Last updated on February 18th, 2022 at 10:02 pm
Originally, after a long week of work, I was going to have a nice calm Saturday night. And then, I decided to cover the Big Wild & Big Gigantic show at Myth Live. Full disclosure: I tried to cover this event in my own dinosaur onesie, but ended up tripping over my tail a few times in the pit, so off it went, bummer.
In the end, it didn’t matter, as just like GRiZ a few days earlier, the festival-like atmosphere was alive and well. It was as the children say: “Lit.” There were onesies of every variety, including multiple guys with the same dino onesie; I see y’all also enjoy Amazon Prime as well.
There was sonic the hedgehog, a man dressed as a pineapple, 1.9-pound bags of sour patch kids being passed around (Why isn’t it just 2 pounds?), and funky music to get rambunctious to.
The first act of the night was Big Wild, stage name of Jackson Stell, an up and coming producer that emerged on the music scene back in 2014 with a few remixes of Say My Name that caught the attention of ODESZA themselves. This led to him being invited to tour with multiple producers and DJs across the country.
Though still a relative greenhorn in the music world, his very unique hip-hop influenced sound often stands out, with a few tracks garnering acclaim. As his discography is still rather small, he more or less played his entire collection for the crowd. Songs like the hit Aftergold, the catchy Empty Room and vast Invincible resonated with the riled up Saturday night crowd.
It should be also noted that Stell wore a perfect lion onesie to go with would I would assume would be called an absolute mane of hair on his head. It made me really consider trying to cover a hair metal show sometime in the future.
Next were the festival essentials Big Gigantic. Dressed as Waldo & a giraffe of the onesie variety, Dominic Lalli & Jeremy Salken came to do what they do best: put on a show.
Big G shows are meant to be a cut above when it comes to a full audio-visual experience. Their performances are not just a concert, but rather an experience designed to be the backdrop of your blurry Saturday night memories
The lights are extensive, the saxophone (a Big G specialty) blasted, and drums kept the party going into the early hours of the morning. I had never seen Big G in a compact venue like the Myth and wasn’t sure how it would translate. It ended up being more all-encompassing than their usual position as the headliner of a major festival.
Everyone there was fully engrossed in the show from start to finish, no matter where you were in the venue you could quite literally feel the music, the lights rebounded and careened around the venue and the energy was infectious.
Big G drew on their staples and dove into some of their newer album. Most of their new album, their first that really drew on bigger names in music, carried the kind of sound design that made the venue feel bigger than it actually was with its expansive sound design.
Tracks like their collaboration with GRiZ “Good Times Roll” sent infectious waves of saxophone infused EDM through the crowd and their Collaboration with Logic & ROZES “All of Me” felt like a slow-motion video in real time.
It was a Big Saturday (I have the best puns, believe me, folks) at in Maplewood, Minnesota with two festival ready acts packed into the confines of the onesie filled Myth. Like GRiZ just a few nights prior, the spacious Twin Cities suburb hosted a miniature festival in its borders, but this time, everyone had Sunday to recover.