After delivering an awe-inspiring performance at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last weekend, and fresh off the heels of yesterday’s melodic release “Evolve,” only their second studio single in nearly ten years, all while celebrating the birthday of beloved bassist and leader Marc Brownstein, the Disco Biscuits descended into Denver with a charismatic and all-encompassing night one at the Mile High’s state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom.
The Disco Biscuits wasted no time settling in, diving directly into a space-themed Mr. Don opener and segueing flawlessly into an well executed inverted Abraxas. Magner, Allen, Brownie and Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig made it clear, they meant absolute business in their debut at the highly regarded Mission Ballroom. After settling down into Abraxas, one of the many highlights of set I soon followed, featuring the ending of the classic rock opera Hot Air Balloon, which completed the 3/31/22 HAB from Port Chester. Old school heads rejoiced, as the Mission was brought to life through an electrifying conclusion to Hot Air Balloon and balancing gracefully into 7-11.
As many predicted the new track Evolve came next, and needless to say, it did not disappoint. In fact, it became an over-arching theme throughout the night. While many live debuts can lack substance and overall charisma, Bisco was ready to unleash the new track for the masses. A track originally derived from a Tracorbeam set, Aron Magner led the melody into battle, driving a techno-heavy synth backbeat while Brownie and Barber filled in on top.
The intro itself was something to discuss, leaving the crowd not quite knowing they were hearing a new track until they were full entranced. The pure delivery of Evolve was inspiring, letting fans know that while a track can be new, it can still deliver on all levels. With the Biscuits firing on all cylinders, Munchkin Invasion (ending) > Mr. Don finished the set, bringing closure to Port Chester and leaving the Denver crowd in awe.
Evolving continuously throughout the show, the Philadelphia jam band kept the theme going, teasing the new track throughout while diving back and forth between a beautiful, yet unfinished 42. It was pure bliss, the moments you cherish as a fan that keeps you coming back for more. Keyboardist Aron Magner was the highlight of these segues once again, electrifying the audience before diving into Anthem > Beyond the Waves (inverted) > 7-11, and closing how they began with a massive Evolve > 42 jam.
After an already jam-filled night, the Biscuits brought out The Bridge to open the encore, once again led by Magner, followed by you guessed it, 7-11 and a final dose of the fan-favorite Helicopters to close out the encore. The energy within the Mission was shimmering as the band waved goodbye to night one of the weekend. A top notch venue with some of the most dedicated fans in the scene, with high hopes sailing into night two of what is sure to be an unforgettable run.