Eua Claire opened the night with a solid showing-she led by example, getting the crowd moving by swaying and clapping her way through her set of dance beats. She flawlessly sampled both old and new hits; some of the more recognizable were “How Sweet It Is,” and Jill Scott’s “Golden.” By the end, the entire sold-out crowd was moving to her grooves and primed for Flight Facilities.
The DJ/producer duo took their place on stage behind their pilot wing-shaped console, and started the music thumping. I had expected the vocals in their set to be pre-recorded, so I was pleasantly surprised when they were joined by Everett Fitzpatrick, who shimmied and glided around the stage singing. After a couple songs, he made an exit, and I was satisfied that we got a real singer until Owl Eyes herself came out and took his place! The crowd adored her, and she gave it all right back, singing her heart out and getting up close and personal with them.
The two singers kept up the energy all night, switching back and forth, and occasionally taking the stage together. At times, it felt more like Owl Eyes was the headliner and Flight Facilities was there as a backing “band.” But, when it was just Flight Facilities on stage, with their animated display glowing behind them and their music pulsing, it sent waves of manic dancing through the packed house. The crowd left at the wee hours of the morning with tired dancing legs and smiles on their faces.
Job well done, Flight Facilities, over and out.
Here’s what we captured from Friday night’s show: