For Washington State University and University of Idaho students, treating weekdays like the weekend was an easy feat last week. With help from the WSU Student Entertainment Board and ASUI Vandal Entertainment, Louis The Child made an appearance at WSU on Feb 15, and Jenaux and Illenium appeared the two days following at U of I.
The college dance music community has definitely come a long way. For veteran ravers out there, do you remember just a couple years ago when USC had their “Paradiso Journey” tour because not enough college students were attending shows? It must have worked, because look at it now.
A lot of us have been to at least one or two college concerts in our days, and if we are being honest, it is really a hit or a miss. Artists sometimes cut their sets short or just play a “snippet” of what their real set feels like. However, we did not have this problem last week. We had the opportunity to attend the two shows, and all three artists blew us away. Mind. Blown.
Starting the week off with Louis The Child, the hour and half set included everyone’s favorites from the duo: Fire, Weekend and Blasé Louis The Child remix. The crowd was grooving, smiling and loving. Nothing better than that. Louis The Child closed out the show by playing It’s Strange and their newly released Love Is Alive. Make sure to give it a listen if you haven’t already.
Illenium has been showing a lot of love for the PNW by performing at Paradiso in 2016, stopping in Seattle this past December, and adding Spokane and Boise shows to the list this past week. Trust us, we are not complaining. A common misconception that we hear a lot, though, is that people believe Illenium’s set is going to be slower, like some of his music. We are here to tell you that statement is false. His sets always combine the perfect mixture of slower dance music to headbanging hits. So for all you bass heads out there, go see for yourself.
So we wanted to save the best for last. Let’s talk Jenaux. After the release of his hit song Broken with Tritonal featuring Adam Lambert, Jenaux has been climbing up the music ladder. It’s not always the headliners that steal the show, and it was the case this week with Jenaux. We did not know what to expect but he blew us away with his unique funky style. If you love Griz, Gramatik, and Big Gigantic, you HAVE to see Jenaux at one of his sets. Get It On has been playing on repeat in our heads ever since the show…
Pro tip from us to college students out there. Take advantage of these shows while you are still in school.
Did you attend these shows? Tell us who your favorite act was in the comments below!