Chance The Rapper engages audience with storytelling at Fillmore Auditorium

Miranda Moses

It was no secret that Chance The Rapper’s concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver was a highly anticipated event Tuesday night. The line to get into the venue looped around the block.

Chance The Rapper kicked off his Magnificent Coloring Book World Tour shortly after the release of his album “Coloring Book.” His sold out show in Denver was among one of the first tour stops.

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The doors opened at 7 p.m., though many attendees did not get into the venue until well after 8 p.m.

The opening act, Francis and the Lights, started the show around 8:30 p.m. Francis and the Lights and Chance The Rapper collaborated on the Coloring Book song “Summer Friends,” and while most Chance fans will agree that this song is a hit, Francis and the Light’s other songs are not quite the same.

Francis performed alone onstage, lacking other band members and instruments. He appeared small compared to the large stage, though he made up for it with erratic dance moves that were extremely similar to when a little kid thinks he can dance. At one point during his performance, Francis simply sprinted back and forth across the stage to off-beat music.

When he first started singing, I honestly could have sworn I was listening to Phil Collins performing the Tarzan soundtrack but with the weirdest background music ever. His style was very dramatic, and it seemed like he was performing experts of each song as opposed to full length songs. Imagine Phil Collins with hair in a very melodramatic musical about robots that has a lot of hipster beats in it, and you will have Francis and Light’s opening performance. While unique, this act did not satisfy the young audience and really seemed to startle and confused them instead.

“Is that Drake? Dang, he sounds different in person,” yelled an audience member wearing a bro tank.

Chance himself did not grace the stage until about 9:45 p.m. The curtains opened and his song “Angels” immediately caused the crowd to jump up and down in a frenzy.

Chance is exactly how his albums and T.V. appearances make him out to be: humble, fun-loving and talented. His vocals and signature “AAHH! AAAH!” did not disappoint, and his dancing was everything I personally could have hoped for.

His performance was somehow just as odd as Francis’, only Chance’s weirdness seemed more intentional and meaningful. The show actually had a storyline with monologues between songs, though Chance’s fellow actors on stage were not human. He shared the stage with giant, almost Muppet-like creatures, who helped him stay on track and find his way throughout the coloring book story.

The creature that shared the most stage time with Chance was a sassy lion named Carlos who advised Chance to focus on the right girls and embrace his musical history. During his gospel-esque song “How Great,” bird creatures lined up with him to create a religious bird back up church choir.

The creatures, animated set and monologues gave the show a child-like feel and truly encapsulated what a live coloring book would feel like. He performed hit songs from both albums “Coloring Book” and “Acid Rape,” including a few even older songs so that both old fans and new fans could truly enjoy the show.

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Highlights of the show included “No Problem,” “Mixtape” and “Good Ass Intro.” Fans filled the gap for artists featured in various songs that could not attend, singing the verses in their place. The audience screamed Justin Bieber’s part in “Juke Jam” at the top of their lungs and attempted all the high notes in “Sunday Candy.”

The show ended with Chance’s encore performance of “Blessings (Reprise).” He had his bird church choir behind him singing and swaying. The coloring book angel that is represented on all coloring book merchandise and advertisements rose up behind him, and the audience sang along to the lyrics word by word with their hands up in a way that can only be described as a religious experience.

“Your blessing is not in this album,” Chance told his audience. “Your blessing is not in this venue. Your blessing is not made of flesh, but it is coming.”

Everyone in the room thought our blessing was him.