Old people probably like to stand near the speakers at concerts because the reverberating bass lines feel good on their bones. Catch the rhythm with this GrouponLive deal to see Dieselboy with Schoolboy and Cenob1te at House of Blues Chicago. For $20, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $38.40 value, including all fees) plus Foundation Room access (a $40 value) on Saturday, November 24, at 11:59 p.m. (up to a $78.40 total value). Doors open at 11:30 p.m.
Damian Higgins may have seemed to arrive on the scene with his ominously cinematic style fully formed, but he paid his dues mastering the fundamentals of the DJ’s art long before releasing such tours-de-force as February’s Wake the Dead. While still a high school student in his small northwestern Pennsylvania hometown, he began DJing at school dances; later, he picked up a live college radio gig in between his studies at the University of Pittsburgh. A 1997 move to Philadelphia propelled the burgeoning mixmaster, by now known as Dieselboy, further into the pulsating limelight as he threw himself into the club scene, going on to found labels such as Human Imprint and Planet Human to showcase artists from as far afield as Canada, Finland, and Venezuela.
His live performances—whether he’s spinning at Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW, or a cozy club—all find the consummate DJ eschewing preprogrammed sets for real-time mixing on three decks. Higgins often uses video-game-inspired art on his releases, and his music, too, seems to illustrate a world of frantic chase scenes and skin-of-the-teeth triumphs. Distorted voices growl, denatured snare skitters hyperactively, and record scratches snicker like hyenas through a signature blend of heavy dubstep, drum and bass, and electrohouse that cascades from the speakers and latches on to the audience’s shoes.
DJs Schoolboy and Cenob1te also throw their sets onto the dance floor on Saturday night. Schoolboy’s feverish remixes of tunes by the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party, Kanye West and Jay-Z, and Daft Punk have helped him amass a passionate following, and Cenob1te’s darkly dramatic sensibility is evident even from the names of tracks such as “Onslaught” and “Hell.” Before or after the show, guests can pop into the ornate sanctuary of the Foundation Room, its bar and snug sofas surrounded with crimson rugs, statues, and a collection of 300-year old antiquities that include the hand-carved rosewood bar itself, obtained from the Raj's palace in India after he gave up drinking for good.