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Review: Slow Magic, French Horn Rebellion

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Each time I go to Crescent Ballroom, I’m amazed by how much the crowd provides the feel for the evening. In the case of last night, the vibe was very excited, very dancey, and felt as though any person might bust out into dance at any given moment.

Local band The Holy Coast opened up the evening. These friendly looking gents were the perfect openers, and their manner of dress was very “winter rock star,” as you could see rad scarves and even a slick leather jacket upon them. The music fit perfectly into the program, as it was packed with lots of deep bass on a computer track and cool, airy reverb guitar. The lead singer did a splendid job of singing along with the mood of every song they performed, showing great versatility with his vocals.

French Horn Rebellion took the stage next. If you’ve never seen someone jam on the French horn over some funky beats, then I’ll do my best to explain how it looks. In one word, I would describe it as electric. The band’s set contained plenty of funk and French horn, of course. The group had the crowd dancing hard core during its song “Caaalifornia,” which was definitely a hit. The musicianship that these brothers share is inspiring, especially since you can tell what a bond they have whilst they perform together on stage. At one point, they performed a sing-a-long cover of “Don’t You Want Me,” which had everybody singing and showing of their dance moves. Adding to the dance club feel, were the strobe and gel lights. They scanned around the stage, onto the audience, and shed colored light upon the situation we all were in. A situation of letting go and letting music in.

Last up was Slow Magic. The man and myth behind the brilliant animal mask and eclectic attire did not disappoint in any way. A brief word about his mask, aside from it being fantastic, it changed colors constantly which was so exceedingly radical. Throughout his set, Slow Magic utilized quite a bit of crowd involvement. He often went into the crowd to play his drum, and would then let other people play or even press pads upon his controller. The musicianship showed by Slow Magic was amazing. At one point, he jammed along with a track on two drums and his drumming speed was so incredibly quick, it was almost unbelievable. His songs kept up the dance spirit among the audience and the crowd participation factor made him an instant success, especially to me.

On the whole it was an exhausting, yet exhilarating show. We danced, we sang, we laughed.

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