September 15, 2007
By David Chiu
The scene was very festive at Webster hall when musician/DJ Dan Deacon performed opening for the main act Girl Talk. It was a surrealistic experience in several ways. Deacon, a bespectacled and perhaps corpulent guy in a blue T-shirt and shorts, programmed the music from a table set up on the floor level of the venue rather than on the stage. And it wasn’t like Deacon performed with several keyboards or computers—essentially he was fiddling with what looked like a small Casio and endless amounts of wires.
The Webster Hall crowd stood and surrounded Deacon, and when he began to program his quirky, beat-heavy electropop music, they started to dance. It was like a huge party of carnival-like proportions; there was even a green skull on top of a long pole as some sort of prop. The blend of the music and the unusual set up guaranteed a fun time.
Dan Deacon is playing at the Silent Barn, Brooklyn on Oct. 16, and at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC on Oct. 17. For information, visit www.myspace.com/dandeacon