Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom has held down it’s spot as one of Denver’s most notable venues for quite a while now, and rightfully so. Their 14th Anniversary event marked another year in business under the belt, and to make for the best celebration yet, the owners picked a nice lineup that brought in a laundry list of favorite artists within the community. Live painters spruced up the ballroom while the back patio was open for chilling, making for a great night. David Satori and Evan Fraser are a duo which call themselves Dirtwire. These future cowboys had Cervantes go from empty to packed within minutes of their set starting because people knew it would not be something to miss. Dirtwire got things rolling by laying down the smoothest textures with a hint of country, all backed by programmed beats. By pulling out instruments that made me do a double take at what I was even seeing nearly every song, from a megaphone that worked like some sort of kazoo vocoder to a small instrument which I had only seen my friend’s brother bring home from Africa, they never ceased to keep things interesting.
Next, Everyone Orchestra, somewhat of a super group made up of members of Dopapod, String Cheese Incident, Los Lobos, Trey Anastasio Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, New Orleans Suspects, as well as a few others, took stage. The conductor, Matt Butler directed the night with the back of his psychedelic jacket and hat on display for the crowd.
Between his use of an iPad to communicate and some fun vocals thrown in by one of the multi-instrumentalists, the crowd was kept engaged all night long. They took a short break after a little over an hour of improvising only to return to the stage for even more.
Shortly after returning, the members of Dirtwire jumped on stage as well to get in on the jamming until the night was brought to an end. After musicians from so many loved bands wrapped up the evening, everyone left the venue in mile high spirits. Thanks to all the talented artists and thanks to Cervantes for being one of the best places around. Here’s to another year!