As I landed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I was told by the cab driver that we had a beautiful weekend ahead of us.
We stayed downtown, across the street from The Loft where Game Day Tour headlining artists 12th Planet and Gladiator would be performing Friday night. After getting ourselves situated, touching base with the super cool people at SIM Shows, we hit an incredible restaurant called the Red Cow, where I was introduced to my first batch of Cheese Curds– a very foreign cuisine out in LA where I reside! Apparently a mid-western appetizer–basically fried Wisconsin cheese– and absolutely delicious at that.
We facilitated a meet & greet with the artists and some super-stoked local fans around 9:30PM which was a great way for local fans to come out and support as well as get into the mode and vibe for the night to come. The venue started getting packed in around 10PM. Imagine a cafeteria in the basement of your high school, super dark lighting, that went on forever, and a stage on one side, with bars here and there except 4 stories up an elevator and you are basically at The Loft. For some that might sound weird, but for a 12th Planet and Gladiator show, this was exactly where you wanted to experience the heavy bass vibes.
Gladiator went on at 1130 and immediately the energy in the room rose. 500+ bass addicted fans started moving with the trap and hip hop infused sounds of Gladiator for the next 90 minutes. The diversity amongst concert goers was like nothing we had seen before, from neon tutu’s to light up gloves to no shirts on, it was an “anything goes” type attitude on the dress attire. The light show on stage was pretty wild, taking the audience from pitch black to shocking spotlights and everything in between, taking a picture without a professional lense proved to produce just a collage of lighting on phones that made you glad you were there to witness it in person! Once 12th Planet stepped on stage, the dubstep bass pulled into the next gear and drove the crowd home. The crowd, particularly those in the front row began moshing in very violent swings, moving with the bass as John (12th Planet) conducted the train with the motion of his hands. Definitely one of the more epic bass events I have been to.
We awoke following day to quite possible the perfect Fall weather you could ask for. With a 2PM kickoff between University of Minnesota and University of Ohio, the homecoming crowds began forming early, tailgating in high fashion around the stadium. Around 12pm we watched the team unload off the bus and get lead into the stadium, lead by the marching band and cheerleaders. As we walked through the tailgate, given it was homecoming, the range of children to older adults was quite large and the level of tailgating was extremely high with anything from tricked out old ambulances to high end bars set up in parking lots.
We had been invited to kick things off at a fraternity on campus, so as we walked down frat row, we soon realized how big of a deal this weekend was for both students and alumni alike. The front of each fraternity house was covered with these these 3 story mural like presentations, completely covering the house from view of the street, showcasing that chapters school spirit or appreciation for the weekend. Every lawn was covered with students and alumni pre gaming and people barbecuing on porches above.
Gladiator ended up attending the game where they saw the Golden Gophers pull off a massive home win! Even more exciting was Freshman Running Back Shannon Brooks’ scored his first touchdown ever which ended up proving to be the winning touchdown in the game! From there Gladiator rallied and took their talents back to frat row to put on a surprise performance for students. Rounding out the weekend with this 2nd performance, Game Day Tour came to a close Sunday but don’t worry we will be back with 12th Planet in Athens, Georgia for homecoming there, when the Georgia Bull Dogs take on the Alabama Crimson Tide!