With the daytime at Lightning in a Bottle 2015 all about yoga, art, meditation, creativity and endless wandering (okay, also maybe recovering from the night before) the highly anticipated nighttime is all about the music. Sunday’s final night (as did the other nights) presented a complex question or series of questions to the LIB’er. How do I fit all this amazing stuff in? And, more importantly, who do I choose to see tonight for the closing musical act of an amazingly transforming and musically pleasing Lightning in a Bottle festival experience?
With techno legend John Digweed closing out Woogie and electro house master Tycho at Lightning Stage, the choices could not have been tougher. But sometimes... new and young knows best. Hailing from Los Angeles, at 24, RL Grime (aka Henry Steinway) has taken the trap world by storm. Now on his world tour for his album Void, his stop at Lightning in a Bottle 2015 for the Sunday night finale at the new Thunder Stage did not disappoint!
The dust was swirling before he started. The crowd was packed in tight like sardines, vying for space to dance or at least breathe. All trying to get a little view through the fog/dust, thick with anticipation of the start and the air electric with monstrous roars from the crowd erupting spontaneously. The first thumps of bass sent everyone heaving, swaying, bouncing, with no such rival energy at LIB all weekend.
The dust grew thick quickly from the seething crowd; nonetheless, The Do LaB's Thunder Stage Visual Effects Team put on one impressive show. Those guys deserve a huge thank you for their efforts. The lasers and lights were en pointe with RL Grime’s vibes. It was a creation of swirling magic in the dusty air for all to gaze and wonder at, while working perfectly with the billowing shade sails that were flapping above in the night sky with the stars as our canopy. I’m sure the volume went up for this set (or at least that's how it seemed)...so GOOD!
With RL Grime instructing the crowd between several mixes, he clearly was in his element and having a ‘top of the world’ time, feeding from the crowd's enormous energy hurtling toward him all night. His crowd pleasing mixes of Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and Big Sean’s ‘Blessings’ had everyone swaying and bouncing and singing along; with tribute mixes of Odesza and Flume creating a flowing and musically chi-balanced festival vibe. But clearly his biggest and most popular mixes were his own. The crowd erupted with ear shattering noise and nearly became violent with everyone shoving and dancing closer to the stage when ‘Valhalla,' from his album Void, dropped, swirling the dust higher into the air and pounding the bass into our chests. He guiltlessly fed the crowd what they craved with his most recognized ‘Core’ causing everyone to grin and bounce and yell “WHO DO THE SHIT THAT I DO!” with pure satisfaction.
So keep that Best Music Fest vibe going and check out this Los Angeleno, and soon to be trap legend, on his next world tour dates at Free Press Summer Fest 2015, Houston, TX, Saturday June 6 @ Eleanor Tinsley Park or closer to RL Grime’s home @ Hard Summer 2015, Pomona Fairplex, CA, Sat & Sun August 1-2. You can also check out his website on your cellphone friends rlgri.me/mobile.html
RL Grime, please, trap us anytime! Thank you!!