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Flying Lotus Brings 3D to the Mission Ballroom

Flying Lotus Brings 3D to the Mission Ballroom

Richard Mosko

August 19th, 2019

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This show was simply amazing! This writer has never been to a concert that had such advanced 3D visuals with glasses! It was even better quality than most 3D films in the cinema. From this writer’s viewpoint (sitting 3 rows behind the sound board in the center risers of the new Mission Ballroom) there were sections of the show when the visuals presented detailed platonic solids, or glowing orbs in varietal motion, floating above the crowd! Jaws dropped to the floor as many concert goers seemed thoroughly impressed with the quality of production.

Mission Ballroom
Photo Cred: Brandon Johnson

The unique collection of styles put together by Flying Lotus make for a really inspiring story. The experimental feel gave off a progressive musical experience. Each opener leading up to the main act had a completely different feel to their style, yet Flying Lotus tied them all together in his genre-bending performance. It is really nice to see a show where each act leading up to the main performance had intentional influence that was revealed through Flying Lotus’s set.

Salami Rose Joe Louis gave off more of a glitchy, smooth jazz, Edith Piaf-esque sound. Despite the artist name, this was a performance by one woman named Lindsay, with a beautiful soothing voice backed by gradient, glitchy visuals and future jazz poppy beats, with some unforgettable harmonica solos.

Brandon Coleman took the stage with a giant presence, brandishing a key-tar and singing his soul out with a fearlessly creative style, as the new Mission Ballroom’s massive LED disco ball was spinning around, reacting to each beat of music. Flying Lotus mentioned that Brandon Coleman was his piano teacher. Brandon held the funkiest, most eccentric vibe of the show.
PBDY brought a dark, crunchy, horror, glitchy electronic vibe to the table. It felt like a horror hip hop movie, with all the gory chainsaw sounds and murderous screams and dark red and black visuals. His manipulation of the dubstep genre works really well with the other genres involved in Flying Lotus.

Brandon Coleman SpaceTalker
Photo Cred: Brandon Johnson

To begin Flying Lotus‘s set, the viewing screen alerted everyone to put on their 3D glasses. For those who don’t know Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus), in addition to his performance projects, he has also produced a lot of the background music for Adult Swim and created original scores for various films, including one he directed himself, Kuso. This tour highlights his newest album, Flamagra, including guest appearances from the likes of George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Solange and reverable film director David Lynch. As everyone put their glasses on, this 3.5 min video, Fire is Coming, feat. David Lynch began to play. This short film (with eerie music) wholesomely sheds light to what Flying Lotus has been up to production wise. Flying Lotus took us through pieces of music from all the openers, blending these genres together in a stylish, professional manner that gave this writer goosebumps. The vibe never got too horrific or scary, though it never felt really joyful or rainbow and unicorn-like. It was more of a balance of emotions than leaning heavily on either side.

Mission Ballroom
Photo Cred: Brandon Johnson

As the show came to an end, Steven (Flying Lotus) said his goodbyes to the sea of fans, saying he wished to see us again soon! The performance lasted about an hour and a half and the crowd was pleased, though everyone seemed to want a bit more! This was one of the best performances we have ever seen. The music was unique and expertly crafted, and so were the visuals and movies and the 3D mapping, which gave the production the boost it needed to be considered one of the best overall concerts this writer has attended, out of 600+ shows. We highly anticipate the return of Flying Lotus and patiently await new work!

Photos By Brandon Johnson

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Salami Rose Joe Louis
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