Sunday, November 29, 2020

Concert Review: Dorian Electra

It’s Saturday night in Kansas City, and all the most glittery, most online, most tight-pants-wearing young people are in one spot: the Stray Cat Film Center for Dorian Electra’s “Flamboyant” Tour.

The venue was intimate – a sold out show at an art house “microcinema,” with only a few hundred spots available. 

Dorian Electra, a queer, nonbinary artist, brought their own strong performance while providing a space for local Kansas City queer art performers to showcase their talents as well. 

There were no fewer than five opening acts for Dorian, including a “jazz avant-folk” band called Hannah Montana, a drag performance by artists Dick von Dyke and Boiboy, and a queer wrestling group that put on a skit with fights to music. 

The official opening act, an artist called Mood Killer from Los Angeles, performed a unique electronica-tinged set of songs, with flashing lights and giant banners of his own face hanging from the rafters. Mood Killer was best able to prepare the crowd for Dorian’s style of performance to come later, but their act was shuffled in between several of the other openers.

The entire concert, hosted between sets by Dick von Dyke, seemed to drag as the audience waited for Dorian to come on. The doors opened at 8 p.m., the show did not start until 9, and Dorian’s set did not begin until just after 11:30. As important as it is to support local performers, none of them were listed as opening acts when purchasing tickets online. One can’t help but wonder how many attendees were confused.

When Dorian finally took the stage, it was a breath of fresh air. They performed a tight set with no technical issues and kept the crowd exceptionally entertained. They played a mix of songs from their debut album “Flamboyant,” as well as unreleased bonus tracks new to the crowd. 

Dorian’s commitment to a hyper-pop fantasy is something to be applauded. They came out in a vinyl catsuit, platform boots and a football player’s shoulder pads, all adorned with chains and spikes. Despite being a small artist, they had choreography for their songs and backup dancers similarly dressed, dedicated to putting on a show that looked as professional as any pop superstar. 

The evening ended with a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Career Boy,” one of their more popular songs. Dorian then briefly left the stage before returning for an encore. They performed their feature from a Charli XCX song called “Femmebot” and began ushering people onstage to dance. It was an excellent way to end the evening. 

As a local queer talent showcase, the night was a success. As a stop on Dorian Electra’s solo tour, it took some time to get off the ground. However, with all the artists that performed, attendees were sure to find a new obsession, and once the show did get going, it was well worth the wait.


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