Nashville natives and smooth-electro duo, Cherub, lit up the Trocadero last Thursday night with a cavalcade of dance party anthems and smooth electronic ballads. Openers, Forte Bowie (featured on Cherub’s recent single, “Strip to This”) and Mystery Skulls, transformed “the Troc” into a dance party as the young crowd filled the room and balconies. Forte Bowie played an interesting set, littered with his own songs as well some choice covers, such as the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” that actually fit well into his r&b and hip-hop based set. He certainly got the crowd moving with his energy and song choices. Turning up the tempo after Forte, Mystery Skulls laid out some house tracks and offered some vocals over top in order to keep the crowd moving. However, the fans in attendance were excited to see Cherub perform again and grew a bit antsy with the repetition of beats from the opening DJ. You could tell they were ready for Cherub and were saving their energy for the headliners.
Cherub emerged, doused in purple and blue lights, and invigorated the young crowd with a set that was filled with their hits and some sampling from latest, “Leftovers” EP. They took advantage of the headliner status for their “Strip to This” tour and played some drawn out versions of their songs, “Freaky Me, Freaky You” and “Best Friend’s T Shirt”. Jordan Kelley, Cherub’s front man, swayed back and forth while weaving between auto-tuned and conventional vocals, occasionally dipping down for the talk box and adding in some blues style guitar riffs. Jason Huber, pulled triple duty that night, adding in all of backing instruments, back up vocals and acting as “hype man” for the occasion.
Cherub played a solid set of fan favorites, electro ballads and improvised instrumentals. Forte Bowie joined them on stage for “Strip to This” and to help with catching the bras thrown on stage. Closing out the show, they performed their hits “<3 Heart” followed by “Doses and Mimosas” for an ecstatic crowd while soaking the under-aged dance floor in champagne and delivering on the dance party they’re known for.
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