Wednesday, February 26, 2009
LIV at the Fontainebleau, Miami Beach
Better than: Getting your toes done up.
When I got the invite for LIV's newest party, Dirty Hairy, I was sort of skeptical that it was actually going to happen. I mean, the party's whole concept is better suited for downtown. The only problem being, with Studio A closed, the concept doesn't really have a downtown venue big enough to host it. While the party doesn't take itself too seriously, it definitely prides itself in being over the top. And what better way to push the party over the edge than getting Chicago natives Kid Sister and Flosstradamus to perform?
I've actually seen Flosstradamus multiple times, last time being at the Fifth when they opened for Chromeo. The duo prides itself in keeping its end of the bargain by making sure you party hard. They tip-toe the fine line between mildly cheesy and pure genius, mixing perhaps the worst, yet catchy, hip-hop has to offer (think Juvenile's "Back That Ass Up") with the electro-house hits those darn hipster kids can't get enough of.
But as much as I enjoy Flossy, I was there specifically to see Kid
Sister. The 28-year-old has actually stopped in Miami several times,
but it seems like every time she did I was never able to make it. So I
was determined to not miss her performance.
Was I disappointed? No. But it wasn't exactly a performance that floored
me either. But Kid Sister's song repertoire has never really packed a
punch. Records like "Control" and "Pro Nails" are really just about one
thing: Having fun. And you either do or you don't. And I definitely did.
I had previously heard that Kid Sister was not a strong live performer,
but obviously years on the road have done her well -- her vocals were
strong (although, I think a backtrack aided her several times) and she
definitely engaged and bantered with the audience. She performed her
aforementioned hipster-hop hits along with new tracks like "Family
Reunion" and "Get Fresh," which will be included in her much delayed
debut Dream Date.
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Personal Bias: Anybody who covers 2 Live Crew's "Hoochie Mama" is good in my book.
Random Detail: LIV's dome ceiling lights up like a Pink Floyd laser light show. In other words, it was awesome!
By the Way: Next week, Diplo and Chromeo's Dave 1 hit the decks at the Wednesday night party.