Electronic-music duo Zeds Dead brings spectacle wherever it goes. And before this week's two-night stand at Red Rocks for the fifth incarnation of Deadrocks, Zachary Rapp-Rovan, better known as Hooks, will be keeping another tradition alive: painting a wall on one of AEG talent buyer Scott Campbell's independently owned bars.
"I always like to paint anywhere I go,” Hooks told Westword in 2015. “When I’m traveling, it’s cool to leave your mark on a place.”
Hooks has been involved in graffiti since he was a young hip-hop fan, starting out by spray-painting trains. Creating visual art is almost as important to him as the music he puts out through Zeds Dead's label, DeadBeats.
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"In the past, he's painted the wall at Larimer Lounge," says Campbell. "But the last two years he’s done the wall at Globe Hall."
This free event, dubbed the DeadBeats Popup, will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. today, July 2, at Globe Hall, where the duo will be peddling its merch as Hooks paints the wall; food, coffee and music will all be available.
All of that takes place before Zeds Dead takes to the Red Rocks stage tonight; that concert starts at 5 p.m. and includes performances by G Jones, EKALI, Psymbionic, Mad Zach, DNMO and Special Guest 1000 Volts. The second night of Deadrocks starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and will include performances by Rusko, EPROM, Habstrakt, Um.., and Chuurch.
For more information and to get tickets for the concerts, go to the Red Rocks website.