The Disco Biscuits and friends invaded The Mann Music Center in Philadelphia last weekend and for a two-day festival called City Bisco.
Letâ€™s start with the good. The venue is a great spot to have a concert, plenty of seating, grass seats, and a balcony, so there are so many great spots to see the show, and when the Biscuits play you know they’re going to bring great lights. The weather held up, too. Each day was beautiful and didnâ€™t get too chilly at night. And the sound at the venue is pretty incredible.
As far as music The Disco Biscuits weren’t bad the first night, but then really shined the second. The guys really seemed to enjoy themselves and were happy to be back in Philly. Barber looked like he was having more fun at a smaller show than he has in years. And the guys seemed to take it all in stride when a crazy fan seemed to slip past security and run on stage to try to get a hug. Some of the highlights include a really fun cover of “The Safety Dance” an inverted version of â€śHumuâ€ť into â€śHelicoptersâ€ť when they faked out the whole crowd for â€śKing of the Worldâ€ť and ending the night and festival with a quick jam of â€śI-Manâ€ť.
Brownie told the crowd that he and Barber used to chill at the Mann years ago and once Barber lost his wallet there. But luckily later on they were hanging out at some guyâ€™s house and the guy said â€śHey man, you look familiar.â€ť Turns out he found Barberâ€™s wallet. Pretty cool story!
A-Trak was great as always. Though I must say a lot of the straight Biscuits fans were not really into his groovy electronic sound. I personally loved it and really enjoyed his mashup/mix of two of his most popular tracks, â€śBarbara Streisandâ€ť into his â€śHeads will Rollâ€ť remix. Sure, two overplayed tracks, but he added some special touches that night. And as always he seamlessly mixed hip-hop into electro.
I caught the end of Paper Diamondâ€™s set and he did a great job, though once again the crowd wasnâ€™t fully into it. He dropped some heavy bass tracks as well as some of his popular tracks including one of my favorites â€śCan I go Upâ€ť.
Now, on to the bad. The scene: It is a little ridiculous that you canâ€™t go a foot in the parking lot without being offered nitrous balloons and the amount of people with access to tanks and selling them is unheard of. (Read up on the “Nitrious Mafia” here.) One of them people I was with accurately called the lot “Crime Alley,” a Batman reference. It had a dark and depressing feel, with kids getting their fix or passed out on the ground. The police and security do nothing. It just left a really dark and negative feel in my mind and really gives the scene a bad name.
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