March 10th, the city of Denver had the pleasure of hosting The Contortionist’s Clairvoyant North American Tour. The show took place at The Summit Music Hall and featured Silent Planet, Strawberry Girls and taking place for Skyharbor on the Denver stop was local band The Arturo Complex.
Skyharbor unfortunately was unable to join the tour so The Contortionist called upon their friends in The Arturo Complex to open the show for the evening. Being a local band, they were still unheard of to me and when the guys took stage in their sweats and pepper pajama pants I knew I was in for a funky treat. They are a 4-piece instrumental band whose tunes are one to get you in the mood to dance around. The guys place a few songs off their recent releases and are currently working on putting out new music. While on stage you could tell these guys truly loved making music for the fun of it. I had a hard time not getting caught up just watching the guys dance around with each other and have a good time.
Up next was progressive instrumental act, Strawberry Girls. This three-piece act kept the crowd on their toes with more funky jams to dance too. They played a mix of old songs and some songs off their re-released EP-Italian Ghosts. Like the Arturo Complex, the stage presence during Strawberry Girls set was fun to watch. I caught the crowd swaying around and moving their heads, or trying to keep up, to the fast-growing rhythm that picks up throughout some of their songs.
The mood quickly shifted as Silent Planet took stage. These guys are known for putting on an awe-inspiring show, so I was glad to have caught them again. Within seconds of the start of their first song, Panic Room, you could hear audience members already singing along. Vocalist Garrett Russell wasted no time hopping off the stage to get into the crowd to sing to his fans and did it numerous times throughout the set. Silent Planet always brings an intense amount of energy on stage and helped shift gears for the night to take a bit more of serious turn as the songs performed hit heavy topics such as post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and depression/anxiety.
Finally, it came time for The Contortionist. On tour supporting their most recent release, Clairvoyant, the crowd got a taste of a few songs of their most recently release before taking it back to their album, Language. Throughout their set you could hear the crowd singing along and feel a sense of relaxation and calmness throughout the venue as their set carried on. It was the complete opposite from what we started with during The Arturo Complex but was a great end to a fantastic night of music. Before the night came to complete end, the band came back to play fan favorites, Language I: Intuition and Language II: Conspire.
While there is no word on if Skyharbor will be able to join at all during this tour, you still have time to catch the rest of the bands as they make their way down south before hitting the east coast! This tour is not one to miss.
The Contortionist are:
Robby Baca: Guitar
Michael Lessard: Vocals
Joey Baca: Percussion
Cameron Maynard: Guitar
Jordan Eberhardt: Bass Guitar
Eric Guenther: Keyboards
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