by Michael Hammer, senior staff writer
Bonobo’s performance at the Civic Theater on Tuesday began in darkness.
As the lights gradually began to show, a full band joined British musician Simon Green on stage. The group’s sound soon grew to a satisfying crescendo, setting up a 90-minute set that felt like a smooth trance. The show showcased material from the group’s 2013 album “The North Borders” while also including old tracks. The songs shifted from mellow beats to a more electronic feel in songs like “Kiara.” These shifts in mood created a dynamic atmosphere that kept the crowd engaged throughout.
The most captivating parts of the night were captured by collaborator Szjerdene’s standout vocals. For various songs, she highlighted Bonobo’s groovy haze with piercing tone and a focused passion that added to an already varied set list.
Aside from a an overly touchy Miley Cyrus doppelganger, the crowd was refined and reserved for the most part, offering a good amount of throughout the dance floor to move around. When the concert shifted to a more club feel during its more electronic and bass-heavy songs, the crowd reciprocated, pulsing in tune with the few dance anthems that Bonobo performed.
Drummer Jack Baker, not to be confused with the concert’s talented opener Chet Faker, stirred up the latter end of the performance with a charged solo. Another notable spectacle was multi-instrumentalist Michael Lesirge’s finesse on the flute, producing sounds that the Arcade had previously believed to be unachievable on most woodwinds.
After an extensive set, Bonobo returned for a two-song encore that provided an enchanting end to the group’s soulful performance. With bright lights illuminating the stage, Green and the other band members walked off in smiles.
A photo gallery of the concert is forthcoming at http://www.tulanehullabaloo.com/multimedia