opened the show with their bombastic beats and warmed up the crowd prior to MGK’s EST crew taking the stage. Future Heroes feature a fusion of different rap and hip-hop disciplines meshed with local 303 flavor. Their relatively fresh sound is easy to develop an ear for, and I’m excited to see how it has evolved with the release of their upcoming album. Look out for a Crave the Sound interview featuring Future Heroes discussing the release of their highly anticipated album Native and the album release party at Cervantes on September 26th.
was another excellent opener and began transitioning the lyrical theme more toward Cleveland’s MGK style of rap. The pace picked up and lyrics were effectively delivered to the crowd with a bit more speed and finesse. Both Dub-O and Future Heroes had very short sets and the transitions between acts were long. This was definitely a negative to the concert because it completely killed the suspense. However, the excitement for MGK could still be felt in The Fox.
Kels came running onto the stage and immediately jumped into the crowd. He floated around for a little bit before theater staff pulled him back onto the stage. It became clear that he fed off the crowd’s enthusiasm. At one point during the show he vocalized how turned up Boulder was that evening.
“Yo, it feels like there’s a couple thousand of you in here tonight.” - Machine Gun Kelly
The Fox Theatre is a smaller, more intimate venue, and MGK threw down some bigger-than-life songs. Saying MGK’s show was wild would be an understatement, especially when the first song performed was Wild Boy, further establishing a “turned-up” mood.
Primarily known for his hip-hop soundtracks, MGK’s live performances are definitely something worth experiencing. Not only does the MC have a DJ to keep the beats coming, he also shows up with a band complete with guitars, drums, and some interesting stage props. We don’t want to give away too much, because the shows are jaw dropping. There was twerking and popular rap covers that made the crowd go wild. Less expected were the out of this world drum solos, heavy metal breakdowns, flying guitar riffs and shredtacular solos.
Most rap shows are just a beat and some vocals. MGK went acapella half-way through the show, and it was beautiful. A momentary lapse in absolute chaos – that was his show’s only quiet(ish) moment. This was my second time seeing MGK; the intimacy of the venue definitely made this show stand a cut above his Chicago show. He even brought the same tear-the-roof- off energy. If you haven’t seen him live before, I cannot urge you enough to go to an MGK show.
article + photos by: Conrad Sperosen