Saturday, February 1, 2014

Action Bronson w/ Party Supplies at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO 1/28/14 (Review)

Review By: Kenny Emmer
Action Bronson,, aka Bam Bam aka Bronsolino, performed at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on Tuesday, bringing along fellow collaborator Party Supplies. Justin Nealis, the mind behind Party Supplies, opened the show up with a very retro, classic, and soulful set filled with hits from the 50's through the 90's, occasionally throwing in some modern flare to keep things edgy. The crowd swayed back and forth through a diverse playlist of classic disco, reggae, r&b, hip-hop, and house music. Good vibes could be felt throughout the ballroom as people danced, shared drinks, and shared memories as Party Supplies dropped classic after classic. As a familiar haze began to fill the venue, the anticipation for Action Bronson to take the stage was escalating. As Bam Bam walked out, chanting "FREE BIG BODY!" (Big Body is Bronson's cousin who is apparently in and out of jail) the crowd lit up, as did joints, blunts, and dabs - initiating an hour and a half of pure weed euphoria in a state where the green stuff is legal for recreational use. Bronson is known for his rhyming themes such as food, foreign women, cars, and sweet, sweet mary jane. As he spit out his poetry to a very faithful crowd, he participated in the smoke fest, ocassionally taking a rip from joints handed off by fans, but most impressively, a dab rig. Action wore a Bronco's beanie in support of Denver's AFC champions and admitted throwing five grand on the team to win the Superbowl. Bam Bam performed tracks off his recent Blue Chips 2 album as well a few from Rare Chandeliers, Blue Chips, and Saab Stories. He even threw in his verse from Chance the Rapper's "Nana". Needless to say, Bronsolino put on one hell of a performance, and by the end of the set he could barely keep his eyes open.
It seems the famous rocky mountain high one gets from experiencing real Colorado bud had eventually caught up with Action, in which he brought new meaning to the term "Mile High." As someone who didn't partake in the festivities, I can honestly say even my eyes got a little heavy. Overall, Action Bronson put on a very entertaining show. His lyricism and flow is something you don't get a lot in hip-hop these days - a real passion for the slightly-less-than-luxurious aspects of life, like good food, good company, and good green. One can't help but leave the show feeling hungry for more. But not just more music, but a newly-found craving for octopus, assorted Italian delicacies, and roasted peppers, among other fine dining. Most hip-hop fans would argue that Bronson's rhymes are hard not to like, because all he rhymes about is pure enjoyment. With the obvious love for the state of CO that Action Bronson has shown, I can safely say "until next time, Bronsolino."


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