Written By | Aidan Hicks
As concert season draws to a close, Porter Robinson sells out Mission Ballroom in Denver on the Nurture Tour November 8th & 9th, 2021. Robison comes well-known for his vibrant music and sincerity to fans touring. The recent Astroworld tragedy has left many question show ethics and safety, fans came looking to him as a much needed breath of fresh air from the heartache.
Starting off the night, James Ivy settled the crowd with the help of his guitar. Ivy brought a lot to the table that kept all entertained. Enjoying his vibrant set to clicking with the growing crowd, you can tell how passionate he is about his art. Capping off his performance filming for his upcoming music video, it was the perfect sendoff for the night of positivity.
As the Ballroom started getting packed, EDM producer Jai Wolfs‘ silhouette walked onto the stage to roaring cheers. Despite a couple years since an album, much of the audience seemed very familiar to his music mouthing along to every word. The space-themed visuals only went hand-in-hand with the futuristic music that kept all entertained to Wolfs melodic presence.
Whether from anticipation or the gratitude of positivity, the venue was beyond amped when the time time finally came.
Porter Robinson came waving to the sold-out venue like an old friend as “Lifelike” played on the piano. It was unique seeing a EDM artist open on a somber note yet helping make the buildup so rewarding that radiated throughout his performance.
Robinson went onto give his all through the hour and a half set. Vibing from classics like “Sad Machine” and “Language” to generally enchanting piano ballads. This with his eye-catching visuals made his performance beyond enjoyable with lots of memorable moments. Letting fans mess with his beat pad, connecting his selfie webcam with the crowd, and utilizing all the stage. All was topped when a surprise proposal happened on the balcony as the lover letter to his wife “Blossom” played. Realizing this, Robinson spotlighted them and accepted a song request from the couple of “Fellow Feeling.”
This stood out to me for what concerts represent to so many including myself. We build memories & connections to this art that inspires us in our own unique ways. This brings together shows as a escape from the rollercoaster of reality. Many may never cross paths again but we all lived in this moment that’s uniquely special to us from the same experience. Robinson made sure to leave with that message and deserves the praise for bringing so many together after a troubled year and weekend for many music lovers.
Photos By | Aidan Hicks