By Terrance Bynum
The Associated Students of the University of Nevada brought electronic dance music duo Timeflies to the Reno Events Center as part of their Welcome Back Week events on Thursday night.
The night kicked off with an energy-packed set by DJ Sloves and Grammy-nominated DJ Audien. As people began to arrive, concertgoers made a pit stop through security and then automatically ran to the stage during Sloves’ performance. While the performances themselves were mediocre, the inebriated audience continued to enjoy the music.
The venue was not the definition of a “packed house,” probably because there was another headliner in town, RL Grime. Many students had a dilemma: ⎯ support another so-so concert by ASUN or go see a world renowned DJ.
After Sloves’ fun albeit unoriginal performance, DJ Audien took the stage.
Audien’s entrance to the stage was late and the DJ had an even quicker exit. Audien flew in from Las Vegas about 20 minutes prior to his performance and then had to catch a flight right after his set.
Although Audien’s performance wasn’t a long one, he still managed to keep the crowd’s energy up. Audien’s take on Grammy-nominated track, Bastille’s “Pompeii” (remix) was one of the night’s highlights.
Timeflies’ producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro took a significant amount of time to hit the stage. They actually began a set using only their computer, leaving the stage dark and the laptop playing for 15 minutes before coming onto the stage. Many audience members believed the cause of this delay was a lack of people in the crowd at the Events Center.
Though it took Timeflies awhile to get there, once they came on stage Shapiro connected to the audience from start to finish. Changing the mood from a slight pop rock feel to EDM then hip-hop was a common trend throughout the performance. Instead of being a strange mix, the set was filled with variety that held the audience’s attention.
Shapiro’s freestyle performance was the showstopper of the night. As the music stopped Shapiro yelled to the crowd, “who’s ready for me to hit this freestyle right now?” The crowd screamed with excitement.
Shapiro explained that ASUN had given him a list of things relevant to the UNR campus, and he was going to do freestyle on it. As the crowd waited in anticipation. Resnick started up the beat of one of their newest tracks “Mia Khalifa” and Shapiro launched into his freestyle.
Shapiro’s freestyle included university-centered material of all kinds, mentioning everything from Wolf Pack hangouts to prominent campus personalities, classes and even Wolfie. Shapiro had say on everything from Brock Hekking’s “golden locks” to “getting smashed at the Wal.”
Though the concert’s attendance was low, audience members danced and enjoyed themselves throughout the concert. The sets were not innovative, but they were entertaining.
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