The third annual Merry Jane Wellness Retreat in Denver’s Fiddler’s Green was filled with puffs of smoke as Snoop Dogg and Future, Kevin Gates and Tory Lanez entertained the weed laced crowd last night [Wednesday, April 20]. And as Snoop does every year, taking off his glasses to end the show, he promised the crowd he will be back next year to celebrate the culture with them.
Leafs By Snoop, his new marijuana strains, received all the promo they could get during this year’s show as the bulk of the interludes between acts featured commercials on Fiddler’s huge video screen. Snoop played most of his classic hits sprinkled with a few new ones, like “California Gurlz,” and “Young, Wild, and Free.”
But the height of the show peaked with classics like “Gin and Juice,” and specifically when he brought Kurupt out on stage for “We Can Freak It” and other collabs with the Doggfather. And of course the crowd waited in anticipation to sing Nate Dogg’s famous lines of “smoke weed everyday,” on the “The Next Episode.”
The night also had a few comical moments as they played Snoop’s viral animal videos, the talking bud on the big screen before his set and Kevin Gates replying to a woman fainting in the front row when he said, “I do that to people sometimes.”
Future laid the foundation with the younger crowd and gave the show a jolt of energy as he danced across the stage solo doing hits like “Wicked,” “Same Damn Time” and “F*ck Up Some Commas.” He also dropped a few tracks from What A Time to Be Alive collaborative album with Drake.
The night was filled to the brim with people from all age groups and the weed smells dominated the experience as security looked away purposely as all strains of bud we’re burnt or as Snoop said, “If you got that fire, now is the time to light that shit up.” And they did, copious amounts until the next time Snoop and friends descend upon Colorado.
In Other Parts of Denver:
Method Man and Redman completed a back to back performance day starting on 4/19 at Red Rock. The event was packed out early as the duo also was accompanied by Collie Buddz, Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright and Jared Benton. Red and Meth rocked the stage, packed out running through all their hits, while Ghostface and Raekwon interjected with their signature songs together.
If that wasn’t enough Red and Meth, Cervantes Masterpiece was filled with fans on 4/20 to see them give an encore performance this time with just Ghost, Rae and by Dirty South legends Eightball and MJG.
Snootie Wild, Rico Love and a short set by Mystikal was hosted by Core DJs head honcho Tony Neal.
Lil Flip, Paul Wall, Public Enemy, Flatbush Zombies, Curren$y, Pressure Busspipe and many more rocked within the last week in Denver for the annual 4/20 rally that was postponed until June because of inclement weather on April 16. Both Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are set to perform on the rescheduled date at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Photos courtesy of Michael Kirton