It was another beautiful spring evening in Denver, Colorado! The city was a abuzz with excitement as the state turned into a hub of activity for locals and visitors! Many corners of the state took on a festival type of atmosphere with events of all kinds geared towards just about every type of person. Whether you were young or old, if you were into rock, jazz, dubstep or hip-hop, looking for a party, or a quiet place to enjoy the silence, there was something going on that you could be a part of to enjoy the holiday. It was no different for Denver, and for the Myxed Up Family as people started to gear up for the highlight of OUR weekend! Myxed Up Creations was once again taking center stage this 4/20, sharing the spotlight with Yolo Rum, Weedmaps, Altitude Dispensary, and Party Guru Productions for this years Myxed Up 420 featuring Method Man and Redman!
As the stores at various Myxed Up locations wrapped up their business portion of the 4/20 weekend, you could feel the anticipation in the air. It was just about time to party for real! The first objective was to meet up with all of the Myxed Up 420 raffle winners, grab some drinks and dinner, and get the Method Man and Redman pre-party underway. The Myxed Up 420 raffle had some great prizes including gift packs from E-710, and a deluxe e-hookah package, but make no bones about it, the grand prize is what everyone was shooting for! The top prize, which was awarded to one person at each Myxed Up Creations location, was a Colorado 420 Experience that would be tough to beat. Included in this Colorado 420 Experience was 2 VIP tickets to the Method Man and Redman show at Cervantes, catered dinner, hotel stay, and transportation to and from the show. What started out as a great idea, quickly validated itself as such, and as the prize winners began to arrive to get the evening kicked off, it was quickly evident that this would be a night of fun that no one would soon forget!
Joining forces with the winners from the four Myxed Up locations were various members of the Myxed Up Crew. Some of which were stores employees, and friends of the store, including some of our favorite glass blowers and other various partners. After everyone had a chance to settle in and munch down some Famous Dave's BBQ, it was time to kick back a couple drinks of Yolo Rum(for those of age), and mingle around for a bit. As the room started to loosen up, and people had the chance to make their acquaintances, you could feel the energy of the room start to take off! What would soon begin to develop was the true Colorado 420 Experience!
Everyone was feeling great! Co-workers, managers, associates, employees, bosses, customers, acquaintances, We were all old friends now. Myxed Up Family!...
...Finally! The wait was over. And up rolled the Detoxify Party Bus! Time for one more picture, and then it was time to roll out to the show!
The pre-party was quickly transferred over to the Detoxify Party Bus and soon we were on our way! Anyone that has even been on a party bus knows that ride to the show ends up being a highlight all it's own when you reflect back on the night, and this would be no exception. Denver, Colorado, 420, 2014, Method Man and Redman, Myxed Up Creations! For whatever reason, this felt like the center of the universe right now, and as the basslines of the Wu-Tang album vibrated through the bus's sound system, pretty soon our own little mini-concert broke out on the ride to the show. We had transformed into Cervantes mobile, destination Myxed Up 420!
As one would expect, the party again transplanted itself with little effort into the venue as we arrived at Cervantes. We made it just in time to enjoy the two opening acts right before the headliners. The place was already completely packed by the time we got there for Sunspot Jonz and 8Ball & MJG. The crowd was already well hyped and the vibe was right! And once Method Man and Redman hit the stage, the place went nuts! This was the second performance of the day for the hip-hop legends, who had already performed a special 4:20 performance earlier in the afternoon at the same spot, while Leftover Salmon and other bands rocked out in the streets in front of Cervantes earlier in the day as well. You wouldn't have been able to tell it was their second show though as their infections energy soon whipped the crowd up into a complete frenzy! This was history in the making, and Method Man and Redman more than lived up to the anticipation surrounding the event.
I think it's safe to say that the hip-hop duo had this date circled on their calendar, and for good reason. Where else would the "How High" co-stars rather be to spend their 4/20 than in Denver, Colorado? They even had pictures of our billboards posted on their Instagram feeds well in advance of the historical weekend!
Their excitement leading up to this day certainly carried over to the stage, without question, and the two delivered a performance that left little doubt in your head about why these are two of the best MC's in hip-hop. Their exuberant execution of their set-list was flawless, and every step of the way they encouraged and challenged the crowd to just try and keep up with them. They swept in and out of classics from their prior releases Blackout and Blackout 2, as well as solo hit's and Wu-Tang cuts that perched the two MC's at the top of the hip-hop pecking order for the better part of their 20+ year careers! Method Man shouted "We're taking you back to 1994!" as he rallied into "Method Man" from from the original "36 Chambers". Another occasion among many memorable moments saw Method Man whip up much of the Cervantes crowd into a mosh pit as he shouted out the O.D.B. and dropped into the classic "Shimmy Shimmy Ya". The evening show saw the Funk Doc, Redman, make his way almost entirely to the back of the venue while surfing the crowd! We also got to witness Method Man looking like a messiah walking on water as he stood atop the crowds raised hands, ever so fitting for this Easter night show. On a couple of occasions the twosome eluded to future sequel releases of Blackout 3 and How High 2 (which allegedly feature their two How High characters, Silas and Jamal, moving to Boulder). Rounding out the show was DJ Allah Mathematics weaving the fabric of the beats for the evening, as well as taking a few moments in the set for a little freestyle scratch session. Also joining them on stage during the set was Streetlife, another Wu-Tang ally from days past.
Myxed Up 420 2014 was an amazing experience for everyone involved. A very select and lucky few got to experience the event up close and personal! Everything about the weekend as a whole was incredible. We had a great 3 days at all of the stores, and got the chance to see so many old friends, and meet some new friends from Colorado, and over the country. We got to be first hand at Red Rocks for Slightly Stoopid and launch a tailgate party in the parking lot. We had the opportunity to celebrate 420 like no one else does with some lucky fans from the 420 raffle, and then experience an amazing show at Cervantes with two Hip-Hop legends in Redman and Method Man. And once again we sincerely thank every one of you that shared in that experience with us! We know 4/20 2015 is going to be another wild one. And we invite you to join in the fun with us again next year!
For a full photo album from the show, check out the Method Man and Redman gallery on the Yolo Rum website.
Additional photo credit Kiddest Metafaria, 303 Magazine. For a full recap of the party and to see more of Kiddest's awesome pictures from the show, check out 303 Magazine for their write-up.