Concert review: Chromeo creates a shiny, affectionate party at Lincoln Hall

(Ernest Wilkins )
May 06, 2014|By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board

The unofficial theme of Chromeo's sold out show Monday at Lincoln Hall was clearly, "Express yourself!" Fans danced and clapped without pause or reservation, and an (overly) affectionate couple in the front row couldn't keep their hands off of each other.

Yet while the place was packed, the vibe was more intimate than the band expected. "We haven't played a room this small in a while," singer/guitarist Dave 1 (real name: David Macklovitch) said between songs. "It's crazy; I can see all of you!" For the better part of the last decade, the electro-funk duo (which also includes keyboardist/vocoder specialist Patrick Gemayel, aka P-Thugg) has been lumped into that sometimes-difficult, late-afternoon slot at festivals, opening for whomever took top billing that night. At Lincoln Hall, Chromeo's performance definitely had the feel of a big fest--particularly during a dazzling light trick when spotlights hit Dave 1's shiny guitar and then transformed into a huge disco ball, bathing the room in a tripped-out glow that felt like being in The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" video.

After letting the crowd do most of the funky, soccer chant-esque work on "Intro" (the opening song from 2007's "Fancy Footwork"), the band launched into a set that spanned all four of its studio albums, including the upcoming "White Women." I appreciated the near-total absence of vapid stage banter and attention to hits including "Tenderoni" and "Don't Turn the Lights On," but the efficient, 75-minute show felt short--no way the sweaty crowd was spent by the time Chromeo packed it up.

Otherwise the expectation-exceeding show renewed my anticipation of seeing the band again at Lolla 2014. I'm also fairly sure that the couple in the front will have a kid nine months from now.

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