choose any rhythm or pace to dance to, and there isn’t a single person who just can’t figure out how to move with the music. Less than 1% of the audience was standing still - even those on the balcony, like me, still bobbed their heads and wobbled back and forth.
BoomBox’s set never gets overwhelmingly loud or demanding; it was purposefully chill enough so that it was possible to actually socialize with the people standing near. There was so much love in the clouded, sweet-smelling air it was almost tangible.
Written By: Jaelyn Kohl
Photos By: Emily Carlson
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