Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
A small crowd had already begun to form at the Bottom Lounge as some unfortunate fans could not get tickets to the already sold out show. French Electro-pop artist Yelle was about to get Chicago grooving.
The quick paced and energetic performance by Moneypenny, a Chicago band, started off the show. They got the crowd energized and often interacted with the audience even letting one lucky fan hold the mic while lead singer, Jessica Gonyea, sang into the audience.
A stellar performance from brother-duo French Horn Rebellion ensued. With their mother opening the set with a warm reminder to wish our moms a happy Mother’s Day; FHR’s act was a performance of true brotherly love. The duo impressed with their killer beats and dance party antics. They even engaged in a keyboard vs. French Horn battle onstage. FHR definitely got the crowd hyped as keyboardist Robert Perlick even knocked his keyboard offstage in an attempt to show off his wild dance moves. With two outstanding opening performances, Yelle definitely had her work cut out.
Yelle’s entrance was nothing short of theatric. Her keyboardist and drummer both entered donning futuristic safari outfits. Yelle’s petit feminine frame was hardly recognizable as she appeared wearing a yeti meets Cousin It ensemble. It is very similar to the Jean-Paul Lespagnard outfit which she wears for the alternate cover of her latest album Safari Disco Club. She danced in this garment to her opening song “S’eteint Le Soleil.” Later, as her garment came off to reveal a giraffe print dress; the crowd went wild. It was exciting to see the Yelle we had come to see. Through her two wardrobe changes, she kept true to her albums title later wearing a red leopard print one-size with shoulder pads.
She kept the energy going as she sang a mixture of new and old songs from her past album. Her most popular “Je Veux Te Voir” drove the crowd crazy. She constantly thanked Chicago saying what an awesome crowd we were after we all claimed to be able to speak French. Although all her music is in French, it is hard to not dance along to her infectiously upbeat pop songs. She proves that dancing is universal. Her set was to end with her hit single “Safari Disco Club” but she later re-joined the stage to finish off with a two song encore consisting of “Cooler Couleur” and “A Cause Des Garçons.”
Yelle definitely left everyone wanting more. We can all hope she does come back soon.
S’Etient Le Soliel
Qui Est Cette Fille
La Musique Remix
Comme Un Enfant
C’est Pas Une Vie
Que Veux Tu
Safari Disco Club
A Cause Des Garçons
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