August 23, 2014, marked the first annual Rise at Night block party presented by Electric Circus. Featuring a large outside stage and two inside stages. There was music for everyone here. Having the outside stage was nice, this allowed those who are under 21 to experience what Electric Circus has to offer. But outside also gave us a different feeling. Somewhat like a mini-festival if you will, complete with food trucks, t-shirt vendor, hula and poi performers, with an added plus of an outside bar.
What is a good evening without the talent though. There was quite an impressive line up. On the inside stage we had DJ Moody, Bwen, Noizmekka, Kudos, Jonny Tsunami, Crystal Vision, Drumaddic, and aBSrd. On the outside stage we had Astronoize, KrewX, Eli Stephens, Zach Fast, Darku J, Kylie & Logan, and the headliner Mantis.
Of course, being of the zombie persuasion, I do have special powers. But being in multiple places at once is not one of those powers. So I concentrated my efforts on the outside stage. My picks for the evening was split in two that evening. In was a split decision between Zach Fast and Mantis. I'm always going to be a Trance kid at heart, so to hear Zach Fast mix in some trance, my head was swimming with delight. However, my head just about exploded to the deep, dark, and heavy dubstep that Mantis was throwing our way. When Mantis took stage, it truly got insane outside.
I will have to say that another interesting set for the evening was Kylie and Logan. The mixture of EDM and a live drummer is something you don't see everyday. There has to be some true talent there to be able to match everything up mixing wise with the live drums. Kudos to both of you! Truly enjoyed it. And lets not forget Darku J dropping his new EP Baddman on us. Wicked.
All in all it was a job well done Electric Circus! Had a fantastic time, met some awesome people, and listened to a fantastic representation of Oklahoma EDM. Good job too landing Mantis as the headliner. Couldn't have ended the evening better. Will there be a second annual Rise at Night? If there is I know I will be there.
Photos by Kenrose Photography