BY MITCHELL HERRMANN For the Sun-Times
Few people are better qualified to showcase the up-and-coming style of dance music known as Moombahton than the creators of the genre themselves. American DJs Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom combined their names and their talents to create Nadastrom, playing the bouncing, bass heavy music Nada invented nearly by accident in 2010. Moombahton is a cultural melting pot of musical influences, from Dutch House to Puerto Rican Reggaeton.
A surprisingly small but energetic crowd danced to Nadastrom’s set at Perry’s stage on Sunday afternoon, with some being kept away by the swaths of partially dried, churned up mud left from the previous day’s rain. The DJs mixed their typical siren synths and heavy kick drums with a healthy dose of banging electro house, another genre from which Moombahton draws inspiration. Throughout the set a steady stream of festival goers made their way towards the show, attracted by the rhythmically pumping bass emanating from the stage. It’s likely that Moombahton will just be another in a long line of passing dance music fads, but for now it serves as some of the most riotous party music around.