EOTO and more at City Hall, 12/31/10
With Project Aspect • NitGrit • Ishe • SPECTRE
J.Wail and Chuck Morris of Lotus • Fresh2Death • Freddy Todd • Jantsen
NastyNasty • Liquid Stranger • RumbleJunkie • Larva Ink
City Hall Amphitheatre | 12.31.10
City Hall Amphitheatre recently renovated their outdoor stage by adding new balconies, railings, bars and enough dance space to make John Travolta antsy. With the newly erected retractable roof extending over the stage, the debut night for the new venue might as well have been the best one of the year. Featuring fifteen acts on three floors and stages, City Hall's sold out New Year's event certainly set the precedent for the year in electronic shows.
Britt Chester Chuck Morris of Lotus spreading the love on liberallyJonah of J. Wail
Riding the coattails of a successful Christmas night performance at Cervantes, ProJect Aspect opened up the amphitheater for the night. As the line outside weaved along the wall of City Hall, the rooms within the building began to pack in with curious party goers. Some people just walking around in awe at the size of the place. Some people just slack jawed on party favors. Either way, everyone was hunting for a good time.
With live artists painting, collaborating and working in mediums ranging from oil paints, fluorescent, water colors and digital media, creativity was not lacking. Nor were the wide-eyed onlookers expressing serious admiration at the work. The convergence of so many forms of art at shows like this opens the doors to the expansion artistic of expression, hopefully appealing to everyone.
Britt Chester Collaborative piece in the Glitch Room
The hula-hoopers filled the main room, swirling about with flashing rings and working their hips to the sounds of Ishe. RumbleJunkie followed that set and the stage opened up for a bit. The maze of City Hall was opened up and relatively easy to navigate at the the beginning of the night. The back stairs were allowing access to the upstairs Glitch room where Jansen and Freddy Todd were grinding through sets. Windows along the wall on the top floor gave view to the mayhem and madness of the outdoor stage. The planning that went into the night paid off for everyone in terms of accessibility, which can sometimes burden a crowd of people who want to see it all.