Friday, March 24, 2017

Concert Report: SiriusXM Music Lounge

My original Miami strategy for this year was to fly-in, use public transportation by staying at a hotel near a Metrorail station and then have all planned events on the Miami side of the bay. That strategy fell apart when I received an invitation from SiriusXM to their Music Lounge event out on Miami Beach!
Taking place behind the 1Hotel complex on Mid Beach, I knew it would be too good to pass up! And I was not disappointed!

Sirius/XM had advised to arrive early so I did. I was first in line, lol!

 Opening set from DJ Shaun Frank (CDN).
Followed by Deorro (USA).
Including his hit with Chris Brown, a short version of "Five More Hours".
Open for invited SiriusXM subscribers only, the beach quickly filled!
Up next, DJ Alan Walker (N).
First time ever seeing him and he'd play hits "Faded" & "Alone".
There were no posted set times and I quickly realized there would be 30-minutes sets from a lot of big names and you wouldn't know who would be coming up next until they came up!
Like Steve Aoki (USA)!
I had paid $30 to see him at House of Blues last fall and here he was for free!
The peeps getting into his EDM & Trap set!
This fast-paced format was so cool and I really liked it since there was no time to get bored!
And OMG, there was Paavo & Jono dba Above & Beyond (GB)!
Their Trance set included recent hits "We're All We Need" and as OceanLab, "Another Chance".
That look you get from Trance!
Brief appearance from DJ 3LAU (USA) introducing.....
DJ Hardwell (NL).
Enjoyable all EDM set from the current #3 DJ in the world!
Spotted in the blue jacket: DJ David Guetta (F).
Spotted in VIP: Some Receiver from the New England Patriots. His name escapes me but I hear he can catch pretty good, lol!
Spotted passing by: Current #1 DJ in the world, Martin Garrix (NL).
And the ever mysterious DJ Marshmello (USA).
Spotted on the boardwalk: DJ duo Ned Sheppard & Sultan (CDN).
And DJ Laidback Luke (NL).
Back on stage, DJ Grandtheft (CDN).
His final song included live vocals from Dance singer Delaney Jane (CDN) on their hit "Easy Go".
Laidback Luke (NL) up next.
His set edged between House & EDM.
Since you had to be invited here, it never got super-crowded. Drinks were Miami Music Week festival priced though around $20 each but were liberally poured!
SiriusXM's morning DJ Geronimo on the stage introducing.....
Marshmello (USA).  His identity always stays hidden!
When I was in Montreal in January he played three nights in a row at the huge New City Gas club and each show was completely sold out!
Delivering his hit "Alone" to the excited crowd! Fun stuff!
A-Trak (CDN) was up next. As I just saw him last month at Gilt and did not like his set, this was a good opportunity to throw-in the towel and call it quits!

 Spotted coming in as I was going out: DJ duo Chocolate Puma (NL).
What a great event! A good time was had by all!

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