Music bits: Skrillex and Black Eyed Peas

Bethel BitsIt was 8 p.m. and the time had finally come for the headliners to get on stage. It was time for Skrillex.

I grabbed my friend’s hand and started weaving us through the crowd to get as close as we could to the stage.

Picket signs of Pokemon, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, blow-up sex dolls, and fan signs filled the night sky.

Half naked men and women, some almost fully naked, surrounded me–which made me slightly uncomfortable.

I was drenched in sweat from dancing and dehydrated from the ratio of water I’d taken in and the water perspiring out.

The $30 shirt I bought hours ago and stuck in my friends pants pocket had disappeared.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_weippert_4Strobe lights of every color projected not only from the stage, but from the ferris wheel and colored octopus, which was surfing the crowd.

I left Summer Set 2016 in Somerset, WI following Sunday night’s performance not only without a shirt, but with partial hearing loss, a headache and gratifying experience I will forever remember.

—Miranda Weippert

Les Black Eyed Peas en concert au VIP Room Paris

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas were my childhood dream team. Since my younger years, they’ve sold an estimated 76 million records, making them one of the world’s best selling groups of all time. And for good reason.

In 2003, they changed their musical sound from hip-hop to pop and pop-dance, and I believe they changed the music scene because of it. When they debuted, “Where is the Love” in 2003 and featured Fergie as an official member, they did a great thing. The song was my anthem for weeks. The song told people what was wrong with the world. The music video is a glimpse into how the band portrays peace. I’ve never seen them in concert, but when they headlined the 2011 Superbowl, I felt like I was there for every minute of it.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_gaines_13There were people dressed in white jumping up and down as music blared. There were special effects and green arrows. Everything was utterly futuristic. They played all their classic songs, even the oldie-but-goodie, “Let’s Get It Started.” What’s even better about this performance is my childhood crush, Usher, made an appearance. It was like all my childhood wishes were granted in one night from the comfort of my own living room. I don’t know when the Black Eyed Peas will have a concert next, but this time I’ll make sure to be there.  

—CeCe Gaines