THROUGH THE LENS – New Orleans hasn’t seen a night like this since the late 1990’s, a theater packed to capacity, hands in the air, sweat dripping off of every forehead in the building…listening to TRANCE MUSIC!?!??!?!
Indeed trance it was, New Orleans’ own Group Therapy session by none other than London’s Above & Beyond. Jono Grant and Tony McGuinness took the Anjunabeats helm for the night, Paavo Siljamäki was unable to make the show for reasons unspecified. The DJ/Producer trio, who is ranked in DJ Magazine’s top 100 list of DJ’s year after year since their inception in 2000, and riding high with a current wave of success having placed at #4 in 2008 & 2009, #5 in 2010 & 2011, and most recently at #25 for 2014.
But tonight forget London and anything to do with the UK, tonight Above & Beyond was pure New Orleans. Filling the historic Joy Theater, built in 1947 on Canal St. it was “New Orleans’ newest and most modern film temple”, destroyed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and recently reopened in December 2011. And all of this was on a TUESDAY night, if this were on a Saturday
night I’d still be recovering.
This being Above & Beyond’s first stop in New Orleans ever they pulled no punches in making a lasting impression. Playing their new album, “We Are All We Need”, in full sandwiched between sweet, progressive melodies that took us back to when there was no “EDM”. Greeting fans in between songs, pulling anxiety stuck girls to the stage to “PRESS THE BUTTON” as if Avicci were alive and real, ready to DROP THE BASS and shoot death lasers from his eyes. But tonight there were no death lasers, just beautiful music. Trance Music.
Thanks Above & Beyond!
Source: Through the Lens Magazine