Over the weekend, Aqueous hit Denver’s Bluebird Theater, selling out the historic theater on Colfax with support from Colorado’s own Evanoff. The Buffalo-based groove rockers held back nothing during the show, playing a fearlessly experimental show highlighting the band’s patented tight improvisations and offering a mix of treasured originals and psychedelic covers.
Opening the show with a take on the Super Mario Bros. theme, the band quickly jammed into “Second Sight”, a staple of Aqueous’ live shows since being debuted early last year. From there, the band partially performed “They’re Calling For Ya”, an older tune from the group that has dropped off in recent years, having only been performed four times in 2018, ahead of a well-segued take into “Random Company”. Next up was “Don’t Do It”, which sandwiched the band’s second performance ever of “D.A.R.E.”, a Gorillaz cover that was first brought out during the group’s Gorillaz-theme New Year’s Eve show in Buffalo this year.
As for set two, Aqueous kicked things off with a triumphant rendition of “The Median”. Unlike the first set, which saw the group running through a number of tunes and showing off their diversity of sound, in the second set, the band focused in on improvisational jamming across six songs. Following an unfinished “20/20”, the band moved into “Complex Pt. II”, marking the second time the song has been performed in 2018. Next up was “Fearless”, a Pink Floyd cover off 1971’s Meddle, marking the song’s sixth performance ever. With Aqueous playing up until curfew, “Fearless” was used to kick off a non-stop sprint to the show’s end, which also featured “Aldehyde” and “Triangle”.
[Video: AqueousBand, by C.J. Strehlow]
You can check out photos from Aqueous’ sold-out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on June 9th below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine.
Setlist: Aqueous | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 6/9/2018
Set One: Super Mario Bros > Second Sight, They’re Calling For Ya* > Random Company, Don’t Do It > D.A.R.E^ > Don’t Do It
Set Two: The Median, 20/20* > Complex Pt. II, Fearless^^ > Aldehyde > Triangle%**
Notes: *Unfinished | ^Gorillaz | ^^Pink Floyd | % With Ending | **Played up until curfew