Warped Tour 2011 saw the good, the bad and the eccentric take over the parking lots surrounding Invesco Field at Mile High on Friday. It was a wild, full day where the age requirements seemed to be set at under 30, and music was the main event.
Less Than Jake put on a hell of a show on the Teggart Main Stage, making the crowd go utterly wild when they performed “All My Best Friends Are Metal Heads.” One of the highlights was when they delighted the age-appropriate crowd to their rendition of the “Sponge Bob Squarepants” theme song.
Of course, the entire day was not filled with awesome performances. Black Pacific played to a sparse crowd, which was a bit odd to see from the mass of the day. Their audience banter was akin to a band playing at junior prom, and not even their song “Jawbreakers” was enough to break the crowd into their vibe.
Two-man punk rockers Brothers of Brazil showed that the elaborate costume of the drummer/vocalist was the most exciting component of their set, their sound belonging more to a Paris coffee shop than the Warped Tour. Perhaps it was the sounds of Against Me! off in the distance that seemed to lure any potential large crowd away from the Brothers, or maybe it was their after-school special style lyrics, “You can be whatever you want to be,” in their song “Viva Liberty” that seemed to be just the medicine to drive the hipster on-lookers away.
As for Against Me! — these guys rocked their set with their high-energy performance. Drummers take note: stand up, flip about and do anything you want if you can still keep the beat. By the fourth song the band switched gears to their signature vocal sounds of “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Thrash Unreal.”
The music of Warped Tour was complete with metal, alternative and even a little funk-hip-hop in the form of Bad Rabbits. Playing in the evening when their set rivaled the main stage, they still managed to keep the crowd and get them to “wave their hands in the air” when solicited. The height of their funkadelic set came when they performed a crowd-pleaser, “Keep Your Mouth Shut,” and initiated the next song by mixing in the signature drum beat of Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison.”
Outside of the caliper of the full sets, the most creative lead singer award goes to Neo Geo, who crawled into the pit to climb on the barricade, greeting her delightfully shocked fans.
Finally, there was A Day To Remember, who closed out the day-long sweaty extravaganza. Toilet paper rolls flung about the crowd-surfing, fist-pumping, all-attention-on-them Mile High lot, as they rocked under their giant, Mount-Rushmore-esque blow-up likenesses. It was a great way to end the show, since Devil, who preceded them, might have left the departing horde too riled up.
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Quoleena Sbrocca is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Visit her website here.