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Gryffin @ Bottom Lounge Review

Evan Hazlett | October 2017

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending and photographing Gryffin’s show at the Bottom Lounge as well as his performance at the Mike’s Harder launch party event. This was truly a dream come true because I have been a fan of Gryffin for a while now and had the opportunity to see him at Lollapalooza this past summer. His performance at Lolla took my breath away and since then he has become one of my favorite electronic music performers.

Many of Gryffin’s songs inspire emotions within the listeners. My favorite “Heading Home,” is one of these. Me and my best friend Jenna first heard this song in a promotional video for Electric Forest, an eight-day festival spread over two weekends in Rothbury, Michigan. This song captured our excitement to attend the festival and over the next few months became a song that described our friendship. When I think of home, I not only think of Detroit, Michigan, but I think of this song, and my best friend Jenna. When I heard this song on Friday I felt nothing but pure joy. With the crowd showing their funkiest moves, and Gryffin on the guitar, it was truly a perfect moment.

My favorite aspect of Gryffin is how talented he is at mixing the electronic portion of his music and playing the instrumental parts. Throughout his performance, he often plays the guitar and piano. This adds an amazing feature to his electronic based music. It shows that he is not simply pressing play as many DJs do today, but he is creating the music and sharing his diverse talent.

One aspect important in any show, is energy. This is another area that Gryffin excels in and made his show on Friday worth wild. Whether it’s while he mixes or plays guitar and the piano, or simply dancing with his audience, he never fails to keep his body and facial energy high. You can see the love and enjoyment he has in his music and this causes the audience to keep their energy high and never stop dancing.

From two outstanding openers, (ayokay, and Autograf (who I ought to mention is a Chicago native) to the colorful lights, and vivid visuals, Gryffin really gave attendees their money’s worth. Throughout my time at the show, I did not witness one attendee not having the time of their life. There was one man in particular who stood out to me above all else. His dance moves were stellar and lasted from the very first song of the opener to the final song of Gryffin. There was not a moment I did not see this man’s feet moving and arms twisting.

Gryffin’s performance at the Mike’s Harder event was quite different because this was a DJ set. He still played his well-known songs. Hearing them a second time was nothing less than a sweet treat. Although this performance did not contain any live instruments, Gryffin brought back many throwbacks and the audience reacted with loud screams of gratitude.

Anyone who is looking to have some fun should attend one of Gryffin’s shows in the future. From the wild dance moves, to the emotional ballads, every aspect of both of Gryffin’s performances added to the overall sensation. I can only look forward to what Gryffin will bring to audiences next and what the future will hold for himself and his listeners.