By Aaron Gi
The windy city is host to a slew of events this week, one virtually every night leading up to the big one, Tuesday the 31st. While some traveled to the ATL to transport into the ninth sector, others trekked up into the mountains to indulge on their favorite Dairy themed jam band, many more ended up in “Music City” to burst their eardrums out of their Bass Heads; the few and the proud chose to bear the cold and stick out the Low temps in the Windy City to ring in the new year.
Fortunately, we can always rely on Silver Wrapper to put together a full plate for the Chi town fam. Gramatik and his Lowtemp crew invade Chicago for a two night run of funky bass, glitchy blues, and sexy stylistic sounds. After a year full of touring and producing, Denis Jasarevic (AKA Gramatik) and his guitarist, Eric Mendelson, will send 2013 off proper with two back to back sold out shows. WIth a plethora of eclectic openers this will surely be more than just another dubstep show, the showcase of talent billed for these two nights is impeccable and I can’t think of a funkier way to end the year.
Gramatik branched off from the PLM crew in early 2013 to start his own label, Lowtemp. The new label aims to push the boundaries of modern day EDM by bridging a gap between the live funk and blues genre and combining it with modern day bass music. The Lowtemp crew is a collective of musicians aiming to change the game, and 2014 looks to be a break out year for these guys.
Lowtemp consists of Gramatik, Exmag, ILLUMNTR, BRANX, and Gibbz. Night one (12/30) of the Chicago run at Concord Music Hall is sure to be a special one with a full Lowtemp showcase to be on display as the opening act. Each artist will play out an individual set and then they will all join forces in the epic collaboration project known as Exmag.
Russ Liquid will follow (and likely sit-in) with his smooth synthtronica horn-step.
New Years Eve at the Auditorium Theater is set to be the banger, a more heavy lineup that will surely make for a more rowdy party. Starting things off is the Chicago homie Manic Focus, coming off a big year with his new album release he’s got a sound that will drop your jaw, and shake your knees. Get up close for this one because this is not a set to see from a Distant Perspective.
Exmag has the follwoing and HeRobust is the opener. He is sure to get the crowd rockin with his poppy hip-hop influenced dubstep that seems to have taken the scene by storm in a very short amount of time.
Gramatik will obviously be ending the year off, but don’t look for him to stop there. His new album The Age of Reason is said to be dropping real soon, we can only expect the best from the Slovenian Funkstronaut.
Here’s to another fine year in the books, let’s keep it real cool for Lowtemp Chicago. Ray John 2014.