Alex Wiley is saving the best for last. Denver will be the 33rd of 35 stops on his Stoner Symphony Tour, featuring his fellow gangsta rapper Kembe X and other special guests. The show is on May 1st, a week and a half after Denver’s high-spirited 4/20 celebrated (Alex Wiley and crew will be spending that day in Seattle, where recreational weed is legal and celebrated) but early May isn’t too late to roll up some of your leftover 4/20 nugs and head to a show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom for an elevated hip hop ride.
Venue: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Time: Doors at 7:30pm / Show at 8:00pm
Ticket Price: $10 advance / $12 day of
Get the sound
As a little present to his show-going fans, Wiley has put together a playlist on iTunes and Spotify to get everyone lit up for the show. Spoiler alert: artists featured on the playlist are a preview of his special guest lineup.
Wiley stands out for his special favors granted to his biggest fans, known for releasing new tracks to his closest online followers before they reach the press or the public. So it’s worth it to listen closely and get on his besties fan list.
Wiley uses the full force of the Internet to connect with his listeners directly, making him arguably “the most accessible rapper in today’s industry.” Is this the future of what fandom looks like? Let’s hope so. Social media perks for listeners make for a more intimate show at the venues that have been selling out all along the Stoner Symphony Tour route.
Wiley’s coconspirator Kembe X offers a different kind of access, with beats and lyrics that appeal to underground lo-fi and even pop-sync tastes. His versatility, as well as chilled-out vibes and thoughtful lyrics, has put him on the mainstream radar for the hip hop hardcore and the occasional dabblers alike.
On a scale of 420-friendliness from zero to Bob Marley, we give this show an 11.5. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is hardly recognizable without the green haze that rises above the crowd. This is Denver we’re talking about — the kind of place where dispensaries outnumber Starbucks. Combine that with a tour called “Stoner Symphony” and hot new tracks with names like “Pass it to me” and “See me high” you can expect enough weed reference to keep the crowd blazing throughout the show.
Alex Wiley himself is 19 years old, from Chicago, Illinois — where pot is still illegal both medicinally and recreationally. Maybe that’s why he’s routing his “Stoner Symphony” tour through more amenable states like Washington and Colorado. At $10 for an advance ticket and on Monday night in May, there’s really no reason not invite your inner rapper to this 420 followup event.