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Elway / Mixtapes: live in Denverlive in Denver (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: thepopeofchili-townthepopeofchili-town
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When I was going to school in Denver, at least two or three times a week, I would walk to down to Illegal Pete's on 16th Street and grab a burrito in between classes. Within the last year or so, the restaurant has started playing host to tons of live music, thanks in no small part to their Starving .
When I was going to school in Denver, at least two or three times a week, I would walk to down to Illegal Pete's on 16th Street and grab a burrito in between classes. Within the last year or so, the restaurant has started playing host to tons of live music, thanks in no small part to their Starving Artists program, created in conjunction with Suburban Home Records, which offers free food to touring bands. It has become much more than just a burrito joint, and is now one of the coolest places to see a show in the city.
Colorado's own Elway (minus one guitar player) took the stage next. It was the first time I've seen the band since their name change, and my first time hearing most of the songs from Delusions live. They didn't simply stick to songs from that album, though. There were a few surprises thrown in, such as "Dressed to Impresstevez" from their debut EP as 10-4 Eleanor, Words Cannot Express How Much Fuck This Band, and a cover of the Osker classic "Anchor".
The band by were joined on stage by a very drunk male dancer on stage for most of the night. Funny at first, annoying by the third song, I'm sure for the band as much as the crowd, but they did a good job of handling it. Musically they were spot on, most of the songs sounding just like they do on record. Singer/guitarist Tim Browne (or Tom as I like to call him), did a good job picking up the slack, and making them sound just as great as a four-piece as they do a three-piece. They closed the proceedings with "Whispers in a Shot Glass", a fitting end to an awesome evening of punk rock, beers, burritos, and hugs.
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