Hungry creative, Luis Colindres, and I turned up at 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive. OurMusicMyBody advocates pressed custom brooches bearing concertgoers’ custom pro-consent messages. Mine read “No ask. No a$$.” We proceeded past adoptable One Tail At A Time (OTAT) pups, Deep House Yoga and one full-service barbershop. “Como La Flor” came on the Community Stage speakers; in true Selena fashion, I Cumbia danced my way from the moist grass to sandy waterfront.
Mansionair lead vocalist Jack Froggatt belted out ODESZA‘s A Moment Apart moving masterpiece “Line Of Sight.” Dishwater blonde locks gathered on Froggatt’s chiseled cheekbones, until a hand finally whisked them away. He pointed at the audience with conviction, delivering his sermon: “Help me out/Don’t let me down/I could learn from you.”
Prior to Chicago poet Common’s time slot, UK garage/house music masters Gorgon City put on a live set fit for
a king Queen Elizabeth II. Unfortunately or fortunately, depends who you ask, Publican Anker pulled me away with their swanky avocado kale salad and juicy turkey burger.
Erykah Badu and Common’s 2002 collaboration “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)” unified his audience. They swayed side to side, illuminated by vivid violet stage lighting. While Common’s Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. performed, the Ferris wheel rotated upright; these passenger cars looked like pastel macarons, adorned with edible pearls.
When Walker & Royce played their 2017 Dirtybird release “Take Me To Your Leader,” in the Mixmag x Beatport Tent, the same security guard who stood stone-faced couldn’t control her head bobbing for very long. Brooklynites Samuel Walker and Gavin Royce’s unadulterated, feel-good beats made them Mamby On The Beach 2018’s real MVPs.