Although it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, with Independence Day being on a Tuesday, Friday, June 30 in Ogden had a festive summer holiday vibe with DJ and Producer, KASKADE headlining Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater. The venue filled up quickly and everyone seemed to be in a great mood. I can’t say what crowd I was expecting for a show like this, but the crowd that arrived wasn’t what I expected. Fans of all ages filled Ogden Amp and it was cool to see that Electronic Dance Music is far-reaching.
The 2021 Ogden Twilight Series has been pretty amazing so far this year. Sold-out shows, huge crowds, and great bands have made for a really entertaining series so far. Their fourth show in the series was no exception. Louis the Child, are a DJ production combo, Robby Hauldren, and Frederic J. Kennett. I’m not sure if they were quite ready for this Twilight crowd when they booked this date.
Salt Lake City Live has already established itself at a premier concert event in Utah to catch some of the best EDM DJs in the world. Having already put on two sold out and extremely successful shows with two legendary DJs, Steve Aoki and Diplo. Their final event of the summer was no doubt going to be up to par with their previous shows. Electronic producer and singer, Zhu was bringing his talents to Salt Lake City!
Concerts are back baby! Utah fans of EDM were in for a treat when DJ Royalty, Steve Aoki showed up to Salt Lake City to headline the inaugural Salt Lake City Live lineup at the Gateway. This was the first show I’ve covered since the shutdown. I was really excited to get out and be part of a live performance again!
Marking their tenth stop on the Direction Of Dreams Tour, Hippie Sabotage took Salt Lake City by storm. Hippie Sabotage is an indie duo from Sacramento California, composed of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. Stopping by Utah for the first time since last summer’s SLC Twilight, Hippie Sabotage put on one of the best concerts that I have ever been to. Fans were allowed into The Union at 7 PM, however, they started lining up long before then trying to secure their spot at the front of the barricade.
I remember the first time I saw Madeon’s “Pop Culture, Live Mash-up” on YouTube; reminiscing with fondness at the wonder this musician awoke inside me. Nine years later, Hugo has produced his own album, a number of EP’s, as well as, collaborations with many monolithic artists within the EDM industry; and now drops his latest, during a quite extensive North American tour. ‘Good Faith Live,’ I anticipate to be transcendent as Madeon’s performance at The Complex, last Tuesday. Hugo Pierre Leclercq has a timeless style and ever adapting production techniques. He is one of the few EDM artists which I still find myself impressed with as I get older and my preferences in music change. This is very important to me because of the nuance sometimes involved with new artists and varying styles within EDM genres concerning what’s relevant; the difference between what is currently popular and which artists are truly talented musicians and producers. Very rarely do I find an artist, who possesses the encompassing skill set, capable of attracting a new audience, while also keeping their fan base interested and excited. Madeon seems to do this in an almost effortless manner. The anticipation which had been digging beneath my skin for over a month now, yet as I gazed on the stage instantly dissolved amidst the dancing lights and rhythmic hum.