Friday, April 20th has been circled on our concert calendar for months, ever since Philadelphia was announced as the host city for Bassnectar’s Bass Center V.
The Liacouras Center at Temple University served as the venue for thousands of bass-crazy fans who packed all three levels of the building with their hoops, glow gear, signs, and totems.
We admittedly hit a snag on our way to the venue that forced us to miss opening act Vibe Squad but arrived in what we thought was plenty of time to see another one of our favorites, A-Trak. Little did we know that our photographer would be told at will-call that the venue staff had given his photo-pass and ticket away to someone with a completely different name with no logical reason for doing so.
By the time the whole thing was worked out (thank you to Bassnectar’s manager for the assist) we barely had enough time to make it inside before A-Trak’s set was over. Not quite sure why a venue would chose to turn over passes/tickets to someone who didn’t not have an ID that matched the list, however, the person who picked up said passes used their real name and the situation is being looked into. Not cool.
Once on the floor of the venue we were impressed by all of the effort that had been put into the visual aesthetics. Bassheads were decked out in costumes with some great totems that ranged from humorous to downright impressive. There were also many visual presentations courtesy of Funtown Productions and Bodypaint.ME who were on-hand to body paint anyone who wanted it.
The moment that Bassnectar took to the stage the energy level in the Liacouras Center went bananas. He has some of the nuttiest, loyal fans on Earth and it’s easy to see why. Seamlessly mixing in hits from his new album “Va-Va-Voom” as well as several of his classics, Bassnectar took everyone on a journey of epic highs and dirty bass-drop lows. Add in the crazy light show and it was a thrill for the senses.
After interviewing him at Ultra Music Festival last month, we knew he planned on bringing it at Bass Center V and he did exactly that!
Bassnectar is truly a treat for EDM fans and although our night started off a bit rough, he did more then enough to smooth it out.
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