LITTLE DRAGON GIVE LOS ANGELES FANS PERFORMANCES OF RARELY PERFORMED CUTS AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL REVIEW+PHOTOS: Little Dragon @ Hollwood Bowl 6/17/18
LOS ANGELES, CA- KCRW kicked of its summer-time “World Festival” program at the Hollywood Bowl in grand style on June 17th, 2018 with an eclectic line-up featuring a mind-bending, headlining 3D performance by Flying Lotus. On this pleasant Sunday evening, Hollywood Bowl patrons were also treated to a wide range of jazz influenced sonics and emotions from performances by Georgia Anne Muldrow, BADBADNOTGOOD and Little Dragon.
By the time Little Dragon took the stage, the Hollywood Bowl was ready to let loose and party. The sun was setting slowly behind the Hollywood Hills and Yukimi and company jumped into their synth glory with “My Step”.
“Hollywood Bowl, do you feel good? Make some noise if you feel good,” Yukimi Nagano shouted after the song had concluded. The audience roared back it’s appreciation.
They then played a pair of cuts off their latest album tickling our sweet tooth with “Sweet” and getting us sonically stoned with “High”.
Yukimi had an extra bounce to her already spritely step on this evening, Yukimi’s body kinetic and she as she lunged and swirled in synch with the music, pulsing with every downbeat. She encouraged the audience to join her in the celebration of life and music.
“Feel free to stand up, dance in the aisles, do a cartwheel, make out with your best friend.”
This was enough to get the audience up from our of their seats for “Summertearz” and to get lost in the rest of Little Dragon’s set.
Little Dragon has a strong fan-base in Los Angeles, and Yukimi acknowledged this fact:
“Because LA’s been so good to us from day 1, we have something special”
They then played “Constant Surprises”, a song from their first album and a song that the band rarely plays live (only nine times according to setlist.fm). They even played “Wildfire” (their collaboration with SBTRKT) which has been played even less live than “Constant Surprises” (only five times). Those cuts were definitely a special treat for the die-hards in the audience.
They kept the audience dancing and grooving with their bangers (“Ritual Union”, “Klapp Klapp” & “Feather”) until they conclude with the mellowed out “Twice” (another cut from their debut album). As the dripping star visuals on the huge LCD screen behind them flickered, I could smell nice wafts of weed permeate the air. Certainly an appropriate night cap for a wonderfully enjoyable, repertoire encompassing, performance.