Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday- LMFAO party rocks at Wells Fargo

            Confetti flying everywhere, glow sticks ablaze and champagne being sprayed all over the place. Sounds like a New Year’s Eve celebration, no? It was actually the hip-hop/electronic duo LMFAO’s concert at the Wells Fargo Center on June 30.
            One of the last stops on their Sorry for Party Rocking Tour, LMFAO members Redfoo and SkyBlu played to a crowded arena of party rockers of all ages. Rockers who littered the floor and seats with animal print pants and mock afros, Redfoo’s signature look.
            After a barrage of opening acts, LMFAO took the stage headstrong with performances of “Rock the Beat II” and “Sorry For Party Rocking,” the leading tracks from their second album, Sorry For Party Rocking. What followed was an awesome display of top-notch entertainment that belongs in its own field.

            A favorite in the clubs, LMFAO’s music sounds a little flat and less energized when you listen to their albums, but to hear it in a crowded area brings their music to a whole new level.  Case in point would be the song “Get Crazy,” which sounds dull when you listen to it at random, but live it makes the crowd go crazy.
            This also was the case for “Take it To The Hole,” and “Put That A## to Work.”
            Covers of David Guetta’s “Gettin’ Over You” (a song which they were originally featured on) and The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” only enhanced the club mood of the night.
            If there was one part of the show that did not work was the high-flying acts during “La La La”. Two members of the dance crew were hoisted up wearing light up, robot-like headpieces as they floated all over in a pseudo lover’s ballet. It also didn’t make sense that Redfoo was hoisted up for about 20 seconds while he rocked out on his keytar.
            One of the highlights of the night was by the Quest Dance Crew, winners of MTV’s hit show, “America’s Best Dance Crew.”  Their set showcased a wide variety of styles from crunk, break, and classic Michael Jackson. One guy even spun on his head for what seemed like a solid minute, moving his legs around in every which way from flailing, to half-crossed.
            But it did seem like they overshadowed the main act just a little bit. 

Redfoo and SkyBlu at the start of their Philadelphia concert.
            Of course, it wouldn’t be an LMFAO concert without performing their smash hits “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It,” where people got so amped up, they were shuffling and dancing all over the place.  Even with Redfoo and SkyBlu walking around in barely-covering speedos during the latter song, the mood was still dynamic even when shown a little too much skin than one had hoped.        
            Another staple, the club anthem “Shots” took the song to a whole new level. LMFAO and their on-stage guitaraist took some shots of their own while performing. With the never-ending chant of “SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS!” how could one truly resist?
            The crowd even got their own shots of alcohol from the duo, when they came out with a few bottles of champagne and started hosing people down with them. When performing a song called “Champagne Showers,” what else could you possibly expect?
            Nowadays most people will buy a ticket for their favorite singer’s show, and the ticket is just buying the name, not the entertainment. LMFAO is a show by experienced partiers who know how to perform live, and keep the crowd energized and engaged at the same time.
Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of their music, this is a must see show for (almost) everyone. This is a high-octane, beat-stomping show that will get you moving for the entire 90-minute set. LMFAO has cemented their status as party rockers, and this show fully lives up to that title.  

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