Dubstep Dominates Congress

By Michelle Stroner

Last night, Zebo, Stratus, Krewella, Adventure Club, and Zeds Dead performed to a sold out crowd at the Congress Theater. Having never been to a dubstep show before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew the music would generally have a slower tempo and that the audience would have their arms in the air, bouncing to the beat. I was right on those accounts, but there were also times when the music picked up and the crowd just went crazy. That was especially true for Krewella’s set and some of the more well known songs from Adventure Club and Zeds Dead.

The atmosphere of the venue was, for the most part, friendly and fun. The people dancing next to you suddenly became your best friends as everyone just wanted to have a good time. The girls that raged wore neon-colored clothes, barely anything, or a combination of the two. Most of guys just wore jeans and a t-shirt, although by the end of the night, a lot of those shirts were on the floor. The show kept everyone entertained till the end. Except for the lack of lighting effects on the screens behind the artists, the overhead lighting and strobe lights added to the crazy party.

Zebo started things off after the doors for Congress opened at 8pm. Whenever he performs, you can always feel the bass in your body. Performing at multiple clubs in Chicago, he knows how to get things going. Following his set was Stratus. The crowd loved this Chicago-based DJ as well. Energetic dancing and jumping took place during most of his set.

While the crowd was already partying hard, the energy and excitement increased ten fold when Krewella took the stage at 10:30pm. Krewella is not like many other EDM artists in the industry. Instead of just mixing vocals with the beat, Krewella actually sings. Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf team up with their producer Rain Man to make sick beats that EDM fans can’t get enough of. Their use of fast-paced electro music combined with dubstep drops and catchy melodies make them a unique group in the EDM world.

After hearing their music for the first time, I immediately became hooked. So when I found out that they were performing at the Congress, I couldn’t resist. And I have to say, it was a fun show. The only disappointment for me was not being able to see Jahan and Yasmine sing as much as I wanted to. Almost the entire set was pre-recorded. While I know EDM artists generally do this, I was at least expecting the singing to be live. Only during the last two songs of Krewella’s set did the sisters sing. The rest of the show was just them mouthing the words on the stage and getting the crowd hyped up.

That being said, Krewella played several original tracks, including “Alive,” “Play Hard,” “Strobelights,” “Can’t Control Myself,” “Feel Me,” “One Minute,” “Killin’ It,” and their latest hit, “Come & Get It,” during which, Jahan crowd surfed. The audience sang every lyric back to the band as the songs played. There was never a dull moment as Krewella kept everyone raging hard.

Adventure Club took the stage after Krewella. The duo, consisting of Christian Srigley and Leighton James, rocked the decks for about an hour, performing their hits as well as opening with a remix of Porter Robinson’s “Language.” Adventure Club played some songs that really got the crowd going, but a lot of their songs fell flat with the crowd barely moving at all. Maybe it was because Krewella had drained all the energy out of the audience. Or it could have been the fact that Krewella just had more energizing music and was therefore a tough act to follow. Either way, the duo’s set was good, but could have been better if the crowd felt more engaged.

The final act to take the stage was Zeds Dead, which is comprised of the duo DC and Hooks. Many of their songs had the crowd raging. When the show was about to end, the audience exploded into a thunderous roar, yelling for “One more song!” Even though their set was more energetic than Adventure Club’s, it was still not up to par with Krewella’s. Krewella stole the show and had the Congress Theater rocking out harder than the other acts combined.