After a long second day at Sunshine Grove, the sun rose on one of the most anticipated days of the weekend. With acts like Super Duper Kyle, Blackbear, Snoop Dogg, Illenium and Big Gigantic, festival goers had a wide array of music to enjoy.
Going into Kyle, I hadn’t listened to any of his music, besides “iSpy” of course, so the only thing giving me a little background was my friend saying what to expect. After multiple explosion and arcade sound effects from the DJ and a crowd that never stopped dancing for a single moment, Kyle thanked his fans by signing shirts for those on the barricade. Due to great timing, I also thanked Breece for telling me to go to his set with a Facetime from Kyle saying, “What’s up, Breece.” You’re welcome.
With a mixture between good vibes and high tempo songs, Blackbear made fans go crazy. However, his shows are not for minors. Keep your shirts on, ladies. Ending with “Do Re Mi,”the entire NOW stage went word for word with him, almost guaranteeing you could hear the voices of hundreds all the way from the BE stage.
We didn’t catch much of the PoWow jam session, however, because it started 30 minutes late. Joey Bada$$ was added to the list of artists who could not make the festival due to the storm in the Northeast. While at the tent preparing for our next act, the stage could be heard all the way from our tent almost loud and clear. Accompanied by The Roots and Chaka Khan, the PoWow was a set not to miss for Funk and Classic Hip Hop lovers.
My absolute favorite set of the night was Illenium. I went into Illenium with the mindset of getting in my feels to his powerful drum beats and moving synths, but when the buildup for the Kill the Noise remix of “Like a B***h” started fading in, everyone there was in for a treat. His entire set never stopped switching from feelsy music to hard head bangers, keeping the energy alive and the bass heavy. Closing with his remix for Marshmello and Khalid’s “Silence,” everyone at the NOW stage couldn’t help but sing along to one of EDM’s best sing-alongs.
Capping off the night, Big Gigantic brought the funk playing a Live EDM set. Composed of saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, the funk EDM duo brought all of their energy. As a member of the PoWow lineup, Dominic played a total of three sets Saturday going straight to the NOW Stage after PoWow and to Incendia for a surprise set with Jeremy at 4 a.m.