As one of the only stops on the tour that boasted the full production setup, expectations ran high. Upon entering, the bones of the show were apparent. An enormous, oval truss hung from the ceiling with a smaller cluster inside, all leading towards the far side of the room where giant, curved petals of lights framed a stage. However, Kaskade proved a true master of dance music with his breathtaking visuals and a journey down memory lane by combining classics like “Angel On My Shoulder,” “Its You Its Me,” and “Move For Me,” with some expertly-placed electro drops, Kaskade kept the energy high and the emotion real. He also played harder re-interpretations including his Kaskade vs. Pryda’s “Sometimes Powerdrive” mix and surprised us by starting the show with a dramatic, extended introduction of titular single “Atmosphere” where Kaskade himself sung the lyrics also displayed his percussive drop remixes of newer material. Vocalist Skylar Grey also sang onstage when he played “Room For Happiness,” and the crowd raised their cell phones in unison, ultimately closing with “Eyes.”
“I grew up a few blocks from here. I bought records right up the street.” – Kaskade speaking to the Chicago crowd.
The much-hyped production for the night lived up to expectations. Every piece of the stage moved, from a big video panel directly behind the main stage’s booth to six LED panels that not only constantly moved along the oval track on the ceiling, but rotated as well. Twice, a sail emerged, wrapping around the central cluster of lighting over the crowd with a cloud-like effect before being filled with fog and drawn back to release it. Rarely does an artist over-deliver but Kaskade’s Atmosphere tour certainly did, providing a show where you enter a fan, and leave feeling like his friend.
Navy Pier Exhibition Hall is located at 600 E. Grand Ave in Chicago. For more information on the tour please visit www.kaskadeatmosphere.com. For more information on Kaskade, please visit www.kaskademusic.com or www.facebook.com/kaskade or www.twitter.com/kaskade.