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Alex B - 1/16/2010: Kinetic Playground; Chicago, ILL
Alex B - 1/16/2010:  Kinetic Playground; Chicago, ILL
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Concert Review by Didi Trout on 1/26/2010   

The appreciation for the genres encompassed into electronic and experimental scene is certainly one that can be hard to come by and accepted for some. Yet one major feeling which cant be denied is the way it gets a crowd moving. Something about the beats, the buildup and the flow which are all combined to wave the audience. Chicago has an expanding following for this scene and it showed on Saturday evening when Alex B hit the city with a few others, Phaded, Under an Indigo Sun and Kendo. The Kinetic Playground brings an environment which makes you want to party into the wee hours of the early morning. A smaller venue with enticing lighting and a close knit vibe for those who have stepped into this late night enjoyment. As the music began, the population of the audience increased and the rhythms flowing off stage livened the evening right from the start.

Hitting the stage first was the band Under an Indigo Sun, a jam filled psychedelic sound derived from Chicago. Getting the night started to the right beat these guys started a jamming night of music. A band which combines many genres to create a unique sound. A dash of electronic but for the most part they come off as a funky, driven, jam style band which added a different sound for the evening to begin with.
Next up was Kendo, (of the Band Two Fresh).. Playing solo this time and showing the audience his own rhythm and flow without his other band members. A great boost of beats erupted from the stage, his stage presence, throwing his arms around and bouncing back and forth, generated emotion in the music he was mixing. Upbeat and powerfully moving, this artist streamed out positive rhythm with every sound. As this display of talent came to an end, the night seemed to just begin. The hype was bumping as the anticipation for Alex B was in the air.

Its a very difficult way to visually perform for an artist, on stage with just a music box yet when you combine the lights and the undeniable serge of energy which protrudes from the stage you get a great electronic performance. With Alex B the sensation you get when he is live, in front, performing the creations that has drifted into his mind, now flowing into the crowded venue, its a powerful collaboration of beats which gets bodies moving. The inventiveness in which he puts forth his music is spectacular. He has a pure passion for the mixes and samples he brings together. There is a positive vibe and sincere closeness which Alex has with the audience, this was established seeing his wander the crowd prior to his set on stage. There is a respect and appreciation to an artist that steps out and gathers the environment which the performance is being put out to.

Bringing on stage his music player, the collection of beats and samples held inside erupt into a gathering of up-lifting melodies which move the Chicago audience naturally. Adding a different stage presence appearing solo, Alex B did a phenomenal job of putting his music out. Usual populating the stage with the band Pnuma Trio, his solo performance was just as entertaining and creative as the band together. It was a different kind of performance with just his positive presence on stage. This artist has many accomplishments with music under his belt, from this performance the passion in his playing is clear, Alex B will surely rise in the upcoming to be an act not to be missed.

The night ended with the experimental, dub step beats produced by Phaded. The artist followed a fabulous performance and jammed into the night. Late night was fulfilled with electrifying tones that waved the audience till the break of dawn.

The night was a success. With music and fantastic vibes flowing through the air. Those populating the Red line trains which traveled past the Lawrence stop that night could hear the rhythms bursting upward into the cars as the doors opened and outward into the streets of Chicago . Music is a beautiful thing, and these artists know how to express their glorious insight into the beautiful world. RecShare.org put on a fabulous night of music and you can check out more at the website for upcoming shows and videos of those from past events. Chicago always brings together such amazing kinds of music and this evening was nothing short of a collaboration of beats raving the city with new music. When Alex B came to town it wasn't surprising to see him rock the house and gather those passionate towards his music to dance all night long.


Photos by: Cory Giacalone  
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