Saturday, May 31, 2014

Robotic Pirate Monkey with Buku and Freddy Todd @ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (5-25-14) [Review]

Review by: Justin D'Amico

Sunday was a huge night for glitch-hop and trap lovers at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. The show was essentially a triple headlined event with Freddy Todd leading into Buku and then Robotic Pirate Monkey capped it off. All three were ready to throw down and they showed Denver a great time.

Freddy Todd was up first and he layed down a smooth funky set to get everyone on the dance floor. Freddy Todd has a unique booth setup, he leans his keyboard/drum machine way back to where it faces the crowd. This way you can see everything he is adding and adjusting within his live set.

Buku would take the stage next, and he switched it up a bit, going into more trap style drops. Buku came through with a intense set, almost everyone in the room was dancing or at the very least head bobbing along to his beats. I was rather impressed with how Buku put his set together, he kept it fresh the whole time. Often watching an hour long trap set can become boring and redundant, with similar sounds used in many of the individual songs. A good live performer, like Buku, is able to constantly switch something up in the mix and keep the crowd guessing as to what comes next. His skill-set for creating an interesting live remix is what sets Buku apart from the amateur DJs. Buku thoroughly rocked out Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom and he set the stage for Robotic Pirate Monkey.

Robotic Pirate Monkey is made up of two incredibly creative guys: Matt Berryhill and Andrew Hathaway. Before their performance, Robotic Pirate Monkey runs their own merchandise booth and they take some time to meet and chat with their fans. They are hilarious to watch on stage, never are they satisfied with a normal track, everything must be tweaked constantly. To open their set Robotic Pirate Monkey started with a glitch hop remix of "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America. So many adjustments are being made that sometimes Matt and Andrew become tangled up from reaching over each other. The music sounded great so it's pretty clear they know exactly what they are doing. You have to see Robotic Pirate Monkey for yourself when they come to town.

The end of the night came quickly because it was so much fun. I can't wait until the next Robotic Pirate Monkey show gets scheduled. Superb music and excellent vibes are synonymous with Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Everything from bluegrass to rap can be seen at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom an intimate setting amongst friends. Check out their calendar: HERE.


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