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Just hours after listening to episode 41 of Group Therapy, it was time to venture forth to EchoStage in Washington DC this past Friday night. The radio wasn’t enough, the Trance Family needed more Group Therapy with Above & Beyond. Playing music from Ocean Lab, Super 8 and Tab, Maor Levi, Boom Jinx, Mat Zo, Seven Lions and more combined with A&B originals made it so it was a difficult choice between dancing or standing there, with hands raised to the sky. Some did both.
Not every moment was centered about love and romance; A & B kept the mood light with a great troll on Will.I.AM. across their visuals board. To which the crowd had a collective laugh at the ridiculousness of the artist’s recent musical beefs. While music is a serious business, lets remember that it is supposed to be fun too. Its refreshing to see such ridiculousness handled so professionally.
At one point the gentlemen pulled a fan onto the stage with her A&B sign. To say her face was priceless would be an understatement. I am sure it was a magical moment for her. So kudos to you lady! Hope you enjoyed the view. The offerings for a chance to “Push The Button” were exemplary. Oh, you can take the crowd out of basic venues but you can’t take the basics out of the crowd. Stay classy kids. To be fair though, there were individuals that went about it the right way (Talking to you, boy in front row with Push The Button T-shirt)
During their hit song, “Sun & Moon,” if you took a second to stop sobbing and looked up, you would have seen Tony jumping around imitating the music video’s dancer. Perhaps Tony should stick to music and leave the dancing to the professionals. The effort for a full stage performance is very much appreciated though.
Trance to make ‘em dance
“Push The Button” jokes aside, the crowd was phenomenal. Perhaps it is because Above & Beyond’ has such a strong and obvious message of love and compassion. Trance crowds are so diverse: people of all lifestyles and experiences. Trance music speaks to each individual so uniquely. Trance music is so tied to emotions and the emotional connections with specific songs were more than obvious. One look at individuals in the audience and you could read the implications of lyrics in their lives. Some really prolific remixes really took Group Therapy for a ride.
After a huge rush for the acoustic tickets out in LA, A&B treated the DC crowd to some acoustic moments near the end of the show. Barely recovered from being slammed with the huge Ocean Lab collaboration, “Satellite”, the Trance Family got a taste of bare-naked instrumentals. As mentioned in previous blog posts, raw music is always an appreciated treat in the world of electronic music.