Reaction NYE ended 2015 in Chicago with a bang. Bringing big names like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Chvrches, and Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper. The production was amazing with 3 stages The Warehouse, The Hall, and The Arcade Stage. Chicago’s cold weather didn’t stop anyone from venturing out and experiencing the visual spectacle that was Reaction. From start to finish Reaction had something for everyone to the visuals, music, and people Reaction was a great way to bring a New Year.
Probcause – Chicago native took the audience as if they were old friends from festivals past. Few months ago he released Drifters he pulled rap and hip-hop influences that seem to span a few decades. Here we have an artist that’s coming up through the ranks of music, who not only takes to the stage as if it were a second nature. He was able to work the audience into calm social ocean that moves back and forth with the tide of each song.
Chvrches – The Glaswegian trio’s synth pop was emphatic and at its best downright transcendent. Throughout the set Mayberry prowled the stage, mic cord in hand, staring down at the audience with clear-eyed conviction. Cook and Doherty moved and bopped as much as they could while maintaining pinpoint precision on their instruments and synths. Chvrches gave the crowd a breathtaking set that simply illuminated the band.
Run The Jewels – EI-P and Killer Mike have arguably the best chemistry between two musicians. Run the Jewels set was unlike any other set I’ve ever seen. Killer Mike emerged with his signature grin and EI-P was equally appreciative of the fanfare, as he mentioned several time throughout the set. Playing songs from “Run the Jewels 2” they knew how to put on a show. What’s special about Run the Jewels is how in synch they are, not just with each other but the audience. It was an experience that will stick with me.
Deadmau5 – Joel Thomas Zimmerman came out on the main stage without his signature mouse head. He commanded the audience with a ceaseless set of pounding prog-house beats. Deadmau5 seemed relaxed during his set oftentimes he eschewed the standard 16-bar build silent beat with unexpectedly placed drops. Towards the end he put on the mouse head the black mouse head with flashbulb eyes bounced with the pulse of the beat, staring into the audience with its synthetic eyeballs. Deadmau5 set was amazing and left the crowd wanting more.