I’ll admit it, it would take more than one hand for me to count the times I’ve seen Bassnectar. But that didn’t make Saturday night’s show at Oakland’s Fox Theater any less special or captivating.
The baron of all that is bass-filled wrapped up his 10-month tour with a sold out show of new and old fans alike.
Bass-heads, dead-heads, metal-heads, punks, clubbers and parents all swarmed to the Fox for the main event and openers Eskimo and AmpLive.
The beautiful architecture of the Fox set up a comfortable and majestic (yes, majestic) atmosphere that served Bassnectar’s atmospheric music right. The Sub-bass was forceful as usual, shaking ear drums and souls alike.
For the span of the Bassnectar’s two-hour set the entire venue was moving. Hands were constantly in the air, heads non-stop banging and bobbing, and the occasional crowd surfer would euphorically float across the sea of his newfound friends.
That’s exactly the energy and atmosphere Bassnectar seems to be trying to create: a room filled with compassion, love, and human unity. And it succeeded with flying colors (err, glow sticks).
Taking us on a journey through “Wildstyle” dubstep, zooming drum and bass, grimy glitch, Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” and capping off with his mind blowing rendition of Nelly Furtado’s “Magical World,” most everyone left with a grin glued to their face.
We all knew we felt and witnessed something special, though it’s hard to put a finger on what. Maybe the intense, genre spanning set that took over our ears, or maybe the overwhelming feelings of content empathy that packed every single inch of the Fox theater that night.
I’m voting for both.