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Show Review: Cake face and rail breaks at Summersesh 2021 with Steve Aoki, Jauz, more

When EDM legends announce a show in Arizona, the answer is a simple “yes,” no matter how little notice is given. Locals and out-of-towners alike had just two weeks to secure tickets to Relentless Beats’ Summersesh but turned out in droves. The event, which featured Steve Aoki and special guests Jauz, 4B b2b Saymyname, Lost Kings, and Wenzday, was buzzy. Proper live music has been back for over a month, but there’s just a little more excitement when a show kicks off a long holiday weekend. Simply put, the people were ready to party, and Summersesh delivered. 

LA-based Wenzday filled in for Nostalgix to kick things off, laser-focused on her set while fans trickled into Rawhide. Steady bass set the tone and gave way to party mixes of Top 40 hits, courtesy of Lost Kings, and a surprise appearance by Frank Kaminsky of the Phoenix Suns had the crowd screeching. The energy level was just right for giving headliner Steve Aoki a proper welcome—his first in a few years. And it was worth the wait: Vibrant visuals, fan favorite tracks, and 10 tossed sheet cakes rounded out Aoki’s set.      

He’s a tough act to follow, but 4B and Saymyname were up to the challenge. The DJs danced and chugged liquor on stage while headbangers threatened to break the rail (many still covered in cake) as they raged. Not to be outdone, Jauz closed out the night with dizzying lights and aggressive bass, proving this summer is for making up lost time.  

Story and photos by Taylor Knauf

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