Lupe Fiasco

Live review: Lupe Fiasco @ the Fillmore Auditorium

Some analogies for what seems to be happening in the career of a one-time hip-hop wunderkind, Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco: The bloated former high school football star reliving old glory days on the field at his neighborhood pub comes to mind; so does the teen screen star who reveals an appalling lack of chops, which longtime actors develop during live theater boot camp.

Live review: Lupe Fiasco @ the Ogden Theatre

As the house and stage lights went dim at the Ogden Theatre last night, the crowd was in a frenzied state of anticipation. Opener B.o.B. had concluded his blazing set a few moments earlier, performing like a headliner as he engaged the crowd, joked around and even invited one woman on stage for a serenade.

Mile High Music Festival: Laurie Scavo (Day 1)

[photopress:mhlupe3.jpg,full,pp_image] Lupe Fiasco at Mile High Music Festival. Photo by Laurie Scavo. Reverb photographer and tireless festival-goer Laurie Scavo hit the fields surrounding Dick's Sporting Goods Park last weekend to exhaustively document the first-ever Mile High Music Festival.

Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. @ the Pepsi Center

[photopress:kanye.jpg,full,pp_image] Kanye West photo from SeatWave.com. (Note: Original photos of this show were removed at the request of artist management.) Anyone that pays even the mildest attention to hip-hop along the Front Range knows most shows are relegated to small and mid-size venues like the Ogden Theatre, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom or Boulder's Fox Theatre.

Lupe Fiasco @ the Gothic Theatre

[photopress:lupe2.jpg,full,pp_image] Lupe Fiasco (above right, in New York) easily won over the sold-out crowd at the Gothic on Sunday. Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Retna. Lupe Fiasco's latest album, the Grammy-nominated "The Cool," takes a minor detour from the nuanced hip-hop of his debut "Food & Liquor," a disc that just about perfectly balanced themes of frustration and hope with intimidating MC chops and fat slabs of synth and bass.