When Bassnectar came to Bloomington a few weeks ago (on a Wednesday) the show at The Bluebird sold out. Arriving around 10:30, the sidewalk in front of the club was lined with people smoking cigarettes and socializing with one another. Muncie’s “Let’s Rage” sign was even there, held up by it’s owner Nicholas Rage. Once inside, it was eminently noticeable that the club would soon be at capacity.
The lower level of the stage room was packed tightly and difficult to infiltrate. It was also perceptibly several degrees warmer. Although costumes and accessories are not uncommon at rave-like parties such as this one, Halloween attire was widespread, as the concert fell just four days prior to the 31st of the month. Between the sheer number of people, the getups that half of them were wearing, the immense heat their bodies were producing, and a general state of drunkenness- the crowd experience was marvelously sloppy and perfectly uninhibited. It was a sexy, sweaty ball of dance and bass.
Just as the set began to gain momentum, the sound went out on stage. I’ve been to a lot of concerts at The Bluebird and never seen technical difficulties to that caliber. The outage only lasted a few minutes, but in that short amount of time the crowd grew very restless very quickly. A drawn-out “awwww!” oozed from the audience in unison. Like a child who’s had its favorite toy taken away, the crowd’s temper grew short and a fight almost broke out in front of me. Although I can’t confirm this is true, I suspect the sound issues came from a dumbass in the audience who threw water on the stage, despite blatant instruction not to do so from Bassnectar’s stage crew.
A Bassnectar concert is one of those kind of shows that requires mega-endurance to survive (see: Pretty Lights & Girl Talk). After nearly three hours of nose hair-tickling bass and aerobic dancing that could make even the toughest waterproof eyeliner run, specific details become a blur. I remember being disappointed that the show was lacking glow stick activity; perhaps this is the downside to an indoor show. Most important to know, though, is that the Bloomington crowd got down and dirty, Bassnectar played an inciting set, and Herm Productions lit up the stage with a rainbow of synchronized colors and pulsating strobes. RAGE!