What the funk went on at Big Gigantic? Well, while most of Columbia’s ragers were recovering from their rowdy homecoming tailgates, the clock was counting down for what many considered the most anticipated concert of the year.
Big Gigantic, funk masters of EDM from Boulder, Colorado, blessed The Blue Note last week. A lot of eyes have been on this show ever since the fall lineup was announced. I was particularly excited about the diversity of this tour. Of the 22 nights the duo had planned to take main stage, The Blue Note was the third smallest venue on the tour calendar, behind venues packing up to 2,500 and even a festival packing 20,000 fans. Safe to say this small college town was going to have quite the turnout.
Kicking off the night was St. Louis native, Lusid. Recently we saw him in town headlining a show at Rose Music Hall. The up and coming, multi-talented artist threw out his psychedelic vibes along with that funk that most recognize Big Gigantic for.
Louis Futon, who is on an opening tour himself, was the main support behind Big G. He was also opening for GRiZ on his fall tour in numerous shows leading up to this and is still making moves across the U.S. I think this guy has the talent to headline his own tour but right now, he’s really turning heads as he opens for bigger names. His relaxing lyrics and grooving beats were a great warm-up to the main act. High points of his set came when his hit song, “Wasted On You (feat. Rozes)” was thrown into the mix. This jam along with his remix to Rufus du Sol’s “You Were Right” were just released under Odezsa’s music collective.
Before Big G took the stage Louis Futon served up some original mixes to OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson” and Snakehips’ “All My Friends” that had the whole crowd singing along. He was an amazing opener who kept us shufflin’ until intermission.
The dark stage began to come to life as intermission ensued. Synths woke up the silent crowd and flickering purple lights built the anticipation. The beat was brought up all the way and it dropped ever so perfectly into the sexy sound of Dom’s (Saxophonist/ Producer) sax. The stage, now fully illuminated with outer space like animations on the screen, let the crowd finally see the two repping their matching Big Gigantic baseball jerseys. From this point on, the funky dance vibe came in heavy doses.
They played a variety of music throughout their set, making it a perfect mesh of their most popular songs, some classic throwback remixes and tunes off their new album. Of the most popular, Big G played their well-known song “Good Times Roll”(feat. GRiZ), as well as “Get On Up”, in which) absolutely murdered the drums. Fans of the new album saw their share as “Got The Love” (feat. Jennifer Hartswick) played with heart animations in the background.
Obviously every one got down to the sound of some classic songs getting tossed into the mix. Everyone lost their minds when the horns DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat” came on. As if this concert wasn’t money enough, Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar” was remixed. Money signs filled the animation screens and fake $100 bills showered upon fans in the pit. More remixes came blarring out the speakers, among them, Major Lazer’s “Jah No Partial” and “Soundclash” by Flosstradamus and TroyBoi which brought some grime into the building.
Hands down the best point in this set was the crowd silencing drop to “All Of Me”(feat. Rozes and Logic). The grooving bars of Logic mixed with the heart-warming vocals of Rozes lead up to the best part of the night. Every light set up on the stage gleamed, many to the disco ball overhead. The dark room turned into somewhat of an observatory as the lights acted as stars revolving around all the jaw dropped fans.
In my opinion this was the best show of the year. Big Gigantic truly lived up to the hype they were bringing. Not only were they touring with a variety of openers at a variety of venues, this was their sixth consecutive night taking main stage. For a name as big as this to give it all at one of their smallest shows means a lot and as a fan, I’m thankful we gave it right back.
This post was written by Joey Morando, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.