Steve Aoki and Datsik’s Dead Meat tour stop at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday night ended up being a baby shower of sorts.
The night before, Aoki’s little sister Echo had a baby in the city, so Steve was in a hell of a good mood. Add foaming bottles of champagne, a raft to crowd surf in, a few birthday cakes in the faces of fans and the place was a full on fiesta.
In his usual fashion, Aoki didn’t do much DJing. That’s okay though, because twisting knobs isn’t a DJ’s only job, they must also be leaders of the party. And that’s where Aoki shines.
Aoki also has a new stage setup to celebrate. His last name glows on stage in huge illuminated letters, and he’s got an orb of lights around his table. Classics from his playlist included his remix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” and “Warp,” but he also hyped up his latest single, “Ladi Dadi (Part II)” from his recent Wonderland release.
Openers were Datsik, Dirtyphonics, and the local Aaron Axelson. Dastik joined Aoki in running around the stage at the end of the night, but his set was unmemorable for the most part. His biggest hits weren’t his own music, but dropping big-timers like Bassnectar got the crowd going.
The seats at the top of the auditorium were mostly empty, but the floor was a solid wall of raver beads and semi-naked bodies. Wonderland may be the title of Aoki’s latest album, but it’s also the environment he creates at his shows.