The Deadmau5 faithful were out in full force for the DJ's two night stint in the Windy City this past weekend, and Indie Shuffle was in the Danny DeVito jumpseat for most of the show: a psychedelic Disneyland of entrancing lights, blasting beats, and countless mau5 heads.
With an aging facade and deteriorating interior, the Congress Theatre was the perfect setting for Deadmau5's eerie show in the birthplace of house music. In the grand lobby reminiscent of a haunted house, Joel Zimmerman even ditched the mouse for a ghostly white sheet during "Ghosts n Stuff."
The light show was mesmerizing from all angles. The magic mau5 box transformed the whole room in a flash from a fiery hell to a distorted matrix, while his Mickey Mouse-inspired shillhouette switched from disco ball to maniacal digital rodent.
Deadmau5 was born when Canadian Joel Zimmerman literally found a dead mouse in his computer while replacing his video card. He eventually became known in online message boards as "the dead mouse guy" -- the obvious pick for his screen name was, of course, Deadmau5.
Unlike the robotic Daft Punk, Deadmau5 doesn't hide his identity. Instead, Joel Zimmerman enjoys an open relationship with his fans, posting his many misadventures to his Facebook page, and hilarious nonsense to his Twitter account. It was therefore no surprise when an unmasked Zimmerman came out to the edge of the stage with a stuffed mau5 to snap a few crowd pictures before playing a shadowy dubstep encore.
This week, Deadmau5 plays a three night stint at New York's Roseland Ballroom before headlining what may be the #1 Halloween show of the year -- New Orleans, Lousiana's Voodoo Festival.
Enjoy more images from the set below:
Photo credit: Joshua Mellin