Oxford’s electronica-loving population united Thursday at Brick Street Bar & Grill. Brick Street recently turned Thursdays into EDM (electronic dance m sic) night and last week attendees enjoyed live music of the same genre from international act Savoy. Glow-sticks and neon apparel of all kinds were the evening’s dress code while the group aided Brick Street in kicking off its music-filled semester.
The evening began with a set from DJ Adam Stephens. While one could describe him as a guy on a stage with a laptop, his enthusiastic stage presence and movement-inducing music helped to garner the attention of the crowd. Stephens mixed old classics like Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” new hits like “Summer’s Gone” by Pretty Lights, and in-between favorites like Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy.”.
After Stephens’ performance, Savoy took the stage. Its set was filled with heart-pounding bass and captivating light displays with sparing touches of dubstep.
The presence of a live drummer added an extra element to the show, which was topped off by the group’s members dancing and singing along to the music. A few of the songs featured in Savoy’s set were Dev’s “Dancing In the Dark,” “C.T.F.O.” by SebastiAn and “L’amour” by Bingo Players. The crowd decided to include The White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army” in the set by chanting it while waiting for Savoy to take the stage for an encore of a few songs.
Savoy has deep roots in the music industry. The Norwegian trio includes member Paul Waaktaar-Savoy previously a member of the band A-ha (most well known for their 80s hit “Take On Me”). A lot has changed since the 80s, however. Savoy has a modern sound that is well suited to satisfy fans of the rapidly expanding genre.
The show exceeded spectators’ high expectations.
“Adam Stephens gave one of the sickest acts I’ve ever seen,” Tyler Schaller, a recent Miami University graduate, said. “I didn’t think it could get any better until Savoy came out.”
Savoy is just one of many acts that is billed to play Brick Street this semester. Among the groups set to play at the bar this year are Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett and Hoodie Allen. Some Brick Street veterans will appear as openers this year as well, including Chancie Neal and Clayton Anderson.
“We get some pretty good artists in. It’s pretty diverse from country to rock to electronica,” senior Cody Fehrman, a Brick Street employee, said. “Not only are the opening acts good but the main acts put on a great show as well.”
Concert details and ticket information, along with a schedule of Brick Street’s weekly events can be found at www.brickstreetbar.com/.