Big Gigantic at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, TN

BigGigantic @ Brooklyn Bowl - Nashville,TN

Electronic music fans packed Brooklyn Bowl Nashville’s double-decker dance floor to see Big Gigantic’s sold-out stop on the Brighter Future 2 Tour. 

Brooklyn Bowl is a newer venue in Nashville joining the bowling venue trend, featuring lanes that you can see the stage from, a second level for VIP and primo viewing, and multiple glorious disco balls hanging from the ceiling. 

Kicking off the night was Ahee, a California native known to non-aliens as Chris Adams. Ahee pours into the bass music scene via tutorials, sample packs, and various other forms of online education, and is known for his energetic sets.

The set was a mix of his own experimental high-energy bass music and nostalgic dance floor sing-alongs. He had the crowd headbanging and arm in arm with friends screaming the lyrics to their favorite throwback jams. Ahee’s creativity had a smile on everyone’s face and was the perfect way to loosen up the crowd.

Eric Ray and Andrew Principe of Eazybaked took the stage to follow. Friends since the third grade, they started learning to make beats alongside one another in high school; eventually combining their knowledge to create Eazybaked. 

Inspired by Flume and Mr. Carmack, the duo’s downtempo experimental bass hits you with wild sounds. Eazybaked makes you scrunch up your face and wobble with the music while you vibe with the visuals. 

The sold-out crowd packed in tight on both levels as they added a drum set and saxophones to the setup for Big Gigantic. Their mix of acoustic instruments and EDM has created a following for over a decade. Performing for the first time together in 2008 after meeting in Colorado, the group is comprised of Dominic Lalli, who plays tenor/alto saxophones and produces, and Jeremy Salken playing on drums. Both were musicians before they found themselves as performers in the EDM world, but saw the rise of electronic music and felt the need to add some improvisational and acoustic elements to it. Jeremy has played drums since he was a kid and was making a career of playing before Big G. Dom holds a Masters in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

With role models such as John Coltrane to Pretty Lights, you can see where their sound and souls are rooted. After performing at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Austin City Limits, Ultra, and selling out their Rowdytown event at Red Rocks year after year, you could say that the guys of Big Gigantic give EDM fans the funky, fun, diverse experience that makes them keep showing up to dance.

The night’s show was a beautiful celebration of their new album, Brighter Future 2, which opened with a yellow glow over “Futures All I See” and “Keep on Rising” followed by a little nod to Kid Kudi. The show featured collaborations with the other EDM saxophone king, Griz, playing “Open your Mind” and “Good Times Roll.” The blend of genres from hip-hop to drum and bass to piano jams kept the energy high. 

Big Gigantic’s production is not to be ignored. The stage featured a full background of LED wall with song-specific visuals for all tracks. Likewise, the insane use of lasers was so surprising to see and really took the show to the next level.

“All of Me” (ft. Logic and ROZES) is the perfect showing of all that Big G has to offer. And the crowd went for it when they dropped it during their Nashville show beneath the disco ball ceiling. After a fake-out end, Dom and Jeremy came back to the stage for a few more before they ended the night with a stripped-back soulful piano and saxophone moment with “Love Unlimited.”

This is just the beginning of their month-long tour. Catch Big Gigantic on the Brighter Future 2 Tour from now through the end of February.

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Emily is a Nashville-based photographer whose photo and music obsessions both started as a preteen. As an adult, her life includes a lot of both! Emily is a Band Director during the day, but since 2019, during her time away from school, she began swapping her baton for a camera. That year, she began shooting electronic music shows around Nashville and now shoots shows, music festivals, and portraits.