[CONCERT COVERAGE] Hounds of Hell Tour ft. Tommy Trash & Wolfgang Gartner
Last weekend, Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner transformed Chicago’s Concord Theater into an electric madhouse as their Hounds of Hell tour made their way through town. With two back-to-back shows on Friday night, fans had double the opportunity to catch the EDM giants in action.
With the option to go out afterward, we took advantage of the earlier set time for the first show, arriving as supporting act Charlie Darker was beginning to warm up the 18+ audience. By the time Bass Kleph took over, the early crowd had begun to pour in and fill out the dance floor, making a strong showing for the 6:00pm set time. And while Concord Theater doesn’t boast as much floor space as the stand-in for Chicago’s Congress Theater, what it lacks in space it makes up for with it’s intimate show environment. By the time Charlie Darker and Bass Kleph left the stage, the eager crowd was already a mass of sweaty bodies.
A massive cloud of smoke began filling the venue as the stage began it’s transformation into a haunted structure of sound, complete with wrought iron gates and illuminated crosses. Out of the growing cloud stepped Tommy Trash, bedecked in hooded robe, looking like a sonic executioner ready to slay some beats. Beginning with massive cuts of Steve Aoki’s remix of “Pursuit of Happiness” and “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” Tommy’s set was a non-stop, heart-pounding thrill ride from start to finish. Slashing his way through high energy cuts such as Martin Garrix’s “Animals,” the shaggy-haired producer didn’t slow down until he closed his performance with his massive mix of “Reload.”
Rising from behind the gates, it was Wolfgang Gartner’s turn to step up to the decadent decks as he laced the air with his haunted beats. For the next hour, the American producer spun a web of electro-house that included heavy hitters such as “Space Junk” and his headlining single with Tommy Trash, aptly titled “Hounds Of Hell.” Like a crafty spider, Wolfgang ensnared the audience and entranced them with his synth-laced toxic beats and concussive bass. Only after Wolfgang squeezed the life out of the last notes of the night did he relinquish the audience back to the night.
For tickets and other information on the Hounds of Hell tour, check out their website here.
Hound of Hell Tour dates:
16-Oct Lupo’s Providence, RI
17-Oct Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
18-Oct Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
19-Oct Echostage Washington, DC
20-Oct Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
25-Oct Joy Theater New Orleans, LA
26-Oct Something Wicked Houston, TX
27-Oct The Marc San Marcos, TX
29-Oct Granada Theater Dallas, TX
31-Oct Buchanan’s Event Center El Paso, TX
1-Nov Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
2-Nov SOMA San Diego, CA