I was shocked when I checked my Bandsintown app to find out that vaunted house DJ’s Gabriel and Dresden were coming to my fair city of Des Moines. They played at a smaller venue called Lime Lounge (now The Nightingale) and only 100 tickets were sold for the event. The duo were playing a very limited number of events around the country this fall so I feel very fortunate they chose our fair city to play a show.
I talked to a few people during the set and most were fellow EDM/trance fans who were elated that G&D decided to come play this little room when they could sell out huge venues in Vegas or Miami or play festival sets. It was a very cold night but inside the quaint Lime Lounge it was warm and I could hear the thumping of the bass as I approached. Since there were only 100 tickets sold, the venue was not jam packed so it was easy to get a drink and then get back to the dance floor quickly. The venue itself was a nice place to dance and listen to some awesome trance music, yet it still had enough room to lounge in VIP areas on the side of the stage or stay off the dance floor and hang by tables in the bar area.
They promised to play “classics only” and did they ever! Of course they played their biggest hit (as Motorcycle) “As The Rush Comes.” Everyone seemed to be singing along with that one. They also played the very popular trance hit “Without You Near” as well as the more poppy “Tracking Treasure Down.” Two remixes hit the mark for me which were the Killers’ “Read my Mind” and Sia’s “Breathe Me.” A video of the “Breathe Me” remix is below. I hadn’t heard either of those tracks before and just loved them!
It was possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these guys in such a intimate setting and if you ever get the chance to see them in a small room I highly recommend you go as well!
(Reposted from February 21, 2017)