The thing about a “Best Night Ever” is that there’s only so much that you can do to make it happen.
You may have found the perfect event and the perfect venue with the perfect group of friends, but it takes a little bit of magic and some serendipitous moments to make it an evening worthy of such a high honor.
Coincidentally, my “best night ever” happened to be “Best Night Ever 5.” The free concert was hosted by Steve LeVine Entertainment and local hit radio station Live 101.5. And this night’s headliner was electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers. But the catch? This event was invite-only – you could only win a ticket.
I’d only heard good things about The Chainsmokers‘ shows, but while I’ve seen my fair share of EDM artists, I had never seen them before. I had attempted to see them at Coachella only to find the crowd spilling out of the Sahara tent a good thirty minutes before their set time. I figured I was meant to see them a different time. Maybe tonight was the night. My last chance to attend the concert was at the pre-party next door to the venue. Hoping I could win a ticket, I hopped in an Uber and traveled across town.
After arriving at the pre-party at Bottled Blonde, I ordered my vodka soda (with lemon) and made my way toward the stage. I was having a good time dancing with friends I’d known only 5 minutes before dancing to the song selections of DJ Valentine. Eventually, the “host” of the event, Lil Dicky, had made his appearance and the crowd cheered.
The XXL Freshman performed a few of his singles while members of the Live 101.5 crew were making it rain throughout the bar, much to the crowd’s delight. For his final track of the night he requested that a “female” join him up on the stage.
It was at that point that my new friends yelled, “We’re putting you on our shoulders!” and did just that. I was pretty hard to miss at that point given I was a solid few feet above the entire crowd at Bottled Blonde.
At that point, it was fate. I was invited on stage by Lil Dicky.
After a quick apology to the security guard, who had scolded up given the whole “you-can’t-put-people-on-your-shoulders” rule that they apparently had, I made myself comfortable on a chair on stage just for me. After a brief introduction he went into his eloquent love ballad Lemme Freak and let’s just stay we made a beautiful connection (i.e. he was dancing all up on me during the refrain).
After laughing hysterically through the entire ordeal in a “this is actually happening to me?” sort of way, I was presented with a lovely bouquet of yellow daisies and next thing I knew, Lil Dicky was leaving the stage. I wasn’t able to pick up on any environmental cues to help me determine where I was supposed to go next, but I eyed some glowing blue lights through a door next to the stage.
I wandered toward the door and hesitantly stepped through – and I had found the Best Night Ever.
I found friends all throughout the night while moving and grooving to the sounds of DJ Decipha and DJ Valentine. The line outside was wrapped around the block and full of enthusiastic fans ready to have their own Best Nights Ever. It was safe to say I was having an enjoyable evening out in Old Town and that many others were too. But the night shifted into “Best Night Ever” status when the guests of honor had arrived.
The Chainsmokers performed a set that had everything I could have asked for. Alex and Drew came full force and ready to party with the crowd. You could just feel the energy throughout as the crowd sang along to their original tracks and as everyone casually lost their minds with each epic drop. Drew was bouncing around the entire set and leaping off of the DJ booth. Meanwhile Alex was staying cool as a cucumber and keeping the beats fresh. At one point they even provided a sneak peek of a new song with vocals by Drew himself, which we imagine will be making its way to the airwaves really soon. And of course it included popular single Roses and of course the OG track, Selfie.
The best was certainly saved for last, however, as they began to play Don’t Let Me Down and the featured artist Daya actually appeared on stage to provide the live vocals. There are few feelings quite as moving as singing along to a favorite song with 1,100 other people and there was no better way to end an already incredible set.
Many thanks to Live 101.5, Steve LeVine Entertainment, The Chainsmokers, new friends, old friends, vodka sodas, yellow daisies, and Lil Dicky for combining your magic and providing me with a truly unforgettable night.
Couldn’t make it to The Chainsmokers? Steve LeVine Entertainment has a few exciting shows coming up that are worth checking out. Dillon Francis will be bringing the “Fireworks” to Maya Day Club on the Fourth of July. Be sure to check out Warren G on the 9th and Chromeo on 23rd, also at the day club.
Who knows? It could be your best day ever.
Article written by Melissa McCann
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