Thursday night, at the Rickshaw Stop, a figure appeared on stage whose identity was concealed by a suit of mirrors. The light shined off of this character, making him a human disco ball. As the crowd gathered to the front, assuming that it was Win Butler, aka DJ Windows 98, whom they were watching, Butler stealthily appeared at a less conspicuous location near the back of the dance floor. Butler’s DJ table was hardly noticeable with such an eye-catching figure on the main stage, but it was “just a Reflektor.” Only those close by realized the deception at first, but as word spread, the crowd around DJ Windows 98 grew.
The music was a mix of hip hop, world music, and 80’s hits, with memorable tracks like Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up,” Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” a slowed down version of Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Most of the songs were accompanied by Butler’s cowbell or tambourine. Some of the crowd made their way onto the main stage briefly before getting the boot, while others squeezed to get as close to Butler as they could. The atmosphere was similar to a college house party; very laid back and intimate vibe but with enough dancing to satiate even the wildest party animal.
The evening was a proper way to kick off the Outside Lands festivities. If you couldn’t make it to the festival, hopefully you got to check out some of the night shows this weekend. If they were anything like the party DJ Windows 98 threw, you surely had a blast.
Photos by Leticia Molina