Thursday, June 21, 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII Launch Party @ Skylight Studios, June 21, 2012


There was never any doubt in my mind that Samsung throws the best events. If there were ever a problem with throwing amazing events constantly, it’s that you (have to) raise the bar every time, to outdo your last party. The last Samsung event I went to was at Irving Plaza, it was a free Santigold show with a complete open bar and more food than anyone there could eat. Simply put, quite amazing. I knew this one would be insane, just based on Samsung’s past exploits, but also because it was the launch party of their amazing new phone, the Galaxy SIII. One would assume the event-throwing masters would go all out…they did.

Before I tell you how it was, I must say this about the launch party, it was an easy 5 out of 5 event. Simply put, they did everything right basically. Lets start at the beginning: check-in. You can tell a lot about the organization of an event just by checking in on the guest list. If it takes a while to find your name and there’s a whole ordeal just to get inside, you can pretty much rest assured that the event itself will be sort of on par with that. Last night, with the line formed, there were two people coming down the line (before 9pm, which was when the event started) checking people in. After they found your name, you got a wristband. After that, a security guard came down the line to check everyone’s ID, to make sure we were all legal drinking age. All of this was done BEFORE the doors opened. So by the time they did, which was right at 9pm, you just walked right in. Simple.

Upon entry, you see than the Samsung people decked out Skylight Studios so you knew you were there to party in the name of the SIII. They handed you a little pouch with these little squares in them. You use these squares to play games on the new SIII and win prizes. AWESOME! Once you were really inside, there was a little basketball hoop where you could take cool photos looking like you’re dunking on none other than Stephen Curry, who is a super nice guy by the way. Walt Clyde Frazier was there as well but he left soon after we arrived. Ah well. It happens.

DJ Craze was mixing up the party music, and everyone was heading to the respective SIII stations to try and win stuff. I won some light up glasses (which I surely was not leaving there without) and also a stuffed frog, which my friend named Pedro. It was one of those kinds of nights, because Samsung had a fully stocked bar and the bartenders were churning out drinks with the quickness. You could just order whatever you wanted, or, you could order from one of the Galaxy SIII phones that was attached to the bar. They had specialty cocktails that you could select, and then the bartender gets the order through a device they had, and makes it for you! It was like partying in a spaceship!
Sebastian Ingrosso was the first DJ to take the stage. Sebastian, who is one of the DJs of Swedish House Mafia, jumped into his usual mix of house and techno tracks, getting the crowd rocking as only SHM can. On the invite I got, Samsung said there would be a surprise guest performance. Earlier yesterday someone who is usually in the know ruined that surprise, and they told me that the surprise performer is Skrillex! After Sebastian heated things up, Skrillex hit the stage and burned it down. I was so close to the stage at that point that it was hard to see all the visuals going on behind the dubstep master, but there were some cool ones. Confetti falling, air blasts going off, and just all around pandemonium were on the bill for Skrillex’s set, which was much longer than I thought it would be and also far more diverse than I thought it would be. I was expecting him to play a heap of dubstep, and mostly his dubstep stuff, but that wasn’t really the case. He played a lot of dubstep (obviously), but not only his stuff, plus he played Drum & Bass and techno tracks as well. The dude can really mix it up. They had the AC on in the place but I was sweating from all the dancing, especially since Skrillex was on the tables for so long too.

After his set was done, DJ Craze got back on to finish off the night, but some people had already left by then. I don’t blame them; it was really late at that point (I think the event officially finished at 1am). As I made my way out, Samsung had one last awesome surprise up their sleeve: free glasses! They were giving out Samsung beer glasses that light up. YES! Parting gifts make parting way sweeter sorrow. Another 5 star event in the bag for Samsung, and another awesome phone on the market, that you should surely pick up.



Clint ZER0

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LVRS Rose Island perfomance @ Le Baron, February 21, 2012



So last night, the folks at new NYC hotspot Le Baron decided to host a very private and very secret performance from Brooklyn's own Theophilus London. This was my first time being inside the newly opened Chinatown club/lounge so I'm kind of feeling myself for getting to go inside in the first place. Here's how it all went down...

Theo London is on the rise, so basically you can either jump on board the success train of this talented artist or get out of the way. He’s “so hot right now,” and you can tell by the fact that he pretty much performed and DJed at every possible party and show for Fashion Week this past week; he turned Fashion Week into his own personal CMJ!

Always a master of the art of the Internet, he uses his Twitter as a way to get his friends and fans that are followers to check out his free and cool secret shows. Case in point, me getting to partake in his Bing commercial which was shot at Le Bain a month or so ago, that then aired during the Grammys. Or, for more recent occurrences, last night, at Le Baron.

All day yesterday the musician posted about this secret show he was doing at Le Baron, and eventually decided to tell his followers that there was a password necessary to get in (I learned today that that password was “watts”). By the time we arrived however, we didn’t know what the password was. In hindsight, clearly I could have just looked at his Twitter to figure it out, but alas, hindsight is 20/20. We did have an invite though, which didn’t have an RSVP link (because of course the show had a guest list) but we figured out invite was enough. It wasn’t.

We weren’t on the list, and we also didn’t have the password. What were we to do? Well let’s just skip ahead to us getting inside. Sometimes, a little patience does help.

Le Baron’s d├ęcor is red, and black, and despite the name, it has an Asian theme; I guess it is in Chinatown after all. It’s 3 floors, with DJ booths on the first floor (where Theo was spinning when we arrived) and also in the basement, which has seats as well as a dance floor. The cocktail waitresses walk around in matching red kimonos, sticking with the theme of the place. The upstairs is table service, which was “reserved” last night for the event. We sat up there anyway.

At around 10pm, Theo took to the small stage with his band backing him and went into some tracks from his new album ‘Lover’s Holiday II: Rose Island’ and also off of his current LP ‘Timez are Weird These Days’. He went into “I Stand Alone,” “One Tree,” and also asked the ladies in the house, “Why Even Try,” which happens to be one of my favorite Theo tracks. I saw the dude Telli Gramz from Ninjasonik in Le Baron last night as well. I also think Reverend McFly was there, but they didn’t perform with Theo (I of course asked Tillie if he was going to), they were in the house just jamming, like myself.

Of course Theo dropped “Last Name London,” and then later played a really cool remix of it I’d never heard. He even found time to give Le Baron a taste of his new track that is getting some big time buzz, “Big Spender,” which features another NYC artist who is on the rise as well, A$AP Rocky. “Big Spender,” which I heard first at the Bing commercial shoot at Le Bain, has one of the sickest beat breakdowns and samples I’ve ever heard. That is, EVER. And in prime Theo London fashion, he rides the beat like a pro, even inviting some friends on stage to jam out with him last night. I of course obliged, because dancing around on stage to one of my favorite songs is something that I have no problem doing.

He ended the energy filled set with “Always Love You,” his dance ode to Whitney, who he almost didn’t perform last night, but a fan asked him to perform it (for reasons that should be obvious right now) and he jumped right back on stage and finished off his lineup the right way. After it was all said and done he jumped back onto the turntables to spin some more tunes for his fans that made it inside.

The night was awesome and I’m glad I got to see Theo perform as well as check out a brand new spot all in the same night. Even without this global warming thing making the temperature way hotter than in should be, it’s definitely going to be a hot summer for the guy whose last name is London, first name Theophilus.


Clint ZER0

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Monday, January 2, 2012

B. Notes Music Showcase @ The Social Butterfly, December 30, 2011



Happy New Year readers! Guess who's bizzack?! Now I know I "retired" this blog in August of last year, after the switch over the Myfreeconcert.com. You guys must be thinking, what gives? Well here's the deal. It's been a great run out to the end of 2011 for me and the rest of the MFC crew, and this year will be no different. I'm still writing with them and if you go on the site in the blog section (like I'm sure you already have) you will see quite a few updates. However since I've been out more at more shows and I've gotten to meet more artists and others in the industry I've gotten more requests for write-ups and reviews, so because of this, I think it's time to bring back the Music and More blog. It's a great way to start up the new year I think.

With that said, I was granted the opportunity to check out the showcase (which I believe was his first) of a young talented artist out of Brooklyn by the name of B. Notes. It worked out well because it was actually the last show I saw for 2011 (a year where I'm pretty sure I saw 2-300 concerts), so I think it's only right it's the first write-up for 2012.

B. Notes (who's real name is Brignel) is a singer that I actually met in the barbershop I go to all the time off Church Ave. in Brooklyn, by the name of Step Ahead Barbershop. It's owned by my cousin so I don't mind giving him some love on the my site! We got to chatting and he told me he was a musician, and when he found out I was a music blogger, we exchanged info because he said he would like to have me check out his shows once he starts getting things in motion. Clearly I'm not afraid to check out a show, so I told him I'd be more than honored. This was quite a few months ago, maybe even around the summer time. I hadn't heard from him until a few weeks ago, when he called me to invite me out to his showcase he was organizing in Brooklyn. Talk about following up!

I arrived at the show around 7pm, which was slated for an 8pm start. It was funny because I got there and they were setting up sound and such, and there were really only a few people there at the time. Even as it reached 8pm there were still only a few more people there, so I thought, maybe they won't start on time? Clearly they didn't, but the invite I got said 8pm SHARP as the start time. Maybe I was the only one who got that email, because by 815pm the place was packed, pretty much standing room only! Well that works, right?

The band strung up the instruments for a little early warm up for everyone, which was awesome. These guys, who I found out after the show were pretty makeshift (in that he formed them and they rehearsed once the day before!) but you couldn't tell. Honestly while I sat there and they jammed out for a while, I thought that they had played together for a while beforehand, because they had such a nice musical chemistry that you really only see with a group of guys who've been playing together for at least a good amount of time. B. Notes jumped on the microphone, and started things off with a cover of "Someone Like You," the smash hit from British songstress and 6-time Grammy nominee Adele. The song has been covered by what seems like a million people (just search for it on Youtube and you will see what I mean) but it was the first time I'd heard it sang by a male voice. The thing about B. Notes though, is that he can really hold a note. It's something I noticed from the moment he grabbed the microphone at the beginning of the show and did a little 2 line warm-up phrase before any of the performing happened. Needless to say, his version of "Someone Like You" was very unexpected, but also very good.

From there he jumped into a B. Notes original, by the name of "One Way To Find Out," which was definitely his most Dance like track for the night, of his originals. B. Notes original music is definitely a throwback to the glory days of R&B, lyrics wise that is. A lot of tracks are "for the ladies," if you catch my drift. Keeping with the tone of "One Way To Find Out," he went straight into his own rendition of "Motivation," the smash hit from Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. "Tonight" as well as "Motivation" were done without the help of the band (the DJ had the music playing) but then he switched back to the band for the end of "Motivation," and went into another original, "Vowels." To give you a frame of reference, this track is about making your girl say the vowels A-E-I-O-U. Yes, definitely put the kids to bed!

After "Vowels," Brignel made way for his musical mentor, Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers. Chambers is a true veteran in this business, winning multiple ASCAP awards and is has a handful of Dove Awards to his name as well. After teaching the band the notes for his first song, he decided to sing his own personal version of "If You Love Me," the hit he wrote for R&B group Brownstone, which got them (and Chambers) a Grammy Nomination. If you've never heard of Chambers don't feel bad, songwriters are often the unsung heroes of the music business, garnering lots of fame in their respective fields, as well as a bunch of awards and usually a bunch of money, without getting famous to the everyday music fan. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me! His second song is another smash, originally written by pianist and singer-songwriter Leon Russell, but has since been covered by a ton of artists, most notably Ray Charles, a version that got him an Grammy award for Best R&B Performance in the early 1990s. Chambers decided to play the keys on this particular song, and like the first track he decided to bless the patrons with, this one was equally as good. Chambers is a student of the music but also a student of the business, you can tell from the way he introduced himself and even in the way he talked about Brignel and his work ethic. It was funny because he said that B. Notes is very good at "following up;" I sat in my seat and thought, "I'll say."

After a quick 2 song set Chambers handed the reins back to Brignel, who went straight into "Ordinary People" by multiple Grammy winner John Legend. Where as his version of "Motivation" really demonstrated his range, this song let you see the power in his voice. It's a song by a male singer, so my guess would be it's easier to make it your own song (or not, if you don't want to) as another male singer because of the range of the notes.  Having said that, his next track was "Purple Rain" by Prince, the MAN. I felt like this was a time he could have used to make this song his own as well, but I think that he was trying at the time to do both, sound like Prince and sound like himself. Pretty difficult song to pull off when trying to make up your mind in the middle of it; but he did an alright job with it. The versatility was on display for his 2nd set however, because his next track was another original, by the name of "Coca Cola Body." It was the only track he did that night that had no singing of his at all; he chose to rap on this track instead. Verdict = awesome. The band took this song off, as the DJ was on duty with music detail for this one. I love to see an artist who isn't afraid to delve in other genres, but I really only love it when it's done well, and it was done quite well on this track.

"Golden" by the singer-songwriter Jill Scott was the next track up, and he used this song to introduce his band and let them get their respective solo time before he closed the show. He closed the show with my favorite track of his for the night, simply named "You." It was on this track that you really heard the power and the range of Brignel's voice. He's a great performer, with a ton of stage presence that you really only see from people who've been on stage a bunch, which you can obviously tell B. Notes is no stranger to. There are a lot of people who can sing but not everyone can perform. B. Notes is a great performer who seems to be able to paint the line between the new aged R&B that we hear and the old school stuff R&B purists like myself group up to. Pretty much organizing this entire showcase singlehandedly and doing the promotions and such, you can already tell he has a great work ethic, but he seems to also know that this business is all about the people you meet and form relationships with, and he seems to be quite good at that as well. Gordon Chambers said before he left the stage that he was pretty certain he will be listening to B. Notes' music on the radio in 2012. With the talent, writing ability, and work ethic I've seen, I honestly don't see why not. You can email B. Notes directly for free music off his upcoming album here: bnotes.bnotes@gmail.com. For more info on Gordon Chambers, check out his site here: http://gordonchambers.com. Happy New Year!


Clint ZER0

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

I've moved! www.myfreeconcert.com


So here’s the dealy readers; the vast majority of my writeups are going to move to the site above, the guys I’ve worked with and partied with quite frequently in these past few months. I’m not going to completely shut down the blog; I’m going to still write about certain shows that I attend and I will put it here. But most of my free shows are going to be found in the Blog section of the newly launched and renovated site. Check it out, read my stuff, and maybe I will see you out in the wild!

www.myfreeconcert.com


Friday, August 12, 2011

Billboard Summer Blowout @ Pier 36, August 11, 2011




The guys from Billboard (yea, THAT Billboard) threw their Summer Blowout event/concert last night in the NYC’s worst kept “secret location,” Pier 36 downtown. This of course was the location for last year’s epic Heineken concert with Nas and Cee-Lo Green, so you knew that last night’s show was going to be just as big. First let’s do a little event coverage:

Pier 36 is a huge pier, the size of an airplane hanger or so, so you can fit all kinds of stuff on the space. There were tons of sponsors with all their stuff set up, like 7-11 (giving away slurpees!) and Pop Chips (of course), even HP was there, raffling off their overpriced Beats by Dr Dre headphones and even laptops. It was a nice little set up. The only problem I had with the set up was the bar situation. There were clearly a LOT of people at this show, but they only had two bars, with what seemed like 2 bartenders each, who weren’t the most competent bartenders. On top of that, they only gave people one drink ticket, unless they were VIPs or press with wristbands. Let’s just say it was kind of difficult to get a drink from the bar, which was fully stocked for what it’s worth.

I went to the bar to try and get my first drink, and almost missed the entire opening act, who happen to be Gentlemen Hall.  They are the Billboard Music Awards Battle of the Bands winners, and they won a chance to perform at the award show. Pretty cool huh? They clearly are loving it because they also were granted a chance to open last night’s show. So while I stood behind a mob of people trying to squirm up to the bar to get something to drink, the Boston based band took the stage and went through their set. Their sound is great, they have a sort of new age 80s rock feel to them, but don’t think 80s ballad, far more electronic than that, even complete with an autotune microphone, awarded to their lead singer. Luckily I got a drink in time to hear them do a few songs up close, and they’re excellent performers, with tons of stage presence and energy. They even have a flute player in the band, Seth, who I had the pleasure of having a quick chat with when the event was over. He was very nice and absolutely gracious of everyone showing up to the show; I felt like his vibe was kind of what the entire bands’ would be, really happy about their current situation! They’re in a good position and you can tell that these guys are about on the brink of stardom for sure, especially judging from their performance prowess.  Take a listen to their stuff at www.gentlemenhall.com.

Next on the list was Swizz Beatz, who I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing before, and not more than a month ago as well. His set yesterday was just as energy filled, as he went through his usual fare of awesome beats that he’s produced. This time was a bit different though, calling out England’s own Estelle to come out and bless the stage with a couple of her tracks, including “DJ Play The Beat.” It was her trying to bring some positive vibes (as she said) to old London town, which as you probably know could use some positive vibes right about now.  After she exited the stage he went back into his catalog of hits, leading up to his now big finish, his new dance track called “Dance Like a White Girl.” It’s a pretty hype song (kind of like LMFAO style stuff) with a fun breakdown, causing the crowd to go into a frenzy and causing Swizzy to jump off the stage! Twice! It was awesome! The first stage dive led him to tell his DJ to start the song over, while he just went crazy in the crowd with everyone! Swizz Beatz is an awesome performer, who I’ve been blessed to see twice in a month for free, but if you hear he’s performing somewhere, it would probably be in your best interest to check it out.

Having said that though, we move onto the closers of the show, the headliners, LMFAO. Now I knew that I was on for a very insane performance, and very energy filled, and most likely fun. I knew this, despite the fact that I’ve never seen LMFAO perform before.  My guess was wrong…their performance is WAY MORE CRAZY that anything I could have imagined! They opened the show with their new single “Sorry for Party Rockin,” apologizing for everything that happens during or after their exploits at a party. From there they (and the crowd) were off to the races. Before they even came on stage their Party Rock Crew of dancers came out and started throwing glow necklaces out in the crowd. That would not be the last thing that the crowd would get from the guys on stage.

The energy level of Pier 36 was off the charts from the beginning of their performance, which comes complete with Quest Crew (now famous from their stint on America’s Best Dance Crew) breaking and drinking alcohol out of a beer bong, which is then thrown into the crowd! They threw beach balls, and even a GIANT inflated zebra, that people just bumped around during the show.  All of the hits were on display last night, with a whole bunch of stuff off their new album, “Sorry for Party Rocking.” “Rock the Beat II” got some play, as well as “Sexy and I Know it,” and “Put That Ass To Work.” All the while the guys found time to spray the crowd with Coronas, which was a bit different from the water Swizz Beatz through on the crowd earlier.

Their hit song (and the #1 song on the Billboard charts for 5 weeks in a row) “Party Rock Anthem,” was surprisingly not their last song, but it was quite possibly their best performed song (if I had to choose one). It started with a break circle from the Quest Crew boys, then they came out and rocked the house. They even made a dance circle and had people ‘shufflin’ in the middle, including the ShuffleBot from the music video (if you’ve never seen this music video, please Youtube it, it is the best music video that has been made in years).  They did another song of their new album called “Champagne Showers,” which of course all culminated in the entire stage of people (which was about 13 or so) grabbing a bottle of champagne and spraying the crowd with it! This is the first time I’ve had champagne sprayed on me by an artist (or at least during a performance) and you know what, pretty cool! At this point you’re thinking, how could this show get anymore ridiculous? Well they hadn’t performed “Shots” yet, which of course was the song they finished with. Everyone on the stage was drinking at this point, mixing vodka and beer in a beer bong and just pounding it. Utter pandemonium really, and everyone was loving it, me included. My friend that I went with said it was probably the best performance he’s ever seen; honestly, it was pretty damn good really!

LMFAO are not for the boring; they probably wouldn’t do well in a place with seats, but I don’t like concerts with seats anyway, so I guess we’re alike in that regard. They are amazing performers, just bring your drinking pants, and possibly a shirt you don’t mind getting covered in alcohol. Everyone was so wired by the end of it that DJ Homicide (the DJ for the night) came on after the show and played some tracks and everyone was just dancing like crazy. It was the most fun everyone was having during his DJ set all night. To the point that security was having a hard time throwing people out at the end, everyone wanted to party more, and I can't blame them really. This was a great free show from the guys at Billboard, and I think other companies should learn that sometimes, it is all about the fans. #SorryForPartyRocking.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday Night Live w/ Julia Haltigan @ John Varvatos, August 4, 2011




John Varvatos does it again! Thursday Night Live was last night and honestly, if you haven’t been to John Varvatos Bowery for their monthly Thursday events you really need to fix that…

Last night had another great act (that I’ve never heard of prior to the performance) perform, by the name of Julia Haltigan, backed by her band The Hooligans. It was for her, her EP release party, having released “My Green Heart” to the world of music lovers this week. Now as I mentioned before, this was the first time I’d ever heard of Julia Haltigan, so it was clearly the first time I’d ever heard her sing. The great thing about John Varvatos’ monthly parties is that for the most part, a lot of the acts aren’t very well known, so it lets these performers get a chance to shine in the #1 market in the world. The other great thing about Thursday Night Live, is the fact that every act they have billed is good, and happen to be legit musicians. Ms. Haltigan was no different.

She has a very powerful voice, as you learned from the first few notes she sang when the show was underway. She opened with her song “I Smell A Rat,” and right off the bat you knew that you were in for a world of blues. She has a sound kind of like Grace Potter, that sultry Stevie Nix-like folk blues voice, and she also plays the guitar. They did a splendid 10 song set, and even found time to throw in a few tracks from their new EP, including one of my favorites, the title track “My Green Heart.” My favorite song for the night is also on their new EP, by the name of “The Flame,” a slower ballad about a chance encounter with a particular guy.

Her songs don’t tug at the heart strings as much as they hit on your eardrums. The sounds coming out of the speakers last night were captivating, and her voice rode the music so wonderfully you couldn’t help but listen. I say check out their new EP “My Green Heart,” and for more information on Julia Haltigan take a gander at her website: http://www.juliahaltigan.com.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mad Decent Block Party @ South Street Seaport, July 30, 2011




So, this ridiculous rager started at Noon on Saturday, but me and my friend didn’t arrive until about 3:30pm or so. Having said that, I’m not really sure who we missed (or who we actually saw for that matter) and I will explain why. It was a completely outdoor event with no check-in at all. They were selling beer there but really, what would be the point of buying a beer when you could just go to the closest liquor store and get stuff and bring it back. Not to say that I did this (or didn’t), but I’m just saying, it was a possibility! On to the show…

Because of how awesome of a place it was, and how crazy it got, I will attempt to talk about the people I know who performed. Bosco Delrey was the first act I remember seeing in it’s entirety, because I remember mentioning how I wasn’t a very big fan of his sound. It was a very strange attempt at rock fusion, the fusion being techno and dance music, and I don’t really think it was very good. The sound for me wasn’t very good (it wasn’t a speaker problem, because everyone else sounded great) but it was so hot and everyone was so far from sober that they were pretty happy to hear just about anything even in the realm of music coming out of the speakers.

The Hood Internet were the next DJ set up I believe. They’re the Chicago based production duo who are probably best known for their mashups of hip-hop and rap. They play really popular rap songs over completely different beats and instrumentals, that are also usually really popular, and fun to dance to. It’s all over the place, from house to techno to reggae to rock, but their performances consist of them mixing their remixes. Their set was quite fun, I remember an increase in the dancing of the patrons in attendance, myself included.

Maluca is the next act I definitely remember hitting the stage, mostly because I remember a buddy of mine asking me whether that was her standing in front of the stores at the Seaport, with a huge entourage. I’ve never seen or heard of her before, but the woman in question was wearing what looked like a bikini with a see-through plastic skirt. I thought, if that’s not her, she definitely looks like she should be performing at this event! She did eventually take the stage, and the Bronx native went straight into her style of song, which she describes sometimes as “tropical punk.” It sounded at times like Reggaeton, also sometimes like electro Cumbia, but no matter what she performed the crowd went into a frenzy. I clearly have been missing out, because she walked with her fans, and also with her crew. There were probably 12 guys on stage with her, none of which had a microphone. She had a rapper sized entourage to say the least. It didn’t matter though, she must have performed 5 energy filled songs before she had to beg the crowd to leave. She didn’t, and did one more song for the screaming fans before making her exit.

At this point it was like a million degrees outside, but it didn’t really matter by then; you were having so much fun that it was really irrelevant at this point how sweaty you were. I’m glad too, because the next act on stage after Maluca were the boys I came to see, Zeds Dead. The Dub-Step duo hailing from Canada hit the stage running and blessed the crowd with a barrage of their Dub-Step remixes, a mixture of old stuff and brand new stuff, all good. I was kind of annoyed because my favorite of their songs, “Knights in White Satin,” went unplayed. It was OK though because when their set was done, the DJ who would play in between the sets played it, literally as soon as they got off the stage. So I still go to hear my favorite track. If you’re into Dub-Step these guys are amongst the most creative with their stuff, check them out for sure.

It gets a little fuzzy for me at this point, because I was running around trying to find people and meet up with other people, with that said, I believe Gang Gang Dance were next, playing the background music for my “where are my friends” escapades. Claude VonStroke was the closer of the show, rocking his usual techno and house jams way past sundown. The funny thing is, this was probably the part I remember the most people having the most fun. Literally everyone on the Seaport was dancing, and at that point, there were quite a lot of folks at the Seaport. Unfortunately though, time flies when you’re having fun, and the show was supposed to go until 9pm. By 9pm, the music faded right out! Everyone looked towards the stage and Claude just shrugged his shoulders, looking around at his sound people. They all looked just as confused as he was! I mean, everyone on the stage was dancing too, including Claude, and then the music stopped. He grabbed the music and said, I guess we’re done here, of course, to a bunch of boos. The people who were booing though could not have been there all day! I wasn’t even there the entire time and I was tired as hell, danced myself right out of my wits on Saturday. The Mad Decent Block Party was definitely closer to Mad CRAZY, and if you missed it it’s hard to explain how insane it was. Hard to imagine you had more fun at an event that day…