Dan Deacon: Amateur Hour

A few weeks ago when I saw Dan Deacon perform in Baltimore he played in a loft and went on around around 1:30 a.m. Today he's at Virgin Festival and went on at noon. "I'm astounded anyone's here," he said before a pre-set plea for a D battery for his keyboard. It was funny and charming. I can't imagine there is a single other act here today that will be asking the audience for technical support. Well there won't be another act here today like Deacon, period.

It's a copout to say that you really have to be there to know what a Deacon performance is like, but it's true. This isn't a band playing instruments. It's a manchild from Baltimore who sets up his samplers and keyboards in the crowd, gets everyone to crowd around him and bashes out hyperactive electro jams. He was almost like a cult leader today, getting the enthusiastic crowd to chant "Horsey, horsey!" close to a hundred times during his set. He got everyone to disperse and form a huge circle at one point. Inside the circle was a dance contest. "No cowards!" was one of his rules. If someone inside the circle finished dancing and tagged you, you had to get in the circle and shake it.

Most people in the tent were more than happy to jump and dance along but there were a few people who just looked on in puzzled disbelief. "This guy's stupid as [expletive]," one of them said. Deacon himself probably wouldn't even argue with that.

-- David Malitz

By Maura McCarthy |  August 5, 2007; 12:38 PM ET  | Category:  Sunday's Festival
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Baltimore has so much cooler acts that are less inhibited than DC acts are. can't wait until the Deacon shows up in DC.

Posted by: Ellen | August 5, 2007 04:01 PM

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