Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

Two Tiers of Mosh Pits at the Ogden

Gogol Bordello is ending 2018 with four performances in Colorado. The first two nights were at the Ogden Theatre on 12/28-29, and the last two nights will be held at the Boulder Theater.

The first two nights of music were held in downtown Denver at the Ogden Theatre. The venue is located off of Colfax, and was packed on Saturday night.

After checking in for media, the temperature from outside quickly melted away with the heat coming from inside the venue.

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas opened each of the four shows in Colorado with their distinct Detroit sound. On Saturday night they performed a short and sweet set. In 2015, I spoke with Hernandez in an interview about the band and future plans.

The crowd started to pack in tight to the floor area of the Ogden Theatre. I could feel the pressure from the diehard fans to get a close view of the performance.

Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

The house music blended into an introduction track that welcomed the band to the stage. Instantly the crowd connected with Gogol Bordello in celebration. It was a beautiful and intimate show in a venue that holds 1,500 guests.

It marked my first time seeing a Gogol Bordello performance, and the Ogden Theatre made for a special atmosphere. I’ve also been to the Boulder Theater, and it provides a similar intimate vibe.

Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

The crowd was rowdy on a new level on Saturday evening. The venue has two lower levels for a dance floor. These were both in a state of controlled chaos throughout the show. One guest elbowed me in the rib, and notified me she was going to mosh in another location. I’ve been in several mosh pit environments, but I’m not sure why guests are starting to notify people about moshing in certain areas. When I was growing up in the 90s you just moshed, there was no planning.

The energy from the crowd was electric on Saturday evening.

It marked my first time covering a show at the Ogden Theatre. A piece of me would like a photo pit to walk into to grab photos, and a piece of me also remembers going to shows growing up, and wanting to be right next to the stage, which the Ogden provides. The youthful crowd sweated and poured out love for Gogol Bordello on stage.

Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Gogol Bordello performing at the Ogden Theatre on 12/29/18. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

Tickets for their NYE performance on 12/31 are still on sale via Ticketfly, but there is a good chance it will sell out by showtime. The doors are set to open at 8:00 p.m.

Check out the upcoming Gogol Bordello tour dates below the videos.


Gogol Bordello Video Playlists on YouTube


Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas


Gogol Bordello Tour Dates

Date | City | Country | Venue

Mon, Dec 31st ’18 | Boulder | United States | Boulder Theatre

Thu, Mar 14th ’19 | Clifton Park, NY | United States | Upstate Music Hall

Fri, Mar 15th ’19 | Portland, ME | United States | State Theatre

Sat, Mar 16th ’19 | Providence | United States | The Strand Theatre

Sun, Mar 17th ’19 | Philadelphia | United States | Franklin Music Hall

Tue, Mar 19th ’19 | New Haven, CT | United States | College Street Music Hall

Wed, Mar 20th ’19 | Westbury, NY | United States | The Space at Westbury

Fri, Mar 22nd ’19 | Baltimore, MD | United States | Ram’s Head Live

Sat, Mar 23rd ’19 | Charlotte, NC | United States | The Fillmore Charlotte

Sun, Mar 24th ’19 | Atlanta | United States | Masquerade – Heaven Stage

Mon, Mar 25th ’19 | St. Petersburg | United States | Jannus Live

Wed, Mar 27th ’19 | Ft. Lauderdale | United States | Revolution

Thu, Mar 28th ’19 | Orlando | United States | Beacham Theatre

Fri, Mar 29th ’19 | Jacksonville | United States | Mavericks at the Landing

Sat, Mar 30th ’19 | Birmingham | United States | Iron City

Sun, Mar 31st ’19 | Nashville, TN | United States | Marathon Music Works

Thu, Aug 15th ’19
to Sat, Aug 17th ’19 | Lorca | Spain | Rabolagartija