In the heart of Santa Ana, on a quiet Thursday night there was an eastern breeze in the air at The Yost Theater. The event company White Rabbit Group was throwing their weekly party with Gent & Jawns headlining the night. It was about 9:00PM and there was already a line of bass thirsty kids forming on the side of the venue.
The doors finally opened and people began to fill into the venue vibin to the opening house sets and flocking to the bars. With the Yost's upstairs balcony, dropped dance floor, and raised table seating on either side, any spot in the house was a vantage point for the luminous stage. It was almost time for the supporting act of the night Kicks n Licks to well, kick off the night. The show began after the group traveled from the green room to the stage with an entourage of friends.
This was a special set because last year Kicks N Licks headlined one of the nights at Havoc so tonight we were basically getting a double headliner. They started things off with a soft intro while Jerrod Jordan pumped up the crowd for what him and the towering Andy Joplin were about to throw down. Their sound has been able to evolve from basic trap into a more futuristic refined sound while still preserving the energy of their older hits. The set showcased their influence and originals in the realm of chill trap making it a refreshing show for Havoc.
Finally it was time for Gent & Jawns to take on the stage as the final act of the night. These guys have been killing the game since around the start of moombahton building a power presence in the EDM scene, specifically trap. The entire club was pumped and excited for what rumbling bass and creative beats were about to hit their ear drums. From the get go they were strong, opening their set with some explosive drops. As they took over the Yost Theater they already had the crowd in full participation even starting an impromptu mosh pit during the first few songs. Their set for the majority of it was an energetic mix of trap with original songs like Turn Up and Fireball then transitioning in and out of contemporary Hip-Hop hits like Coco and Don’t Tell Em. From backstage, to the balcony and both sides of tables they had everyone going wild, including the White Rabbit Group members themselves. It was clear that they had everyone from the balcony to the VIP going ham.
Towards the end of their set things took an unexpected turn with some house music. As the night came to a close people left the building, filing out to the cool night air, drenched in sweat. As they got outside many waited for their rides while others fled to the nearby taco trucks which had been waiting for that 2:00AM closing time.
Havoc was definitely the place to be on a Thursday night. Gent & Jawns played a great set claiming their spot as one of the next big upcoming trap duos. All in all it was a crazy show and good way to start off Havoc for 2015.
Article by Nick Munoz. Photography by Austin Braunschweiger.
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