French producer/DJ Thibaut Berland (aka Breakbot) was a man of few words, quietly arriving on stage and instead letting his hour-long set (featuring some nice Daft Punk samples) speak instead. Though Breakbot opened up to a near empty venue, the lower bowl was comfortably full with dancers by the end of his performance.
Mayer Hawthorne and the County kept the party going, throwing the Pageant into a time machine with their soul revival sound. How about a brief cover of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True?” Yes, please. Even the folks up in the balcony were up on their feet for that one. Speaking of the balcony, that last shot is basically the behind the scenes of this Twitter pic.
Entering to a chant of “Chromeoooo. Oooo Oooo” from the crowd, the Montreal duo entered and took up their positions behind their trademark sexy legs keyboards. I’ll admit that I wasn’t prepared for just how great of a show Chromeo puts on, with the Montreal duo’s funk/soul/electro songs setting the crowd dancing and shaking harder than they had all night. Clad in Cardinals gear, P-Thugg manned the synths and voicebox, leaving his station mid-set to pick up a bass and jam out next to Dave 1, while the lanky singer/guitarist himself was quite the showman, making numerous trips to the front of the stage to interact with the pit. Under Chromeo’s spell, the party mood didn’t let up as tracks rolled out from Business Casualand Fancy Footwork.
Shot for KDHX.
-Props to Chromeo’s generous shooting policy, which allowed the photographers all songs from the barricade until the encore. But between the great lights and Dave 1’s animated movements, the standard three-song limit would have probably worked out fine too. The opposite happened during Mayer Hawthorne’s set, where we were unexpectedly ushered out of the pit after a few songs. Not sure why that was the case, but it was a big bummer considering that I was waiting for the lighting to improve to get in some more shots.
-Busy week at work, so I couldn’t stick around to get the confetti shot.