By Cody Willmer, Circulation Manager
You can’t walk very well (even if you’re sober) because the floor is covered in sweat and booze – and maybe even some other bodily fluids. Your ears are ringing and you can’t seem to figure out what your friend is saying to you. Your legs feel like jelly and your whole body is aching. Your hair is soaking wet, you may or may not have the shirt on that you originally had at the beginning of the night. Most importantly, you have a grin reaching from ear to ear.
Professional diagnosis – you just experienced a post-traumatic head banging, ear-splitting, marvelous time at the fresh and only Bassnectar concert.
If you missed it, here is your chance to at least read about it. If you were there, here is your chance to remember it. If you were there and can’t remember it, and I am sure quite a few of you can’t, here is a spark to refresh your memory. My apologies to those who missed it. Don’t make the same mistake next time Bassnectar is around.
Bassnectar and his crew of badass equipment rolled into Omaha on Friday and parked next to Sokol Auditorium. And when I say rolled, I mean the dude had a posse. A semi-truck and trailer devoted to magical equipment. A tour bus for Lorin Ashton a.k.a. Bassnectar, some of his homies and some other vehicles devoted to other shenanigans. However, it wasn’t just Bassnectar’s show. The show kicked off with Eskmo, a big name in bass and electro, along with local producer Inflect from Lincoln.
Inflect took the stage at 8 p.m. to an already full Sokol. He got the feet and hips moving early, and the sweat dripping. Inflect played a dance-friendly set, moderate on the bass, easy on the breaks and smooth on the electro. Eskmo took the stage shortly after to an already amped and ready-to-go crowd. Eskmo brought his San Francisco-style bass to the Omaha crowd. Although it wasn’t as loud and groovy as Bassnectar, it helped build anticipation for Bassnectar’s set.
By the time Lorin Ashton took the stage, the sold-out crowd had already completely invaded Sokol’s dance floor and balcony (my favorite spot to absorb the show). Bassnectar took the stage at 10:40 p.m. and kept the party raging into the wee hours of Friday. The only thing more epic than Bassnectar’s hair was the show he put on.
It had been a long time since he came to Nebraska (he played a show a year and a half ago in Lincoln) and a couple years since last playing in Omaha (at the Slowdown). Bassnectar really has got his game on lock, and his own sound system was much appreciated. If he had used Sokol’s aging sound system, the show never would have happened.
The set was close to flawless, and so was the whole experience. Bassnectar rolled through older and very popular songs as well as diving into some remixes that I had never heard before. The lights and stage setup did not overpower the bass – it was only a bonus to tantalize your eyes.
The bass was perfect. Some complained it was too loud but I didn’t notice much difference whether I was standing inches from the speakers or up on the stairs on the balcony. That is what immaculate equipment does. At the beginning of the show, Lorin proclaimed, “We don’t even need to turn the bass up, Sokol already rocks.”
That was the truth, as I often felt the ground vibrate below me as Bassnectar pushed out hard hitting tracks like “Nostalagia Starship,” “Force of Suction” and “Blow.” The transitions were flawless as Bassnectar moved from song to song. The man knows what he is doing – he didn’t talk your head off, he just let you dance and groove to his art.
Possibly the biggest hit of the night was arguably Bassnectar’s national anthem “Bass Head.” I haven’t seen that many people break it down so hard in a long time.
Other epic tracks played were “Cozza Frenzy,” “Boombox,” “Zigga Zigga,” a Pendulum remix and a remix by Don Diablo and Dragonette.
All in all it was an amazing night and show. All I ask is that he plays “Backpack Rehab” next time.