Event Review: Chromeo & Toro y Moi Bring Funk to The Hollywood Bowl

Chromeo, Toro y Moi, and Ian Isiah delivered a magical night at The Hollywood Bowl for Father's Day 2019.
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Recent years have seen a resurgence of modern-day electro funk bands paying homage to greats such as Kool & The Gang. On Father’s Day, renowned electro-funk band Chromeo took the center stage at iconic and beloved Los Angeles based venue The Hollywood Bowl. Supported by a full live band for the first time ever in Los Angeles, Chromeo brought the funk and groove to an eager and enthusiastic audience. Supported by fellow collaborator and chillwave band Toro y Moi and modern R&B and radio rap artist Ian Isiah (AKA Big Shugga), the first night of KCRW's Worldfest delivered an amalgamation of light, sound, and color.

Brooklyn-based solo artist Ian Isiah, best known for his work with Blood Orange and as a key player in NY’s underground DJ club culture. He is also important in the LGBTQ movement, opened the evening on a high note with his unique and artistic blend of music. KCRW host Jason Bentley hosted the night reminding audience members that he would soon be leaving his post as the music director of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Toro y Moi brought the Hollywood Bowl to life with their retro style of chillwave dance. Adorning neon yellow jackets, Toro’s frontman Chaz Bear captivated his audience with his soulful and smooth vocals and dynamic charisma that pleased the enthralled crowd. Toro y Moi performed fourteen songs most of which predominantly came from their recent 2019 album release titled Outer Peace. Other notable tracks included the groovy nostalgic ballad “Girl Like You,” the downtempo jazz-influenced “Still Sound,” and the upbeat and experimental “Say That.”

The audience was dazzled from the moment that Canadian electrofunk Chromeo (David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P Thugg” Gemayel) took center stage. Performing with a band which included two drummers powerfully amping up the rhythm, Chromeo commenced their set with the classic “Fancy Footwork.” From the onset, Chromeo established relentlessly radiant energy that would only continue to build throughout the evening as they performed sixteen handpicked songs and classics featured on various albums. Dave 1 brilliantly played the part of the frontman while PThugg stood behind a talk box (used by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd) and synths. The band performed six tracks six (“Must’ve Been,” “Don’t Sleep,” “One Track Mind,” “Bad Decision,” “Juice” and “Count Me Out”) from their recent 2018 album Head Over Heels. Chromeo also performed several songs off of their 2014 album White Women, along with a myriad of classics. 

Dave 1 was highly entertaining as he orchestrated the audience dancing in a sea of cell phone lights on the classic "Old 45s" and a sing-along during the beloved "Must've Been." Other magical moments included when Toro y Moi frontman Chaz Bear joined the guys onstage for "Come Alive" and when Dave-1 walked across the stage to meet up with P-Thugg for a back to back joint guitar duet for “Over Your Shoulder.” Chromeo closed the night with "Jealous (I Ain't With It)."

Chromeo's impressive live show was beautifully orchestrated, delivering plenty of deep grooves, heavy bass, and brilliantly executed production to the landmark Hollywood Bowl. Powerfully declaring that headlining the Hollywood Bowl was a bucket list item, Chromeo proved their ability to withstand the test of time with their impressive and memorable performance.

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