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REVIEW: Wakarusa Music Festival: Keys N Krates knows how to kick off a party!Posted Friday, June 1, 2012, at 2:51 PM
Keys N Krates really got the Wakarusa party vibe kicked off Thursday with an unbelievably hype set on a laid-back, cool, cloudy afternoon.
The Keys N Krates trio uses drums, keyboards and turntables to create a unique blend of hip-hop, electronica and jam that shows off the artistry of the live remix in a way that impresses even the critics of the genre (i.e. me), I must admit. The group has opened for the likes of Lotus, Skrillex, Girl Talk and others, so I figured walking in to this set that they'd know how to turn on a crowd; I wasn't wrong.
The Revival Tent was awash with music fans waiting to be turned on, as a matter of fact, since this was the first really upbeat-dance act of the entire festival. It took about a half a song to do it, as it turned out.
With the dynamic Adam Tune on the drums, World Champion turntablist Jr-Flo on the turntables, and the soulful Matisse on the keys, the group turned up the jams quickly, with clever sample collaging, epic synths, big bass, and funky drum grooves that really got the crowd into it. The remix of Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" was a highlight for sure, and got me out of my chair and up dancing to boot.
They kept up the pace for the entire set, and the transitions were silky smooth, never interrupting the flow for the audience even when the rhythm changed up dramatically at times. Though never disjointed, a few of the changes were a bit disconcerting in a few spots simply because of the dramatic changes in tempo. Still, they managed to always make it work and keep the crowd involved and enthusiastic within a few measures into each new track and new beat. It was impressive, I must say.
All in all, Keys N Krates were an impressive addition to Wakarusa and a great way to kick things off in the rowdy Revival Tent.
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Carroll County News Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has covered live music around the state for Citiscapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music primarily in the Eureka Springs and Carroll County regions, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville and Branson as well.
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