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Alesso At The Shrine: Show Review

Marc Sessa |
November 23, 2014 | 6:21 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

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What do you get when you put together a room full of music lovers that cannot stop jumping or dancing, so many lasers that you feel like you're going to go blind, and upbeat dance music that the crowd can sing along to?

An unforgettable evening. And that's exactly what Alesso brought to sold-out crowd at the Shrine Auditorium last evening.

Having seen Alesso just two weeks ago at the Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando, I was not sure how the evening was going to turn out. His tracks are very recognizable, and singable, in the EDM community and can easily turn someone's day around but in terms of actually DJing live, Alesso seemed to lack a performance that could keep a fan's interest. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

For his show at the Shrine, Alesso gave everything he had and left it in that venue. He had the crowd off their feet the entire evening putting ear-to-ear grins on everyone's faces as they sang songs, seemingly free of any worries, to old and new friends that they were taking this journey with.

Playing everything from "Calling (Lose My Mind)" to "Under Control" Alesso provided the audience with a diverse set that kept everyone happy. One part of the performance that kept this crowd's excitement up was the different tracks he was interweaving, and mixing together, throughout the night including a phenomenal mash up of Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso's "We Come, We Rave, We Love," with up-and-coming deep house artist Oliver Helden's "Gecko (Overdrive)." One couldn't help themselves but to groove with the entire crowd as this track hit the speakers.

Aside from music, the production value of the show was out of this world. The Shrine may not have the best acoustics for a venue but it certainly provides attendees a unique experience with the lights and lasers that highlight the architecture. No matter if you are on the second level or the ground floor, there never seems to be a location where your point of view is obstructed or less than ideal. Additionally, Alesso encouraged the crowd to join in with him during his set, asking the crowd to sing along to his new single "Heroes."

Ending the night, Alesso stating, "LA. I really don't know what to say. This is unbelievable. You guys are the reason I'm staying here and you are letting me live me dream. I love you so much."

He continued by taking time to thank everyone that was assisting him on his tour, which was a refreshing seeing how this is not done so much and there is no way the performer could do a national tour alone. Before finishing his set he expressed, "I wish I could stay all night and hang out with you," which I have no doubt the entire crowd, and myself, were in complete agreeance. 

Reach Staff Reporter Marc Sessa here. 



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