Yes, you will have two chances to catch the one and only Chromeo at First Avenue on Thursday, May 23rd and then Friday, May 24th and I, for one, am super stoked.
World leaders, powerful CEOs, and other fat cats could learn a lesson or two from electrofunk duo Chromeo, namely: know thyself, know thy vibe, and stay thy course. The rest of the population will catch up. Indeed, Chromeo is really good at being, well, Chromeo. The mission, the package, the vision — it’s been a straight shot of pure intentionality from the jump. Funk a game plan, Montreal natives Dave 1 and P-Thugg had a ten-year battle strategy: from cult 80s fetishists on 2004’s She’s In Control to indie blog darlings on 2007’s Fancy Footwork, to international touring sensations on 2010’s Business Casual, to bona fide pop stars on 2014’s White Women.
And guess what? Pee (still looking a smooth criminal in a Coogi) and Dave (ever the Semitic/Gallic heartthrob in tight pants) are back. Early 2018 marked the release of the Funklordz’ fifth studio LP: Head Over Heels. The album not only elevates Chromeo’s blueprint of ass-targeting beats, melodic honey and clever lyrics about the foibles of contemporary love…it augments it with unprecedented conceptual cohesion, booming sonics and more collaborations than ever before. Session legends such as Pino Palladino and Jesse Johnson (The Time, D’Angelo) coexist alongside the likes of DRAM and The-Dream on this intricate and ambitious ode to funk music, orchestrated by modern day masters of the genre.
Opening up the show on Thursday night will be Aaron Rice. Aaron Rice is a Minneapolis-based Electronic Artist. His acclaimed two-piece AATS drew global audiences and earned him a featured Up-and-Comer slot at the Iceland Airwaves Festival. Building off the success of AATS, Aaron Rice wrote and recorded his first solo album last year while living in LA, and produced and mixed the tracks in New York City with long-time collaborator and experimental ambient composer Grant Cutler.
Kicking things off Friday will be a local favorite of mine- Static Panic. Static Panic is a conduit for those who are truly passionate about the human experience. The objective: to reach out and express through our collective and unique backgrounds, sharing our journey in the form of music. Music is a truly universal language that everyone can recognize. Our paths are uncommon and tread by none but us; trailblazers in a sea of self-doubt and uncertainty of our own validity. We all have our routines, the world around us and the people around us are constantly shifting and changing. Isn’t it nice to have something in common?
Friday night’s show is sold out but you can still snag tickets to Thursday night’s performance HERE!
May 19 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
May 20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 23 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 23-26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Musical Festival
May 31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 6 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 7 – Vancouver, BC, CA – Malkin Bowl
June 8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
June 15 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater
June 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl