REVIEW + PHOTOS: BIG GIGANTIC @ THE ROSELAND THEATER, DECEMBER 8 2017
Written by Tariq Abdellatif on December 11, 2017
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Big Gigantic stopped by Portland’s Roseland Theater on their A Big Gigantic Difference Tour on December 8 2017. This was an all ages event brought to you by Abstract Earth Project.
The party started well in advance of Big Gigantic’s appearance, with openers Brasstracks taking the stage to an already full and buzzing room. The New York duo bills itself as “future brass” on their Facebook page and the combination of Ivan Jackson’s trumpet and audio production, along with Conor Rayne’s power drumming, delivers a similar, if not slightly edgier, sound to the headliner. The pair on stage won a Grammy last February along with Chance The Rapper, presented a highly entertaining hour. This is definitely a duo to watch.
A crowd in full excitment greeted Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, who proceeded to deliver a non-stop rager session, as the kids like to say, for the next two hours. Lalli was in perpetual motion as cheerleader and producer of all things electronica. The stage production and lighting are a frenetic feast for the senses in message and intensity.
There’s no denying that the energy and the visuals are exhilarating on their own, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Rocky Mountain duo’s compositions. I wouldn’t last 30 minutes at a straight hip-hop show, but the jazz influences offer multiple elements to focus on and groove to beyond just the beat and some inane lyrics.
They were definitely show of the year for me. So much talent I would recommend Big Gigantic to anyone.