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React Presents Continues to Impress With Freaky Deaky’s 2016 Return to Toyota Park

Last year’s inaugural Freak Deaky as a three-day fully fledged music festival kicked off with a bang, surprising us with a top notch festival experience¬†that captured the combination of great stage production,¬†exceptional lineup, and a holiday theme that kept the festival fresh and exciting in Chicago’s fairly saturated market. This year’s edition was no different: […]

Electric Forest 2015 Experience and Festival Review

For 4 years, Electric Forest has been a festival season staple featuring a unique blend of jam bands, electronic music, art, and mystery. This year marked its milestone fifth anniversary. The four day event took festival goers on a wild ride deep into the night in the magical Sherwood Forest. For one weekend a year, […]

DownBeats’ Best Sets of 2014

A couple of weeks ago we sat at our weekly DownBeats staff meeting and began reflecting on the past 12 months and came to the realization that 2014 was a milestone year in terms of the sheer amounts of shows and festivals we attended. We crossed state lines on multiple occasions beginning the festival season […]

Our Chicago Thanksgiving Marathon

In Chicago, the birth-place of House Music, the extended Thanksgiving weekend is a time where thousands are thankful for life, health, family and friends, but also for the gift of dance music. It is no secret in this city that while the day time may be filled with extended meals, early Christmas shopping and a […]

Escape All Hallows Eve vs HARD Day Of The Dead: An Insider’s Comparison

While most of the United States’ dance music festival scene dies up at the end of summer or the beginning of fall, there is one State that continues the party into November: California. This past Halloween weekend I set to make the trip from Chicago to the West Coast to enjoy the beauty of the […]