Lavender tapestries greeted my best friend Barkha and I at the entranceway to Mamby on the Beach. The scene was one I imagined Electric Forest to be except minus the forest, add the beach and Chicago skyline. Henna in your peripheral vision and yoga mats aligned on the right, activity tents welcomed us; all extracurriculars were free. Grabbing Barkha’s hand, we coasted past the Silent Disco to Electric Sky Wine’s booth. Red blend, rosé, pinot grigio and moscato kissed our lips as we took a sip out of the stackable wine cups for purchase. Buzzed and starving, inhaling Wow Bao’s billowy whole wheat veggie bun took precedence.
Trekking stage to stage across a sea of sand, wearing ill-fitted flip flops, was quite the challenge. A hemp-straw safari hat rested atop Raury’s hip-hop/folk-filled head. Soft acoustic guitar strums escorted his emotive voice amid “Trap Tears (ft. Key!).”
Samantha Gongol’s black thigh high boots and blonde ballet bun accessorized Marian Hill’s slinky sound. “I got this thing, gonna tie your tongue” belted out Gongol. “Step in my ring. You’ll be out round one.” She gleefully skipped across Mamby’s Beach Stage during Steve Davit’s saxophone solo while performing their assertive 2015 anthem “Got It.”
As Klingande spun Disclosure’s “You & Me feat. Eliza Doolittle (Flume Remix),” a live violinist stepped in, front and center; while the bow’s hair glided across his instrument’s G-D-A-E strings, sunbathers grew misty-eyed.
One brunette, jean-jacket-wearing babe in particular, caught the corner of my eye as her glossy lips traced the vocal sample word “addiction” during Sonya Alvarez’s closing set. Alvarez’s intuitive beat blending techniques and playful body bopping, engaged Silent Disco participants.
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