Friday night Denver hip-hop band Air Dubai took to the stage at a crowded Aggie Theatre. The seven-piece band soon had Fort Collins jumping and chanting along as it blew through its 30-minute set.
Air Dubaiâ€™s performance, sponsored by Denver-based radio station Channel 93.3 KTCL, opened for early â€˜90s New York hip-hop group Digable Planets and Colorado band, the Flobots.
â€œWe had little problems with (the set) because we didnâ€™t make a good sound check. But asking people in the audience, they liked it, which made for a good show for us,â€ said Air Dubai lead singer Jon Shockness, who also provided guest vocals on the Flobots song â€œInfatuation.â€
This was the third time the group performed in Fort Collins.
In October Air Dubai released their 11-track album, â€œWonder Age,â€ which provided the bulk of material for their performance.
The hip-hop group was conceived by vocalist Julian Thomas and, with the help of childhood friend and classmate from the Denver School of the Arts, Shockness, the duo added guitarist Lawrence Grivich, drummer Nick Spreigl and trumpet player Wesley Watkins. By April 2009, the group came full circle with a keyboardist Michael Ray and bassist Taylor Tait.
This was the groupâ€™s last planned performance of the year, however, Air Dubai is one of 11 bands in the running to win a coveted spot playing Channel 93.3 KTCLâ€™s Hometown for the Holidays show this Saturday.
Fans registered on www.ktcl.com can vote until Thursday at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced an hour later.
Entertainment Editor Matt Miller contributed to this report.
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