Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish this sick dance track had some saxophone funk”?
Lucky for you Big Gigantic has just that. From someone who missed the EDM/dance music craze that exploded years ago, I was skeptical as I headed into the show. I expected to hear the same dance rhythm and bass drop that I’ve heard time and time again. With a curious mind and an eager heart, I entered the venue.
Georgia Theater is nestled in downtown Athens and is a unique location for a few reasons. The college town vibe guarantees a youthful audience but it also holds tremendous history. As I scaled the stares plaques of famous acts from years past told the life story of the charming venue. Once on the top level, I was surprised with multiple prime viewing spots and an easily accessible bar making this an ideal venue for excited fans.
As soon as the two men stepped onto the stage and dialed in the first engineered tune, the floors of the venue began to shake as everyone exploded into dance. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of musical excellence that took place throughout the evening. Even though the engineering of the dance track is done prior and for the record, it was absolutely brought to life by producer and saxophone player Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken as they embellished each note with their instruments.
I immediately got the feeling that I was watching two guys in their garage playing along to a progressive jam track. Now, that statement does not mean that I thought the show was juvenile, it means that I couldn’t believe how comfortable the two men felt with their instruments. Jeremy Salken breathes rhythm and the capacity of Dominic Lalli’s lungs is out of this world. For someone who doesn’t typically enjoy dance music, I didn’t want the show to end. The blend of sound contrived from modern pop hits mashed up with the classic brass sound produced a rhythm so groovy even your mom wouldn’t be able to hold back her boogie moves.
Big Gigantic isn’t just a fantastic musical act, they are also fantastic humans. The duo has spent over $100,000 giving back to the community and provide a team of volunteers at each show to provide a safe space for those who may party a little too hard. All I all, Big G is an impressively well-rounded duo. Check out what they are doing for the community here and where they are headed next on tour here.
Photos by Sarah Htun for Bullet Music