Freaky Deaky was a huge success in Chicago over Halloween weekend and definitely takes the cake for the best event in the Midwest for Halloween. The venue, atmosphere and talent of artists is everything you could imagine a Halloween to be. Many different costumes made appearances, some incredibly detailed and others questionably funny. Even with a rainy Saturday, nothing was going to stop the Freaks from having fun.
My big group and I arrived the first night fairly late due to traffic. We left Indianapolis at 1pm and got to the stadium at 6:30pm in Chicago and that’s with us losing an hour transitioning to Central time. The traffic was congested around the stadium on the first day due to many having top get parking passes & all the Bass Heads coming to see Bassnectar. When we first arrived, Borgeous was just finishing on “The Shrine” which was the main stage to your left when you walk in. We stayed here for a few minutes as Borgeous was finishing up and Griz was next. I’ve had the misfortune of missing Gramatik & Big Gigantic both at Electric Forest this year due to a scheduling conflict with Sunday. Getting the chance to see Griz satisfied that empty hole of funk that I had been missing. Griz put on an amazing show as he would DJ and then whip out his Saxophone and get down with the funk. He was one of the best acts of the weekend with how unique his style is. I loved when he would get through with a drop, put a beat on repeat and then just do a solo sax session. After the funk was over with Griz, the nectar of bass was coming up next to put on a killer performance. Bassnectar had about a 30 min set up session before he performed and its obvious why as the audio technicians sampled the bass to check levels and even at halfway volume, vibrated the whole tent. As he came up, the crowd packed in eager to get started. Bassnectar’s melodies and rhythm went hand and hand before the over whelming flurry of bass vibrated your body. It’s most fun when he’s attacking you with the bass and then it goes complete silence for a break and then it’s coming right back at you full force. Bassnectar had everyone moving in sync together and after his performance even tweeted about how he felt like time was slowing down and standing still as everyone moved together. It was a killer performance to get the Halloween weekend started at Freaky Deaky.