Superfraiche Pop Night in Atlanta On Fire with Dragonette

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Pop arrived in Atlanta on Monday night when Dragonette performed for the first-time ever in Atlanta at the debut of my Superfraiche Pop Night in that city. And what an incredible night of pop it was! Martina, Dan and Joel of Dragonette popped the roof of the legendary Drunken Unicorn with their electrifying, stomping blend of pop, dance and electro that had the crowd on their feet and waving their hands for the entire show. 

Local Atlanta electro-pop crooner Barry Brandon opened the night with a fun, four song set, including the beautifully-performed "Where Do I Go From Here," which is a timeless pop ditty. Barry performed with a full-band (including an electronic violinist), which gave his sound a rich and robust flavor that neatly fits his confident stage presence and heartfelt delivery.

While Dragonette was doing some press interviews backstage and the crowd was listenting to a brew of Ellie Goulding, Florrie and Sky Ferreira, their road crew set up an elaborate stage set that featured sophisticated LED light torches to glam up their show. 

At showtime, I took Martina by the hand and guided her and the rest of the group to the stage and an anxiously awaiting crowd. I took a brief moment to introduce the band and thank them for extending their Northeast tour to drive over ten hours, straight through the night, to come to Atlanta to headline my Superfraiche Pop Night. As one of Dragonette's earliest supporters, I couldn't be happier to show the group a warm welcome in Atlanta. 

Martina, Dan and Joel gave the crowd everything they wanted and more. They blasted onto the stage with "I Get Around," continuing with audience favorites "Gone Too Far," "Liar," "Take It Like A Man" and the magical "Pick Up The Phone." The group stirred the crowd in a hot frenzy when they rocked "My Things" and "Volcano" from their new "Mixin' To Thrill" EP. "Volcano" especially is a powerful, feel-good pop anthem that fully comes alive on stage. The group performed not one, but two encores - "Fire In Your New Shoes" (their Kaskade collaboration) and the empowering "We Rule The World."

Sensual, sweet, sassy and shining brightly, Martina's enigmatic stage persona completes Dragonette dynamic live show. She is truly one of a kind and has that "it" thing - that special quality that defines a true star. Dan skillfully controled his synths and backing tracks to orchestrate the set in one tight and cohesive package. And Joel kept up the tempo, hitting the drums and feeding off the crowd's energy. 

The group stayed around for quite a while after the show to take photos and meet with fans - some of who had traveled from other states to see their favorite group finally take stage down South. So incredible. I hung out with the group, sipping and chatting, until the weehours of the morning. It was a phenomenal experience and a great start of the Superfraice Pop Night series in Atlanta. A city that has an emerging pop scene that got fueled by the hotness that is Dragonette and is now hungry for more.

(A very special thanks to Dragonette for showing their love and support, Barry for warming up the crowd during the show and the weeks prior, Samantha for giving it exposure, Knyckolas for giving it a cover, Brian for being a relentless Superfraiche supporter and the Atlanta fans for coming out to the show. I heart you all! - Photos by Omar Vega and Mikey Lewis.)

August 18, 2010 in Dragonette, Superfraiche | Permalink

Superfraiche Pop Night Atlanta Is Tonight!

So exciting! Later tonight, my Superfraiche Pop Night concert series will be making its debut in Atlanta, GA after successful events in Los Angeles and New York. Canadian pop outfit Dragonette will be headlining the show, which marks the group's first ever visit to the South. Local Atlanta electro-pop crooner Barry Brandon will open the show. He has been making waves with his single "Electroglamerous" and his fierce Bedlam parties.

The show will kick off at 9PM on tonight at the legendary Drunken Unicorn. Tickets are available on the TicketAlternative web site and all of its local Atlanta ticket outlets. (Quick shout out to my friends of the Atlanta Music Project who will be promoting their charity music education programs in the foyer of the venue.)

August 16, 2010 in Superfraiche | Permalink

Superfraiche Pop Night Next Monday - Dragonette on Cover of David Magazine

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In anticipation of the debut of my Superfraiche Pop Night series in Atlanta next Monday, David Magazine, Atlanta's leading gay magazine, put Dragonette on their cover this week to spotlight their headlining performance at the show. If you're in Atlanta, or can make it over there, make sure to get your tickets today. Show will kick off at the Drunken Unicorn at 9pm. Can't wait!

August 9, 2010 in Dragonette, Superfraiche | Permalink

Dragonette Headlining Superfraiche Pop Night in Atlanta on August 16

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Very exciting news! I'm thrilled to announce that after bringing my Superfraiche Pop Night to New York City and Los Angeles, the next installment of my ongoing pop concert series will take place in Atlanta, GA. Headlining the show is the fantastic Canadian pop outfit Dragonette with support of Shy Child and Barry Brandon. The show will kick off at 9PM on August 16 at the legendary Drunken Unicorn. Tickets are available on the TicketAlternative web site and all its local Atlanta ticket outlets.

Atlanta is mostly known for its burgeoning hip hop scene and rich alt-rock legacy, but I want to bring on the pop in Atlanta and cover the city in a sweet & crunchy goo of glossy pop hotness. The time has come, and people have been asking for it ever since I started Superfraiche. So drink it up folks!

I've invited Dragonette to come down from Toronto to bring their catchy brew of pop, electro and rock to the dirty South. I've covered them for years and I'm so excited we finally have found a way, place and time to collaborate on something. Dragonette is a world-class act and I'd want to do anything I can shine the spotlight on them. Make sure to pick up the phenomenal "Pick Up The Phone" totally free this week on iTunes.)

Opening for Dragonette are emerging New York City's electro-pop duo Shy Child who are stirring up a storm with shows all over New York. Completing Atlanta's Superfraiche Pop Night is Barry Brandon, a local Atlanta synth-pop singer who has been making waves with his single "Electroglamerous" and his fierce Bedlam parties.

Find all the details about Superfraiche behind the jump. Get your tickets today!

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June 29, 2010 in Superfraiche | Permalink | Comments (4)

Superfraiche Pop Night NYC Keeps It Sweet & Crunchy

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What a fantastic Superfraiche Pop Night it was on Friday! I could not have wish for anything more than a pop night filled with great performances, fine new music and a packed house. These events are a labor of love and to see it all come together so nicely and with all the support means the world to me. A big thank you to all the artists that I came to play and to all of you who attended the show on a very cold New York evening. (A special thank you to Linda Perry for attending. That was amazing.)

The amazingly talented DJ Josh Madden opened the night with a fun set of pop, indie rock and electro to warm up the crowd, and get people ready for a great line up of sweet & crunchy pop.

Washington DC singer Outputmessage (aka Bernard Farley) kicked off the show with a fine mix of electronica. I asked him to perform because Bernard is spearheading an exciting new electro-pop movement in Washington DC that is more proof that electro music is thriving in different places around the country. Bernard played a jam-packed 30 minute set and included my fave tunes “Get Away” and “I Remember.”  Bernard is a fun performer to watch, with his sleek dance moves, sliding across the stage.

Beautiful Small Machines took on the stage next. During soundcheck, singer Bree accidentally ran into a one of the low hanging speakers on the stage. I grabbed her a bag of ice, which eased her head bump as she was relaxed and ready to go at set time. The show must go on!

I was so incredibly curious to see their live set, as I’m really a fan of their “The Robots In Love” EP. Don and Bree are top-notch musicians and Bree is a compelling stage performer, often interacting with the audience and engaging them in their show. If you are you a fan of sleek and melodic synth-pop you must check out their last EP that includes the group’s duet with none other than Simon Le Bon. Really good stuff.

Next up was Reni Lane who has become a Superfraiche Pop Night regular. Reni has become a friend over the past few months, playing Superfraiche NYC back in November and then Superfraiche LA together with VV Brown during GRAMMY Week.

This gig was a special one for Reni as it was one to officially celebrate the release of her Custard/Universal Motown debut, “Ready.” It is a fantastic effort that is chockfull of hits and hooks that I highly recommend.

With her mentor Linda Perry in the house, Reni performed a very solid and tight set. Her show has matured so much over the past few months, and Reni seems so comfortable and in her element with her new band – it is a joy to watch a star in the making.

Crowd favorites included “Even You",” “Runaway Train” and lead single “Place For Us.” Bonus was a totally fun and rocking cover of Rod Steward’s “Don't Ya Think I’m Sexy.”

The audience really got into it her set and when she ended I asked her to come back on stage to perform an encore of “Even You,” which is such a fun song to singalong too. 

The audience was filled with ArjanWrites.com readers, industry folks, fans and friends. Seen were also Tyler Cordy of 2AM Club, Bryan Black of MOTOR, and can I just say again that the amazing Linda Perry was in the audience. Amazing. Thank you.

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March 28, 2010 in Superfraiche | Permalink | Comments (0)