Almost two weeks ago California-based Electronic artist Bassnectar stormed through Chicago playing back-to-back sold out shows at Congress Theater. His Saturday night appearance sold out in less than 24 hours and due to the demand they added an additional day, having him play Sunday night too. If was my first time seeing him at an indoor venue – the other times have been outdoors at music festivals. I knew what to expect but at the same time I was curious as to how the show would feel being inside instead of out. The difference, night and day.
If you haven’t seen Bassnectar before it may be hard to visualize this, but it was a very intimate setting with his show indoors. When you’re outside there’s a lot to look at, various things happening at the same time so it’s very easy to get distracted. When you’re indoors, it’s Bassnectar, his lights, and the 4500 people you’re dancing with for a good 3 hours. No distractions, no way to avoid any of it unless you exit the venue. This made the show compared to my previous experiences that much better.
Despite having amazing music and a light show to match, the one thing that sets Bassnectar apart from a lot of his EDM peers is his positive message. Throughout the show he can be heard on the mic interacting with the crowd, spreading positive messages of love and ultimately enjoying life. His AmBASSador Program was in full effect, which accepts applications from devoted fans to serve as volunteers who are responsible for welcoming the crowd prior to the event, keeping audience members hydrated and happy throughout the show, and organizing projects that will engage fans in creative ways. He also lightened up the security level from TSA-style to a more friendlier style, allowing fans to bring in sealed water, toys, blow up items, backpacks, and more.
To sum this little rant up and let you view some of the photo-goodness before we release the video, I just wanted to say let out some of my thoughts. I HIGHLY recommend going to see him if you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed. At all. More DJ’s and producers should take notes on Bassnectar and how he does things – the scene and other shows may be a little friendlier. Shouts to our friends at React Presents for giving us the opportunity as always. Now hit the jump Bassheads!
Our Bassnectar ticket giveaway winners on the left with @zwalkk and @andre_velez from IMF on the right!