Markus Schulz - The Venue Scottsdale - 5/10/13
Not a face was left unlit by the lights that covered the venue. He was here to show Scottsdale, Arizona's only stop, a good time -- and to throw himself a homecoming party, at that.
The Venue, which I like to call 'the hall', considering that it stretches pretty far back -- giving plenty of room for lasers to dart around and leaving plenty of crowd space -- was packed all the way back to the sound booth. It was clear that Scottsdale showed to pay some respect and recognition to the man. And Markus provided the exact same back to the audience. He even stated that it was great to be back home (or at least back to a former home of his.)
The show he gave was a proper homecoming dance for everyone involved; he couldn't help but dance a bit himself and clap along, pointing out towards the audience as he grasped individuals' attention. He sand along to any song with a chorus, or words, for that matter, and kept throwing up his hands in the shape of a heart displaying his love for the crowd. Schulz wasn't just providing a good party, he was a part of it himself.
As big and loud as it was, the show felt intimate. Schulz's dance gave the audience something to mirror so that everyone was in the same moment, place, and motion within specific parts of each song. The infamous, 'woot ... woot' train sound flowed throughout the crowd. It was encouraged and noticed; Markus wanted it to be loud. After all, this is the SCREAM tour.
Last night: KhoMha, The M Machine and Markus Schulz at The Venue Scottsdale.
The Crowd: It was good to see some fellow ravers and a welcoming Scottsdale crowd turn out for Schulz, the resident DJ years ago at The Works.
Overheard: "I want to shuffle, but my high heels won't let me." -Random chick and first time shuffler.
Random Notebook Dump: It was inspiring to seeing three or four guys rally together to lift up a man's wheelchair so that he could see the Schulz play over the crowd. That guy raged harder than most there. And those helpful guys truly show some PLUR spirit.
Another Notebook Dump: Did that flag really just say Schulz Army Unicorn Slayers?
Personal Bias: I was extremely happy with the choice of venue. It brought Markus back to Scottsdale with plentiful space to dance, unlike many other options.