SAN FRANCISCO — Selling out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on a Thursday night for its Dear Sense Tour, Chicago DJ and electronica duo Louis the Child played nearly “every song” in its catalog (as the duo claimed) for 90 minutes. Rolling nonstop from one song into another, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett kept the energy going.
With an impressive laser light show and six giant beach balls bouncing throughout the auditorium, the duo that dropped out of college to pursue music likely made some fans wonder whether they really had to go to work the next day. The show, which went until midnight, and included Louis the Child’s biggest hits, “Weekend” and “It’s Strange.”
Louis the Child was preceded by Big Wild. DJ, producer, composer and engineer Jackson Stell set the scene for the headliners. With hands in the air, glow sticks waving and with Big Wild getting the beats going, the crowd was well on its way to the party. Stell’s set included songs from his past albums as well as some treats from a forthcoming record, which will be released in February. Fans screamed and jumped around in unison, as if they had bees. in their pants. Before leaving the stage, Big Wild said he might be back soon, at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Humboldt next summer.
Alt-R&B singer-songwriters R.LUM.R and Wafia opened the show. R.LUM.R sounded a bit like a cross between Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, ending his 25-minute set with “Frustrated.” Wafia, who performed first, impressed even more, playing under a low light and dazzling fans during her allotted 25 minutes, including the sugary “I’m Good.”