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Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall
By: Jason Bullinger


Awolnation wrapped up a two-night, sold-out run at the Summit Music Hall this past Friday night in Denver, CO. The group is currently on tour supporting their 2011 album, Megalithic Symphony. Fronted by Aaron Bruno, the band features keyboardist Kenny Carkeet, drummer Hayden Scott, and lead guitarist Drew Stewart. The group was in excellent form on Friday as they ripped through their set of electronic-dance, hip hop, beat-influenced rock. Opening up for Awolnation during this current road trip are up-and-comers Imagine Dragons and rapper Zeale. All three sets were solid on Friday.

Zeale from Austin, TX was backed by a drummer and DJ. He pumped up the audience with his blend of indie hip-hop rap. He just released his EP, Wake Hell Or Make Peace featuring Bruno and had the shortest set of the night but still made an impact.

On the heels of generating a lot of buzz from their newly released full length album Night Visions, Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons is led by Dan Reynolds. Reynolds and his bandmates – guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman inspirited the crowd with their brand of indie dance pop-rock. Dan kept up the energy by raising his arm throughout the set and by joining his band on songs by adding tribal beats on his upright bass drum in spots. The crowd was very animated during "On Top of the World." Their big radio hit "It's Time" was a highlight as they invited a seven year old named "JD" onstage to help sing the chorus. The group’s reputation of putting on a great show appears to be well-earned as they put on a great show Friday night.

For Awolnation, Bruno kept the attendees energized from the beginning bouncing all over the stage with outreached hands into the crowd. During the third song, "Wake Up" Bruno wasted no time as he jumped into the crowd and surfed before returning to the stage. Awolnation made their way through most of their debut playing notables such as "Not Your Fault" and "Kill Your Heroes" and "Jump On My Shoulders." The best part of the show clearly was the sing-along to Awol’s smash single "Sail". The crowd went crazy - fist pumping, clapping, and cheering. The show ended with the epic "Knights of Shame." By the end of the song, the crowd began cheering and chanting AWOL AWOL clearly wanting more.

All-in-all, the three acts put on a great show. This current run for Awolnation, Imagine Dragons, and Zeale will come to a close on October 25th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. After that, Awolnation will perform at Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans with the likes of Green Day, Skrillix, and Neil Young.

Awolnation Tour Dates:
October 1 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID SOLD OUT!
October 3 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR SOLD OUT!
October 4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR SOLD OUT!
October 9 House of Blues San Diego, CA SOLD OUT!
October 10 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA SOLD OUT!
October 11 Club Nokia Live Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT!
October 15 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
October 16 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
October 18 Emo's East Austin, TX SOLD OUT!
October 19 Hullabalooza College Station, TX
(with Rusko, Chiddy Bang, Paul Wall, and more)
October 20 House of Blues Dallas, TX SOLD OUT!
October 23 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
October 24 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
October 25 House of Blues-Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 27 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA *

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***Thanks to Awolnation Builders for the correction. ;)


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