Kaskade and His Freaks of Nature Kick Summer's Ass in Miami, July 14

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Freaks of Nature Tour

With Alvin Risk

Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park, Miami

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Better Than: High-school heartbreak and all that icky teenager stuff.

The youth of America is all jazzed about fist-pumping, bass-pounding dance music. And last night, the kids of Miami went koo-koo for Kaskade's lush brand of uhntz-uhntz.

We say "kids" because there weren't really a whole lot of adults in the crowd. Most of the big boys probably waited for the afterparty at LIV. But the all-ages show at Bayfront was alive with the young, neon masses, all totally stoked to dance through summer break.

In accordance with curfews and bedtimes, the show was damn early for a DJ. That didn't stop everyone from coming out hard and getting their rage on, though. The little party monsters got there right at 6:30 p.m. as doors opened. But things really started to get serious around 9 p.m. when Alvin Risk took the stage.

He opened strong with Dada Life's "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker," smacking the crowd in the face with attitude right away. He kept the energy up with hard tracks like Skrillex's "All I Ask Of You," Porter Robinson's "Say My Name," and his own original banger "Psychotic."

The argyle-sweater-wearing bad boy goes hard in the motherfucking paint. But his set at Bayfront last night proved he knows how to cater to any audience. He went hard while also showing off his sensitivity, grabbing the mike and singing sweetly on new tracks that show the softer side of Risk.

He debuted quite a bit of new material for the crowd, including a collaboration with Skrillex titled "Try It Out." And he didn't hesitate to let the crowd know how much he appreciated their smiling faces.

"Let's make some noise for Kaskade," he said dropping a remix of the headliner's track "Eyes." "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for him. And this is awesome."

By 10 p.m., though, it was time to clear out the stage and make room for the man of the hour. After a 15-minute mingle and bathroom break (yeah, that's right, they broke up the mixes with silence), the lights flashed bright and it was on.

A giant butterfly came on the screen as the music slowly grew louder and louder. He opened with "Eyes" and everyone sang along loudly, thrusting their cameras and phones into the air to record the moment.