Bassnectar show

The American electronic dance group Bassnectar will bring a magical, musical experience to Hampton Coliseum this weekend.

One of the longest-standing and most-respected artists in American electronic dance music, Bassnectar brought its magical, musical experience to the Hampton Coliseum in 2015. It was a huge success, and Sept. 1–3, Bass Center X: Magical Pandemonium will transform the Coliseum into a musical world with expanded spaces to roam, immersive production and the thickest, most all engulfing sound imaginable.

A huge ambassador squad will welcome “bass heads” from all over the country with games, art projects and ways to make new friends within a safe and healthy experience.

Over the course of three days, those fortunate enough to attend will be truly immersed with such special-event-mainstay features like The Haven with ambient DJs, yoga and massage therapists, free juice and water, and an interactive gift altar, for sanctuary and the opportunity to just chill.

This year, they unveil “The Lot,” where participants can bring their own arts and crafts to a fair outside the venue, with sound systems and guest performances.

Bassnectar will play each night alongside such musical guests as Cashmere Cat, Dan Deacon, Mr. Carmack, CloZee, Tsuruda, Bleep Bloop, Shlump, Son of Kick and CharlesTheFirst.

Critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Spin, The New Yorker, National Public Radio and others, Bassnectar started with Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist. His innate ability to fuse music with state-of-the-art live light shows attracted fans of all genres, from hip hop to punk rock and dubstep to metal, and all forms of EDM and beyond.

Bassnectar has performed as a headliner throughout the United States and at noted venues and festivals, such as Lollapalooza, ACL, Coachella, Bonnaroo, HARD, Hang Out, and Ultra Music Festival.

Ashton also contributes to global charities for social change and nonprofits by giving $1 from every ticket sold as part of his “Dollar Per Bass Head” Program.

Fans say that Bassnectar’s sound unlike anything else.

“One moment it’s slow and beautiful like the flapping of wings on a butterfly, the next you’re launched into space ... and the lights and sounds hit every sensory nerve, and everyone with you experiences the same thing,” said Cory Moody, a longtime “bass head.”

“I love taking people to their first show. I let them know it’s going to be loud enough at first, and the bass up front will literally suck the air out of your lungs and tickle your nose. Buckle up, he takes you on a ride into his kaleidoscopic mind.”

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Yiorgo is a Hampton Roads arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also an educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.

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