ODESZA soar to new heights at Bill Graham Civic

ODESZABy James Nagel //

ODESZA with Bonobo, Big Wild //
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco
December 11th, 2015 //

After taking their live show to the next level at Mezzanine last year (read our review here), ODESZA returned to SF for two nights at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last week. Fans trickled into the open venue on Friday with plenty of seating for all and the beer line still fairly short.

Los Angeles producer Big Wild (born Jackson Stell) served as the night’s first opener, and his entire set was played with four stationary red lights behind him. Stell was equally stationary, mostly drumming on a pad before breaking away from the monotony by sitting on one of the monitors and drumming on that.



Following Big Wild was British musician and producer Bonobo (born Simon Green), who engaged the crowd with a DJ set as more spectators filed into the room, anxiously awaiting ODESZA’s headlining set.

By the time the electronic music duo from Seattle arrived on stage, the venue was officially packed to the brim and ready to explode. Performing in front of a large five-panel display that was beautifully back-lit, ODESZA’s Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight had the crowd hooting and hollering during every break in the action. To close things out, their encore featured a waterfall of pyrotechnics that ended with an explosion of confetti, leaving us all thoroughly satisfied as we headed home for the night.

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