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Higher Ground overflowed with love and EDM April 10.

Big Gigantic, the EDM power duo consisting of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, took the stage on their most recent visit to Burlington.

The sold out show left a ticket line stretching outside to the curb. While the lobby was crowded with teenagers being turned away for underage drinking, the venue itself was full of all ages.

People in the crowd fought toward the front as the duo took the stage shortly after 10 p.m.

“Burlington, we love you,” Lalli said. “We are so excited to be back.”

From new songs to old songs, Big Gigantic kept the crowd rowdy. They started the night off with “Dollar Bill,” encouraging crowd members to sing along to the  “I need a dollar, a dollar is what I need.”

Big Gigantic also remixed throwback songs like “Let Me Clear My Throat,” by DJ Kool, “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and “Teach Me How to Dougie,” by Cali Swag District.

While strobe-like stage lights beamed at the start of the show, the lights increased in intensity and creativity, morphing into visuals that made a show of their own.

“The Night is Young,” a Big Gigantic collaboration with Cherub, was a crowd favorite.

As the show was coming to an end, Lalli took the mic to speak to the crowd.

“I’m from Boulder, Colorado,” Lalli said. “I feel like you guys are our sister city because we both like to smoke weed and have a Pearl Street mall.”

Big Gigantic followed the heart-felt sentiment with a remix to the radio favorite “Lean On” by Major Lazer.

“Touch the Sky” made for a lively encore. The song has a hard, electronic drop, allowing the crowd to bust a move to one last song.

Lalli and Salken took center stage. “Burlington, we want to get a selfie with you guys if that’s all right,” Lalli said.
Crowd members threw their arms up in the air and jumped onto people’s shoulders, epitomizing the vibrant energy of the show.

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