Free Music Friday – Spring Awakening Edition
Welcome to your Free Music Friday! This time around we’ll be focusing on Spring Awakening Music Festival. From its humble beginnings in Chicago’s biggest fire hazard, the Congress Theater, this festival is a unique one because it’s held in a football stadium. We’ve all seen the Chicago Bears lose at Soldier Field, now music lovers can party in it! 3-day passes are sold out and this is one of the largest electronic festivals of its kind. In one week, all of Chicago will be covered in neon and Kandi. But first, we’d like to give you a taste of what you can expect at this monumental experience:
What is one of the most iconic symbols in our history? The triangle figure of The Eye. We see it on our dollar bills and beyond. It’s been hailed as a symbol of ancient deities and the Illuminati. What does this have to do with music? It’s the figure behind Midnight Conspiracy’s light show! These fabulously anonymous guys (we at least know that much) have one mission: to blow your mind and give you the best light show and musical experience of your life. These guys want you to leave their show asking, “What just happened to me?!” Sensible Reason will have the amazing opportunity to meet these guys during the fest! Get the full experience first hand the first day of the festival at the Bud Light Platinum Stage. Be sure to get their early, because these guys will be playing only a couple hours into the festival’s opening at 4:30PM! With all the hype and excitement, there’s no reason to enter Spring Awakening fashionably late.
Supergroups have been around for a while. Take the best of the best from here and there and boom, magic. Destroid are nothing less than the epitome of a dub-step supergroup. Pendulum’s KJ Sawka, Downlink, and Excision make the group, and not only are they larger than life, but so is their getup! Set up on what appear to be molten rocks, these guys are in full robot gear, shredding guitars and making mothers fear for their children, and we’re totally OK with that. The music these guys produce is unlike anything you’ve heard before. They create an immense and unique sound while sticking to their dub-step and drum n’ bass roots. Their live show is beyond that: it’s an experience. Check out the experience at the Equinox Stage Friday at 7PM.
Sweden is known for extremely social living, and overall happy people, even more so in recent years since economic crises in other countries. Some may think the country’s happiness is the way they run their government, some may think it’s the weather. We’re pretty convinced that is because they’ve been listening to Eric Prydz. Getting his start in his hometown of Stockholm, he’s been making the most catchy techno and house beats we’ve heard to date. His rise has been subtle but powerful. Those in the scene hail his greatness until they’re blue in the face, but they can save their breath once you get the first listen. While he’s released only one full length album, his live shows are mind-blowing. Seamless DJing and production are what he’s best at, and with radio shows and multiple aliases, he’s no stranger. Eric Prydz will bump his way into many hearts at 7:30PM June 13th, the first day of the festival, at the Bud Light Platinum Stage.
Tommy Trash never ceases to amaze fans. He does so flawlessly by making amazing, hard-hitting, music. As if that wasn’t enough, he also has a very hard-hitting I-give-zero-f*cks attitude. While your mom might not be OK with that, we suggest you take Tommy Trash’s attitude and apply that to what your mom thinks. He hails from Australia, where booze replaces water on most occasions and people love to dance. From his start in 2006, he’s built quite the following and has been touring the festival circuit for a handful of years now. Last year he released a free download for the aptly named “Fuckwind” and it’s a good example of what you can expect from Tommy Trash. He’ll be at the Bud Light Platinum Stage at 6:30PM on Saturday June 14th.
Barclay Crenshaw might sound like the name of a complete square (no offence, Mr. Crenshaw) but it’s the birth name of one of the most talented house music producers to date. Going by the stage name Claude VonSroke, Crenshaw has no problem making the floor vibrate with his deep, soulful, and sometimes experimental house music. Hailing from the original city of House– Detroit, Michigan— he knows the genre like the back of his hand. If house music was a science, Claude VonStroke would be Doogie Howser, but he’d never admit that outright. He loves what he does and spares no hesitation to show it. All he wants to do is see you get down, and get down we will when he bumps through The Hanger (Dirtybird Vs Relief Records) Stage Saturday night at 8:30PM.
From Colorado to Australia, Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli have had no problems selling out shows lately. They bring the perfect blend of hip-hop beats, electronic drops, live drums, and live saxophone to the table and it tastes good. Two of the most fan-friendly and down-to-earth guys you’ll ever see, they know how to pump up the crowd and give it their all. Hailing from Colorado, these guys have never let the cookie-cutter DJ life seep in. Their music has stayed unique yet energetic since their start, and they plan on making Soldier Field shake to its core once they get on the Equinox Stage at 8:30PM Sunday June 15th, the final day of the festival. This isn’t the first time these guys have closed out a festival, and it’ll leave fans breathless for weeks after.
Well there you have it, folks. Another Friday down, and another handful of downloads for your music collection. See you at Spring Awakening!