On a scorching weekend at the end of July, the NOS Event Center in San Bernadino, California we witnessed Insomniac Events do it again. Hard Summer Festival’s line-up was packed with talent across different genres and intensities. Every single event Insomniac produces they make the right call, with the right combination of line-up, with the right ambiance, in the right setting.
During Hard Summer, there were two main stages you could choose to view your favorite artists from. One was their “Hard Stage”, where, on Friday, we saw the likes of James Hype, Vintage Culture, and Megan Thee Stallion. Megan is always a hard hitter and a dynamic female force, but the artists in who took the night home was Griz. With his ensemble cast of singers, hype crew, and his impeccable timing with his saxophone, he made us jump for 90 minutes in the heat. The absolute best part about Griz is the way he makes it his mission to transform his shows into safe havens for fans. After coming out in 2017, he makes it a point to let the world know that you can show up to his sets exactly as you are, and no bigotry, oppression, racism, or homophobia are allowed at his party. Evident in his immense talent both behind the decks and playing his perfectly timed saxophone riffs, it’s easy to see why he’s a hit on and off stage.