Opening Act: The Cataracs, Wynter Gordon
March 29, 2012
The Roxy Theatre
West Hollywood, CA
I have had the opportunity to see both Dev and The Cataracs perform live before and I was excited to see them again especially at my favorite venue, The Roxy.
The show got to a late start, so many of the sets were shortened even more than they already were. The first two acts were memorable in the worst ways possible, so to do them a favor I will not mention them by name. The third act was Wynter Gordon. She has worked with Flo Rida, David Guetta and Steve Aoki. You may have heard her single, “Dirty Talk” which topped the Hot Dance Club Songs Billboard chart. She’s a passive performer, but she draws attention effortlessly. Most of her songs were upbeat and she did a few covers (Rihanna, No Doubt) and ended with a slow number that was in a foreign language.
Next up was the duo, The Cataracs. They played a couple of remixes and ended with their song, “Top of the World”. I have to say this performance did not top the show I saw at CSUN. There was more energy in the other show and their set list was infinitely better. I’d like to think this was because of the schedule changes, but the beers they kept downing during their set may have had more of an impact. Keep it together, Campa and Cyranizzy. On-stage dynamic has a lot to do with your show, not just your awesome tracks.
Dev had her DJ go on first to get the crowd going and when he felt the energy, Dev took the stage. She was more carefree and into the music than the last time I saw her perform at The Roxy (probably a combination of experience and motherhood). She sang (in order): “Getaway”, “Bass Down Low”, “Ass (Big Sean)”, “Kiss My Lips”, “Booty Bounce”, “Like a G6”, “Don’t Hurt It”, “Me”, “Lightspeed”, “Perfect Match”, “Take Her From You”, “In My Trunk”, “Naked”, “Breath”, and “In The Dark”.
I felt that the backing track was way louder than her mic and clearly this is an issue with The Roxy and I think most of us were a little disappointed by this. However, that did not take away from her overall performance. Dev was reaching out to her fans in every corner, singing all she had and having a good time with everyone in attendance.
She may have been gone for few months, but she’s definitely back now. Be sure to check her out on The Night the Sun Came Up Record Release Tour.