From Lollapalooza to Spring Awakening to North Coast to Wavefront, electronic dance music ruled the festival scene in Chicago this summer. The beats don't stop when the summer does though. There have already been dozens of incredible EDM concerts announcements for the fall but here are ten that we really recommend you not miss:
Waka Flocka Flame isn't an electronic music artist. Neither is Pharrell Williams. However, Steve Aoki is one of the biggest names in the EDM game and if you think these three can't put on a wild show, you're crazy! Catch Flame, Williams and Aoki plus Israeli DJ/prodcuer Borgore at the UIC Pavilion on October 4. Tickets start at $37.
It's the first time EDM has ever been brought to Navy Pier on such a large scale and what better a person to make it happen than a Chicago -- well, Evanston -- native. World renowned producer Kaskade brings his "Atmosphere" tour to Chicago on October 12 at the Navy Pier Exhibition Hall. General admission tickets are sold out but there are still VIP tickets available for $120.
Four years ago, Animal Collective was all the rage. They still have a rapid fan base but the good news is that the psychedelic four piece has cooled off just enough that tickets to see them are now actually attainable. Following the band's live show at The Riviera on October 17, you can catch them spinning a DJ set at Smart Bar. If you're a longtime fan of the band, this is a side of the members you won't want to miss. Tickets are just $12!
One of EDM's unsung heroes, Boys Noize is a German DJ responsible for many of contemporary techno and industrial house's most popular beats. He's worked with everyone from Skrillex to Depeche Mode and still manages to keep a cool head. He'll be stopping through Chicago on October 18 at the Concord Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now for $25.
Despite the fact that Bonobo has been in the dance music game since the ‘90s, it's only just recently that he's seen real success here in the States. Now the English DJ seems to play to larger and larger crowds every time he tours through Chicago. This time around, he'll be spinning at The Riviera on October 18. Buy tickets now for $25.
A-Trak continues to be a favorite amongst oldschool and newschool dance music fans. His turntable (read: not laptop) skills bring the genre's roots to light and his ability to create slick mixes our of contemporary hip hop and pop keeps the younger crowd hooked. A-Trak hits The Mid on October 19. Tickets start at just $18.
Local promoters React Presents' annual Freaky Deaky shows are some of the wildest Halloween parties in the city and this year's lineup points to a continuation of that tradition. Groovy beatmaker Griz and boisterous Detroit rapper Danny Brown headliner night one on October 25 and Swedish house music duo Dada Life top the bill the following night. Tickets for night one and night two of Freaky Deaky are on sale now.
One of this writer's favorite live DJs, Rusko is an English producer that somehow marries cockney influences with reggae rhythms and bass-heavy drops without it feeling totally corny. It's actually anything but. See him on his fall U.S. tour at the Concord Music Hall on November 2. Tickets will run you $35.
For years now Pretty Lights has been bringing his slick, hip-hop-inspired beats to Chicago and we've loved them all along. A true amalgamation of EDM's many subgenres, Pretty Lights (real name: Derek Smith) is back with a new album, A Color Map of the Sun, and playing two nights here on November 8 and 9 at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets for both nights are $37.
We've been championing hometowners Krewella through their entire seemingly meteoric rise to stardom and now the trio is bringing it back to where it all started when they bring their "Get Wet" tour to the Aragon Ballroom on November 16. With a solid just-released debut album and an already buzzed about set design behind them, this is a concert that will definitely leave people talking. Tickets start at $30.