Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Music Review: Black Eyed Peas Rocks the Pepsi Center

By Hilary Stojak
Photos (except Bacardi BEP Highball) by Soren McCarty, taken at Bacardi's official after party for the Black Eyed Peas at Beta Night Club in Denver

The Black Eyed Peas came to Denver this past Saturday and blew the roof off the Pepsi Center. Rolling in with LMFAO and Ludacris on the international E.N.D Tour, the Peas had the place bouncing, rocking and fist-pumping in one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. My husband and I had one of our first “date nights” since the birth of our daughter in November and decided to let loose. The drink of the night was a delicious Bacardi Rum and Coke. Bacardi is the official spirit of the tour, and who can resist a good rum drink?

The night started with the crazily high-energy, afro’ed, fluorescent-wearing LMFAO. The only way I'm familiar with LMFAO is from The Real World, but they were highly entertaining and their music was catchy. Jumping around the stage, they got the crowd all jazzed up for the night. Ludacris did the same and the crowd just got crazier, creating the perfect recipe for the big entrance of the Black Eyed Peas.

The Peas burst on stage in individual elevator shafts and busted out "Let's Get It Started" and "Meet Me Halfway," two songs that always get your body moving. Luckily for Denver, Saturday was Fergie's birthday, which cranked up the energy of the show as high as it could be. The crowd serenaded her with a huge Happy Birthday song led by many-talented band member The speakers were booming and the music felt like it would never stop. Of course, everyone in the stadium went wild when Fergie busted into "My Humps." Having had that as my ringtone for a while, I jumped up and down like a teenage girl. As a big music fan, but mostly of jam bands, I was blown away by this big-production show. I'm used to a single band on stage in jeans and Birkenstocks, only leaving for a set break. This was a whole new world, with costume changes, spectacular choreographed dancing, stage props, amazing light shows and sound so loud I thought the place would combust. stole the show, as he usually does, with his freestyling rapping. The band encored with "I Gotta Feeling" as a storm of confetti poured down out of cannons. This was one of the best live shows I've ever seen, from the music (could not stop dancing!) to the stage performance to the pure excited energy of the crowd.

The Denver show has come and gone, but I would definitely recommend going to see the Black Eyed Peas the next time they’re around. An A+ show—and that's a lot coming from this Boulder hippie.

Bacardi V.I.Pea

Miss the show but still want to pay homage to the Black Eyed Peas? Try this drink!


2 parts Bacardi Superior1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. Black Sugar (Fortnum & Mason)
1 dash egg white

4 dried black-eyed peas


Put all ingredients into a shaker and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Fill the shaker with half cubed ice and half crushed ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled or frozen coupette or cocktail glass.

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