September 25, 2023

Freaky Deaky

Photos by: Jesus Pizano

​Unpredictable weather, but that didn’t stop festival goers from attending Freaky Deaky this past Halloween weekend. The three day festival was plagued with some artist not being able to attend due the weather or other issues. Toyota Park in Bridgeview turned the parking lot into a carnival with 2 main stages The Big Top and The Shrine with a smaller stage The Crypt which included Trance Arena, Beatport, and Underground Stage. The concert goers still came out with full Halloween costumes even in the 55 degree weather and rain. Freaky Deaky from start to finish was a visual spectacle and the music keep the crowd immersed.

Day One

Porn N Chicken – Chicago’s own party turned musical troupe never disappoints with their set. They set the tone for the day of the festival by bringing out their signature dancing chicken and sexy dancers. They keep the crowd dancing and jumping with their constant flow of EDM tracks. Of course they always end their sets with Dom popping a bottle of champagne and spraying the crowd then heading to the crowd to show them the love they receive every single time they come on stage.

Grandtheft – When Toronto-born artist Grandtheft took the stage I quickly prepared myself for some hip-hop influenced electro. He played some trap remixes and some melodic tracks that disappoint me and the crowd. The visuals were very versatile, utilizing cool toned digital abstract colors transitioning to the beat. He was interactive with the crowd, letting them know that he was having fun as much as the crowd was.

Griz – Griz emerged on stage with a Crockett Hat and started to play the sax which set the crows into a frenzy. Griz did not settle down the slightest over the course of an hour. He used elements of trap, dubstep and even his signature saxophone to get the crowd grooving. Griz drew in a gigantic crowd of newcomers and familiar faces. Griz live shows are something to see the next time this epic saxophone man is in your town take the time out and see him.

2 Chainz – The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi, ended day one at the Big Top stage to a packed crowd. Even though he only played for an hour, he managed to play all of his hits even some new ones. He kept the crowd entertained with his strong vocals and charisma. 2 Chainz stood basking in the bright spotlight and soaking up the huge ovation. He may not be the most lyrical emcee, but his sharp bars and catchy refrains, mixed with lively beats, make for one hell of a live show.