Slumberjack opened for Troyboi at North Park Observatory, with a trap and bass-heavy performance that incorporated tracks from their ‘Fracture’ EP.
The line stretched halfway down the block and it was still an hour before doors opened. I had actually arrived two hours before the venue opened in order to conduct an interview with Slumberjack. By the time I walked back out to the front the line was expanding quickly.
The venue had hung a “Sold Out” sign on the box office window; tonight was going to be a full house. Once past security and ticket scanning you entered the venue through two large doors that swung outward. The merchandise booth was immediately to your right next to a small entryway that led to the back bar. Further down the walkway was another bar and a small counter to order food.
North Park Observatory sells a variety of foods ranging from tacos and quesadillas to grilled cheese, all made on a griddle to order. The aroma permeated the venue. They opened doors a little later than expected but people started steadily flowing in. You could tell they were running a little behind schedule as stagehands were still finalizing some last minute wiring and checks.
Not long after the first wave of people started filing in the opener took the stage. I’m still not entirely sure who he was because he wasn’t listed on the ticket or venue. It did surprise me that he had two violinists and a cellist. The live instruments were a pleasant addition. It was a good way to ease into the trap heavy night allowing the instrumentalists to carry the harmony while he very effectively mixed behind the decks.
Slumberjack walked out and took to the decks almost immediately after. The crowd was primed for their set and they were ready to get the party started.
They started with a few trap heavy mixes that really got the dance floor moving. They seamlessly incorporated their Fracture EP songs into their set and when they threw down a mix of “Chicken Soup” the energy in the room amplified. Their visuals were stunning and even more impressive after having learned they make them on their own.
About halfway through their set, the dance floor was now brimming with people.
I carefully weaved in between the crowd. Security grabbed one attendee who clearly had an X on his hand but alcohol in the other. They looked around and immediately saw the other culprit running. He zipped through the VIP area only to met by another security guard on the other side. The whole situation was handled in seconds and both gentlemen were outside the swinging doors before most people even noticed what had happened.
Shortly after, Meaux Green took the stage and began his set.
I hadn’t heard very much of his music so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was trap and bass heavy which is what I imagined. His visuals were a variation of zigzag lines and were as colorful as his shirt. He too would drop a “Chicken Soup” remix that got the crowd to rage and you could see the serious headbangersrs now heading to the rail.
Troyboi opened with two aerial dancers on the center stage.
His set would actually involve quite a few performers in addition to the live rapping of Healthy Chill. Various dancers would grace the center stage with both flexibility and artistic flair as he mixed behind the decks. His trap and bass-heavy mixes moved the crowd and you could hear people belting out the words for some of his classics.
All too soon the night was at a close and Troyboi thanked everyone for their support as the main lights came on as he disappeared. People slowly poured out of the venue with smiles on their faces and a little bit of sweat from all the dancing. It was definitely a successful night.
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