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Review: Wolfgang Gartner, The White Panda @ Roseland Ballroom 8.14.13

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Budweiser's Made In America Festival takes place on Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia and the folks behind it wanted the whole nation to get amped for the event. This is where the Budweiser Made In America summer tour comes in with killer live acts at every stop. The line for the sold out Roseland Ballroom show was long and quite energetic as attendees were gearing up to show off their dancing skills.

Budweiser turned the 3,200 capacity venue into a beer Utopia with photo ops at every turn. It was a definite party atmosphere....unless you were a lady wanting to use the restroom. The women's restroom was unfortunately flooded which meant that ladies and men had to share the men's bathroom. As you could guess, it was a very awkward situation. Speaking of awkward, the lively crowd angrily erupted when the host of the night, who wasn't the most liked person in the house, mentioned free cans of Budweiser. Those free cans of Bud were obviously hidden since the crowd had to shell out some dollar bills to quench their thirst.

About ten years ago, an Al-b3 mashup of Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" and Jay-Z's "99 Problems" made its way onto defunct NYC rock station K-ROCK. Suddenly, the mashup phenomenon rose from the underground and had a strong buzz in the mainstream. Just like everything else underground, some higher force had to waltz in and commercialize (read: completely bastardize) the mashup game. MTV stepped to the plate with the official Jay-Z/ Linkin Park mashup album Collision Course which left a bad taste in the mouths of mashup enthusiasts. After the album's release, the genre quietly and gracefully returned to the underground scene with some miniscule appearances here and there.

Doing mashups in 2013 might get some scoffs from the current EDM scene, but Chicago/ Los Angeles duo The White Panda are turning said scoffs into smiles with some mindblowing material. Even with the dancefloor becoming a sticky mess, fans still managed to bust several moves while The White Panda dropped nothing but straight up bangers during their hour long set.

Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone" colliding with Three Six Mafia's "Stay Fly"? Outrageous. Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)" tangoing with Daft Punk's "One More Time"? Absolutely superb. Everyone certainly went mental during a top-notch mashup of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". The crowd's frantic bouncing and singing would make you believe the late Brooklyn rapper rose from the grave to perform a surprise performance at Roseland Ballroom that night.

The White Panda also dropped some material from their new release "Bearly Legal". Tracks like "Can't Hold Us Back (Mackelmore vs Calvin Harris)  and "A Million Swedish Summers (Bryan Adams vs Swedish House Mafia)" drove the amped crowd into overdrive.

Glow sticks tossed into in the crowd and copious amounts of confetti sprayed in the air. That was just within the first seven minutes of Wolfgang Gartner's explosive set. No stranger to Roseland Ballroom, the LA DJ felt like he was at home with the crowd turning things up a notch on the dancefloor. Tracks like "Space Junk" and "Anaconda" had a strong hold on the crowd but sounded somewhat muddy due to the PA system. Wolfgang Gartner didn't forget he was performing in NYC that night with a rowdy remix of Wu Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M.'. The crowd showed their appreciation for the track "Redline" by singing along to its euphoric melodies. There were certainly "Great music + great beer + great times" on a sensational Wednesday night in NYC.