Once again, one of our top festivals to attend in Southern California CRSSD Fest has proven itself as a destination for house, techno, and electronic music lovers everywhere. Their recent Fall edition hosted performances from the likes of Dixon, Prok & Fitch, Chromeo, and an entire sake bar hosted by the one and only Richie Hawtin.
The weather could not have been more perfect as attendees frolicked through Waterfront Park enjoying the fountains, craft beers and cocktails, and some choice music curated by FNGRS CRSSD.
We walked out Saturday afternoon to an amazing performance by the always entertaining Chris Lake. An earlier set than expected, it was the perfect way to start the day. With the crowd roaring and dancing, it was the perfect welcoming set for the weekend. Reuniting with our Coachella crew, we lost ourselves in The Palms and one of the best flowing house sets I've ever heard. With crowd favorites and some deep tracks mixed in, Chris Lake didn't disappoint.
The dancing didn't stop as we continued to the other stages. The crew splitting to show some love to Latmun and Breakbot. A true pleasure to see the electrifying live performance of Breakbot as the sun set and we welcomed the night. Both performances were nothing short of amazing and kept us on our feet. Not long after we ventured back to City Steps to show Solardo some love in one of the most entertaining tech house sets of the weekend.
After a fantastic first day, day 2 was already set up to be a great day as the City Steps had a good streak of techno & tech house artists to keep the vibe going consistently and with the utmost quality. Upon arrival, we made our way to catch the Relief Records double trouble duo, better classified as Prok & Fitch. The live sound was done just right because the bass was insanely heavy while the higher frequencies were still clear and not piercing. This made the music that much more enjoyable for an audiophile like myself that doesn't like to get too close to the front.
We were also lucky to catch the newest Dirtybird player Fisher play his first set at CRSSD at the Palms stage, after playing there before with Cut Snake. Along with Ya Kidding and his unreleased Rollercoaster track, he delivered a set full of funky fresh tech house tunes that had the signature Dirtybird flare. Overall it was an enjoyable set, but I wouldn't say it was much different than that of Cut Snake.
The day progressed on as we caught Detlef also throwing down on the City Steps, who has been at the top ever since he released Swagon earlier this year. But being World Sake Day, we thought it would be a great idea to stop by the ENTER. Sake Bar to check out the toast they had with a special guest.
Right around 6:30, we were blessed by the presence of the legend himself Richie Hawtin. He was incredibly nice, and spent a good amount of time just hanging out and talking with his fans until right before his 2-hour set was to begin. Richie has always had such a unique techno sound that has set him apart from the rest. His latest live show CLOSE was a spectacle for the techno lover's eyes and ears, and we already knew what to expect as he stepped up to the stage. What proceeded was a minimal, yet superb and heavy dark techno set. Definitely, the best way to end our night.
Yet again, we always enjoy ourselves when we attend CRSSD. The vibes and music are always spectacular, and the sunny and beautiful landscape of the San Diego harbor. If you live in Southern California and have yet to experience CRSSD...what's keeping you?
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