When the electro-funk-pop duo Chromeo comes to town, there’s a lot of smiling. Sure, fans were more than juiced to be two-stepping it to some funky beats, but David Macklovitch—aka, Dave 1, the group’s singer and guitarist—couldn’t wipe his own grin off his face if he tried. Booties were shook, pearly whites, flashed.
The group’s party-now, worry-later attitude was a vibe, every bit as infectious as it was well-executed. The guys were bathed in strobes and colorful lights as they breezed through tracks from their latest album, Head Over Heels, and older cuts like “Fancy Footwork,” “Old 45s,” “Bonafied Lovin (Tough Guys),” and “Tenderoni.” Though the older jams certainly popped, newer tracks like “Must’ve Been” and “Juice” elicited huge reactions from dancing college bros and thirty-somethings alike; though the show wasn’t sold out, it left plenty more dance floor for those already in the groove and ready to turn up.
Dave 1 and P-Thugg (the real man behind the panty dropping, multi-tasking keyboards, synths, bass and the talk box) have a solid understanding between each other. Dave hammed it up for the crowd, shimmying back and forth across the stage, instigating hand claps and sing-alongs with the crowd as he ripped a guitar pre-loaded with flashy lasers that shot out over the audience’s heads. Though his cool seems calculated, he remained humble, sharing his enthusiasm and gratitude with the crowd until they undeniably and inevitably succumbed to the sound. But P-Thugg did it all, slapping those funky beats, laying down bouncy synths and providing most of the night’s vocal modifications.
The two combined were a powerful duo, a yin and yang that fit together flawlessly both in skill and presence. It was a glammed out 90 minutes that was fast, fun and exploding in positivity, which is kind of what everyone needs right now.
Check out photos of Chromeo in action below: