Kaskade, Kevin Focus, Fareoh
On Tuesday night, the Music Farm hosted Kaskade, arguably the largest electronic show to hit Charleston in years. A line of eager fans dressed in neon garb snaked all the way down Ann Street to King Street for the sold-out show. They were waiting to dance the night away to the beats of one of the most successful DJs of the decade. And when admission pushed back an hour, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., the crowd waited patiently, each person determined to get a good spot near the rail.
The two opening acts played strong sets leading up to Kaskade's headlining set. First up as Kevin Focus, who was humble; he never even announced his name during the set. Blasting high-energy original house mixes, the Charlotte, N.C.-based DJ made the anticipation climb without trying to compete with the theatrics and ecstatic stage set-up of Kaskade.
The second opener was the up-and-coming DJ Fareoh (pronounced "pharaoh"), spinning mostly remixes of popular Top 40 and house/progressive. The 19-year-old New Yorker is currently touring with Kaskade, and he has a contagious intensity for moving the crowd. He came on stage with perfect timing, igniting an introductory light show of sorts. The screens lit up with his logo, and strobes turned and flashed with increased intensity. At about an hour, the set was surprisingly long for an opening act.
Kaskade resembled a king as he stood on a huge cylindrical platform with screens composed of small LED lights. He opened with a remixed version of his song "Eyes" from the recently released album, Fire and Ice, featuring the dewy vocals of Mindy Gledhill. The screens flashed visualizers displaying psychedelic images of forests, butterflies, and neon flowers, in the theme of his Freaks of Nature tour. The show featured a crowd-pleasing array of newer songs from Fire and Ice like "Lessons In Love" as well as classic dance beats like "Angel on My Shoulder" from the 2008 album, Strobelight Seduction. Fog permeated the room, as bodies bounced back and forth, paying little notice to being crammed like sardines.
While the Music Farm is a small venue for such a large artist (Kaskade's shows have been known to drawn in crowds of over 20,000), the setup was smartly arranged and the space was well utilized to its full potential. Previous EDM shows at the Farm — like Bassnectar, Borgore, and EOTO — had elaboate sets, but nothing as impressive and massive as Kaskade's. The sound levels were flawless. The show went late into the night, making sure not to skimp on what the audience paid for. And the night delivered a spectacular performance sure to be remembered by Charleston for years.