Big Gigantic Stuffs the Canopy Club on Thanksgiving Weekend
By: Casey Jones
A packed house turned out this past Sunday night at the Canopy Club to dance off all that Thanksgiving fat. The Canopy Club is one of the midwest’s most famous venues and has hosted the likes of STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights. Being on the campus of the University of Illinois you would think this show would of sold out weeks in advance but not until hours before (which is how it usually goes with Canopy shows) did it officially become a sold out rager. This also served as the last date of the Midwest portion of Big G’s Uprising tour, leaving no doubt that this show would be something special. Filled with ravers, ragers and music lovers alike, this show served as the perfect example of how good music can bring all types of different people together.
The Interns kicked off the night with a 45 minute trapathon. The rise of trap music has been well documented but it really is amazing how big it has gotten in such a short amount of time. Who would of thought that instrumental hip-hop would be the next big thing in electronic music. While there was probably only 50-100 people there during the course of their set, by the end of it everybody was getting down to the trap like their life depended on it! Highlights of the set included a very dope remix of “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)” by UGK & OutKast and one of the better new trap originals “Shake” by Branchez. The flow of the set was also very good and kept the energy high all the way to the last minute.
Ana Sia followed immediately after and kindly escorted us from the trap house to jungle house. The heavy bass accompanied with an almost mellow feel created a very mystic atmosphere that had the canopy feeling like a tribal underground at times. Ana Sia’s been doing this for a hot minute now and is one of the best/underrated pure dj’s on the scene today. With about 20 minutes left in her set the trapsition was made and everyone proceeded to lose their collective shit. It’s quite obvious that trap has taken over. Busting out some standout trap tracks including Rustie’s “City Star” and a new RL Grime track, Ana left us on quite the high note and had us more than ready for the gigantically big headliners.
Coming onto the stage and stepping into their bee hive type structures about 15 minutes late, Big Gigantic was greeted by a huge roar from the fans who paid no mind to the tardiness and wanted nothing more than to dance to some sexy saxstep for the next 2 hours. Big G was more than happy to oblige. They wasted no time busting out some freshness with a very crunchy, new remix of Jay-Z’s “Can I Get A..” that had the whole crowd singing along and getting the funk down! Other notable (and all original) remixes busted out included Adventure Club’s “Do I See Color”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “Notorious Thugs”, Kanye West’s “Get Em High” and perennial fan favorite “I Need A Dollar” by Aloe Blacc. But these guys aren’t just remixers! They played a lot from their most recent album, Nocturnal. Tracks like “It’s Goin Down”, “Stronger” and “Beginning of the End” kept the crowd grooving while simultaneously being in awe by the amount of sweat dripping from Dom’s body. No man whales on a saxophone quite like Dom does and no man could probably make it sound that sexy either, just listen to “Lucid Dreams” if you don’t believe me. After about every 3 or 4 songs Dom would ask the crowd how they were doing with the greatest enthusiasm and couldn’t stress enough how everything that Big Gigantic does is for the fans. It was a great show that left everybody satisfied and right before their last song Dom grabbed the microphone and let everyone know that this “…is all about you!” and it’s easy to tell that he was being genuine and sincere.
The combination of great production, live drums and live saxophone have created a formula that has Dominic Lalli & Jeremy Salken at the forefront of the electronic explosion that has taken over this country and their popularity continues to grow with each passing day. It really is awesome to see 2 guys that work extremely hard get the credit they deserve. Big G has gone from opening up for STS9 and playing after parties in venues that fit maybe 200 people to being one of the most in demand acts on the festival circuit and selling out nearly every show on their fall tour. If you don’t have any plans for new year’s eve and live in the Chicago area then be sure to check them out at the Aragon Ballroom, which they’re also about to sell out. Props to you guys and keep chucking out those big, gigantic tunes.