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Peaches at Music Tastes Good 2017 10/1/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Peaches at Music Tastes Good 2017 10/1/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.


Long Beach, CA- For years, I have had peers of mine urge me to see Peaches in concert. I like her music- especially when her genre bending music leans more into the punk realm (“Impeach My Bush” a terrifically fun listen)- but for one reason or another, I’ve just never been able to get myself to a venue to see her perform live. That all changed at Music Tastes Good, and it was about freakin’ time.

Of all of the performances I was able to catch at the two day festival, Peaches’ performance was one of my favorites … and it wasn’t because of the sheer outrageousness of what was happening on stage (i.e. extravagantly odd costumes the included huge vagina masks and a an extremely huge phallus that “emerged” from the stage to spray the audience with liquid). It was the sheer, visceral magnetism that this Canadian  performer exuded from stage that made her performance such a joy to watch.

With Peaches, everything was bold and fearless. Every lyric she spat/sang, whether being lifted by dancers or contorting her body into yoga like positions on stage to the music,  was delivered with the kind of ferocious intensity that made your blood boil. Completely in tune with her body, Peaches would do costume changes (there were at least three that I can recall) on stage in clear view for all to see, and though she was wearing flesh colored pasties, I would bet that she would have done the same without them.

Perhaps the most fearless moment of her performance was when she made her way on top of the crowd … that’s right, ON TOP! Trusting her fans to support her during her “crowd walk”, and also warning everybody that she would shut it all down if someone was on their phone instead of offering her a literal hand, she bravely entrusted the Music Tastes Good audience to guide her every step as she ventured into and above the crowd. Towards the end of the song, she fell onto the hands supporting her, to surf her way back to the stage before continuing her fantastically entertaining performance.

Her performance lasted just under an hour, but I felt like that I got the complete Peaches experience. It was one hell of a freakin’ ride.

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