Friday, February 21, 2014

Zion I with Sol @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Review) [2-15-14]

Review by: Justin D'Amico

Pretty much every weekend you can count on Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom to have a kick ass show lined up. Last Saturday Party Guru and Cervantes brought the Zion I crew to Denver along with Sol. The place was bumping with a big crowd, and it nearly sold out.

A lot of new people are making their way out to Colorado and calling it home. Colorado has a lot of talent coming out of all facets of music. The best place to see these up and coming, underground groups is at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. The opening acts tend to be amazing local talent, building a name and developing their craft. BMBC is one such local group that opened for Zoin I. BMBC is made up of Bobby Macavelli and BC Sound, they are out of California and are currently students at CU in Boulder. Another is Eddie Knolls, a smooth MC representing the Denver hip-hop scene. Eddie Knolls has a great style and his lyrics flow so nice. You can listen and download Eddie Knolls music on bandcamp. The influx of people from all over the country has made Colorado a very diverse place with a good mixture of different styles and ideas.

Sol the Seattle hip hop artist was a special guest on the Masters of Ceremony tour. Sol has more merchandise with the word Zilla on it than the name Sol! He is known for his album Yours Truly which made it to #1 on the iTunes US Hip-Hop Chart, and it went #4 worldwide. His latest project is called Eyes Open and you can stream it on Sol's official youtube page here.

The Zion I crew came out to a very hyped up crowd and they kept it hype until the end of the night. Zion I consists of two guys: Zumbi the MC, and Amp Live the music producer and DJ for live shows. They have a total of seven albums to date, the most recent is called Shadowboxing. The album is a bit harder and grittier than past projects, but still very good. Unlike some past works which use a full band for recording beats Shadowboxing involves a bunch of producers from different genres including Minnesota a glitch-hop / dubstep producer. Zoin I was incredible live and the crowd loved every minute of the show. After the show this was posted to the official Zoin I Crew facebook page, "Amazing show 2nite Denver!! The energy in Colorado has been super dope thus far." You could feel the energy in the air it was a thick fog of pure fun. 

Big ups to Party Guru and Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom for having Zion I and Sol come out to Denver. The show was a lot of fun and the crowd was really fired up for some underground hip-hop. It's always a good time at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom especially with all the top notch talent they showcase there every weekend.


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