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Benny Benassi, Bingo Players @ Roseland Ballroom 9.1.12 (review)

Benny Benassi

by Terrance Pryor

Even with Electric Zoo happening over the weekend, a massive amount of people still managed to make their way to Roseland Ballroom for some more action. Saturday night's show had everything that you would expect from a crazy EDM filled night. Drunk girls (and guys) professing their love for each DJ? Check. Insanely wicked lights? Check. Fist pumping security guards? Check.

Adrian Lux started playing right when doors open, which obviously got people more anxious to go inside. The 26 year old Swedish DJ didn't really say much on the mic as he let the beats do the talking. The crowd grew rapidly during his 90 minute set, which included a powerful mashup of Albin Myers "Hell's Bells" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall". Rowdy chants of "Adrian" and "Lux" echoed throughout a packed house as the DJ took some time to wave to his fans from the top of the booth. My only problem? Drunk girls bumping into me while dancing. That's what happens when you're in the front row trying to enjoy the experience. That and beer being thrown at you.

Electro house duo Bingo Players were greeted with chants of "Bingo" as they got ready to annihilate the dancefloor. They just came from rocking the main stage at the Electric Zoo and felt like going for a second round. The group spun the Swedish House Mafia/Laidback Luke collaboration "Leave The World Behind", which got the crowd fired up. They also threw on Firebeatz & Schella's "Dear New York" for all of the New Yorkers in the crowd. And what would a Bingo Players set be without "Rattle"? Crowdsurfers definitely showed their appreciation for the duo including one guy dressed in a full body pumpkin(!) costume.

Benny Benassi at 2am? Why not? The Italian DJ got everyone moving during a late night performance. Benassi would yell "What's up, New York?" every now and then to the roar of the crowd. Benassi managed to splice Laidback Luke and Skrillex's remixes of his track "Cinema" which got things filthy. Benassi also dished out his latest creation: a groovy remix of Bob Marley's "Jammin'". Ending the set with "Beautiful People", his collaboration with Chris Brown, Benassi quietly exited the stage as the flashing lights and pulsating beats took control of the venue. Bummer of the evening was that he didn't perform his Gold selling single "Satisfaction".

It seemed as if most of the crowd was getting kinda restless after a long night (and possibly day) of dancing but PeaceTreaty rejuvenated everyone in an instant. The California duo ended the evening (or should I say started the early morning) with enough beats to make your head swell. The group was set to perform on Sunday's lineup of Electric Zoo but that didn't stop them from giving an early morning treat for their fans. The ladies in the crowd were a lot more enthusiastic than the males, especially one spunky lass with snazzy pink hair and a penguin backpack. The duo even managed to throw on War's "Low Rider" which got King Tut moving and grooving on the dancefloor. As their short set ended around 4:30 in the morning, some in the crowd started chanting "One more song". Unfortunately for them (and the people that wanted to use the restrooms), the night was over.