Jai Wolf Returns to Union Transfer for Kindred Spirits Tour

Concert Review, EDM

From his original standout remix of “Ease My Mind” to multiple shows in Philly and a set at Firefly Music Festival, Jai Wolf has come a long way in the last two years.

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Chet Porter was the first opener for Jai Wolf’s Kindred Spirits tour. With the only stage lighting being a trio of LED spotlights behind the stage, Chet Porter’s mellow, laid-back tracks set the mood for Union Transfer Friday night. With a selection of songs ranging from his “Over U” x “Feeling This” mashup, “Broccoli”, and of course a few of his own originals such as his newest production “Stay” with Chelsea Cutler, Porter had UT vibing and primed for sets from Jerry Folk and Jai Wolf.

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As Chet Porter disappeared from stage left and Jerry Folk prepared for his set on stage right, the crowd was ready for what he had to offer. Jerry Folk’s first show ever in Philadelphia certainly was no disappointment–he threw it back with his rework of “Suga Suga”, brought us back to today with Lido’s “Life of Peder”, and got Union Transfer dancing with “24K Magic”. Jerry Folk’s track diversity put the crowd both in the feels and on their feet in preparation for the headlining performance.

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The crew started setting up for Jai Wolf by testing of the light bar at center stage and preparing numerous spotlights up front. This last minute light check hinted at a stage production drastically different the subdued lighting of the openers. Jai Wolf fans already had a vague idea of what to expect from his Kindred Spirits tour coming into Union Transfer; a massive backdrop with projected visuals and dynamic colored spotlights paired flawlessly with his varied setlist. To nobody’s surprise, Sajeeb played some of his own productions (including his legendary remixes of Odesza’s “Say My Name” and Kiiara’s “Feels to his Gravity” from his latest EP) along with a rework of Party Pupils‘ “Like It’s Over (feat. MNDR)“, Marshmello’s “Alone”, and even a little bit of “Mr. Brightside”. Some Jai Wolf with a little bit of Marshmello, a little Outkast, and a touch of The Killers, all in the same set? Not exactly what I expected, but I don’t think anyone was complaining.

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With the crowd alternating from chilling to his “Weekend” remix to belting out Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem”, Jai Wolf’s Kindred Spirits was a show for Philly to remember for ages. He quietly closed out his performance but, of course, came back on for an encore at the crowd’s request to end his show with two very special songs. First, his “Ease My Mind” remix, which got him picked up by Skrillex’s OWSLA Records, brought the energy of the crowd back up before finishing off the night his more laid-back “Indian Summer”.

 

Though he first played last year as an opener for Odesza’s show at UT, Jai Wolf has definitely earned a spot on the headline. Check out photos from Friday below.

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