[FESTIVAL COVERAGE] North Coast Music Festival Aftershow: Rebelution & Ojo de Buey at House Of Blues
Written by: Tobias Odusanya
North Coast brought music-lovers and performers of an awesome variety to Chicago’s Union Park last weekend. After the collective of ravers, jammers, bassheads, and funksters enjoyed an incredible day of great tunes at the festival on Saturday, many of the best times were still yet to come. Festival goers reluctantly poured out of Union Park after Big Gigantic, On an On, and Afrojack took the party to extremely great heights. The night was still young, and despite the fact that many of us wished Big Gigantic would just keep on riding the train to funktown with us all night, we were on to our next adventure.
Rebelution’s after show at the House of Blues was exactly the great vibes that many of us were looking for after an already splendid Saturday. The show started off with a very energetic opening set from Costa Rican Reggae Fusion artists Ojo de Buey. Ojo de Buey really kept the party alive with their lively stage presence and awesome combination of reggae rhythm and rock n’ roll flare. Their individual talent shined through as well with some great improv work on solos.
Check out this great video of their lengthy latin flavored jam “Lo Que Fue”
Rebelution took the stage and the good vibes were already fully enveloping the crowd.
They played with raw energy and emotion and took the crowd on a ride through the funkiest of jams to the most soulful of selections. Their mellow and beautiful tune “Feeling Alright” from their debut album had the whole room feeling a blanket of unity with their hands in the air. You can check out a full video of the song here.
The individual talent in Rebelution was so huge with some great solos that really highlighted their natural feel for rhythm. Saxophone player Khris Royal was absolutely phenomenal all night and added a very necessary flavor to the full band’s sound. His stage presence was fun and at one point he even took the phone of someone in the front row to record Eric Rachmany’s guitar solo in “Outta Control” from his perspective.
Other crowd pleasers such as “Safe and Sound” had the crowd joining in to form an awesome chorus of energy and love. There was really just so much love and respect in the crowd, and while Rebelution deserves tremendous credit for bring their vibe to the House of Blues in such fine fashion, the audience’s vibe made it that much more of an incredible experience.