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In 2017, the year of “resist,” no genre of music embraced the fractured culture like rap and hip-hop. The genre’s artists were all over the place, some delving into the political and sociological, while others tried to help us forget through catharsis and dancing.
And now, some of the biggest names in rap are coming together for what was supposed to be a significant first — the first New Year’s Eve on the Rocks concert.
The event was schedule to be held at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and organized by La Contes, Feyline, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and KS107.5, the evening features Migos, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Post Malone, Dizzy Wright and King Green (of RDGLDGRN). However, weather predictions indicated the high for New Year’s Eve would be in the low 20s, causing the concert to be moved to the University of Denver’s Magness Arena, 2250 E. Jewell Ave. in Denver.
Migos had a breakout hit at the end of 2016, with “Bad and Boujee,” and that hot streak carried into 2017, with the release of their most popular, and best, album, “Culture.” The trio — Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — made several of the year’s best music videos, with “T-Shirt” and “Get Right Witcha.”
Young Thug has been one of the most dynamic and eccentric voices in hip-hop, and after releasing multiple albums in 2016, he released the country-influenced “Beautiful Thugger Girls” in June.
The blending at first appears more than a little odd, but the end result is one of the year’s most enjoyable listens.
Lil Yachty and Post Malone both had a remarkable year as two of rap’s most notable and up-and-comers. In particular, Post Malone’s “Rockstar” has dominated the Billboard chart for eight weeks.
This show is an opportunity to see some of the best in the rap game take the stage.
Doors open at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, and for more information and tickets, visit www.nyeontherocks.com.
Casino night for a good cause
Broomfield’s Avenues Crofton Park, 12431 King Court, will host a Casino Night fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 to to benefit Brent’s Place, the only Children’s Hospital Colorado approved Safe-Clean housing facility for immune-compromised patients and their families.
Guests will get to spend the night be serviced by professional dealers, who will host games of blackjack, poker and roulette on full-sized tables. Attendees will receive a $200 voucher for chips, and additional vouchers can be purchased during the event for a donation to Brent’s Place. The suggested donation for attendance is $20.
If you’re one of the evening’s top three winners, you’ll receive special prizes. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.
To RSVP, and more information, call 720-328-9548, or visit www.LiveTheAvenues.com.
Best bet for New Year’s Eve concert
New Year’s Eve is a great night for live music, and concertgoers are really spoilt for choice.
The best bet for a truly fantastic evening of live music to ring in the new year is any one of My Morning Jacket’s three-night run at the 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane.
The Kentucky-based band has provided me with several top-notch concerts over the years, and their blending of folk, funk, prog rock and pop is best experienced with a bunch of other people singing along. It doesn’t hurt that lead singer Jim James has one of the best voices in contemporary music — it’s truly a wonder to hear.
The band is playing on Friday through Sunday, Dec. 29, 30, and 31. Go to www.1stbankcenter.com for tickets.
Go back to the 1940s to celebrate 2018
Swing dancing, five course dinners, and hot jazz. Wait, what year is this again?
While we all make our way into 2018, the Viewhouse Centennial is taking guests back to the 1940s for its New Year’s Eve celebration.
The 1940s New Year’s Eve Ball begins at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the multi-story Centennial location, 7101 South Clinton St.
The evening will feature a live dinner performance by an acoustic jazz trio, music from Barron’s Little Big Band, a rooftop DJ, a five-course Prix-Fixe dinner menu, complimentary midnight champagne toast, and much more. To get your ticket or make a reservation, call 303-816-3160 or visit www.EventBrite.com.
Get organic food for a health new year
Most farmers markets close up shop for the winter months, but if you’re still craving that local, artisan atmosphere, it can still be found at the Saturday Winter Farmers Market in Wheat Ridge.
The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the season at 7043 W. 38th Ave.
The free indoor market features live music and community classes and events, food samples, and everything else that can be found at a farmers market — weather be damned.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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