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The Bay Area was treated to an incredible lineup of live music this past weekend. A sold out Big Gigantic show at The Regency Ballroom was the nightcap to my 24-hour live music marathon that included The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, The Lumineers, and The Head and The Heart. As diverse as those acts are, they don’t even begin to compare to what you get at a Big Gigantic show. Their show comprehensively covers every sub-genre of EDM while simultaneously creating their own. 

While electronic music is as popular as ever and live shows have become a staple in every big city’s night life, it’s rare to see EDM artists actually recreate their music live. This is where Big Gigantic separates themselves from the masses. You will be hard-pressed to find another artist work as hard as these two do on stage. This is evident by the gallons (literally, gallons) of sweat that saxophonist Dominic Lalli produces. After watching him stop to wipe his face off after every song, I am shocked that he doesn’t just wear goggles while he plays.  Not to mention Jeremy Salken, the second half of Big Gigantic, supplementing the entire set with live drums and peeking above his drum set only a handful of times to feed off of the crowds energy before settling back in and absolutely destroying another beat. I remember being impressed with SBTRKT’s live drums but Big Gigantic takes the concept of live instrumentation and reminds the audience that the computer comes second when they produce their music.

This was my third Big Gigantic show in the last 15 months and it amazes me how their music continues to expand every time I see them. The music they create and perform hasn’t shifted or changed but rather evolved showing influence from multiple sub-genres of electro while maintaining a foundation of live sax and drums that will literally make you dance for hours straight. They flexed their musical prowess Saturday by playing their nearly perfect trap remix of “Snapbacks & Tattoos” as well as showing love to Flosstradamus’ “Underground Anthem.” They then went on to drop dub lines that even had the opener, Griz, losing himself in the audience with everyone else. Every attempt at defining their music as a certain style or genre seems to fall short. All you can really say is that it makes you move.

I could go on to describe their state of the art light system, stage presence, and meticulously crafted set list but this show is something that you need to see for yourself. Check out Big Gigantic’s tour dates below and don’t end up like the ticketless crew that I split my cab to The Regency Ballroom with. This is a show that you cannot miss. 

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