Alesso “Uprising Tour” swept through the Aragon Chicago November 23, and we were there to capture the magic
One thing about Chicago is that even weather similar to a frozen tundra won't stop the city from partying. This was evident when I pulled up to the world famous Aragon Theater on November 23 and saw the enormous line that nearly spanned the entire block to pile into the venue to see superstar DJ Alesso hit the decks for his Chicago stop on his highly anticipated Uprising Tour.
This was my second time at the Aragon and the first time since React Presents changed their main venue from the Congress Theater to the Aragon, and I must say that this venue is stellar. After a while of dancing in there, the décor makes it feel you are dancing during nighttime in a villa in Ibiza and the disco ball is a nice vintage touch.
Milk N Cookies warmed up the crowd for their hometown with their infectious set that weighed heavily on the progressive tones with hints of old-school techno influences that kept the entire set sounding fresh and refined.
Luminox really verified his title as the upcoming king of bass trap with an exciting set that rattled the seats inside of the Aragon. From the balcony, the crowd looked like a gyrating wave whenever those beats of his would drop and the bass would vibrate the entire building. He went through his original mixes, as well as his amazing remixes such as his remix of 2Chainz and Drake's “No Lie.”
There was a bit of an awkward moment when there were some technical difficulties halfway through his set and the sound cut out for a minute leaving a mass of sweaty ravers looking confused, but the party continued on when the sound cut back in and everyone resumed to raging it out.
Finally the man of the night, Alesso, hit the ones and twos for a set that was brimming with nonstop adrenaline. His set was rolling with nonstop high energy synths and bass, but he would also slow it down for those dream-like melodic breakdowns that we have come to love from Alesso. His set wasn't light on theatrics with plenty of smoke and a confetti shower that really brought the night together. He ended his set with his amazing One Republic collaboration “If I Lose Myself”, really cementing himself as a superstar in not only the EDM scene, but also the music scene as a hole. As Alesso ended his set, I knew that this was only the beginning for him.