Review: Tech N9NE at Summit Music Hall, 11/11/11

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The only thing greater than seeing a Tech N9ne show in Denver amongst throngs of squealing, screaming, lyric reciting fans, is seeing that same show in an intimate venue like

Summit Music Hall.

The sound system was impeccable and the light show outstanding. The Strange Music family was in the building stronger than ever for the first night of two on the Lost Cities tour. Tech and company, of course tore it down.

Using choreographed stage moves and enough warrior paint for everyone in the room, it seemed, Tech, Krizz Kaliko, and Kutt Calhoun took off for what would be a wildly energetic set. The crowd was less painted up than others I've seen at Tech N9NE shows, but they were nonetheless dedicated. Tracks like, "He's a Mental Giant," the joint Tech says "feeds his narcissism" went over as smooth as butter. Almost on cue, when the beat dropped, the audience began to mosh and thrash about.

The trio of Tech N9ne, Kutt Calhoun, and Krizz exist in fluid movements and perfect sound. Krizz' vocals tore through the room with unbelievable ease. His solo effort, "Anxiety" roared overhead bolstered by the voices of zealous fans. The expressions of light were like as much a part of the show as the performers themselves. Burning bright orange and purple, brilliant greens and blues, the hues changed with Tech N9ne's rapid flow.

Also Read: "Review: Tech N9ne and Strange Music at the Fillmore, 11/12/11"

Using the audience's fresh energy to perform tracks released just days ago, Tech reminded us that he just turned forty years old and that he can still rock shows every night because of the fans devotion. He then launched into his verse from Lil Wayne's The Carter IV interlude which the crowd rapped almost louder than him.

Photos: Tech N9ne at Summit Music Hall

N9ne took the opportunity to rehash his verse from the BET Hip-hop Awards cipher, before sitting down, becoming reflective about Big Scoob, and continuing through with "Girl Crazy," "Caribou Lou," (the ode to his favorite drink), and others. Tech N9ne captivated the entire room and balanced the performance art with Krizz and Kutt like a pro. At one point, Krizz sang from the sound and light booth in the back of the room and his energy was so robust, he may as have been front and center.

"Midwest Choppers" still brings burst of spasmodic dancing and arms flailing from fans, and somehow, the MC's vocals never tire, even after running joints like, "K.O.D" The stamina was remarkable.

Earlier in the evening, Flawless, an MC from Atlanta who was handpicked to rock the stage with Strange Music did his thing with rhythmic rapping but uninspired lyrics. Jay Rock's Denver fan base seemed to have grown and more folks were familiar with his set than before. BLK HRTS were also on the bill to release the gates of pandemonium to the packed house. Each bringing a different level of ruckus, all of it strange enough to usher to the stage, the strangest of them all, Tech N9ne. They all killed it proper.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: Tech N9ne has one of the wildest live shows I've ever seen. No matter how many times you see him, he always gets better.

By The Way: Krizz Kaliko probably could sing the paint off the walls, if given enough time.

Random Detail: There was significantly less face paint on audience members at this show than others I've seen.

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