Chromeo, the Montreal electro-funk duo, took the Liberty Stage borrowing the marching chant from the Wicked Witch's castle guards in Oz: "Chrom-e-o … ooh-oh … Chrom-e-o … ooh-oh. …"
They delivered a hotwired set, albeit one that relied heavily on pre-programming. Ah well, it left Dave 1 and P-Thugg with their hands free.
The duo's style could be labeled neo-disco. It's a brand of classic pop with a chilly but refreshing electro coating. As they worked through hits like "Bonafied Lovin'," "Over Your Shoulder," "Frequent Flyer," and "Jealous (I Ain't With It)," there were distant echoes of artists from Michael Sembello to Ric Ocasek's Cars.
Dave 1 even dressed nostalgically. In his black leather jacket, ripped jeans, and shades, he looked like Can't Buy Me Love-era Patrick Dempsey.
Chromeo refer to themselves as Funk Lords. That may fly in Canada. Here they're just lots of fun to dance to.
-- David Hiltbrand