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Sunday, February 23

Review and Photos: Big Gigantic - Higher Ground - S. Burlington, VT - 2/18/2014

The Art Thieves got the sold out Higher Ground venue jumping and dancing with a heavy electro-house themed set that you wouldn’t expect to witness in Vermont on an otherwise quite Tuesday evening. The South Burlington, VT location of the venue, Higher Ground makes it a mecca for college students from the Burlington area. The college crowd is young and energetic, and was extremely receptive to the deep electronic set the opener delivered. 
The night was still young, as Big Gigantic took the stage at 10:30pm, but a late-night feeling quickly fell over the venue. The stage featured ten intensely detailed projection surfaces that displayed bright and colorful interpretations of geometric and abstract designs to go along with the performance. Dominic Lalli’s saxophone pierced the air over the heavy mix of a bass track and the drummer Jeremy Salken’s added percussion. After selling out venues like Red Rocks Theatre, the energy Big Gigantic brought into this six hundred person venue was almost too much for Higher Ground to hold. 
The Ballroom was exploding with energy as Dominic’ delivered steady punching saxophone solo’s that intertwined perfectly with the extremely fast pace of the percussion beats.The detailed projector screens blasted colors into the crowd beating along in sync with the music to create an impressive stage presence.The smooth jazz notes over a heavy bass beat were unforgettable in combination. Dominic ruled the stage like a DJ also dueling as a jazz saxophone wizard. Crazy psychedelic and geometric patterns flash and slide across the screens as the DJ saxophonist dances to the music pumping his hands in the air to amp up the crowd. The venue had transformed into what looked like a full on late night set at a music festival, all at Higher Ground, on a Tuesday night in South Burlington, Vermont.  The completely sold out performance Big Gigantic brought to the small Vermont venue was not one to be overlooked. Make sure to catch Big Gigantic, as they are touring all over the country, as well as headlining a number of music festivals this upcoming summer. Their performance is not one to miss. 
Words and Photos: Joe Schlee
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