Ultra Music Festival's Live Stage
March 27, 2011
Better Than: A Benihana chef's onion volcano.
If you're a sucker for hibachi like I am, then you probably already knew that Steve Aoki comes from Japanese Steakhouse royalty. His old man, the late Rocky Aoki, founded the popular chain restaurant, Benihana, and Steve's brother, Kevin, owns Doraku.
It turns out many of his fans were unaware of this trivia tidbit; the most common response I heard among the thousands of sweaty, dust-covered bodies at Ultra Music Festival's Live Stage was, "Dude, that's crazy."
Yes, frat boy, crazy like Aoki's hour-long set with the sun setting behind him. So crazy, in fact, he chugged champagne straight from the bottle, shared the bubbly with the first few rows, and even dove off the mo'fucking stage.
"Yeah, motherfuckers, this is your official wake-up call," he yelled. "Are you ready to hit turbulence?" Cue the beat.