Freaky Deaky 2017

This year FREAKY DEAKY returns as a multi-city takeover across the Midwest! Featuring over 20 artists throughout four cities, everyone’s favorite Halloween party will host multiple events in MILWAUKEECHICAGOGRAND RAPIDS and ANN ARBOR. React Presents is thrilled to expand the longstanding party series and bring the fun to fans across the Midwest.

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2016 Lollapalooza Aftershows On Sale Now!

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Lollapalooza Weekend, React & C3 Presents are thrilled to announce some of the official Lollapalooza aftershows happening in Chicago’s finest venues, starting on Wednesday, July 27th through Sunday, July 31st.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd at 10 AM CST through For complete information, click on the links below. Stay tuned to React Presents socials for pre-sale codes to select aftershows.

Stream React’s Lollapalooza Aftershow Playlist HERE on Spotify


  • Yeasayer – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at


  • Major Lazer – Aragon Ballroom – Tickets available at
  • Excision & Grandtheft – The MID – Tickets available at
  • Miike Snow – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at
  • Don Diablo – Evil Olive – Tickets available at
  • Bro Safari – Evil Olive – Tickets available at
  • GRiZ (DJ Set), Slumberjack & Muzzy Bear – The MID – Tickets available at
  • Cashmere Cat – Primary – Tickets available at
  • Mac Miller – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at
  • Flosstradamus & Valentino Khan – Aragon Ballroom – Tickets available at


  • Jauz & Marshmello – The MID – Tickets available at
  • Snakehips – Primary – Tickets available at
  • Big Gigantic – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at


  • Snails – Evil Olive – Tickets available at
  • Yellow Claw & Boombox Cartel – The MID – Tickets available at

Pardon My French Tour [Recap]


It’s been a week since the Parisian trio of Tchami, DJ Snake and Mercer kicked off the North American leg of their Pardon my French Tour, and my feelings about the show have not changed. Simply put, Malaa the alter ego of one if not all three of the tour headliners stole the show. Tchami, Mercer and DJ Snake had good sets (even if they did copy and paste them from Ultra), but Malaa with his deep, heavy, and slower tracks made an impact on me.

Given their individual success it’s no surprise that the show sold out the Aragon Ballroom, but I’m left with more of a need to see Malaa again whether in Chicago or during the festival circuit. It seems that the hype for DJ Snake, Tchami, and mercer has exceeded the artists themselves. I still love the hits, but everything in between has become white noise. Let me know what you thought of the show in the comments below.

Check out some of my pictures and videos from the show below


Flosstradamus @ The Aragon Ballroom 12-26-14 [Recap]

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The major duo of Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Cameruci were clearly a must see as they made a stop in their hometown of Chicago during their HDYNation Tour. The anticipation grew so large for Floss; who can be best remembered for their legendary parties at the Boystown dive bar Town Hall Pub, it was no surprise that the whole Aragon Ballroom venue was sold out. The crowd brought an interesting mixture of both EDM and hip hop lovers.Floss 12-26-14  (2) logo

GTA warmed up the crowd right before Floss came on to destroy. After seeing GTA this past summer at Electric Forest my expectations were definitely set high. GTA rocked the crowd playing the perfect mixture of trap and house. GTA clearly set the right mood for Flosstradamus to come on stage.

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Floss opened with a bang and blue smoke which soon revealed their gigantic stage that stood high with the HDY Nation flagged dropped down from the top of it. Josh “J2K” Young popped out with his HDY Nation flag and commanded all the HDY grlz and HDY boyz to raise the Floss symbol in the air. When “Original Don” came on everyone went insane, after all it was the song that started it all for Floss.Floss 12-26-14  (3) logo

Floss threw it down dropping hit’s like “Roll Up”, “Coco”, “Climax”, “Stoner”, “Pillz”, and of course “Mosh Pit.” Floss took immediate crowd control commanding the 5,000 people in the crowd to take out their lighters and phones while all the lights were shut down. Simultaneously the crowd swayed side to side as the music slowed down. The show was overall great, but I do admit I had bigger expectations for Floss going harder considering Chicago is their hometown. Looking back to seeing Flosstradamus almost two years ago, this show can be considered just a bit disappointing.

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Dillon Francis at The Aragon 12/5/14 [Recap]

After listening. to Dillon’s new album “Money Sucks Friends Rule” it was clear to me I wanted to see him when he  made his tour stop in Chicago.  That says a lot considering the last time I saw Dillon in Chicago he played at the Aragon Ballroom with Excision and both were disappointing to say the least. Since then Dillon has released several hit tracks; “Messages” and “Get Low” just to name a few that lead to his album release.

Read WhySoChi’s official review of “Money Sucks Friends Rule” HERE.

IMG_7503-logoTrippy Turtle was a nice surprise as the opening act right before Dillon came on stage. He played a nice mix of 90’s rap songs with a trappy remixes and mash ups. The crowd responded well and got down to the funky beats.

From the moment Dillon came on, dropping the black sheet covering up his intricate stage set up, it was clear it was going to be a great show. He started out with “I Cant Believe It’s Not Butter”  which matched the already high energy the crowd was projecting. Dillon did nothing short of facilitating a high energy house party in a mainstream event with 5000 of his closest friends. The whole set was fun. The confetti drop was great and having the whole venue sing along to ” When We Were Young” brought everyone together.

Check out the handful of pictures i took from the balcony before rushing downstairs to join the party.

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