Chromeo’s L.A. Pride Show Was An Unstoppable Dance Party REVIEW+PHOTOS: CHROMEO @ L.A. PRIDE 6/10/17
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- Shutting down the first night’s action on the main stage of L.A. Pride was the infectious sounds of the Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo. It’s been a couple years since they’ve released an album, but there was no doubt that their dance-party sonics would bring the house down in West Hollywood.
Chromeo is a band that takes pride in “being weird” and turning traditional notions of “what’s normal” on its head. Perhaps, it’s because they themselves are already an anomaly to begin with. Dave 1 and P-Thugg are Jewish and Arab respectively and their love of booty shaking music has brought together two cultures in a way that history has yet to figure out. When it comes to sexuality and sexism, the Dave 1 went on the record to say, “When we get on [the L.A. Pride stage] and show everybody in the audience that we as a band stand with them. It goes beyond music. It’s our choices as individuals and citizens of the world and grown adults… whatever we can do to galvanize that, we will do.”
They did exactly that.
Their brand of modern disco blasted loud throughout the festival grounds, and with their stage production flashing kinetic lights all around, it was a performance that was equal parts unstoppable dance-party and unbridled spectacle.
Their stage presence was coolly magnetic. As Dave 1 took center stage with his guitar, he’d strike iconic poses that only caused more adrenaline to pulse through spectator’s veins. Even if you weren’t in awe of the massive stage production or entertaining stage antics, and closed your eyes to simply get lost in the music, rest assured there were thousands with you doing just the same.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) June 17, 2017
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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