Getting grimy at Hell’s Gala

Keala Rusher, Staff Reporter

Halloween night was hot as hell at the Sugar Mill, where RL Grime headlined Hell’s Gala along with a lineup of DJs and producers.

On the night of Halloween, Encore Entertainment and Winter Circle Productions hosted Hell’s Gala at the Sugar Mill, a show that featured artists such as P-Tab, Tristan Dufrene, Michael Medina, SBCR (The Bloody Beetroots) and the one and only RL Grime.

Energy was high in anticipation of producer RL Grime, who dropped an annual Halloween Mix the night before performing on Halloween. The mix featured a special message from author RL Stine, from whom Grime’s stage name originates.

The completely sold-out show lasted from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and drew a rowdy crowd decked out in wild costumes and accessories, including a cutout Drake head with flashing lights. The Drake cutout was appropriate to begin with, (when is a Drake cutout not appropriate?) and became a prop that was passed around the venue when Grime included Drake’s recent collaboration with Future, “Jumpman” in his set.

The covered venue was a dry alternative to adventures on Frenchmen and Broadway streets and Grime impressed with a killer set. Those unfamiliar with the name RL Grime may recognize his popular remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy” or his other, and first musical pseudonym, Clockwork. Since his debut album, “Grapes”, produced by WeDidIt in 2012, Grime has worked with artists such as rapper Problem, Boys Noize and Big Sean as well as producers like Baauer.  

RL Grime has reached great success in his live performances as well, playing festivals like Coachella in Indio, California, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Osheaga in Montreal and even our local Buku Festival this past March. His most recent release was the album “Void” as well as a remix of The Weeknd’s “Hills.”