Show Review: Cypress Hill, Atmosphere keep summer alive for balmy weekend gig

It’s officially the dog days of summer: Labor Day is around the corner, school is back in session, and pumpkin-flavored everything is hitting the shelves. But nothing, not even uncharacteristic humidity, stops Arizonans from making the most of the season and soaking in the nostalgia on a Sunday evening.  

The sun began setting over Mesa Amphitheater as DJ Z-Trip introduced Atmosphere to the stage who wasted no time in hitting crowd favorites from When Life Gives You Lemons, You Pain That Shit Gold and God Loves Ugly. Seemingly every attendee had a drink in hand and a faint smile on their face, enjoying a return to normalcy. 

The walk down memory lane continued after a brief interlude from Z-Trip, who shook things up with some remixed mariachi classics and promoted his mixtape. With a warm welcome from the lively crowd, Cypress Hill reminded everyone why they’ve been around for three decades. Puffs of smoke floated through the air as if to prove the fanbase hasn’t changed a bit, and the hits kept coming. And the reminder of simpler times was a soothing close to another weekend that’s already missed.

 
Story and photos by Taylor Knauf
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