Photos: Summer Jam 2013 Denver with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trey Songz and moreBy Ru Johnson | June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Going into Summer Jam 2013, it seemed that the unstoppable Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would steal this year’s annual hip-hop concert. But despite Macklemore’s many No. 1 singles, Friday’s concert at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre went to Trey Songz.
The heart throb of the night, Songz played to his strengths during his set, hitting every note with perfection. His falsetto on “Neighbors Know My Name” and “Invented Sex” was right on pitch. He then showed off his bare washboard abs, which caused squeals of “Trey” from the audience and more pelvis thrusts from the artist.
Compared to Songz’ romantically charged performance, the audience wasn’t into Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This even seemed to come as a shock to Macklemore, who commented that he felt “like I’m in Aspen,” in response to the crowd’s quiet reactions to “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love.” Singer Ray Dalton gave the performance a boost, but overall hip-hop’s hottest mainstream act could not get more than placid applause from the Denver crowd.
The hip-hop jam also featured B. Smith, Wale, Future, J. Cole and 2 Chainz. Wale and Future kicked off the show while the sun was still blazing in the sky and half of party goers were working through ticketing and security. Strains of Future’s guest verse from “Bugatti,” permeated the park along with cheers and screams from early arrivals.
J. Cole’s set was dynamic but barely strayed from his typical performance structure. The crowd did get a new song “Crooked Smile,” from “Born Sinner,” his new album dropping on June 18. Otherwise, “Lights Please” and “Can’t Get Enough” were the highlights. Though he performed well, Cole’s set was mared by the artist’s complaints about his set time and length.
2 Chainz turned the excitement all the way back up with his numerous radio hits. His voice was nearly drowned out on several parts of “Different” and “Spend It” as the crowd’s enthusiasm took over. 2 Chainz was having such a good time that he must have gone past his time limit, when the sound cut out and the lights came up.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.
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