Dragonette Lit Up Lincoln Hall
Martina Sorbara of Dragonette has one of the most recognizable voices in the electronic music world, from the group’s collaborations with world-renowned producers to their own brand of synth-pop. Dragonette’s upbeat nature and catchy tracks prove that they were born to make you dance. Lincoln Hall is one of the premiere music venues in Chicago. Put the two together and it definitely made the club go up on a Tuesday. The group set out to promote their latest album, Royal Blues, but made sure to play old favorites for their devoted fans from years past.
The trio (singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz, and drummer Joel Stouffer) came onto the stage at Lincoln Hall with huge smiles on their faces, ready to party. They opened with the title track off of Royal Blues, a familiar and epic opening for the show. Martina donned a mirrored bomber jacket, covered with triangle mirror pieces that turned her into a human disco ball when the lights hit her just right. The LED wall behind the group reached as tall as the balcony of Lincoln Hall and lit up bright. Three mirrors on either side of the LED wall made the stage appear even more three dimensional. In between songs, Martina addressed the crowd, telling stories of making faces in the mirrors behind her, relating effortlessly with her audience. The group alternated between old and new tracks throughout the set, and Martina even grabbed the guitar a couple times to play songs like “Fire in Your New Shoes.”
The acoustics at Lincoln Hall were impeccable and even Martina noticed that she sounded a little too crisp when talking to the crowd. As the night continued, it was clear that the trio was having a grand time and each loosened up and danced a little more as the set continued, much like the crowd. Ending the set with known collaborations like “Hello,” and “Peanut Butter Jelly,” the whole place was grooving from the start. Martina even got the crowd together in a sing-along that had everyone belting out “I just let your love in. No, I can’t say no.”
There is a particular type of music out there that aims to make you feel good. Its sole purpose in this world is to make you dance and forget your problems while still feeling free enough to voice them. This music is often sexy, fun, and, usually, has a little bit of bass to make your booty move. It’s played at clubs and dance parties all over the world. Dragonette is a near perfect definition of this type of music, and they dominate this world with ease. Their set in Chicago ended too soon, and most didn’t want to leave after their final track of the night. The whole of Lincoln Hall left with a smile.