Riley Downing & Kassi Valazza 10.12.21
Words by Martin Smith
Photos by Melissa Evans
Tuesday night’s show at Globe Hall in Denver had the crowd slow dancing and two-stepping to headliner Riley Downing’s country-soul sounds and show opener Kassi Valazza’s stripped down solo acoustic set. It was an intimate affair on a weekday night and most of the guests got there early so they could enjoy some of Globe’s delicious BBQ and Nashville hot wings, which interestingly paired well with the styles of the night's performers.
They opened the set with “Coleman Rose” from his first solo album, Start it Over, which was released earlier this year. When they got to “Deep Breath” he joked that it was a favorite of Colordans but he wasn’t sure why because it's not a “weed song, but maybe it could be.” He told stories about growing up in a small town in Missouri and gave a shout out to the fans rocking KC Royals’ hats. Riley and his band had the crowd swaying and dancing as they played other favorites from his debut album including “Start it Over” and “Won’t Somebody Play.” They even played a song from Riley’s old band, The Deslondes.
Riley and Kassi put on amazing performances that complemented each other well. The size of The Globe Theater allowed them to really connect with the crowd both from the stage and before and after the show. This is one of the best venues to get up close and personal with your favorite acts while enjoying amazing music, good BBQ and some tasty cocktails.
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