The Music Box

The down side of relying on public transportation: although I went to see the LMFAO Party Rock Tour, obviously featuring LMFAO, I had to leave right after Schwayze’s set to catch the last train back to New York and therefore missed LMFAO themselves. Nonetheless, it was an interesting and very entertaining show.

Since I’m not going to be in the country for the New York leg of the tour, my friend Kirstie and I traveled to Toad’s Place, a little venue in New Haven, Connecticut, right on the Yale University campus. It’s a tiny, relaxed place with a university feel to it; to be honest, I don’t think the people that worked there were at all prepared for the level of craziness that was going to take over with the arrival of the Party Rock Tour.

No, honestly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tiny sequin tube tops and empty frame glasses in one night. The crowd had so much energy and excitement, and LMFAO fans are insane in the best possible way. By the time the doors opened, the line stretched all around the building and out back, and entrance was mild chaos. There was a DJ out spinning between sets, everything from Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus to New Kidz and David Guetta.

It seems as though LMFAO took all of their closest Interscope / Cherrytree Records friends on the tour with them: the show opened with a set by UK DJ Space Cowboy, who was eventually joined by the lovely Chantelle Paige for a few songs. I’m probably biased because I already adored both of them as well as their music, but their set was my favorite of the night, although it was a bit short. Space Cowboy is a wonderful performer, and Chantelle Paige is just beautiful and has terrific charisma up on stage.

After Space Cowboy and Chantelle Paige warmed the crowd up, the Paradiso Girls, another Cherrytree act consisting of members from the U.S., France, the UK, Barbados, and the Philippines, came onstage to raise the sexiness up another level or two. If you like the Pussycat Dolls, you definitely have to check these young ladies out.

Following the Paradiso Girls comes the Far East Movement, who you will have seen a lot from and about if you follow MTV Iggy. I’ve seen their name so much in the past couple of months, but had never had the time to check them out, so it was great to finally see them. They’re a California-based rap and hip-hop group that put together the first multicultural live event down in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

By this time the crowd was an excited, sweating, somewhat inebriated mess, but the show still wasn’t close to finished. The Far East Movement introduced the next performer, Schwayze, who was sadly the last performer I would see the night. Kirstie and I ran out about halfway through the last song of his set to catch a cab back to the train station.

Despite missing the title act of the Party Rock Tour, it was a great experience, and if you have a chance to check out the remaining shows on the tour, definitely take the opportunity. And pick up a pair of Party Rock glasses!
Remaining tour dates:
12/04/09 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/06/09 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
12/08/09 Richmond, VA @ The National
12/09/09 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
12/10/09 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
12/11/09 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
12/14/09 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
12/17/09 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/18/09 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/19/09 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
12/20/09 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Event Center
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{2 December, 2009}   Coming up:

3 December: LMFAO Party Rock Tour with Space Cowboy, Far East Movement, Chantelle Paige, Paradiso Girls (New Haven, New Jersey)

6 December: Samy Deluxe (Hamburg, Germany)

10 December: Panik (Hamburg, Germany)

12 December: Mozart L’Opera Rock (Paris, France)

et cetera