Icelantic’s fifth annual Winter on the Rocks was held last night at Colorado’s favorite venue, Red Rocks Amphitheater. This year some great talent was brought together that satisfied all of the musical cravings we had been storing up during Red Rocks’ winter hibernation.
The night began with special guests, Half Color, the musical bliss that is Paul Basic and Michael Menert. The two were of course on the Pretty Lights Music team, so it goes without saying that they had everyone groovin’ to their jams the whole set. A great start to the night transitioned into the next artist, Big Grams. It seemed to me that Big Grams, Phantogram and Big Boi, was the most anticipated act of the evening, and for good reason.
What could be better than Phantogram’s epic electronic rock paired with half of Outkast’s lyrical geniusness? Not much, but hearing Phantogram’s vocalist, Sarah Barthel’s angelic yet powerful voice bounce off the red rock was goose bump worthy. It would have been a sin not to cover OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” at the close of their time on stage. I can still hear the entire sea of red rockers yelling the lyrics out in unison.
Lastly was Adventure Club, who are no strangers to Red Rocks Amphitheater and the energy of a rowdy Colorado crowd. Immediately upon taking the deck the duo began a dubstep rampage. There was no shortage of head banging going on in the crowd, and what better way to release some pent up energy than with a hyphy Adventure Club set? Of course their more famous tracks like “Crave You” and “Gold” were hits, but for the most part their set was all heavy dub. This came as no surprise considering their Tweet earlier in the day:
Towards the end, their newest song “Limitless” had fans shouting in approval of the switch up. Although the night ended before Red Rocks’ midnight curfew, it seemed enough dancing was had by all as the masses began the trek back down to the lots with no qualms. Another successful Red Rocks show for the books!
Written by Melanie Gordon
Photography by Taylor Robinson