The high ceilings of the House of Blues Boston welcomed an eclectic stream of neon, animal costume and tie dye fans for Big Gigantic. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken of the Big Gigantic duo have a reputation for amazing light shows and high energy performances, and as the shirts ripped off peoples backs and the smell of sweaty gyrating fans filled the air, they did not disappoint.
Opening for the headliners were Dark City Agent and gLAdiator, two energetic pairs at the DJ booths churning out electro and hip hop slappers that had the crowd jamming before BG took the stage. gLAdiator delighted fans when one of the beanie-d duo told everyone to “Do a crazy ass dance to this one,” on their first performance of “Sweat,” which had the dub happy crowd going dumb. With the parting wisdom, “Smoke weed every day,” the charismatic duo left the crowd abuzz for headliners up next.
Blue lasers darted around the pitch black venue as one electro synth note built anticipation and the crowd went wild. Lalli took the mic as strobing and twisting geometric visuals filled the stage screaming, “Let’s get this fucking party started, Boston!” The unique duo’s dynamic blend of live sax and drums with dubstep beats and pop/hip hop/electro remixes of popular music covers all genres– everything from oldies to EDM to rap. They kept things surprising and interesting at every dub drop or instrumental jam. Incorporating elements of jazz, dubstep, hip hop and more, the truly unique sound of BG never fails to make the whole place groove.
Opening with some jam sessions, “Nocturnal” featured all the kaleidescopic elements of BG. The bass built as Lalli’s sax notes reached higher and higher pitch then swiftly swooping back into a jazzy croon with a dub beat slapping beneath it. Salken on drums built into an epic crescendo as sweat poured of Lalli’s face, gleaming off his gold sax. Always surprising, the next song hip hop beat consumed the room as the duo added passionate live elements to a remix of Jay Z’s “Can I Get A…” Next came crowd favorite, “Blue Dream” with a huge build up and beat drop accompanied by cannons of confetti and a colorful disco ball chandelier in a psychedelic explosion to the ravers’ delight.
Relentlessly blasting us through dreamlike sensory overloads of shimmering laser beams and trippy visuals with kaleidescopic beats, all the while keeping everyone dancing, proved why BG brought a sold out crowd. In seamless succession, the party continued with a remix of Junior Senior’s dance hit “Move Your Feet” crowd favorite, off the new album Test the Sky. Salken displayed his drum prowess in a killer solo in “Power” followed by aptly named “Lucid Dream.” Finishing off the energetic night, Lalli rallied the crowd to jump and throw their hands in the air for the grand finale remix of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us.”
Chants of “Encore! Encore!” brought the duo back for a final flourish of crowd favorite remixes, Kanye West’s “Get Em High” had hundreds of hands in the air and Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar” drowned the venue in a sea of green while cash money visuals made for a true sensory overload culminating the technicolor night.