Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis is an omnipresent musical being. He exists in no set decade and no good musician is safe from his all knowing eye.
This mash up master not only had a great 2008, with his album, Feed the Animals, aka, 24th best album of the year, according to Rolling Stone, he also began 2009 in party guru fashion, with a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, MO on January 8th.
It should be said that it was no small feat to sell out a show at the 2,300 max capacity Pageant in a fairly weak concert selling city like St. Louis on this night. Under 10 miles away, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, and the Gym Class Heroes were hogging all media attention and advertising in town at the St. Louis University campus.
With all that being said, Gillis brought the party, and for one-fourth of the price, the crowd jumped up and down and danced to samples of Wayne’s songs, as he played right down the street.
All great acts need a great lead in, and maybe sometimes, someone to make them look better. On this night, Gillis would have both. Opening act, Chicago rapper, Hollywood Holt, took to the stage with absolute tornado of noise and furious physicality.
The rapper, backed up by former M.I.A. DJ, Million $ Mano, came out and got the crowd jumping, swaying, and at the end, physically keeping him from hitting the ground as he jumped into the mass of bodies. Having recently been anointed next big thing by Kanye West, Holt stood up and delivered on the promise.
Next up was fellow Pittsburgh rap duo, Grand Buffet. Though the group tried their best to please the crowd, few in the horde were going for it. It got ugly quick. As soon as the duo walked on stage, an icy chill wafted over the crowd that had been red hot minutes earlier. Vulgarities, along with middle fingers were thrown casually.
The duo quickly let it get to them, often addressing us. As if the awkward chit chat about politicians eating babies, and how they felt about microwaves wasn’t enough, the group couldn’t get past the boo-birds in the crowd, and try to please those having a good time.
I’m sorry guys, just because Gillis thought you were good enough to be on the tour doesn’t mean you walk in with our respect, you have to earn it. The fairly short and awkward set left the crowd more excited than ever to see the main attraction.
It’s amazing that in such an extremely short amount of time Girl Talk has gained the popularity to go from playing several hundred capacity clubs, to the large 2,300 capacity Pageant. With major planning and assistance from the security crew the crowd quickly made its way on stage and a usual show was forming.
There is truly no way to describe a Girl Talk crowd. It is as eclectic and seemingly random as Gillis’s music. However just a little taste would on this night include, LOTS of spandex on teenagers, animal masks, guys wearing dresses and entirely green attire, and last but not least, Gillis himself wearing sweatpants.
The dance party went on for an hour and a half, and just like the music, not one person quit moving, jumping, or partying. No matter your taste in music, believe me you will hear something you can tap a toe to, a Girl Talk show is an entirely unique experience that is not to be missed whether in a small club, or festival
More pictures coming later today!