Halloween night: Beats Antique sells out Park West
It was the night of Halloween and everyone was dressed up for the holiday shenanigans. The 18+ crowd had been patiently, yet eagerly anticipating Beats Antiques performance since announcing the show at North Coast Music Festival in September. Before they could take the stage were Chicago’s local electronic jam band The Coop and a very talented female beat box artist Lynx.
The show began early since it was a weeknight and venues closes earlier on weekdays, which only gave each opener the chance to play half an hour sets. This was a disappointment due to my signature fashionably late arrival time. Fortunately I was able to catch the majority of the second opening act Lynx, a very talented female electronic producer who incorporates live vocal looping and beat boxing with her electronic productions which left the crowd cheering for more.
After dancing vigorously through two opening sets and waiting for what felt like an eternity through set change, the crowd was finally ready for Beats Antique. They are a three piece live electronic group that combines unique elements from various genres such as hip-hop, downtempo, and dubstep with hints of Middle Eastern and Goa music. Throughout there set, Zoe would perform various choreographed dances which incorporated various Middle Eastern elements including belly dancing. Before the end of the night, the group stole the show by performing a parody act that poked fun at dubstep acts Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, and Skrillex. Following their parody was a song which ended with the entire stage crew on stage in animals masks dancing frantically with an enormous inflatable squid that practically covered the entire stage. For the encore song the lion from the song prior stayed on stage and acted out the various parts of the famous Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody which had the entire venue singing along in harmony and eventually ended with the band coming back on stage and playing along after the break down.
Overall the show was a success; not only was the venue completely sold out but all the bands performed to the best of their abilities and left the crowd wanting more. Although the lighting set up was not extensive, their stage presence, choreographed dances, dubstep parody, and the giant squid made up for it.