Wednesday, September 11, 2013

5th Annual Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party October 25th & 26th @ The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago feat: GRiZ, Danny Brown, Clockwork, Kill Paris, & more.

React Presents
React Presents




CHICAGO - Friday, October 25th,  and Saturday, October 26th, React Presents the 5th AnnualFREAKY DEAKY at the historic Aragon Ballroom! The first night features two of Detroit's hottest exports, beat maestro GRiZ and rising hip hop star DANNY BROWN, along with Owsla recording artistKILL PARIS and Brainfeeder's own TOKiMONSTA. Night two features the Swedish electro duo Dada Life with LA's Clockwork, the alter ego of RL Grime, and Miami's Craze!
Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, September 13th at Noon at

Friday, October 25th with GRiZ, Danny Brown, Kill Paris, and TOKiMONSTA can be purchased HERE.

Saturday, October 26th with Dada Life, Clockwork, and Craze, can be purchased HERE.

Effortlessly incorporating his instrumental zeal for the live saxophone over funky rhythms and jazzy melodic beats, Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) prepares to release his sophomore album,Rebel Era and a national headlining tour this fall at a mere 23 years old. Although GRiZ cites his remix of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” as his big break, it wasn’t until his first album, Mad Liberation was unleashed as a free download on September 14, 2012 that his career truly skyrocketed. After DJ'ing parties in a small college town (with his own music, no less), the artist’s life drastically changed in less than a year’s time. Soon the young and passionate musician was receiving massive support from Pretty Lightsopening up for Bassnectar on his fall tour, and playing alongside Big Gigantic on their Uprising Tour. His forthcoming album, Rebel Era features the first single, "Gettin' Live" (LISTEN HERE), which hit over 400,000 plays on SoundCloud already.

DADA LIFE has one goal: to make the audience jump up and down. Since they stormed onto the scene in 2006, they have accomplished their goal. More recently, in 2012 they released the LP The Rules of Dada, which hit #1 on the iTunes Dance Charts. This past March, Dada Life jokingly claimed sovereignty for their new nation, "Dada Land." The online response was so enormous that their home country, Sweden, temporarily revoked their passports while looking into the claims. These were returned, and the group continued their quest throughout the summer playing the biggest festivals in the country. They're set to debut the "Dada Land Compound" in Chicago, which has previously hit New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Detroit MC Danny Brown just announced his highly anticipated album Old, out September 30th on Fool's Gold Records. After two years of universal acclaim and sold-out shows around the globe, Danny jumps from "artist to watch" to undeniable icon with style as unique as his music, an inspiration to high fashion designers and legions of devoted fans alike. This emotionally-charged concept album is as profound as it is profane, an intoxicating mix of Danny at his most experimentaland most accessible, balancing hip-hop grit with electronic club sonics and much, much more. Featuring guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, and production from the likes of A-Trak, Rustie, SKYWLKR and Paul WhiteOld is a psychedelic portrait of rap's most vital and exciting new star. He is currently riding high off of performances at this year's North Coast Music Festival. Check out the video for "ODB" here.

Los Angeles-born DJ/Producer Clockwork is no stranger to the world of electronic music. The young producer was one of the many 18 year olds circulating the dance music blogospehere with various bootleg remixes. But in 2011, armed with support and guidance from fellow young guns Felix Cartal and AutoErotique, Clockwork emerged from the throng of bedroom producers. His single “Squad Up” quickly caught the attention of internationally renowned DJ, and Dim Mak chief, Steve Aoki. Aoki signed Clockwork immediately, making him the youngest artist ever signed to Dim Mak’s prolific roster. Since the signing, Clockwork has officially remixed work for artists across the dance music spectrum, from Steve Aoki to Dimitri Vegas. Clockwork’s distinctive bass-heavy, big room sound has helped him gain support from the likes of Tiesto, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, and everyone in between.

Kill Paris began his journey into music composition at age 16 learning how to play the guitar, which soulfully reflects in his Future Funk style and bass guitar riffs in his music today. While juggling his touring career, Kill Paris has managed to release a 9 track EP on Skrillex’s record label, Owsla, and individually release several other official remixes for artists such as Nelly Furtado, No Doubt, and more. His most recent release, a remix of Rudimental’s “Feel the Love,” charted #1 on Beatport’s Top 100 GlitchHop tracks. 

If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself. His family fled Nicaragua for the US when he was 3 in the midst of a civil war, suffered through Hurricane Andrew in ’92, the US’s costliest hurricane at the time, and was a total nerd through his teenage years. But while others would chalk this up to a lifetime of hurt, Craze let it fuel his passion.   Instead of giving up, he took over the DMC’s when he was just 20. Two more DMC wins later, Time Magazine named him “America’s Best DJ.” He went on to rack up more than 8.5 million views on his Traktor YouTube videos alone, and Kanye West took him on tour as his own personal DJ.   As if that wasn’t enough, he started Slow Roast Records with Kill The Noise, an imprint of the infamous Fool’s Gold Records (A-Trak, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown).

Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los AngelesTOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical piano. However, she has come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes by utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty vinyl. Through the creation of beats, she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.


Freaky Deaky was founded in 2008 by React Presents as a single day event. In 2011, the event expanded into Detroit with over 5,500 people in attendance. I2012 Freaky Deaky expanded to two days here in Chicago and now attracts over 9,000 attendees, making it the largest Halloween event in the Midwest, offering a diverse range of world class artists. Past performers include MSTRKRFT, Chromeo, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, Claude VonStroke, Knife Party, Kill the Noise, Tommy Trash, A-trak, Araabmuzik, Bloody Beetroots, Crystal Castles, Boys Noize, and more. For more information on the Detroit event, head to
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13th at Noon at

Friday, October 25th with GRiZ, Danny Brown, Kill Paris, and TOKiMONSTA can be purchased HERE.

Saturday, October 26th with Dada Life, Clockwork, and Craze, can be purchased HERE.
If you would like to interview any of the artists involved, cover the show, or get involved with promotions, please contact Zach Partin at

Video from Freaky Deaky III

Aragon Ballroom
1106 West Lawerence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
18+ | 7:30 PM


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