Show Preview: DAN DEACON w/ Triathalon + Grand Buffet at Dollhouse Productions – 12/10

Admittedly, the first time I saw Dan Deacon was also the first time I had ever taken any sort of drugs. I was at Bonnaroo in 2010, I was with a bunch of friends, and it just seemed like the thing to do. And while drugs are bad for you, will cause you to drop out of school, and will rot your brain and drain your bank account, I had a pretty good time. Albeit, I was 19 and it seemed like a good idea then. There were a few thousand people swarming around the tent, the Ensemble was completely on-point, and I felt really, really good. See sentences one and two. Nonetheless, it was an amazing time.

The second time I saw Dan Deacon, I was quite sober. Call it an experiment, if you want. Or growing up a bit. Either way, I have never had more fun at a show. The man is a mad scientist when it comes to music composition, electronics, and making somewhat non-sensical stage banter seem prolific. It was at this certain show that I really caught on what people love so much about his live set.

Deacon has the innate ability to make uncomfortable people feel at home, and to bring any inflated personalities back down to Earth, where the real fun is at. I would welcome a show where any artist spends more time interacting with their audience than he does. Whether you get called out as the dance circle leader, or you have to make up a game in order for the show to continue, you’re going to leave his show soaked in sweat (yours or someone else’s) and grinning from ear-to-ear.

All this brings me to my point, that being that the man himself and his Ensemble will be making a special stop in Savannah, Georgia on December 10th at the recently opened Dollhouse Productions, a multi-purpose venue space that looks to bring in touring acts from around the country (and world; They recently hosted a group from Germany). Fresh on the road in support of his newest album, America, an album he describes as “dense asymmetrically rhythmic phrases of textured patterns framed as pop songs…inspired by my love of cross-country travel, seeing the landscapes of the United States, going from east to west and back again over the course of seasons”.

Joining him will be one of Savannah’s most promising young acts, Triathalon, as well as Grand Buffet, an oddly unique hip-hop act from Pittsburgh. I was introduced to Triathalon sometime last year by a close friend at SCAD and I’ve loved them ever since. They’re young, undoubtably, but they can hold their own against many of the more seasoned bands I’ve seen that dabble in the lo-fi, hi-fun surf rock crowd. You can grab one of their songs, “Teenager”, on our 3rd Compilation.

From the bit of time I’ve spent listening to them and watching videos, Grand Buffet should have no problem winning over the kids in Savannah. I’d go as far as to say that they’re exactly the kind of music that that audience has been waiting for.

The show is (fortunately) all-ages and cheap! Pick up advance tickets if that’s your thing, though I would jump on it as the room is smaller and this could sell-out in no time. Plus, the tickets are limited edition, hand printed for those of you who collect ticket stubs. Head to Safe//Sound or Dollhouse Productions to get more info on the show, and please, make it out to this one if you can. Wear something that stands out..

Dollhouse Productions is located at 980 Industry Drive in Savannah, Georgia

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