Friday, Paper Diamond from the Pretty Lights Label was headlining. I love the label and everything they stand for in their free music model. I had seen Paper Diamond once before at The Rave in Milwaukee when he opened for Bassnectar, but this small performance blew the first out of the water. Held in a ballroom that could have hosted my prom, the tiny stage was literally two feet off the ground and had no barrier for the crowd. And the crowd was great, everyone was dancing and the front row was open to anyone who wanted to be there. It was so accessible. Furthermore, Paper Diamond put on the most fantastically simple light show I had ever seen, filling the room with colors using standard stage lights and panels. He mixed a lot of fan favorites too, like 100% in the Bitch by Porter Robinson. Maximal Crazy by Tiesto sent us into a frenzy and my personal favorite remix, The Power by Kanye West, was just enough incentive to hop on stage with the rest of the girls (a check off my bucket list). Afterwards I jumped down backstage and met him, which was really cool. He was a super nice guy and it was really cool to be at a show that was held in such a personal setting.
Props to the Van Dyke Collection for this picture of Gramatik