Chicago has the largest EDM scene in America outside of Las Vegas, and last Friday night Morgan Page brought Sin City to the Windy City with an energetic set at the new Prysm Nightclub. Ceaselessly enjoyable, Morgan Page’s show had a powerful effect on the club-going crowd, with everyone in high spirits, singing along and dancing. Morgan Page was not here to merely spin while people danced—he commanded their attention, turning his night at Prysm into a bonafide concert.
Set in the Goose Island neighborhood of Chicago just west of Old Town and south of Lincoln Park, Prysm has an upscale entrance inviting a fashionable and attractive clientele. We entered shortly before Morgan Page’s set, and were treated with courteous attention by all the staff. The opening DJ’s played the latest EDM bangers, creating an atmosphere of fun and revelry that would boost anyone instantly. A humorous moment of the evening, that was nevertheless appreciated for its status as a meme, was when the opener played Darude’s infamous single ‘Sandstorm’. Wetting our appetite with relentless tracks by Cash Cash, Galantis and Martin Solveig, people remarked on their anticipation for headliner Page.
If one word could describe the set Page delivered at Prysm, it would simply be fun. His sound is one that is instantly positive, ever-uplifting, and always emotionally ebullient. Page spun his catalog of progressive house hits, with the captivating ‘Open Heart’ featuring Lissie a highlight. A pounding remix of ‘Safe Till Tomorrow’ had clubbers jumping with hands in the air. Not content to rest on his own laurels, he featured his version of The Outfield’s 1986 hit ‘Your Love,’ Calvin Harris’ ‘This is What You Came For,’ and The Chainsmoker’s ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Watching Page behind the decks was a masterclass-in-miniature of artistic talent—he was endlessly occupied at the controls, with attention and focus that wasn’t distracted. The upbeat nature of his music won everyone over, with the dancefloor jumping and dancing, and in the balconies, people were singing along to every word. Perhaps, then, a better word to describe his technical and talent prowess would be impressive, not just fun.
Prysm is the latest venture for local promotion company React Presents, and it not only delivered, but topped any of their other venues. With an almost neo-Asian design aesthetic heavy on black, orange and red, the fire-like atmosphere was glamorous without sacrificing intimacy. React appeared to spare no expense on production values, with multi-story projection screens, lasers, smoke cannons, and confetti recalled the best of Las Vegas. It was the truly remarkable sound quality that truly evoked cutting-edge venues from the Strip, like the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, or the newly opened Omnia at Caesar’s Palace. EDM in Chicago deserves a venue of this grandeur, and with continued promotion and word class talent bookings, Prysm could be a contender for DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs—a credit to the birthplace of house music.
Prysm delivered the setting for Morgan Page to create one of the most enjoyable clubbing experiences we’ve had. In its most universal aspect, music should foster the human capacity for emotion, and last Friday night Morgan Page’s hits were a musical shorthand for joy.