On March 30th, 2018, Bay Nites took over San Francisco. The crowd was optimistic considering the mixture of talent booked for this event. The theme was clear from the get-go. Hip-Hop and Dance Music can co-exist and that is exactly what Insomniac Events is testing out. The lineup works well for many reasons and that reason is simply energy. The energy and intensity throughout the night were unreal. A lineup that consists of Lil Yachty, NAV, Joyryde, SAYMYNAME, YehMe2, and Graves could only wreak so much havoc.
The show brought a mixed crowd of music lovers uniting for many different artists. In true Bay Area fashion, doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you came here for, the audience accepts you with open arms. The atmosphere was incredibly uplifting and really set us up for a magical night.
Graves put his versatility on display by playing almost and any genre that exists. He ended his set on a Hip-Hop binge of classics that only those from the Bay Area would know to heart. YehMe2 put on a show as well with the similar flavor. Probably the best set of the night, Josh Young had a presence that nobody else could imitate. I can see the DJ climbing into a headliner slot very soon. The performance kept us on our feet for every second of it. Joyryde put on one of the more aggressive sets. With house music, you expect a constant groove and rhythm but our expectations went out the door immediately. The intensity never fell off. The last takeaway for the night was the surprise Lil Yachty‘s performance brought. I wouldn’t call myself a fan but I was skeptical to see what he would bring to the table. Needless to say, his set was insanely fun and brought a lot of joy.
Overall the fusion of multiple cultures seems to work out as planned. After the night met its end, Insomniac was able to recognize the deep roots of Hip-Hop/Rap culture that run in the Bay Area. The show offers the best of both worlds for the average NorCal native. I hope to see renditions of this theme return again.