all photos courtesy of Franklin Perry Martin

The Dankles had the pleasure of being part of a truly fun and awesome night of music at the Ogden Theater this past Friday.  Our homie and Colorado local, Alex Botwin, better known as Paper Diamond was here to tear up the Ogden and kick off his Night Vision tour!  As a local hero, Paper Diamond did it right by gracing Denver first before his enormous list of other cities.  Well if you didn’t get to make it to this show, let me give you a bit of a heads up.  Paper Diamond is going to be a must see this fall!

Photo: Franklin Perry Martin

Our team arrived at The Ogden Theater just in time to catch the last few tracks from Protohype.  The Los Angeles producer, was on stage and already had the near packed crowd going non-stop.  Protohypes mix of hip-hop and dubstep was the perfect combo going into Crizzly’s set.  Protohype gave us a little bit of everything from his new collab with CRNKN, to old favorites and great remixes, Protohype has a promising future in his hands if he keeps us the good work!

Photo: Franklin Perry Martin

After Protohype left the stage, a jean-jacket adorning Crizzly stepped on stage to the roar of the crowd.  The young producer known for his brand of crunk-step threw down like I’ve never seen before.  Truth be told, I only saw Crizzly for about 15 minutes this summer at Red Rocks, so this performance was the first full set I had seen from Crizzly.  The man lives up to his reputation and played the crowd what they wanted.  Crizzly’s “N****S In Pair/Go Hard” edit was prime and a great way to close out his set.  Also, you know Crizzly trapped all of Denver, and it definitely wasn’t the last time.

Photo: Franklin Perry Martin

By the time Paper Diamond was about to get on stage the team was liqoured up and ready for Alex’s performance.  The first time I’d had the chance to see Paper Diamond was Snowball music festival two years ago and let me tell you, he was come a long way since that performance.  Paper Diamond premiered his new visual lighting set up to an anxious crowd and resulted in an awe of approval.  His set-up consists of four huge led panels in the shape of diamonds (obviously) placed on all sides of Alex.  You could tell Paper Diamond was having a great time and the crowd was having just as much fun.  Paper Diamond threw down some brand new material including a hot new trap joint that is going to blow up when it’s released along with a bunch more trap tunes that held the crowd down like Gent & Jawns “Express Yourself” remix.  Along with all the trap, Alex stayed true and played out some of our favorites and his originals during his almost two hour set.  If you’re waiting to buy a ticket to Paper Diamond’s Night Vision tour, do not hesitate because his show was a blast!

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