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5 Highlights from 2017 North Coast Music Festival

North Coast Music Festival bills itself as “Summer's Last Stand” and delivered a diverse line-up at Union Park in Chicago that included headliners like Gucci Mane, Ween, Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley and a collaborative set from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. Later, the party spilled over into several after parties at local dance clubs.

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1. Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz

Dance music legends Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz closed out Friday with an epic b2b set of electronic music that had the whole West Side dancing. The set not only featured some awesome tech-house renditions, but the stage was like a stripped-down EPIC 5.0 production. The stage setup had a bit of that hologram cube look to it, and of course the lights and lasers were all on point.
Abhishek Patel

Dance music legends Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz closed out Friday with an epic b2b set of electronic music that had the whole West Side dancing. The set not only featured some awesome tech-house renditions, but the stage was like a stripped-down EPIC 5.0 production. The stage setup had a bit of that hologram cube look to it, and of course the lights and lasers were all on point.

2. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Saturday night, Reggae royalty Damian Marley closed the night with a celebratory reggae set that had the crowd mellowed out. Marley was supporting his fourth solo album, Stony Hill which is reminiscent of his timeless consistency. Polished production, rich brass and uplifting ensemble vocals brought the crowd to life with tracks such as “Here We Go” and “Bitter Blood.”
Tyler LaRiviere

Saturday night, Reggae royalty Damian Marley closed the night with a celebratory reggae set that had the crowd mellowed out. Marley was supporting his fourth solo album, Stony Hill which is reminiscent of his timeless consistency. Polished production, rich brass and uplifting ensemble vocals brought the crowd to life with tracks such as “Here We Go” and “Bitter Blood.”

3. Lil Dicky

Lil Dicky followed a DJ set that hyped up the crowd before emerging to perform a boisterous set. Lil Dicky rose to fame after the release of the music video to his song “Ex-Boyfriend,” which went viral with more than one million views on YouTube in 24 hours. Lil Dicky’s homegrown style rapping is infectious and his banter with the crowd is just as crude as some of his songs. “This is the part of the show where I expose myself” he referenced often throughout his set and was met with cheers and insistence that he do so, something that wasn’t going to happen. Either way the crowd was all in, making for one of the more electric performances of the day.

4. The Cool Kids

Chance the Rapper made a surprise appearance joining Chicago's The Cool Kids (Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish) for the final quarter of their set with a medley of “No Problem,” “All Night” and his verse from “I’m the One.” While many in the crowd rushed the stage for a glimpse of their hero, the appearance had a deeper resonance since Chance actually came up under The Cool Kids. After a long hiatus, buzz has been continuing to build for their new album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe due out later this month. They performed “TV Dinner,” “Connect Four” as well as favorites such as “Mikey Rocks” and “Bassment Party.”
Tyler Lariviere

Chance the Rapper made a surprise appearance joining Chicago's The Cool Kids (Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish) for the final quarter of their set with a medley of “No Problem,” “All Night” and his verse from “I’m the One.” While many in the crowd rushed the stage for a glimpse of their hero, the appearance had a deeper resonance since Chance actually came up under The Cool Kids. After a long hiatus, buzz has been continuing to build for their new album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe due out later this month. They performed “TV Dinner,” “Connect Four” as well as favorites such as “Mikey Rocks” and “Bassment Party.”

5. Ween

Primus bassist Les Claypool and Ween guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo joined forces on Sunday night for a performance on “The Mollusk.” Earlier in the set, Ween opened with “Exactly Where I’m At” followed by “Flutes Of The Chi.” The five-piece then embarked on an extended “Take Me Away” complete with a tease of The Doors’ “L.A. Woman.” More followed with “Seconds,” “I Play It Off Legit,” “Sweet Texas Fire” and “Boy’s Club” along with favorites such as “Big Jilm,” “Buckingham Green,” “Roses Are Free” and “Transdermal Celebration.”
Tyler LaRiviere

Primus bassist Les Claypool and Ween guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo joined forces on Sunday night for a performance on “The Mollusk.” Earlier in the set, Ween opened with “Exactly Where I’m At” followed by “Flutes Of The Chi.” The five-piece then embarked on an extended “Take Me Away” complete with a tease of The Doors’ “L.A. Woman.” More followed with “Seconds,” “I Play It Off Legit,” “Sweet Texas Fire” and “Boy’s Club” along with favorites such as “Big Jilm,” “Buckingham Green,” “Roses Are Free” and “Transdermal Celebration.”

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