Let’s start off by saying that after seeing him at Freaky Deaky a few years ago with the Bloody Beetroots at Congress Theater, Wolfgang Gartner easily became one of my favorite Djs. His blend of electro house with other genres and long list of epic hit songs drew me to his following shows. But it seems that his early show at Concord left me feeling like something was missing. Sure when “Illmerica” and “the champ” dropped I lost my mind and brought back some great memories of events passed. But it just wasn’t the same. Tommy Trash on the other hand delivered with his hard hitting beats just like he did when we saw him at Hakkasan in Las Vegas a few months ago. The Hounds of Hell Tour should get recognition for setting the right mood with the stage setup. Though it was not over the top it took advantage of the stage space nicely and set the tone for the evening.
That was also our first night at Concord Music Hall what used to be VLive. It’s not a total surprise that the main room is used for concerts now. Even when it was VLive it always seemed like the amount of space the venue has including the over sized stage would eventually house bands as well as Djs. The room on the second floor next to the coat check was blocked off for good reason as it would be pointless during a concert like this. One thing I could suggest is to figure out a way to use what used to be the VIP seating in back of the main room. I mainly saw photographers and the sound engineers there, but that could be due to lack of a crowd.
The only other thing I can take away from the show is that if you are 21 and you aren’t going with a large group of younger friends or you’re not seeing an “A-List” Dj skip the all age show. The crowd is an important part of any show or festival and unfortunately the younger crowd has a long way to go. You have to give them credit for their energy and passion but the behavior, respect and knowledge of the scene just isn’t there.
See you at DaDa Life at the Aragon Ballroom this Saturday!!
Just in case anyone has missed this. Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash are pairing up for not one but two shows this Friday 10/11 at Concord Music Hall. The early show opens its doors at 5:30 pm while the late show starts at 11:00 pm.
If you haven’t grabbed your tickets yet follow this LINK and do so! Also there are less than 24 hours left till we potentially pick a winner of our first ever TICKET GIVEAWAY through our Instagram page. Follow this link to the picture explaining contest rules. Don’t be shy Just Stay Chi!
Just to make it easy on all of you, here is a list of all October concerts. Make sure to click the artist’s name to buy your tickets. Cheers to a busy month! See you all there… Don’t be shy, just stay Chi.
In case you missed it; on May 25th during the Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso Texas Wolfgang Gartner took to twitter to show his displeasure with the track selection of another performing DJ. Later it turned out that DJ was Martin Solveig. Wolfgang Gartner was making everyone aware that he personally dislikes when A-List DJ’s end up playing the same top songs on the charts to appease the crowds that come out to see them.
Regardless if Twitter was the right way to state his opinion, I do believe Wolfgang Gartner has a point and I too share in his frustration. When I attended a dozen or so shows around Chicago in a span of a few months last year I noticed that I progressively had less fun at the shows as most of the artists played a mix of their own hits with the hits of other DJs at the time. Eventually these concerts got very repetitive and annoying. This doesn’t mean I wont attend any shows, of course not but it’s something to think about when buying concert tickets.