Waking up and seeing the sky look grey and miserable outside almost tempted me to #OccupyMemoryFoam for the day and hibernate in my room watching soccer friendlies, but the thought of being the only non-Northwestern music blog to trek 11 miles north to see what could be one of the best kept secrets in Chicago was all too overwhelming. Its been quite sometime since I’ve attended an educational institution where frat and sorority life was visible in anyway, shape, or form but the chance to experience a Spring Fling-esque (shout out Plymouth State) event was running through my brain at a rapid rate all night long. Once I completely the journey and arrived at Northwestern, the campus was buzzing with students who had been up since 6 am partaking in this annual events extracurricular activities. After a few safety meetings and grown-up water consumption, we made our way to the football greens for what turned out to be a might long day.
Before I continue with this recap, I’d like to say first and foremost give a giant thank you to Klink for allowing me to attend this event and that Northwestern has one of the best looking campuses in all of Illinois. (proof) By the time we made it onto the field, the weather had cleared up greatly and the area was engulfed with students ready to go HAM on some music. First artists to come up on stage was Kendrick Lamar who performed one hell of a set for the daytime crowd and had everyone fired up. After that their was a long delay before Reel Big Fish too the stage and I felt it was the perfect time to take a nap since most of the crowd went home to recuperate before the evenings double stacked lineup.
When my eyes reopened after an hour of sleeping on rocks near the lakefront, I was greeted to the sounds of Knife Party’s Rage Valley track and thought I’d slept into who I really wanted to see set. But as my vision came too, I was shocked to see that the guys from Reel Big Fish were putting on a DJ set that included the one track that I’ve been hyped on for the last few weeks. (Baauer’s – Harlem Shake). After the initial awe had been washed away, the crowd was treated to 40 mins of bangers after bangers from dubstep to moombah as the sun began to fall.
If you grew up in the 90’s you should be able to recall listening to Outkast at some point in your life since the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi have been killin it for quite awhile. As the sky turned grey, Big Boi graced the stage and returned the crowd to a state of hip-hop as he dropped tracks like Kryptonite and Shutterbug to everyones approval. At this point in time is when I met up with two Olejniczak sisters as we prepared for the main headliner, Steve Aoki, to send the evening into overdrive in pure electronic style.
MAYHEM! That’s the only word that can accurately describe the setting as Steve Aoki came on stage to a full house of students and began playing underneath the cover of night. All the usual features of a Aoki show went down as the champagne shower, raft toss, and a double dose of the infamous cake throw took place while the Dim Mak founder played a set that included new and old material. By the time he was finished it was 10:30 and as most people flocked back to their houses on campus to continue the party, a side trip was made to attend an event that I thought I’d never see in all my days……..