Dan Deacon tears roof off EMPAC

This past Saturday, a bomb dropped on the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. A musical bomb, that is, and not the negative sort.

The night started with a mesmerizing and entrancing performance from Brooklyn-based Extra Life, with repeating patterns, guitar riffs, and vocals. The ensemble was dark, reflective, and, unfortunately, not one for the masses. Most of the ticket-holders spent the performance in Evelyn’s Café.

After a short intermission, Baltimorean Dan Deacon took to the floor. His setup is almost as cool as his music and fits right in with the engineers here at the ’Tute. It consists of signal generators, effects pedals, a keyboard, an iPod Shuffle, and of course, awesome lights complete with glowing skull. He electrified the audience with material from 2009’s Bromst and 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings. As with most of Deacon’s shows, there was lots of audience participation. He started the show off with group meditation and a countdown, then moved on to a dance contest, and finally a human tunnel that snaked out of Studio 1 and into Evelyn’s Café. The activities brought attendees closer to the musician and created a sense of community commonly seen with performers like Deacon and mashup DJ Girl Talk. He ended the show with the highly acclaimed tune, Wham City.

Nuclear Power Plants had to cancel their performance due to the snow storm in Baltimore.