With the hugely successful Spring Awakening Music Fest now in the books, the good people over at React are heading up north to take the party outside city limits and into the wilderness as they present the first ever Summer Set Music & Camping Festival. We are looking forward to packing up our cruiser, bringing the necessary essentials, and experiencing 3 awesome days of live music as we enjoy one last camping festival before the summer ends. Here is a rundown of our picks for the Day 1 and if you haven’t bought at least a tix or pass yet…..DON”T DELAY ANY LONGER!
RJD2 w/ Break Science (3:00 – 4:00, Main Stage)
We aren’t sure who’s responsible for this but whoever decided to have the legend that is RJD2 perform with Break Science to kick-off the first day of the fest deserves a standing ovation in our book! RJD2 has been laying down music since the days when Absinthe Films were watched on repeat by myself and his Dead Ringer & Since We Last Spoke albums are still within my top 1o favorites of all time. We implore you to arrive early and witness a this dangerous collab of masters do what they do best!
Two Fresh (4:30 – 5:30, Hockey Rink)
What do you get when you combine two musically inclined twin brothers and one of the best drummers in live electronic? A winning formula that’s just Two Fresh for words. These Colorado residents are known for throwing down quite the live set and with their performance at a time when most American’s are getting their happy hour fun underway, those at Summer Set are in for quite the treat with another trio that can bring the crowd up on their feet dancing.
Mimosa (6:30pm – 7:30pm, Hockey Rink)
It seems like yesterday that MiMoSA’s CrunkSteppers Guide into the PsyPhy mix came out and instantaneously made me a fan of the California native. A mastermind at engineering hyphy bass infused music, MiMoSA should be on everyone’s list of who to see at Summer Set. The energy levels of a live show can often determine the amount of interest that is maintained towards an artist during their set, and Mr. MiMoSA understands this to a T. Always keeping his material fresh and ever changing in the live element seems to be the embodiment of a MiMoSA set. If you check him out, I can promise you’ll be engaged from the opening to last notes.
PANTyRAID (8:30pm – 9:30pm, Hockey Rink)
If anyone were to bring the topic of my first memories of the bass music culture up, Glitch Mob is entered into discussion. Even more specifically then that, Ooah, at that point, ¼ of Glitch Mob, comes to the forefront of my mind. His melodic, bass infused, release Hacksaw/Tubstomper was my first electronic music purchase ever, back in 2007. Since then I’ve kept close tabs on his side projects, Of Porcelin (melodic solo project), and PANTyRAiD, his collaboration project with Marty Party. Both producers have stacked years of experience playing live and it shows. Feeding off the energy from their crowd, they play a slew of PANTyRAiD originals, songs from their other projects, and popular hit’s. All conjoining to create a fresh, fun, high energy set you won’t want to miss at Summer Set.
Zeds Dead (9:30pm – 10:30, Hockey Rink)
It’s been a whopping 6 times that we’ve seen & heard the pure bass mayhem that Zeds Dead puts on live this summer and we look forward to another dose in the wilderness of WI on Friday night. They’ve unleash everything from trap, drum & bass, and dubstep at various fests/shows over the past 3 months and with the dust yet to settle from their latest Living Dead EP, we can expect nothing but wobbles of the highest degree. You’d be ill-advised to miss some killah killah ZEDS DEAD!
Big Gigantic (10:30pm – 12am, Main Stage)
If you are asked to perform last at one of the most known festivals for music & campings after the likes of Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, and String Cheese have graced various stages then you know you’ve made it to a pretty high level of awesome. Big Gigantic take that awesome level to a different venue and will be closing out day 1 of the fest to our delight! After delivering a damn good performance at Lolla playing hits off their smash album Nocturnal, (along with a handle full of remixes that sound oh so good with the addition of a saxophone) we look forward to another round of Dom and Jeremy going HAM on some electronica with a good side of bass!