Mar 5, 2013

Ra Ra Riot at A&R Music Bar

It was a mellow night as I awaited Ra Ra Riot take the stage at A&R Music Bar. As a mix of patrons were amiably filing in, the term “eclectic” would best be used to describe the crowd. Often this term gets thrown around in music circles, but this crowd was 2 parts 30-something office workers, 1 part hipster with a sprinkle of lipstick lesbians and construction workers… most likely there together. Everyone seemed to have accidentally stumbled onto a foreign scene, but not uncomfortably so. A&R’s impressively staffed bar had the beer flowing providing a vessel for camaraderie among the diverse crowd. Long-time fans of Ra Ra Riot waited with barely-checked patience and those first-timers seemed to be aware that perhaps something special was about to happen.

Pacific Air, Ra Ra Riot, A and R Music Bar 28FEB2013

Ra Ra Riot’s set was entertaining on numerous levels, the foremost of which were of the visual variety. Flanked by undulating panels and tubes of colors, with seething waves, strobes and pulses surrounding the performers, Ra Ra Riot launched into an ardent performance. Ranging from the sublime to the triumphant, Ra Ra Riot never lost touch with their pop sensibilities. Every tune kept the audience grooving and the set never became lethargic, thanks in no small part to Ra Ra Riot’s string section.

Pacific Air, Ra Ra Riot, A and R Music Bar 28FEB2013

Much has been said about the departure of cellist and founding member Alexandra Lawn and very little is mentioned about the “touring cellist” now making appearances with the band. Early reviews were not good making much of the fact that this “replacement” seemed rooted in her chair and not joining in the band’s frenetic performance. Apparently, she got the memo. The band was in full swing and bristling with kinetic movement including the new nameless (according to my Google searches) cellist (sans chair) was up and jamming!

Pacific Air, Ra Ra Riot, A and R Music Bar 28FEB2013

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