Page 2: New Year’s Eve with headliners Papadosio and Griz.
US Cellular Center – 12/31
Freddy Todd opened the night with his funked-out, glitch-driven electronic music, performing tracks made popular on his most recent tour with Eliot Lipp. He performed most of this show with his signature keytar. Todd provided the soundtrack to all those arriving, and those standing in line, as you could hear the speakers from outside. The venue packed in 96 18” drivers, aka “a stupid amount of bass” as described by Thogmartin.
Papadosio took the stage to a crowd of die-hard fans and newcomers alike, providing them the opportunity to turn heads. “Euclidean Lights,” off of their most recent album, Pattern Integrities, did just that. Starting out with tribal, analog drum rhythms then moving into a transcendent guitar chord-progression likening itself to the UK-band Ozric Tentacles. The band took an opportunity to show a crowd less familiar with live instrumentation, what could be done when mixing electronics with conventional instruments.
Next the band pulled out an extended version of “We Are Water,” leaving many devoted Papadosio fans breathless. This downtempo offering, while bass heavy, provided the band an opening to explore the depth of their music. Moving in and out of ambient sections with consistent drumbeats, the Brouse brothers explored sonic opportunities on their synthesizers and utilization of the “Space Echo.” The unison of the band often time provided a choir-like experience in the large arena.
Papadosio ended their set with “The Eyes Have Eyes,” a fitting choice as its heavy bass-driven beat foreshadowed the next acts on the stage. The band brought elements of their Pattern Integrities album into their older material, giving this track a unique feel for fans familiar with it. The ambient and keyboard intensive elements of the songs were brought out more, including in the interlude which featured synthesized strings. Given the cavernous nature of the room, the band’s sound swelled to fill every inch during this rising, ambient jam. Ending the song on a bass-heavy note delighted all fans in attendance and gave the crowd a fitting warm up for G Jones.
Night 2: Method > Cue, Euclidean Lights, We Are Water, The Eyes Have Eyes
G Jones, a newly popular producer known for his recent collaborations with Bassnectar and DJ Shadow, brought out his onslaught of heavy bass. Performing some unreleased music, fans were driven into a frenzy. Headbangers lined the rail in front of the stage, patiently waiting for the drop.
At long last it was time to wish 2016 farewell and ring in the new year, as GRiZ took the stage with guitarist Muzzy Bearr. Donning his accustomed alto sax, GRiZ performed electro-funk for the sold-out arena of hardcore fans, who brought the energy during the entire set. Still dizzy from the earlier acts, fans were barely prepared for all the rainbow of balloons that showered them as GRiZ ushered in 2017.
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